Rotary News – Camtrust & The Presidents Night

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Once again The Rotary Club of Ely have been able to make a further donation to Camtrust, a local charity specialising in lifelong learning for adults with disabilities and learning difficulties.
This money will go towards helping buy essential items for their centre, based at Impington, near Histon, Cambridge.
The purpose is to encourage independence and build the students’ confidence. An example of this is the renovation of old bicycles.


Rotary Mike Copping Paul Harris award 3 090416Saturday was the evening of  a great event in the annual life of Ely Rotary Club, for, as with every other Club in the world, the President held his “Special Night”, with sixty-six people this year invited by President John Dennick.
Amongst them were the Presidents of Soham Staploe, Downham Market, Littleport and Ely Hereward, together with Ladies’ Inner Wheel Club President, and Past District Governor John Samuel, who gave a brilliant speech outlining the work of Rotary, and particularly Ely Club.
They all enjoyed a special dinner provided by their “in-house” caterer Margaret Toft, who has faithfully served the Club for nearly forty years, driving down from Fosdike (110 miles round trip) almost every Wednesday for the weekly Club meeting, and for special occasions like this one. That’s over 5000 miles a year!
Entertainment was provided this year with a superb musical show by Harriet Maddox, singing many popular songs from the forties to the present day, accompanying herself on her piano, and with a few “extras” with accompaniment from professional recordings of band background. One “special” she performed like this was “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B”, one of the most famous Glenn Miller/Andrews Sisters numbers.
During the evening one Member received the greatest honour the Rotary movement can confer on anyone. For his outstanding service to the Club since joining in 1999, Mike Copping received a Paul Harris award, for all his help and assistance over the years, working hard at any project that needed attention.
The raffle, run by Rtn. Viv Doji very successfully made £250, and the President’s Charity £60 over the year, so the International Committee will make it up to £400, to be donated to the Children of  Bellarus fund.

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