ROTARY IN LONDON The Online Journal for the Rotary Clubs of London, District 1130 of Rotary International
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Autumn/ Winter Issue 2017
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ROTARY IN LONDON The Online Journal for the Rotary Clubs of London, District 1130 of Rotary International
Autumn/ Winter Issue 2017
CONTENTS Editor’s Note
FEATURE: Risa Kodo in London
Rotary International President – Ian HS Riseley
Michael Angelo Caruso: Rotarian and Motivational Speaker
District Governor Mike Hodge
District Conference Gallery
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CEO Chris Jones – Rise Against Hunger World’s Greatest Meal Toronto Conference – Save The Date!
What has the FOUNDATION ever done for us?
“Lest we Forget” – Remembrance Sunday
District Conference Gallery
Rotarians at the Lord Mayor’s Parade
London: A Magnet for Foundation Scholars
“A Foundation Heaven Windfall”
CLUB ACTIVITIES Multi-Clubs Workshop – Paddington; Club Merge – Kensington & Chelsea; Helevan to the Rescue’ - Enfield Chase; Woolwich – Bucket Collection; North London Disability Games
PROFILE Dr Vasi Hollingshurst Daniel; Rotary Club London & The Soprano Birgit Beer
Dave King – Editor Rotary Magazine – GBI
New Rotaract Charter –Canary Wharf
‘Ode to a WheelChair’ – Anne W. Strike
Memory Walk for Dementia – Linda Robson
Famous Faces and Celebrity Supporters
Rotary in the News
World Polio Day
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A NOTE FROM YOUR EDITOR…
In a world bursting at the seams with conflicts/ and violence that threaten the end of time, unprecedented natural disasters, hunger, poverty and a plethora of diseases, Rotary through it’s ideals of “Service to do good above self” has stepped up it’s work in local communities and international programs to “make a difference”. The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own Charity aptly personify the engine room that drives Rotary, and it’s vaulting ambitious march to fulfil it’s local and international obligations. While on Page 2 the Rotary International President Ian HS Riseley tells readers about the importance and work of the Rotary Foundation, District Foundation Chairman Tom Hunt’s parody of “what has Foundation ever done for us”, the excellent Work/article by Grahame and Myra Williams - joint Co-ordinators for Foundation Inbound Scholars (pp 9-10), together with the link to a directory of London Foundation Scholars, prepared by Adrian Faiers, Dulwich, Peckham and Crystal Palace Rotary Club...all help to reiterate and testify to the essential role of “The Rotary Foundation” in Rotary. On Page 20, “Rise Against Hunger” CEO, PDG and presently Rotary International Zone 33 Membership Co-ordinator, USA, with Eric and Irene Russell, Rotary Club of Warrington, D1285, spoke passionately at Conference about it’s packaging meal program, designed to deal with consequences of conflict and violence, which has left millions without homes, and hundreds of thousands of children severely malnourished. Not only has the District Governor Mike Hodge made good on his commitment to his Charity Dementia, by participating in “Memory Walk” London, and inviting fellow Barnet “Dementia Club UK” Founder Lisa Rutter to ‘talk Dementia at D1130 Conference, most clubs in the District now run ‘Memory Clinics’. Indeed it was a first, (and a pleasure) to have welcomed an RIBI President, Denis Spiller to D1130 Parliament (District Council’, to discuss his “Rotary 2” Project. The District Chartered a new Rotaract Club at Canary Wharf, which argurs well for the future of Rotary membership. ***COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON TO ALL OUR READERS.
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IAN H.S RISELEY – ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT Message for Foundation Month Dear Fellow Rotarian's, In many ways, The Rotary Foundation is an invisible presence in our clubs. Most of what we do in our clubs and our districts, on a weekly basis, we do without the active involvement of the Foundation. But our Foundation is invisible in our clubs in the same way the foundation of a building is invisible when you’re in it: Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not holding you up. The Foundation that enabled Rotary to take on polio is, in many ways, the foundation upon which our Rotary service is built. For 100 years, since it came into existence with a first donation of $26.50, the Foundation has supported and strengthened our service, enabled our ambitions, and allowed us to be the organization that we are. Because of the Foundation, Rotarians know that if we have the ambition and put in the work, very little is truly beyond us. It is an incredibly effective model that we have here in Rotary, one that no other organization can match. We are completely local and completely global: We have local skills, connections, and knowledge in over 35,000 clubs, in nearly every country of the world. We have a deserved reputation for transparency, effectiveness, and good business practices, and because we are highly skilled professionals as well as volunteers, we achieve a level of efficiency that very few other organizations can approach.
In the Foundation’s centennial year, Rotarians surpassed our goal of raising $300 million. If you were part of that achievement, you have been part of something tremendous. Somewhere in the world, someplace you have probably never been, people you may never meet will lead better lives because of you. Ultimately, it is our Foundation that lets us make good on our core beliefs: that we can make a difference, that we have an obligation to do so, and that working together, as well and as efficiently as we can, is the only way to effect real and lasting change.
IAN H.S. RISELEY
President, Rotary International #ServiceAboveSelf #RotaryMakingaDifference #PeopleOfAction #EndPolioNow #WeAreThisClose #TheRotaryFoundation
To put it simply, a dollar given to The Rotary Foundation has a great deal more muscle than a dollar given to most charities. If you want to spend a dollar on Doing Good in the World, you can’t do better than to spend it with the Foundation. That is not just me speaking out of pride; it is verifiably true and is reflected in our rankings by independent organizations.
MIKE HODGE DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2017 – 2018 UP AND ABOUT THE DISTRICT...
First Family at Rotary Conference 2017 – Stratford Upon Avon
District Governor Michael Hodge ’s first visit to Gants Hill Rotary Club on the 19 of September 2017 where he enlightened the members and guests with his views and stories about Rotary and shared his vision for the future. On behalf of Rotary Club of Gants Hill, District Governor Michael Hodge presented a Cheque of £1000.00 to District International Chairman Francis Uwaechi for his “Classroom in a Box” Project. Rotarian Francis Uwaechi entertained the meeting with songs related to Rotary. On behalf of Rotary Club of Gants Hill, District Governor Michael Hodge also presented a Cheque of £500.00 to Margaret from Leprosy Outreach project aimed at eradicating Leprosy in Nigeria. This is a project RC of Gants Hill has been sponsoring since last year; this was also one of the focal charities for Gants Hill’s annual Presidents Ball last year.
Left: With past District Governor David Palmer at The Rotary Club of Barkingside
From one Mike to the Other! Mike Hodge giving the ‘Badge of Office’ to his successor Mike Wren. From the Redbridge Rotary Club.
D1130 Conference 2017. Stratford upon Avon A Gallery of Conference Makers With thanks to Conference Chairperson Robert Morris, Hon Secretary Alan Coleman (both above right) and team
What has the Foundation ever done for us?
With apologies to Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”, I ask:
What has the Rotary Foundation ever done for us? “Nothing!” I hear the cry go out. “Nothing ... apart, of course, from initiating and spearheading the eradication of Polio!” (Since 1985, Rotary’s contributions of over US$1.6 billion and invaluable handson service have helped reduce the annual number of new cases by 99.99 %!) OK! Apart from Polio Eradication, what has Foundation ever done for us? Nothing! ...apart, of course, from offering Clubs the opportunity to undertake significant international humanitarian projects through Foundation funding. (Since 1965, over 38,000 Grant projects have been carried out in over 200 countries) OK! Apart from Polio Eradication and Global Grants, what has Foundation ever done for us? Nothing! ...apart, of course, from sponsoring the largest international scholarship programme in the world. (Since 1947, over 43,000 Foundation Scholars from over 130 countries have participated) OK! Apart from Polio Eradication, Global Grants and the Ambassadorial Scholarship Programme, what has Foundation ever done for us? Nothing! ...apart, of course, from the Vocational Training Team – VTT for short (Formally Group Study Exchange) where non-Rotarians from different professions are given the opportunity to experience vocational, educational and cultural points of interest in another country. (Since 1965, over 73,600 individuals from 106 countries have benefited) OK! Apart from Polio Eradication, Global Grants, The Ambassadorial Scholarship Programme and VTT, what has Foundation ever done for us? Nothing! ...apart, of course, from helping Clubs finance local projects through District Grants. (In the past 10 years, over 3,800 grants have been awarded at a cost to Foundation of US$82 million) OK! OK! Apart from Polio Eradication, Global Grants, The Ambassadorial Scholarship Programme, VTT and District Grants, what has Foundation ever done for us? Nothing! ...apart, of course, from sponsoring the Rotary Peace Fellowships to promote skills in peace and conflict resolution. (Since 2002, 1,058 fellows from 120 countries have completed the 2-year Master’s Degree or the Profession Development Certificate) OK! OK!, OK! Apart from Polio Eradication, Global Grants, the Ambassadorial Scholarship Programme, VTT, District Grants and the Rotary Peace Fellowships, what has The Rotary Foundation ever done for us? Nothing! And they have the nerve to ask each of us to contribute as much as 30p per day! For Nothing! Us! The blackguards! Please consider becoming a Sustaining Member – for nothing! Contact your Club President, your Club Foundation Chair, your Assistant Governor, or me. Tom Hunt Re-printed with kind permission from PDG Howard Caskie
Appreciation Awards Evening 2016/17 More than 100 Rotarians sat down to the Rotary Foundation Appreciation Dinner in Central London on 15th November 2017. Amongst the guests of honour at the dinner Mike Webb; Main Board Trustee, John Dunkley – Foundation Chairman for Great Britain and Ireland, Debbie Hodge – President Elect for Rotary International for Great Britain and Ireland, Steve Munns – Endowment and Major Gift Co-coordinator, in addition our District Governor Mike Hodge and District Governor Elect Mike Wren, along with many past District Governors present. Many awards and certificates for achievements were handed out on the evening. However, they Surya Varsani Trophy this year was presented by Mike Webb to both the City & Shoreditch Club (above middle) and the Enfield Chase Club (above right) for their per capita achievement in donations. That two clubs should achieve the same highest per capita donation is a first for the district. All told, the event was a great success, and tribute goes to District Foundation Chairman Tom Hunt and his team for organizing this most enjoyable evening.
Above Left: Mike Webb addresses the audience of the evening. Middle: Mike Webb and Representatives of City & Shoreditch Club. Right: Tom Hunt, John Dunkley, and Jenny Frolick
District Conference 2017 Photos by Past District Governor Sydney Parker
Directory of Scholars compiled by Adrian Faiers: http://www.rotaryinlondon.org/docs/Scholars_2017_18.pdf
“A FOUNDATION HEAVEN WINDFALL” The Rotary Foundation (Rotary’s Charity) unexpectedly found itself awash with a £38,000 Windfall from ‘heaven’, courtesy of late Rotarian Rex Perin, Tooting Rotary Club, who had since been called to higher service. This is an exemplary attestation of Rotary’s ideals, of selflessly doing good, even beyond the grave! *Rotarian Len Saker, Tooting Rotary Club Member, sheds a light (below) on who this generous Foundation Donor was.
LONDON: A MAGNET FOR ROTARY FOUNDATION SCHOLARS As ever, London has attracted more Rotary Scholars than any other City in the world to study in its world-famous and prestigious universities and to see all that London has to offer. This year, some 29 students have chosen London: 14 from the USA, 9 from Japan, 2 from Canada and 1 each from Australia, Germany, Italy and Croatia. The students not only have a scholarship to support their studies, but they are allocated a Rotary Club and host Counsellor to stand by them throughout the Rotary year. It is hoped that the students will play an active part in the Rotary Club’s activities and that the Rotary Club’s, throughout the District, will invite them to speak at their meetings. Since arriving in the UK, the students have had the opportunity to attend the Link Weekend in the Midlands (23 rd September) and meet all the other Rotary supported students studying elsewhere in the UK; to attend the Welcome Party at 6 York Gate (1st October) for students studying in London and to attend the District Conference 9 20th – 22nd October) held at Stratford Upon Avon. At the Conference, contributions were made on behalf of all the Scholars, by Caroline English from Australia, Shiori Watanabe from Japan and Caitlyn Webb from the USA. These opportunities have enabled the students to bond well as a group, to make friendships and to gain a better understanding of Rotary’s ideals. If you wish to have information about all the Scholars in the District, then please look at the leaflet, circulated at the conference, and now available on the website. Please remember to invite some of your Scholars to speak at your Club during the course of the Rotary year.
Myra & Grahame Williams Joint Co-coordinators, Inbound Scholars email@example.com
Right: Rotary Scholar speaking At the Conference
DAVE KING EDITOR ROTARY MAGAZINE – GBI Recently, the editor of this Magazine, Margaret James- Cooper was privileged to pay a courtesy visit to the editor of Rotary Magazine for Great Britain and Ireland Dave King, aka “Running Peekay” at Wembley Park, where he lectures in Journalism and Sports. I was suitably impressed by his dedication to activities outside work and Rotary, one of which earned him the apt ‘moniker’: “Running Peekay”. A probable future topic to be exploited. Below in his own words, Dave King’s enviable ‘Rotary Moments’, strong opinions on how he sees Rotary then, now and its future. ............................................................ I CAN remember my first ever Rotary meeting. This was 35 years ago when I was a young journalist working on my hometown newspaper in West London. I was invited by my former headmaster, a fearsomelooking character, Mr Wise, who was a doppelganger for Eric Morecambe, to a lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Ruislip-Northwood. The menu at the Ruislip Lido Sailing Club was rubbery chicken, with strawberries and cream to follow. I gave a short talk about journalism, when everyone over lunch was extremely pleasant and kind. But I remember thinking then how Rotary was just an old man’s Conservative club. It wasn’t particularly relevant to me or the readers of my newspaper. Fast forward to 2017, and Rotary has made a seismic shift since the dark ages. Is the movement relevant to the community it serves? Absolutely. Does its membership represent the community it serves? Now there’s a work in progress. I have been editor of Rotary magazine for just a year. I hasten to add that it’s unpaid as I combine my duties teaching journalism to undergraduates at UCFB, based at Wembley Stadium, while also serving as a magistrate in Portsmouth, where I now live. Because of my nomad existence you will not be surprised to learn I belong to one of the new breed of internet-based e-clubs, the E-Club West of England. It is something modern which allows Rotary fellowship to those like teachers, nurses and those on shift work who can’t fit into the traditional model of Rotary. And that’s the nub of it. Until recently, Rotary has ploughed the same furrow for many years. It hadn’t changed much since the days of Paul Harris. Now, because of declining membership, Rotary is looking to reinvent itself. The principles of Rotary remain the same, what’s fast becoming evident is the way we do Rotary. I interviewed RI president, Ian Riseley, the other month, who admitted he was impressed what Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland was doing to create satellite clubs, so attracting a younger and more dynamic membership. “Your average age in the UK for a Rotarian is 74, which is older than just about anywhere else,” Ian told me. “Frankly, unless there is a significant change in medical science, then we really have to be careful of the mortality potential for so many Rotarians in Great Britain.
“I am delighted and very supportive of RIBI president Denis Spiller’s approach to satellite clubs. I think that is the best way and I am using this initiative right around the world with what you can do.” As readers of Rotary magazine will know, I am very forthright in my views that Denis is heading in the right directions. If we don’t change the way we do Rotary, then RIBI will just become a bunch of Chelsea Pensioners wielding collection buckets. Those comments have provided an interesting mailbag, and there will be some reading this who will be up in arms too. My point is this; we can’t return to the dark old days of the Ruislip-Northwood Rotary Club and rubbery chicken. It served its purpose at the time, perhaps, but it was all white, all male, all senior professionals – the same peas in the pod. I am all for tradition, but not continuity for continuity’s sake. For Rotary to survive, it has to move forward to adapt to the digital age, a multi-cultural community and a land of equal opportunity, while embracing Rotary’s central ethos and ideals. Satellite clubs and e-clubs are innovative demonstrations of this, while traditional clubs are looking at meeting times and venues, and stripping away some of the formality to make meetings more accessible. Rotary is a magnificent example of unselfish service, of man helping fellow man – and woman – in the pursuit of creating a better community. That is, after all, what Paul Harris created in Chicago at the beginning of the 20th century.
On the grounds of Dave King’s Office
New Rotaract Charter – Canary Wharf
A NEW ROTARACT CLUB CHARTER: CANARY WHARF —————————— A new Rotaract Club, Canary Wharf was chartered on the 2nd November 2017 with the full support of the District Team led by DG Mike Hodge, and the RIBI President Denis Spiller, at the Eko Holiday Inn Stratford, London. The President, an ex Rotaractor turned Rotarian urged the new Club members under the Presidency of Karolina to emulate such transition in the future. The Board of the Club was accorded recognition. Best Wishes for the future from all in the District.
Tea Bags for Wheelchair: Chair number 3 is only 100 points away. The barcodes from 100 boxes of 80 Tea Bags. The barcodes from 50 boxes of 160 Tea Bags. The barcodes from 34 boxes of 240 Tea Bags.
Ode to a Wheelchair by Paralympian, Anne Wafula Strike LEGS ON WHEELS Is it love? Is it hate? The two of us are like oil and waterI hate you, And then I love you. It’s like I want to throw you off a cliff, Then rush to the bottom to catch you… You are my friend cos’ you know my weaknesses but Show me my strengths; feel my fears but moves me Around, sees my anxieties but frees my spirit; My darling WHEELCHAIR, With you I have found mobility That has emphasized my possibilities. – Anne W S Designer Aleah Leigh Photographer Glenn Cockerill
DEMENTIA: MEMORY WALK LONDON
Linda Robson talks effect of Dementia
THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S CHOSEN CHARITY - “Be the light in someone’s moment of darkness”- Mental Wellness.” Leading by example, the District Governor, Mike Hodge made good his commitment to his chosen Charity, “Alzheimer / Dementia”, by participating in “Memory Walk” at the Central field HACArmoury House, London. At this event. Linda Robson of TV “Birds of a feather fame” lent her voice to the debilitating effect of dementia; not only on the sufferer, but also to loved ones. On another note, Lisa Rutter, founder of Dementia Club UK was at the recent District Conference by invitation at Stratford Upon Avon (Shakespeare land), to expand on the subject.
Above: Rotarians participating in the Memory Walk. Above left: Linda Robson with RIL Editor Margaret J. Cooper. Below Left: Lisa Rutter talks dementia at Conference. Below Right: Memory Walk Participants, DG Mike Hodge
Rotary in the News “BREATHE “ Breathe details life of British polio survivor Robin Cavendish, who contracted the disease in Kenyan in 1958. The inspiring true story of a polio sufferer’s fight to live life to the full is in the cinemas. Breathe stars Andrew Garfield as Robin Cavendish who contracted Polio in Africa, and undeterred by his condition, spent the rest of his life advocating for people with disabilities, and popularising a new wheelchair with a built-in respirator. Along with co-star Claire Foy and Director, Andy Serkis, Garfield has been showing his support for Rotary’s fight to eradicate the disease forever. “Rotary is doing amazing things!” Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Garfield said: “There are a number of great organisations who are working to eradicate polio entirely, and we’re very, very close. The biopic is a love story but also a celebration of independent thinking, eccentricity, and the importance of challenging prejudice and authority. It is never less than deeply moving, frequently funny and full of charm, grace and dignity. While it is a haunting reminder of a pre-vaccine era, it also showed that a disease once responsible for the paralysis of many thousands of children each year is now safely contained within the realm of vaccines and period drama. Below: Eve Conway at the British Film Institute in post screening discussion.
ROTARY IS EVEN MORE IN THE NEWS!
A month ago, we reported on how the new Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea - yes it is a new Club as they decided to cancel the old charters and raise a new one had featured in a German Television Programme about the Grenfell Tower Fire disaster with their efforts at rebuilding the community. The past month has seen a group of new appearances in the media - some of which are of note! There were two important television appearances featuring the Rotary Shelterbox. One, shown below, featured actor (and dog lover) Martin Clunes as Doc Martin in the ITV TV Television Series Doc Martin, trying to find a pulse on a Rotary Shelterbox. Another featured the director of Rotary Shelterbox on the One Show (BBC One). The BBC Production Team in their infinite wisdom were much more coy about the appearance. The Rotary Shelterbox and the Rotary Shelterkit were bathed in deep purple light. (Other emergency boxes are available?) The 'long shot' had the tent branding turned away from the camera, and the Rotary Shelterbox in the tent turned so that only the blank back of the box was visible.
You can also read elsewhere in this edition about the apology Rotary received from the Daily Telegraph's Health Correspondent, Dr James Le Fanu, following his faux pas in missing out Rotary's contribution to the eradication of Polio. He described, in his apology, the role of the "Magnificent Rotary International". Well done to all those involved in getting this publicity. That is two months now where Rotary has appeared significantly in the media! Yours in Rotary Service, Dick Nathan
FEATURE Risa Kodo
Experiences of a Japanese Foundation Scholar in London.
Hello. My name is Risa KODO from district 2590 in Japan. I came to London to study MA/Education and International Development at UCL. After spending more than a month in this country, I would like to share some opinions about my new life in this city with you. To begin with, my first impression of London was “smart and quaint”. Of course it’s in a good way, but since I am a very talkative person, I decided not to be loud. Simultaneously, I also realized that British people are similar to Japanese people, especially in terms of communication. I actually used to live in the US and Benin for a couple of years, thus, in comparison I think people in UK and Japan are likely to avoid expressing their feelings freely. We are more complicated human beings in that sense. It is essential for us to imagine a person’s real feelings for communication. But, I really like the culture of people always saying “thank you” and “sorry”, even if they actually aren’t. These kind words just make me feel happy. Talking about people, all the people I met through Rotary are very tender-hearted. For instance, when I visited my host club, Barkingside RC, everybody warmly welcomed me and kept asking me questions after my poor English presentation. Additionally, owing to Rotary, I got the special opportunity to meet other amazing scholars around the world. Moreover, unexpectedly, it turned out that 3 of them are actually living in the same dormitory as me. What a small world! The dormitory is mostly for international students, and I am really enjoying spending time with my friends here. Meeting new people and being surrounded by good people is just so wonderful. I just shared positive side of my experience in London; to be honest, I have been struggling with studies at school. Before coming to London, I worked as a teacher for almost 9 years, including 18 months in Benin. I’m sure that I’m passionate about education, and I want to learn more for my future students. However, now I can say that it’s easier said than done. I’m struggling with a lot of reading and writing assignments every day. I don’t remember how many times I actually thought, “I wish I were English native speaker…” But here, again, my friends always help me… One of my friends even proposed helping my proofreading. How kind! Yes, I have a reason to be here. I got the chance to study here, and I got really good friends around me. Needless to say, I will do my best!! Please wish me luck☺
Welcome to London Risa, All the best!
Michael Angelo Caruso Rotarian and Motivational Speaker
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches people how to be better speakers. He is a valued communication consultant to companies and organizations all over the world. A veteran keynote speaker with 20 years of experience, Michael is an exciting addition to nearly any conference, annual event or industry trade show. Michael has a relaxed, conversational style of speaking that is both entertaining and educational. He often involves members of the audience, an exciting way to hold the attention of attendees and make your event more effective, as well as more fun. Michael has delivered thousands of presentations and keynote speeches on the subjects of leadership, selling, and customer service. He has spoken in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and 49 of the 50 states. Mr. Caruso is founder and President of Edison House, an international consulting firm specializing in corporate, and personal improvement. Edison House clients include Bank of America, Citgo, Rayovac, Hallmark, The National Institutes of Health, Verizon Wireless, the United States Navy, and Nissan. Michael also blogs for DBusiness magazine, recently voted the best business magazine in America.
"You never get to make a second first impression. In fact, you have about 15 seconds to do it right the first time." Michael Angelo Caruso Author and Professional Speaker
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL RISE AGAINST HUNGER CEO Chris Jones In a world where Conflict and Violence have left millions without homes, and hundred of thousands of children severely malnourished, Rise Against Hunger, is a global hunger relief organisation that “provides nutritious nonperishable meals to the vulnerable hungry in the most food-insecure parts of the world. Rise Against Hunger ‘s CEO, a Rotarian, Past District Governor and presently Rotary International zone 33 Membership Coordinator, Chris it’s Jones was at the District’s Conference at Stratford Upon Avon to talk about his organisation’s mission, and how the scheme operates. Eric and Irene Russell, Rotary Club of Warrington, District 1285, spoke passionately about how the organisation has tackled its program through a meal-packaging scheme. The harrowing visual photos of feeding hungry children in such unbelievable abject poverty, and in makeshift schools put together by “RISE AGAINST HUNGER”, simply reinforced the deeply held values of “Service” held by it’s CEO Chris Jones. A service, which mirrors the ideal of Rotary; “Service Above Self”.
ROTARY INTERNTIONAL TORONTO CONVENTION – SAVE THE DATE!
For more on RISE AGAINST HUNGER http://www.riseagainsthunger.org
WORLD’S GREATEST MEAL “Dear WGM Team, Below is a brief summary of where we stand as of November 16, 2017: There have been 4381 events registered in 75 countries. More than 266,100 participants worldwide. USD $2,777,123.10 has been raised (a total of USD $8, 331,369.30 with matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). This translates to enough funds to buy more than 13,885,999 polio vaccinations!! Yours in Rotary Service, Scott” Read the full feature of the "The Last of the Iron Lungs" here https://gizmodo.com/the-last-of-the-iron-lungs1819079169
Left: Susanne Rea OAM, Rotary International WGM Representative, Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise, D9550 Australia. Right: Mukesh Malhotra, Mayor of Hounslow, The Rotary Club of Hounslow, Past Community Chair, Rotary In Britain and Ireland.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY ROTARIANS AT THE CENOTAPH: REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY. From RIL Blog On a very cold but bright and sunny 12 November 2017. A substantial group of Rotarians assembled in Whitehall for the Remembrance Sunday event that took place in London each year. With the Elizabeth Clock Towerâ€™s refurbishment work suspended so that Big Ben could chime the hour, this is always a sombre occasion with Rotarians remembering the fallen in all actions since the Great War of 1914-1918. After the short Service of Remembrance led by the Rev Richard Chartres, Dean of the Chapel Royal, there was the long wait whilst the estimated 9,000 ex-servicemen, auxiliaries and service organisations marched past the Cenotaph in Whitehall. Pictured here, the group of Rotarians braved the cold and remembered those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The District Governor, Mike Hodge laid a wreath on behalf on ROTARY.
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Rotarians at the Lord Mayorâ€™s Parade
CLUB ACTIVITIES The 11th Multi-Club Workshop – Paddington Rotary Club London, 6 – 10 September 2017
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attend at the 11 and so enjoy their friendship and promote several large humanitarian projects. All together, they spent the first two days by visiting the local attractions. Among the different sites visited, we mention the and the at Greenwich as the spectacular London downtown. On Saturday 9th, while partners and relatives visited the Wallace Collections, attended at the held at the Novotel Greenwich Hotel to discuss on the projects that clubs wished to present. The important day finished at a nice gala dinner at the restaurant ‘Villandry’, London downtown. The welcome drink was cheered by pleasant music that Ettore Papadia, pianist and IPP of RC Martina Franca, his spouse Madia, halfsoprano and their son Antonio, pianist played for the participants at the dinner. As for the , , DG 1718, D 1130 (UK) opened the works and ; Vice-President of RC Paddington welcomed the participants by reminding the work done to organize the meeting. After the greetings from , DGE 18-19, D 2384 (Serbia & Montenegro) and , DGE 18-19, D 2120 (Puglia & Basilicata, Italy), , RI Director 17-19 talked about the matters of The Rotary Foundation ( ). In turn, , Coordinator of the MCW reminded Rotarians the enormous work done in the past years to promote and let Clubs implement which value is equal to approx. This excellent performance was possible thanks to
Then Allen Pluck, CEO of Portobello Business Centre said that in accordance with his experience, instead of trying to raise funds from the corporates that are the 0,1% of business and cannot donate to all charities, we should focus on engaging and cooperating with the 99.9% of business that fall outside of the corporates and focus on the 96% of all business that employ less than 10 staff. From her side, Lauren Ribant, Regional Grants Officer, TRF explained how it is important to assess the needs of the communities that clubs wish to help. That to ensure the sustainability and the host-driven aspects of the global grant projects. After the coffee-break, Leonardopresented IldusYanyshev, RC Kazan, Tatarstan (Russia) who spoke about his “Global BikeTourofPeaceandGoodwil ”. Then Leonardo said that clubs had submitted 11 project forms, but the representatives of 8 clubs only attended at the seminar. Then each of them presented his/her project. During this presentation, participants had the opportunity to request some clarification on each initiative. However, the PowerPoint presentations, the forms of the 3 initiatives not presented as all main speeches will be published on the site web of the MCW, that is www.rotary-mcw.com. Article continues online.. Leonardo de Angelis RC Ravenna, D2072-Initiator and Coordinator of the MCW
Club Merge – Kensington & Chelsea
Enfield: ’Helivan’ to the Rescue
The Five Clubs in the London Borough of Enfield working together with the Helivan for a successful outcome.
MERGER, STRENGTH AND UNITY STRENGTH IN UNITY: ——————————-
The Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea is one of the many Rotary clubs found all over the world. The Rotary Club of Kensington was the third oldest Rotary club in London and was chartered in 1925. Whilst the Rotary Club of Chelsea was first chartered in July 1928. The two clubs came together in 2016 and made a clear and historic choice to work together, and in 2017 merged to form The Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea. Our members are of mixed gender, a wide range of ages and come from diverse professional backgrounds. The Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea is a member of Rotary in London -http://www.rotaryinlondon.org, and Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland http://www.ribi.org; and is a sponsor to the Rotaract Club of Kings College London (KCL). The step was taken to strengthen Rotary in the Borough and enable both Clubs to realise larger projects. The new Club has started well, counting more than 40 members, and still growing. The first President of the newly formed Club, Diana Osindero, has launched an international project providing micro financing and breast cancer awareness, together with a local Nigerian Club. The Club supports a number of local projects, and has been closely involved in supporting survivors of the Grenfell Tower Disaster. Rotary in London - District 1130, United Kingdom Information about Rotary in London (District 1130 Greater London, United Kingdom). Find out more or join Rotary in London. Meetings are on Tuesdays at 6.30pm for 6.45pm at RADISSON EDWARDIAN VANDERBILT HOTEL, 68-86 CROMWELL ROAD, KENSINGTON, LONDON SW7 5BT
It was a complete TEAM effort as members from all five clubs in the borough of Enfield (Bush Hill Park, Edmonton, Enfield, Enfield Chase and Southgate) combined forces and skills to promote Rotary and take blood pressures for the two-day event, 23 & 24 September. A special banner was made “Rotary in Enfield – making a difference in our community”, handouts produced promoting all the clubs and advising about high blood pressure and stroke, and there were teams of “blood pressure takers” on hand throughout the event. For added bonus: we were thrilled to have the HELIVAN beside us with their charming volunteers, promoting London’s Air Ambulance and doing their own fundraising. The Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Christine Hamilton was delighted to meet both Rotarians and Helivan volunteers and was very appreciative of all the work that is undertaken by both organisations. Over 200 blood pressures were taken with thirty-six folk advised to visit their doctors within the next month and three to go within the next few days. Now we have the banner, there is no excuse for not combining our forces again and planning is already underway for the clubs to work together at the Enfield Parade of Light on 3rd December. PP Sue Jessel, Enfield Chase Rotary
The Rotary Club of Woolwich. ‘Bucket Collectors’ for BBC Children in Need, for Charing Cross Underground Station.
From left to right, Don Austen, Mike Phillips, Linda Mattin, David Stopp, Clive Lewis & Roger Geeson. David Lacey & Claire Cottier were Collectors but not in photos.
North London Disability Games
Some ten Rotary Clubs in and around London got together to run the Sixth North London Rotary Disability Games on Sunday 15 October 2017 at the Aspire Leisure Centre, next to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in *For the sixth year running, Rotary Clubs in North London organised a Disability Games at the Aspire Center in Stanmore. Inspired by the 2012 Paralympics and the successful disabled games events run by Rotary clubs across the whole of the country, disabled adults had the opportunity to take part and win medals at Table Tennis, Boccia and Bowls, as well as a number of sports for wheelchair users, and the visually impaired. Teams of disabled participants from Harrow, Edgware and Borehamwood, as well as further afield from Gerrards Cross to Walthamstow took part, with 50 in total; including 4 wheelchair users and a number of blind and visually impaired. The event was organised by 11 Rotary Clubs in North London and was again a great success and enjoyed by all the participants.
Right: Bowl Run by members of Golders Green
Rotary Partners Did you see Disaster Aid UK & Ireland at the District’s Conference in Stratford-on-Avon and wonder “Is there a new kid on the block?” A new kid? That could not be further from the truth. Disaster Aid UK & Ireland is the trading name of The Rotary Emergency Box Trust, which was formed in 1974 and began to ship boxes of aid to the survivors of disasters in 1976. Best known simply as “Emergency Box”, the flat packed boxes that Rotary clubs received for their donations were assembled by the clubs themselves, and then filled with new and used goods using a list of items that came with the boxes. In about 30 years more than 30,000 Emergency Boxes were shipped worldwide. In 2002 the contents of the boxes, and how they were filled, changed. Funded by donations, the boxes were filled for Rotary clubs, but only with new goods to ensure consistency from box to box. At that time, and to mark the change of box contents, they changed their name to LifeBox. Then, in 2010, LifeBox was invited by Rotarians in Canada to become a country partner in a new organisation to be known as Disaster Aid International. They accepted the opportunity to join a larger group and, along with Canada, Australia and USA, became one of the founding partners of Disaster Aid International. Wherever Disaster Aid exists, it is a project of at either a Rotary club or a Rotary district in that country or area. Today there are country partners in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, UK & Ireland, Uruguay, and USA. Recently, Disaster Aid UK & Ireland along with Disaster Aid USA and Disaster Aid Australia sent 450 of their UN and SPHERE standard, 8-person tents to the Philippines to provide refuge for some of the 300-400,000 people displaced by ISIL activities there. Currently, Disaster Aid UK & Ireland is working with Disaster Aid USA in bringing relief to the survivors of the hurricanes that struck the Caribbean a few weeks ago. They have an appeal open for funds for exactly this purpose. Disaster Aid country partners specialise in providing non-food aid to address the needs of Refuge (tarpaulins, tents, home repair kits, aid boxes, and mosquito nets), or Clean Water (filters range from personal sizes though to units capable of serving whole communities), or Training (helping rebuild damaged homes to better withstand future disasters). So, far from being a “new kid on block”, with its history stretching back to the 70’s when The Rotary Emergency Box Trust was formed, this charity has over 40 years of experience in providing humanitarian aid in response to disasters and believes it was the first ‘Rotary Box’ scheme to exist. You can contact Disaster Aid UK & Ireland at: PO Box 209, Manchester, M34 0BP Tel: 0161-336 9528 Email: email@example.com Web: www.disasteraiduk.org
PROFILE Dr Vasi Hollingshurst Daniel; Rotary Club London By Francesca Albini
A Paul Harris Fellow with 4 sapphires, a committed fund-raiser, and an exceptional recruiter of new members, Vasi Hollinghurst-Daniel is the quintessential Rotarian. Rotary runs in her family, her father was Chaplain of the Rotary Club in Penang, Malaysia, and one of her brothers is a past District Governor in Ohio, USA. With her dedication to good causes and such strong Rotary connections, one may wonder why Vasi was only inducted in 2009. Upon being asked that question, she takes you through her rocambolesque life story of travel, adventure, and extraordinary chance encounters. At age 17, she left her country of birth, Malaysia, and went to Japan on a scholarship, spending a year in an Ecumenical work camp, where she gave her first public talk, and had her first experience of leadership. Then there was Kuala Lumpur, with her siblings, Singapore, and Vienna, where she finished her studies and obtained a BA in English and psychology, and a B.Ed. She also pursued musical studies, her other great passion. Her insatiable curiosity and love for people took her to Ghana, where she taught English and music for three years. Back in Vienna, together with her work as a secondary teacher, she also ran a real estate for 12 years. During that time, she ended up working at the UN headquarters, and, while selling tickets for a charity gala evening; she met her future husband, a senior UN diplomat. More travelling ensued, and the birth of two children. A whole book could be written about these incredibly dynamic years, but, skipping forward to 2009, finally Vasi was settled in Britain, Brighton first, and then London. Now that her children had grown up, and she had more time, she started looking for Rotary clubs. She joined the London Club. Vasi was Almoner from 2009-2011, and Chairman of the Entertainment Committee from 2011-2012. Her charming personality, leadership skills, and commitment to doing good in the world have made her an outstanding Rotarian. She was elected President in 2013-2014, being the 4th lady president of the Rotary Club of London. Vasi is also one of the most successful recruiters, having brought nearly 40 new members to the club. What is her secret? No, secret, she says, people see the little Rotary badge, and ask questions, and she wins them over with the sheer force of her passion.
They see how much pleasure and satisfaction she gets from being part of this organization, and serving the higher good, and they want some of that in their life too. Vasi is a great believer that a good Rotarian is an active Rotarian, and that people should get involved from day one. During her presidency, newly inducted members were given little jobs, helping out, being greeters, to get immediately acquainted with Rotary ethics. The more you give to Rotary, the more you get out, and Vasiâ€™s radiant smile speaks for itself. Among other charity activities, Vasi was publicity officer and fundraising co-ordinator from 2009-2014 for the registered charity Commonwealth Countries League (CCL). She designed the flyers for the Annual Fair and helped raise funds by organising events. All the proceeds went towards the education of young academic and needy girls in their own countries up to secondary level from Africa, Asia, Caribbean and the Pacific. In recognition of her charity work she was presented the following awards: Honorary Community Awards in 2011 from the House of Lords, later that year she was made Honorary Doctor of Letters for her services, and lastly, she was granted the Honorary Freeman of the City of London in 2011. Vasi is again Chairman of the Entertainment Committee of the Rotary Club of London, and is preparing some spectacular gala events.
PROFILE Soprano Birgit Beer Honorary Member, Rotary Club of City and Shoreditch, D1130
Welcome to the Hello Stage of Birgit Beer! I am a lyric soprano looking back to a long and elaborate carrier on opera stages throughout the world. My repertoire covers all major characters in my field such as Pamina, Violetta, Sophie, Gilda, Mimi, Michaela, Marguerite, Fiordiligi, Alice Ford etc, as well as operetta and concert. I have worked with conductors and directors as Sir George Solti, Roberto Abbado, Placido and Marta Domingo, Gian -Carlo del Monaco etc. Please, find a repertoire list and an extended biography on my home page www.birgit-beer.com. I am passionate about singing and performing and also offer solo evenings with repertoire from opera, operetta and musical as well as Wiener Lieder, Chansons and Broadway songs. I create custom tailored entertainment for your organizations’ festive event from Belcanto to Broadway. Born in Luebeck, Germany, raised in Vienna and based in London, I am boundless in my performing. For more Information, please Contact me under firstname.lastname@example.org
Soprano Birgit Beer in Action at David Lloyds – Chigwell
INNER WHEEL WOMEN IN ACTION WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND IMPROVE LIVES LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY – This is the Motto for this Inner Wheel Year – not financial but refers to a better world, in the way that Rotary’s Stop Polio has done. My chosen charity is Centrepoint which takes young people off the street. When a young person first contacts Centrepoint they are given health checks. In addition to being provided with a safe place to stay, the young people are offered help with education, training and life skills for a period of up to 2 years. We work with the same principles as Rotary and have all the same levels of officers – International, National, District and Club. We are a world-wide organisation with Members in 100 Countries, one of the world’s largest women’s service organisations. In GB&I there are 17,000 members. When I joined 40 years ago most Rotary Clubs had their own linked IW club and most of our members are the wives of Rotarians though recently the rules were changed and anybody can be invited to join At the time of the Grenfell Tower disaster our District Chairman, Margaret Fairlie, went there the on several occasions to give counselling and to help – she arranged two concerts which raised around £2,000 each. At the same time Rosemary Cone, her predecessor as District Chairman, contacted all the Districts in GB&I who donated over £10,000. We have not yet decided what to purchase but it will be a “LASTING LEGACY”. We have also been asked, where possible, to support the National Dementia project - if your Club has a project and would like the assistance of IW Members please contact me or a Club listed at the back of your handbook. District Chairman Gill Dowling
Chairman of Inner Wheel Gill Dowling
Gallery of Famous Faces And Celebrity Supporters
Above: The Current UK Prime Minister receiving The Women In Power Award from Judith Diment, Rotary Polio Plus Representative. L: Amitbabh Bachchan, Charles Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Desmond Tutu, John Cena, Psy, & Sir Emeka Offer.
World Polio Day Paralympian and polio survivor Ade Adepitan, TV presenters Konnie Huq and Julia Roberts, also a polio survivor, joined members of the public and Rotarians for a mass planting of 50,000 purple crocuses at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event was organised by Rotary to mark World Polio Day on 24th October 2017. The fountains outside the London Stadium were lit up purple to highlight the final push to rid the world of polio. We have never been closer to making history and eradicating only the second human disease ever with just 12 cases of wild poliovirus worldwide in 2017, seven in Afghanistan and five in Pakistan. The activities at the Park aimed to raise awareness, funds and support Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s Purple4Polio campaign. The Olympic Park Fountains weren’t the only thing glowing purple as dozens of iconic buildings were lit up by Rotary members across the country, including Canterbury Cathedral, the National Library of Wales and the Wills Memorial Building at the University of Bristol as well as holding other events. The campaign is so-called because purple is the colour of the dye placed on the little finger on the left hand of a child to show they have been immunised
against polio. Ade Adepitan, pictured above with fellow ambassadors and volunteers, said: “Rotary is the UK’s best-kept secret. I think that needs to change. It’s spent 30 years working on polio and other things, and in this time when there is so much uncertainty in the world, we need people like Rotarians to keep us together and keep the world on track.” “The work it is doing with the polio campaign is absolutely incredible and for polio survivors like me, we thank Rotary and say ‘keep going, stay strong and spread the word.’” “Once we’ve finished with polio, there is more to do. We can keep changing the world and keep making history.” Sent Denis Spiller, President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, added: “It’s really important to reach our goal of ending polio because we started 33it 30 years ago, there’s no way that we can let that stop. If we do stop now, polio will return, without a doubt.”
“We know that we have to keep raising awareness and funds to continue immunisations for 3-5 years after the final case is reported, and if we do that, polio will be gone forever.” “Today has been terrific and it’s vital we maintain momentum. It’s done a lot of good, especially in motivating the public as well.” The groundwork laid by Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio will have far reaching benefits, even after the world has been declared polio free, as Eve Conway, Vice-Chairman, End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign Committee reflected. “World Polio Day is an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned for the treatment and control of all diseases and celebrate the fact that most of the world has been declared polio-free. Our focus is now on the final strongholds where polio is still around and our aim is to finally eradicate the disease once and for all.”
#District 1130 celebrated “World Polio Day -24 the October with other Districts at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London; planting 50,000 purple crocus corms, to Mark Rotary’s (Great Britain and Ireland) #Purple 4 Polio Campaign for #EndPolioNow. The Rotary Club of Barkingside was represented by Kamal Bishai and Margaret James-Cooper. A lovely, rain-free sun-soaked day of: fast cars, magician to entertain children/parents, big good bear, Purple 4 Polio ambassadors-
BBC Konnie Huq, Julia Roberts (no, not of the Pretty woman fame), Paralympian Ade Adepitan, Rotaractors, other Olympic Park Champions and pink-clothes clad volunteers. It was capped by a BBC live television with Past RIBI President and Polio Plus Representative, Judith Diment giving Rotary talk on Polio Eradication.
RIBI President Denis Spiller doing his ‘bit’ on World Polio Day planting crocus at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium, Stratford.
Above right: Members of the Scottish Parliament recognized World Polio day showing their support for Rotary’s efforts to eradicate the disease across the world. They attend a photo call immediately after First Minister Questions on the Garden lobby stairs in Parliament, donning their Rotary purple crocus buttonholes.
WHY WORLD POLIO DAY World Polio Day marks the birthday of Dr Jonas Salk, who created the world’s first safe and effective vaccine against this crippling and, at times, fatal disease which affects the central nervous system. Those most at risk of contracting polio are children under the age of five years old. Rotary has worked tirelessly since 1985 to wipe out polio from the world. Since becoming involved in the campaign, alongside CDC, WHO and UNICEF, Rotary has helped to reduce the number of endemic countries from 125 to just four; India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Rotary began immunising children in 1985. Since then, Rotary club members have volunteered their time and personal resources to reach more than two billion children in 122 countries with the oral polio vaccine. #rotaryendpolio. Since 1995, the advocacy efforts of Rotary and its partners have helped raise more than $8 billion from donor governments. From having 125 polio-endemic countries, there are now just four in the world. Make polio history by helping Rotary #rotaryendpolio. Thanks to Rotary and its partners, polio cases worldwide have plummeted by 99%. Help beat the final 1% by supporting Rotary www.rotary.org/EndPolio and World Polio Day. Thanks to the work of Rotary and its partners to eradicate polio, five million instances of child paralysis and 250,000 deaths have been prevented. Support World Polio Day by donating to Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign -www.rotary.org/EndPolio and make this disease a thing of the past. We stand on the brink of eradicating the second human disease in history. Let us support Rotary’s End Polio Now initiative: www.rotary.org/EndPolio #rotaryendpolio
Rotary clubs across Britain and Ireland have donated £10.5 million to polio immunisation intiatives, and Rotarians worldwide have raised around $1,000 million. Thanks to Rotary and its partners, polio cases have fallen from 1,000 each day to fewer than 1,000 a year (950 in 2010). More information is available http://www.ribi.org.
Rotary in London Magazine - Dec 2017