Rotary Club of Saughall member Andrew Errington was taken by surprise last night, 8 February, as he was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
District 1180 Governor Beryl Cotton, who is also a member of Saughall Rotary Club, presented him with the recognition during her official DG visit.
Andrew joined Rotary in 2012 and was Club President in 2015/16. Soon after Andrew joined Saughall he arranged a successful fund raising and social event at the Mercure in Chester and went on to arrange two very successful Dragon Boat Races, each bringing in huge amounts of sponsorship funds to the event. He has led the organisation of two Beer Festivals; one in conjunction with Chester Round Table and one the club organised independently. For the past three years, Andrew has taken on the role of Club Treasurer and arranged for the club to have a charity number and status with the Charities Commission.
In 2017/18 Andrew was Conference Chair for the District Conference and under the leadership of DG Beryl organised and Chaired a very successful and inspiring conference with 250 attendees.
He instigated the Membership Showcase in 2015/16 and 2016/17, enabling the Club to gain many new members. In 2016, Andrew joined the District membership team and assisted with organic membership growth, visiting around 30 clubs in the District, speaking about organic growth, recruitment showcases and sharing his experiences. His controversial presentation on modernisation and women in Rotary did not always go down well with some of the more traditional clubs, but long-term many clubs are taking on board his proposals. His programme of education and enlightenment has made a significant contribution to member numbers in clubs throughout the district.