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Events and Activities:
New President Inducted
Monday 2nd July saw the induction of our new President, Peter Grainger. Peter joined the club for 5 years ago and has been a very active member in that time. After being presented the President's jewel by outgoing President Anthe Lacey, Peter's first job was to induct Vice President Kevin Butler who will kake over the Presidency of the club in July 2019.
Peter inducted by outgoing President, Anthea
Vice President Kevin Butler being Inducted by Peter
Kevin, Anthea and Peter
Peter's chosen charity for his year in office is the White Lodge Centre in Chertsey. The White Lodge Centre supports disabled children, young people and adults, their families and carers in Surrey and throughout the surrounding areas, specialising in care for those with a diverse range of disabilities.
Award Presented to Stanwell Sainsbury's
At a recent meeting we were proud to present a “Supporting the Community” award to Sainsbury’s of Stanwell in recognition of the help they have given us for the past few years with our Christmas collections and Easter Parcels.
The award was presented by our current President Anthea Lacey to Sainsburys’ new manager Mr Neil Wray. Neil took over his current post only 4 months ago but has been with Sainsbury’s for over twenty years. He took over from the previous store manager who we were dealing with previously and we are glad that our relationship with the Stanwell Sainsbury’s is able to continue.
The “Supporting the Community” award is to reward those businesses who help us to support the community, and without this support it would be difficult to continue our fundraising in the community.
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Dictionaries for Schools
The Rotary Club of Ashford are once again supporting the community with our Dictionaries for Schools project where we distribute free copies of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to Year 5 pupils in Ashford and Stanwell - that's over 500 copies. However, none of this would be possible without very generous donations from local Spelthorne and Surrey County Councillors and we are very grateful for their support.
Once the dictionaries have been delivered, they are stored at one of our club member's homes and each dictionary will be labelled with the date and who it is from. Arrangements are then made to visit the schools and present the dictionaries.
Awards for Service Above Self have been presented at a local school (Thomas Knyvett College) and awards were presented to local children for their poem-writing in commeration of the Queen's 90th birthday.
50th Anniversary Celebrations Continue
On the evening of Monday 29th February, members of the Rotary Club of Ashford, their partners, friends and distinguished guests met at the Runnymede Hotel for a celebration evening to mark Rotary Club of Ashford's 50th Anniversary.
Guests included Mr Michael More-Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Cllr Mark Francis, Mayor of Spelthorne and Peter O'Keefe, Rotary District Governor.
The evening got off to a magical start with local young opera singer, Zoe Baywer singing a selection of songs from opera - what a stunning voice this young lady has. A lovely meal followed and the evening concluded with speeches from our guests.
Two presentations were made over the course of the evening. The first one was to Gibbs Transport for their help over the years in delivering our Christmas Tree to Church Road in Ashford from Windsor Great Park.
The second award went to our current President Vernon Leader to mark his 50 years in the club (he was a founder member), his 5th term as President and his contribution to Rotary over the years.
The evening was full of fun was fun, fellowship and laughter - we had it all. All coupled with great food and hosting from the Runnymede Hotel. Definately an evening to remember.
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Club Recognised for 50th Anniversary
At a recent meeting, a certificate was presented to the club by current District Governor Peter O"™Keefe recognising Ashford Rotary Club's 50 years of service.
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