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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. 

Tree of Light Presentation Evening

The Tree of Light 2014 Campaign reached a conclusion at the Presentation Evening that took place at Shifnal's Park House Hotel.  The record £38,200 raised during the campaign was distributed last night to the nominated charities.  

Youth Speaks 2015

The William Brookes School in Much Wenlock was the venue for the local heat of Youth Speaks 2015.   An audience of around 100 people heard the seven teams speak on subjects ranging from 'Is Islamic Extremism the Inevitable Result of western intervention?' to 'I'm a Celebrity - Can I Get Away With It.'  After lengthy deliberations the judging panel led by Jean Escott announced that the winners were the team from Newport Girls High School.

Young Musician

Eleven competitors from schools in the Telford area took part in the first round of the RIBI Young Musician competition.

In 2016 The Rotary Club of Wellington sponsored a 12-year-old competitor, Lillianne Ward from Charlton School in Wellington.  She sang two pieces, Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Defying Gravity by Stephen Proctor.  Unfortunately Lillianne did not make it to the next round.

Thanks from the Alzheimer's Society

Please find below a letter of thanks from the Alzheimer's society for the donation sent to them following the Gordon Banks meeting.

Dear Tom,

Round 2 Quiz Results

Congratulations to the three Wellington teams qualifying for the next round of the District quiz. Rotary District Quiz: Team Scores – Round 2, 2014-15