Traditionally the Rotary Club of Wellington's awards Paul Harris Fellowships to those who give outstanding service to Rotary and to the wider community. When these awards are made the club tries to ensure that they are made individually and separately. This year the unusual occasion arose when Fellowships were presented to a couple.
On every Christmas morning - for as long as club members can remember - Father Christmas, alias Rtn. Tom Farmer of the Rotary Club of Wellington, together with Mrs Christmas and a group of elves have called at Farcroft Nursing Home in Wellington. In the residents' lounge areas presents are given out and opened while Christmas greetings are shared with all. Tom, whose birthday is on Christmas Day, first took on the role of Santa Claus in 1977.
It was with great sadness that members learned of the passing of Rotarian Alan Fisher on 15th December at the age of 68. He had been nursed in hospitals continuously since April. Firstly in Inverness then Shrewsbury and finally Salford. In each he battled valiantly against his numerous problems. Finally he was brought back to Telford to the Severn Hospice in Apley where he ended his days.
Besides providing service to the community which is the main purpose of the Rotary Club of Wellington’s activities, there is always the opportunity to take part in social activities, especially at Christmas time. This year has been no exception. The club’s choir (aided by their ladies) has been in full song. Carols were sung first at at Abbeyfields and then at Farcroft Nursing Home organised by Rod Kirby.
Club President Peter Martin contributes his thoughts as the year draws to a close
Where did those months go since I last provided some “ President’s Notes” ! Certainly a busy time with, as you will understand, both highs and lows, but the overall feeling that I am left with is that we are, undoubtedly, a thriving and healthy club.
Lesley Martin, club correspondent sends the latest news from Inner Wheel.
There have been a diversity of events over the last few months beginning with the sad deaths of two valued members of the club – Edna Rice and Kim Wardle. However to balance this we have several new members in the process of joining the club.