Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Henley Rotary Club

SHIPLAKE resident Joy Arnott has a significant position in the Rotary movement.

A past president (twice) of Henley Bridge Rotary Club, she is this year’s district governor of District 1090, which covers 59 clubs in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, most of Buckinghamshire and parts of the old Middlesex.

One of her many duties is to visit all the clubs in the district and on Tuesday evening she made the short journey to Henley Rotary Club’s twilight meeting at the Red Lion Hotel.

The club was one of the sponsoring clubs at the formation of the Henley Bridge club in 1982.

There was an excellent attendance by members of the host club, ranging from the oldest to the youngest.

They were treated to a comprehensive review of the Rotary movement from international, national and local perspectives.

Rotary has 1.2 million members in about 120 countries with about 35,000 individual clubs.

This year is the centenary of the Rotary Foundation, the movement’s charitable arm, and Joy thanked the Henley club for its continued support of this as well as the End Polio campaign, which has reduced the incidence of world polio cases to only Pakistan and Afghanistan, although an outbreak had re-occurred in Nigeria recently.

After congratulating the club on supporting a lot of local charities and acknowledging its assistance with the Henley half marathon, she thanked members for assisting with her district carol service at St Mary’s Church before Christmas.

She emphasised the great importance of the Rotary Young Leadership Award, having visited one of the courses and noting that a number of previous candidates had been sponsored by the Henley club.

The two charities for her year as governor are the Alzheimer’s Society and Camp Mohawk inWargrave.

Joy stressed that Rotary had to continually re-invent itself and praised the Henley club for endeavouring to recruit younger members.

She was thanked by club president Lionel Scott.

Later, president-elect Maria Bunina collected names for the forthcoming founder’s night dinner at the Red Lion Hotel on February 21 at which members of both clubs will celebrate the Rotary movement’s founder, Paul Harris, who started it all in Chicago in 1905.

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