News for 2017-2018

News items for the current Rotary year

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Rotary Radio UK

The project to establish a radio station for Rotary in RIBI was agreed at District Council on 15th February 2018 and the project team is now fully engaged in setting up the studios, installing the equipment and preparing for test broadcasting in March. 

The studios are based at The Criterion Heritage Centre in Blue Town on the Isle of Sheppey and are being built as part of a major enhancement to the Centre.

The Rotary Radio UK project team are now looking for enthusiastic people to join the team as music show presenters, newsreaders, news and sports presenters and others. 

Carols By Candlelight

Club members, partners and friends commenced the Christmas season with our annual Carols by Candlelight service at Holy Trinity Church, Milton Regis, on Monday 11th December 2017. Distict Governor Carol and Brian Vizzard also joined us for the service.

The Reverend George Rogers presided over the service, and the Freegard Singers lead the singing.

President Chris Porter read the first lesson, and other lessons were read by Penny Twaites, Ann Frewin, Steve Wood, Beverley Willis and John Williams. 

Following the Carol Service, the congregation proceeded to the Parish Hall where hot soup, crusty bread, snacks and a glass of wine were enjoyed.

Welcoming Sam Wood to Rotary

Sam Wood being welcomed to Rotary by President Chris Porter
Sam Wood & President Chris Porter

President Chris Porter was pleased to welcome Sam Wood as the club's first Associate Member on Monday 27th November 2017. Sam has already joined his father, Steve Wood, in working towards the start-up of Rotary Radio UK.

Sam, by far our youngest member, lives in Newington with his fiance Jenny and his dog Freddie, and has recently returned from a 7 month trip around the world.

World Polio Day

Planting purple crocus corms on World Polio Day
Planting purple crocus corms on World Polio Day

Tuesday 24th Octoer 2018 is World Polio Day, and to mark the occasion five club members took to planting 5000 purple crocus corms on Rodmersham Green.

Whilst planting was going on two landscaping contractors asked if we were planting crocuses. Yes, we replied, we're planting pruple crocus corms - now ask why purple and they did. Having explained that purple is the colour painted on childrens' fingernails after polio immunisation and that it was World Polio Day, they promptly donated £20 to PolioPlus. Thanks Lex and Ed for your donation.

District Conference in Bournemouth

Conference this year was held in a windswept Bournemouth from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October 2017. 

With nearly 400 attendees from across Rotary South East, Invicta was very well represented with a party of thirty accompanying President Chris Porter and Sue for the weekend. Once again Invicta were winners of the conference attendance cup.

As ever there was a mix of recreational and social activities, golf for some at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club, a club dinner on Friday evening, as well as conference dinner with music and dancing on Saturday evening. The formal session on Saturday and Sunday in the Bournemouth International Centre featured talks and exhibits, discussing Rotary’s activities and were a good opportunity to meet other Rotarians and discover new approaches and opportunities. 

Welcoming Lick Vara to Rotary

Lick Vara
President Chris welcomes Lick Vara

President Chris Porter had the pleasure of welcoming Lick Vara to membership of the the club on Monday 16th October 2017.

Lick, who lives in Stockbury, takes our club membership back up to 36 active members. We look forward to seing Lick and Annie at many of our events in the future.

Club Outing On Kingfisher

Club members on the River Medway
Club members on the River Medway

Club members enjoyed a social outing on Kingfisher on the River Medway on Sunday 6th August 2017.

An all Invicta crew (Richard, Steve, Michael & Beverley) along with nine Invicta passengers embarked from the Medway Wharf Marina at 10:15am and journey up-river to Oak Weir Lock where a picnic lunch was enjoyed by all.

An ice-cream stop was made at Tea Pot Island, Yalding on the way back.

As well as it being a club social outing, members also donated £150 to the Kingfisher Medway Trust.

Cricket at Canterbury

Although some purists may argue that the 20:20 Blast is “not cricket” a group of 14 club members, spouses and various offspring, took the bold decision to find out for themselves and attended the Kent match against Somerset at Canterbury on 27th July 2017.

The match began in warm summer sunshine and our group settled back to watch the fun, consume their food and drink and conduct an expert analysis into whether 20:20 can be construed as “cricket”. Big hitting is a feature of 20:20 and there was sufficient of this to keep us all happily involved.

Kent came out to bat after a short interval between innings, and members of the group began to don jumpers and coats as the sky darkened. We soon found out whey there is a duck in the Duckworth Lewis Method of deciding the result of weather-effected matches as the rain soon reached tropical volumes. At this point, we decided we had gained sufficient evidence on the matter of whether 20:20 is “cricket” and retired to our cars to consider the verdict. (Report: Steve Wood)

Club Handover

Chris Porter and Chris Bunting
Chris hands over to Chris

The club's handover meeting took place at Hempstead House Hotel on Monday 3rd July 2017.

This was a meeting with partners and marked the end of Chris Bunting's year as club president and the beginning of Chris Porter's Rotary year ahead.

Outgoing president Chris Bunting is pictured (right) handing the president's chain over to incoming president Chris Porter (left).

Once the formalities of the induction of the Officers had been completed new President Chris Porter started the next part of the Meeting by saying what an amazing Club we have and for the support we give to the Community. 

President Chris said he was looking forward to an enjoyable year during, which he was sure he would receive the full support of the Chairmen of all the Committees, old and new, and of the Members.

Paul Harris Fellows

Paul Harris Fellows
Steve, Rob & Roger receive their PHFs

Outgoing President Chris Bunting was pleased to have one last task to perform in his year of office. This was the awarding of Paul Harris Fellowships - Rotary's highest award for service.

So on Monday 3rd July Chris presented Paul Harris Fellowships to:

  • Steve Wood; past president of the club, now a volunteer skipper on Kingfisher and a presenter on Hospital Radio Swale
  • Rob Fenton; past president, current Public Image chairman and chairman of the Trustees of Phoenix House during a difficult period with the building threatened by council development plans
  • Roger Selling; a non-Rotarian, for his work as supervisor during the building of four Caterham Seven cars by young people at the Swale Skills Centre