I would like to introduce myself to you as the President of the Rotary Club of Greenford during its 72nd year. I’m Malcolm Cantwell and will be in place until July 2021. My huge thanks go to our Past President Bryan Payne for his work for our Club during his year. Bryan has helped to ensure the success of Rotary in Greenford and additionally, through the projects we participated in, helping fulfil the greater aims and aspirations of the Rotary organisation. I also wish to thank the past committees for their support and hard work and to thank the current teams who will be helping to ensure our club’s continuing success through these strange times.
We normally would meet each Thursday at 12.15 giving us the opportunity to make a difference both locally, nationally and through such projects as Shelter Box, internationally, but Covid19 has put a stop to our face-to-face meetings for the time being. Our strong membership is most certainly up for the challenges this brings.
This year we have decided to continue our meetings using zoom and we aim to have interesting speakers who will talk to us on potential projects that may be able to support all those in need of help at the moment.
We could not visit to our friends in Lehrte, our sister club in Germany last year and so it has been delayed until later this year, if travel is permitted. We normally have an extended weekend of visits and fellowship.
We usually support several charities with donations and to that end we have a number of projects we hope to keep running. In particular our support for the trainee midwives and the Maternity Unit that covers the Ealing borough at Hillingdon Hospital, by awarding a bursary to a midwife in training in 2021 and giving financial support towards the construction of a bereavement suite for the Maternity Unit. Another aim of ours was 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 would organise several Christmas fund raising collections by taking our own Father Christmas in a sleigh around the streets of Greenford accompanied with carols but sadly Santa Had to take a break last Christmas as no collections were allowed. Additionally, we could not collect any donations at our usual 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, which we will reinstate in 2022.
We can only hope that later this year life will return to a safer, healthier way of life for all of us and we intend to ‘Be the Inspiration’ and to really make a difference to our communities just as soon as we can.