2020/21 News Archive

These are the news items relating to the Rotary year 2021/22

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On Thursday 23rd June, 19 members and friends visited the Fireground Museum in Rochdale. Here we were given a guided tour of the museum, seeing many old fire fighting appliances, and hearing tales of how fires were fought in the past.

That was followed by a lovely lunch and the opportunity to have another wander around on our own, and to visit the gift shop.

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On 9th June incoming President Selwyn Hodge hosted the Club Assembly where he and his officers explained to members and ADG Ian Cochrane what they intended to achieve over the next 12 months.

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President Merrilyn accepting a cheque for £1,048 from Geoff Butterworth. This donation is from the sale of his works at the Rotary Gallery.

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President Merrilyn was please to welcome Rotarian Yalaslav, a past President from the Rotary Club of Lviv Leopolis and his translator Christopher.

Between them they told the members of the achievements of his Club, and informed us of how they and other Rotary clubs in Ukraine are helping with the war effort in the country.

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At the Club meeting on 17th March, Rotarian Paul Rowen gave a presentation on the history of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine. He helped explain a lot of what is behind the rhetoric that is heard on the news broadcasts,

After the talk, the Club agreed to give an initial donation of £1,000 to the Rochdale branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain.

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The Grand Charity Raffle has now started, giving entrants the chance to win one of three original watercolour painting by artist Geoff Butterworth.

It costs £5 to enter, for which you get ten chances to win. Multiple entries are encouraged.

The draw will be made on 10th December 2022, with the proceeds benefiting President Merrilyn's charities.

The raffle can be entered by clicking here. Good luck.

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The 2022 Classic Car and Bike Show is to go ahead on Sunday 17th July from 10am at Falinge Park, Rochdale.

For more information, and to book cars, bikes and stalls, please visit the Classic Car Show website by clicking this link, or the logo above.

Christmas Meal

Christmas came slightly early this year, with the Club Christmas meal taking place on 9th December.

In honour of her 60th anniversary of being a Lay Preacher, Marion Sherriff was asked to give the Christmas message, which she did with an interactive decoration of a Christmas tree.

Club Outing to York Christmas Markets

On Thursday 18th November, a coachful of members and friends took a trip to the Christmas markets in York city centre.

A day of shopping was followed by a lovely afternoon tea in the Dean Court Hotel.

Remembrance Sunday Parade

Sunday 14th November saw President Merrilyn take part in the Remembrance Parade in Rochdale Town Centre. She laid a reef at the Cenotaph on behalf of the Club.

Craft Fair at Rochdale Sports Club

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President Merrilyn organised a Craft Fair at the Rochdale Sports Club on 24th October.

20 stallholders attended and along with the raffle, over £500 was raised for the President's charities.

Charter Night 21st October 2021

The Rotary Club of Rochdale celebrated the 95th anniversary of its Charter on 21st October 2021 at Rochdale Sports Club.

President Merrilyn Chadwick was joined by District Governor Eric Russell PHF, the Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Aasim Rashid and guest speaker / performer Paul Jenkins - Poet.

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President Merrilyn Chadwick addressing the audience with District Governor Eric Russell and speaker Paul Jenkins.

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DG Eric presents President Merrilyn with a certificate to mark the Club's 95th anniversary.

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DG Eric presents Clive Reid with a certificate to mark his 40 years in Rotary.

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Melanie Caffrey President of Middleton Rotary Club

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District Governor Eric Russell PHF

Members and Friends were brought up to date on the workings of the Rochdale Children's Moorland Home on 7th October, by Alison Starrs. She talked about their experiences during the pandemic and about the work they need to do on their building ready for the 2022 intake of children.

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Find out more about the Rochdale Children's Moorland Home here

An Afternoon on the East Lancs Railway 15th September

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Presidential Handover 5th August 2021

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Merrilyn Chadwick is handed the Chain of Office by outgoing President Neil Williams while President Elect Selwyn Hodge and Presidential Nominee Linda Mainwaring look on.

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President Neil Williams presents a 30 year Long Service Certificate to Chris Bryning

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President Neil Williams presents a Paul Harris Sapphire award to David Acton

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President Neil Williams presents Honorary Membership certificates to David Smithard and Dean Sherriff

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Geoff Butterworth presents President Neil Williams with a cheque for his charities from sales in his Art Gallery