Events and Activities:
Christmas is here (just in case you had not noticed)
Once again, The Rotary Club of Ashford will be out weekday evenings in December collection money for Rotary Charities - accompanied as ever by Father Christmas on his sleigh. Please look out for us in Ashford and Stanwell but we cannot give out a timetable as to what nights we are collecting in what roads as this is subject to change at the last minute.
In addition to our street collections, we have put up the Christmas Tree in Church Road Ashford and will be having our annual carols around the tree on 7th December from 5.45pm. We will also be having static collections in Church Road Ashford, Tesco superstore and Stanwell Sainsbury's.
Please give genorously so we can continue to support our worthy causes.
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December President's Message
The season of goodwill is now well and truly up on us and I know that many of us will be very busy in the run-up to Christmas, not only with Rotary activities but also with family commitments.
Firstly, a big thank you to Anthea and Peter for organising the concert at St Matthew’s Church which I understand was a great evening, enjoyed by all and raised much-needed funds for the Sam Beare Hospice.
A big thank you to the Christmas Committee and all those that helped on the day to get the Christmas tree up in Church road; it was great to see Roger, Carole and Barry there on the day to lend a hand. The view from the top of the scaffold tower was amazing and I think it only fair that someone else should get the opportunity to see that view next year…
We have again had some good speakers in November; from Frank West, our District Governor through to a colleague of mine John Peaty, who spoke on the issues my organisation faced in producing maps over the Falkland Islands when they were invaded in 1982.
November also saw us welcome a visiting Rotarian and his wife from America, Emerson and Kathy Smith – it was lovely to be able to welcome them to one of our club evenings. I find it’s always nice to host other Rotarians and hear about their own experiences with Rotary.
Thank you to everyone that was able to attend the Remembrance Ceremony at Ashford’s war memorial on 13th November. It was quite humbling to be able to lay a wreath on behalf of the club in recognition of those that have lost their lives in the line of duty. I thought that the turnout on the day was very good.
For the rest of December, we have our annual Carols round the tree on Wednesday 7th and our Christmas meal on the 14th – I look forward to seeing as many club members and guests as possible at these events.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has helped in preparing the Christmas float this year – I know that this is no small job and that a lot of time and effort has gone in to it. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the float and our street collections and I know that everyone’s efforts will be appreciated by all that see it.
Sarah and I wish all of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.
Yours in Rotary,
President's Charity Bike Ride for Air Ambulance
On Saturday 17th September, Club President, Simon Kroner, will be embarking on a 5-day, 460 mile bike ride from London to Edinburgh to raise funds for his chosen charity, Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
He can be sponsored for this challenge on the Just Giving website...
President's Handover and start of new Rotary Year
Our new Rotary year started at the beginning of July with outgoing President Vernon Leader inducting new Club President, Simon Kroner. At the same meeting, Anthea Lacey was inducted as Vice President and Peter Grainger as 2nd Vice President.
Incoming President Simon congratulated outgoing President Vernon on his year as President and seeing the club through its 50th anniversary.
It is Simon's third time as club President and his charity will be the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. One of outgoing president Vernon's charities was the local Penfold Club and he can be seen in the photo below presenting a cheque to Marilyn Blowers of the Penfold Club.
In terms of activities, the year has had a good start with visits and talks from the Air Ambulance and local Sure Start Children's Centre.
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.
Click here to see more photos of the evening
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.