Members of the Rotary Club of Mendip recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of their inaugural meeting with a formal dinner. The guest of honour was Her Excellency Ms Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė, the Lithuanian ambassador to the UK. In her address she spoke about the growth of Rotary in Lithuania since its breakaway from the Soviet Union and the many links forged with Rotarians in the UK, among which was a recent friendship visit by members of the Mendip club to two clubs in her country. It was a double celebration as it is 25 years since Lithuania regained independence. The ambassador was presented with a piece of Bristol Blue glass as a memento of her visit.
District Governor Judy Barnard-Jones attended the celebration and spoke about Rotary involvement in Lithuania and congratulated Mendip on its celebration.
Club President Mike Hiles outlined how Mendip hoped to strengthen its ties with Lithuania with an exchange of young business people organised by Rotarian Patrick Simpson.