Customers help boost food donations

Torquay Rotary Club president Gerald Arnold packs up the food boxes with Susie Petford of Paignton Rotary Club. 

Torquay Rotary Club president Gerald Arnold packs up the food boxes with Susie Petford of Paignton Rotary Club. - Credit: Kathy Uglow

Rotarians have been helping to gather and deliver much-needed food parcels to needy organisations within the Bay.

The Rotary Club of Torquay has been supporting the food bank at the Riviera Life Church in Torwood Street on a weekly basis and it is through the generous donations of customers at the Poundland shop in Paignton, that they have been able to increase their donations and help to transport a bumped load to the food bank.

Torquay Rotary Club president Gerald Arnold said: “Thanks to the help of Susie Petford, who is an associate member of Paignton Rotary Club, we have been able to link up with Poundland in Paignton and it is hoped that this may be extended.” 

Further food parcels have also been donated to the RNLI food bank in Brixham. 

Pretigious awards at hand-over

The Rotary Club of Brixham presented five Paul Harris Fellowship awards at their presidential handover event earlier this month.

To be presented with this prestigious award is a huge honour and to become a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF), the person must have shown exceptional service to Rotary and the community over and above what would normally be expected. 

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The following members were presented with a PHF: 

  • Linda Konopinski for her fundraising through Ebay during lockdown  

  • Andrew Kilner for his hard work to ensure the club’s Santa float was Covid secure and fit for purpose  

  • David Sharpe was awarded his third PHF for fundraising on behalf of the club . 

A posthumous award was also awarded to Andrew Millar, who sadly died earlier this year and had been a driving force behind all of the club’s initiatives. 

Ian Tuttle receives his Paul Harris Award from in-coming president Roy Tuttle.

Ian Tuttle receives his Paul Harris Award from in-coming president Roy Tuttle. - Credit: Kathy Uglow

The PHF award can also be awarded to worthy non-Rotarians and the club gave this honour to Ian Tuttle for his hard work on the production of the new club website www.brixhamrotary.org

Outgoing president, Adrian Laurie said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have spent the last year, with at times its enormous challenges, as president of the club.

"Throughout the pandemic we have successfully continued to support the Brixham community and raise in excess of £7,000 for good causes in the town.” 

Rotarian Roy Tuttle takes over the reins as president for the new Rotary year to guide the club forward and build on the foundations laid down by Adrian. 

New date for Classic Car Show 

The Classic Car Show, organised by Totnes Rotary Club, has now been re-arranged to take place on September 19.

The event, which had previously been planned for June, had to be re-scheduled due to poor weather conditions.

The event will take place at Staverton between 11am and 4pm. More than 180 entries are booked and it promises to be a great family day out.