Evening Meeting speakers for January/February
28 January Evening Meeting, Rotary Scholars
The Rotary Scholarship Programme is one of the world’s largest privately sponsored international scholarship programmes. It started in 1947 with the aim of furthering international understanding and goodwill, and over 70 years later it continues to be a great success.
Rotary Scholarships are funded by Global Grants and are for overseas graduate study under one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus for one to four years. More Rotary Scholars come to study in the UK than in any other country. Over the last few years, there have been an average of approximately 180 Rotary Scholars each year. In this current academic year there are around 240 Rotary Scholars worldwide.
During their studies abroad, Rotary Foundation Scholars are hosted by a club local to their place of study. They have opportunities to take part in club activities, meet the other Rotary scholars hosted in the district and to visit other clubs to speak about their studies and career aspirations.
In District 1090 we are extremely fortunate to have a large number of Scholars visiting each year. The majority study at the University of Oxford, but we also have some at the four other universities within our District: Oxford Brookes, Reading, New Bucks and Brunel Universities.
Two of these scholars, Michelle Tran and Caitlin Dermody, both from the USA and studying for Masters degrees at Oxford, will tell us of their experience and aspirations.
25 February Evening Meeting - Graham Barker, High Sheriff of Berkshire
The High Sheriff was originally the King's representative on taxation upholding the law in Saxon times. The title of is therefore much older than the other crown appointment, the Lord Lieutenant which came about after 1545.
Unlike the Lord Lieutenants who generally hold their appointment until their death or incapacity, the title of High Sheriff is appointed/reappointed annually. The High Sheriff is assisted by an Under-Sheriff of Berkshire.
The earliest recorded Sheriff was Godric, who was killed in 1066 and since 1800 there have been only 5 High Sheriffs from Maidenhead:
1822 Sir Gilbert East
1897 Henry Gold
1907 Major Edward Arthur Barry of Ockwells Manor
2014 Christopher Koo
and now Graham Barker
Graham will tell us the modern role of the High Sheriff, which is now largely ceremonial, but carries the status of being the Queen’s highest judicial officer in the county. The role involves a mix of ceremonial, charitable and community functions.
Thames Valley Service Clubs' Dinner
Message from John Turney, Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh:
Each year our Rotary Club organises a dinner for the Thames Valley Service Clubs.
I am organising this event in 2019. The details are as follows:
If your Club has not been to one of these events for a while, please consider attending in 2019. This dinner provides any ideal opportunity for your members to hear a high profile, very experienced and entertaining speaker. Together with that this event gives those attending an opportunity to meet other fundraisers and service clubs in the locality and exchange ideas.
I look forward to hearing from you
John Turney – Organiser
2019 RIBI Conference in May
Club members: Please see link below to the 2019 Rotary Conference and Showcase promo video.