Grantham Journal caricature: Grantham Sunrise Rotary club’s Irvin Metcalf

Caricature of Irvin Metcalf, by Terry Shelbourne.
Caricature of Irvin Metcalf, by Terry Shelbourne.
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Irvin Metcalf, 66, has been part of the Rotary Club of Grantham for 14 years, and served in every role on the committee including as president.

Now he is leading the steering group setting up the new Grantham Sunrise Rotary club, which has started meeting fortnightly on Thursdays from 7.15am to 8.15am at the Eden House Hotel.

Irvin explains that they decided to set up a breakfast club because many people with jobs don’t have the time to meet at lunchtime or in the evenings, and they are keen to encourage more business and trades people to get involved with Rotary.

He added: “We are also looking for a greater ethnic mix of people, so that the club actually represents the mix of people in the town.”

Bringing the community together is extremely important to Irvin, and it is this which makes the Rotary’s annual Swimarathon so special to him: “We’ve said for years that even if we didn’t raise a penny, seeing the community support, the pews of schoolchildren, is fantastic. And of course it does raise a lot of money for local charities.”

He is also very proud of the vocational training that the club has provided in Kenya, with Irvin helping organise and interview qualified physio and occupational therapists who then went out to pass on their training and latest techniques.

Irvin has been part of the Rotary Club ever since he retired as managing director of haulage company J. O. Treasure at Triangle Park, Gonerby Moor – now Treasure Transport.

He is also a keen guitar player and member of The Onoband. He and his wife Pam, who is herself secretary of the Inner Wheel Club, have a son Adam and daughter Marie. Anyone interested in joining the Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club can contact Irvin by emailing irvin.metcalf@gmail.com