R.I. President Gary Huang
2014 - 2015
|Front row: Tricia Stewart: Rylstone & District Women's Institute, Mayoress of Kendal: Alison Clare, President of The Rotary Club of Kendal: Ruth Otway PHF, President of The Inner Wheel Club of Kendal: Janet Hughes, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria: Claire Hensman
Back row: Mayor of Kendal: Coun Tom Clare, Governor Rotary District 1190: Roger Mason PHF, Pres. Elect of the Rotary Club of Kendal: Rev. Martin Jayne, Vice President of Kendal & District Lions Club: Jim Briggs, Rtn Alan Radcliffe, Rtn Tim M. Keegan PHF, Toastmaster: Richard Mathews
On Wednesday 22 April 2015 the Rotary Club of Kendal celebrated 90 years since it received its Charter from Rotary International on 25 April 1925. Formed by the Rotary Club of Newcastle-upon-Tyne it was visited by Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International in the 1930's. In the 1940's it formed its first 'daughter club' - Windermere, helped in setting up Kendal Inner Wheel Club and club members played a key part in setting up the Lads Club in Kendal. Over the years it has been instrumental in setting up the first Abbeyfield Home in Kendal, two Probus Clubs, a second 'daughter club' - Kendal South Westmorland, and in establishing the Life Education Service in Cumbria.
On the international front we have been involved in mentoring a Japanese Ambassadorial Scholar, club members have led four Group Study Exchanges to the USA, twice to South Africa and most recently to India. We have responded to global disasters, collecting £42,000 to fund Shelterboxes following the Indian Ocean Tsunami. In recent years we have led a project to support a school in Khiraule, a small village high in the Himalayas in Nepal.
The evening was attended by 206 guests, visitors and club members with their spouses and partners. Toasts were proposed to Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Kendal and to the guests. The response on behalf of the guests was given by Tricia Stewart from the Rylstone & District Women's Institute. Tricia is one of the leading members of the 'Calendar Girls' who through their legendary calendar and subsequent film have raised over £4 million for leukaemia research. Her inside story of how the project came to be, and how it went global was hilarious and heart warming.