An outgoing Rotary president has spoken of how proud he was that his club had been one of the first in the district to meet again after the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club’s presidential handover meeting Rotarian John Yeomans said members wanted to meet again for fellowship and he subsequently thanked the Prince Rupert Hotel for taking on the club and providing ‘magnificent’ meals. He spoke of the highlights of his year which included the visit of Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick that grossed around £19,000.

Other successes included crocus planting at Shrewsbury Abbey as well as the fundraising Tree of Light and Santa sleigh. He said the latter had been a ‘massive job’ which had resulted in raising a record amount of money. “The team effort involved was unbelievable in covering all the slots,” he told members.

Charities supported included the food bank, Operation Sabre UK and Crucial Crew as well as the handing out of books to every pupil at The Grange School.

In line with the Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self’ he made presentations to Rotarians Gareth Watkins, Bunny Parker, Peter Dimelow, Willie Strachan, Fred McDonogh and Peter Love. He presented the presidential chain to Rotarian Fred McDonogh who previously only completed 10 months in office due to Coronavirus.

Fred receiving the chain of office from John
John and Fred with the chain of office

Julian Wells

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