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World Polio Day - October 2018

In conjucntion with the other Rotary Clubs in Maidstone and with the kind support of Maidstone Borough Council MaidstoneTown Hall was bathed in purple lighting for World Polio Day. Thanks to Chas for the super photos.

Presentations - October 2018

At our club meeting on 23rd October we had a visit from Immediate Past District Governor Carol. Two presentations were made to the club:

  • firstly Immediate Past President Nic received a Rotary Citation on behalf of the club. This recognises our achievments against goals set at the beginning of the Rotary year. This is the second year in succession we have been awarded one of these rare awards.
  • secondly club member Mike was awarded a medal for his work as an Assistant Governor.

Medway Litter Pick - October 2018

Together with members of Dawn Patrol Rotary Club as part of the Rotary District Environmental Initiative we organised a litter pick along the Medway from the Lockmeadow cinema complex to Tovil along the newly appointed river walk. Many thanks to Catherine for taking the pictures.

Crocus Corm Planting - October 2018

As World Polio Day approaches (24th October) we were out planting around 8,000 crocus corms to hightlight Rotary's continuing campaign to eradicate polio from the world.

This year we have attempted to create a Rotary roundel on a Maidstone roundabout. Next Spring we will see how successful we have been - fnger crossed!

We also planted corms at Maidstone Barracks station, along with our colleagues from Maidstone Dawn Patrol Rotary, which will hopefully brighten the journey for people using and passing through.

Many thanks to Chas for taking the pictures.

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Curry Night - October 2018

40 members, friends and family attended our Curry Night fundraiser to which raised £569 for Shelterbox to help them support the victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia. Many thanks to Chas for taking the pictures.

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Race Night - September 2018

56 members, friends and family attended our Charity Race Night. A little over £1,400 was raised which will be used to support local and Rotary charities. Many thanks to Catherine for taking the pictures.

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Mature Carers Trip on Kingfisher - September 2018

The last trip on Kingfisher for 2018 was for the Mature Carers. This year we had 4 all day trips for the Young Carers, 1 all day for Mature Carers and 2 afternoon trips for Mature Carers.

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Blacthorn Trust Visit - September 2018

Our meeting on 4th September was a second visit to the Blackthorrn Trust. We had a lovely meal and a fabulous talk from Susie who told us about the "White Water Challenge" she undertook to raise funds for the Blackthorn Physic Garden.

Kingfisher Trips for Young Carers - August 2018

Each year, in conjunction with the Kingfisher Medway Trust, we arrange trips on the river Medway for young carers. Many thanks to Catherine for taking the pictures.

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Medway Valley Walk - August 2018

In place of our regular weekly meeting we had a social event with a gentle circular stroll along the banks of the Medway from Wateringbury, with an option of a boat trip for the less mobile. After several weeks of heatwave the weather could have been kinder to us, serving up light rain and occasional thunder and lightning. However the rain kept us cool and we finished up at a pub ready to demolish the superb buffet supper provided. Many thanks to Alan & Catherine for taking the pictures.

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Defibrillator Plaque - June 2018

In 2005 Mike Baker, the Club President at the time, sadly passed away. The club decided to honour the memory of Mike by presenting a defibrilllator to the Maidstone Shopping Centre. Unfortunately during the renovation of the Centre the plaque was lost. We made arrangements for a new plaque to be installed and Mike's widow, daughter and brother came along to unveil it.

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Petanque and Handover Evening - June 2018

Our last meeting of the year 2017-18 was a pub social event where most of us played Petanque, with varying degrees of success!

After a meal of sausage & mash, followed by some delightful desserts, President Nic handed over Catherine who will lead us through the coming Rotary year.

Thanks, as always, to Chas for taking the pictures.

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President's Night - June 2018

77 members, guests, family and friends enjoyed a splendid evening at Bearsted Golf Club to celebrate Nic's year as Club President. Thanks to Chas and Carolyn for the photos.

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Dutch Visit - June 2018

Every two years our friends from our twin club in Dordrecht visit us for a relaxing weekend of fellowship and sightseeing. Thanks to Catherine for taking the photos.

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Litter Pick - Various Dates, April 2018

Giving practical rather than monetary support we spent several sessions picking up litter along the banks of the Medway and under the M20 motorway.

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Torquay Conference - 6th - 8th April 2018

Some of our members attended the National Conference at Torquay. An enjoyable weekend with thought provoking and inspirational speakers, entertainment,  plus the chance to catch up with other Rotarians from across the country.

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Purple for Polio - 1st April 2018

Back in October we planted about 8,000 crocus corms in the villages around Maidstone. These are part of Rotary's worldwide campaign to spread awareness of the Polio Eradication work. The pictures below show the croms starting to bloom.

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Alzheimer's Research Presentation - 13th March 2018

Georgi Welch and Emily Roots from Alzheimer's Research UK visited our club to give us an update on the work of their charity. We learnt that dementia is the leading cause of death in women in the uk, can strike at any age, and to date has no cure. We were delighted to present a cheque from the club.

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Rotary Wood - 9th February 2018

Our National President, Denis Spiller, challenged every Rotary Club in Great Britain & Ireland to plant a tree this year for every member of their club. Working together with Gallaghers the three Rotary Clubs in Maidstone have created the Rotary Wood at Hermitage Quarry with the planting of over 100 trees.

Thanks to Chas for taking the pictures.

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Trinity Foyer - 13th December 2017
For several years we have been supporting Trinity Foyer, a service for homeless people in Maidstone. Each year part of this involves us making up a gift of toileteries and similar items for each resident at Christmas. Two of our members visited and met residents and staff today. We were made very welcome and received many thanks from everyone.
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