Busy year for Rotary members

Morpeth Rotary Club President David Richardson gives his farewell address.
Morpeth Rotary Club President David Richardson gives his farewell address.

MORPETH Rotary Club President David Richardson recently delivered his end of year speech to members.

He said that during the year there had been 11 planning meetings, over 20 speakers, visits to other clubs, fund-raising social activities with a garden party, a Chinese meal, two concerts, a joint meeting with Morpeth Lions, five small lunch parties to pay for 50 water filters for the Congo and six visits, including one arranged to Newcastle Hindu Temple, for July.

Mr Richardson ended the evening by presenting cheques to seven local charity representatives and 10 Scouts.

He said: “It is always one of the most pleasurable duties of any president to be able to give away what we have left in the charity pot to help local people and projects and there has to be a special thanks both to the generous people of Morpeth for supporting all of our fund-raising activities and events and the volunteers and workers responsible for the vision and the hard work of running the charities and enterprises.”

It was also mentioned that individual members carry out regular weekly planning and volunteer work with a range of local charities and churches and help with bigger events such as the Morpeth Gathering, Talking Newspaper, the Young Technicians competition, the Mock Trials for school students at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court and the business forum at King Edward VI School.

Contributions have been made during the year to many causes including Shelter Box, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Disability North, and a number of local people and groups in need.

Other sports and social activities were indoor bowls, darts, snooker, golf competitions, general knowledge quizzes and a photographic contest.

Four new members were welcomed, but the highlight of the year was to induct Rhona Dunn as first lady member of Morpeth Rotary since it started in 1938.

Before Mr Richardson presented the cheques, he thanked his wife for all of her support over the year.

More than £2,000 was handed over to Barnabas Safe and Sound, Great Northumbria Air Ambulance, Northumberland Women’s Refuge, the Henry Dancer Days charity, DAWN for the Citizens Advice Bureau, International Mercy Ships, Morpeth RNLI Committee, Samaritans and Morpeth Scouts. For confidentiality reasons, not everyone was able to be mentioned in publicity.