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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 Â£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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As we reach my penultimate letter, I find myself with a chronic bout of writer’s block. Well, I could leave it at that, but I’m sure there is something to say…
A big thank you to everyone that was involved in the Easter Parcels - I have no doubt that the club’s efforts were very gratefully received by their recipients.
Thanks also to everyone that helped out with the mock interviews – I hope these were well received.
Thank you to everyone that attended District Assembly – I hope the event was informative and you have some ideas and information for the coming Rotary year.
I was sorry to have missed the club meal at Kouchin – I hope it was an enjoyable evening.
As I am sure you are all aware, Club AGM is on 8th May – please can all committee chairs have their reports ready for this. Regrettably(!), I’ll be out of the country on business so I will miss this. Also, club assembly will be on 5th June.
Thanks to Simón, our speaker’s diary now looks quite healthy. There seem to be several interesting talks coming up.
I’ve read the Membership Committee report and think it is very positive with some good ideas in it. The continuation of our Club depends heavily on the success of our efforts on membership.
Finally, a big thank you and congratulations to Anthea for her huge efforts on ensuring the success the Global Grant application for the Sam Beare project.
Yours in Rotary
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.
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.
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.
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