ROTARIANS are toasting success after scooping a hat-trick of honours at an evening of celebration.
The Easington and Peterlee Rotary Club was presented with an International Rotary Certificate of Appreciation during the club’s President’s Night.
The certificate originates from the USA and is signed by Ray Klinginsmith, president of Rotary International.
The accolade was awarded in special appreciation of the club’s efforts during the Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign after the local group raised more than £3,000.
The Rotary’s campaign began around two years ago, in association with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which donated £1.78 for every £1 contributed by Rotary.
Rotary International set a target of raising $2m to stamp out the childhood disease in countries including India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria – and has almost reached its total.
During the same evening, held at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites, in Peterlee, Rotary long-service awards were also presented to members Clive Booth and Ken Gibson.
The pair have each devoted more than 25 years to the cause.
The club’s president, David Biermann, said: “We have been told we have been nearly successful in stamping out polio.
“Polio has now been eradicated from the world with very few exceptions, which I’m delighted about.
“For us to have contributed towards it is marvellous.”
Mr Biermann paid tribute to long-serving Rotarians Mr Gibson, a Horden-based optician, who lives in Peterlee, and Bishop Auckland resident Mr Booth, a lawyer with premises in Horden.
He said: “They have worked for such a tremendous amount of time in the Rotary.
“The type and variety of activities they have been involved in has been amazing.
“Ken is responsible for driving the Christmas charity sleigh each year and Clive has been a tower of strength and been chairman of committees for many years now.”
The event was attended by around 50 people, including Councillor John Hardy, Mayor of Peterlee, and Rotary Club district governor Tony Wortman.