Following the devastation and catastrophic effects arising from one of the fiercest ever Typhoons (Haiyan) that recently hit the Philippines, Rotarians from Rotary in Caterham swung into action at the beginning of last week. In a matter of 4 days they put together a plan of action to hold a collection in Caterham Valley and this included the securing of the necessary licences from Tandridge District Council and Church Walk Shopping Centre.
Graham Woodcock President of Caterham Harestone Rotary said “early on Saturday 16th November our team braved the weather and after erecting a display they began collecting in teams of 5 throughout the day with their yellow buckets in order to secure much needed funds to purchase 4 Shelterboxes.”
Shelterbox is a global project charity partner with Rotary providing emergency supplies to disaster areas. Each box contains a tent and supplies to keep an extended family alive for up to three months. Full details are available from www.shelterbox.org
A total amount of just over £2870 was collected. This was the largest amount the Rotarians had ever collected in one single day and Peter Lyons President of Caterham Rotary Club said “A big thank you goes to the people of Caterham who gave so generously to help relieve the poor, suffering victims of this dreadful disaster. Nothing can compensate for the tremendous losses of life and property that they have endured but it will do much to alleviate their immediate needs.”
Both Peter & Graham also praised the support that Rotary in Caterham received from Tandridge District Council and from Shelley Filippi the Church Walk Centre Manager in helping to set everything up on the day.
For two weekends in June Caterham hosts two large Carnivals & Fayres. The Caterham Carnival takes place first, this year the sun shone and the shorts came out and once again the Rotarians from Caterham Harestone, got out their stall and filled it with boxes of fruit for their now famous fruit tombola. This year we were located next to our mother club’s stands which were blood pressure testing and a Pimms stand. The fruit disappeared fast and over £300 was collected to go to various Rotary charities.
The following weekend was not quite as bright but this didn’t dappen spirits at the Warlingham Fayre, the shorts were put away but the stand was once again laden with fruit as once again large crowds assembled around the stand trying to win one of the boxes.
At the Club Christmas meal which happened just after New Year three members were honoured for their service to the club and the community by being made Paul Harris Fellows. Paul Harris was the man who started Rotary near Chicago just over a century ago, this award is one of the highest that Rotary can award and is in recognition of service whether it be to Rotary itself or to the Community at large.
The three recipients are show below
Due to the current weather conditions (snow) and the forecast of more snow on Monday during the early evening the meeting has been cancelled. The planned presentation of a cheque to the British Red Cross will be rescheduled.
This year’s Christmas Tree of Goodwill that went around the streets of Caterham in the run up to Christmas collected a record amount of money from the citizens of Caterham. The event was organised and manned mainly by the members of the two Rotary Clubs, Caterham and Caterham Harestone. They were assisted by Caterham Round Table, members of the Street Youth Club and Caterham School. Our thanks to all these organisations for their help in making this year’s collection so successful. As normal the monies raised from these events go to local projects. This year’s collection is split between helping with the purchase of new wheelchairs for the British Red Cross in Caterham and Street the local youth club in Caterham Valley.
Once again thanks to the residents of Caterham, Warlingham, Whytleafe and Chaldon for their generous contributions this year. Back again in December next year.
TJ Johnson the famous jazz performer and his band performed in a concert at De Stafford School that had been put on by our club. Over 150 people squeezed into the De Stafford school hall in Caterham to hear TJ Johnson and his band perform. There were Rotarians and their friends along with members of the Caterham Jazz Club.
TJ did two sets during the evening. Between the sets the Club laid on a ploughman’s supper, most of the work on which was done by the members of the Harestone Ladies group. As well as providing food we also ran a bar throughout the evening.
See below for a photo album of the event.
Five members and their wives attended the Rotary District 1250 conference during the first weekend in October at the Marriott Hotel. They joined with over 450 other Rotarians and their partners from around the District. The conference started on Friday afternoon with talks from Water Aid and the Scout Association among others. On Friday evening there was entertainment in the form of a concert by Richard Digence – which was extremely well received by everyone in the room
The Saturday morning session included presentations from the Soldiers Charity, Jamie’s Farm and BBC Children in Need complete with Pudsey Bear. Saturday afternoon was free to everyone to take a look around the City. Saturday evening’s entertainment took the form of a Dinner Dance with music from a 60′s Tribute Band.
The final session on Sunday morning included presentations from The Children of Sumatra, Chicks and the Willow Foundation and culminated with a performance from Dr Phil Hammond who did his standup comedy routine.
On Monday 17th September our District Governor William Harmsworth and his wife will be making a visit to the club and will be telling members of his and Rotary’s plans for this year as well as finding out what our club is doing.
On Thursday 20th September teams will be out from the club at Whyteleafe and Upper Warlingham Stations between 7:15am and 9:00am to promote Rotary – they will be handing out leaflets explaining what Rotary is and inviting people to get in contact if the want to know more. If you too are interested in getting to know more then contact us through the contact button on the main menu.
On Tuesday 4th September Bert Terry the founder President of Caterham Harestone Rotary Club and former member of the Rotary Club of Camberwell passed away in East Surrey Hospital. For a number of years Bert has been an Honorary member of the club and was last seen at our 25th Anniversary celebrations in June. Bert was made a Paul Harris Fellow in the mid 1990′s in recognition of the work he had done for the club. His advice was always valued by club President’s who succeeded him in office. Our thoughts go out to his wife Eileen.