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Projects 2014-2015

Like most Rotary clubs, Leicester Novus sets its agenda at its Club Assembly just before the start of each new Rotary year on July 1. At its meeting on June 5, 2014, The club agreed to support a number of projects to improve the lives of people in the UK and abroad.

Immediate Past President Channi Riyait Past President Channi Riyait cropped
is heading up the club’s commitment to the Rotary Foundation, one of the world’s biggest private charities. It is that charity that allows Rotary clubs all over the world to tap into huge financial resources to achieve major projects, often in association with other Rotary clubs in distant lands. Channi aims to at least match the global target of raising $100 US Dollars (about £61) from each of the 15 members of Leicester Novus.

Channi wants the club to sell the purple crocus bulbs to raise money for the Rotary International End Polio Now campaign which has very nearly eradicated polio from the world.


Jasbir Mann at AssemblyJasbir Mann, who was president in 2011-2012, is looking after the club’s programme of International Service projects.She outlined her plans for raise at least £1,500 — enough to buy 50 Jaipur limbs, the artificial arms and legs which transform the lives, at a cost of only £30 each, for amputees and people with deformities in developing countries. Jasbir plans to involve Spinney Hill Primary School, where she is the interim executive head teacher.

It is the International Service Committee which responds to disasters across the world and Jasbir has plans to raise about £1,200 for two Sheleterboxes, which provide emergency accommodation for families made homeless. As well as a home, each box provides a family with thermal blankets, insulated groundsheets, water filtration equipment and mosquito nets.

Water Survival Boxes are designed for a family of five who have lost their homes following natural or man-made disaster. Each box is £150. It contains a water-purification kit to protect against water-borne disease, simple tools, household items. The aim is to buy five boxes.


Sarita Shah at AssemblySarita Shah has been a member of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus only since November 2013, but she has stepped up to run the club’s Community Service programme. She will lead her club members as they contribute at least twice to the Leicester Foodshare organisation which supplies food to the Northfield food bank.

Sarita will also organise a Know Your Blood Pressure event on behalf of the Stroke Association. Members and friends of the Rotary club will offer to take the blood pressure of people so that those with a high risk of having a stroke or a heart attack can be identified and urged to seek advice from their doctors.


Bert Thurston at AssemblyBert Thurston, an Emeritus Professor of Medicine,will no doubt be one of those to record the blood pressures of passers-by at a city supermarket. He will also conduct a skills audit among members and to encourage his fellow-members to use their Vocational skills or the benefit of others. This is one of the ‘avenues of service’ that Rotarians the world over identify as a way of giving time and expertise for the benefit of other people, both in the UK and abroad.


Pam SpokesAnother ‘avenue of service’ is the work of clubs’ Youth Service Committee’ which is being chaired for Leicester Novus by past secretary Pam Spokes.She will encourage the club to continue its links with the Rotaract Club of Leicester, which is for people aged 18-30 who share Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self.

The Rotary Club of Leicester Novus will also seek to sponsor St Thomas More Academy in the Young Writer Competition and to sponsor candidates in the Young Musician Competition (probably, as previously, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Leicester Club.


Diana Thurston at AssemblyBert’s wife Diana Thurston, will co-ordinate the efforts of all members in arranging fundraising and social events. They will include celebrating Diwali, Vaisakhi, Eid and Christmas.

In collaboration with the Rotary Clubs of Leicester and Leicester De Montfort, Novus will take part in the —Superhero Fun Run. Diana will seek to hold a tea party, a cookery demonstration a Keep Fit Class and a bowling competition with Rotaract and other Rotary clubs.


Jim for Rotary CV smallJim Matthews, who has just joined the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus after 28 years as a member of the Rotary Club of Oadby, is sharing with President Dipan Bhagalia responsibility for this website and other marketing and membership matters.Jim intends to raise the profile of the club which will help it deliver its ambitious programmes and to recruit more members.