What our members say

Richard Field, Mike Moore, Jo Nolan, Christian Wilse

PROFILE OF RICHARD FIELD:

Photo Richard FieldRichard has a professional background in manufacturing and has worked for large multi-national organisations. Latterly he worked in the animal feed business. He is currently a Non-executive Director with Kent Community Healthcare Trust and is the Chairman of the board of Governors for Canterbury Academy.

How long have you been in the Club and what led you to join?
I have been a member of the FOB Rotary Club for 17 years. I joined Rotary as it gave me a chance to meet like minded business people in my local area, an opportunity to give community service and as we are an active social club to make some new friends.

What parts of being a Rotarian do you most enjoy? 
I enjoy most aspects of being a Rotarian and that is why I try and take part in most of the things that the Club does.

How to you manage the time commitment? 
The Club has moved to being very flexible as regards attendance at Club meetings. When I first joined I was working full time with a young family and although I could attend most evening meetings we couldn’t fully participate in all the social events and fund raising activities. As my family grew up and left home and I moved into semi-retirement we have been able to support more activities and social events. I always believe that you get out what you put in and I have always found the Club accommodating to members’ circumstances.

What community service or fundraising activities have you recently been involved with?
Each year the Club has a number of Community Service and Fund Raising Projects on the go. In the last year I have taken part in Mock Interviews and CV writing for 6th formers at the Canterbury Academy, marshalling at “A night to Shine” in Canterbury for Pilgrim’s Hospice sponsored run/walk, taking part in Kids Out with the Joy Lane School Autism Unit, running a Race Night in aid of the President’s Charities, numerous bucket collections at local supermarkets, working with local charities such as Age UK and delivering parcels for the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gift Fund.

How do you find the social life offered by CFOB? 
Very varied and entertaining. We have a number of visits to interesting places with partners including concerts, theatre, trips to gardens and a weekend away if you can fit it in. On top of this we have a monthly partner’s night where we will have a suitable speaker and finally numerous invitations from fellow Rotarians to dinner.

From July you are responsible for the club’s programme. What types of event are planned and is there a full and stimulating speakers programme?
I am putting together a full programme of meetings and events for this coming year. We will be having the usual speaker nights with a very varied range of speakers with talks on;- journalism, graphene applications, challenging adversity, the Grenfell Tower fire, just to name a few. On top of the speaker nights we will be also having a number of “out meetings” such as;- visiting a grain marketing and storage business, attendance at the “Rude Mechanicals” Show, mini golf and visit to The Chef’s Academy at the Canterbury High School. As regards the social and fund raising calendar there are a number of events planned from seeing a show at the Royal Albert Hall, the usual Safari lunch, New Year walk and a possible trip to the Normandy Beaches to Quizzes, Country Pursuits and bucket collections just to name a few.

PROFILE OF MIKE MOORE:

Photo Mike MooreMike Moore is our newest club member. He is a retired Chartered Accountant with many years’ experience working in the charity sector. He has lived in Faversham his entire life. Since retiring in 2015 he has devoted a significant proportion of his time to working with a number of local charities as Treasurer or Trustee, often working for vulnerable people and was formally treasurer of the Fynvola Foundation. He is currently a School Governor at Kent College, Canterbury.

How long have you been in the Club and what led you to join?
I joined the club in February 2019, having attended a number of members’ speaker evenings and some social events with my wife. I was encouraged to join by one of the current members.

What parts of being a Rotarian do you most enjoy?
Early days yet but I do enjoy the talks on a Monday evening.

How to you manage the time commitment?
Monday evenings are not too much of a problem, but I do have a lot of other commitments. It was explained to me that the club understands this and hopes I will engage as much as I can within my constraints.

What community service or fundraising activities have you recently been involved with?
Still early days, within the club, but I do have a great deal of experience from my engagement with other charities and I hope this experience will be of benefit.

How do you find the social life offered by CFOB?
Again, early days but it looks good and I certainly hope to partake in events, with my wife, when I can.

Mike's journey to membership followed the normal course for individuals showing an interest in learning more about Rotary. He first visited the club in November 2018 and was then invited to view the programme and select a few more events that he might be interested in. By attending these meetings, he got to meet a wide range of members from the club. Mike then attended a partners’ event with his wife and following this confirmed that he would like to join. We were delighted to formally welcome Mike into the Rotary family in February 2019.

PROFILE OF JO NOLAN:

Photo Jo NolanJo has a background in healthcare management and is currently the Hospital Director for One Healthcare a private hospital based in Ashford. She joined our Rotary Club in November 2017.

How long have you been in the Club and what led you to join?
I joined the club in 2017. My Dad was a Rotarian, so I know quite a lot about Rotary and I wanted to join an organisation that raises money for good causes and to be able to feel I have something to offer to support that. Also it’s a great way to meet and make new friends.

What parts of being a Rotarian do you most enjoy?
I enjoy the friendship and the ability to raise money and support local groups. We have really interesting speakers at our meetings, people and causes that I wouldn’t normally come into contact with. There is a real mix of ages and backgrounds and we have a lot of fun at our meetings, and the food’s quite good too.

How to you manage the time commitment?
I work full time, but as the club meets on a Monday evening it is easy to attend. There is no requirement to come to every meeting but the more you come the more you get to know your fellow Rotarians and feel part of the club.

What community service or fundraising activities have you recently been involved with?
We work with Canterbury Academy and support their students with preparation for the workplace and I am involved with this with conducting mock interviews. To me this is a really worthwhile venture and hopefully gives the students some good skills for when they start applying for jobs. The other event we ran last year was a Barn Dance, which was a great success and lots of fun, all the time raising money for our local causes.

How do you find the social life offered by CFOB?
We hold a number of social events, to which partners come along and every other month they come to our regular meetings. In the last year we have had a Barn Dance, Treasure Hunt, Safari lunch, Pub walks, been to the races and the Canterbury Festival and had a really fun Christmas concert and evening. When I joined everyone was really friendly and welcoming to me and my husband and I would encourage anyone to join our club for that reason.    

Would you like to see more females join the Club?
Rotary can often we seen as a club for older male members but it certainly isn’t that. It may seem daunting to join a club with just a few female members but if you are prepared to join in and support the various events we run, you will get a lot out of it. Rotary is an old institution but is very much modern in thinking and I would encourage any ladies to join our club, even if like me you work full time. You will get to meet an amazing mix of characters and have fun whilst supporting and raising money for good causes.    


PROFILE OF CHRISTIAN WILSE:

Photo Christian WilseChristian is a Norwegian from Oslo and a family man who has an entrepreneurial background  with experience within multinational corporations and the third (charity) sector. He is currently the UK owner/manager of Seniors Helping Seniors® an award winning elderly care service.

How long have you been in the Club and what led you to join? 
I joined in October 2015 - I had visited a friend in Mexico and he introduced me to the Rotary Concept. Having recently started my local business and lacking  roots in the community (I have mostly travelled abroad in business), it has given me a better understanding of my community and has given me a network of dedicated people that are kind and helpful from so many different walks of life.

What parts of being a Rotarian do you most enjoy? 
The joy of being part of a group of individuals who are trustworthy, dedicated, helpful and work towards common goals. It also gives a broad experience in networking with peers you would not otherwise meet.

How to you manage the time commitment? 
At times I struggle, especially to be part of social events as they are sometimes during working hours. Working at least 6 days a week with a big group of employees is demanding and my work hours can at times push Rotary to one side. The Monday evenings meetings are less demanding overall.

What community service or fundraising activities have you recently been involved with?
I have delivered the Lord Mayor’s Christmas parcels regularly since I joined and my last fundraising activity was tin shaking at a supermarket. I try to participate in as many activities as possible during the year and/or support the causes that we are involved in.

How do you find the social life offered by CFOB? 
Very active but I struggle to participate at times for reasons mentioned above.

You have a particular interest in international support, how does Rotary help in this area?
As a foreign national with broad foreign business experience, I believe this is the reason why this role has been offered to me for the last 3 years. Rotary has a very broad international presence and appeal and its history of helping and aiding local small as well as big international tasks. I am impressed by the way that the worldwide Rotary Club has made a big difference to many people. From Shelter boxes in emergency situations, providing sanitary improvement to a local village in Africa, educating teachers in Nepal to being part of the ending  Polio together campaign in conjunction with the B&M Gates foundation - Rotary has a massive impact on the International scene of support.