Romaro (Romney Marsh Rotary) here again with this month’s news. It is now getting towards the end of our year with our new president due to be installed at our handover night on 29th of this month so this has been a quiet time as far as activity goes. We were however pleased to welcome a visit by Xena and Mary from CARM (Caring All together on Romney Marsh) who explained a little about the work they do providing support and services with dignity and respect to older and vulnerable people in the area. They exploded the myth that loneliness only affects older people and explained that youngsters too often feel excluded with social media being largely felt to be superficial and not very rewarding. Life changes (such as retirement), lack of transport links and family bereavement can all contribute to loneliness and some people can also be alone in a crowd, especially those in care homes if they find themselves in an environment where the staff have no time to chat and they are unable to interact with others.
We were also pleased to present a cheque for £1,000 to the lifeboat station at Littlestone in support of the marvellous work done by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Every day of every year, people of all backgrounds and ages get into trouble in the water and the RNLI is there to help whenever it can.
They provide lifeboats, a seasonal lifeguard service, coastal safety, research, education programmes and emergency response to floods and the like. Working together with partners and communities, they aim to educate, influence, supervise and rescue those at risk from drowning. They are separate from the Coastguard, independent of the Government and rely on their volunteers and supporters to run their lifesaving service. By making a donation to the local station, it is hoped that the funds will be spent on local projects to further help the residents and the huge number of visitors to the area that descend on our coastline during the summer months.
Unfortunately the planned walking Treasure Hunt of New Romney could not be hailed as a roaring success, perhaps because of the timing over the bank holiday weekend or maybe because of the poor weather leading up to the day, we only had five treasure hunters show up so the afternoon (and a good part of the evening) was spent in good natured chat accompanied by burnt sausages and burgers from the BBQ and assorted concoctions of wine, beer and some excellent home made Damson Gin left over from Christmas.
I am pleased to report that the team selected by our President Elect, Nigel Whiteley, were all elected at the Club Annual General Meeting held on 17th May and preparations are now being made for another year of fun and frolics while supporting our nominated charities but more on that next time.
Finally, we send our very best wishes to Barbara who is recovering from an operation and to her husband, Patrick, who has the job of looking after her (and the dogs!). We look forward to welcoming them both back soon.
What’s coming up?
Forthcoming activities and events include..
⦁ Regular club meeting and dinner every Thursday at Littlestone Warren Golf Club; 7.00 pm
⦁ 19th June; Visit to Brooklands Motor Museum
⦁ 15th June; outing to see the women’s cricket ODI (England v South Africa) at Canterbury.
⦁ 29th June; Handover night to our President Elect, Nigel Whiteley at Sotorio’s Restaurant Greatstone.
⦁ 30th June; Afternoon Tea with visiting children from Chernobyl
⦁ 15th July; New Romney 10k run
⦁ 28th July; Come and meet us at the Coconut Shy at the New Romney Fayre
⦁ 5th August; Community support event with hog roast at The warren Golf Club
⦁ 29th September; Concert with fish & chip supper featuring the Saltdish Ukulele Group and the Seaside Singers at All Saints Church Hall, St. Mary’s Bay
How do I join?
New members are always welcome, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.