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Rotary Citation

Nov 11th 2019 - PP John Williams received a Rotary Citation with gold distinction from PDG Brenda Parsons on behalf of the club. This was in recognition of the club's achievements during the last Rotary year.

Love in the Box

Nov 11th 2019 - This year club members collected 75 shoebox Christmas presents. The presents were collected by the charity Mustard Seed and are destined for children in Eastern Europe.

World Polio Day 2019


Planting purple crocus corms at Phoenix House, Sittingbourne
Planting purple crocus corms in Sittingbourne

GOOD NEWS! On World Polio Day, Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners announced that wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) had been eradicated worldwide.

It was also job done in Sittingbourne on World Polio Day thanks to some little helpers. A team of 8 club members along with other members of the public helped plant purple crocus corms outside Phoenix House in Sittingbourne on 24th October 2019.

The team lifted turf in the shape of the Rotary emblem before children stepped in to plant 4000 purple crocus corms. 

Purple has become the colour for the End Polio Now campaign for Rotary, and represents the colour of the dye painted on the little finger of a child's left hand after being immunised against polio.

We will now look forward to a splash of purple colour in the Spring.

In addition, Invicta had advocated Rotary's efforts in the fight to eradicate polio from this world over the past month on social media. We also assisted Rotary Radio UK by providing polio notes for use on the day, and Rob Fenton made a voice recording for radio about our club's efforts on this day.


Hoorn Visit


Visitors from Hoorn at Chatham Historic Dockyard
Visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard

We were pleased to welcome a party of eight from the Rotary Club of Hoorn in the Netherlands over the weekend commencing Friday 11th October 2019. 

Four supper parties were hosted by club members on the Friday evening. The Dutch party and other club members met up the following morning at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham where John Robinson acted as our guide. Following a tour of the Mould Shop and other exhibits, the group went on to see Slip 3 The Big Space before lunch. In the afternnoon the party viisted the sloop HMS Gannet, HM submarine Ocelot and WW2 destroyer HMS Cavelier, before touring The Ropery.

Dinner on Saturday evening was at The Dirty Habit where the Dutch presented us with a "Brexit" hamper in case of need. We were also given Kolf stick to commemorate our twinning arrangement.

The Wilkinsons provided Sunday morning breakfast before going on to The Sun at Bredgar for the final farewell.

Special thanks went to IPP John Williams for organising the weekend.


Congratulations Sam & Jenny


Sam & Jenny Wood
Sam & Jenny Wood with Joseph

Rotarian Sam Wood married Jenny Henderson at a delightful ceremony at The Black Horse, Thurnham on Saturday 14th September.

The “best man” was their son Joseph, who delivered the rings on time with considerable aplomb (and a little help from Claire Wood). Freddie the Lurcher also provided musical embellishment to the proceedings in his own inimitable style. 

The newest Wood Family are pictured here basking in the late summer sunshine.

(Report and photo by Steve Wood)


Working on our Public Image


Cycling for Kent Churches
Richard, George & Michael outside Borden Church

On Saturday 14th September 2019, George Cole, Richard Joy and Michael Downes donned their Rotary branded cycling gear and cycled 63 miles and visited 40 churches along the route. They were cycling in the Ride & Stride event organised by Kent Churches.

John Fisher, who normally rides at this event, raised over £300 in sponsorshiip instead.

The brightly coloured Rotary cycling gear drew many a remark along the way, and gave the three a chance to explain more about Rotary and helped raise the club's public image at the same time.


Golfing Success!

Sittingbourne Invicta was once again victorious at the annual District Golf Competition held at Boughton Golf Club yesterday Thursday 5th September. They bring back the team shield that has been won several times by both Sittingbourne Invicta and Sittingbourne and Milton teams.

The Sittingbourne Invicta "B" team of Chris Porter, Martin Williams, Alan Joy and John Frewin came in with a team score of 77 points, winning by a single point. They beat teams from Gravesend, Thanet and Canterbury Sunrise. 

The individual champion of the day was Sittingbourne Invicta's Martin Lukehurst who scored 37 points and will be bringing home the impressive silver trophy. He was joined in the Sittingbourne Invicta "A" team by Mike Gee and Patrick Philips. 


On the River Medway


On the River Meday
Social outing on Kingfisher

A few club members enjoyed a day messing about on the River Medway on Sunday 11th August 2019. This annual event on our social calendar also raised £135 for The Kingfisher Medway Trust. 

The club party travelled up river to Oak Weir Lock where they picknicked before returning to Wateringbury with an ice cream stop at Tea Pot Island on the way back.

Club members Dudley Cramp and Graham Ledger volunteered to help going through the locks and George Cole had a short spell steering the boat.


Congratulations John


John Fisher on graduation day
John Fisher on graduation day

Club member John Fisher has spent two years undertaking distance learning through Portsmouth University, and has recently been awarded with an MA. in Naval History.

Congratulations go to John who proves you're never too late to learn.

Club members are now looking forward to hearing John's talk on Admiral Nelson at our club meeting on Trafalgar Day.


President's Handover


John Williams & John Frewin
John Williams & John Frewin

On Monday 15 July, outgoing President John Williams handed over the responsibilities of leading Invicta to incoming  President John Frewin.

John, a founder member of Invicta, has taken just 30 years to step up to the "top job" in the club. At a ceremony in Hempstead House Hotel, he thanked John Williams for his efforts during 2018/19 and looked forward to a busy and enjoyable year ahead.


Visit of RIBI President


RIBI President Donna Wallbank visits Rotary Radio UK
RIBI President Donna Wallbank at RRUK

On Thursday 11th July 2019, Rotary Radio UK was delighted to welcome RIGBI President Donna Wallbank and her husband Steve to the studios at The Criterion on the Isle of Sheppey.

Rotarian Jenny Hurkett showed the party around the restored music hall, and Steve Wood and John Robinson conducted the studio tour. 

While she was here, Donna recorded a couple of jingles for the station and Steve interviewed her about her Rotary journey and her plans for her Presidency.


Pesky Pigeons Defeated


Ian & Chris at Sittingbourne Foodbank
Ian & Chris at Sittingbourne Foodbank

On the morning of 10th July a small group of Rotarians gathered at the Sittingbourne Foodbank warehouse, to assist their volunteer, Ray, in fixing 24 roller blinds to the front of the shelving units where food is stored. The blinds were needed as there are pigeons that come and go in the warehouse, and which can access food stock if unprotected.  

Rotary Club Of Sittingbourne Invicta successfully applied for a District Grant, which was matched in order to purchase the blinds and fittings.

The work was smoothly accomplished under Ray's expert guidance, and the pesky pigeons are now defeated.