I would like to introduce myself to you as the new President of the Rotary Club of Greenford during its 70th year. I’m Bryan Payne and will be in place until June 2019. My huge thanks go to our Past President John Perrett for his work for our Club during the past year. John has helped to ensure the success of Rotary in Greenford and additionally, through the projects that we have all participated in, the greater aims and aspirations of the Rotary organisation. I also wish to thank the outgoing committees for their support and hard work and to welcome the new teams who will be helping to ensure our club’s continuing success especially in this year of ‘Be the inspiration’ - our theme for this Rotary year. Our motto was set by this year’s District Governor Mike Wren and is to be the aim of all London Rotarians.
We meet each Thursday at 12.15 and this gives us the opportunity to make a difference both locally, nationally and through such projects as Shelter Box, internationally. Our 20 strong membership is most certainly up for the challenge! This year we have decided to develop our meetings to include several evening occasions with partners & guests, which will be held at the restaurant of Sudbury Golf Club. We aim to have interesting speakers who will talk to us on potential projects that we may be able to support. Later in 2019 we are again welcoming visitors from Lehrte, our sister club in Germany, for an extended weekend of visits and fellowship. We intend to organise several interesting sessions for our guests which will culminate in a special evening with dinner and entertainment.
We currently support several charities with donations and to that end we have a number of projects running. In particular our support for the trainee midwives and the Maternity Unit at Hillingdon Hospital, by awarding a bursary to a midwife in training and giving financial support towards a bereavement centre at the maternity hospital. Another aim of ours is to encourage young people to take part in our Scouts and Cubs fishing competitions held at the local AEC Angling Society lake. In order to fund these and other projects, we organise several Christmas fund raising collections by taking our own Father Christmas in a sleigh around the streets of Greenford accompanied with carols. Additionally, we collect donations at two large Tesco supermarkets. Another highlight of our year is our Vocational Awards evening when we recognise the achievements of local people working for and with the community.
It promises to be an exciting year for all of us and we intend to ‘Be the Inspiration’ and to really make a difference to our communities. I very much look forward to a successful year working with our twenty highly motivated Rotarians who will be my inspiration for the next twelve months and beyond. Come and join us. Bryan Payne