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The Rotary Club of Southall
The last Rotary Club to be established in West London was the Rotary Club of Northfields in 1980, so it was a fitting tribute 30 years on that the Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields sponsored the formation of the new Rotary Club of Southall. The Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields was formed following the merger of the Rotary Clubs of Hanwell and Northfields in year 2000.
On Friday the 29th January 2010 a number of Civic Dignitaries including Councillor Barbara Yerolemou, Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Shirley Harper O'Neill, Mayor of Hillingdon, Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor London and Martin Gudde District Governor, Rotary in London at The Crown Banqueting Suite, Long Drive, Station Approach, Ruislip HA4 0HG to celebrate the Inauguration of the new Rotary Club of Southall.
The Founder President is Umesh Sharma, a past Mayor of Ealing and a JP. Mr Sharma will be leading the Club through to 30 June 2011, when local businessman Ali Ahmed of Montag Estates will take on the role of President.
The Rotary Club of Southall has 60 Founder Members including:
- Mahanta Shrestha - Monty's Restaurants - Balwant Singh Chaggar - Chaggars - Brij Mohan Gupta - British Asian Youth Cricket Trust - Sudarshan Bhatia - - Surjit Singh Phander - Himalaya Carpets - Davinder Kumar Anand - The Brilliant Restaurant
Each member was presented with their Rotary 'pin' and 'Welcome Pack' by Martin Gudde, District Governor, Rotary in London. The Rotary Club of Southall will be the largest Rotary Club in West London, and one of the largest in London.
District Governor, Martin Gudde welcomed the new Rotary Club of Southall to the family of Rotary, and wished them every success as they build their programmes to support both the local, and International communities.
Umesh Sharma responded by saying that the Rotary Club of Southall is committed to embracing all aspects of the community, and delivering services across Southall. The Club currently meets on a Friday evening: 7:30PM at Caffe 26, 26 The Broadway, Southall.