Dinner Guest Night - Hugh Ellison - 50 years in Rotary
Mon 13th November 2017 at 18.00 - 20.30
Last Monday a landmark event was celebrated by Penrith Rotary Club at the town’s George Hotel. Hugh Ellison had clocked up 50 years continuous membership with the club. This impressive and rare achievement typifies Hugh’s lifelong community service.
Last Monday a landmark event was celebrated by Penrith
Rotary Club at the town’s George Hotel. Hugh Ellison had clocked up 50 years
continuous membership with the club.This impressive and rare achievement typifies Hugh’s lifelong commitment
to community service in the Penrith area.
The current club President David Harrison acknowledged
Hugh’s outstanding contribution and was delighted to present him with a Paul
Harris Sapphire Pin, one of the highest awards in the Rotary movement.
As a Penrith lawyer, for many years Hugh was the Clerk to
the Justices in Penrith and the surrounding courts. He is a reader at St Andrews
Church, an Associate PCC Secretary and a former Director of Penrith Parish
Centre. At one time he also chaired Penrith
Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
In his reminiscences of 50 years in Rotary, Hugh revealed
the profile of former members who mostly were well known figures in Penrith
business and civic life.He then became
the club President and went on to
outline some highlights from his Rotary career.In 1967 part of the land around St Andrew’s Church had contained
dilapidated light industrial buildings until Rotary chose to turn the area into
a restful garden with seating, a facility still widely enjoyed by visitors. The
centrepiece is the impressive Rotary emblem in the flagged area.The cost was met in part through the efforts of
Rotarian Jim Monkhouse who was then a director of Carlisle United FC. This led
to a celebrated fund-raising football match in Penrith between Carlisle United
and an all-stars team, drawing on famous names from northern football clubs.Later the club converted a local building to
create Abbeyfield House one of the first
centres in Penrith to cater specifically for retired people.
Over time there have been many changes.The club now welcomes men and women into
Rotary, the idea of lunchtime meetings has given way to early evening
gatherings but the notion of public service still drives everything the club
does. For example it is not long since the current members completed a
comprehensive makeover of the former Coronation Gardens in Portland Place. And
each year the club achieves impressive results including community events like
the Lowther Trail Run and the winter fund raising Swimathon. Any money raised
goes to good causes, mainly local like Hospice and Air Ambulance, but also to
support international Rotary campaigns such as the worldwide effort to rid the
world of polio.
Hugh commended Rotary to the people of Penrith and hoped
that more people, men and women, would step forward to continue the club’stradition of support and service in the local