A few highlights are included below. For the entire album, please click here.
We will be updating this page with more of our successes as the year progresses.
Five Clubs social and fundraising dinner - March 2010
'Thanks for Life' week - Feb 2010
The last week in February was dedicated to raising awareness and funds for 'End Polio Now'. Rotary's worldwide initiative. We chose to take part in a number of suggested initiatives, including a collection at Tesco in Alperton and a Purple Pinkie day at a number of local schools such as Gifford and Montpelier. Thanks to all the support from the school children and the wider local community, we raised over £1000 as part of this focussed initiative.
We'll be posting some pictures shortly ...
'Youth Speaks' - February 2010
Details coming soon...
Rotary Eastbourne Conference - October 2009
A big representation from Ealing Rotary at the District Conference in October. We also invited some of our Rotaract colleagues and our Ambassadorial scholars and of course our partners. A great time was had by all.
Guest Speaker - Mark Koska OBE of Safepoint - October 2009
Mark battled through the rush hour all the way from Surrey to tell us all us all about Safepoint's crusade to end reuse of syringes across the world. It was illuminating to understand this subject which is causing untold suffering around the world, yet has nowhere near the high profile it warrants. Mark is empassioned about this subject and with Safepoint, has made massive inroads into raising awareness and changing legislation around the world.
Mayor of Ealing, Barbara Yerolemou is made an Honorary member - September 2009
The Mayor of Ealing found time in her busy schedule to join us for dinner at Lisa's Restaurant. It was quite a special evening with the whole restaurant reserved for the Rotary party to welcome the Mayor as an honorary member of our club. A great meal and fantastic speeches were rounded off by a fanfare courtesy of Alan and John.
Sunil takes over as President of Ealing Rotary from Sarah - July 2009
The Weir in Brentford was the chosen venue to pass the baton from Sarah to Sunil to take charge of all the club's activities for the year 2009 - 2010. Joined by all full time club members and club 'friends', we had a fabulous meal and a great celebration of the successes of the past year. Even Lisa and Milan managed to get a night off from the restaurant !
We look forward to achieving the same fantastic results as last year plus more in the coming year under Sunil's stewardship.
In Sarah's year, we chose to focus our attention on a number of key projects, some of which were fundraising projects and others community projects, both local and international.
Along with all these serious concerns, as usual, we managed to pack in some extra curricular activities, designed purely for fun.
Some highlights below. To see more, click here.
'Sofale',based in Southall was one of our chosen community projects for 2008 - 2009.
Sofale’s core aim is to encourage Somali refugee families into greater participation and integration into the local community.
A weekly Saturday school offers supplementary classes in literacy, numeracy and other core subjects for 5 to 16 year olds. While the children are in class, parents are offered English as a Second Language and life skills sessions to help them improve their chances of getting a job. Our efforts over the year helped us present the head of the organisation, Mr Osman with a cheque for over £1400.
The objective of 'Tools for self reliance' is to collect surplus tools so they can be sent over to Africa in order to support self sufficiency initiatives run there. We conducted door to door collections in a number of streets in Poet's Corner in Hanwell, to request and pick any unwanted tools.Thanks to the generosity of many people, especially a lovely lady called Hilary, we had a massive and most welcome donation of useful tools.
Every year, each year six pupil in St John's school, Ealing, receives the gift of an Osborne Illustrated dictionary which is personalised and retained by the pupil for life. We normally present the dictionaries to each pupil personally at the school's end of term assembly.
One of the absolute highlights of the year, this intimate supper concert was held at St Mary's church in Perivale, which is truly a hidden gem. We were entertained by a trio of fantastic classical musicians in Alan's granddaughter Kokila Gillet, her pianist partner Pavel Timofejevsky and the fabulous Paula Barda.
The lovely food to complete the evening was courtesy of Patricia Gillet. The evening raised over £400 for the Rotary Foundation's charities.
The Questors theatre in Ealing very kindly offered us the opportunity to fundraise against the ticket price of one performance of 'The Importance of being Earnest'.
The entire audience for the performance comprised of Rotary friends and family, with a free glass of pink fizz adding to the enjoyment of the evening ! This single event raised over £1100.
pictures coming soon
Each year, we set up our Ealing Rotary mulled wine and children's lucky dip stall outside Lisa's restaurant, joining in the street party which culminates in the switching on of Pitshanger's Christmas lights. It is nearly always freezing on the day but despite this, it is always so much fun. This event raised around £100 towards our annual total.
An intrepid team of Ealing Rotarians and friends took on the challenge of a 20 mile night walk in support of Maggie's Cancer Support centre. Thanks to everyone's generosity we raised over £2000 for this fantastic cause.