At last, my name is on the wall of a school toilet! It’s in a village called Duddenhalli, about 40 kms south of Bangalore in Southern India. It appears on a plaque, unveiled by me to mark the first of 6 new school toilets under a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project valued at $40000, to bring fresh water and sanitation to these schools in remote villages in accordance with one of the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus for grant funded projects..
The project is a joint venture between the Foundation/International committee of the Wolverhampton club and the Rotary club of Bangalore Peenya and it was my honour to be invited to attend the inauguration ceremony during a visit to India in May and June this year. I invited the head boy and girl of the school to help me to unveil the plaque and then President Savitha Suresh of the Peenya club and I duly cut the ribbon at the entrance door.
When the building work has been completed in all 6 schools it is estimated that we will have improved the well being and the quality of school life for over 2500 children.
The President of The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton, Paul Lockley, today presented Past President David King with an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the club at his home. David became a member of the club in 1995 and has served as President and two terms as Club Secretary. His passion in Rotary was International work and he chaired this particular committee for many years whilst still finding time to edit and publish the club monthly magazine, Hub. David was particularly proud to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2006 and said today that this award had also made him very happy. The promise of all Rotarians is “Service above Self” and David has lived up to this every day of his Rotary life. Well done David, very well deserved.
The sun was shining and the crowds came!
The winning team- Hawkes Home Improvement- raising funds for the Sedgley Scorpions Junior Football Teama and Rotary Charities.
Himley Park was the scene of the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton’s 18th Dragon Boat Event. Thousands came along to see the spectacle of 18 teams of paddlers
on the Great Lake, while at the same time, raising thousands of pounds for their own chosen good cause, and at the same time, the Roatary Charitable Trust.
Its a superb team effort that makes this special event such a success with £360,000 being raised in the previous 17 years.
Third place team- Jonahs Arc from UTC
Much more about the event can be seen at http://www.rotarydragonboats.co.uk
Eighty-six Rotarians, partners and friends representing a large number of clubs assembled at Linden House on 13th March to celebrate Vocational Study Exchange (VSE) and the Michael Beetham Aircraft Restoration Centre (MB). Cormac Doyle, VSE team leader, introduced Maddie and Adam who presented aspects of their recent trip to Bangalore where they werevery well looked after by local Rotarians. They visited factories with a technological gamut from ‘welding in flipflops’ to ‘lathes the size of this room’. The cultural aspect of their two week visit was not neglected as several colour slides of temples , pilgrimage sites and a wedding attested. Maddie, Adam (and the absent Nicola) were inducted as Rotary Alumni before it was the turn of several apprentices at the MB Centre to present themselves and their activities, including their visit to a similar group in Norway last year. Brian Bailey, Wolverhampton’s chairman of Youth and Community Service surveyed the many youth activities which we support before trainer Mick Shepherd introduced Daniel, Corey, Tom, Maddie again and Josh. Their three year apprenticeship at Cosford (combined with college courses) involves them in marvellous aircraft restoration activity with transferable skills for their later careers. Josh Sault was awarded the George Sidebotham trophy (with instructions not to break it!) but it was the view of us all that he was a peer amongst equals in this impressive group.Thanks to the staff of Linden House and the organisers for a very convivial evening. Stuart Williams.
Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady has kick-started this year’s bid to find the city’s Young Citizen of the Year.
This year’s awards were officially launched at Wolves’ training ground Molineux, along with the Mayor, Councillors, Judges and a former winner.
Conor Coady said: “I am delighted to support these awards which recognises and celebrates young people who go the extra mile to help others.”
Organised by the city’s five Rotary clubs, in partnership with the Express & Star, Wolves, Waitrose and The Way Youth Zone, the awards are now in their fifth year. They recognise youngsters aged 14-19 who have made a significant contribution to the city and celebrate their achievements.
Anyone can nominate a young person who lives, goes to school or works within the borough of Wolverhampton. For more details about the award, plus entry forms, visit www.wolverhamptonyoungcitizen.org.uk
Nomination forms are also available from the Civic Centre and Waitrose on Penn Road and entries are open until the end of May.