A very interesting meeting was held on 12th March with two young women guests. Freya (on the left of the picture) is currently C&B’s Youth exchange student. She is intending to travel to Czechia in the summer and experience a challenging programme of travel and sampling of customs and culture in that country.
Mina (on the right) is a world class climber who gave a super talk illustrated with an incredible slide presentation of daring climbs she had done recently in Norway, Kentucky and the UK. We were wowed with her skills and abilities. Let’s hope both women come back before long to the club and tell us about more endeavours. Freya’s proud parents are on our President’s left and right. Thank you to all concerned for the organising.
On 12th February we held a Musical Event at the Clayton Hotel in Chiswick. This was attended by over ninety members and guests of the Rotary Clubs of Chiswick and Brentford (President John Armstrong), Kensington and Chelsea (President Oleg Schkoda), Heston and Isleworth (President Barbara Doherty), and Ealing, Hanwell and Northfields (President Richard Jones). Also in attendance was Shantha Selvadurai our local District Assistant Governor.
The event was held to raise funds for our Rotary club’s project in support of a hostel school in Muchu village, Humla – one of the remotest Himalayan regions of Nepal. The event raised £1900 for this worthy cause, which the club has been supporting for more than five years.
The highlight of the evening was a musical entertainment provided by composer-conductor Michael Reed. He described the early days of producing the Barnum musical in London, working with Andrew Lloyd Webber on a number of hits including Phantom of the Opera, and the recent musical direction of Bat out of Hell. This was a wonderful virtuoso presentation, and we are very grateful to Michael for giving his time freely in support of our event.
We are also grateful to our team of David, John S, Didem, Jean, Bill, James and Oliver for producing the event and ensuring it ran so smoothly.
Our new scholar Arush Lal, sponsored by Atlanta RC, with President John Armstrong at the 2018 London District Conference in Bournemouth on 19th October.
Arush has strong experience in global health policy, with a focus on health technology and innovation, new education and training models, global health security, and health systems strengthening. He most recently completed a Global Health Corps fellowship with IntraHealth International/Frontline Health Workers Coalition in Washington, DC focusing on access to primary health care and universal health coverage.
Arush graduated from Georgia Tech as a Stamps President’s Scholar and has since worked closely with U.S. government officials and Congress, foreign ministries, multilateral organizations, civil society, and the private sector across several countries. A vocal advocate for youth in global health, Arush has been selected as a PHC Young Leader, Emerging Voices for Global Health Fellow, and Gates Foundation Goalkeeper. He has also spoken at the 71st World Health Assembly, the Consortium for Universities in Global Health, and the UN Youth Dialogue.
He is currently pursuing an MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics as a Rotary Global Scholar.
We wish Arush well in his studies and look forward to his visits to our Club
This evening we have received the visit of Michael Fassio, the author of Dementia and Mum: Who Really Cares?. He spoke to us of his life caring for his mother who suffered from dementia for over 10 years.
We thank again Michael for his visit and his honest and insightful talk, and we’re looking forward to help dementia patients and carers in the future.