19 JANUARY 2021 - WINDSOR & ETON ROTARY GOES NHS FRONT LINE!
The 'call to arms' was made to the Club in late December and since then all the clubs members have been on stand-by to a assist the massive drive to innoculate every one against Covid-19. This is Rotary at its best with members pitching up to Marshal the public that have been asked to "get their innoculation"!
The mass drive was located at The Royal Windsor Racecourse where the NHS had taken over the Grand Stand area. Marshals were there in two and three hour slots from 8.00am 'till as late as 8.00pm - a seriously long day! Club Member Ron Lewandowski commented "
3 AUGUST 2020 - CENTENARIAN ROTARIAN CAPTAIN TOM HITS ROTARY MAG'S FRONT COVER - AND SAINSBURY CUSTOMERS RECEIVE FREE COPIES!
It's all happening in the Rotary's world! What a proud Rotarian was Captain Tom to visit our Windsor Castle where Her Majesty presented him with a Knighthood, Tom also gave a detailed and powerful interview to our editor of the popular Rotary Club magazine. Tom's dynamism to 'make things happen', came through in his final comments to all the Rotarian readers..."Never ever worry yourself to the state about how terrible things are, because soon, and yes it will happen, things will get better"
This all coming at a very special time too, as this months issue is being given out free to Sainsburys customers throughout the UK! Now that's what is called 'Rotary Power'! The new dynamic editor of the 'Rotary' Dave King commented that "such happening like this, in linking with a major UK multi-store business shows just what can, and will be done, to shout about Rotary to the whole of the UK. But this is only the start, it's every clubs duty to build their own local development to match it"
16 JUNE 2020 - PRESIDENT-NOMINEE RESIGNATION FORCES CHANGE
IN ROTARY INTERNATIONALS 2020-21 PRESIDENT!
Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.
The Nominating Committee’s decision follows the resignation last month of President-nominee Sushil Gupta due to health reasons.
To build a stronger membership, Knaack says Rotary must focus on increasing the number of female members and transitioning Rotaractors into Rotarians.
Knaack believes that the People of Action campaign offers new public awareness possibilities for Rotary. “This campaign conveys our global image while still respecting differences in regions and cultures,” he says.
A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.
He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.
Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.
He is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek. Knaack is also the founder and chair of the Karl Adam Foundation.
Knaack and his wife, Susanne, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Bequest Society.
10 JUNE 2020 - WINDSOR & ETON ROTARY HAVE DONE IT AGAIN...
COMING TO THE RESCUE OF THE ‘DRIVEN FORWARD’ CHARITY!
The charity was set up by Ms Tia Stephens - The original concept was to provide a support and community centre for all who needed assistance. The type of help offered being training courses, use of computers, refreshments and organised day trips to places of interest.
Unfortunately the arrival of the Coronavirus and subsequent ‘lockdown’ meant a temporary rethink and refocus. Tia commented "I saw the serious need in providing ‘canteen’ facilities for key workers in the community including fire persons, police, home carers, nurses, paramedics, community wardens, shop workers, street cleaners etc. We serve basic foods...chilli con carne, hot dogs with onions, vegetable soup, toasted cheese sandwiches , sandwiches...and of course Tea and coffee, of course all to take away, and social distancing has been priority arranged too!"
Commenting on the charity Rotarian Guy Barlow, chair of the Rotary club’s community service committee said "We are very pleased to support this local charity, Tia’s enthusiasm and flexibility to adapt to an urgent need are to be applauded.”
The charity will revert to its original plan in supporting local people as soon as circumstances allow.
Rotary are world renowned for their amazing haste where there are world situations of need, members of this famous local Rotary club have shown great understanding and assistance too during this Pandemic - fast coming to the rescue locally over past weeks to add more charities to their help list, especially when so many people were in real need.
01 June 2020 - Windsor & Eton Rotary Club incoming President releases his
Presidents year two chosen charities!
At the clubs weekly Zoom based meeting on 1 June the inbound President Adrian Benge - In his Presidents year 2020/2021 told club members that his two chosen personal charities would be SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity) and Help Musicians (Musicians in Crisis, Health, work and education).
Adrian commented that it did not take him too long to select them as they are both very close to his heart, particularly as ''his boss" also had very great regard for both of them too! Adrian is a dedicated Flute player in an amateur orchestra (and a very good one it is too!) as well as his weekly visits to the Windsor Castle where he ensures the horses are kept well saddled, particularly the ones for Her Majesty!
When asked if he had any ideas as to how he can create fund-raising for the two charities ....commented "I'm already working on this, so watch this space for when I am fully in the Windsor & Eton Rotary Saddle...and one of those charity events, if I can pull it off, will be particularly spectacular!" (The club members await with bated breath for his future announcement of this!)
22 May 2020 - Prince Philip Trust Fund speedily matches Rotary Donation to Windsor Foodshare
The Prince Philip Trust Fund was set up with the sole aim of supporting and financially helping local Windsor & Maidenhead needy charities and similar causes. The Trust has quickly added further financial support to the Windsor Foodshare scheme.
W&E Rotary Club has over past years developed a close working relationship with this highly respected Trust in assisting them with special events to create financial aid that will then go forward through the Trust in support of needy causes in our local area.
The Coronavirus created for Windsor Foodshare a desperately urgent need for even greater food supplies (see below), due to many more people coming forward needing help. The Trust Fund speedily came to the rescue with a £2,000 donation which met the similar Windsor & Eton Rotary Clubs prior contribution, thus doubling the amount to an impressive I've £4,000!
Ralph Cooper, President of the Rotary Club commented "We are truly proud to be able to assist this important Trust Fund and thank them for their valued donation, the club looks forward to creating further future events in support of the The Prince Philip Trust"
14 May 2020 - W&ER Club dashs to support local community Windsor Foodshare charity
It's at times like these that the Windsor & Eton Rotary Club members are at their best! The coronavirus has put extreme pressure on Charities - and one that the club is closely associated with was in serious need - the Windsor Foodshare.
The charity was desperate for both 'people' to help in collecting the weekly food, kindly donated by customers of Tesco, Dedworth Road, Windsor - but also money crucially needed to buy further quantities of the most basic of food items.
The 'hands' to collect was no problem as clubs members made themselves available to pick-up and deliver the foods each week. The need for the money was soon also tackled by the club with the members giving part of their (at this time unspent) meetings lunch money towards the needs of the charity. At today's date the club's total donations being an impressive £1,650!
Windor Foodshare works extremely ethically and carefully to ensure the food goes only to local people in genuine desperate need of it. All of them having been ratified as in such need by the Borough Council, Police, Social Services, Doctors and others. It is pleasing to report that the Windsor Foodshare are now working, assisted by lots of volunteers, at a fast pace. Importantly, they now have the food needs to help so many despairing people to not go hungry. Club President, Ralph Cooper commented "I'm so pleased our members have been able to speedily assist this important local community charity, of course we (the club) will ensure our continued support in the weeks and months ahead.
1 May 2020 - The coronavirus not allowed to stop Club meetings
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