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“Disastrous London” Walk

On Sunday 8th October, Rotarians from across London met at the Barbican Underground Station for a walk through “Disastrous London”, a stroll including two famous pubs.

Our walk took us through Charterhouse Square (photo above) where we saw a model of the original enormous abbey that existed there, and learned about the lives of four famous Londoners from the Middle Ages.

We then moved on to Smithfield Market and learned about the origins of the name, and the martyrs who were put to death there.  We also saw where William Wallace was put to death and we saw the effect that the plague had on the churchyard of St Bartholomew (right).  Our spell in 14th Century was interrupted by a film crew who were filming close to the old Barts Hospital, where television viewers saw Sherlock Holmes jump from the roof!

Our excellent guide then took us to the Cutlers Hall via the Central Criminal Court and the former Newgate Prison which features in Charles Dickens’ works, and so we progressed from Ave Maria Lane to Creed Lane and refreshment at the Cockpit pub, once owned by William Shakespeare.

Our stroll then continued towards Blackfriars Bridge, and the Blackfriars Pub with its superb hand beaten copper panels – a delightful place at which to end our walk.  Our organiser and our guide both received sustained applause for this great walk.

Champion of Change Event

Members of the District Team assembled at the House of Lords on 26 April 2017 to congratulate Peju Oluyomi (wearing orange) as a national Rotary “Community Champion of Change” award. The award was presented to Peju by Rt Hon Baron Lord Hague of Richmond in recognition of her work as a palliative care nurse.

Peju has a heart for charity and for the community – in Basildon and abroad.  It was her commitment to the elderly both in her fundraising and using her professional care skills at home and overseas that led to her nomination by Rotary in London, District 1130.

As well as working unstintingly for the elderly in Basildon, she has championed a home for under-privileged children in Uganda as well as setting up a free health screening and treatment centre for thousands in Zimbabwe.

She has also been active in improving the infrastructure and facilities for health in Sri Lanka as part of the project partnership.

Peju is ‘not yet a Rotarian’, but her work sets an example to all Rotarians.  She is a most deserving awardee.

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.

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.

Robert Hunter Remembered

 

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At a dinner held in Central London on 3 February 2016, both Rotary Founder Paul Harris and Past District Governor Robert Hunter – who served for 60 years in the Salvation Army – were remembered.

The succession chain of District Governors were present at the dinner, and District Governor Toni Finkel gave an excellent address, pulling together Paul Harris’s life and travels, Robert Hunter’s life and travels, and also Robert Burns – Robert Hunter was born in the same street.

Numbers at the dinner were affected by the sudden move of date, caused by the threatened Tube strike, but the quality of the friendship was not.

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Those present were entertained by Robert Ellison and his accompanist David who rendered many familiar songs from musicals and a selection of ballads.

Slides from the PR Strategy Planning Workshop

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On Saturday 7 November, more than 40 Rotarians attended a Public Relations Workshop that dealt with understanding the strategy needed for a public relations initiative, and how to plan to bring about the desired effect – a change of behaviour on the part of the public.  With two case studies to work on, based on Rotary successes that had not realised the effect with the public that had been hoped for, all the attendees found the event useful.

Please Click Here to see the slides.  Once opened, you can download your own copy for reference.

 

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

RIBI Conference District Fellowship Dinner

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Many Rotarians from our District will be going to the RIBI Conference at Birmingham between 11-13 April 2014.

Whilst you are at the Conference, you ought to attend our District Fellowship Dinner being held on the Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Brunswick Square. The time of the meal has been carefully set so that those going to the Rotary Proms Night Concert will be able to enjoy our fellowship and still get to the concert hall in good time (a five minute walk from the dinner).

Please Click Here to open the Booking Form and come along to an excellent dinner at just £25 per person (a good price in Birmingham!).

IPDG Eve Conway Ghazi Wins

 

EveConwayImmediate Past District Governor Eve Conway Ghazi wins the election held by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) for the President in the Rotary Year 2016-2017.

Eve won an emphatic victory, with her vote tallying more than 6 times the votes of the runner-up. Full details of the voting can be found at this page.

The Rotary Year 2016-2017 is the year in which our 5-year Membership Development and Retention Plan comes to fruition, and is the year in which the final boundary adjustments of the Districts in Great Britain and Ireland end their transition process.

All the Rotarians in London wish her a successful year as the President of RIBI.