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Visit to the East Lancs Railway

The Rotary Club of Wellington 'Railway Boys' enjoyed an excursion to the East Lancashire Railway based in Bury earlier this month. Apart from the interest in the railway shared fellowship with the President and members of the Rotary Club of Salford with Swinton who joined us for part of the day. This was the Club whose members visited Alan Fisher when he was seriously ill in a Salford hospital and supported Cathy when she was visiting him.

Funds for the PRH Bickerstaff Unit

Adventurer Steve Harpin recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Wellington about his attempt to break the world record for rowing across the Atlantic. In November/December last year Steve and six team-mates tested their minds and body to the limit, braving huge seas and horrendous weather during their epic 37 day journey from Tenerife to Barbados.

The 'A' Team Reach the Final

The final results from the third round of the District 1210 Fellowship Quiz came with the message, "Congratulations, your A team has got through to the final."

The team finished with a total of 129 points which enabled them to sneak in to one of the last two places available.

Quiz captain Richard Studd commented on the team's excellent achievement.

More 10-pin Bowling Success

On Tuesday 17th March 2015 The Rotary Club of Wellington were in action at Telford when they were drawn against Brewood. This game was evenly matched with both clubs taking the lead from time to time. With only two rounds to play Wellington started to draw away and finally ran out winners with a score of 706 against 607. The team of Daniel Scollard-Kerr [122], Graham Keay [12]], Andy Kaleta [105], Peter Seawood [132], Vic Young [81] and John Banks [146] represented the club.

Adams' Team Reaches RIBI Youth Speaks Final

After the local competition, where the team from Adams’ Grammar School came second, they made the courageous decision to change their topic to ‘Who Will Watch the Watchers?’ In the District 1210 final they raised their game, all three team members speaking with passion and gusto. The Judges placed them first.  

Sportsman's Night Success

Over 200 Rotarians and guests attended the evening to hear our guest speakers Lee Sharpe and Tony Jo. Lee gave a potted history of his footballing career with many funny tales which were well received by the audience. He afterwards was pleased to talk to everyone, sign autographs and have his photograph taken. Lee was surprised by one of the guests who told him that he hD attended school with Lee’s mother.

Joint Celebration of Rotary Day

There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs in the world.

The first meeting of a Rotary Club was in Chicago on 23rd February 1905. To celebrate this anniversary over 100 Rotarians from the five Rotary clubs in Telford met for lunch.

Some of the diners are pictured with members of their sister organisation ‘Inner Wheel’. Rotary is an organisation which exists to serve the community and share skills. More about Rotary from http://www.rotary1210.org/


Ten Pin Bowling Success

Captain Keith Mainwaring writes:

The Rotary Club of Wellington played the Rotary Club of Telford Centre on Thursday 19th February. Telford had only 4 players at the start so exercising our fellowship we allowed them to use their present members to take turns until their two members arrived. However the teams were evenly matched until about the fifth game when Wellington started to draw away.

Community Awards

The Rotary Club of Wellington regularly presents their Community Awards to people from the town who have put Service Before Self in their every day lives.  Recipients are nominated by mambers of the Club and examples are shown below.  

Margaret Whitehead [photo left] has been a leader of the Brownies for 40 years and Paulette and Bob Bruce [centre photo] have led the Telford Gateway Club for 30 years.