Romaro (Romney Marsh Rotary) here with some news about what we have been up to and what we have planned. The biggest news this month is that we are now very close to having our brand new website up and running, our technical team are working night and day and when they (more accurately ‘he’) have finished work, they are managing to spend a few minutes developing our internet pages, see if it is ready when you have read this by visiting www.romneymarshrotary.co.uk – we hope to have it on line by the end of the first week in October.
The main event of the month was our Awareness Day held in the grounds of The Methodist Church on New Romney High Street on Saturday 16th September to raise public awareness and collect funds to benefit local charities. We were supported by the Saltdish Ukulele Group who entertained passers-by with a selection of songs and popular music ranging from The Beatles to Prince Buster. Club members Frank Thrower, Steve Aldridge and Patrick Gold (pictured) along with Trevor Harrison and Nigel Whiteley made themselves available to explain to anybody interested a little about what we do and the charities we support and to encourage people to consider joining us. Of course it wouldn’t feel right if we did our talking without having a collection bucket in hands and it is a testament to the good people of New Romney that we collected a net total of £115 to add to our charities fund. The reaction from the passing public was wholly supportive with many saying how much they enjoyed the band and supported the work of Rotary. With such a positive reaction we are hoping to organise a similar event in the spring or summer of next year.
During the month, club members mounted a raid on the Rotary Club of Dover and much more importantly agreed to donate £750 to cover the cost of a shelter box to be sent to the Caribbean Islands devastated by the recent hurricanes in the area. These boxes have been sponsored by Rotary Clubs around the world for a number of years and contain everything necessary for a family to start the process of recovery following a disaster of any kind, you can find out more about this important work at www.shelterbox.org
The Club were also pleased this month to make a donation of £250 to the Marfan Syndrome Association, a charity which works to alleviate the suffering of those affected by this relatively unknown disease which causes a genetic mutation of the connective tissues of the body resulting in disfigurement and damage usually to the face. The cheque was presented by our President to Ray Moses (a long time member of the club) at our regular meeting on 21st September. Ray and his wife run the Peter Moses Memorial Fund which provides support and training and does what it can to raise public awareness.
Look out for our 2018 Rotary Club Calendar containing quality pictures of local landmarks, an absolute bargain at just £5 + £1.50 p&p. For further details, please email our secretary, Frank Thrower at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our soon to be activated website at www.romneymarshrotary.co.uk
What’s coming up?
Forthcoming members activities and events include..
- Regular club meeting and dinner every Thursday at Littlestone Warren Golf Club; 7.00 pm
- Tuesday 3rd October; Cultural visit to Hythe on the RH&DR
- Tuesday 10th October; Group visit to Dungeness B Power Station
- Monday 23rd October; Club raid on The Rotary Club of Deal
- Monday 13th November; Club raid on The Rotary Club of Folkestone
- Friday 1st December; Christmas dinner & dance at Littlestone Golf Club
- 27th – 29th April 2018; Visit from Rotary Club of Gelsenkirchen, Germany
- Date & Time TBA; Walking Treasure Hunt around New Romney
Forthcoming public activities and events include..
- Saturday 18th November; Fund Raising Quiz Night at St. Mary’s Bay Village Hall
- Santa Sleigh Runs throughout December
How do I join?
New members are always welcome, please contact Sarah Day, our chief recruiting officer, on 07513 403398 or Stephen Hagues on 07900 736018 or by email to Frank Thrower at email@example.com