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Scholars’ Super Supper

Despite forthcoming examinations, seminars, tutorials and lectures, some 20+ Rotary Global Grant Scholars were hosted at Radlett Cricket Club by President David Rose and the Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Radlett on Monday 13 February 2017.

Despite falling temperatures and a nearly-full moon, the scholars that had managed to get time off attended this annual event in Hertfordshire. With scholars from Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, the USA and several other countries besides, each of the scholars was welcomed in their own language (or a very close approximation) by the Club Host Nigel Rogers.

District Governor Helen attended the event as did District Governor Elect Mike, with RIBI President 2018-19 Debbie.  Helen thanked the Rotary Club of Radlett for hosting the event, the Scholars for making the journey out of London, and the Rotary Foundation for its continued work in supporting Rotary International’s postgraduate scholarship programme for the last 60 years.

Polio Planting Programme

Many Rotarians from our District and further afield, described by the London Live Freeview TV Channel as an “army of volunteers”, assembled at the Benugo Cafe in Regents Park, Central London, before planting our ‘thousands’ of crocus corms on Friday 9 December 2016.

As well as members of our District, we had Ade Adepitan, Konnie Huq, Julia Roberts and Anne Wafula-Strike who are all Rotary International Polio Eradication Ambassadors. Stefan Levy of London Live was also on the scene interviewing the celebrities for the live broadcast.

With Judith Diment, the Rotary International Polio Task Force Advocacy leader lending important support to the event, as well as RIBI President Eve Conway – complete with her teddy bear – this was significant exposure of our work in the media.

And there was even more good news when we learned that there had been no new cases of polio recorded in the world that week, meaning that the total stayed at 34 for the year to date.

Adventure to Chickenshed

Rotarians were granted access to a “Rotary Performance” of Adventure to Oz at the Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate, on Thursday 8 December 2016, organised by the Rotary Club of Golders Green.  The Chickenshed Theatre is a theatrical group open to all, regardless of any disability, that puts on shows at their theatre in Southgate, and occasionally further afield.

Pictured above with our District Governor Helen are Scarecrow, Dame Margolet and Patchwork Girl, some of the key characters taking the story through the next episode after the famous Hollywood film made of L Frank Baum’s story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The production was enormously enjoyed by a full house of Rotarians, and would not have been one jot out of place on the West End Stage in London.  Well done Chickenshed – we all wonder what delights we will have next year!

The Name is Rotary INTERNATIONAL!


District Governor Helen made a ‘Virtual Visit’ to the Rotary Club of London Centenary, the Rotary e-Club that is based in our District.  With a little help from a laptop computer, Helen was able to meet and discuss Rotary with members in England, and in alphabetical order Cyprus, France, Germany, Holland, India and Zimbabwe!

After giving her inspiring address to the Club, there were questions on a Youth Programme for youngsters in Uttar Pradesh to work jointly with Rotarians in London, the availability of District Assembly training sessions to e-Club Rotarians, developing the use of Rotary Ideas with a PayPal Account, and developing the Communications network within the District.

With the Rotarians in central London shown above was the Rotary Global Scholar, Jeremy, who is being hosted in London by the e-Club.

The meeting lasted just one hour, but a lot of Rotary was done, and new friendships were forged. With just one meeting shared by Rotarians in seven countries, e-Clubs may have a key role to fulfil in the future of Rotary.   What better example can there be of “Rotary Serving Humanity”?

Rotarians Shown Appreciation




A large number of Rotarians gathered on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at the Imperial Hotel in Central London for a dinner to receive Appreciation Awards and Certificates from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Our principle guests were our District Governor, Helen Antoniou, and our Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and Director of Rotary Foundation UK, John Dunkley from the Rotary Club of South Foreland, near Dover.  The event ran like clockwork under the masterly control of our District Rotary Foundation Chairman Tom Hunt and his team of helpers.

There were certificates for many Clubs, Banners for the Per Capita Awards, and cerificates for the Clubs with the most donors to the Foundation.  The Surya Varsani Award was presented to Stella Russell of the Rotary Club of London Centenary in recognition of her work for over 5 years coordinating the 30+ post graduate Rotary Scholars who come to study at the many schools of London University.

John Dunkley then gave a short address describing the history of the Rotary Foundation, and outlining the difference that it is still making in the world today.

All those who attended had a superb dinner, and a most enjoyable time socialising with their friends, both old and new!

Lewisham and Penge Celebrate 90 Years


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.

Charter Renewed for Rotaract Club


Rotaract is the version of Rotary set up for 18-30 year old students and young professionals.

With their hectic life style – and some Rotarians can still recall theirs! – there is always a chance that their paperwork and their archives go missing.  District Governor Helen took full advantage when it emerged that the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon and Golders Green (HHGG) could no longer find its Charter Document.

A replacement was procured and presented to the District Rotaract Representative Carla Sateriale at a recent committee meeting.  The presentation came as a surprise to Carla, and the document will be displayed with pride at all the Rotaract Club’s Meetings.

Mayfair – more than Monopoly!


Some 17 provisional Rotarians attended in person, and 3 provisional Rotarians attended on line courtesy of “Skype” at the Provisional Rotary Club of Mayfair for the important business of electing the Club’s officers for the current year and for the following Rotary Year 2017-2018.

District Governor Helen was present at the special event (foreground on far right), and the business of the election was conducted with great care and attention to detail, under the supervision of a representative of the sponsor club, the Rotary Club of St Marylebone.

District Governor Helen described the new club as “Enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated to start their Rotary Service without delay”.  All the Rotarians in District 1130 wish the new Club a speedy progression to their Charter Date, and look forward to getting to know them and supporting their development.

Science Museum Supports Polio Eradication


At a special “Lates” evening at the Science Museum dealing with contagious diseases in 21st Century, Rotary International featured with its major successes in the field of Polio Eradication.

As well as a large stand supported by District Governor Helen and volunteer Rotarians from several parts of Great Britain and Ireland, Rotarian Judith Diment(left), leader of the Rotary International Polio Advocacy Task Force, was given a one hour slot in the main lecture theatre.  She was supported by two broadcasters Konnie Huq (centre) and Julia Roberts (the dancer – not the film star!) who had contracted Polio Myelitis as a child. The Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland President Eve Conway and our past Rotary International Main Board Director Peter Offer were also in the audience.


The queue to enter the Science Museum stretched around the block, and the main galleries were packed with young professionals.  Many knew very little about polio and were amazed when told that Polio is only a plane ride away from our shores.  Those on the stand thought that this was a really worthwhile effort in the week of World Polio Eradication Day.

Musician and Radio Broadcaster comes to Conference


Musician and Radio Broadcaster, the Rev Richard Coles came to our conference in Eastbourne to deliver a ‘Compare and Contrast’ presentation on his work and life experience, and how Rotary had featured in it.

Starting with his education, and his ‘escape’ to London, he talked about how he entered the field of popular music and suddenly found fame.  He partook of all that fame had to offer, until the musical coaster ride came to a halt.  He then turned to religion and the church, where is initial musical education had taken place.  He progressed well in the church and was on a short list of an advantageous position in central London, but then changed direction, taking a ‘countryside’ position rather than the one offered in central London.

He then started to understand more about the strengths in a community, and how positive the effects from a local Rotary Club can be in a community.  After heaping praise on us for several minutes, he then read a short passage from his new book which he was promoting.

An effective and entertaining talk that helped us understand better how we can orchestrate the best in our communities.