Category Archives: In the news

Rotary in London on TV

Rotary in London featured on television twice over the Remembrance Weekend in 2018.

The first appearance was in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 10 November 2018 where some 25 Rotarians joined the parade with a traction engine, emphasising Rotary’s work in eradicating Polio from the world.  Two Rotary Polio Ambassadors – Konnie Huq and Anne Wafula Strike – we interviewed by the BBC as the parade moved through the streets of the City of London.

The second appearance was in the Remembrance Sunday Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.  A significant group of Rotarians were seen in a telephoto long shot which was also broadcast by the BBC.

District Governor Mike Wren said, “I am delighted that Rotary’s contribution to our society is being recognised in this way.”

Rotary Shelterbox Nobel Nomination

We are pleased to announce that ShelterBox has been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their humanitarian efforts in areas of extreme conflict.

As one of Rotary International’s longest established partnerships, this nomination is an example of supporting Rotary’s Area of Focus “Peace and Conflict Resolution”.

ShelterBox announced that it is honoured to learn of this nomination, which is a great acknowledgement that ShelterBox proves much more than material aid – they provide the foundation for recovery and the stability needed for peace – one family at a time.

The nomination reflects the incredible work done by the ShelterBox staff and volunteers around the world, and those who have supported them – especially the many Rotary Clubs and Rotarians around the world.

You can read more about the Nomination here.

Supporting London’s Air Ambulance


The District Assembly Dinner held on 7 April 2016 was the first major event of the new Rotary Year starting on 01 July 2016.  Very nearly 200 Rotarians made their way to the Royal National Hotel in Central London.  The event was a great success and much appreciated by those that were there.  Our principal guest was Dr Jamie Moran from London’s Air Ambulance who held everyone enthralled with his description of the work he has been doing with London’s Air Ambulance.

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Our current District Governor, Toni ably supported by husband Michael, presented a number of awards and prizes to Clubs and individuals in recognition of their work during 2015-2016, as shown above.  Then it was the turn of the Incoming Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland President, London Rotarian Eve Conway to address the Rotarians. Eve has decided to call her Class of District Governors “The Eve-olutionaries”.

Our Incoming District Governor, Helen Antoniou, has proposed a London-wide project that will provide a support vehicle for London’s Air Ambulance service.  The vehicle will provide operational support to the two helicopters, moving equipment that either is too heavy or to bulky for the helicopters.  It will also act as a mobile operating theatre, and will be used for educational and promotional activities at schools and festivals.  It will carry the Rotary Logo alongside the London’s Air Ambulance logo.  This project has gained warm support from the London Rotarians.  “A Serving Suggestion” is pictured below.


It was then Incoming District Governor’s turn to speak.  Helen introduced the new Rotary Theme – “Rotary Serving Humanity”.  She gave an excellent speech based on the 6 spokes of the Rotary Wheel, introducing 1) the new President of Rotary International – John F Germ – and the new RIBI President, Eve. The second spoke was for Foundation, and Helen told us about John Germ’s experience with his father’s polio.  The third spoke dealt with the Public Relations activities we will see this coming year in connection with the Rotary Foundation’s Centenary.  The fourth spoke was our Humanitarian Service, and the emphasis on it for the coming year.  Helen talked about the connection between Service and Public Relations, and between both of those and membership.  Membership is a key goal for the coming year, and featured as the fifth spoke.  The last spoke was reserved for Support, supporting Rotarians, Rotaract, Interact, Rotakids and Inner Wheel – the members of the Rotary family.  She concluded with a quote from John Donne’s “No man is an island”.  It was a powerful and moving speech delivered in a most professional fashion.


We now look forward to an exciting and rewarding year as we work to show “Rotary Serving Humanity”.

Minibus Journey from London to Ukraine

See the video of DGE Helen and PDG Dick as they drive from London to the Revival Centre in Ukraine.  On arriving at Kyiv in Ukraine, the partner Club on the project had organised a Media Pit-Stop, and the Revival Centre in Chernihiv had organised that a journalist and television crew were present for the donation.

This video only tells the story of the journey. Clubs in District 1130 requesting Dick and Helen to speak to them get the full story, and some background about life in the Ukraine today.

Please contact Dick Nathan by email to book a visit!


It is with the very greatest sadness that we have to announce the death of our friend, Member of the Rotary Club of Southgate and District Governor Nominee Jeremy Jessel. After a short illness, Jeremy passed away early in the morning of Friday 13th March 2015. All our thoughts and prayers are with Sue Jessel and the children at this most difficult time. The Cremation will take place at 13.00hrs on Wednesday 18 March 2015 at Hoop Lane Crematorium and there will be shiva at Southgate Progressive Synagogue, 75 Chase Road, N14 4QY at 20.00hrs that evening.

Polio Eradication in the Media?

District Governor Dick writes:
Many Rotarians have asked me about the publicity that Rotary International has received for its work on the eradication of polio. The General Secretary of Rotary International has responded. Please READ THIS and TELL ROTARIANS in your Club.

Rukhsar Khatoon the last child with polio in India
Rukhsar Khatoon, the last child with polio in India

“Rotary is receiving significant international media coverage this week for its role in the historic polio-free certification of the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia region.
Highlights include:
CNN International: India beats the odds, beats polio : World now 80% polio free, World Health Organization says
The Guardian: India may be free of polio – but the disease hasn’t been eradicated yet(op-ed by Archie Panjabi)
Reuters: Q+A: India at risk until polio is eradicated globally-Rotary
The Wall Street Journal Online: Q&A: India Eliminates Polio
The Huffington Post: Violinist & Conductor Itzhak Perlman LIVE John Hewko explains polio’s legacy

A complete report will follow. Please share the good news with others. I am also pleased to report that Rotary received extensive media coverage throughout 2013, with more than

  • 626 news organizations in
  • 35 countries featuring our humanitarian efforts. Of those,
  • 58 stories appeared in top tier international news organizations, including

Nine out of the 10 most influential ranked by Forbes, including the

  • Associated Press,
  • The New York Times,
  • The BBC,
  • Agence France Presse,
  • The Washington Post and
  • The Wall Street Journal.

Rotary’s role in the fight to end polio was highlighted in top-level, global media at unprecedented levels last year. And Rotary’s partnership with its celebrity ambassadors for polio eradication helped raise our digital visibility to new audiences via posts on and celebrity social media channels.

Yours in Rotary Service
John Hewko
General Secretary
Rotary International

Enclosed are a
Word Document with highlights and links to the coverage (41 page document).
Summary Report of Rotary in the Media 2013.

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.

Some Good News from India!!!


By kind permission of Rotary International in Great Britain and Irelandpolio-free-indiaOn Monday 13 January 2014, a significant milestone in the worldwide effort to eradicate polio was reached when India celebrated three years since its last new case of the disease. Official certification of the country as polio free will take place in March and a celebration is planned in February.

Long considered the hardest place in the world from which to eradicate polio, India is now a case study for mounting a successful disease response effort under complex circumstances.

In 2009, India was home to almost half of the world’s polio cases. The country then launched a comprehensive polio eradication effort to create a health infrastructure to eliminate the disease. This included a surveillance network of more than 33,000 sites, an army of 2.3 million vaccinators deployed during national immunisation days and strategies to reach children in the country’s hardest to reach areas. This resulted in the delivery of 900 million doses of polio vaccine in 2011 alone.

President of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland, Nan McCreadie said: “Rotary has worked tirelessly for many years to eradicate polio and we congratulate India on this tremendous achievement. It is a significant milestone in the history of public health and will have a lasting impact on the health of the country’s children. The lessons learned from India’s success can now be replicated in other countries in order to further eliminate the disease.”

Rotary has been at the forefront of the fight to end polio since it helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in the 1980’s. This year, every dollar raised for the End Polio Now campaign will be match funded 2:1 by the Make History Today campaign, which will match funds to a total of US$35 million per year until 2018.

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CSR Media Launch Event

IMG_6127x600On Thursday 19th September, a substantial event was organised at the Landmark London Hotel in Marylebone Road, London, UK. The Hotel was hosting the media launch of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative being taken by Rotary in London and the specially made video for the initiative. The event was well attended by the Landmark London Hotel management, by the Rotary Club of St Marylebone, both feature in a CSR video, and by the local charities who had been helped and supported by the partnership between the Rotary Club and the Landmark London Hotel. Also invited were Councillors from City of Westminster, management from the Lancaster London Hotel (sister hotel of the Landmark), local business associations and educational establishments. Also recognised were the team from Minamonfilm, who had gone the extra mile in so many ways to produce the video.


There were a number of speakers at the event, including many of those appearing in the video, and it was left to our District Governor Dick Nathan to place the CSR initiative into the bigger picture of Rotary Service in our communities, our city, our country and the world at large. Special mention was given to the Peace Day Project – a joint endeavour by Rotarians in London, New York and Ankara for the refugees able to leave Syria for Turkey.

The event was judged a major success, and the ‘shop’ is now open for further CSR initiatives.