Throughout 2013/14 the Rotary Club of Audley has been celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The Club have commemorated this milestone by installing a plaque on the Butchers Arms as this is where the first meetings were held in 1963 and indeed continue to this day. In addition 5 flowering cherry trees have been planted in the Nantwich Road Cemetery.

Although the Club have had significant International Projects this year, such as funding meals for 200 children for a whole year in Malawi, it has been in our community that we have been most active, helping many groups and individuals.

One unusual request for help came recently, via the Audley Community News, in the shape of a specially trained dog to assist a young lady from Audley who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.

17 year old Niamh has been unable to attend school and has great difficulty leaving her home due to the anxiety caused by the condition. This has severely restricted her life and she has not been able to live as a normal teenager would.

Photo above center Niamh’s parents Dave and Teresa Wright with “Arc” the dog and Past President Robert Edwards.

It has been shown that autistic young people have a special chemistry with dogs and vice versa as they sense anxiety and create a calming effect.

Arc, the dog, is already having a significant effect on Niamh’s life and the Club is delighted that it was able to contribute £3,000 to help fund this special project.

One organisation that deserves all the help it can get is our own Audley First Responders. We are so lucky to have such dedicated people to give this service in our community. However they do need a reliable vehicle and when we heard that their previous one needed to be replaced, we were delighted that our £5,000 contribution, raised from many Santa Claus collections made it possible.

The history of Audley Rotary Club is about its individuals past and present and the effect they have, when combining together to
make a difference.

We look forward to the next 50 years of Rotary in Audley. The next Rotary year is well underway with our new President, Jim McCabe and we look forward to the next 50 years of Rotary in Audley.

Pictured left is County Councillor Ann Beech with Paul Sargent, from the Audley First Responders. Ann is presenting a grant certificate worth £1300 from the Staffs County Council.

Audley Parish Council have also donated £1500 which went towards the purchase of the car.