The International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians (IMFR)
London Centenary  eClub President elect Lutz Bachmann Reports
The International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians (IMFR)
 Run to raise funds for Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign
    
On 24th August the IMFR held its annual meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, and participated in the 36th edition of the Reykjavik Marathon. The event was planned in tight cooperation with district 1360, Iceland. About 75 participants, not all of them runners, turned this meeting into a very memorable weekend. Many IMFR members had taken part in a guided tour around Iceland before the Reykjavik meeting, and they held meetings with and established friendship with local Rotary club along the tour-route.
 On race day, the runners and the supporters made Rotary visible in the streets of Reykjavik. We are, of course, particularly happy that together with the Rotary district 1360, Iceland, we managed to raise significant funding for End Polio Now. 
As usual, we parted after an exciting weekend with the feeling that time just flies; however, there is also the good that IMFR members can already look forward to the next meeting in October 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.
 IMFR has currently more than 200 members across the world. For further information about the IMFR please visit https://www.rotarianrun.org and https://www.facebook.com/IMFRRotarianRun/ or make contact with IMFR president Lutz Bachmann (Rotary E-Club of London Centenary) at bachmann@nhm.uio.no.
 
 
London Centenary supports Poverty Breakers Charity
 work - her bookstall in Enfield Market where she raises money for Poverty B
Today Stella ( The Club Secretary)  surprised Bindya at work - her bookstall in Enfield 
Market where she raises money for Poverty 
Breakers. She was delighted to receive a 
cheque for £200 from the club to help towards 
the purchase of items needed by the poor 
families in India which she supports. She told 
Stella  proudly of the first of her 'adopted' daughters who had just passed her 2nd year 
studying as a Radiologist and had been advised to go for her masters degree. Perhaps our small contribution can help.
 
reakers. She was delighted to receive a cheque for £200 from the club to help towards the purchase of items needed by the poor families in India which she supports. She told Stella  proudly of the first of her 'adopted' daughters who had just passed her 2nd year studying as a Radiologist and had been advised to go for her masters degree. Perhaps our small contribution can help. If you would like to know more about Poverty Breakers visit
 
Featured Stories
Tanzania Wheelchair Project – A Potential Life Changing Gift
 
In early 2017, the Wheelchair Foundation UK, founded by Rotarian Milton Frary, initiated a project to send a container full of wheelchairs for use by disabled people in Tanzania. The Tanzanian Consulate in London supported the project by adding 20% to every donation made by a Rotary club. 
Working once again with the Rotary Club of Moshi, a town in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Milton assembled contributions from 25 clubs, including Jersey RC and the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary to fill the container. Together with a grant from District 1130, London Centenary was able to contribute £2,000, which together with £400 from the Consulate, was enough to fund 33 wheelchairs.
Jo Ann Ross, a London Centenary RC member living in Harare, Zimbabwe, travelled to Tanzania in early November to be present for the handover of 110 wheelchairs by a Tanzanian government commissioner in Moshi on 11 November 2017. The impressive ceremony was attended by a good crowd, several radio and TV crews as well as journalists.
 

A delighted recipient with Elaine Frary and club member Jo Ann Ross (standing).

This man, (Michael) came in wearing a pair of well- known branded trainers on his knees to enable his getting around. His knees had been locked back for so long – it took some adaptation to make him comfortable!

 
There were many emotional stories that morning when recipient adults were carried into the presentation area with stories of how they could not go with their families to Church or children to school or participate in out-side activities. Many were confined to their bedside - rarely to even go outside.
Receiving a wheelchair is not only life-changing for the recipient, it is also a relief to the family members and others who help the disabled to get about, often over difficult terrain. 
Wheelchairs funded the by E-Club of London Centenary are identified by having the name of the club embroidered on a badge
 
sewn to the wheelchair.
Pic shows Rtn Faye Cranswick seen here discussing procedure with Asst. Governor Amon William responsible for the Kilimanjaro Zone, District 9211 (includes Tanzania and Uganda).
 
Faye not only spearheaded and managed the whole operation, but hosted Milton, Elaine and Jo Ann for a few days!  She is widely known and is fondly referred to as ‘Mama Kuku’ as she has three chicken farms
 
Bottom left shows the one of the delighted recipients being taken home on her husband’s motorbike with the huge box tied to the back.
 
All boxes are clearly identified with size and name. Boxes are often put to good use as mattresses in some areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
How does an e-club of district 1130 get involved in a community project in Zimbabwe? 

To quote a phrase of Alexandre Dumas, which has become a cliché of detective pulp fiction, "cherchez la femme".  

Jo Ann Ross, past president of Rotary E-Club of London Centenary makes her home in Harare Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) where she has lived most of her life. Her membership in an e-club based in district 1130 enables her to engage in Rotary projects at community, district and international level. 

In the Fall of 2014, Jo Ann a director of Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (called Young Enterprise in the UK) convinced the E-Club of London Centenary to support this project together with the Rotary Club of Borrowdale Brook (Zimbabwe).
Following the JA structured business programme, a company under the name of Verity Holdings ZRP was established by students with support from school authorities and JA Zimbabwe, to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit among its students. Under the leadership of Tanaka Chingonzo student CEO, the company, among other activities, commercialised the process of converting waste plastic into floor polish and producing it for consumption by the school and the surrounding Hatcliffe community. The initiative won several accolades including an award at the Sanganai- Hlanganani international expo and EMA Environmental competitions.  [picture 1]
Based on this success, and thanks to a grant from EducationUSA, Tanaka was accepted to Watson University (USA), an incubator that runs a degree-bearing four-month programme for student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs working to solve the toughest social and environmental challenges of our time.
Following this academic achievement, Tanaka, the 18-year-old graduate of ZRP High School in Hatcliffe, Harare, has now landed a scholarship to study at the United States’ College of Wooster, a prestigious research focused college in Ohio (USA). He travels for the four-year study this August.  [picture 2]
This success story is an excellent example of how an e-club can make a big impact in a community project albeit 7’500 miles away. Rotary E-Club of London Centenary’s support has helped Tanaka Chingonzo develop his skills and hopefully, in the future, enable him to make a valuable contribution to the development of his country. 
 
Bernhard Karli
Rotary E-Club of London Centenary 
 
 
 

 

  • Since January 1, 2015, an international team of Amateur Radio Operators have been active on the amateur radio bands, with the call-signs “OU0POLIO” in Denmark, and “DL0POLIO” in Germany. The call-signs were created to bring awareness that Poliomyelitis (POLIO) is not yet eradicated in the world. Rotarians will not stop immunization programs until Polio is 100% eradicated. It is anticipated that the eradication will be completed by 2020.
  • In individual radio contacts and conversations, our radio operators inform on the work of Rotary in general, and with a focus on End Polio Now.
  • Our Radio Operators, when talking to other Radio Operators, provide information on the work Rotarians are doing, to END POLIO NOW. https://www.endpolio.org/ 
  • Danish Rotary District 1450 & Germany Rotary District 1842 - the Rotary Club Altoetting-Burghausen, in cooperation with “The International Fellowship for Rotarians of Amateur Radio,  (R.O.A.R.)”. http://www.ifroar.org/ continue to promote Rotary's Service Above Self.

R.O.A.R Team leaders:

  • For OU0POLIO
  • Mr. Frank M. Garbelmann, PHF 
  • Rotary E-Club London Centenary
  • PP Aarhus International Rotary Club 2014 -15 District 1450
  •  
  • For DL0POLIO
  • Mr. Horst Hoferichter, DG2FAJ
  •  
  

    RotaKids pledge

    As a RotaKid, I promise,
    To be fair to all,
                       To serve my community,
                       To show respect for others.

Congratulations to President Elect Graham on his induction to the Paul Harris Society at the Eastbourne Conference.

                                                                                               
 

Club Visit by DG Helen Antoniou, 17th November 2016

Tonight we had one of our best ever attendances when DG Helen together with PDG Dick Nathan joined a few members and guests at York Gate and 15 members and prospective members joined the online meeting

Taken by Jeremy, one of our incoming Global Scholars, this photo shows DG Helen Antoniou and PDG Dick Nathan, with his wife June, our Treasurer Michael, and PAG and Club member Francis Uwaechi who made up the balance of attendees.

 

                                                                                         

November 2016: Crocus Planting Update 

Just before half-term break, the Rotakids group planted the first 1000 of the 5000 crocus corms in the school grounds in large planters.  Then each child was given 3 corms and a purple flowerpot (donated by a local garden Centre) which they planted up to take home.  They were given guidance by Ernie, a retired nurseryman, on how to plant and take care of their crocus pots at home.

  

October 2016:The new RotaKids Club is promoting PolioPlus awareness:  An update from Secretary Stella.

Just a brief report on the first part of the programme.  It’s been fun so far.  I have two support Teachers One of whom is from the other school in the Federation and are looking to also introduce RotaKids to help and the kids are pretty well behaved – 18 of them in the group, and Ernie comes too. 
 
Some are very keen and we are looking forward to our Planting day in two weeks. We have 5000 corms to plant.  The two big planters are  not fully filled with soil so the crocuses would not be seen when they bloom.  The company that did the landscaping is well known to Ernie and me, and Ernie spoke to them and they will top them up for us with reclaimed soil in a day or two.  Ernie went to a nursery today and told them what our club was doing for the Polio Campaign.  They have donated two packs of larger crocus corms – deep purple, and lovely purple flower pots for the children so they can have a pot with a couple of corms to take home and look after, and a bag of compost for planting them.  So Thank you letters on the agenda for next Friday. 
The three Managers for the Junior Achievement project the completed at their school in Harare, Zimbabwe.
 
Details can be found in the Winter edition of Rotary in London
 
 
 
District 1130 Foundation Committee recognises London Centenary's support of Rotary's own Charity.
 
At the recent Foundation awards dinner Club members Graham and Stella were pleased to receive two awards for work done in Support of Rotary Foundation on the Club's behalf. One was for our financial contributions to the Charity, and one was for the successful conclusion to another phase of our Junior Achievement Programme in Zimbabwe.  The award of a District Grant enabled us to fund the training of young teenagers in Enterprise skills.  The students undertook to identify a need in their community, design, produce and market a product.  Zimbabwe is noted for its frequent power outages which can last for many hours, especially during the dark periods of the day, and the students designed LED powered torches, which proved to be successful and popular with local customers.
- See more by clicking here
 
Another Award for our hard working team!!
 

Well done to Stella for all her work with Global Scholars, our four Sustaining members and donations to Foundation from individuals and Club funds - all added up for our Club to be given Commended certificate.

 

The 4th award our club received during 2013-14 - well done to all involved.

Hello members and visitors – this was sent to us by a staunch and seasoned Rotarian from the US – and as it has so many replies already and addresses to a modern day problem within Rotary I thought it a good idea to put it where we can see it and get input from others on this.
Jo Ann Ross     May 2014
by: Tom Carroll on RI Discussion Forum:      Membership Best Practices

For some time I've been thinking about the Rotary membership challenge in the United States and Canada, and what lies at the issue's core. 
I've come to the conclusion that it isn't that we don't ask guests to come to meetings, or even that members leave because they are not engaged. If this were true, then simply inviting people to meetings and engaging the membership would have solved our problems years ago. As Gateway Rotary (D5020) experiences dramatic growth (50% so far this year) and Gig Harbor Rotary (D5020) even has a waiting list,
I'm constantly being asked, "What are you doing differently"?
The answer? We're selling a car people want to buy, not the car we have always sold.
3rd Quiz round on the 4th of February 2014 
Rotary Club Chelsea vs Rotary Club London Centenary
Final score, Chelsea 47, London Centenary 43. 
 
 
A member of our club suggested we did something to put Zimbabwe in a good light instead of all the negative perceptions that the world read about Zimbabwe and its people.
 
The idea was put to a friendly club in Zimbabwe to put to their Rotaract section and and the finished version can now be viewed on U-tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMZaNDfmU28.
 
I do hope you like the result. It is less than 5 mins long. The Rotaract group explain .....
 
 
 
These are some of the questions made to the students at the end of their Company Programme – I print here the replies from the prize winning Rusape team from St Faith’s Mission
 
What is the most gratifying thing about your participation in Junior Achievement?
 
Newly installed, DG Dick Nathan visits the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary
 
As this was the first 'bricks and mortar' meeting since the start of the Rotary Year of our e-club, we normally meet on-line, IPP Francis handed over the Collar of Office to incoming President for 2013-14 Jo Ann Ross. The President also received a framed Certificate of Appreciation on bahlf of the Club from the RC of Borrowdale Brooke in Harare, expressing their thanks for the assistance given to them by the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary.
 

MARCH 21st 2013

 

A special event for London Centenary was the visit of our District Governor Eve Conway-Ghazi to our meeting at York Gate.  It was all the more special as the members of the newly formed Interact Club of the London Nautical School came along to receive their charter. This fine group of young men are already planning projects in their community.

 

THE E-CLUB OF LONDON CENTENARY ASSISTS YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN A HARARE HIGH DENSITY SUBURB

(Entrepreneurship now part of the 6 FOCUS AREAS of Rotary Foundation)

At a recent meeting of the RC of Borrowdale Brooke, Harare, (RCBB) a cheque of US$ 1,160.00 (£800.00) was presented to President Sep of the RCBB for a high density suburb school in Harare.

President Sep then presented the cheque to Mr Stephen Gwasira, board member of Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (JAZ). The funds will be used for twenty-five students from Hatcliffe Senior School, to be mentored and facilitated in the art of entrepreneurship with the professional materials provided by the sponsorship.  

Club Project Spotlight: Guatemala

Reported by Christopher Edwards

The Rotary E-Club London Centenary has donated £400 to the Los Niños project in Guatemala to fund the salary of the new computer teacher at the Semilla de Esperanza y Amor (Seed of Hope and Love) in the village of San Mateo Milpas Alta near Antigua, Guatemala. His name is Jorge Ortiz and he is a 21 year old accountant. An article about him that appeared in the February 2012 newsletter of the Los Niños is set out below.

 

Club Project Spotlight: Zimbabwe

Published April 16th, 2012 at our old website

Reported by Jo Ann Ross

Suffering from regular 12-16 hour electricity cuts, Nkulumane Clinic, in Bulawayo, was in a very bad situation. The maternity section of the hospital had to operate by candlelight, and cold water during the night – unfortunately babies do not wait for the daytime hours.

By Jo Ann Ross

Rotary e-Club of London Centenaryi s now a partner in Zimbabwe with Junior Achievement (JA), a well-established world-wide organization set up in the USA in 1919, which promotes business education in schools.  In Great Britan and Australia, the organization is known as Young Enterprise (YE).  In Zimbabwe it is known as Junior Achievement Zimbabwe or JAZ.

 

 
Featured Stories
Tanzania Wheelchair Project – A Potential Life Changing Gift
 
In early 2017, the Wheelchair Foundation UK, founded by Rotarian Milton Frary, initiated a project to send a container full of wheelchairs for use by disabled people in Tanzania. The Tanzanian Consulate in London supported the project by adding 20% to every donation made by a Rotary club. 
Working once again with the Rotary Club of Moshi, a town in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Milton assembled contributions from 25 clubs, including Jersey RC and the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary to fill the container. Together with a grant from District 1130, London Centenary was able to contribute £2,000, which together with £400 from the Consulate, was enough to fund 33 wheelchairs.
Jo Ann Ross, a London Centenary RC member living in Harare, Zimbabwe, travelled to Tanzania in early November to be present for the handover of 110 wheelchairs by a Tanzanian government commissioner in Moshi on 11 November 2017. The impressive ceremony was attended by a good crowd, several radio and TV crews as well as journalists.
 

A delighted recipient with Elaine Frary and club member Jo Ann Ross (standing).

This man, (Michael) came in wearing a pair of well- known branded trainers on his knees to enable his getting around. His knees had been locked back for so long – it took some adaptation to make him comfortable!

 
There were many emotional stories that morning when recipient adults were carried into the presentation area with stories of how they could not go with their families to Church or children to school or participate in out-side activities. Many were confined to their bedside - rarely to even go outside.
Receiving a wheelchair is not only life-changing for the recipient, it is also a relief to the family members and others who help the disabled to get about, often over difficult terrain. 
Wheelchairs funded the by E-Club of London Centenary are identified by having the name of the club embroidered on a badge
 
sewn to the wheelchair.
Pic shows Rtn Faye Cranswick seen here discussing procedure with Asst. Governor Amon William responsible for the Kilimanjaro Zone, District 9211 (includes Tanzania and Uganda).
 
Faye not only spearheaded and managed the whole operation, but hosted Milton, Elaine and Jo Ann for a few days!  She is widely known and is fondly referred to as ‘Mama Kuku’ as she has three chicken farms
 
Bottom left shows the one of the delighted recipients being taken home on her husband’s motorbike with the huge box tied to the back.
 
All boxes are clearly identified with size and name. Boxes are often put to good use as mattresses in some areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
How does an e-club of district 1130 get involved in a community project in Zimbabwe? 

To quote a phrase of Alexandre Dumas, which has become a cliché of detective pulp fiction, "cherchez la femme".  

Jo Ann Ross, past president of Rotary E-Club of London Centenary makes her home in Harare Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) where she has lived most of her life. Her membership in an e-club based in district 1130 enables her to engage in Rotary projects at community, district and international level. 

In the Fall of 2014, Jo Ann a director of Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (called Young Enterprise in the UK) convinced the E-Club of London Centenary to support this project together with the Rotary Club of Borrowdale Brook (Zimbabwe).
Following the JA structured business programme, a company under the name of Verity Holdings ZRP was established by students with support from school authorities and JA Zimbabwe, to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit among its students. Under the leadership of Tanaka Chingonzo student CEO, the company, among other activities, commercialised the process of converting waste plastic into floor polish and producing it for consumption by the school and the surrounding Hatcliffe community. The initiative won several accolades including an award at the Sanganai- Hlanganani international expo and EMA Environmental competitions.  [picture 1]
Based on this success, and thanks to a grant from EducationUSA, Tanaka was accepted to Watson University (USA), an incubator that runs a degree-bearing four-month programme for student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs working to solve the toughest social and environmental challenges of our time.
Following this academic achievement, Tanaka, the 18-year-old graduate of ZRP High School in Hatcliffe, Harare, has now landed a scholarship to study at the United States’ College of Wooster, a prestigious research focused college in Ohio (USA). He travels for the four-year study this August.  [picture 2]
This success story is an excellent example of how an e-club can make a big impact in a community project albeit 7’500 miles away. Rotary E-Club of London Centenary’s support has helped Tanaka Chingonzo develop his skills and hopefully, in the future, enable him to make a valuable contribution to the development of his country. 
 
Bernhard Karli
Rotary E-Club of London Centenary 
 
 
 

 

  • Since January 1, 2015, an international team of Amateur Radio Operators have been active on the amateur radio bands, with the call-signs “OU0POLIO” in Denmark, and “DL0POLIO” in Germany. The call-signs were created to bring awareness that Poliomyelitis (POLIO) is not yet eradicated in the world. Rotarians will not stop immunization programs until Polio is 100% eradicated. It is anticipated that the eradication will be completed by 2020.
  • In individual radio contacts and conversations, our radio operators inform on the work of Rotary in general, and with a focus on End Polio Now.
  • Our Radio Operators, when talking to other Radio Operators, provide information on the work Rotarians are doing, to END POLIO NOW. https://www.endpolio.org/ 
  • Danish Rotary District 1450 & Germany Rotary District 1842 - the Rotary Club Altoetting-Burghausen, in cooperation with “The International Fellowship for Rotarians of Amateur Radio,  (R.O.A.R.)”. http://www.ifroar.org/ continue to promote Rotary's Service Above Self.

R.O.A.R Team leaders:

  • For OU0POLIO
  • Mr. Frank M. Garbelmann, PHF 
  • Rotary E-Club London Centenary
  • PP Aarhus International Rotary Club 2014 -15 District 1450
  •  
  • For DL0POLIO
  • Mr. Horst Hoferichter, DG2FAJ
  •  
  

    RotaKids pledge

    As a RotaKid, I promise,
    To be fair to all,
                       To serve my community,
                       To show respect for others.

Congratulations to President Elect Graham on his induction to the Paul Harris Society at the Eastbourne Conference.

                                                                                               
 

Club Visit by DG Helen Antoniou, 17th November 2016

Tonight we had one of our best ever attendances when DG Helen together with PDG Dick Nathan joined a few members and guests at York Gate and 15 members and prospective members joined the online meeting

Taken by Jeremy, one of our incoming Global Scholars, this photo shows DG Helen Antoniou and PDG Dick Nathan, with his wife June, our Treasurer Michael, and PAG and Club member Francis Uwaechi who made up the balance of attendees.

 

                                                                                         

November 2016: Crocus Planting Update 

Just before half-term break, the Rotakids group planted the first 1000 of the 5000 crocus corms in the school grounds in large planters.  Then each child was given 3 corms and a purple flowerpot (donated by a local garden Centre) which they planted up to take home.  They were given guidance by Ernie, a retired nurseryman, on how to plant and take care of their crocus pots at home.

  

October 2016:The new RotaKids Club is promoting PolioPlus awareness:  An update from Secretary Stella.

Just a brief report on the first part of the programme.  It’s been fun so far.  I have two support Teachers One of whom is from the other school in the Federation and are looking to also introduce RotaKids to help and the kids are pretty well behaved – 18 of them in the group, and Ernie comes too. 
 
Some are very keen and we are looking forward to our Planting day in two weeks. We have 5000 corms to plant.  The two big planters are  not fully filled with soil so the crocuses would not be seen when they bloom.  The company that did the landscaping is well known to Ernie and me, and Ernie spoke to them and they will top them up for us with reclaimed soil in a day or two.  Ernie went to a nursery today and told them what our club was doing for the Polio Campaign.  They have donated two packs of larger crocus corms – deep purple, and lovely purple flower pots for the children so they can have a pot with a couple of corms to take home and look after, and a bag of compost for planting them.  So Thank you letters on the agenda for next Friday. 
The three Managers for the Junior Achievement project the completed at their school in Harare, Zimbabwe.
 
Details can be found in the Winter edition of Rotary in London
 
 
 
District 1130 Foundation Committee recognises London Centenary's support of Rotary's own Charity.
 
At the recent Foundation awards dinner Club members Graham and Stella were pleased to receive two awards for work done in Support of Rotary Foundation on the Club's behalf. One was for our financial contributions to the Charity, and one was for the successful conclusion to another phase of our Junior Achievement Programme in Zimbabwe.  The award of a District Grant enabled us to fund the training of young teenagers in Enterprise skills.  The students undertook to identify a need in their community, design, produce and market a product.  Zimbabwe is noted for its frequent power outages which can last for many hours, especially during the dark periods of the day, and the students designed LED powered torches, which proved to be successful and popular with local customers.
- See more by clicking here
 
Another Award for our hard working team!!
 

Well done to Stella for all her work with Global Scholars, our four Sustaining members and donations to Foundation from individuals and Club funds - all added up for our Club to be given Commended certificate.

 

The 4th award our club received during 2013-14 - well done to all involved.

Hello members and visitors – this was sent to us by a staunch and seasoned Rotarian from the US – and as it has so many replies already and addresses to a modern day problem within Rotary I thought it a good idea to put it where we can see it and get input from others on this.
Jo Ann Ross     May 2014
by: Tom Carroll on RI Discussion Forum:      Membership Best Practices

For some time I've been thinking about the Rotary membership challenge in the United States and Canada, and what lies at the issue's core. 
I've come to the conclusion that it isn't that we don't ask guests to come to meetings, or even that members leave because they are not engaged. If this were true, then simply inviting people to meetings and engaging the membership would have solved our problems years ago. As Gateway Rotary (D5020) experiences dramatic growth (50% so far this year) and Gig Harbor Rotary (D5020) even has a waiting list,
I'm constantly being asked, "What are you doing differently"?
The answer? We're selling a car people want to buy, not the car we have always sold.
3rd Quiz round on the 4th of February 2014 
Rotary Club Chelsea vs Rotary Club London Centenary
Final score, Chelsea 47, London Centenary 43. 
 
 
A member of our club suggested we did something to put Zimbabwe in a good light instead of all the negative perceptions that the world read about Zimbabwe and its people.
 
The idea was put to a friendly club in Zimbabwe to put to their Rotaract section and and the finished version can now be viewed on U-tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMZaNDfmU28.
 
I do hope you like the result. It is less than 5 mins long. The Rotaract group explain .....
 
 
 
These are some of the questions made to the students at the end of their Company Programme – I print here the replies from the prize winning Rusape team from St Faith’s Mission
 
What is the most gratifying thing about your participation in Junior Achievement?
 
Newly installed, DG Dick Nathan visits the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary
 
As this was the first 'bricks and mortar' meeting since the start of the Rotary Year of our e-club, we normally meet on-line, IPP Francis handed over the Collar of Office to incoming President for 2013-14 Jo Ann Ross. The President also received a framed Certificate of Appreciation on bahlf of the Club from the RC of Borrowdale Brooke in Harare, expressing their thanks for the assistance given to them by the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary.
 

MARCH 21st 2013

 

A special event for London Centenary was the visit of our District Governor Eve Conway-Ghazi to our meeting at York Gate.  It was all the more special as the members of the newly formed Interact Club of the London Nautical School came along to receive their charter. This fine group of young men are already planning projects in their community.

 

THE E-CLUB OF LONDON CENTENARY ASSISTS YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN A HARARE HIGH DENSITY SUBURB

(Entrepreneurship now part of the 6 FOCUS AREAS of Rotary Foundation)

At a recent meeting of the RC of Borrowdale Brooke, Harare, (RCBB) a cheque of US$ 1,160.00 (£800.00) was presented to President Sep of the RCBB for a high density suburb school in Harare.

President Sep then presented the cheque to Mr Stephen Gwasira, board member of Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (JAZ). The funds will be used for twenty-five students from Hatcliffe Senior School, to be mentored and facilitated in the art of entrepreneurship with the professional materials provided by the sponsorship.  

Club Project Spotlight: Guatemala

Reported by Christopher Edwards

The Rotary E-Club London Centenary has donated £400 to the Los Niños project in Guatemala to fund the salary of the new computer teacher at the Semilla de Esperanza y Amor (Seed of Hope and Love) in the village of San Mateo Milpas Alta near Antigua, Guatemala. His name is Jorge Ortiz and he is a 21 year old accountant. An article about him that appeared in the February 2012 newsletter of the Los Niños is set out below.

 

Club Project Spotlight: Zimbabwe

Published April 16th, 2012 at our old website

Reported by Jo Ann Ross

Suffering from regular 12-16 hour electricity cuts, Nkulumane Clinic, in Bulawayo, was in a very bad situation. The maternity section of the hospital had to operate by candlelight, and cold water during the night – unfortunately babies do not wait for the daytime hours.

By Jo Ann Ross

Rotary e-Club of London Centenaryi s now a partner in Zimbabwe with Junior Achievement (JA), a well-established world-wide organization set up in the USA in 1919, which promotes business education in schools.  In Great Britan and Australia, the organization is known as Young Enterprise (YE).  In Zimbabwe it is known as Junior Achievement Zimbabwe or JAZ.

 

 
Featured Stories
Tanzania Wheelchair Project – A Potential Life Changing Gift
 
In early 2017, the Wheelchair Foundation UK, founded by Rotarian Milton Frary, initiated a project to send a container full of wheelchairs for use by disabled people in Tanzania. The Tanzanian Consulate in London supported the project by adding 20% to every donation made by a Rotary club. 
Working once again with the Rotary Club of Moshi, a town in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Milton assembled contributions from 25 clubs, including Jersey RC and the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary to fill the container. Together with a grant from District 1130, London Centenary was able to contribute £2,000, which together with £400 from the Consulate, was enough to fund 33 wheelchairs.
Jo Ann Ross, a London Centenary RC member living in Harare, Zimbabwe, travelled to Tanzania in early November to be present for the handover of 110 wheelchairs by a Tanzanian government commissioner in Moshi on 11 November 2017. The impressive ceremony was attended by a good crowd, several radio and TV crews as well as journalists.
 

A delighted recipient with Elaine Frary and club member Jo Ann Ross (standing).

This man, (Michael) came in wearing a pair of well- known branded trainers on his knees to enable his getting around. His knees had been locked back for so long – it took some adaptation to make him comfortable!

 
There were many emotional stories that morning when recipient adults were carried into the presentation area with stories of how they could not go with their families to Church or children to school or participate in out-side activities. Many were confined to their bedside - rarely to even go outside.
Receiving a wheelchair is not only life-changing for the recipient, it is also a relief to the family members and others who help the disabled to get about, often over difficult terrain. 
Wheelchairs funded the by E-Club of London Centenary are identified by having the name of the club embroidered on a badge
 
sewn to the wheelchair.
Pic shows Rtn Faye Cranswick seen here discussing procedure with Asst. Governor Amon William responsible for the Kilimanjaro Zone, District 9211 (includes Tanzania and Uganda).
 
Faye not only spearheaded and managed the whole operation, but hosted Milton, Elaine and Jo Ann for a few days!  She is widely known and is fondly referred to as ‘Mama Kuku’ as she has three chicken farms
 
Bottom left shows the one of the delighted recipients being taken home on her husband’s motorbike with the huge box tied to the back.
 
All boxes are clearly identified with size and name. Boxes are often put to good use as mattresses in some areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
How does an e-club of district 1130 get involved in a community project in Zimbabwe? 

To quote a phrase of Alexandre Dumas, which has become a cliché of detective pulp fiction, "cherchez la femme".  

Jo Ann Ross, past president of Rotary E-Club of London Centenary makes her home in Harare Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) where she has lived most of her life. Her membership in an e-club based in district 1130 enables her to engage in Rotary projects at community, district and international level. 

In the Fall of 2014, Jo Ann a director of Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (called Young Enterprise in the UK) convinced the E-Club of London Centenary to support this project together with the Rotary Club of Borrowdale Brook (Zimbabwe).
Following the JA structured business programme, a company under the name of Verity Holdings ZRP was established by students with support from school authorities and JA Zimbabwe, to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit among its students. Under the leadership of Tanaka Chingonzo student CEO, the company, among other activities, commercialised the process of converting waste plastic into floor polish and producing it for consumption by the school and the surrounding Hatcliffe community. The initiative won several accolades including an award at the Sanganai- Hlanganani international expo and EMA Environmental competitions.  [picture 1]
Based on this success, and thanks to a grant from EducationUSA, Tanaka was accepted to Watson University (USA), an incubator that runs a degree-bearing four-month programme for student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs working to solve the toughest social and environmental challenges of our time.
Following this academic achievement, Tanaka, the 18-year-old graduate of ZRP High School in Hatcliffe, Harare, has now landed a scholarship to study at the United States’ College of Wooster, a prestigious research focused college in Ohio (USA). He travels for the four-year study this August.  [picture 2]
This success story is an excellent example of how an e-club can make a big impact in a community project albeit 7’500 miles away. Rotary E-Club of London Centenary’s support has helped Tanaka Chingonzo develop his skills and hopefully, in the future, enable him to make a valuable contribution to the development of his country. 
 
Bernhard Karli
Rotary E-Club of London Centenary 
 
 
 

 

  • Since January 1, 2015, an international team of Amateur Radio Operators have been active on the amateur radio bands, with the call-signs “OU0POLIO” in Denmark, and “DL0POLIO” in Germany. The call-signs were created to bring awareness that Poliomyelitis (POLIO) is not yet eradicated in the world. Rotarians will not stop immunization programs until Polio is 100% eradicated. It is anticipated that the eradication will be completed by 2020.
  • In individual radio contacts and conversations, our radio operators inform on the work of Rotary in general, and with a focus on End Polio Now.
  • Our Radio Operators, when talking to other Radio Operators, provide information on the work Rotarians are doing, to END POLIO NOW. https://www.endpolio.org/ 
  • Danish Rotary District 1450 & Germany Rotary District 1842 - the Rotary Club Altoetting-Burghausen, in cooperation with “The International Fellowship for Rotarians of Amateur Radio,  (R.O.A.R.)”. http://www.ifroar.org/ continue to promote Rotary's Service Above Self.

R.O.A.R Team leaders:

  • For OU0POLIO
  • Mr. Frank M. Garbelmann, PHF 
  • Rotary E-Club London Centenary
  • PP Aarhus International Rotary Club 2014 -15 District 1450
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  • For DL0POLIO
  • Mr. Horst Hoferichter, DG2FAJ
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    RotaKids pledge

    As a RotaKid, I promise,
    To be fair to all,
                       To serve my community,
                       To show respect for others.

Congratulations to President Elect Graham on his induction to the Paul Harris Society at the Eastbourne Conference.

                                                                                               
 

Club Visit by DG Helen Antoniou, 17th November 2016

Tonight we had one of our best ever attendances when DG Helen together with PDG Dick Nathan joined a few members and guests at York Gate and 15 members and prospective members joined the online meeting

Taken by Jeremy, one of our incoming Global Scholars, this photo shows DG Helen Antoniou and PDG Dick Nathan, with his wife June, our Treasurer Michael, and PAG and Club member Francis Uwaechi who made up the balance of attendees.

 

                                                                                         

November 2016: Crocus Planting Update 

Just before half-term break, the Rotakids group planted the first 1000 of the 5000 crocus corms in the school grounds in large planters.  Then each child was given 3 corms and a purple flowerpot (donated by a local garden Centre) which they planted up to take home.  They were given guidance by Ernie, a retired nurseryman, on how to plant and take care of their crocus pots at home.

  

October 2016:The new RotaKids Club is promoting PolioPlus awareness:  An update from Secretary Stella.

Just a brief report on the first part of the programme.  It’s been fun so far.  I have two support Teachers One of whom is from the other school in the Federation and are looking to also introduce RotaKids to help and the kids are pretty well behaved – 18 of them in the group, and Ernie comes too. 
 
Some are very keen and we are looking forward to our Planting day in two weeks. We have 5000 corms to plant.  The two big planters are  not fully filled with soil so the crocuses would not be seen when they bloom.  The company that did the landscaping is well known to Ernie and me, and Ernie spoke to them and they will top them up for us with reclaimed soil in a day or two.  Ernie went to a nursery today and told them what our club was doing for the Polio Campaign.  They have donated two packs of larger crocus corms – deep purple, and lovely purple flower pots for the children so they can have a pot with a couple of corms to take home and look after, and a bag of compost for planting them.  So Thank you letters on the agenda for next Friday. 
The three Managers for the Junior Achievement project the completed at their school in Harare, Zimbabwe.
 
Details can be found in the Winter edition of Rotary in London
 
 
 
District 1130 Foundation Committee recognises London Centenary's support of Rotary's own Charity.
 
At the recent Foundation awards dinner Club members Graham and Stella were pleased to receive two awards for work done in Support of Rotary Foundation on the Club's behalf. One was for our financial contributions to the Charity, and one was for the successful conclusion to another phase of our Junior Achievement Programme in Zimbabwe.  The award of a District Grant enabled us to fund the training of young teenagers in Enterprise skills.  The students undertook to identify a need in their community, design, produce and market a product.  Zimbabwe is noted for its frequent power outages which can last for many hours, especially during the dark periods of the day, and the students designed LED powered torches, which proved to be successful and popular with local customers.
- See more by clicking here
 
Another Award for our hard working team!!
 

Well done to Stella for all her work with Global Scholars, our four Sustaining members and donations to Foundation from individuals and Club funds - all added up for our Club to be given Commended certificate.

 

The 4th award our club received during 2013-14 - well done to all involved.

Hello members and visitors – this was sent to us by a staunch and seasoned Rotarian from the US – and as it has so many replies already and addresses to a modern day problem within Rotary I thought it a good idea to put it where we can see it and get input from others on this.
Jo Ann Ross     May 2014
by: Tom Carroll on RI Discussion Forum:      Membership Best Practices

For some time I've been thinking about the Rotary membership challenge in the United States and Canada, and what lies at the issue's core. 
I've come to the conclusion that it isn't that we don't ask guests to come to meetings, or even that members leave because they are not engaged. If this were true, then simply inviting people to meetings and engaging the membership would have solved our problems years ago. As Gateway Rotary (D5020) experiences dramatic growth (50% so far this year) and Gig Harbor Rotary (D5020) even has a waiting list,
I'm constantly being asked, "What are you doing differently"?
The answer? We're selling a car people want to buy, not the car we have always sold.
3rd Quiz round on the 4th of February 2014 
Rotary Club Chelsea vs Rotary Club London Centenary
Final score, Chelsea 47, London Centenary 43. 
 
 
A member of our club suggested we did something to put Zimbabwe in a good light instead of all the negative perceptions that the world read about Zimbabwe and its people.
 
The idea was put to a friendly club in Zimbabwe to put to their Rotaract section and and the finished version can now be viewed on U-tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMZaNDfmU28.
 
I do hope you like the result. It is less than 5 mins long. The Rotaract group explain .....
 
 
 
These are some of the questions made to the students at the end of their Company Programme – I print here the replies from the prize winning Rusape team from St Faith’s Mission
 
What is the most gratifying thing about your participation in Junior Achievement?
 
Newly installed, DG Dick Nathan visits the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary
 
As this was the first 'bricks and mortar' meeting since the start of the Rotary Year of our e-club, we normally meet on-line, IPP Francis handed over the Collar of Office to incoming President for 2013-14 Jo Ann Ross. The President also received a framed Certificate of Appreciation on bahlf of the Club from the RC of Borrowdale Brooke in Harare, expressing their thanks for the assistance given to them by the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary.
 

MARCH 21st 2013

 

A special event for London Centenary was the visit of our District Governor Eve Conway-Ghazi to our meeting at York Gate.  It was all the more special as the members of the newly formed Interact Club of the London Nautical School came along to receive their charter. This fine group of young men are already planning projects in their community.

 

THE E-CLUB OF LONDON CENTENARY ASSISTS YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN A HARARE HIGH DENSITY SUBURB

(Entrepreneurship now part of the 6 FOCUS AREAS of Rotary Foundation)

At a recent meeting of the RC of Borrowdale Brooke, Harare, (RCBB) a cheque of US$ 1,160.00 (£800.00) was presented to President Sep of the RCBB for a high density suburb school in Harare.

President Sep then presented the cheque to Mr Stephen Gwasira, board member of Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (JAZ). The funds will be used for twenty-five students from Hatcliffe Senior School, to be mentored and facilitated in the art of entrepreneurship with the professional materials provided by the sponsorship.  

Club Project Spotlight: Guatemala

Reported by Christopher Edwards

The Rotary E-Club London Centenary has donated £400 to the Los Niños project in Guatemala to fund the salary of the new computer teacher at the Semilla de Esperanza y Amor (Seed of Hope and Love) in the village of San Mateo Milpas Alta near Antigua, Guatemala. His name is Jorge Ortiz and he is a 21 year old accountant. An article about him that appeared in the February 2012 newsletter of the Los Niños is set out below.

 

Club Project Spotlight: Zimbabwe

Published April 16th, 2012 at our old website

Reported by Jo Ann Ross

Suffering from regular 12-16 hour electricity cuts, Nkulumane Clinic, in Bulawayo, was in a very bad situation. The maternity section of the hospital had to operate by candlelight, and cold water during the night – unfortunately babies do not wait for the daytime hours.

By Jo Ann Ross

Rotary e-Club of London Centenaryi s now a partner in Zimbabwe with Junior Achievement (JA), a well-established world-wide organization set up in the USA in 1919, which promotes business education in schools.  In Great Britan and Australia, the organization is known as Young Enterprise (YE).  In Zimbabwe it is known as Junior Achievement Zimbabwe or JAZ.

 

 
 

 

Welcome to the Rotary e-Club of London Centenary!

 
We are part of London District 1130, but our members come from all over the world. We meet online every Thursday evening at 8:00 pm UK (GMT) time.  If you would like to join us for a meeting, you will be most welcome!  We use ZOOM.us video-conferencing software. It is free and easy to download. Please join us on Thursday, in our meeting room.  Click here to contact our Club Secretary Stella.

Rotary e-Club of London Centenary:   Projects for 2019-20

Please consider making a donation to one of our projects.  Click on the title for more info:
Rotary E-Club of London Centenary
 
Congratulations London Centenary eClub Members past and present  for achieving the Presidential Citation with Gold Distinction for the Rotary Year 2018-19 
 

 

 
 
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Rotary E-Club of London Centenary

The Club's International, Community, Vocational and Foundation  Projects 2019/20

July  2019 to June 30th 2020

 

1: President's International  & Vocational Projects

 

Project Skilling Women, A Vocational Training Project with RC Chandigarh Midtown, India. 

 

2: Sponsorship of Secondary School Education for Little Angels Student Programme, Uganda.

 

3: Financial support for a  UK  Registered Charity "Poverty Breakers" which is  providing School uniforms, School fees and Stationary  to  primary school children in  India's underserved areas.

 

4: Kiva, An online lending platform connecting online leaders to entrepreneurs across the globe.

 

 

Community Projects

5: Rotakids, Churchfield School, Enfield UK

6: Dictionaries for Life, Churchfield School.

7: North London Disabilities Tournament

 

Youth

8: Participation in Rotary's RYLA Programme. 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership programme coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe.

 

 

 

 

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Rotary E-Club of London Centenary

The Club's International, Community, Vocational and Foundation  Projects 2018/19

July  2018 to June 30th 2019

 

1: President’s International Project:  

 Provision of Aqua filters in Zimbabwe. 
Joint project with RC of Borrowdale 
Brook, Zimbabwe.
Lead Member Jo Ann (Completed May 2019). 
 
2: Immediate Past Presidents Project: 
Supply of 2 large water tanks for 2 primary schools in Uganda as well as water 
barrels. In partnership of RC of 
Mityana, Uganda. 
(Project 2018-2019). Completed June2019 
 
         3:  International Youth Projects:                  
Contribution to the cost of 1 or 2 young people to take part in an international 
project involving some community 
service,  Lead member Graham. (Completed June 2019)
 
                             4: Poverty Breakers:                                    
The Club continues to support the work of this small charity based in Enfield, 
North London, with poor people in Gujrat, including giving educational 
assistance to street children.
Lead member Stella  (Project Completed).                                         
 
5: Kiva
   The Club continues making loans to low income people across the world,
Lead member David. (Completed)
 
 
                     6: Purple for Polio:                                        
Planting of 5,000 Crocus Bulbs in & 
around London area, exact location 
 Lead member Ghazala
(Completed Oct2018).
 
7: Project Water & Sanitation Rotarian 
Action Group: 
 
The project is designed to help 
communities in Torero, Uganda. The 
project will provide 
communities with clean water and 
improve sanitation and therefore health by funding, unused Funds kept aside for Global Grants from last year will be
used to raise funds for this project.
Lead Member Stamford
(Completed Jan2019). 
 
      8: Club’s Community Projects:                  
RotaKids
      (Completed) 
 
9: Dictionaries for life 
(Completed).
 
10: Disability Games, District DG Project 
Completed May2019
 
11: Hosting of Global Scholars. (Final Year's Global Grant For a PhD Student Authorised as a host Club Jan2019). 
Lead member Stella
(Completed Jan2019).
 
12: Guatemala Literacy Project 
 
The Guatemala Literacy Project(GLP) is one of the largest grassroots multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary, more than 600 clubs and 80 districts have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala. London Centenary eClub is a partnering club in supporting this project .
Lead member Ghazala
(Project completed Jan 2019).)
 
13: Cleft Palate Operation (TESS Unlimited in Guatemala) Project
 
A Member of LC has made a large donation to a Dutch Charity based in  Antigua, Guatemala, to help finance their work with poor children in Guatemala born with cleft lips and palates.
Lead Member Chris
(Project completed Sept 2018).
 
14: Little Angels Project
 
Sponsorship of a gifted orphan throughout his secondary school education at an
orphanage in Ruhija, Uganda
First year sponsorship completed 
 
 

15: Fundraising Walk Sponsorship for Polio

Supported in cash a local Polio Fundraising Walk

Completed Nov 2018 

 

16: Project Welling Air Cadets

 

London Centenary eClub donated cash to the Welling Cadet Force Foundation

( A charitable organisation founded in 2018) for the purchase of a suitable site for the cadet forces in Welling to provide  young adults meaningful activity and reduce the potential of antisocial behaviour.

Completed March 2019 

 

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28th June 2018 Handover Meeting
28th June 2018 Installation Meeting
 
 
 
 

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