On Monday 1st August the club was pleased to receive a visitor - Michael Thomas, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bacolod North in the Philippines. Past President John Miles Griffiths, standing in for President Amar Bhogal, was presented with the traditional gift on these occasions: the club's banner.
A little later a well built builder called Mick the Brick (named perhaps after a certain proverbial building?) stepped forward to take up Daniel's challenge. Despite Herculean efforts he could not beat Daniel's score, but did at least finally manage to also bring down 8 skittles. No-one through that day and indeed the whole of the Festival managed to beat their score.
It is hoped that they will shortly meet for the first time to celebrate their joint achievement and be presented with their prizes.
A team practice session was held on Friday 22nd July for the annual Pétanque Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Cookham and Bourne End, which will be held at The King's Head, Little Marlow on August 19th. Some improvisation was required as no-one had a jack at which to aim, but a small apple sufficed until a more visible golf ball was substituted! There was a barbecue at half-time, then play resumed until darkness fell. It remains to be seen whether their skills have improved….
This year there will only be one team from the Rotary Club of Maidenhead, but they will do their best to compete, and better last year's results. They certainly should get a prize for the best-dressed, as they have a team outfit of striped t-shirts, French berets and red neckerchiefs. Good luck!
Re:charge family day out
On Tuesday 19 July, President Amar for the Rotary Club of Maidenhead and Adam Fitt for Round Table each presented £1,000 cheques to Re:charge to fund their day out to an animal centre in Hampshire for 100 parents and children. President Amar was supported by Community Chair Cliff Hillman and Secretary Mike Holness, Adam Fitt by Round Table Treasurer Richard Alvey.
Re:charge works with families in the Maidenhead community, providing weekly drop-in sessions at three venues around Maidenhead, where families can feel safe, supported, valued and accepted and:
The Day Out would not, however, have been possible to plan without the support given by Round Table and Rotary. Hannah Lucas of Re:charge will come to a lunchtime meeting in October, to tell us about Re:charge and report on the Day Out.
This is a welcome first linking between Maidenhead Rotary Club and Maidenhead Round Table, the latter an organisation that has historically been an important source of future Rotarians, as they are required to move on when aged 40. Their Treasurer, Richard Alvey said ‘I think it is great that we are doing this together; this sends a positive message for both organisations’.
Every year the club holds a lunch for the new President, and this year it was on Sunday July 17th at Taplow House Hotel, Berry Hill, Taplow. President Amar Bhogal, the first of three Presidents who will preside over the club this coming year, shared a table with the two other club members who will take up the position of President, each for four months.
This is the first time that the club has used this venue for a social event and it proved to be perfect for the day, with 55 members, wives and friends enjoying a delicious 3-course meal in the lovely dining room overlooking the gardens.
On Wednesday 13th July, 50 senior citizens of Maidenhead enjoyed an afternoon on the Thames, an annual event that is organised by the Community Services committee of Maidenhead Rotary Club. They were picked up and taken to Maidenhead Rowing Club, where they were helped aboard the boat for a 2 hour trip down the river past Bray, through Bray Lock and back. During the trip they were given a delicious tea of homemade sandwiches, cakes, jelly, icecream and meringues made by club members' wives and partners.
Best Year for a Decade for Maidenhead Youth
Over the last few weeks, Tony Hill and Pat Lattimer, members of the Rotary Youth Committee, have been handing out awards to young people from four schools across the town as part of the 2016 Rotary Youth Competition. This competition covers photography, writing and public speaking in the following categories:
Young Writer 11-13
Young Photographer 11-13
Young Photographer 14-18
Youth Speaks 11-13
Youth Speaks 14-18
At Holyport College, Desborough College and Newlands Girls’ School, cheques, plaques and certificates have been presented to winners and runners up in these Maidenhead competitions. Every young person who took part received a certificate of entry. Their final presentation will be at Claires Court School. Youth Service Chairman, Tony Hill, said “It says a lot for the ambition of these Maidenhead Schools, that their young people enter public competition. Above all this year, surrounded as we have been by public debate, it was impressive to see schools empowering and educating young men and women in public speaking; then giving confidence to them to enter their wonderful writing and photographic images.”
Below: Winners from Newlands School (left) and Desborough college (right)
After awarding the two Paul Harris Fellowships at the evening meeting at Maidenhead Golf Club on Monday 27th June, President Tony Lodge handed over the chain of office to Amar Bhogal, who will be President for the next four months, followed by John Miles Griffiths and lastly David Cager. They have all previously held this office, and will serve consecutively in the position of President for the year 2016-2017.
Yesterday evening President Tony Lodge was delighted to award two club members the highest award in Rotary - the Paul Harris Fellowship.
Cliff has been in our club for 15 years and has served on both Fund-Raising and International Committees, but primarily on the Community Services Committee, which he will chair in the coming year. He supported Sir Nicholas Winton for at least 14 of those years, keeping in touch, transporting him when necessary, and ensuring that he was safe and comfortable in his family home as he became less able, until Nicky's death last year at the age of 106.
David has been a club member for 37 years and was President in the year 2000-2001. In his year the Art Exhibition raised more than £15,000 for club charities, and the club celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding. He also worked closely with Nicky Winton on the Abbeyfield (Maidenhead) Society - for which he is currently Chairman. In 2012 he and his team finally brought to reality the 30 bed dementia care home that Nicky had been trying to get off the ground for several years, and Nicky was able to open Nicholas House, Burnham on the weekend of his 103rd birthday.