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Welcome to my blog. I hope to add to this at various times during the year


10th April 2021

The club still assisting with vaccinations. We are now preparing for great home run. Many members are participating in physically demanding challenges, mine is rowing the English Channel (31K) in one continuous row of approximately 3 hours. Then preparing for 21-4-21, a 21 mile walk to raise money for Shelterbox in June this year. Looking forward to club handover and President's night in June and July. The club has two new members, which is very good news, and they considerably reduce our average age! Now preparing the club for handover to Steve Hanks in July.


16th February 2021

The club is now very active with the GP marshalling at Blackthorn, and we are now on the age 65-70, so guess most Rotarian's have had their first jabs and maybe second ones. We are currently drawing up a volunteers database, as we have lots of assistance from non- Rotarian's, and wish them to be continually involved with the club. We have an excellent initiative called 'Great Home Run' which is members and local community volunteering to raise money for charities by doing a physical fitness challenge. I am rowing the English Channel! Club has a couple of new members, which is encouraging, and they are young e.g. under 30. Yes we do recruit younger people. We are still getting a wide range of speakers on our Zoom meetings, and next week we have a Professor of Virus Genomics who is on a sub group that reports to SAGE, so hopefully lots of discussion around Covid and the Government road map to recovery. 


10th January 2021

Club had a enjoyable Zoom quiz before Xmas. Members of the club have been participating in running a Christmas car parking in Maidstone with 2 other clubs to raise money for charity. We are now heavily involved with a local GP practice in providing marshalling for the Covid 19 vaccination programme, and this will continue for the next few months. We have a full calendar of speakers and meetings till end of March 2021, so should be interesting.


1st December 2020

Lockdown over nearly, and now Kent is tier 3. So not much change then! Wreath laid on Nov 11th in Maidstone, a small crowd in attendance. An excellent day Saturday just gone with volunteers from Rotary making and filling boxes with goodies for Children in Care. Christmas quiz on Zoom next week which will hopefully bring some light relief. Still hopeful for Christmas collections at local supermarkets and/or Maidstone town centre, but most probably dependent on Government Covid announcement on Dec 16th. Then we are into a new calendar year, and halfway through my presidency. Maybe the second half on the year will be bring a bit more joy. Surely it can't get any worse can it!  

 

13th November 2020

We are now back in lockdown again for a month, but still meeting on Zoom fortnightly. Over the last month or so we have managed to plant a few thousand Crocus bulbs for Eradicate Polio. Also had a very productive day at members Garden Centre selling bulbs, and raising money for World Polio Day. Gin Distillery visit very enjoyable from what I remember! This week on Zoom we had a fellow Rotarian from Dordrecht our link club in Holland, who spoke very entertainingly about life/Rotary in Holland to look forward to. Thanks to a few Rotarians we have managed to pack shoeboxes to send out to needy Children for Christmas presents. We are now looking towards Christmas and a quiz, and maybe if allowed post lockdown to meet together for a Christmas meal.


3rd October 2020

Another month gone and it looks likely that due to Covid we won't be able to meet weekly at the lodge until Spring 2021 at the earliest. However we still are on Zoom once a week currently, and had an excellent speaker last week from Solihull Rotary Club. We also managed a couple of hours litter picking along the Medway which amassed over 100Kg of litter, including a bike frame and a shopping trolley. Our website now has an on-line auction page which hopefully members can auction and bid for products and services similar to e-bay. Later this month some members will be visiting our local Gin distillery which should prove an entertaining couple of hours.


2nd September 2020

The weather held out for Social gathering on 23rd August, and everyone had a very enjoyable 3 hours. Sadly one of our members passed away recently and will be sorely missed by all at the club. On a brighter note we have had some excellent speakers recently both from within the club (painting and cars) and externally (MBC leader and A Willington player). One social event organised for October, a visit to Maidstone Gin Distillery followed by lunch. We are also participating in the National litter picking initiative in late September along the banks of the Medway. Having a weeks holiday next week on IOW, and hopefully on my return we will still have a club.


9th August 2020

Things are slowly taking shape, and we hopefully have a formal social gathering at one of members beautiful gardens on Sunday 23rd August. Committees are meeting and coming up with a range of excellent suggestions. Weekly meetings still on Zoom, but also hopefully, thanks to comprehensive risk assessments we can meet back at our normal venue face to face and with a meal. Planning also going ahead for our Dutch friends visit next May and a 21 mile sponsored walk for Shelterbox in June. So normality slowly returning, let's hope it continues please.


25th Jul 2020

Well here we are 4 weeks into my Presidency. 1 official function so far, district handover in Mote Park. A nice sunny day out and free prosecco! We have had 3 online meetings, with various degrees of success, and some interesting speakers. As we come out of lockdown and restrictions are eased I hope we can meet face-to-face again in the not too distant future. In the meantime club committees are starting to meet and ideas are being planned for the coming year.


Best Wishes


Rob



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