A massive "thank you" to everyone that supported the Rotary Club of Ashford over Christmas - especially those that contributed so generously to our seasonal fundraising. We do hope that all of you got to see or visit our Father Christmas - whether it was at a static collection or on one of the many evenings we collect door-to-door on the streets of Ashford and Stanwell.
Our door-to-door collections were exciting for us this year as we were using our new float for the first time. Everything we had organised went well, but we did have to cancel a collection one evening because of the weather - fortunately though, we managed to do that route another night.
Thank you once again for all your support.
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.
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.
Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.