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Andrew Errington of Saughall Rotary Club has been honoured with the prestigious Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s Champions of Change Award for his outstanding work to boost Rotary in the local area.

Andrew received his accolade from Peter Kellner, chairman of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, alongside other community heroes from across the country at a ceremony in Cardiff City Hall Friday 18th May.

Andrew first considered Rotary when he was coming up to retirement from a successful career in the retail industry and wanted to give something back to society.

That was five years ago and since then he has actively raised around £25,000 for his club and taken on many demanding roles including club president and (his current role) treasurer.

Fellow Rotarians, however, say his greatest success is transforming the perception of Rotary in the area.

They comment that Andrew realised Rotary needed some energy to move it forward in Chester, and he introduced new membership approaches to his club and beyond.

His series of roadshows and questionnaires revealed that Rotary was still viewed as old-fashioned.

Andrew decided to show clubs how to overcome this with a dynamic 10-point plan explaining how to hold a showcase evening.

The results have been positive – with the first showcase evening producing nine new members.

The search for champions was carried out across Rotary’s vibrant network of nearly 2,000 clubs and 50,000 members, revealing endeavours ranging from supporting armed forces veterans with mental health issues to helping vulnerable street children in Swaziland.

Denis Spiller, president of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland, commented: “Andrew’s work has given Rotary in his community a new lease of life. He is a very worthy recipient of a Rotary Champions of Change award.”

For more information about Saughall Rotary, please visit: www.saughallrotary.org

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