Founding Rotary members honoured at annual event

| 03/11/2009

(CNS): Al Thompson and Dave Phipps, both past presidents of Rotary Central and original charter members of the charity organization received awards for their 23 year commitment during this year’s annual charter evening. Many important youth programs and community resources are only made possible through the selfless acts of volunteers who give freely of their time, experience, and personal funds to make them happen. Rotary central is one of a number of organizations in which people give up their time to help others.

On Saturday 24 October Central Rotarians celebrated their charter night at the Lighthouse Restaurant with many members of Rotary Central and their spouses enjoying the good-humored atmosphere, along with guests from other Rotary clubs and community service organizations, the club said. Assistant District Governor Ray Whittaker was also in attendance.

 Several awards were presented as well as the two special awards given to founding members Phipps and Thompson. Paul Byles, the current President of Rotary Central said there has always been a need for individuals to take initiative in their communities. 

“When we see an obvious need, we cannot just sit back and wait for somebody else to take care of it.  We need to take ownership of our communities and work to make them safe and supportive environments for everyone,” Byles stated.

“That is what Rotary Central is all about, and those are the ideals that the two gentlemen we are honouring tonight have always promoted within our club, and demonstrated in their personal lives.”

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