Aug 142019
Ben Bassi, director, with Andrew Moffat, club president

At lunch on 12th August 2019 the members of Gravesend Rotary inducted Meopham Valley Vineyard Ltd as a Corporate Member of the Club.  Membership Leader Tony Muckley reintroduced Mr. Ben Bassi, Director of Meopham Valley Vineyard Ltd, to the assembled Club members and recalled that Ben had already attended lunch and supported the Club’s activities on several previous occasions.

Tony recognised Ben’s entrepreneurial work with the wine business and noted several members’ comments on the excellence of the range of wines produced.

President Andrew Moffat took Ben through the induction process as the Principal Representative of the Corporate Member. The President said “I now present to you the badge which all Rotarians are proud to wear and the booklet which gives an introduction to Rotary, here and world-wide. … Rotarians, I present to you Meopham Valley Vineyard Ltd represented here by its Principal Representative in the Club, Ben Bassi. We all welcome you”.

Ben thanked the President and looked forward to participating in the social, networking and “Service above Self” activities of the Club.

Meopham Valley Vineyard online shop: click here

Aug 122019

The annual match of Bat & Trap against Rochester Rotary Club on Sunday resulted in a win by Gravesend and our member Simon Lancaster winning the best batsman cup for the highest score.

We are grateful for the hospitality of the Rochester Club and of Paddy Marsh who hosted the match in her garden following a buffet lunch.

Aug 092019

Former Prime Minister, Theresa May, paid tribute to Rotary’s work in eradicating polio, in particular to Judith Diment, Chair of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force. It followed a question from Alistair Burt MP, a former Middle East and International Development Minister.

He asked: “Can I thank my Right Honourable Friend for her work supporting and overseeing the health programme which the United Kingdom delivers overseas, particularly vaccination, and most notably polio eradication vaccination for which she has herself  been internationally recognised, and which has saved and safeguarded millions of children’s lives across the world.

He asked: “Does she agree with me that the need to combat misinformation about vaccination is now perhaps as important as it ever has been? And would she …. note the importance of this programme ….

The Prime Minister endorsed Alistair Burt’s comments, adding: “My Right Honourable Friend’s reference about the work on polio enables me to congratulate and commend the work done by my constituent, Judith Diment, with Rotary International in their work against polio.

“It is important that we do combat the disinformation about vaccinations, and ensure that people are willing to have those vaccinations which will change their lives and which will ensure they can lead healthy lives, rather than succumbing to diseases and conditions that can have an impact on their lives.

“I am proud of the fact …. that we have legislated for 0.7% of Gross National Income to be spent on development aid overseas. That is an important element of global Britain, it is an important element of our standing in the world.”

See our End Polio Now project page for more information

Aug 082019
Tony Lewis welcomed by President Andrew Moffat

Tony Lewis was welcomed as a new honorary member at our lunch meeting on Monday. Tony had been an active member of the club for some years but had to leave because of other commitments. However he kept in touch and continued to help the club at its events.

In recognition of Tony’s past contribution to Rotary and the community the club readily agreed to this recognition of his service. We also look forward to closer contact with him and Mary as it will now be easier for them join in the club’s activities.

Aug 032019

Gravesend Rotary was invited to take part in a community day at KCC Library at Marling Cross. Several charities and voluntary organisations were represented such a Girl Guides, Age Concern, St John Ambulance and Embroidery Guild.

We were there to tell visitors about the work of Rotary and how we can help the local community. We will be doing the same at the Dashwood Library on the 16th August.