Ramsgate Rotary Club members, met face to face for the first time since lockdown, in the garden of President Julie Miller.
They discussed plans for future activities, including this year’s Christmas collections which will be limited since the club has disposed of its popular Santa Sleigh .It was agreed that the annual outing and tea party for local residents would be postponed until next year, but it was hoped to repeat its popular school collections of toys for the disposal of the social services to deserving local cases.Members are already giving thought to the best way of celebrating the founding of the club 100 years ago in December next year.
Anybody interested in considering membership of the club should make contact through the contact page.
The Club has elected Julie Miller as President for the coming year- the second time she has held the office.She said it was obviously going to be a tough year but for the time being anyway, meetings would continue to be held fortnightly by using Zoom.
She was sorry the club was losing two more members, including President Henry Holding, to whom she paid tribute for the work he had done during his presidential year. She said: ” Our activities will be changed as we are unable to continue our fund raising as we have done in former years. We no longer have our sleigh as the people to tow it and the members to walk the streets collecting are not available. Hopefully we will still be able to collect at the local supermarkets but this is a case of crossing our fingers and hoping.
“We should be able to do our school toy collections for under privileged children as we can use our cars as we did last year. This means a lot to a great many people.
Although Ramsgate Rotary Club,like all others, cannot hold its usual meetings the club is still very active.
It is having fortnightly meetings on Zoom, which have been well attended, organised by Secretary Maria Blackburn.
Members have decided to donate their usual meeting meal costs to the Ramsgate Salvation Army Food Bank and are also supporting the work of Friend of Rotary, Philip Reiser who is a key force with an organisation set up to provide face shields for front line workers. Already more than 90 NHS Trusts and similar organisations , such as care homes have made use of the services provided by 3Dcrowd. It has a target of raising £250,000 and has already achieved more than £143,000.
Anybody wishing to learn more should go to 3Dcrowd.uk.
Outgoing President Henry Golding said: “It has been a great privilege to serve the club in what has been an extremely difficult year, and we look forward to being able to get back to our usual meetings and continue to...
Santa and his helpers got the Ramsgate Rotary Club Christmas collections under way on Sunday. They will be out again on Wednesday in the Whitehall area and the Nethercourt area on December 15 from 3pm. They will also be collecting in the town centre as well as at Sainsbury’s and Tesco Manston.
Ramsgate Rotary Club regrets that for various reasons we have had to reduce our number of Santa Sleigh collections this year.
Our usual static collections will take place as usual so please watch out for us then.
The sleigh visits will be London Road area from 3pm on December 1st; Whitehall Road area from 6 pm on December 3rd and Netherourt Farm Road area from 3 pm on December 15th.
The annual putting competition organised by Ramsgate Rotary Club, continues to grow in popularity.
This year’s competition for the Wally Anthony Trophy, was held at Stonelees Golf Centre , and was won by Past President Paul Parpworth. The award for the top scoring visitor went to Keith Maslen.
The awards were made by President Henry Golding, who also thanked the staff for the delightful meal they had prepared and served, and to main organiser John Searles.
There was a good turn-out of members to witness the annual Arthur Rogers Cup competition held at St Augustine’s Golf Club and organised by Ramsgate Rotary Club of which Arthur Rogers had been a member.
The event was organised by Past President Derek Brown, who also went on to win the impressive cup.
He had a score of 94 followed by current president Henry Golding
on 120 and John Searles on 104
The golf was followed by a meal at the club, and the President had a special word of thanks for those who had prepared and served the meals as well as the work put in by Derek Brown.
Ramsgate Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel, joined forces to provide a chance for those who do not often get out and about to do just that!
More than 30 local residents enjoyed rides through the countryside and ended up at Minster Village Hall, where a tea was waiting for them.
Among those who enjoyed the occasion was Kathleen Powell, who celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this year and Denis Scott, who was 90 the week before.
They were all welcomed by Rotary President Henry Golding, who also expressed thanks to Rotarians and Inner Wheelers who had worked hard to make the occasion such a success.
Every Thanet Rotary Club was represented when Ramsgate Club installed Henry Golding as its President for the new Rotary Year, taking over from Pat Hersant.
The out-going president said it has been a very successful year for the club. Its Christmas collections had raised over £4,000 for the charity funds and hundreds of toys distributed through Social Services.
Mr Golding said he had joined the club six years ago and was very proud to become president. He planned to repeat the successful events of the past year, including an old folks tea and ride in the local countryside, the quiz held in conjunction with the Inner Wheel Club as well as the golf and putting competitions.
The club would present the third £1,000 donation to You Can, the youth cancer organisation.
He said the club would, for a trial period, meet on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of each month, instead of weekly meetings. It was hoped this would help in the club’s efforts to attract new members
The long-standing twining link between Ramsgate and Boulogne Rotary Clubs, was strengthened when the two clubs held a joint meeting on board P & O ferry Spirit of France, between Dover and Calais.
The Ramsgate members boarded the ferry at Dover, and Boulogne members were already waiting. They enjoyed a joint meal ending in time for the French to leave the ferry when it returned to Calais, leaving the Ramsgate team to enjoy the benefit of Club Class on the journey back to Dover.
PP David Read made the Ramsgate arrangements with President Pat Hersant among those who took part. She is pictured with Boulogne President, Alain Laurent.