Supporting London’s Air Ambulance

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The District Assembly Dinner held on 7 April 2016 was the first major event of the new Rotary Year starting on 01 July 2016.  Very nearly 200 Rotarians made their way to the Royal National Hotel in Central London.  The event was a great success and much appreciated by those that were there.  Our principal guest was Dr Jamie Moran from London’s Air Ambulance who held everyone enthralled with his description of the work he has been doing with London’s Air Ambulance.

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Our current District Governor, Toni ably supported by husband Michael, presented a number of awards and prizes to Clubs and individuals in recognition of their work during 2015-2016, as shown above.  Then it was the turn of the Incoming Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland President, London Rotarian Eve Conway to address the Rotarians. Eve has decided to call her Class of District Governors “The Eve-olutionaries”.

Our Incoming District Governor, Helen Antoniou, has proposed a London-wide project that will provide a support vehicle for London’s Air Ambulance service.  The vehicle will provide operational support to the two helicopters, moving equipment that either is too heavy or to bulky for the helicopters.  It will also act as a mobile operating theatre, and will be used for educational and promotional activities at schools and festivals.  It will carry the Rotary Logo alongside the London’s Air Ambulance logo.  This project has gained warm support from the London Rotarians.  “A Serving Suggestion” is pictured below.

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It was then Incoming District Governor’s turn to speak.  Helen introduced the new Rotary Theme – “Rotary Serving Humanity”.  She gave an excellent speech based on the 6 spokes of the Rotary Wheel, introducing 1) the new President of Rotary International – John F Germ – and the new RIBI President, Eve. The second spoke was for Foundation, and Helen told us about John Germ’s experience with his father’s polio.  The third spoke dealt with the Public Relations activities we will see this coming year in connection with the Rotary Foundation’s Centenary.  The fourth spoke was our Humanitarian Service, and the emphasis on it for the coming year.  Helen talked about the connection between Service and Public Relations, and between both of those and membership.  Membership is a key goal for the coming year, and featured as the fifth spoke.  The last spoke was reserved for Support, supporting Rotarians, Rotaract, Interact, Rotakids and Inner Wheel – the members of the Rotary family.  She concluded with a quote from John Donne’s “No man is an island”.  It was a powerful and moving speech delivered in a most professional fashion.

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We now look forward to an exciting and rewarding year as we work to show “Rotary Serving Humanity”.