Hucknall Rotarians marked two milestones this week with a special event which saw them hand out £4,000 to local groups.
The annual Friends of Rotary event marked 110 years of the International Rotary movement and the 89th anniversary of Hucknall Rotary Club.
Rotarians made donations to groups including Hucknall’s Engage Project, Friends of Chernobyl Children, the National Academy, the Green Arrows Synchronized Swimming Club, Hucknall’s Brownies, The Thursday Club, Inner Wheel, the Air Cadets and Wish Upon a Star - who are president Tony Gluchowski’s chosen charity of the year.
President Tony Gluchowski said: “For 89 years, Hucknall’s Rotary Club has been at the fore-front and hub of the community consistently putting on events and raising money for the benefit of the people of Hucknall. Hucknall would be a far poorer place without a Rotary Club providing such great service to the community.”
Club secretary Ian Young said: “Rotary was founded on 23rd February 1905 by a Chicago lawyer called Paul Harris. 110 years later, Rotary International now has more than 1.2 million members in 200 countries around the world. Today, there are over 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, where members give their time and their talents to undertaking worthwhile projects, which save lives and shape the future.
“There are now over 1,800 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland. The Rotary Club of Hucknall held its inaugural meeting on 2nd March 1926. Sidney S. Rhodes and Henry Morley, founder of the Hucknall Dispatch, were the driving forces behind Rotary becoming established in Hucknall.”
Mr Gluchowski also presented three members with Rotary Long service awards: Philip Moss, a member for 30 years, Robert Copley and Terry Moult, members for 25 years. New members are always welcomed and if you are interested in joining Rotary, please visit www.facebook.com/Hucknall RC or call Ivan Manning on 07914256436.