Welcome to our newsletter for the month of July 2018, our first anniversary edition. We have been delighted at the positive response we’ve had over the last 12 months and we are hoping for more of the same in the year to come.
For any new readers we may have, I am Romaro and I am (almost) an acronym for Romney Marsh Rotary and I am very pleased to welcome you on board. Our aim is to promote the Rotary Club of Romney Marsh and tell you a little about our activities and the various groups, charities and individuals that we support along the way. The club has been involved with helping local community groups and those less fortunate than ourselves for as long as many in our area can remember, in fact this coming year (which for some odd reason starts on 1st July) will mark our 50th anniversary.
2017/18 has been a very enjoyable year under the guidance of Stephen Hagues, but the reins and trappings of leadership have now been passed to our new president Nigel Whiteley and, as you can see from the picture, he is now in possession of a very nice chain and badge to prove it! Nigel was inaugurated at a very enjoyable handover dinner held at Sotorio’s in Greatstone at the end of June and has put together a talented team to make up his Leader’s Group to support him and help where they can to make 2018/19 equally memorable. In a brief (for him) acceptance speech at the dinner he said that his aim is to maintain the club’s traditions of harmony and fun while promoting community spirit and goodwill, seeking further collaboration with other clubs in the local area and of course raising funds for distribution to local, national and international good causes.
The charities to be proposed for consideration by the club for this year are likely to include Pilgrims Hospice, Hi Kent, Demelza House, Parkinson’s Society and Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline with consideration also being given to CARM and Lydd Dementia Café but we are always open to requests from community groups or individuals who need a little extra help.
In the last two years the club has given in excess of £20,000 to a variety of local charities and organisations including those listed above but also to Porchlight, Sea Cadets, Scouts, Social Services, RNLI (Littlestone) and Kids Cancer Respite Care as well as donating to help Polio Plus, Mercy Ships, MS Society, Shelter Boxes (providing emergency disaster relief all over the world) and a host of smaller grants to give a little help where needed.
We are already planning the year’s events which will once again include the Santa Sleigh collections in December, a concert night with interval food and raffle, another quiz night, a possible golf day and hopefully some joint events in collaboration with the New Romney Bowls Club and the Varne Sailing Club.
A small group of Children from the Ukraine together with the organisers of their visit to the UK performed at a party held in All Saints Church Hall, St. Mary’s Bay at the end of June. With a mixture of traditional Ukrainian folk songs, solo piano pieces, poetry and more they enthralled and entertained a captive audience which included a good number of Rotary members. Thanks to the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity these children, whose health is still affected by the nuclear disaster of the 1980s, have been able to come over to the New Romney area as a well earned break for a few weeks. Whilst here they receive a mix of medical check up care , sightseeing and other cultural trips designed to boost their awareness and, by definition, improve their English Language skills.
Pictured left are our new president, Sarah Day the local organiser of the charity here on the Marsh and a club member, the Mayor of New Romney, Councilor Peter Coe and Andria Marchenko, Minister-Counsellor from the Ukraine Embassy. Our club is proud to have regularly donated to this very special Charity to assist them in funding these visits by children from the Ukraine which take place every year under Sarah’s dedicated stewardship.
What’s coming up?
Forthcoming members activities and public events include ..
- Regular club meeting and dinner every Thursday at Littlestone Warren Golf Club; 7.00 pm
- Sunday 15th July from 10.00 am; 10k run starting and finishing at St. Martin’s Field,
- Saturday 28th July; Coconut shy at the New Romney Country Fayre
- Thursday 30th August; Partner’s night dinner at Newchurch House Restaurant
- Saturday 29th September; Charity concert featuring The Saltdish Ukulele Band and The Seaside Singers at St. Mary’s Bay – for tickets please email us or contact us via the website (see below)
- Santa Sleigh Runs throughout December
So what do I do if I want to join?
New members are always welcome, please email email@example.com or check out our website – www.romneymarshrotary.co.uk where you can also find out a little more about who we are and what we do.