A FORMAL dinner and concert at The Queens Hotel marked the anniversary of the granting of Penzance Rotary Club’s charter.
Some fifty Rotarians, their partners and guests celebrated the work and achievements of Rotarians across nine decades.
In November 1923, former mayor and founder president Alderman Howell Mabbott, JP, had accepted the club’s charter on behalf of the 16 founder members saying that “he looked forward to the growth of Rotary as a real step towards the brotherhood of man”.
Guests of president Di Hickman included Rotary district governor Stephen Lay and his wife Carol, MP Andrew George, former district governors Ron Temblett and Graham Hickman and the president of the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay Peter Johnson and his wife Gill as well as the first lady president of Penzance Rotary, Anita George, MBE, and her husband Peter.
The reception sponsored by St Austell Brewery was accompanied by a static display of Penzance Rotary memorabilia and photo archives while past president Jack Dennis, a member for 56 years, cut an anniversary cake.
Mr George provided a brief and at times amusing review of the achievements of the club and proposed a toast to The Rotary Club of Penzance while district governor Stephen Lay proposed a toast to Rotary and the work of Rotarians the world over.
Brought together by soprano Hannah Mary Pascoe specifically for the evening, five talented musicians and singers performed for the benefit of two charities – Hope and Homes for Children and The Family Fund, raising more than £200 on the night.
Hannah was joined by cellist and tenor Ben Hoadley, violinist Jack Vosper, soprano Ella Ellis-Bray and accompanist Clive Ellison performing work by Puccini, Saint Sans and Schoenberg.
Since their first project in 1923 when Penzance Rotary Club instigated the formation of a new scout troop in the town other particularly notable projects have included – the construction of the Boating Pool at Lariggan, a children’s imaginative playground adjacent to the Mennaye Field, landscaping of Mann’s Field and the provision of more than 40 iron standards for hanging flower baskets in Market Jew Street.
The club has also raised funds for the purchase of more than 70 Shelterboxes since the charity was founded in 2000.
Since 1974 the club has organised the highly successful Penzance Charity Fireworks Display and since 2008 it has staged the Rotary Ramble annual sponsored walk.
These two enduring events have, over the years, raised many, many tens of thousands of pounds which have been ploughed back into local community causes.
Penzance Rotary is always be seeking new members. Anyone possessing proven leadership skills and who can give an average of a few hours of their time per month should contact Jon Symons via JonSymons@aol.com or visit the club’s website at www.penzance.rotary1290.org