60th Charter Anniversary

Fri, Oct 21st 2022 at 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Knaresborough Rotarians and guests enjoyed a celebratory 60th Charter anniversary dinner at the Pavilions. President, David Kaye, welcomed guests.

President David Kaye with Paul Harris Fellowship Awardees. Left to right, Jonathan Beer, Michelle Hayes, President David Kaye, Christine Willoughby and District 1040 Governor Malcolm Tagg.

Knaresborough Rotary celebrates sixty years of service to the community with awards for ‘Service above Self’.
Knaresborough Rotarians and guests enjoyed a celebratory 60th Charter anniversary dinner at the Pavilions. President, David Kaye, welcomed guests including The Deputy Mayor of Knaresborough, Mark Flood, and consort Kendal Flood, Rotary District Governor, Malcolm Tagg, and Judith Tagg, Knaresborough Lions President, Richard Hall, and Rachael Hall and guest speaker Michelle Hayes, Founder and CEO of Resurrected Bites.Knaresborough Rotary marked the occasion with the award of Paul Harris Fellowships.Introducing the awards, Brian Souter, Secretary of Knaresborough Rotary, explained that the awards are named for the Founder of Rotary, Paul Harris and are awarded to those who make outstanding contributions to humanity.

The first recipient, Michelle Hayes, established Resurrected Bites in 2018 as a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ community café. By March 2020, it was running three weekly cafés across the district. As well as reducing food waste, the cafes provided opportunities for people to support the project and socialise at the same time. When the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the cafes closed and instead the organisation provided home deliveries of food supplies for vulnerable families and individuals in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Nidderdale, Boroughbridge, Ouseburn, Ripon and Bramhope. It diverts three tonnes of food waste from landfill every week – equivalent to the weight of 300 large Christmas turkeys. Now its cafes are running at Gracious Street Methodist Church in Knaresborough and West Park United Reformed Church in Harrogate. It has also launched a community groceries scheme with bases in Harrogate and Knaresborough.

The second recipient, Christine Willoughby, has served Knaresborough in several capacities, as Mayor and Councillor, as school Governor and as Chairperson of Knaresborough in Bloom. Together with her husband Andrew, Christine has enhanced the town with a continuous display of flowers since 2004 when the couple took command of Knaresborough in Bloom. Not only do they work physically hard with planting the various displays around the town, but they encourage others with a variety of competitions. This year Knaresborough received a Gold Award from Yorkshire in Bloom. In addition, Christine served as Town Mayor for three years during the pandemic and was a great support to all of the town’s organisations to try to keep them going during the most difficult times. She truly gave “service above self” to a huge degree for the good of the town. Sadly, Andrew Willoughby was not able to attend, but he also receives a Paul Harris Fellowship

.The third Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Jonathan Beer, a Rotarian for 37 years, having first joined Rotary in Kings Lynn in 1985. During the pandemic he was the main organiser of Knaresborough Rotary’s project supporting local charity Dementia Forward with the supply of Robotic Cats. Twenty-five years ago, when manager of Marks and Spencer in York, Jonathan Beer suffered a heart attack. Having survived, Jonathan was keen to help others by training as a First Responder.  He became a founder member of the Bishop Monkton First Responder Group. The vital first 10 minutes of any Cardiac Arrest or Stroke situation is crucial for the patient regarding successful treatment. Perhaps the most recent high-profile example was footballer Christian Ericksen who collapsed on the pitch. Knaresborough Rotary’s campaign to provide defibrillators will improve the critical emergency facilities available in the town. Earlier this year Jonathan was awarded a “Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal" for 17 years as a Volunteer First Responder in North Yorkshire. After thirty-seven years of service to Rotary, and for his work as a first responder Jonathan Beer is a worthy recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship.

 

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