Rotary Clubs Award to Annie

‘Paul Harris Fellowship’:

‘Jim Stafford, our chairman would like to thank the Rotary Clubs of District 1190 – not only for their donations which totalled just over £10,000 towards our new Sunbeams Training Centre, but also for recognition of our Chief Executive and Founder, Annie Mawson in presenting her with the Paul Harris Fellowship.  We are so proud of her, and we thank Ian Thomson, President of Rotary International and Tony Parrini, District Governor and print Tony’s speech in full, from Friday 5th June 2009 Rotary of Carlisle South Charter Dinner.’

Annie receiving her Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship award

Friday 5th June 2009 Rotary of Carlisle South Charter Dinner

Mr President, Mr Mayor, RIBI President Ian, Guests and Fellow Rotarians,

I have been asked this evening to say a few words and to make a presentation to someone I consider to be a friend and a friend of Rotary.

This is not the first time we have tried to complete this pleasant task, but for some reason or other our target has gone off the radar – the last time being our District Conference at Leeds.

This person is a Cumbrian through and through and although there have been many opportunities to jump ship, as it were, this friend has truly put roots down permanently in Cumbrian soil – in a big way.

There aren’t many people in this room this evening who have attended International Peace Conferences, met Cardinals, Bishops and Royalty. Equally, there aren’t many here this evening who have been seen on Songs of Praise or been heard on Morning Worship Programmes on the radio.

Following a successful career as a special needs teacher, our subject established themselves in 1992 as a freelance musician and at the same time, moved by the experience of working with special needs people, decided to set up a Trust that specialised in the Therapeutic use of Music for the special needs community. Working tirelessly, and often against all odds, mostly on a voluntary basis until the arrival of a Community Fund award in 2001, here is a perfect example of a person dedicated to their work and to the service of a community of around 17,000 people. It has also been a pleasure as District Governor this year to have nominated this person’s charity for special attention this year.

Latest news is that a much awaited Music Centre in Penrith now has Planning Permission and you can now Buy a Brick if you go to the Sunbeams Music Trust website.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

You’re probably on the same wave length by now!

But I’m NOT here to make another cheque presentation!

The Award by Rotary International of a Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest award that Rotary can make in recognition of a Rotarian or member of the Community for their good deeds in making the world a better place. Annie Mawson has already been recognised by the community in various ways, but tonight it's Rotary’s turn to add to those accolades.

Ladies and Gentlemen, would you please acknowledge Annie Mawson as I award her a Paul Harris Fellowship.


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