Incoming President’s Mission Statement for the Rotary Year 2019/20

On 2 July 2019 President Gerhard Knecht became the 3rd President of Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Club

President Gerhard on Day One of his presidency, 2 July 2019.
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President Gerhard’s Mission Statement  for the Rotary Year 2019/20.


It is an honour and a privilege to be the President of the Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea for the Rotary year 2019/20. 2020 is a conspicuous date in our club’s history, as it will be 95 years since Kensington Rotary Club, one of its joint founders, was itself founded. It was one of the first Rotary Clubs and I want to prepare the ground for our centenary, which may be upon us before we know it.


Before the merger of Kensington and Chelsea I was a member of the Rotary Club of Kensington. So I am now seeing our progress from an alternate side to my predecessor President Oleg.  It will continue to be a challenging task to strengthen our club whilst continuing to merge and enhance the activities and projects that were at the heart of both clubs.  I would like to adopt a new design for our new Club banner and I have a favourite in mind.


Like my predecessor, I wish to promote and grow our local projects to get the Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea closer to our local communities.  We will also develop local projects in the very active and diverse community that is the present-day Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Charity begins at home. Fundraising begins at home too, but fundraising is not the same as raiding the savings of club members. We should continue to raise funds the traditional way and, maybe, my home in Kensington and Chelsea can be a conduit.


One of my main aims as club president is to be a guide and mediator to my fellow Rotarians. I have a strong belief that if we all work together successfully then everyone will benefit and individual thought can add much to the range of views.  We are all different, but we share a common goal, which is to make the world a better place. In addition to creating the new banner I would like to discuss the instances where specific politics or certain religion(s) permeate our club, grace and traditions; after all, we welcome all faiths and all political opinions.


It will not be easy to lead the club. However, I will do my best and welcome your help in any shape and form. I will be humble in my approach and, fortune permitting, I can hopefully surprise you with some good developments.  I am a strong believer that you should never take credit for other people’s work. 

However, now is the time for us all to work together; so now let us all go forward in Rotary together!

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