The Narberth and Whitland Rotary Scarf story started in 2016 when incoming President Mary Adams and some fellow Rotarians were asked to form a line of honour at the funeral of a fellow Rotarian. Mary said: “All our fellow male Rotarians wore their Rotary ties, but there was nothing that made us instantly recognisable as Rotarians so I thought lets do something about it”.
Mary continued: “We set the challenge to a group of textile and graphic students at Pembrokeshire College. I met the then Principal Sharron Lusher and Curriculum Manager for Creative Studies Cath Brooks and the project developed from there”.
The brief was to design and produce a scarf that was affordable to Rotarians. Lecturers visited the club where Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club members debated and discussed a shortlisted set of designs before the final choice was made.
The winning designer was fashion and textiles student Mia Hewitson-Jones, whose design really impressed the judges. But the judges felt that the black blocks on the design detracted from the overall appeal, so it was decided to remove the block pattern and this required the expertise of graphics student Sam Stables. Sam tweaked the design and made it ready for print production.
The next challenge was to get the scarf produced. When prices in the UK proved prohibitively expensive, a supplier was found in Shanghai but the design first had to be approved by Rotary International before production could commence. Three years after the originally idea was put into motion the scarves arrived!
Sharron Lusher the then Principal of the College, now Deputy Lieutenant of Dyfed said: “It’s a huge achievement for the College students to design a scarf for Rotarians in the UK. Both students have shown talent and design flair and we are extremely proud of the two former students at the College. It really is lovely to see the final product’.
So ladies and gentlemen (please buy one for your wives to wear at Rotary functions) we have the scarves for sale. Price £20 plus P&P and all proceeds go to END POLIO NOW.
Head to our online store www.nwrotary.co.uk. Payment is via PayPal and a scarf could be heading your way soon. Our new President of Rotary GB&I proudly is wearing hers you can too.