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Events and Activities:
Cheque Presented to Air Ambulance
On Monday 2nd October, members and guests of the Rotary Club of Ashford met at Ashford Manor Golf Club to see a short presentation from Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust on their continuing operations and the excellent service they provide. The club was also updated on the introduction of their new and very versatile Augusta helicopter.
Also at the meeting, a cheque for £3,310 was presented to the Air Ambulance from the fundraising carried out by the club and past-president Simon Kroner. Simon chose the Air Ambulance as his charity when he was president of the club from July 2016 to June 2017 and raised half the money by undertaking a 5-day, 490 mile ride from Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle. Simon stated that he chose to support the Air Ambulance because of its ability to help anyone that needs urgent transportation to hospital – it’s a real life-saving charity. Simon also wished to thank everyone that supported him over his year as President and those who sponsored him, including local IT company Timeless in Ashford.
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.
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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