The Rotary Crocus Campaign was the idea of 3 Rotarians from Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland:
Lynn Mitchell, PDG D1120 and the inspiration behind the crocus buttonhole.
For over 30 years, Lynn and her husband, were joint proprietors in retail.
A former Club President, District Membership Committee Chair, Assistant Governor and District Governor, 2011-12.
Lynn developed the idea for the crocus buttonhole in 2011. At the time Rotarians in RIBI were planting millions of purple crocus bulbs to support the End Polio Now Campaign. Lynn picked a purple crocus from her garden and wore it as a buttonhole to a Rotary Day event - and the idea for the crocus buttonholes was born!
Lynn’s vision was for the crocus to become the recognisable symbol of Rotary Day each year. In years to come, the tag that says 'End Polio Now' won't be needed - but the crocus will remain as the symbol of Rotary's greatest achievement, conquering Polio.
Lynn tragically died in 2019 but her legacy lives on in the great success that the Rotary Crocus has become.
Mike Parry, EPNC Zone 17 and PDG D1150 and the Foundation and End Polio Now expert.
A professional engineer & quality practitioner who utilizes his skills and commitment to support Rotary through Club, District, RIBI and Rotary International activities.
A former Club President, District Foundation Chair, District Governor, District Trainer and RIBI Foundation Committee member, Mike is currently the Chair of RIBI's International Resource Committee, a Rotary Foundation Cadre Auditor with experiences in Estonia, Romania and Kenya, a Director of the International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians and RI's End Polio Now Coordinator for Zone 17 (Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man, Ireland and northern England).
Mike is fully committed to the End Polio Now programme and a proud member of the Rotary Crocus Project Team.
Mike is also a terrible croquet player and looks for any opportunity to improve his game and reduce the number of bisques he has!
David Price, Rotary E-Club of London Centenary and former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
David is the fabic flower expert who has supplied the UK's Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Daffodil Appeal for the last 20 years.
He received a Regional Service Award for a polio-free world in recognition of significant active personal service toward the goal of polio eradication.
When not cooking for his family, he's often to be seen running in wild country, usually accompanied by his long suffering labrador dog. Pictured wearing a crocus hat on a 4 day, 110 km fundraising run in the Sahara which raised over US$2,000 for the End Polio Now Campaign.