About our Club
Membership of the Rotary Club of Hanwell and Northfields is drawn from a wide variety of businesses and professions, including: Architectural Consultancy, Banking, Building Services, Car Hire, Construction, Education, Insurance, Publishing, Surveying, Technology and Telecommunications.
Our club elects a President (chairman) for a twelve month period beginning on 1st of July each year (the Rotary Year). Our president for the Rotary Year 2015 - 2016 is Bob Short.
The President is strongly supported by all members of the club, including the Secretary, Sue Sands, and the Treasurer, Ruairi Prendiville.
There are also four committees which report in to the President. Each member is allocated to one of these committees. The four committees are: -
Community and Vocational Committee
Our Club’s busy Community committee is chaired by Janet Bettaccini. This committee arranges a range of annual events which are all very popular. Each March we organise a Pensioners’ Easter party for 80 local older residents, in April we run (when we can locate a venue!) the national ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ day in conjunction with the Stroke Association, in June we take 15 special needs children to Legoland Windsor on national Kids Out day and towards the end of the month we run a tombola and book stall at ‘Party in the Park’ (a large community fundraising event in Pitshanger Park Ealing). In November we fill shoe boxes with Christmas presents to send overseas, assist at ‘Light up the Lane’ (when the Christmas lights are turned on at a popular community Christmas Fair in Pitshanger Lane), support the Brentham Club with their Firework Night and round off the year with 3-4 days of collecting outside local large stores to raise funds to support our good causes.
During the course of the year we run a number of other ‘one off’ events or projects. For example last year we restored the picnic and nature area at Log Cabin, a Centre for children with special needs. This was a 9 month project with lots of aching bodies by the end of it but well worth the effort when heard how well the children love using the area. Last year we also decorated large shoe boxes with Christmas paper and filled them with presents for Father Christmas to deliver to the children in the Ealing Women’s Refuge, and much to their delight. We also try to help other local causes through specific fund raising to support a particular project or charity. Barely a month goes by that we are not preparing for another community event but we have tremendous fun doing so. We also support members in other committees within our club during their events. If you think you might be interested in helping us to help others, please e-mail or phone me. firstname.lastname@example.org (07930 764027)
The International Committee is chaired by Richard Jones, and focuses on a wide range of programs which support Rotarys efforts overseas.
We sponsor both youth and educational exchanges, and assist with money for our fellow clubs in the developing world.
The ideas can be simple perhaps supplying impregnated mosquito nets to villages in Tanzania to eliminate malaria. They can be immediate we responded to the Tsunami disaster in Asia by providing temporary shelter, and water purification equipment. They can be massive - $425 million raised, through Rotary Foundation (Rotary's own charity), to eliminate polio from the world. Additionally the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a grant of $355 MILLION to support our Polio Eradication Program!!!!!
Between July 2009 and June 2010 we raised in excess of $7,000 to support Rotarys campaign to eradicate Polio and a further $3,000 to support The Rotary Foundations Educational and Humanitarian programs.
The money raised for Polio Eradication came from 3 initiatives:
- Collection Boxes at 9 Shell Petrol Stations across West London
- A collection outside Waitrose in West Ealing to coincide with Rotarys 105th Birthday (23 Feb 2010)
- Collections in 3 local Schools as part of a wider education exercise regarding Polio.
The Membership Committee is chaired by Bill Tillotson. This group is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the club, ordering of meals, welcoming visitors both from the UK and Overseas.
New Generations is chaired by Richard Burton. This group is responsible for youth activities. They also maintain close links with the local Rotaract Club which caters for the 18-30 age group.
The activities we organise are varied and include a Public Speaking Competition, a Young Chef Competition, a Technology Tournament, a Photography Competition, an Essay Competition and a Music Concert.