Charter 75th Anniversary Dinner

THE ROTARY Club of Seaford received the approval of R.I.B.I., and its Charter dated 21st July 1947 was presented to the new Club at a dinner in the Queens Hall on 3rd October 1947.


THE ROTARY Club of Seaford received the approval of R.I.B.I., and its Charter dated 21st July 1947 was presented to the new Club at a dinner in the Queens Hall on 3rd October 1947.

On Friday 22nd July 2022, Club members, their wives, husbands and friends along with invited guests met at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the chartership of the Rotary Club of Seaford.

On their arrival President Ann Reed greeted the invited guests - the High Sheriff of East Sussex Jane King, Rotary District Governor Roger Stent, and the Presidents of daughter Clubs, Mary Morris from Inner Wheel Club of Seaford, Betty Graves from Newhaven Coast West Rotary Club and Jackie Arkwell from Seaford Martello Rotary Club.

After welcome drinks and a photo call for a formal photograph of members of Seaford Rotary Club, President Ann Reed welcomed all Rotarians and their guests before they all sat down to a sumptuous three course meal.

Rotarian Paul Tuley was master of ceremonies.

After the starter, the Loyal Toast was proposed by President Ann Reed and District Governor Roger Stent proposed the Toast to Seaford Rotary Club.

The main course of either of roast chicken breast, slow braised feather blade beef, pan seared salmon, the vegan carrot and cashew nut roast or the vegetarian baked red onion and goats cheese tart were served, after which President Ann Reed proposed the Toast to the visitors and guests.  Jane King, the High Sheriff of East Sussex responded and gave a short address before proposing a Toast.

The desserts followed with coffee or tea and petit fours were then served before the invited Inner Wheel and Rotarian guests brought greeting from their Clubs after which Roger Stent gave an address looking forward to the future for Rotary.

Originally the greeting from other Clubs and the address by the District Governor was planned to be before the coffee was served, but an amendment was made to this programme at the last moment, and this was conveyed to John Owen as organiser by President Ann Reed.

The celebrations concluded with the final toast ‘Rotary and Peace the World Over’.

Our grateful thanks go to Past President John Owen who organised the successful event.

 After the dinner, copies of the booklet ‘A Celebration of Seventy-Five Years of the Rotary Club of Seaford’ was provided to those present, both Rotarians and guests.

The booklet based on ‘The First Sixty Years of the Rotary Club of Seaford’ compiled by Ron Hatley for the diamond anniversary has been revised and updated by a group of Club members including Geoff Lowles, Jim Anderson, Frank Thompson, Ann Reed, Mike Allen, Bill Pierce, Paul Vaesen and Keith Ross.

Thanks are also due to our sponsors, Seaford Golf Club, V.R. Flowers & Sons, Jermyn & Sons, Seaford Osteopathic Clinic, Diella’s Bar & Ristorante and Tansleys Printers Ltd.

 

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