Penzance Rotary Club's charter is commemorated
A FORMAL dinner and concert at the Queens Hotel has marked the anniversary of the granting of Penzance Rotary Club's charter.
Some 50 Rotarians, their partners and guests celebrated the work and achievements of Rotarians over nine decades.
In November 1923 former mayor and founder president Alderman Howell Mabbott JP had accepted the club's charter on behalf of the 16 founder members, saying he "looked forward to the growth of Rotary as a real step towards the brotherhood of man".
Guests of president Di Hickman included Rotary district governor Stephen Lay and his wife Carol, MP Andrew George, former district governors Ron Temblett and Graham Hickman and the president of the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay, Peter Johnson, and his wife Gill as well as the first lady president of Penzance Rotary, Anita George MBE, and her husband Peter.
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The reception, sponsored by St Austell Brewery, was accompanied by a static display of Penzance Rotary memorabilia and photo archives while past president Jack Dennis, a member for 56 years, cut an anniversary cake.
Mr George provided a brief and amusing review of the achievements of the club and proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Penzance, while Mr Lay proposed a toast to Rotary and the work of Rotarians the world over.
Brought together by soprano Hannah Mary Pascoe specifically for the evening, five musicians and singers performed for the benefit of two charities, Hope and Homes For Children and The Family Fund, raising more than £200 on the night. Hannah was joined by cellist and tenor Ben Hoadley, violinist Jack Vosper, soprano Ella Ellis-Bray and accompanist Clive Ellison performing work by Puccini, Saint-Saëns and Schoenberg.
Since its first project back in 1923, when Penzance Rotary Club instigated the formation of a new Scout troop in the town other particularly notable undertakings have included the construction of the boating pool at Lariggan and of a children's imaginative playground adjacent to the Mennaye Field, landscaping of Mann's Field and the provision of more than 40 iron standards for hanging flower baskets in Market Jew Street.
The club has also raised funds for the purchase of more than 70 ShelterBoxes since the disaster relief charity was founded in 2000.
Since 1974 the club has organised the Penzance Charity Fireworks Display and since 2008 it has also staged the Rotary Ramble annual sponsored walk.
These two enduring events have, over the years, raised many tens of thousands of pounds which have been ploughed back into local community causes.
Penzance Rotary is always be seeking new members.
Anyone possessing proven leadership skills and who can give an average of a few hours of their time per month is invited to contact Jon Symons at JonSymons@aol.com or visit the club's website at www.penzance.rotary1290.org
In addition, any readers who can lend the club either photographic or printed material relating the past events and history of Penzance Rotary are encouraged to get in touch with Jon Symons on 07941 860070.
Members are hoping to compile a detailed history of the club and its past presidents.