Rotary Club of Malling
Humanity in Motion
This is my second President’s newsletter and comes at the end of a relatively quiet month for Malling Rotary with many members off enjoying what remains of the British Summer (although it has been a bit damp in recent days).
However, we were very lucky with the weather on the 19th when we were invited to a “thank you” BBQ by Malling Scouts at their newly purchased camp site at Comp Wood. Malling Rotary were delighted to have been able to donate more than £2800 towards the cost of this ambitious project and were treated to a delicious BBQ, a tour round the site and then a camp fire sing song. This was a new experience for me but I was amazed at how I had absorbed the words to such classics as Ging Gang Goolie and joined in with great gusto if little talent. Thanks to the efforts of a great number of people the site is now preserved for the more than a 1000 local scouts and what a fantastic amenity it is. I am hoping that this was the first of many annual visits to come.
On the 26th we met at Spadework for a falconry display by the falconer from Leeds Castle. This was one of our monthly guests and partners evenings and was an exciting and unusual way to spend an evening. As ever we squeezed in an opportunity to eat together and enjoyed a buffet supper.
Earlier in the month we spent an evening looking at ways of raising our profile and increasing our membership – this was a lively meeting helped with the presence of Carol Vizzard our Assistant Governor who was very supportive. As a result there are groups working on press releases, publicity material and we all have the challenge of encouraging friends, work colleagues and our wider circle of contacts to come along to see how we manage to have great fun at the same time as raising money for worthwhile causes.
In 2012 a group of Malling Rotarians were Marshals when the Olympic Torch came through Borough Green – my father (aged 81 at the time) joined us and was really very proud to have been involved. He loved the camaraderie of the Rotarians and loved knowing that he was doing something worthwhile. I am sad to say that he died on the 5th of August. I mention this only to say a heartfelt thank you to the many fellow Rotarians who took the trouble to phone, write, send flowers and generally support me both during his illness and subsequent death. This sort of friendship and fellowship is so typical of Rotarians – a tremendous bunch of people. Thank you.
In the coming month we are looking forward to the Murder Mystery Evening at Harvel Village Hall on the 13th of September and our fund raising evening at Leeds Castle on the 19th when we will be treated to a fabulous meal and even more fabulous music in support of Music at Malling. We are also going to have a visit from the Senechal of the Cinq Ports on the 30th of September. I am particularly intrigued by that as I have no idea what the role is. For more details see the calendar of events.