90th Anniversary Dinner
90th Anniversary Dinner held at Oakley House, Bromley on the 12 November 2016
Prior to their amalgamation in 2011, both the Rotary Clubs of Lewisham & Penge were both granted their charters in 1926. As such the Club decided to celebrate their 90 years of service to the community with a dinner in November.
Planning for this event began in February with the formation of a sub committee, and their first meeting was held in March when the choice of a venue was made. This was decided to be at Oakley House in Bromley. 4 further meeting were held during which many decisions were made ranging from the menu, who to invite, speaches and entertainment (if any).
Once the decisions were made, we were delighted to have as our guests President of RIBI Eve Conway with her husband, Helen Antoniou 1130 District Governor and her husband, together with the District Secretary Dick Nathan with his wife. Many other District Representatives also attended.
We were also very pleased that the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Ian Payne, was able to join us but disappointed that both Sir Steve Bullock and Derek Johnson could not be present.
However, as Sir Steve was unable to attend due to a Remembrance Sunday commitment the following day, he very generously donated an excellent raffle prize that assisted in the Club raising £1000, £500 of which was donated to District Governor Helen Antoniou's charity, the Helivan Project.
In all nearly 150 guests attended this prestigious event, including our friends from the local Rotary Clubs of Greenwich, Woolwich, and Dulwich & Peckham, together with past members who had moved. Twenty members from our sister Club Riccione & Catolica specifically visited London at this time to participate in our celebrations.
With the projection facilities available to us we were able to offer an on-going presentation detailing the history of both the Lewisham and the Penge Rotary Clubs, with photos going back to 1926. Our thanks go to Rotarian Alan Davis for all the time he spent in preparing this Power Point presentation, and to all the members of both former Clubs who assisted him by supplying the many photographs and of course their memories.
To round off what was a very enjoyable event a "Rotary Cake" was shared between all those that attended before we were entertained by the South London Jazz Orchestra which rounded off a very enjoyable event.