Category Archives: Club News

Kensington and Chelsea on TV

The Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea was featured on German Television on 20 August 2017.

The Club featured in the EuropaMagazin programme broadcast on the Das Erste channel reporting on the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the wealth differences in the local community and how the community was coping with the disaster.

A local resident was interviewed, and a community social worker before the reporter turned to the local Rotary Club, meeting in a nearby hotel.  Rotary was shown as an organisation concerned with the problems in the community and doing work that was needed by the residents.  Whilst the reporter emphasised the differences of wealth in the community, Rotary emphasised that everyone – regardless of their wealth – was willing to do their bit.

Well done Kensington and Chelsea – next time it will hopefully be a UK television channel.

Time Travel in District 1130?

The Rotary Club of London Centenary held a meeting on 10 August 2017 that may have been an opportunity to visit the future of Rotary Clubs around the world.  London Centenary is an e-Club and meets regularly on the Internet using the free Zoom software.  The atmosphere is comparatively informal and it is up to the individuals attending as to whether or not there is a meal!

Their speaker on that evening was the President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, Denis Spiller, who was putting his many years of experience in the IT industry to good use (outlined in green above).  President Denis spoke about the many initiatives starting this Rotary Year including People of Action, The RIBI Conference in Torquay and the move from Polio Teddy Bears to Polio Old Bangers!  He fielded many questions including the development of an e-Club for Rotaractors (aged 18-30), the size of Districts and the effect of size on their meetings, the need for a world directory of e-Clubs, and a major Public Image initiative planned for January 2018.

With Club Members and visitors attending from (in alphabetical order) Canada, Canary Islands, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Nepal, Sweden and Zimbabwe, this was a truly international Rotary meeting and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending.

As more and more new Rotarians find that time is at a premium, and that travelling time even on short journeys becomes more and more extended, this may have been a sneak preview into the future of Rotary around the world.

Lewisham and Penge Celebrate 90 Years

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Rotarians from all over the London District joined the Rotary Club of Lewisham and Penge on 12 November 2016 to celebrate their 90th Anniversary.  The Rotary Club of Lewisham and the Rotary Club of Penge merged in 2011 to form the new Club, but as both Clubs were chartered in 1926, the celebrations were justified.

The evening was very well attended, and a four-course dinner with wine was served with great professionalism and skill by the staff at Oakley House, Bromley.

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There was cake! And we were entertained by the South London Jazz Orchestra.  The raffle on the evening raised £1,000 for their Charitable activities.

Helivan Tea Party Well Supported

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A Helivan – the support vehicle that Rotary in London is fundraising for as a project to help London’s Air Ambulance – was the main focus of a Tea Party held at the London District Headquarters on Sunday 9 October 2016, organised with their usual efficiency by the Rotary Club of Pall Mall.

The event was well attended and the District Governor was there to add her personal support to the project.  There was a wide selection of biscuits, cakes and pastries that met with the approval of all those there on the day.  There was also a video that met with approval, and a report of a day spent with a London’s Air Ambulance some 12 years ago.

Well done Rotary Club of Pall Mall – it was a great event.

Lambeth Palace Opens for Rotary

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Rotarians from as far as California, USA were at the Tea Party held in the gardens of Lambeth Palace, the London residence of His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury on Friday 7 October 2016.

The weather was clement, dry and warm but not too sunny, and District Governor Helen took full advantage of the opportunity to meet the Rotarians, their friends and family who visited the gardens during the afternoon.

The event was a fundraiser for the Christmas Day Lunch organised by the Rotary Club of Battersea Park, and was a great success.

Happy 90th Birthday Ma’am

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Rotarians from all over London were invited by the Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Harrow, Councillor Krishna Suresh, to assist in crowd marshalling duties at two Beacon Lighting Ceremonies on Thursday 21 April 2016, celebrating the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

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The first lighting ceremony took place at Old Redding, Harrow Weald, close to the former home of W S Gilbert, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame.  The second lighting took place outside the Civic Centre Building in the centre of Harrow.

There was a strong turnout from the Rotary Clubs of – in alphabetical order – Edgware & Stanmore, Hendon. Harrow, Northwick Park and Southgate.  There was also support from Rotaract, the organisation for 18-30 year olds that works on Rotary Club lines. Once their marshalling duties were complete, the Rotarians and Rotaractors were invited in the Mayor’s Parlour for refreshments.

Southgate 90 years young!

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There was a fantastic 90th Birthday Party for the Rotary Club of Southgate and its members. The Birthday Party event was well supported by Rotary Clubs in the surrounding area, as well as the District Officers.  The Worshipful, the Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield, Councillor Patricia Ekechi lent her support to the event as well.  A friend of the Mayor has just become a member at the Rotary Club of Hendon which is another cause for celebration!  Long Service Awards were presented to  Rotarians Alan Shanson, Martin Griffin and Norman Brooker.  There was also a letter to President Tahsin and a Certificate of Recognition from the worldwide Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran from Sri Lanka, congratulating the Rotary Club of Southgate on their 90th anniversary.

Polio Conference Gets 5-Stars

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The Rotary Club of The City and Shoreditch hosted a most successful conference on 02 February 2016 at 6 York Gate, Rotary in London’s HQ with the title, “Eradicating Polio – The Next Steps”. Four Distinguished Speakers, and our own District Governor (the 5th Star!) were introduced by Club President Vincenzo Maini – pictured above – and they illuminated the understanding of the present difficulties eradicating polio, and the many problems that will come once the disease has been eradicated.

Professor John Edmunds, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine linked the sessions, Professor Paul Fine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, spoke about the History of the Programme, Professor Nicholas Grassly, Imperial College, dealt with the problems with vaccines over the decades, and what that meant for the Programme, and Professor David Salisbury, Associate Fellow from Chatham House, spoke about the problems yet to come.

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The event was most successful, with many people staying on for informal discussion long after the Question and Answer session had finished. There is still much to do, although there was celebration that so far, there have been no recorded cases of wild polio virus anywhere in the world since 01 January 2016. Well done, the Rotary Club of The City and Shoreditch.

Christmas Parcels Delivery

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The Christmas Gifts and Parcels bought by the Rotary Clubs in London were collated and sorted into the two recipient charities – The West London Mission and The Marylebone Project.

Picture above is our District Governor Toni, catching her breath before loading the parcels into her car for delivery to the two organisations.

The West London Mission (WLM) is a Circuit of the Methodist Church.  WLM has two city-centre churches at Hinde Street in Marylebone and King’s Cross, and three Circuit mission projects.  Each of the churches engages in worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism in ways that reflect Methodist tradition and their distinctive identity, history and context.  The circuit mission projects are professional Social Work, a student community at Methodist Chaplaincy House at King’s Cross and work with students and young adults based in both churches. These projects are expressions of our historic roots and the current convictions of Hinde Street and Kings Cross churches.

The Marylebone Project continues to develop and sustain its transformational work with women affected by homelessness.  We have sought again to invest in the women who use our services and the themes of Hospitality, Spirituality, Empowerment and Resettlement have informed our strategy and direction.  Each woman is unique and special and our ambition is to deliver outstanding services to our community, pursuing and celebrating improvement and achievements.  Below you will see some of the stories of women’s transformed lives.

DG Toni said, “I am amazed at the generosity of the Rotary Clubs in London, and I know that each of these gifts will be an event in these people’s lives that will be remembered for many years to come.  I thank you myself, and I thank you on behalf of all the recipients.”

Tips for Social Media for Social Good

London Rotarians have been sharing their love of Social Media with friends globally. As a result, published some information and top tips to help people use social media quickly. Also, a great chance to share some of our London rotary projects.

Here is a taste of my Top Tips published in the global social media magazine Autopilot your business:

“Top Tips for moving forward:
There are so many fantastic examples I could share about how great social media can be to help people with social good projects for any charity. For this reason, I will quickly share my top tips that may be worth considering, if you haven’t already.

1. Get Strategic: keep it flexible and realistic
Make a simple strategy to implement and use social media regularly, and as often as possible. This is really important to remember, as we often neglect it due to time and work-load pressures. Perhaps, start small by using just 3 sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube where you can share your goals and achievements quickly and easily. If new to social media, link with your local community first; then work towards a global strategy, perhaps using the top 6 social sites over time. Don’t forget there are loads of applications to help you plan and share even when not online.

2. Make Friends:
Embrace the power of social media to connect you with new organizations and make friends with others that have similar goals or purposes. Don’t worry if these are just short lived, keep an open mind and see how they work out over time.

3. Ask for Help: support & social media education
When sharing ideas, you can often find free support online from others in similar situations. Plus, you may need a bit of extra help or education as I did when progressing further with using global social media. Fortunately, I found a superb social media coach in Australia, Keith Keller, who is now taking me forward to use the top six social media sites. Amazing to now have five global experts teaching me, from all around the world! For info see https://autopiloturbiz.leadpages.net/oms-keith

4. Have Fun:
As I always say, make sure you have some fun when using social media and enjoy yourself too. Generate lively or happy memories that you can easily capture and share by social media with films, Facebook, pictures, tweets and pins for example.

So in conclusion, I feel that social media is perfect for generating extra support for social good. Also, social media can provide you or a charitable organization with the opportunity to really help others and make a difference to peoples’ lives.”

Hope that is might be of some use to help you get the most out of social media.

Have fun, Kaz Aston 07768904878
PR & Communications Chair from the Rotary Club of London