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Message from the President, February, 2019

February has been a busy but exciting month.  Morden Rotary hosted the District Semifinal of Young Chef closely followed by District Final.  There were ten entrants for the final, all of whom had lots of supporters.  Our Mayor and the District Governor were there to give support.  Merton College were splendid in their help with hosting this event - we are so fortunate to have such a great venue for this competition.

The event ran smoothly and efficiently thanks to all Morden Rotarians who make sure that this is so. Everyone knew their role and gave full support.  It is good to have an occasion that runs well and is special –special for the parents and supporters and most importantly, special for the competitors who all put in such a huge effort and produce such amazing food.

The Regional Final of Young Chef will be held at Orpington College - so we can now relax and let them take the reins.

Morden Funday is to go ahead this year, 14th July – please note the date firmly in your diaries and watch out for our Morden Rotary stall.  Any event that we attend gives us the chance to showcase Rotary and to do something to support the community.  

We are a small club but every member is involved in everything that we do.  This makes for a successful and healthy club - working together to achieve our goals and playing a useful part in the community.

Rotary South recently held a meeting, ‘Thinking Differently’, to look at ways to refresh and reinvigorate Rotary.  So sorry I was not able to be there but some highly interesting and provoking ideas emerged from the meeting. I feel that it is the spirit of support and friendship that come not only from our regular meetings that is worthy of note but the automatic expertise and support we are immediately able to offer when we run any event.  A valuable asset to our community.   Barry will arrange a special membership meeting to give us the chance to discuss the results of the 'Thinking Differently' meeting and how we can respond to this.


Message from the President, January, 2019

The Young Chef District Semi Final took place on 26th January at Merton Technical College.  A big ‘Thank You’ to all of you who helped with this event.  Special thanks to Brian, Tony and Joss who endured the cold wind to put up banners and organise the car parking.  Thank you also to Stan for taking some great photographs.  The competition winners were Florence Pattenden, sponsored by Rotary Club of Fleet, and Oliver Trowell sponsored by Rotary Club of Banstead.  They now go on to District Final.  This is our next challenge as we are hosting the District Final of Young Chef at Merton College on Saturday, 2nd March.  Hopefully the weather will be a little better by then. Mark this date in your diaries now!
John Telford has organised a varied speaker’s programme for us this year and hopefully we can take advantage of this to invite friends and colleagues to join us at club meetings. Our next speaker will be Gregory Alleyne from the Wimbledon Guild.
We are all aware that Faith in Action are always in need of blankets and sweaters etc. in this cold weather.  However, they are also grateful for rucksacks or backpacks to carry belongings during the day.
It has been very nice to welcome our visiting Rotarian Hari Choudhary from the Rotary Club of Salford who has visited us regularly over the last few months whilst visiting his family.
Finally, looking forward to our purple crocuses appearing soon.


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