The slide show above has photographs of some recent events. One photo shows Immediate Past President, David Hackett, presenting a new annual Club Award in the name, and in the memory, of our greatly respected Past President Bernard Head. It was given to Bernard’s widow, Helen, to mark his commitment and dedication to our club, and Rotary in general.
Another photo shows David presenting a Paul Harris Fellowship award to Mike Startup, our club Treasurer, in recognition of his outstanding work for three local charities, including the Heart of Kent Hospice, as well as for our club.
David also Inducted and welcomed new member, Matt Mock, into the Club.
David’s final duty, as Club President, was to then Handover to new President Malcolm Gibson, who in turn inducted President Elect Velia Le Quellenec, and Vice President Martin Cox – the four of them are shown, after the Handover.
Finally, we have a photo of our International Committee Chairman, John Evans with French Rotarian Cyril Blanchard, from the rotary Club of Beauvais. John recently met Cyril, in Bearsted, during his Arch to Arc Triathlon (Marble Arch, in London, to the Arc de Triomphe, Paris). Cyril ran from Marble Arch to Dover, then swam the English Channel, and finally cycled to Paris, over a three day period – an absolutely amazing feat! He did the Triathlon to raise money for Rotary’s Polio Plus, an international charity effort to try and eradicate polio form the world, which is getting close to becoming a success.
Why not come and join us for lunch on a Friday (click on the Meetings page,and Meetings Venue page, for details) to find out more about our Rotary Club? Please click on Contact Us to arrange your visit, with our Secretary.
Although founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, Rotary took 17 years to reach Maidstone.
In April 1922 the club was founded at a dinner at the Royal Star Hotel which stood on the site of what is now The Royal Star Parade and for over 90 years has served the community locally, nationally and internationally.
Our main fund raisers are around the Christmas period when we marshal Charity Christmas Car Parks in the lead up to Christmas and operate the Santa’s Grotto in the Mall in cooperation with the Mall Management. These activities alone can provide £14,000 which is mainly distributed to Maidstone charities every January. We also assist other charities with marshals and parking assistants and help staff the gates at the County Show.
Fund raising is only a small but important part of Rotary. It is fellowship and fun that makes a club worth belonging to. We have that in abundance. At least half of the weekly meetings feature a professional speaker and, where suitable, partners and friends are invited. Speakers have included a snail farmer, a Tiller Girl and the Police Commissioner, when the club was also filmed by the BBC in connection with a documentary.
In addition to the Friday meetings other activities have included a Mosel Tour organised by our German member, visits to the Nuclear Power Station and Hastings Lifeboat Station, a guided tour of Maidstone’s most modern school built at a cost of £35,000,000, a vintage London bus to a cream tea in the country. In 2015 we have had a “Call My Bluff” Evening based on wine tasting, and we often join forces with Maidstone Inner Wheel Club, for a range of events.
Rotary offers a wealth of opportunities, coupled with friendship. If you are not already a Rotarian why not give us a try.
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