Formation: The parent Club was the Rotary Club of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the inaugural dinner was held on 19th June 1923. Rotarian Leo Reid, President of the Newcastle club attended together with Rotarian J Leadbitter, Secretary of the Tyneside section of Rotary International. Sir John Russell was guest speaker.
Meeting Places: The original meeting place was Batty"™s Café until the café closed in 1958 whence meetings transferred to the present establishment, Oak Lea Hotel Inkerman Terrace since re-named The Chase Hotel. Family Tree: Organization Chart The Whitehaven Probus Club was formed by the Rotary Club of Whitehaven in 1971 and presently enjoys a full and active membership. The Whitehaven Rotaract Club was formed in 1982 which flourished throughout the "˜80"™s but regrettably went into demise by 2000. However, Rotaract is being revived on a west Cumbria basis: our newest member Amy Johnston is working with Rotaract, the District Membership team and the Rotary Club of Workington to achieve this.
Membership: This is a dual gender club, an active Membership Committee has steadily recruited new members. Our longest serving Rotarian is PHF Frank Todhunter who joined in 1955 and was Club President in 1967/68. Prior to that Robert Lyon-Wylie CBE joined the Club in 1926 and passed onto higher office in 1996 after 70 years service albeit as an Honorary Member during latter years.
Club Presidents: The first President of inaugural year 1923/24 was Rotarian W H Wandless who continued as President in 1924/25 whilst also serving as Mayor of Whitehaven. The next Rotarian to hold two Rotary years in office was President Joe Partington in 1946/47 and again during the 50th Anniversary year 1973/74. After Joe"™s death a sandstone font was placed in St Nicholas Gardens to his memory. Since then, Mike Reid has been President for two consecutive years in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Gordon Southward served on2008-09 and in 2-15-16. Ronnie Proudfoot has served on three occasions 2003-04, 2014-15 and 2019-20. Our President for Rotary year 2021-22 is Tony Parker.
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