Outgoing president Joan Bailey congratulates David Rowe who becomes the new President of Tormohun Rotary Club for 2022/23

Rotary round-up: Milestone for Rotary International

Kathy Uglow

The month of July marks the start of the Rotary year and at this time each club will be celebrating the achievements of their outgoing president while looking forward with plans set down by the new incoming president.

In 1989, Rotary broke down the barriers and welcomed women as members.

Since then, the number of female Rotarians have skyrocketed with many ladies taking lead roles and becoming presidents of their own clubs.

Jennifer Jones becomes the new president of Rotary International
Jennifer Jones becomes the new president of Rotary International

This year marks a milestone as Rotary International breaks 117 years of tradition by enrolling the first woman to be elected as president.

This appointment breaks the glass ceiling and endorses Rotary is an organisation that is open to all, acknowledging ability regardless of gender.

Canadian Jennifer Jones takes up office at Rotary International world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, this month and her theme for this year is Imagine Rotary.

Mike Ford presents Roger Tisdale, left, with his PHF award
Mike Ford presents Roger Tisdale, left, with his PHF award

She said: “Imagine is an empowering word, giving people permission to say that they want to do something to make their world better, and they can do it because they’re part of this family.”

In Torbay, we have seven Rotary Clubs who are all celebrating the start of a new year.

We wish each of their new presidents all the very best for the coming year.

Sunrise Rotary Club’s presidential line-up, from left, president elect Andy Uglow, president Stephen Holdup and immediate past president Daniel Boatwright
Sunrise Rotary Club’s presidential line-up, from left, president elect Andy Uglow, president Stephen Holdup and immediate past president Daniel Boatwright

Rotarians honoured with highest award

The highest award in Rotary is the Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) and this is given to a Rotarian that has made an outstanding contribution to the community or to their club.

It is a huge honour for a club to present this award and this will normally take place at a presidential handover or club celebration.

Last month, Preston Rotary Club held a joint Jubilee dinner with the Rotary Club of Paignton and at the end of the celebrations, Rotarian Roger Tisdall was presented with a PHF.

President Mike Ford said: “Roger has been in our club since 1996, serving in a number of roles including being president twice.

“He is an enthusiastic and good humoured member of our club and really deserves this award.”

At Torbay Sunrise’s presidential handover last week, both the outgoing president and the incoming president presented a husband and wife team with a PHF.

I have to admit, I am referring to myself and my hard-working husband, Andy Uglow. We joined Rotary together in 2008 and we definitely came as a team.

Over the years, we have organised a vast number of community and charity events including proms evenings, Christmas grottos, zipwires, dance nights and wine-tastings among other activities.

I have been lucky enough to have been a president twice and I’m looking forward to my husband becoming president of Sunrise next year.

My proudest achievement was enabling over £100,000 to be raised for the MS Society through a mass skydive challenge when 19 brave daredevils joined me and jumped 15,000ft from a plane in aid of charity.

This award really took us both by surprise, but we feel extremely honoured and proud to become Paul Harris Fellows.

Rotary is a fantastic international organisation which achieves such amazing things by working together for community causes.

If you would like to know more about Rotary and its work, please visit www.rotarygbi.org or www.rotary.org

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