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Coventry North Rotarians celebrate 50 years of support for local and international causes.

By Bob Preston - Posted on 21 April 2011

Rotarians presented with long-service awards

Coventry North Rotary Club has rounded off its 50th anniversary celebratory year by honouring an impressive long service record by sixteen of its members.

They were presented with awards during a black tie dinner in the Manor Hotel, Meriden on Saturday, 16 April. The event was attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Kieran Mulhall and the Assistant Governor for Coventry and Rugby district, Alan James who presented the club with its 50 year certificate.

Awards were presented to those Rotarians with a record of at least 25 years service. The recipients have served Coventry with a total of 554 years, and include Rotarians Don Ford (40 years), Ron Taylor (41 years) and Charles Norman (45 years).

Founder member and Past President, Bill Storer was honoured for his 50 years of service. Sadly he was unable to attend in person for health reasons but he was praised for his continuing enthusiasm and commitment as Honorary Life Member.


Two members, Rotarians Bob Preston and Roger Woodward were also presented with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship award, named after the Chicago lawyer who founded The Rotarians as an international organisation in 1905.

The awards, each comprising a certificate, gold pin, and gold medallion on a blue-and-gold ribbon, were presented by Coventry North's current President,Dick Dixon, himself a member for 10 years and Fellowship award-winner.

He said, 'It is a great honour for me to be President again especially in such a special year. Since the Coventry North branch was founded, past and present members have put in an impressive total of over 2500 years of service for local and international causes.'

Since Coventry North received its charter in July 1960, the club has provided valuable support to a wide range of charities. Early projects for the Community Service Committee included the provision of a day room for High View Hospital, Exhall and a play room for children at Gulson Hospital, Coventry.

Over the last fifteen years, the club has raised more than £100,000 for many excellent causes including the Walsgrave Hospital Cancer Appeal, Baby Life Line, environmental and educational projects and support for nursing and respite care. It has also donated money to numerous overseas charities including Polio Plus, Water Aid and emergency support to people affected by international disasters.



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