Award No 3 for Newsletter Editor George Ayres
For the third time Hazel Grove Rotary Club has won the coveted Wingate trophy for the best club newsletter, beating competitors from the 43 other clubs in District 1050.
It was presented to the editor, Rotarian George Ayres, by the new District Governor, Margaret Hutchinson, who complimented him on his latest achievement.
George, who has spent a lifetime in the refrigeration industry, joined the Rotary club of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire in 1974. He transferred to the Hazel Grove club in 1984 when he moved north to open a national distribution company for a Finnish refrigeration manufacturer. He was President of the club in 1996-7.
The newsletter, called Theta Dot – the mathematical symbol for the rate of rotation – was launched by its original editor, the late Brian Rollerson, in 1999. When he was taken ill two years later George agreed to become its "temporary" editor – and has been producing it every month ever since.
"It's my happy hobby", he says. "I love doing it. There's so much variety in its pages, thanks to the excellent contributions from other members of the club".
District Governor Margaret Hutchinson was making her first visit to the club since taking office. She gave a skillful presentation of the challenges facing Rotary generally, emphasising Hazel Grove's successes in many areas of service to the community, and particularly the work its members were doing to support Rotary's own charity, the Rotary Foundation.
Hazel Grove Rotary Club meets at 6.45pm on Thursdays at the Deanwater Hotel, Woodford
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