The Rotary club of Wakefield Chantry, sprang a surprise on an unsuspecting Jill Brookling recently. Jill has been very active over the last 5 years in organising and Captaining the Dragon Boat team entered by the Rotary Club in the annual Dragon Boat Challenge, as well as doing a huge amount of charity fundraising work in the local community.
The Dragon Boat Challenge itself has raised almost £350,000 for local and national charities over the last 10 years, and this year, under Jill’s captaincy, her team raised over £2200 alone for Charity. She was also involved last year in the efforts by previous President, Dick Wood, to raise money for the Children’s Heart Foundation in Leeds. That effort by the Rotary Club raised over £7500 which took the total raised for the appeal to over £500,000.
Jill went along to the Rotary Club meeting expecting to present a cheque from the proceeds of this years Dragon Boat Challenge, to the Second Chance Charity, which supports people recovering from Strokes. Having made that presentation to Peter Taylor from the Charity, and before being allowed to retake her seat, President Neil Dodgson, of the Rotary Club, announced to the guests that Jill was being honoured with the Paul Harris Fellow Award for her services to the Club and Charity in general.
Completely taken aback, Jill said “this is the last thing I expected tonight!! I am thrilled that the club have chosen to honour me in this way as I know how prestigious this award is. I will wear the badge with pride and hopefully continue to support the charitable work that they do.”
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more This year's Band Concert
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more THEY DID IT!!!!
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more President elect Neil Dodgson, our new president Dick Wood and immediate past president Chris Sharp
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more Know your blood pressure
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more The Chantry visit to Parliament on the day history was made, March 18th 2003, when theMP’s debated the UK’s entry into the Iraq war.
more Dick Wood, President elect, Chris Sharp, New President and Bob Guard, Retiring President at the handover.
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more Andrew Slater (Master of Ceremonies), Chris Sharp (President Elect), Derek Cocup, Clr June Cliffe (Mayor), John Parry (the Voice of Wimbledon), Hazel Haas (Rotary District Governor), Jack Cliffe (Mayors Consort), Bob Guard (President)
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more Bob Guard, (President, Wakefield Chantry), Pauline Trusselle, (Head of Music and Singing), stars of the show Elliott Lee (Sweeney Todd) and Isobel Oliver-Haste (Mrs Lovett) and Graham Wilson (Chantry liaison with CAPA)
more Will, Rebecca and Elliot with Chantry President Bob Guard
more We provide Christmas Hampers to needy families in the greater Wakefield area
more Members of the public and the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry at last year"™s "Know Your Blood Pressure" day in the Ridings.
more Rebecca Ward and Guy Beardsmore, giving their presentation to the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry at the Hotel St Pierre, Newmillerdam
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more Hazel Haas (DG) and Bob Guard (President) at the Hotel St Pierre before the club meeting.
more Andrew Slater (r), and Bob Guard(l), President of the Rotary Club, in front of a picture of the SS Lusitania docked in New York harbour the year before her final voyage.