This blog will give an insight into the work of Rotary across SE England and Gibraltar, as I visit Clubs, take part in their activities and see the amazing projects that Rotarians are involved in. I hope that it will encourage new members to join us, have fun and make a difference, as well as making Rotarians feel proud of their work.
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THE MAGIC OF DISNEY AND THE MAGIC OF ROTARY
CHILDREN'S HOSPICE HOLIDAYS
Jim and I were treated to a most moving and wonderfully sociable event organised by Medway RC last Tuesday after returning from Gibraltar. It was buzzing, with I guess 60/70 diners including visiting rotarians and guests, some of whom had taken part in the Children's Hospice Holidays programme. Ellenor Hospice staff also joined us. IT WAS A CELEBRATION PARTY!!There were several presentations. The joy in the children's faces and the comments from their parents on the video clips brought everyone in the room close to tears.
Without ROTARY these memorable family experiences would never have taken place.
We have lost a daughter to Cancer so know first hand how memories are what we hold on to.
Medway Sunlight Rotary and Sidcup Rotary are partners in this project . Thank you.
WELL DONE ROTARY A MAGIFICENT ACHIEVEMENT
YOU COULD JOIN THEM
CONTACT DAVE HATCHER if you would like to here more about this project. Ask for a presentation.
Its fabulous. Well done Rotary. in Medway Sidcup and Medway Sunlight.
At the end of this special evening Rtn Roger Robinson was surprised when he was presented by Dave Hatcher with a Paul Harris Award for 10 years of full on activity working on the Hospice project. He will now continue working as part of the team but not in a lead role. Well done Roger.
Dave and President Tony were busy when photo was taken. Sorry. Past President Pauline came to give him a hug so here she is in the photo. mind you Dave might be spotted above!!
AFTERNOON TEA AT COOLINGS GARDEN CENTRE WITH ORPINGTON ROTARY CLUB
A most enjoyable afternoon event. with partners and visiting rotarians and friends. Thank you President Terry . Coolings had a special display of flowers in their greenhouse which was magnificent. I am not sure what they feed their plants on but their blooms are just way way bigger than mine!!!!
Wet Wickham, Orpington Satellite and Orpington Crofton all enjoying their afternoon the. !!
A super sociable afternoon. Thank you coolings for the Raffle Prize.
A big commitment but unfortunately necessary.
Regional Meeting in Chelmsford with other DGs
I met with the DGs in our Region along with our RIBI representative Tony Quinn once more. This was valuable as we identified items which we would like to be discussed at the RIBI Council in 2 weeks time. The preparatory on line meeting happens tomorrow at 8am. This makes the actual meeting smarter as people travel from Jersey, Ireland and Scotland to Alcester for it.
I heard that 75% of the clubs in the Essex Area are now entering their projects on Rotary Club Central which is on the RIBI website. Aiming for 100% so I hope you will all do this too. If you need help take up one of the training sessions which will be held in Bromley, Eastbourne and Canterbury. Good access for all!WE CAN REACH 100% TOO
The first of the Year with the full team from your clubs and representing you. Your AGs are circulating some of the outcomes of the meeting but I will draw your attention to 3 of them.
1. Bookings in final stages for ENGAGE in Canterbury. Its going to catch up with us fast only 6 weeks to go 7-9 September
2. Over the Dome with the DG for Polio will take place on 23rd October during the day. Watch out for sign up in August.
3. Council Meeting Sept 19- We will be sending details of an additional opportunity prior to our Normal Meeting. From 4.30 there will be presentation/ training chatting, followed by a Buffet and our normal meeting. Watch this space. Information will be sent to your secretaries in August.
Off to Plymouth for a flying visit to see 98 year old mum
This will make you smile
Sat for 2hours at Paddington waiting for my booked train - It would have cost £145 to go earlier if I changed my £26 ticket
Go of 7.45pm train with ticket for coach J Seat 22 No coach J. Was told this was because it was an old train and not the new train !!!! Not sure of the logic there.
Loudspeaker notice for passengers to use any seats
2 mins later over the loudspeaker NEWS We are looking for the driver but good news there is one in Reading. (We are in Paddington and now 8.15)
Laughed with passenger beside me . During our conversation I only to find she was a Mrs Parsons (Possibly one of your worst dreams folks ANOTHER ONE! )with son called Alex John as is mine. Coincidence eh!
Arrived in Plymouth after Midnight.
Saw mum 9am Friday morning .
For those who like ships here is a picture I took from her room of HMS Ocean now sold to Brazil!
Back Friday pm and off to Executive meeting 7.30 Saturday morning
MY APPRENTICESHIP CONTINUES
I HAVE ATTAINED
1 STAR BURGER COOKING
1 STAR BEER AND CIDER PINT PULLING
Keep inviting me and I'll get better. I am a quick learner.
BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL WITH MEDWAY CLUB
A brilliant event. I note that have an health and safety booklet for this event, so if you need help here give them a call!
I pulled pints for 3 hours and I was shattered when I eventually arrived home.
It was fantastic.
Over700 people all having fun, live music, conversation with families and friends and enjoyment in the sunshine. I am sure that a huge amount of money will have been raised.
Well done Medway Team. thanks for letting me join you.
A WEEK OF MEETINGS TOPPED WITH A TRIP TO GIBRALTAR
Note all your Club members involved. The District Team is made up volunteers from our Clubs. Could YOU help too?
We need a Health and Safety Officer Help with Marketing across District . There must be someone out there who has experience who could offer a little time. and Membership champions across the District. Not lots of Committee Meetings !! Promise.
Please phone me on 07901911172 if you have skills and are willing to help out. SPOT THE DG above or below?!! no phone calls or emails required !!Yes I was stopped at customs with the chain !!
This week I met with Brian Portway (Gravesend Club. )
Areas for discussion included ACTION on Public Image workshops for 2018-19District involvement in targeting key organisations across District to tell them about Rotary. and what you are doing. SO MUCH IS SECRET It would be really helpful to be able to use the final information from Rotary Central for last year. I will shout i…
MID SUMMER MADNESS
MAIDSTONE RIVERSIDE ARE WELL NAMED July 25
Riverside BBQ and Canoeing in the Medway
Another really hot afternoon and Rotarians were once more busy setting up gazebos ready to serve Young Carers with gourmet delights and drinks after an afternoon on the Medway. (Thank you Medway Canoe Club and Rotarians and family members of Maidstone Riverside Club)
What a memorable start to the summer holidays for these young people and me. Everyone really had fun, some getting MUCH wetter than others, swimming rather than canoeing! We played games in the canoes and paddled vigorously. It was a privilege to join them on the water even though I disappointed Colin Norgate by not falling in. He was posed waiting for the moment to catch me falling in !!!
OVER THE DOME FOR POLIO MEETING July 27
Thanks to Mike Martineau (Beckenham RC) and Christine Atkinson (West WickhamRC) who have now finalised the Over the Dome event for District. Details have been sent out to all…