Dec 102021

We were delighted to welcome Samantha (Sam) Ryan as new member of the club at our last meeting:

Sam says:

“I am a mum to 3 children (2 grown up) and 2 little foster boys and wife to Simon.  We live in a busy household where there is always something going on!

“As we live near the River Thames in Greenhithe we all enjoy walking our golden retriever along the river and the local marshes.

 “When at home I love to cook and entertain. I also love books and try to find time to read.

“By day I run a tutoring company and am currently trying to provide free education to children from less advantaged backgrounds.

 “Thank you for letting me join the Rotary club, I am looking forward to making friends and learning more about how I can give back and help.”

Photo: Sam is welcomed by president Mark Underwood

Nov 122021
Sana Malik (left) & Arlene Orr (right) being welcomed by President, Mark Underwood

We were delighted to welcome two new members Sana Malik and Arlene Orr at our meting on Thursday 4th November.

Arlene says: “I have worked in various industries from management firms to aerospace quality and compliance management. The most satisfying role I have is currently being a Quality Manager for Viridor Polymers Recycling Facility.  My role is both challenging and rewarding, our ambition is to turn waste into renewable energy. I’m hugely excited about the announcement at COP26 that Viridor are investing in a cutting-edge decarbonisation technology ‘Carbon Capture’ which will support the UK’s commitment to green growth and ambitious net zero targets.  I’m inspired to work in a company that supports the government strategy and reaffirming its commitment to a circular economy and sustainability at its core.”

I am a born and bred East Londoner and now reside in Kent. I have three babies – my son, my company and my charity. I enjoy cooking, reading, deep conversations with like minded individuals, good food, organising and researching (a slightly off hobby, I know!) I like to keeping busy and trying new things – I am currently learning to ride a bike (I have set myself the challenge of doing the The Hebridean Way in 2023) and am trying my hand at origami.

On the 30th September, John Mitchell was inducted as a member of the club. John had been a member of the Northfleet Rotary Club and wished to join us so he could resume his support for Rotary. He is a retired solicitor and lives in Shorne.

May 152021

We will walk 100 miles . . . . . . and our members made a small contribution to the total today with a walk in Jeskyns Park supported by members of the Northfleet with Ebbsfleet Garden City Rotary Club. It was only two miles (in very inclement weather) but most members are accumulating their “somethings” individually.

With lockdown easing, Rotary is beginning to start ways of raising funds to provide help for local charities.

Gravesend Rotary members wants to be different and so have created their ‘100 something’ challenge.

They are each choosing to complete their challenges by 10 June as that would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.

The Duke was a member of Edinburgh Rotary and also an honorary member of three other Rotary groups. He is particularly remembered for being amongst the earliest to point out the risks to the environment and the need to create opportunities for young people – both in Rotary’s top priorities.

Walks of 100 miles are already underway – in stages – and an exercise bike will be powered over 160 kilometers through daily sessions. All being sponsored.

Gravesend President, Brian Portway said:” We want to get moving again and Gravesend Rotary has raised over £2,600 for Alzheimer and Dementia Support Services during lockdown through online quizzes and by cyclists who had already entered what should have been the 2020 ‘On Your Bike’ charity ride pledging their entry fees to the charity instead of having them returned.

Feb 042021
We are helping the NHS find volunteers to help at the Gravesend vaccination hub at The Woodville theatre. Our thanks to those who have already come forward to volunteer.
Locally and nationally Rotary is helping by volunteering as stewards at the new vaccination centres being opened daily. We are also being asked to encourage more people to come forward as volunteers.
The hub at The Woodville theatre in Windmill Street needs volunteer stewards from this week — we ask you to think about volunteering and then share this post to family, friends, organisations and groups you know.
Spread the word to stop the virus!
From 8.00am to 6.00pm seven days a week stewards are needed in two hour shifts to help people as they arrive for their appointments and then to ensure safe social distancing.
Two hours of your time will be vital in the battle to get Gravesham’s figures down and getting us out of lockdown.
Email and we will reply with more information and the direct NHS link to volunteer for the Gravesend hub.
The more people who know then the more can be encouraged to volunteer and create the ongoing stewarding through the weeks ahead for the vaccination campaign.