Tuesday meeting 12 for 12.30 p.m.

Tue 13th August 2019 at 12.00 - 14.00

Our annual Joint meeting with Rotary Club of Headingley to celebrate the visit of District Governor and Bradford Rotarian Manoj Joshi

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District Governor Manoj Joshi was welcomed to Aireborough accompanied by his wife and fellow Bradford Rotarian Bhavna, together with President Alan Wittrick and members of Headingley Rotary Club. He talked about his early days of Rotary, having fond memories of David Nerurkar, John Armstrong and Edward Robinson all former Aireborough members. He also thanked our current member Andrew Wilson for his long service to the District as Chair of Youth Services.

Fleeing from Idi Amin’s Ugandan regime in 1972 to he moved to in 1981 joining Bradford Rotary Club a year later. He spoke passionately on how we must all make sure that Rotary continues with the valuable work that we do. He is a steadfast believer in Clubs having the autonomy to be able to do what is right for them to see their Club and Rotary flourish. Like new G.B.I. President Donna Wallbank he is concerned with the number of Clubs that seem unwilling to change which does give worry for the future.

He is very keen that we use World Polio Day on 24th October to highlight the work that Rotary has done in the fight to Eradicate Polio and he is looking to have as many public buildings as possible lit up in Purple that day to highlight the Rotary Purple for Polio Campaign begun in 1985. This has regularly included immunising 1 million children in in 1 day.

He also pointed out how Rotary International had been voted for the last 11 years in as the most transparent charitable organisation and praised for the work it has achieved. He then presented scarves he has had produced for his year in office to Aireborough Club President Janet Appleton, Headingley President Alan Wittrick and Andrew Wilson as District Chair of Youth Services. President Janet Appleton ended the meeting by thanking Manoj for his influential address.

The night before six Club members attended an impromptu dinner at Roundhay Rotary Club where the guest of honour was G.B.I.’s President Donna Wallbank from Brynmawr in South Wale. Joining Rotary in 1997 at the age of thirty four she decided to continue in her profession as a hairdresser whilst taking on this very demanding role.

A very down to earth lady she gave a frank insight into how Rotary has impacted on her life and helped her in one of her main aims to develop the mental health agenda.

In her view Rotary needs to be more outward facing, publicising our achievements within our communities and keeping a keen eye on networking as a means of membership growth. This has to be part of recognising the need for change in Clubs and Districts to encourage working people to come forward to take up roles.





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