Posted on Jan 18, 2018
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.
Rotary LC Tanzania Wheel Chair Project Bernhard Karli 2018-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernhard Karli on Aug 13, 2017
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 
London Centenary eClub gets involved in a community project in Zimbabwe Bernhard Karli 2017-08-12 23:00:00Z 0


  • 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. 
  • 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.)”. 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
Promoting End Polio Now in a Different Manner  Mr. Frank M. Garbelmann, PHF 2017-07-07 23:00:00Z 0
Our latest Club News 2017-01-15 00:00:00Z 0

Club Visit by DG Helen Antoniou 17 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. The first photo shows DG Helen Antoniou and PDG Dick Nathan, with his wife June, our Treasurer Michael and PAG and member Francis Uwaechi and the second shows members attending the meeting online.
District Governor Helen Antoniou, 17th November 2017 2016-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

    RotaKids pledge

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

RotaKids pledge 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

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.


DG Helen's Visit 2016-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

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

Congratulations Graham 2016-10-21 23:00:00Z 0

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. 
Update on Rotakids! 2016-10-01 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Ann UK.
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
JAZ Managers speak on their experience Jo Ann UK. 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stella Russell on Dec 03, 2015
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
More Foundation Awards Stella Russell 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
A Very Exciting Speaker - Adriana Marais of MARS-ONE project Jo Ann UK 2015-07-25 23:00:00Z 0
Rotary Friendship and the City of London Jo Ann UK 2015-07-23 23:00:00Z 0
RIBI Conference Belfast April 2015 Jo Ann UK 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
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.

London Centenary achieves another award for 2013-2014 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
JAZ learns from exposure at a Trade Fair. Jo Ann UK 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Lots of Coffee-Drinking for the Benefit of Small Projects President 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Use an eMakeUp as an Opportunity to Get Updated on Developments within Rotary International. President 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 21, 2014
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.
Discussion - please send replies to the Secretary Jo Ann Ross 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
RI FOUNDATION honours one of our members Jo Ann Ross 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stella on Feb 04, 2014
3rd Quiz round on the 4th of February 2014 
Rotary Club Chelsea vs Rotary Club London Centenary
Final score, Chelsea 47, London Centenary 43. 
2014 Quiz report Stella 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
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
I do hope you like the result. It is less than 5 mins long. The Rotaract group explain .....
A Member Asked Jo Ann Ross 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Ann Ross on Dec 20, 2013
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?
What JAZ students get out of the JA Programme Jo Ann Ross 2013-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Ann Ross on Aug 25, 2013
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.
Annual DG's visit to our Club 22.08.2013 Jo Ann Ross 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
District 1130 Annual Quiz - background + 2013 report Stella Russell 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Ann Ross on Apr 30, 2013

(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.  

£800 for a JA Programme handed to the RC of Borrowdale Brooke Jo Ann Ross 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stella Russell on Mar 21, 2013

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.


Wecome to the Interact Club of the London Nautical School Stella Russell 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia M. Grund on Nov 20, 2012

The Rotary Foundation is where vision meets action and money. Devote an eMakeUp to keeping abreast of all the new initiatives that are being taken on a regular basis.You can catch upImage on some aspect of The Rotary Foundation which up until now has been more-or-less unfamiliar to you by visiting Rotary International's website for The Rotary Foundation (see below). Rotary provides extraordinary opportunities for individuals with shared interest in humanitarian service to find each other and to organize aid projects to effect change for the better in the world



Use an eMakeUp as an Opportunity to Get Updated on Developments within the Rotary Foundation. Cynthia M. Grund 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Oct 31, 2012

By Christopher Edwards

There is a strong emphasis on the education of the next generation in the projects being supported by the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary in Rotary year 2013/14. The E-Club’s main project is to support the work of the international organisation Junior Achievement in Zimbabwe, whilst a second project focuses on taking part in a Rotary literacy project in the Club’s own District 1130, which covers a large part of London, England.

A Rotary Literacy Project Haagen Cumlet 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
London Centenary Member Named Paul Harris Fellow with Sapphire for Helping a Clinic in Zimbabwe Haagen Cumlet 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Oct 14, 2012
By Christopher Edwards

The US state of Minnesota is called “The land of 10,000 lakes” and is known for being one of the healthiest US states and for having a highly literate population. The large majority of its residents are of Scandinavian and German descent. Perhaps one day it will be known as the birthplace of a remarkable woman, Erika Larson.
An Exceptional Childhood Can Produce an Exceptional Person/Erica Larson Haagen Cumlet 2012-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Oct 04, 2012
By Chris Edwards, Council member of Rotary E-Club of London Centenary

There is a growing interest in the whole topic of hearing loss by members of the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary following a presentation in May 2012 by one of the Club members on how a bone anchored hearing aid helped him to lessen the serious hearing problems that resulted when he had a brain tumour removed from the side of his head.  At our weekly meeting 20 September 2012, the Club had another speaker on the subject. This was John Clayton, the Chief Executive of Hi Kent, a highly successful charity operating in the county of Kent, which lies South East of London and includes the towns of Ashford, Canterbury, Chatham and Maidstone.
Responding to the Many Needs of the People with Hearing Loss Haagen Cumlet 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Aug 26, 2012

This is a story of how a good idea, mixed with Rotary ideals and excellent timing, is making a difference - as a Rotarian Action Group. It all started after a yoga class in Homer, Alaska in the winter of 1999 - a town with a population of about 5,000 people. One of Homer's nicknames is "the end of the road".

Reported by Christopher Edwards

World Health Fairs, a Rotarian Action Group Haagen Cumlet 2012-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Aug 07, 2012

Club Project Spotlight: Uganda

Published at our old website on June 8th, 2012
Reported by Christopher Edwards

In the first half of Rotary Year 2011/12, the Rotary E-Club of London Centenary gave donations totalling £675 to the Rotary Doctor Bank of Great Britain and Ireland for a project supporting the Kamuli Mission Hospital in Uganda.
Donation to Rotary Doctor Bank’s work in Kamuli Mission Hospital, Uganda Haagen Cumlet 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Aug 07, 2012

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.
Project supporting the work of Los Niños in Guatemala Haagen Cumlet 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Aug 07, 2012

£5 is what it costs to give a blind person in India an operation that will enable the individual to see again

Reported by Christopher Edwards

Following a presentation at a weekly Skype meeting in the London E-club of the Guildford Rotary Eye Project (GREP), members decided to make a donation of £100 – an amount enough to cover the eye operation for five avoidably blind persons in India.

E-club donation to Guildford Rotary Eye Project Haagen Cumlet 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Aug 06, 2012
Posted on May 3, 2012 at our old website

Reported by Stella Russell

Enzo, Mike and Stella, together with Francis as the independent scorer get victoriously through the preliminary rounds to reach the semi-finals of the District Quiz.

District Quiz 2012 Haagen Cumlet 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Aug 06, 2012


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.

The Rotary E-Club of London Centenary makes a “hot” impression in Zimbabwe Haagen Cumlet 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Aug 05, 2012



ImageOur speaker on Thursday, August 9 will be Gwen Burnyeat.  She will tell us something about her organisation, Peace Brigades International, and about the work she does for them.  Gwen is a member of the UK branch of PBI and has spent the last year protecting human rights activists in Colombia in Central America.  Gwen has some interesting slides to share with us.   


We may be joined at our meeting next Thursday by Sasha and Sofia Lialiagina, two young Rotaractors from St. Petersburg, Russia, who are due to speak to us on Thursday, 19 August.  They would like to find out what our meetings are like before giving their presentation.

E-Club meeting August 9, 2012 Haagen Cumlet 2012-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet on Aug 05, 2012
Rotary E-Club London Centenary Council 2012-13.

The members of the E-club's council are:

President - Francis Uwaechi; Past President Enzo Martinelli (2011-2012); President elect – Jo Ann Ross; Secretary – Stella Russell (PP); Treasurer – Michael Scott; International – Giorgio Cambié; Community & Vocational – aXel Brodehl (PP); Foundation – Christopher Edwards.
Rotary E-Club London Centenary Council 2012-13. Haagen Cumlet 2012-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Ann Ross

Dear fellow members,

We would like inform readers on what we were doing and are to do in the coming year.

When President Francis called for suggested major projects - the one agreed was to promote entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe and later in Nigeria. We would in fact be sponsoring the costs of 2 schools to access and be mentored for the programme produced by JA International


Our electronic newsletter Jo Ann Ross 0
. . . And Some Events in the Lives of our Members during the First Part of 2012 That Call for Congratulations. . . Haagen Cumlet 0
Posted by Haagen Cumlet

The London 2012 Youth Exchange Camp

Posted on August 1st, 2012 on our old website.

Reported by Stella Russel

The London 2012 Youth Exchange Camp in July saw 12 youngsters from around Europe converge on York Gate for a fortnight of the London Experience. All hosted in pairs by District 1130 Rotarians, their feet never touched the ground, so full was their programme!
The London 2012 Youth Exchange Camp Haagen Cumlet 0