HISTORY OF SHREWSBURY DARWIN ROTARY CLUB
The idea for the formation of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury Darwin came from within the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury by PDG Bob Toon, then District Extension Officer who saw the opportunity for a club that offered something different.
He was aided by other Shrewsbury Rotary Club members Roger Hudson and Past President John Simons and further helped by Bob’s two daughters, Trish Curtis and Alex Gore. They met with Val Povall, Sheila Allum and Paul Mott for the first time at the Lion Hotel long before the club was chartered. Shrewsbury became our Mother Club and Roger Hudson later transferred to Shrewsbury Darwin and was our President. Trish and Alex were founder members but later left for pastures new.
The idea was for the Club to be dual gender from the start and to appeal to people who could have a meeting that promised to finish sharp at 8.30am so that they could get to their place of work. The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury Darwin received its Charter on 1 February 1995 The Charter was presented by District Governor Ivor Rees at the Lord Hill Hotel on 29th March 1995.
IN THE NEWS
Shrewsbury Darwin Rotary Past Presidents
Stack of Newspapers
Charter Presentation the first Club Members, 29th March 1995
Val Povall with President of Ironbridge RC presenting the illuminated roll of members January 1995
Charter Night with Rtns William Onions, Phil Freeman, Peter Davies and Eric Rock, 29th March 1995
Shrewsbury Darwin RC John Verrill Memorial Challenge Trophy, April 5th 2016
Inaugural Meeting Val Povall and DG Ivor Reece, January 1995
Charter February 1995
1st Anniversary Charter Dinner with Guest Speaker, 1996
Shrewsbury Darwin Rotary Club October 2016
Shrewsbury Darwin RC Summer Day 2009
Joint President Night John Rouse PDG Bob Toon Tony Povall Val Povall DG Mike Law, January 1997
Plaque from Sister Club 2007
Shrewsbury Darwin Rotary Club Christmas Party 2010 at Garmston House
Shrewsbury Darwin Rotary Club March 2016
Shrewsbury Darwin Rotary Club visit Lord Hill’s Column, 5th May 2017