We had a talk from Peter Montgomery of Mercy Ships, which was well received. We were reminded about the important work they do providing much-needed medical aid for people in countries with limited medical resources.
On Remembrance Sunday we laid the Rotary wreath at Ashford Memorial. This was a momentous occasion as it was the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War and there was a larger attendance than normal. Service dogs were in the parade for the first time to remind us of the role that they have played in wars and current conflicts. Thank you to the Rotarians who supported this occasion.
Some of us attended the Shepperton Aurora Youth Speaks finals, which was very well organised. Sunbury Manor School won the Intermediate and Bishop Wand School won the Senior Events. One thing that was evident was that the students, in their opinion, are taught how to pass exams but many thought they were not prepared for the outside world and must rely on extra-curricular activities to help achieve this. This is exactly what Rotary offers and underlines the importance of youth schemes such as RYLA. We should be seeing these students as potential members of future Rotaract Clubs, and we need to investigate the possibility of this.
Thanks to Ray Fogden and Vernon Leader for the planting of the crocus bulbs next to our Anniversary tree.
Thanks to Ray A for yet again organising the Christmas collections. It is fantastic news to have our new Christmas float ready. We are also happy to report that we have now erected the Christmas Tree in Church Road in Ashford.
We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a very Happy New 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.
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.
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