Hagley Rotary Club


Girl Power at Hagley Rotary Club

July saw the club’s first female President, Janet Wicks, inaugurated by immediate past president Derry Millington at the Ladies Luncheon at the Stone Manor Hotel. In fact, as I am now the Vice President, it is the first time in the club’s 39-year history that both roles have been filled by women!

Janet joined us a few years ago when her and her husband moved here from Namibia, where they were very much involved in their local Rotary Club.Janet has a great year in store for us, but on a sad note, when she agreed to be President last year she had no idea that her husband Stewart would not be by her side to support her. In his memory, her chosen charity is Shelterbox – who provide emergency shelter and vital aid to people affected by disasters worldwide. A charity that was particularly close to Stew’s heart.

Some of her plans for the year is to continue the Rotary theme of “Making a difference” to people’s lives both locally and further afield. Rotary has been working to eradicate Polio for over 30 years, and have recently been joined in this by Bill & Melinda Gates. To this end, we are participating in the Purple4Polio campaign and have purchased around 5,000 crocuses to be planted in Hagley Village.

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine. We hope they will make a stunning display in the village next Spring.

Janet is passionate about Rotary and invites the Hagley community to come and find out more about the work that Hagley Rotary Club gets involved in. We will be manning a stand in the village on certain Saturdays for the next few months so please do come and say hello.  We’d love to meet you and hear your ideas on new local projects similar to the addition of the defibrillator to the High Street.

Our thanks go to Rotarians Ann & Hassan Paraiso who hosted another fabulous BBQ, at which we met up with honorary member Ann Becke and a group of children brought over from Chernobyl for the month. The charity, Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, was founded to help the children of Belarus. Their aim is to raise money in order to bring groups of children to their particular area for respite care. It is estimated that a month in the UK, eating uncontaminated food, breathing uncontaminated air boosts their immune system to such an extent, that it gives them an extra two years on their life expectancy. Hagley Rotary Club is very proud support of Ann Becke’s work.

If you would like to find out more about Hagley Rotary Club and how you can make a difference, please email juliebanks93@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you.

Yours in Rotary

Julie Banks

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Last update: Wednesday 30 August 2017

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