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Phil's Message

President Phil Entwistle

Preston South Rotary continues to be vibrant, active and extremely busy Club. The Club works hard but has fun!

We have a mix of fundraisers throughout the year, ranging from extremely successful annual events to the old faithful such as a Can Rattle.

Our first event of the new Rotary year will be the Annual Golf Day at Penwortham Golf Club in August, now in its 27th year! As with all events it requires more and more work to obtain the sponsors and entrants each year.

This year our Annual Sports & Comedy evening has a new venue of Shaw Hill Golf Club Chorley. A first class sporting speaker and a comedian will entertain all who attend in October.

Both of the above fundraisers are not only well attended but also raise significant amounts of money for local, national and international charities.

Internationally, we are very active in supporting one of our members doing great works in Swaziland, not only are orphaned children being provided with meals and education but through the setting up of bee hives they are being shown the way towards becoming self sufficient in the future.

Working with other local clubs is going to become increasingly important and we are intending to support the Wrap Up Lancashire initiative from East Lancashire and replicate that in the Central Lancashire area with the other 6 local clubs.

In previous years we have worked with other Rotary Clubs and have achieved great things such as the construction, with Preston North & Longridge Rotary, of a new footbridge over the River Lostock in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice for the benefit of patients and visitors alike. 

Our Annual Steam Rally held at the end of the last Rotary year at Banks and organised jointly with Kirkham & Rural Fylde Rotary has raised a staggering amount of money, over £320,000, across the 10 years it has been held.

We are looking to once again hold the Football Competition for Under 12’s which in 2019 saw 23 boys and 5 girls’ teams compete at UCLAN sports arena on a very hot day in May. The event has been adopted by District and despite the national finals being ceased locally it goes from strength to strength. This year Gail Newsham attended and provided some words of support based on the Dick Kerr Ladies football team.

More recently we have worked jointly with Preston Amounderness and South Ribble Clubs in manning Santa Sleighs at Deepdale Retail Park to raise funds.

Joint enterprises MUST be the way forward.

The Club is pleased to be working with young people through the Rotakids initiative, Past President Tom Taylor has developed fantastic relationships with the 2 of the 3 local primary schools on board, and these 2 schools are very active, with both raising substantial funds for Charities across the last 12 months.  The Rotakids Conference held at Lancaster University yet again was a great event for the Children, Teachers and Rotarians who attended. These children hopefully are the Rotarians of the future!

Our sporting prowess is renown throughout Rotary District 1190 and we have made many new friends along the way, having fun within the Rotary family is important to Preston South. The Grey Games competition is always well fought and we have been fortunate to be very successful in this competition.  With many golfers, bowlers, snooker players and darters we have a definite sporty inclination.