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A new chapter for Worthing Rotary Club

Baroness Bottomley, Sir Peter Bottomley, Duncan Anderson, Geoff Godden, John Rogers, Trish Sullivan and Jim Farley at Worthing Rotary Club's 90th birthday

Baroness Bottomley, Sir Peter Bottomley, Duncan Anderson, Geoff Godden, John Rogers, Trish Sullivan and Jim Farley at Worthing Rotary Club's 90th birthday

WORTHING Rotary Club saw in its 90th birthday with a celebratory dinner and talks.

The club, which was formed in March, 1922, hosted a series of guest speakers at the Worthing Indoor Bowls Club in Field Place, The Boulevard, Durrington, at the end of March.

And as well as the regular celebrations at the event, former club president Geoff Godden launched his new book, which charts the history of the club.

The book, called Rotary in Worthing – the Rotary Club of Worthing, 1922-2012, will be circulated among club members.

Mr Godden, 83, has been a member of the club for 43 years.

He said: “The book took about four months to write and covers 90 years of history.

“I gave the guests a short introduction of my book and we all had dinner together.”

John Brenton, who does PR and communications for the branch, said: “It went very well and Geoff is very well known in the town and gave a good talk.”

The event was also attended by MP for Worthing West, Sir Peter Bottomley, who is an honorary member.

Another guest was the longest-serving Rotarian in the club, Derek Gardiner.

The 88-year-old, of Cote Street, Worthing, has been with the club for more than 50 years, having started off in a similar organisation, the Round Table, before joining the Rotary club.

He said: “You generally left the Round Table at the age of around 40 – they gave you your metaphorical walking stick, a bottle of Sanatogen and said goodbye.

“I was a professional photographer and was invited to join the Rotary club and if you were invited, it wasn’t something you turned down.”

He said: “I still help out but obviously on a smaller scale than before, but I will continue on until they throw me out for being too decrepit!”

For more information about the club, visit www.worthing-rotary.org

 

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