At a Gala Dinner in the Elstree and Borehamwood film studios, the new Rotary Club of The Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood received their Charter and their Membership Pins on Thursday 15 November 2018.
The Club has been active for some time, originally starting as a Satellite Meeting of the Elstree and Borehamwood Club, but its growth continued steadily, especially when the projects in the community came on line.
With a host of Rotary Dignatories present, the Club announced several forthcoming events and was toasted by all those present.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”