Well, it’s that time of the year when we plan for our Christmas activities. It really is an exciting time when hopefully we be using our new float for this year’s Christmas collections. There have been lots of goings-on and a few panics but we have faith the float will be ready in time. Club member Mike has done much sorting and arranging for this and we are sure it will be a huge upgrade from our previous one with no leaks and a reliable music system.
Past President Anthea had her Past President’s meal at the Voyager Grill in Horton where we had Turkish style mezze. Those that attended had a very enjoyable meal with a difference and contributed to her charity.
We had the pleasure of meeting Alan Joel who gave us a talk about the work of Manna in Ashford, Staines and Stanwell. Manna provides food to those in need and Alan explained how we can support this valuable work for those who find themselves unable to cope on their own.
Club member Vernon Leader has agreed to manage the crocus planting project in support of World Polio Day. We are planning to plant crocus around our fiftieth anniversary tree in Scott Freeman Gardens near Ashford Station.
We had a social at Bella Napoli on 7th October with 30 people attending and enjoying a very relaxed atmosphere. The evening raised £280 towards The White Lodge Centre.
The Rotary Club of Ashford Sponsored the Ashford Memorial display this year and we were delighted that it won the Best in Class and later nominated as Best in Show. This all came about because of Vernon’s interest in the Ashford Horticultural Society. We also congratulate the Ashford Women's Institute gardeners who won first place for Best War Memorial in Spelthorne.
We have been very busy with our Dictionary project and 525 dictionaries were distributed to local school children. The dictionaries are being followed up with invitations to local schools for Young Photographer, Young Writer and, new this year, Technology Competitions.
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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