Rotary Club marks 60th anniversary

The Dungannon Rotary Club celebrated their 60th anniversary at a function held recently in Dungannon Golf Club.

Founder member Tom Dickson was unable to make the event due to ill health and good wishes are extended to him from president Jim and all the members.

The district governor Gerry Kierans and his wife Nuala travelled from Newbridge to join the club. Assistant district governor William Cross travelled from Larne, and Sam and Georgina McCrea from Limavady all attended the celebration.

It was fitting on the night that president Jim was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. This was given for his commitment to the Rotary values of humanity in service. This is Jim’s second time fulfilling the presidents role and having joined the club in 1982, and giving of his talents and time for the betterment of others, he is a worthy recipient of the award.

President Jim announced the Dungannon Rotary International Woman of the Year candidate, Mary Small. Mary works for Age Care in Dungannon and supported Rotary greatly with the Rotary and Tesco Tree of Remembrance and Hope during December. She is an example of selfless service and Rotary wish continued success to her and the Age Care club.

Rotary Worldwide have been working at eradicating polio and on the night Robert Doherty, from Post Polio Fellowship, joined the members and received a cheque for the charity.

Rotary would like to thank all those who supported the night and thanks to the local businesses who donated prizes for the raffle.

A tree was decorated on the night with 60 names of charities who all have received funding from Dungannon club over recent years. To name a few, Macmillan, St Vincent de Paul, Vineyard, Marie Curie, the Alzheimer’s Association, Cancer Research, NSPCC, the Hospice.

The list is extensive and the support of local businesses is what makes it all possible.