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Ian Soares (left), Maria Blackburn and Matt Roke at the cheque presentation

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When Michael Brown of Broadstairs spoke to members of Ramsgate Rotary Club, he was presented with a banner of the Ramsgate Club for him to give to the recently formed club of Chongqing, which is largely made up of people who either work or regularly visit China.
Mr Brown (right) is pictured at the hand over of the banner, with (left) Steve Mockbee, club President (from USA). and Tina Redshaw, British Consul General for South West China,
He said:”We were very lucky to have Tina attending our meeting. She is Her Majesty's representative in SW China. She spoke about her many years experience in China going back to the early 1980s. It reminded me that there were no cars with everyone on bicycles, and a separate currency for foreigners. We were not allowed to shop in local shops, only friendship stores, and no tall buildings. How things have changed in so short a time.”

A £2,300 boost was given to the Ramsgate based Fegans by Ramsgate Rotary Club, as a result of having been chosen as her charity by President Maria Blackburn.
The organisation, which is Christian motivated was formed 146 years ago to offer assistance, particularly to children, who find themselves in difficult family situations.
Chief Executive Officer,Ian Soares, told members about the extra work placed on the organisation because of continuing financial cuts in social services. Many children were affected by abuse, including neglect and there was an increasing number of girls involved with self harm.
Family support officer Matt Roke spoke about the new centre in Ramsgate and plans for a major summer project to involve as many families as possible.
The immediate aim of Fegans is to raise £50,000 to maximise the potential of the centre but Mr Oares said above all else they were all about happiness and they would never turn a child away.
The cheque included a donation from Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School pupils as a thank you to the club for acting as observers in their attempt to set a Guiness Book of Records entry for the amount of time spent playing on their mobile phones.

Rotarians from a number of neighbouring clubs joined their Ramsgate colleagues for a weekly meeting which took on a special meaning.
It marked the 50 years of membership of the club by Lawrence Page. He was presented with a special certificate signed by the President of Rotary International, who had also sent a letter.
His fellow members also presented him with a framed picture of Ramsgate harbour.

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The presentations were made by club President Maria Blackburn.

Also at the meeting were Lawrence’s wife Ingrid, and his brother, Robin, a member of Thanet Rotary Club.
Lawrence recalled some of the highlights of his 50 years in the club, including twice serving as President.

Where our
money went

Donations to charities during the Rotary year amounted to £7,100.

Among those to benefit were:

Lord’s Taverners £200

Thanet Scouts £200

Shelter boxes £600

Scouts Jamboree £200

RNLI £100

Oasis £350

Porchlight £1,000

Kent Search and Rescue £599

St Lawreence PCC £200

DEBRA £200

Guildford eye project £200

Kenya appeal £100

Vanuatu appeal £200

Children in care sports day £50

Shakespeare Schools Festival £50

Nepal project £100

Thanet Children Centre friends £100

Amyloidosis Research £2,000

Teens Unite fighting cancer £100

Our members volunteer their time - for example by helping students at the Marlowe Academy with an annual young chef competition, and taking elderly folk on an annual outing followed by tea.

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charity. It's supported by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and generous donations from the general public who share its vision of a better world.

The mission of Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education & the alleviation of poverty.

One of the main ways this is done is by funding humanitarian projects in the UK and worldwide.

The charity's single biggest aim has been to eradicate polio from the world.


One big advantage for Rotary is the number of individual clubs it has throughout the world.
When disaster strikes it is always possible to respond to appeals through a Rotary club close to the scene.
Such was the case with floods in Cumbria. We sent a donation of £200 to Keswick and it has been acknowledged by the local club, which in conjunction with the local Lions Club, is doing what it can to tackle the situation.
In a letter of thanks to their Ramsgate Colleagues, the Keswick Club says: “We and the Lions are well placed to provide a rapid response and will do all we can to get the funds quickly to those who most need them.”

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