Our meeting on 12 November 2014 was a Business Meeting, at which the progress on the various projects being undertaken by the Club was discussed and the reports were presented by the various team leaders.
On the Club front, the arrangements for our special Christmas Dinner on 17 December were discussed. It looks like a fun night and we are getting three courses! Our Chinese New Year meal is planned for 7 January 2015 and will take place in Hatch End. We also heard of the loss of one of the Friends of the Rotary Club of Northwick Park, Tony Travers (NOT to be confused with Professor Tony Travers).
After listening to the Treasurer’s report on our current position, we were given our Charity Fund’s position and told about our activities to help prevent the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the progress on the Memorial Fund set up by one of our former members.
We had a report on the Sports Competitions run for the Rotary Clubs in London, and a report on the Charities that the Club will be supporting this Christmas – always a contentious issue. We also heard about the Dictionary for Life project that the Club undertakes each year, and our involvement with the local FoodBank collections.
We had the announcement of a Clothing Appeal from our Friends in the Ukraine in Chernihiv, who are looking after refugees coming from East Ukraine following the fighting there. The appeal is for warm winter clothing by the end of November, so that the clothing can go via Felsted Aid in the second week of December (if you want to support this, please contact our webmaster as shown at the bottom of this page).
We heard about the many Youth Competitions being run by Rotary Clubs in London, and our involvement with the Rotary Young Chef competition in particular. We also had a report on our Youth Exchange students.
All this work requires funding – and we had a detailed report on our fundraising plans and activities leading up to Christmas. We heard a reminder for our Quiz Night on 14 February 2015. We finished with an announcement on the national conference in Belfast in April, and advice on how to get discounted travel.
And that is a typical Rotary Club of Northwick Park Business Meeting – all done in a couple of hours including a meal and the presentation of a banner from the Rotary Club of Mexborough in South Yorkshire.