AMHERST - The Amherst Rotary Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary in grand style on Friday when former political commentator Sen. Mike Duffy appears as guest speaker.
The dinner, planned for the Tantramar Theatre, will also feature the presentation of the club's annual Paul Harris Fellowship to a member of the community for his or her work in the community.
After a lifetime of journalism, Duffy left his post at CTV's Mike Duffy Live to accept a new challenge in the public service with his appointment to the Senate representing Prince Edward Island.
During his career in journalism, 'Duff' was known as one of Canada's most authoritative political commentators in the country. He was the dean of the parliamentary press gallery and was considered the journalist other journalists listened to.
Duffy, appointed to the senate in December 2008, was last in Amherst during last fall's federal byelection when the attended a function on behalf of Tory candidate Scott Armstrong.
He will be staying in Amherst to speak to Cumberland North Progressive Conservatives on Saturday.
The Amherst Rotary will use the anniversary dinner to celebrate its membership in Rotary International and to honour someone in the community that has upheld Rotary's motto of Service Above Self.
Last year, the club honoured longtime Amherst Little League supporter Gerry Cormier. Previous winners have included the late Theo Mansour, Roy Maltby, Phyllis Blumel, Jean Miller, Gil Collicott and Art 'Sonny' Foster.