Rotary Club of Malling
Humanity in Motion
November, of course, is the month of Remembrance and this year has particular poignancy as we remember the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. Rotarians from our Club have been involved in organising Poppy collections as well as representing the Club at Remembrance Day services across the area and also working as stewards at West Malling and Kings Hill to help the community events go off without incident. We were also pleased to be able to contribute funds towards the Garden of Remembrance at the Royal British Legion Village.
This week saw us enjoying the hospitality at Spadework Offham as we enjoyed delicious homemade soup, salad cold meats, cheeses and of course the fabulous lemon drizzle cake. Once we had ploughed our way through that lot we got together in our regular task groups. There was a real buzz in the air as everyone got stuck in to organising their particular projects and I could see that there is plenty of activity to come.
First on the list is the Shoe Box Appeal and everyone is busy collecting things to go into the boxes – we provide boxes of boys and girls of all ages and as usual finding things for teenage boys is providing the greatest challenge.
The group working on the Malling Lights Festival on the 30th of November have everything under control – supermarkets have donated the mince pies and the ingredients for the mulled wine have been purchased. This year we are raising money for Malaria No More, a charity which raises funds to help fight this terrible disease. This is one of the two charities that I have chosen as my special charities for this year – the NSPCC being the other.
William is masterminding the Christmas Supermarket collections and once again we and other Charities will be collecting at Tesco in West Malling and Larkfield as well as Waitrose on Kings Hill. This is a major fund raising opportunity for us and helps us support local charities throughout the year.
The fellowship group were busy planning a theatre trip in the New Year, a night at the dogs in the early spring and looking forward to the planned trip to Sardinia in June. I am going to start planning a trip to Krakow in September. These social activities are such an important part of Rotary – they help bring Club Members together – and are always great fun.
Finally those working on publicity have designed a new leaflet to publicise what we do and are already planning in designing Christmas Cards for 2015.
Of some fascination is watching Zamia’s moustache grow as he is raising money for Prostate Cancer in the annual Movember. The Club has made one of its regular £100 monthly donations to encourage him.
We have a busy few weeks ahead of us in the build up to Christmas and in no time at all we will be planning our events for the New Year. We are always keen to welcome new members – we are a friendly bunch from all walks of life – formality is at a minimum – so why not make contact and join us for a meal?