A New Member & Other Events


inductionToday, 2nd December, we had a very busy lunch time the highlight of which was the introduction of a new member to the club. Andrew Rigg, our President formally introduced Richard Thornton as a New Rotarian. Richard had attended a number of our meetings having been introduced to the club by John Robinson. John had proposed Richard for Membership and gave abrief resume of his career. Richard is a Civil Engineer who has been involved in the railway industry for many years and is recently retired. He has many interests but has joined Rotary not only for interesting meetings and social events but also to help others around the world who are in less fortunate circumstances.
royAlmost immediately afterwards, Andrew handed to Immediate Past President Roy, the Citation from the President of Rotary International which honoured the whole club for their achievements in citation2018/19. Over the year in question the club had worked hard to fulfill the arduous conditions for the citation. These conditions vary each year but usually involve increasing membership, having an active programme and helping the relief of Humanitarian disasters such as floods or earthquakes.

After that it was the turn of Club Member Max Hamps to receive the trophy for the heaviest salmon caught by a Rotarian in the NE of England 2019. It was handed over by Andrew who was the previous winner of the trophy.

We were then treated to a talk on Global Sight Solutions by David Houpt of the Newcastle Club. He explained how a small project started by the Guildford Club in Surrey had now become a world wide charity helping restore sight to many in the third world and also actively preventing blindness. A sustainable Rotary project that is doing a great deal of good work.more here