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Lytham Rotary Club members skyping Buena Vista Rotary Club in Florida
Lytham Rotary Club members skyping Buena Vista Rotary Club in Florida

The Rotary Club of Lytham has made history after hosting a meeting with an international difference.

Club members held a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista which is situated in the grounds of Disney Land, Florida.

Rotary Club of Buena Vista, the only club in the World allowed to incorporate the Mickey Mouse ears on their badge

Rotary Club of Buena Vista, the only club in the World allowed to incorporate the Mickey Mouse ears on their badge

The joint meeting with the breakfast club of Lake Buena Vista was made possible using Skype, and the lunchtime club of Lytham meaning time difference was no issue.

President Marti Trieschman of the Lake Buena Vista Rotary and its members were able to see and hear the difference in procedures and service to communities of a British Rotary club, while the Lytham members saw how the Americans operate.

Marti said: “The goal of the joint Skype meeting was to be able to share with members of each Rotary club the different traditions for those that are not able to travel to other clubs.

“As an international organisation, we are all connected in our goals to promote goodwill, fellowship and international service. This gave members an opportunity to hear what another club was doing to further these efforts.”

The goal of the joint Skype meeting was to be able to share with members of each Rotary club the different traditions for those that are not able to travel to other clubs.

Marti Trieschman, president of Lake Buena Vista Rotary Club

Each club began their meetings in their traditional way.

Clubs in the USA swear allegiance to the American flag, while clubs in Britain say grace and make a Toast to the Queen, the Duke of Lancaster.

Lytham Rotarians were also interested to find out that the Rotary Club of Buena Vista lays claim to be the only club in the world to have permission both from Rotary International and Disney World to have two black Micky Mouse ears on the Rotary pin badge.

The meeting was also a cause of double delight for the Rotary Club of Lytham as not only did the club induct two new members – they surprised long-standing members too.

Lytham Rotary Club: president Robert Dunn, Richard Wood, district governor Roger Mason, David Green and Keith Sutcliffe

Lytham Rotary Club: president Robert Dunn, Richard Wood, district governor Roger Mason, David Green and Keith Sutcliffe

Rotarians David Green and Keith Sutcliffe were awarded the Paul Harris Fellowships – the highest award bestowed on Rotarians, named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, for their service to the club and their community.

Lytham Rotary Club president Robert Dunn said: “Both clubs agreed the 45-minute session was a great success and it was fascinating to discover the many differences.”