Ro­tary Round-up

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THE Ro­tary Club of Formby held a pre­sen­ta­tion evening to hon­our one of its founder mem­bers, Jim Charnock.

Jim has been a mem­ber since the club be­gan, 50 years ago.

To mark this spe­cial achieve­ment, Jim was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate signed by the Pres­i­dent of Ro­tary International.

He was also pre­sented with a Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship Award.

This award is the high­est award Ro­tary can give and is given for service above and be­yond what is nor­mally ex­pected of a Ro­tar­ian.

His work within the club has been a won­der­ful ex­am­ple for mem­bers who have joined over its 50-year his­tory.

Congratulations Jim, both awards are well de­served.

Bren­dan Ginty was also awarded a Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship for his ded­i­ca­tion to the club and its ac­tiv­i­ties over the 20 years he has been a mem­ber.

Bren­dan has been a won­der­ful sup­port to the Con­quest Art Club in Formby.

This club en­cour­ages dis­abled peo­ple to de­velop their artis­tic skills.

He has served the Con­quest Club as trea­surer and fundraiser for many years. Congratulations Bren­dan. The evening con­cluded with a pre­sen­ta­tion from Scout Leader Jes­sica Makin and Ex­plorer Scout Jack Carr.

They were part of a Mersey­side Scout County trek to Nepal to help re­fur­bish a school and houses dam­aged in the earth­quake.

A stone seat­ing area was also built in the village where peo­ple could meet and sit and have a chat.

The speak­ers gave a very in­ter­est­ing talk and showed their au­di­ence many me­men­tos of their trip.

Club mem­bers en­joyed a week­end break in Swe­den vis­it­ing the club’s sis­ter club in Kristine­hamn.

Formby Ro­tary Club has had very close ties with their Swedish Club for many years.

The Swedish club at­tended our 50th An­niver­sary Char­ter Night last Septem­ber.

The Formby Ro­tar­i­ans at­tended Kristine­hamn’s Char­ter Night on this visit.

The clubs visit ev­ery two years, tak­ing it in turn to play host.

The Swedish club al­ways plans an ex­cel­lent itin­er­ary for these vis­its and this time was no ex­cep­tion.

Af­ter the Char­ter night the Formby guests were taken to the holiday cot­tages that many Swedes use dur­ing the sum­mer months for re­lax­ation.

This con­tact with the Swedish club has re­sulted in strong friend­ships de­vel­op­ing over the years and the vis­its are al­ways looked for­ward to.

Kristine­hamn have agreed to help the Formby club with some international fundrais­ing.

Clock­wise from top left: Bren­dan Ginty and wife Ca­role; Jim Charnock and fam­ily; Formby Ro­tar­i­ans in Swe­den; Scout Leader Jes­sica Makin and Ex­plorer Scout Jack Carr

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