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Maya assembles her troops

Incoming president Maya Vansia receives a scarf from secretary Pam Spokes. The scarf bears the logo of the theme for 2019-2020 "Rotary Connects The World"
Incoming president Maya Vansia receives a scarf from secretary Pam Spokes. The scarf bears the logo of the theme for 2019-2020 “Rotary Connects The World”. Pam had brought the scarf from the US where she had attended training for officers

At this time of the year, every Rotary club gathers for its assembly at which it lays out its plans for the Rotary year running from July 1.

This year Novus Rotary’s plans were laid before the membership by incoming president Maya Vansia. High among her goals is her desire to have a Club Visioning exercise so members can discuss and assess which direction they want their club to go in.

The emphasis all year, she said, would be on fun, friendship and fellowship.

She has asked members to get involved in a hands-on activity with other Rotary clubs and with people who are not in Rotary. That work is likely to be co-ordinated by Sarita Shah who will be president in 2020-2021. Sarita will lead the club’s efforts in support of Admiral Nurses for people affected by dementia. Long-standing projects such as the annual Know Your Blood Pressure day will continue.

Overseas efforts led by Channi Riyait and Pradeep Popat will include raising money for the Kianjai Kenya orphanage and for Mary’s Meals. This charity provides school meals which results not only in children being better nourished but better educated because the children go to school.

The Rotary Foundation is one of the world’s biggest charities which has brought relief to millions of people around the world. But it also provides financial support for local projects. The Peace Garden the club provided at Falcons Primary School last year was financed in large part by the Rotary Foundation so Frazer Robson will again encourage members to support their own charity.

Interestingly, the assembly was attended by Kartar Singh Bring, a chaplain and a governor at the school. He said how much he admired the work of the Rotary movement.

Assistant Governor Nigel Aaron summed up the evening and urged members not to lose sight of the global movement’s success in getting so very close to ridding the world of polio.

He congratulated Jason Chauhan who has only a couple of weeks left as president.

Last edited: 23:00 on Thursday, June 13, 2019