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 meeting also witnessed the induction of Julie Miller as President Elect, to take office for 1920/21

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.

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