Rotary International In Great Britain & Ireland that gives a great introduction to the work Rotary clubs all over the world do to support not only their local communities but also communities in other countries that often need international help to develop.
Akemi Solloway, Chiswick Rotary member and founder of the UK-based charity Aid for Japan, was featured in the Guardian regarding the 5th Anniversary of Japan’s Tsunami.
The article describes how Japan’s unique culture can make it more difficult for survivors, especially orhpans, to recover from a crisis
“It’s a strange thing to be an orphan in Japan, not least of all because the adoption of children is very rare, so many people remain unaware that it’s even a possibility. Foster care is also
uncommon. This means that many of the children we work with are either entirely on their own or living with elderly grandparents, and are unlikely to ever find another home or family to care for them. Emotionally they are simply traumatised.”
Aid for Japan offers emotional, educational and financial support to orphans of the tsunami.
Aid for Japan are running a series of social events and host their own donations page. Now might be a good time to remember and help the cause.
This year we are pleased to host a scholar from Belgium and sponsored by Overpelt-Noord-Limburg. Birte now a legal graduate, got her first taste of Rotary when they packed her off to Colombia for a life changing experience.
She is now doing a rotary scholar and postgrad in law at Queens and and has been selected as an Internship at the House of Lords subcommittee on migration
With the help of our incoming president Ray Burnet we were able to visit the historic Middle Temple
We were very pleased to usher in Jerome Eteve as our president for the year 2015-2016. Jerome originally from France is a London based software developer with a wonderful Polish wife represents much of how international the modern Rotary clubs are.
Jerome as vice president has been actively involved in the clubs Nepal education projects as well as building closer relationships with our sister club in Provin.
Our out going president Geoff (left) handing over to Jerome (right)
Additional appointments include:
Richard Donovan – Vice President
Carlos Machado- Secretary
Alessandro Marchesini – Finance
The amazing part of Rotary is how global and how friendly our family of clubs are. A chance visitor to the our club in Chiswick led to an invite to the Rotary club of Boadilla Del Monte and Ponzuelo De Alarco. How could we not go.
As a sample here are some of the scenes and sights we had the pleasure to experience in our most recent trip.
The Rotary club also hosted a tour of beautiful and historic Madrid
We were impressed and inspired by the work to help the homeless women and children in Boliva.