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About Jonathan Nish - Rotary in London Webmaster

Jonathan Nish grew up and studied in Durban, South Africa. After working in Finance and IT roles for listed companies in the Logistics and Retail sectors in Durban and then Johannesburg, he was persuaded by a friend to take a working holiday to the UK in May 1999 and cash in on the "Millennium Bug". Well over a decade later Jonathan is still in the UK! After spells with a Travel Operator and an internet startup in London, he joined the 1st Contact Group. Jonathan has worked on a number of web and software development, compliance, integration and change management projects and piloted new business units and products. He currently serves Sable Group as Head of IT & Operations. Jonathan and his wife live in Surrey. He enjoys travel and volunteering. Jonathan is an active Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and Past President of the Rotary Club of Putney

Rotary Young Citizen Bella in Brazil

Here is the video of Rotary Young Citizen Award Winner Bella Field, aged ten, from the Rotary in London District, speaking at the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday, 9th June at the personal invitation of the RI President Gary Huang.  The RI President invited Bella to Brazil after being impressed by her when he saw her at the RIBI Conference in Belfast when she received her Young Citizen Award.  She was nominated for the Award by the Rotary Club of Redbridge.

Special Invitation – send off for Ukraine Minibus

Dear Friends
On behalf of the District Executive Committee I am pleased to invite you to
JOIN other Rotarians on 27th June 2015 at 6 York Gate to send-off our
District’s gift of a MINIBUS to children of Ukraine (heirs of the Chernobyl

It has been a wonderful journey to complete this Rotary Foundation-led
project of international significance.

Important dignitaries will join us on the day to mark the occasion including
Ukrainian Charge d’Affaires – Igor Kyzym, possibly the Mayor of London,
Boris Johnson MP, and other notable Members of Parliament.

The District Executive Committee expects to see many of you at the event.
The  event form is available on District Website – click on this link:

I look forward to seeing you on 27th June at 6 York Gate.
Yours in Rotary
ŞÉGUN (pronounced: SHE as in shelter; GOON as in lagoon)
Chair, District Communications Committee 2014/15

Nepal Appeal

Name: Rotary Club of Dhulikhel
Email: [email protected]

Dear Rotarian and Rotary Club greeting ,

Nepal is passing through very hard time of its history and her people are crying. Rotary Club of Dhulikhel has been working to providing relief materials to the catastrophic earthquake victims that occurred 25 April 2015 of 7.9 rector scale. Already more than 6000 people died , more than 10000 people injured and more than 75000 houses were destroyed followed by loss of billions of rupees property. According to the United Nation , 8 million people are affected by this earthquake.

We need more support as more people are affected. You can visit our website: for details.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Rotary kicks of 2015 in London New Year’s Day Parade

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland kicked off 2015 in style as Rotarians took to the streets of central London as part of the New Year’s Day Parade on 1st January, 2015, watched by millions.


This was the first time that we have gone into the Parade as Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, rather than linking with a London Borough.


Dozens of Rotarians, dressed in bright yellow Rotary sweatshirts, were joined by members of the British Sports Wheelchair Foundation charity WheelPower, including former Paralympian and WheelPower CEO Martin McElhatton, celebrating the Rotary Wheel Appeal and the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympics.


Our entry featured a Steam Traction Engine called “Obsession” with Rotary Youth Makes Music performer 17-year-old Cody Lee and his band The Retro Boys playing on board a trailer behind.  Saxophonist John Fordham from The Jive Aces joined the band for New Year’s Day, playing their blend of Jazz, Swing, Blues and high energy ‘Rock n Roll. (website: )


Rotaractors and Interactors also took part in the fun along with future Paralympian hopeful, 17-year-old Emma Alexander, as we danced along the streets to the band’s lively music.


RIBI President Peter King along with RIBI Vice President Elect Eve Conway, Rotary in London’s District Governor David Palmer, DGE Toni Finkel and DGN Jeremy Jessell were there.   PDG 1140 Mike Thorn wore four foot Rotary wheels.


Eve Conway, who organised for RIBI to be in the Parade, said: “This was a fantastic way to kick off the New Year and raise the profile of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.  Rotary was mentioned by all the London New Year’s Day Parade Presenters along the route and we were interviewed by them.  We also featured on the live TV coverage of the Parade.”

Five hundred pounds was collected from the public during the Parade and this will be split with half going to WheelPower and half going to Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign which, when matched with the 2 to 1 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Polio pledge to Rotary, will become £750.


The Steam Traction Engine was built in Lincoln by William Foster & Co. in 1915 and was renovated by the current owners during a seven year period.


London’s New Year’s Day Parade has evolved into one of the world’s great street spectaculars with up to 10,000 performers from across continents, hundreds of thousands of spectators, and a ‘live’ TV audience of several hundred million. The theme for 2015 was “London on the Move”.  More details:



More details about WheelPower are on:

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Strictly Democracy 2014 Video

Rising female stars from science, technology, medicine, charity work and social innovation competed in a competition called “Strictly Democracy” during this year’s Houses of Parliament “Parliament Week” at Rotary in London Headquarters at York Gate, Regent’s Park.  
Five women contestants who are academics, entrepreneurs and campaigners were judged and a winner was awarded the title “Woman of Democracy 2014”.  Among the judges was Past District Governor Eve Conway, who will be President in 2016-17 of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and other Rotarians from the District were in the audience. 
Here is the video of the event:

BFWG Strictly Democracy 2014 from BFWG on Vimeo.

Rotary: The World’s Greatest Meal to help end Polio – Video

Great news, the Rotary: World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio fundraising campaign has now passed the $1million mark, with the majority of funds being raised by ‪#‎Rotary‬ clubs in Great Britain & Ireland, but we haven’t stopped yet!

It’s so easy to take part, watch & share this video, then sign your club up at Help us End Polio Now – and remember the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching all funds for ‪#‎polio‬ eradication 2:1.

Rotary Pain relief clinic celebrates 15 years

From the British Dental Journal…

Pain relief clinic celebrates 15 years

The Pain Relief Dental Clinic at the small village of Hansali in the Punjab, India celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on 8 February 2014 and marked it on 15 March. Hardev Coonar, Emeritus Consultant Oral Surgeon, was instrumental in establishing the clinic as a Rotary Project on his retirement from the Eastman Dental Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital in 1999. The clinic is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mill Hill and hosted by the Rotary Club of Sirhind/Punjab. Dr Richard Dunstan from London attended the anniversary celebration in March, and is pictured here with the current team at Hansali.

In 15 years the four-chair clinic has provided free dental care to 129,000 patients in rural Punjab and volunteers from many parts of the world have travelled to the clinic to offer their services in the spirit of ‘service above self’.