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Our BBQ Event at the White Lodge Centre went very well and was enjoyed by all. It was a rewarding occasion and lovely that we were supported by the Rotary Club of Feltham.
We are now well on our way with the dictionary project which is being well received by the local Schools of Ashford and Stanwell, this is giving us the opportunity to introduce the youth programmes that we are undertaking this year; Young Photographer, Young Writer and, new to the Club, Technology Tournaments. It is hoped that we will gain support for the Rotary movement in the process, and maybe new members.
Our speakers’ programme is looking good and has recently included some talks by our own members.
We supported the Studholme Medical Centre’s Flu Vaccine Sessions and we are continuing our support to the Heathrow Special Needs Centre.
We will be planting Crocus around our 50th anniversary tree and hopefully this will be a source of focus and a reminder about one of Rotary’s main challenges, the eradication of Polio.
As we are approaching Christmas, it is great news that our new Christmas float is being planned for a viewing, we need an expert electrician for the next stage, but it is very much hoped that it will be up and running for this year.
Dare we say "Chistmas is coming"? Well, you can't avoid the facts; the weather is cooling off, the shops are starting to sell decorations and lights and pubs, hotels and restaurants are advertising Chistmas meals. This can only mean one thing for The Rotary Club of Ashford - it's time to start organising our Christmas activities: the Christmas Tree for Church Road in Ashford, the Carols around the tree and of course our static and street collections. This year we will have a new float on which we will be taking Father Christmas around the streets of Ashford and Stanwell. The float is being built at the moment so watch this space for further news on this - we are very much looking forward to seeing it.
August saw two club evenings to raise funds for our President's charity - the White Lodge Centre in Chertsey.
The first of these was a curry evening on 15th August - good food and good company and £200 raised.
The second evening was a barbecue evening at the White Lodge Centre. It was a lovely evening and an enjoyable time was had by everyone that attended and helped raise £500.
Thank you to everyone who helped support these events.
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 take 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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