The Club’s Anniversary is in October, so the ninetieth year corresponds to the Rotary
year which starts in July 2012 and runs to June 2013. A number of events and projects
are planned to mark this milestone in the Club’s history.
Our first commemoration took place only four days into the year, on Tuesday 3rd July
2012, when we received the newly inaugurated national President of Rotary in Britain
and Ireland, Rtn John Minhinick. Pres John’s visit, to celebrate ‘90 Years of Rotary
in Southport’ was the first official engagement of his year in office, and we are
very honoured that this should be the case. Accompanying the new national President
was the District Governor of Rotary District 1180, Rtn Roger Heath.
The first engagement was at the Southport & Ormskirk District General Hospital, where
work is in progress on a new Medical Day Unit which will greatly improve facilities
for patients receiving chemotherapy and other treatments locally. On behalf of Southport
Rotary Club, Pres John presented a cheque for £2,500 to Unit Matron Joyce Jordan
as a first grant towards equipment for the new unit.
The visiting group then moved on from the District General Hospital to Queenscourt
Hospice. Members of Southport Rotary Club have provided volunteer service three days
a week each week since the Hospice opened. At Queenscourt, President John, District
Governor Roger and the other members of the party met Ann Throp, Director of Non-Clinical
Services, and Cath Baldry, Director of Nursing and Education, before undertaking
a short tour of the Hospice, and being very impressed by the new ward facilities
which have recently been opened.
From the Hospice, the party moved on to the final appointment of the afternoon at
the Town Hall. RIBI President John was accompanied by District Governor Roger Heath,
Southport Rotary President Chris Leather, Southport Meols President Trevor Briggs,
Southport Links President Barrie Swan and Vice President John Doyle, and Southport
Sunrise President Dianne Harrison. At the Town Hall, the Rotarian representatives
were received by Mayor of Sefton, Councillor the Worshipful Kevin Cluskey, who was
briefed by Pres John on the local, national and international aspects of Rotary service.
After the reception in the Mayor’s Parlour, a series of commemorative pictures were
taken with more than thirty members of the various Clubs, all joining together to
celebrate 90 Years of Rotary in Southport.
RIBI President John, DG Roger, and the four Club Presidents, addressed a joint lunch
meeting of the town’s Rotary Clubs held at the Royal Clifton on Wednesday 4th July.
The message from Southport Rotarians, via their Club Presidents, was that Rotary
is open for business, and welcomes new members. The times change, needs change, and
Rotary is changing too!