Events and Activities:
Christmas collections breaks record
The Rotary Club of Ashford would like to thank everyone that has generously donated to our annual Christmas charity collections over the 3 weeks leading up to Christmas Day. We have truly been amazed at everyone’s generosity that has enabled us to raise over £9,300 – easily surpassing what we raised last year. The money we have collected will enable us to support the local community over the coming year.
So many people whose houses we call at tell us that their Christmas doesn’t start until they see Father Christmas on his float and we really enjoy these collections knowing how many people enjoy seeing us. Over the course of 13 Street collections we estimate we have collectively walked nearly 500 miles and we were very lucky with the weather.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the help we get from other organisations and individuals – the Salvation Army for providing carol music and Spelthorne Mayor Councillor Alfred Friday for turning on the lights at our tree service and Spelthorne Scout Active Support for the help they gave us with our street collections.
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February's President's Message
Barely a month has passed since Christmas but already it seems a dim and distant memory.
I trust everyone enjoyed the Festive Season and are looking forward to the year ahead; not only in Rotary but also in your personal lives.
Christmas, as you all know, was a great success with us recording our highest ever collection amount. I know that there were a few hiccups along the way and I think my favourite one was having to push the float to get it started with the help of some of the locals who we had been collecting from; it’s nice to see that the community spirit lives on. I cannot mention Christmas without extending a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone that played a part in organising our Christmas activities and those that helped with the collections and other activities, and of course Spelthorne Scout Active Support for their help with our collections – we couldn’t have done it without them.
We have had a good start to January with an enjoyable and well-attended curry evening to raise funds for Sam Beare Hospice and the Air Ambulance. We also had the first of 2 membership evenings with discussions focussing on Friends of Rotary. We now have a way forward with this and I would encourage everyone to respond to Roy’s email on this subject.
February will see the second of our membership meetings and of course our hosting of the 4-Clubs’ meeting where our speaker will be Dave Godfrey from Shepperton and Pinewood Studios.
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.
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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.