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24
Sep.
TOGETHER ROTARIANS ARE PEOPLE OF ACTION!

TOGETHER, WE
ARE PEOPLE OF ACTION
Rotary’s new global public image campaign, called People of Action, was launched at the start of this Rotary year. The campaign looks to bring the stories of Rotary members to life and show those who don’t know us exactly who we are, what we do and how Rotary differs from other organisations.

15
Sep.
Rotary continues its fight to eradicate polio.

POLIO ADVOCACY
We are delighted with the financial pledge from the UK Government for the fight to end polio in the world. Judith Diment, our national advocacy adviser, was a key player in making this happen and she has reiterated how helpful the previous contact clubs made with their MPs was in this regard.

RIBI President Denis Spiller has sent a request through the District Governors for clubs to help again. We want to ensure MPs continue to see the connection between Rotary and the fight for a polio free world and the widespread support this pledge has in their constituencies.

22
Aug.
A true internationalist visits a truly international Rotary Club

President Diana welcomes visitor Narcisse Tsoungui to Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Club's 22 August dinner meeting. Bienvenue Narcisse!
Narcisse hails from Cameroon and France and calls London his new home.

18
Aug.
Iris clarifies the editor's understanding of German cuisine!

'No! 'Strawberry jam butties' are not a Bavarian, Hanoverian nor a Berliner speciality!'

"Nein", "Marmeladen" sind keine alte Bayern, Hannoveraner und Berliner Spezialität! "

18
Aug.
Let their smiles tell the story!

And what about the children? Well, let their smiles tell their story!

18
Aug.
'Service above Self!'

If thank yous are in order then the KCRC must start with Rotarian Janet McAllister who pulled-off another great Playday. Also a thank you to all Rotarians and supporters for showing support, resolute spirit in the face of a mid-show whirlwind of rain and also contributing fun, humour and a will to show Rotary 'Service above Self'!

18
Aug.
A big thank you to our Playday partner - P3 whose skill made much of this possible!

Hundreds of kids, thousands of sandwiches, millions of smiles and trillions of laughs! Thanks to our partners whose expertise, sensitivity and determination made this possible.
[photo: P3's Colin Simmons is greeted by President Diana]

18
Aug.
'Alright ladies move those sandwiches along please!'

Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Club ladies caught off guard! Our thank you to the Met Police's North Kensington police - a representative two seen here!
'Alright ladies move those sandwiches along please!'

18
Aug.
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August 18 was a time for Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Club to bring smiles and fun to North Kensington. Children who have been with us in the past we remembered in the joy and laughter of today's children. "Still loved, still missed and very dear."
Thank you to our partners Colin Simmons and the P3 Team for organising such a wonderfully fun day for GT and local children, parents, stall-holders and craft presenters, P3 and KCRC Rotarians!

18
Aug.
Rotary and Peace throughout the world!

PRESIDENTIAL PEACE CONFERENCE
RI President Ian Riseley is hosting six peace conferences around the world in 2018, each based around how peace works within a different Rotary Area of Focus.

We are delighted to be hosting one of these six conferences in Coventry on Saturday 24th February 2018, based on Disease Prevention, Treatment and Peace.

The day will include a number of interesting speakers, breakout sessions and visits to local places of interest.

Early bird registration is now open at a special rate of 49.50GBP.

18
Aug.
Can you lend a hand?

Can you lend a hand? Volunteers needed!
Playday EVent - FRIDAY 18 AUGUST 2017, 11am - 4pm.

Venue:​ ​Kensington Memorial Park, St. Marks Road, London W10 6NP ​
Nearest Underground Station: Ladbroke Grove
Directions by Public Transport​:
Turn left out of Ladbroke Grove Station (Hammersmith and. City Line). Take bus (no. 7?) to the stop at Kensington Memorial ​Park. There is also the 116 bus from Shepherds Bush.

17
Aug.
"ROTARY IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE CAMPAIGN TO END POLIO"

"ROTARY HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE CAMPAIGN TO END POLIO"
Those were the words of International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, speaking after the UK Government's £100 million GBP funding pledge towards the eradication of polio.

The funds will help immunise as many as 45 million children from the disease and continue the push for 2017 to be the year we see the final case of polio.

15
Aug.
Congratulations to Dores Schembri!

Tuesday 15 August was a very special evening for Kensington and Chelsea. President Diana and our new club welcomed its second member, Dores Schembri, to the club. Dores can be seen at induction and issue of her 'Rotary' pin for ''Service above Self'!
Congratulations and welcome Dores Schembri!

15
Aug.
President Diana welcomes visitors from the United States, Europe and at home.

A very full house at KCRC on August 15. President Diana welcomed Dores Schembri, Aynur Simsek and Christine Lloyd-Lyons as prospective members. James and Wendy Shank of the Rotary Club of Pheonix Chandler, Arizona. Michael Rouse of Hebden Bridge Rotary Club and Beverley Trippas of Hampstead Club.

08
Aug.
KCRC welcomes new and old friends!

President Jeanie and KCRC Rotarians welcomed visiting guests Dores Schembri, Didem Torumkuney and Aynur Simsek to the August 8 KCRC Club Dinner. The club was also delighted to welcome back Valja and her husband Hon.Member Ralph Roseman. Seasoned flyers from Cape Town Ralph and Valja return to their old stomping ground in London over the UK summer.

08
Aug.
Past-President Jeanie in the seat again!

Past-President Jeanie was delighted to welcome Aryun Simsek visiting The Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea (KCRC) for the first time. Aryun was welcomed to KCRC by Rotarians and other visiting guests.

26
Jul.
The Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Club have so many people to say a big thank-you to.

The Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea (KCRC) would like to thank Rotary Inner Wheel, P3 Organisation, other UK and European Rotary Clubs and of course our own KCRC Rotarians who have supported us in our aim of helping the community of North Kensington and in particular those in the Grenfell Tower immediate vicinity.
THANK YOU ALL!

26
Jul.
"Rain, rain go away - KCRC kids are here to play!"

Bread rolls and fillings by the hundred were prepared by our faithful supporters. Moody skies and drizzle were pushed to one-side as the sun turned-up to cheer all the kids and helpers on their 'Playday'! The kids loved it - and 'boy' did they deserve something to cheer about after such awful recent times.

26
Jul.
KCRC and friends beat the clouds to brighten the days of North Kensington kids!

On a day of sharp weather contrasts President Diana and her combined KCRC and Inner Wheel set out to cheer the days of children in North Kensington and in particular the area around Grenfell Tower. Fun, games and eats were the order with our team busy all day meeting 'grumbling tums and thirsty froats'!

18
Jul.
President Diana welcomes local visitors to Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Club

At a lively dinner meeting of Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Club, President Diana welcomed local visitors to our weekly dinner meeting. Dores Schembri and Didem Torumkuney were welcomed and we enjoyed their presence.

17
Jul.
A cry for Grenfell

Grenfell Tower and the cry of families split and dear ones lost. A cry for truth, mercy and answers which will probably only come after considerable time. A cry for help. A cry of torment.

17
Jul.
Grenfell Tower pain ripples beyond the immediate disaster zone.

In this disaster everyone has focused on the tower and those who died there and of course the great help needed by the victims, their families and immediate neighbours. But this photograph illustrates how the scar of the disaster impacts much further beyond into nearby streets and on individuals and families who live with this sight each day. A constant reminder of this disaster.

17
Jul.
The enduring pain of Grenfell Tower

It is now over a month since the dreadful Grenfell Tower disaster. The response outside the community has gathered much financial strength but, as can be seen, the help needed in terms of counselling, compassion and sustenance is very evident.
Deep wounds within the neighbourhood will take much time to heal.

17
Jul.
Grenfell Tower - helping hands and hearts.

We display this notice at the request of St Clements Church in North Kensington with the request that you pass on this information to anyone who you think may benefit from it.

04
Jul.
A warm welcome to Joan Umeh, RCKC's first new Rotarian!

At the first dinner meeting of Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Club (RCKC), President Diana welcomed and inducted Rotarian Joan Umeh as RBKC's first new member.
A warm welcome to Joan who brings with her Rotary experience from her previous Rotary clubs!

27
Jun.
A renewed club but with lots of energy and fun!

The Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea held its Presidents Night on 27 June and welcomed a guests from the wider club's and visitors from a BRISBANE, Australia and the UK's ILMINSTER Rotary Clubs. A great night was had by all.

27
Jun.
A renewed Club is born. A new President is welcomed!

On Tuesday 27 June 2017 the Rotary Club's of Kensington and Chelsea took a giant step towards their formal merger on 1 July 2017 by inaugurating Diana Osindero as the President of this renewed club.
We wish Diana a very happy and successful Rotary Year!

23
Jun.
GRENFELL TOWER - The community responds

Grenfell Tower relief work continues.
A member of our Response Team met Riley Taggart one of the hard-working team of volunteers at nearby Rugby Portobello Trust. (RPT)
RPT helps local young people to build their community by providing facilities, skills, activities and guidance that promote a stable society in a deprived area.
RPT firmly believe that young people are not just our future, they are our present. For society to function properly, they have to function properly. RPT is here to guide them on the journey through childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Through a range of activities RPT gives stability and encouragement in lives that are often blighted by deprivation and crime. RPT is open to all local children and young people for fun, learning, participation, community and self-improvement from the ages of 5 to 25. Their centre is in Walmer Road. It is busy all day and at weekends. They work upwards of 1,150 young people on and off site.

20
Jun.
Visit of Herr Frank Stelling of the Passau Dreflüssestadt Rotary Club, Germany.

President Pierre welcomed on his second visit to Chelsea Club, Rotarian Frank Stelling. Frank arrived on a very hot afternoon but found time to cool his thirst with a good cider! President Pierre and Past President Graeme asked Frank to take back Chelsea Club's greetings to President Willhelm and all Passau Dreflüssestadt Rotary Club Rotarians.
Photo: Frank(left) greeted by Graeme (right).

20
Jun.
The Grenfell Tower disaster

Yesterday, saw the act of remembrance for the Grenfell Tower disaster in our borough. Fire and response crews were applauded for their brave work in such a dangerous situation. Many fell silent to pause and reflect on what was, what is and what may be.
A KC Rotary visit to the site gave an opportunity to give our direct thanks to all the response crews. Also we thanked workers for the ongoing and what will be long-lasting support of their relief work in support trusts, charities and multi-faith communities.

20
Jun.
Visit of Rotary Peace Fellow, Carolina Zocca

President Pierre welcomed Argentinian Rotary Peace Fellow, Carolina Zocca to Kensington with Chelsea Rotary Club on 20 June. Carolina gave an interesting presentation on her current project 'Street Football'.

15
Jun.
The Grenfell Tower disaster

Rotarians throughout our country have joined us in responding to the terrible disaster of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Our response is moving forward and we and our partners in the Rotary Club of Kensington,soon to be The Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea, send condolences and our thoughts to those affected by this appalling tragedy.
The Emergency Response centres continue to be overwhelmed by donations on Wednesday 14 June and currently do not need anything. However, non-immediate needs will only become clear over the next few days, so it's worth checking back.
Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Club's are directing monetary donations to the London Community Foundation on http://www.londoncf.org.uk/news/2017/06/emergency-appeal---grenfell-fire.aspx
The LCF route was chosen by Rotary in London.
In addition The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation (KCF) also offer a local route to support the disaster response. Their contact link is: https://thekandcfoundation.com/donate/

If Rotary Clubs do donate could you let us know the details so that we can keep a tally of the level of response via this route?

Meanwhile we are in touch with the authorities to see what needs to be done and will keep you updated - please spread the word

The thoughts of the Rotary Clubs of Kensington and Chelsea are with the victims.

27
Jun.
Say goodbye to Chelsea and Kensington Rotary Clubs and say hello to The Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea.

The 27 June dinner meeting of both Chelsea Rotary Club and Kensington Rotary Club will see the formal merger of the two Rotary Clubs and the birth of the new club:

THE ROTARY CLUB OF KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA (RCKC)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a united borough and in the same way the The Rotary Clubs of Chelsea and Kensington will become one club. Our new club will extend beyond the Royal Borough's boundaries but there will be one president, one club and one mission:

'Rotary and Peace throughout the world'

06
Jun.
Chelsea and Kensington Presidents welcome international Rotarians and guests.

The Presidents of Chelsea and Kensington Rotary Clubs welcomed a visit by several visitors on the evening of 6 June. Our guests included amongst others a visiting group from the Rotary Club of Berlin Potsdamer Platz, and from the RC of Mumbai Rising Stars Mr Manam Podar.

25
Apr.
Eminent Swiss professor welcomed to Chelsea Rotary Club

Past President Urs Halter (right) welcomed Professor/Doctor of Medicine Christoph Zollikofer (left) of Kantonsspital Baden, Switzerland to our 25 April 2017 meeting.

25
Apr.
Chelsea Rotarians, guests and friends continue the message of 'Rotary and peace' enshrined in their newly restored 1947 Presidential Chair!

25
Apr.
Charity 'Play for Progress' founder, Anna Macdonald, congratulated on her harp accompaniment of the song 'Jerusalem' by Incoming Chelsea President (17/18) Diana Osindero.

25
Apr.
The Rededication of the Chelsea Rotary Club presidential chair.

The Rededication of the Chelsea Rotary Club presidential chair.

Immediate Past President Ian Caldwell stood-in for President Pierre to preside at the evening rededication of the 70 year-old Chelsea Rotary Club presidential chair which has recently been fully renovated.
Past President Ivor Bryant gave a brief history of the chair. Following from the loss of several Chelsea Rotarians and their families in the London blitz, to its making and dedication in April 1947, and how it became a symbol of peace to Rotarians in this country, in Europe and beyond. Then followed a short eulogy to the lost Rotarians and families by Past President Nigel Hay. Closing the initial part of the ceremony Past President Graeme Thomas presented a reading on the importance of oak and the oak tree as a symbol to our country. Graeme then read the poem 'Hearts of Oak'.
Finally the Reverend Emma Smith, of St Luke and Christchurch Parish, Chelsea, set the scene for the redication, delivered as close a blessing as had been presented at its original dedication in 1947. Emma then gave a blessing of peace to all.
The ceremony closed with a rendering of Blake/Parry's song 'Jerusalem' accompanied by Rotarian Anna Macdonald on the harp.

22
Feb.
NEW MEETING VENUE

From 28 February 2017 the Rotary Club of Chelsea meets at THE VANDERBILT HOTEL, Kensington, 68-86 Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BT

The nearest Underground Station is Gloucester Road on the Circle and District underground lines. The hotel is a five minute walk from the underground station.

However, it is possible meetings can be at different venues during the year. Visiting Rotarians or guests should contact Chelsea Rotary Club for club dinner reservations via email to:
rotarykclondon@gmail.com

To contact the hotel on other matters: + 44 (0)20 7761 9000
www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/Vanderbilt‎

22
Feb.
A request for support from the President of Chelsea Rotary Club

London, 18th September 2016


The Rotary Club of Chelsea
TANZANIA RETINOBLASTOMA PROJECT
Fundraising event
“The Rotary Club of Chelsea is running at the Royal Park Half – Marathon
on 8th October 2016”

Dear Friends,

We would like to let you know that we have now launched our childcare medical initiative: “The Retinoblastoma Project”.

Every year thousands of young children in low-income countries develop an eye condition noticeable as white pupil. This seemingly benign and innocuous condition actually indicates one of two terrifying but hidden medical emergencies. Untreated retinoblastoma (or cancer of the retina) will kill any afflicted child; missed congenital cataracts will leave the child permanently blind. This has an enormous social, emotional and economic cost to the individual, the family and their country.

Diagnosing the condition and making the correct referral are the first steps to successful treatment. For a number of reasons, such as difficult access to specialized units, long distance of travel and lack of attention from local specialists, children in Tanzania do not manage to get access to high quality expert help in time. These issues lead to consequences beyond recall.

In this project we aim to help children living in Tanzania get easier access to early retinoblastoma diagnosis. This can be done by providing required equipment to the local hospitals around the country. Necessary medical devices are not expensive but early provision of these can lead to dramatic improvements for retinoblastoma children and their families.

The Project will be undertaken in partnership with the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania and will also be subject to a global grant from The Rotary Foundation and our respective Rotary Districts. All funds raised will support the charity 'Their Life Matters'(TLM) who will implement our project with the main hospital in Dar es Salaam.

More information on TLM can be found at: http://www.wearetlm.org

This is a very exciting time for Chelsea Rotary Club to get involved in a truly international project. To draw attention and attract fundraising, our Club President Pierre, our Club Secretary Nathalie and Chelsea Rotarians Claudia and Oleg will run the “Royal Park Half-Marathon” in London on Saturday 8th October 2016.

The web page for the Project and fundraising is: http://oss825.wixsite.com/retino
The overall target for the Global Grant is in the region of £70,000. This will include the contributions from other Clubs, Districts and The Rotary Foundation. We will adjust the overall target based on the funds that we will be able to raise.

Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and families as we need to raise as much as we can to make this project a reality.

With your help we can fight this disease and save many lives in Tanzania. Please give generously.
Yours in Rotary,
Pierre Raillard
President
Rotary Club of Chelsea, London
District 1130

06
Sep.
We need your help to beat Retinoblastoma in Tanzania!

Chelsea And Oyster Bay Club,Tanzania joins hands to beat Retinoblastoma!

WE NEED YOUR HELP

"The Retinoblastoma project is a cause which was intoduced by our President, Pierre Raillard. His aim is to help children with this condition in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, where he spent several years. Together, the Rotary Club of Chelsea and the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay, in Dar Es Salaam, believe that they can raise the necessary funds to help children with the disease to be diagnosed and treated promptly to maximise their chance of a normal education.

To learn more and donate, follow this link:
http://oss825.wix.com/retino

19
Aug.
Royal Borough Playday

On Friday 19 August, Chelsea Rotary Club Rotarians will be contributing to the annual Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea free Playday for the children of the borough. Always lots of fun for the kids and adults, Chelsea Rotarians help make thousands of sandwiches for the children between midday and 4.30pm that day.
Are you a Rotarian? Would you like to help? Please get in touch!
[photo: the 2015 Chelsea Rotary Club stand and Royal Borough staff help distribute sandwiches]

19
Aug.
Chelsea Rotary President and Rotarians have a great day out at The Royal Borough's 2016 Playday event for local children.

The 19th of August was not an auspicious day weather-wise. Dark clouds, a cool breeze and intermittent drizzle. However that did not dampen the spirits of Chelsea Rotarians, there to prepare and serve sandwiches and drinks for children of the Royal Borough at their annual Playday fun-day.
President Pierre and his team prepared hundreds of sandwiches and served litres and litres of cool water. They also got in to the spirit of the event joining in games such as 'wicked wicket', target football, biscuit decorating and badge making. They learnt of latest trends on dental care, how the British Army's headgear changed over the years and got lots of delight from seeing so many happy faces on kids and mums that day. This event has been going on each year for over 25 years. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea value Chelsea Rotary's contribution and the Rotarians themselves immensely enjoy helping such a wide group of children.This is what Rotary is all about!

09
Aug.
Chelsea Rotary's President and Treasurer celebrate their birthdays.

President Pierre and Club Treasurer Nigel celebrated their August birthdays during the 9 August Chelsea Rotary Club dinner meeting.

19
Jul.
Chelsea Club President welcomes AG Brian Coleman.

On a sweltering hot evening in London and in Kensington's Gore Hotel, Chelsea President Pierre welcomed Assistant Governor Brian Coleman to Chelsea Club. Brian arrived to a full agenda of a 90th birthday celebration, Chelsea Club dinner and Club Assembly. We are grateful for his presence.

19
Jul.
A celebration of the 90th birthday of our longest serving member!

Chelsea congratulates Paul Harris Fellow Ivor Bryant on his 90th birthday, actually on 21July. Long may he continue to enjoy Rotary and long may we enjoy his company!!

28
Jun.
Congratulations to Pierre Raillard, Chelsea Rotary Club President 2016/7 - president's address:

I am grateful to have been asked to be President of the Rotary Club of Chelsea for the year 2016/17. Thank you to my fellow Club members for their trust and I am looking forward to a very successful and exciting year.

The Chelsea Club is very vibrant and continues to grow from strength to strength. Our Rotarians comprise a diverse group of dynamic international young and experienced executives which contributes to the attractiveness and success of our Club. Through my officers and our collective contributions, I will ensure that we continue to promote the values of Rotary Club whilst increasing our membership.

As a tribute to the centennial celebration of The Rotary Foundation this year, the Chelsea Club committee has agreed to undertake and embark on a Rotary Global Grant Project. The Chelsea Club will work alongside the Rotary District in London and leverage the powerful resources of The Rotary Foundation to raise funds for the Retoblastoma Project in support of the Muhumbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The project will be implemented in association with a local Tanzanian Rotary Club. This will subsequently raise Chelsea Rotary Club's profile by bringing a greater international dimension to the Club's activities in line with the Rotary message for the 2016/17 year: “Rotary Serving Humanity”.

I am personally thrilled by this opportunity to focus together on fundraising for this project and to demonstrate a successful implementation of the Rotary message "Serving Humanity”.


In Chelsea and Kensington, our Club will continue to actively support our local partners such as the Royal Hospital in Chelsea and the Chelsea Community Hospital School with whom we have developed a long term relationship.


We are particularly proud to have supported our next generation of youth by chartering the Rotaract Club of King’s College, London early in 2016.The coming year should see a strengthening and development of the relationship for both of our Clubs through shared local projects.

Finally, I wish to thank you all once more for this opportunity to chair the Chelsea Rotary Club. I am counting on all my fellow Rotarians and friends and look forward to a successful Rotary Year.

Pierre Raillard
Rotary Club of Chelsea
President 2016 - 17

01
Jun.
Joint meeting with Kensington. Talk on growing up in the 1930's.

Our traditional joint meeting with RC Kensington takes place at the Vanderbilt Hotel on Wed 1 June 2016. Our member Ivor speaks on the subject of growing up in the 1930’s.

We gather at 7 p.m. for 7.15 p.m.
Guests are welcome to join for dinner. Please notify the Club about your arrival several days in advance.

Please note there will be no meeting on Tue 31 May 2016.

28
Jun.
Presidential Handover on Tue 28 June 2016

The Presidential duties are being forwarded to our new President for a year on this day. The celebration takes place at our regular venue. This evening is open for members, their partners and friends of our Club. Tickets are available in advance.

18
May
London Marylebone scholar pays a 'look and learn' visit to the Club

President Ian welcomed Munesa Mudzinganyama to Chelsea Rotary Club on 18 May. Munesa had been encouraged to visit Chelsea Rotary Club by a friend who is a Rotarian in Canada. He enjoyed his visit, meeting Rotarians and hearing of our club activities. He took away details of our partner Rotaract Club at King College London.

18
May
President Ian welcomes Rotarian Roland Leto

President Ian welcomed Rotarian Roland Leto of the Rotary Club of Joraï at Chelsea's 17 May meeting.

18
May
Rotarian Michael is awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship!

After many years of service to his present rotary club in Bristol, and prior to that Chelsea Rotary Club, Rotarian Michael Turner has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding record. Michael can seen receiving the award from President Ian in a short ceremony at Chelsea Rotary Club on 17 May.

21
Apr.
The 90th birthday of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II

On this special day, The President and Fellows of Chelsea Rotary Club send their sincere greetings to Her Majesty The Queen on the celebration of her 90th birthday. Long may she reign over us!
[This beautiful artwork was kindly supplied by local artist, Caroline Lees]

20
Apr.
Chelsea Rotary Club welcomes Nathalie Dubois as a new Rotarian

In an induction ceremony at The Gore Hotel, Chelsea Rotary Club welcomed and congratulated Nathalie Dubois as its latest new Rotarian to the Club.

20
Apr.
New year and new Rotarians join Chelsea Rotary Club.

In January 2016 Chelsea welcomed three new Rotarians to the Club; Daniel Munblt, Claudia Giannoni and Christoph Nienaber.

19
Jan.
King's College Rotaract Charter

After a exciting last year, RC Chelsea is proud to cordially invite you to the King’s College Rotaract club’s charter event.

It will be held on Tuesday, January 19th from 1800-2030 at:

The Staff Common Room,
King's College London,
King's Building,
The Strand,
WC2R 2LS

Light refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience so we forward numbers to the university.

05
Jan.
Club Meeting & 1st Round District Quiz

We will be hosting RC Hanwell & Northfields for the first round of the Rotary District Quiz.

We’ll start with dinner at 7.00pm, with target commencement of the Quiz session at 8.15pm.

So far there will be about 10 members from RC Hanwell & Northfields who will join us for dinner.

We look foward to a great evening!

15
Dec.
RC Chelsea - Christmas Dinner

Please see attached the menu for our Christmas Dinner which will be at our usual meeting time/place on Tuesday 15th December.

The cost will be £25 per head which includes a glass of wine (paid for by the club).

Dress code is smart festive!

Could I please ask for confirmation of attendance and your dinner selection for you and you guest by Thursday, December 10th, so we can indicate numbers to the Gore.

09
Dec.

Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Time: 19.00 – 21.00

Location: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd, SW3 5EE

Music: A selection of Carols & traditional songs performed by Whiskey & Ginger

Light refreshments will be provided
Our usual raffle will take place after the Carol singing
and will be drawn by the Deputy Mayor of RBKC.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR O.A.P’s

For tickets & queries, please contact

Rtn. Janet McAllister on 020 8892 7714

01
Dec.
Club Meeting & Special General meeting.

Our regular club meeting will have the Normandy veteran, Richard Forrester, speaking.
After the final toast, the club will be in session with the Special General meeting.

21
Aug.
Chelsea Rotary Club welcomes another new member!

Welcome Giovanni Iasevoli to Chelsea Rotary Club. Giovanni (left) joined Chelsea Rotary's team in time to help at the annual summer RBKC Playday for children from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

21
Aug.
Chelsea Rotary Club says thank you to all its helpers!

Chelsea Rotary Club relies very much on additional help provided by the Inner Wheel Club and other individuals who just want to make a difference. If you would like to help - contact us!

21
Aug.
Chelsea and Kensington little kids and big kids - are great!

Each summer Chelsea Rotary Club meets to join and assist at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's annual Playday for Borough children. Its always great fun. It always underlines how Rotary can help people and bring smiles to their faces! Well 2015 was no exception. Lotsa kids, lotsa food and lotsa fun!

26
Jun.
Chelsea Rotary Club delegation joins, their sister club, Antwerp West's 35th Anniversary celebrations in Antwerp.

Over the weekend 26/27 June, The Rotary Club of Antwerp West organised an internationally flavoured celebration of their 35th anniversary. In the photo, President Antwerp West 2014/15 greets Chelsea International Secretary Graeme Thomas at the start of the festivities.

11
Aug.
Chelsea Rotary Club welcomes a new Rotarian; Giovanni Iasevoli

Chelsea Rotary Club are pleased to welcome Giovanni Iasevoli to their club. Giovanni originally from Italy now lives and works in London. He brings with him much youth experience of Rotary and a drive and desire to be a committed Rotarian.
All Chelsea Rotarians send their greetings, a welcome to their Club and wish him well in his Rotary life.

30
Jun.
Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Anthony Rickard

First act of President Ian Caldwell was to award Honorary Member Anthony Rickard with the Paul Harris Fellowship. Anthony served the Club with an unforgettable impact that was remembered and cherished by all members.

06
Jun.
‘LIGHT UP ROTARY' e-CONCERT

The Rotary Club of Chelsea would like to congratulate and extend its warmest wishes to everyone that made the "Light Up Rotary" e-Concert such an amazing experience! It was a great evening that saw Rotarians from around the world join the live stream, post comments and donate to a worthy cause. More pictures and concert video to follow!

The concert was held in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and for any donations that would still like to be made, this PayPal donate function will remain live until 23/06/15




Alternatively, bank transfers can made using the following details:

Account Name: Rotary Club of Chelsea Trust Fund
Sort Code: 60-05-14
Account number: 18006841
Reference: YOUR NAME

26
May
Change of venue for Council Meeting on Tue 26 May 2015

The meeting takes place at the Pelham Hotel, 15 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7 2LA just outside South Kensington tube station.

13
Feb.
Chelsea Rotarian Anna Macdonald visits The Rotary Club of Muang Chod, Thailand.

Rotarian Anna Macdonald en route to a 'Play for Progress' (PfP) charitable project in Thailand, recently spent an evening in the convivial company of the Rotarians of Muang Chod Rotary Club, Thailand. Anna (4th from right) is co-founder of PfP. Her projects reaches out through music to help disadvantaged children across the world.

13
Feb.
Chelsea Rotary Club highlights local opposition to plans to demolish Chelsea's historic Sutton Estate - more news to follow.

06
Jan.
2nd round Quiz Night

Tomorrow’s meeting will be the RIBI 2nd round Quiz Night and RC Hanwell & Northfields kindly hosts our Club in Ealing. All members are welcome to join and cheer on the Quiz Team. Please contact the Club regarding time and venue.

01
Jan.
New Year's Day Parade - London

On the 1st of January 2015 the Club participated in the New Year's Day Parade - a long walk through the streets of the West End of London (www.londonparade.co.uk).

‘The Parade is a marvellous opportunity for London to celebrate by showing off the diversity, the creativity and the inspiration which abound in this great city.’ - Alderman Robert Finch, Former Lord Mayor of London

Promoting the values of Rotary has never been so much fun: dancing after the New Year's celebrations in the cold London weather.

Photography by Michael Sagatis

11
Nov.
Private viewing - artist studio - Ian Edwards

The Rotary Club of Chelsea with The Rotary Club of Exeter Southernhay were invited by Sculptor Ian Edwards to view his 'Sculptures of Meaning' exhibition at Chelsea's Chart Gallery. An inspirational evening.

09
Nov.
Remembrance Day

Chelsea Rotary Club joined Kensington and Chelsea Civic leaders, community representatives and members of the general public at the solemn commemoration of Remembrance Day, on 9 November

28
Oct.
Civic Dinner with Mayor and Mayoress on Tue 28 October

We look forward to welcoming the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea to the Civic Dinner, an annual event with RC Kensington. More details will follow shortly.

09
Sep.
Welcoming new Member

President George Petrounakos welcomes new Rotarian Anna Macdonald at the Club. Anna's induction to Chelsea Rotary Club on 9 September 2014 took place at The Gore Hotel in Kensington.

15
Sep.
OUR NEW HOME - THE GORE HOTEL

From September 2014 on our Club meets at the Gore Hotel, 190 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5EX. http://www.gorehotel.com/ We meet every Tuesday at 6.30pm for 6:45pm. Visitors are welcome to visit our meetings. It is necessary to contact the Club prior to your visit.

09
Sep.
Next meeting at the Gore Hotel

On Tuesday, the 9th of September the Club meets at the Gore Hotel at 6.45 pm.

09
Sep.
CHANGE OF MEETING VENUE FOR THE ROTARY CLUB OF CHELSEA

Rotary Club of Chelsea

CHELSEA ROTARY CLUB MEETINGS (W.E.F. 30 July 2014) - IMPORTANT

The Club meets tomorrow evening, 28 July, for the last time at The Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea. The hotel will close for many months for a major refurbishment. This has occasioned the need, at short notice, to find alternative dinner meeting venues. For the month of August these are noted as:
5 August - no meeting
6 August - a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Kensington at RCK's venue.
12 August - no dinner meeting, BBC PROMS (group) visit.
19 August - meeting at the Gore Hotel.
26 August - meeting at the Strathmore Hotel.

08
Jul.
Presidential Handover

The Presidential Handover takes place on Tuesday 8th July at the Cadogan Hotel.

24
Jun.
Skydive for charity!

Would you like to extend your horizons? Several Rotary Clubs organise a sky dive experience for a good cause. The proceeds go to 3 charities: Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, Cannie Partners, Royal Star & Garter Homes.

The jump will be on Saturday 2nd and on 9th of August. Everyone is welcome to join the courageous jumpers at the Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony that will take place on Friday 15th of August.

The Skydive Company is based in Salisbury - travel to and from the drop zone will be provided, as on option for all skydivers. The Gala Dinner will be held at Grand Connought Rooms, Holborn, London.

This event is supported by following Rotary Clubs:
RC Tooting, RC Putney, RC Carshalton, RC Chelsea, RC London, RC Westminster East.

Would you like to watch courageous Rotarians jumping? Would you like to jump yourself? Please contact us for more information.

05
Jun.
Swiss Concert at the Swiss Ambassadors’ Residence

The Swiss concert was an unforgettable evening!

The Rotary Club of Chelsea was honoured to be hosted by the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom (Hon. Dominik Furgler), who has graciously allowed the exclusive use of his private residence as the setting for a magical evening of classical music and song. The proceeds of the concert were donated to the club’s nominated charity, the Chelsea Community Hospital School (CCHS). The evening showcased the talents of Olivia Geiser, one of Switzerland’s brightest classical music stars who will be performing a selection of rare swiss composition. She was joined by the delightful voice of the internationally acclaimed lyric soprano Birgit Beer.

Our very grateful thanks to the Swiss Ambassador, The Mayor of the Royal Borough, all our sponsors, the artists, our guests and the organisers for making the evening of 5 June Concert so enjoyable.

(Photos by Michael Sagatis)

03
Jun.
RC Chelsea welcomes three new members

A very happy day for RC Chelsea! Three new members were inducted this Tuesday. All members welcome them wholeheartedly and look forward to enjoying the spirit and friendship of our historic club. A great Rotary year ahead!

03
Jun.
Ian Edwards talks about the art of creation

Our speaker tonight is the sculptor Ian Edwards who knows how to capture human emotions and to immortalise them in bronze. http://www.ianedwardsstudios.co.uk/

01
Jun.
RC Chelsea in the Kensington and Chelsea Magazine

The charity concert at the Swiss Ambassador's residence on Thursday 5 June draws a lot of public interest. An interview with the President Svetlana Oechsle-Sokolova was published in the last issue of the Kensington and Chelsea Magazine prior to the Royal Ascot week 2014. The president talks about the concert and the team spirit of Club's dedicated members.

31
May
The visit of The Chelsea Rotary Club to the Beaune Rotary Club in Burgundy.

On 31 May 2014 a group of Chelsea Rotarians travelled across to Burgundy in France for the 25th annual Evening of Rotary International Friendship at The Clos de Vougeot near Nuits St Georges.
The visit to the form of a guided tour of part of the famous Cote d'Or vineyards with Rotarians from other clubs in France and an evening banquet at The Cistercian Cellar in the Chateau of Le Clos de Vougeot.

05
Jun.
Concert at the Ambassador's residence, London

A very special evening of music and song at the Swiss Ambassadors’ Residence

For tickets: http://chelsearotaryclub.org.uk/projects/future/766-swiss_concert.html

The Rotary Club of Chelsea is honoured to be hosted by the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom (Hon. Dominik Furgler), who has graciously allowed the exclusive use of his private residence as the setting for what promises to be a magical evening of classical music and song. The proceeds of the concert will be donated to the club’s nominated charity, the Chelsea Community Hospital School (CCHS). The evening will showcase the talents of Olivia Geiser, one of Switzerland’s brightest classical music stars who will be performing a selection of rare swiss composition. She will later be joined by the delightful voice of the internationally acclaimed lyric soprano Birgit Beer.

Thursday, June 5th 2014 at 7.00 p.m.
Swiss Ambassador’s Residence
21 Bryanston Square
London
W1H 2DR

TICKETS: £45 per person to be followed by canapé’s and drinks reception. The event is limited to 120 guests and tickets are only available by purchase in advance. All ticket purchases must have the guest name details provided by Monday 26th May 2014.

01
Apr.
RC New Malden's BIG visit

We look forward to welcoming our friends from RC New Malden to a big meeting on Tuesday 1st April at 6.30 pm. The Cadogan Hotel is awaiting 15-20 additional guests. This will be the biggest delegation our Clubs has had for years and an undoubtedly interesting and joyful evening.

28
Mar.
SPRING IS IN THE AIR! - Charity Concert with Birgit Beer

We are delighted to invite you to the private concert 'SPRING IS IN THE AIR' in the beautiful St Mary-le-Bow Church in the City of London.

The recital is given by BIRGIT BEER (Soprano). Birgit has worked with many of the great names in opera in Vienna, Munich, Paris, Milan, Dresden and Berlin. She will be accompanied by Suzy Ruffles (piano) and Pierre Largeron (violin).

All funds will be donated to "End Polio Now". Every 1 GBP from this concert will become 3 GBP thanks to 2-to-1 match from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. http://www.endpolio.org/

WHEN: Friday 28 March at 7.00 p.m.
WHERE: St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside, London EC2V 6AU.
TICKET: 15 GBP incl. a welcome drink

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

11
Mar.
RC Chelsea Banners arrived!

The traditional banners returned to the Club!

In future, our guests from other Rotary Clubs will be presented this beautiful symbol in exchange to theirs. Exchanging banners with Rotarians from different clubs has been a Rotarian tradition all over the world.

The story with our banners was that years ago one of our countless international guests received our very last banner. Since then the design has been almost forgotten. It was only last autumn that the topic of new banners was discussed at the Club Council. Luckily, our oldest serving Rotarian Ivor Bryant

By the way, the slogan "Nisi Dominus Frustra" has been the slogan of the Royal Borough of Chelsea, London before it was combined with its neighbouring borough Kensington in 1965. It can be viewed as an abbreviation of the Psalm 127:

"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain."

03
Mar.
SUCCESS STORY! Dictionary for Life Project

We are proud to announce that the Club organised a successful donation of 112 dictionaries for a school in Tanzania.

This project is part of "Dictionary 4 Life" - a giant projects that might change the world. We very much hope that these books will accompany the young men many years to come.

The Usborne Illustrated UK Standard edition Dictionary 4 Life comprises 1,000 illustrations, 10,000 entries and 20,000 definitions printed in full colour on leaflet grade paper from a sustainable forest and contains 288 pages (170mm x 240mm, 1.2kg).
At the end of the project's fifth year – 2011-2012 some 400,000 D4L dictionaries have been distributed by over 500 Rotary clubs from all 29 RIBI Rotary Districts and many overseas countries.

This particular donation of 112 books was made in collaboration with the local Rotary Club of Bahari, Dar - es - Salaam in Tanzania. Pictures show Rotarian Deogratius Nsanzubwanko, from the RC of Bahari handing over Dictionaries to the Headmaster of the secondary school of Azania, in Dar - es - Salaam.

Big thank you to all participants for making this possible, particularly to Urs Halter for initiating the project and to Pierre Raillard who swiftly made it a success story for both Clubs.

www.dictionary4life.com

25
Feb.
2142 children vaccine - Birthday Dinner for 'End Polio Now'

Happy Birthday Rotary!

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man - Paul P. Harris. He formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.

Our Club celebrated this anniversary with a Frugal Meal today. After our collected £142.60 for the 'End Polio Now Campaign' is matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Match it will be worth £427.80 and this will be enough to vaccinate a staggering 2142 children in India as part of the drive to make that country totally Polio Free.

What a result!

11
Feb.
Visit RC Passau-Dreiflüsse (Germany)

Today, President Svetlana welcomed the Rotary Club of Passau-Dreiflüssestadt to our Tuesday dinner. The delegation arrived with delicious gifts and an impressive presentation about Passau and their particular Bavarian region. We were also delighted to receive a formal invitation to their presidential celebration in summer. The idea of reciprocal visit was born over three years ago when President Svetlana attended one of their meetings in Germany.

Passau is a beautiful German town near Munich. It's probably most well known for the largest cathedral organ in the world. St. Steven's Cathedral's organ with 17,774 pipes and 233 registers is actually 5 different organs played from one console. The summer organ concerts are legendary.

04
Feb.
District Quiz - 3rd Round

WINNING TEAM!
CONGRATULATIONS to Team RC Chelsea!!!

Today, we hosted members of the eClub London for the 3rd ROUND of the ROTARY QUIZ. Assistant Governor West, Francis Uwaechi, was our Quiz Master on this occasion. The 3rd Round has been a tough game with a knowledgeable Team of the Rotary eClub. Thank you to all participants for a fair game! Round 4 of the Rotary Quiz is already waiting.

07
Jan.
District Quiz - 2nd Round

17
Dec.
Induction of our new members

At the last meeting of the year, President Svetlana was delighted to induct three new Members: Lina Kajgård, Pierre Raillard and Michael Sagatis. Congratulations and a very warm welcome to the Club!

At the same meeting Members elected the core team for the new Rotary year starting from July 2014.

09
Dec.
Joint Christmas Dinner with RC Kensington

This year the Rotary Club of Chelsea celebrated their Christmas Dinner together with the Rotary Club of Kensington. The highlights of the evening were Christmas presents for the children of the Salvation Army and a live auction for the charity Hounds for Heroes. Our member Phillip Knapper and his team of The London Auction Rooms Ltd. successfully found new owners for over 20 items among the audience in the room and on the internet. Bidders from over 8 countries participated online. Thank you to all participants for another successful event.

03
Dec.
The 2013 Senior Citizens Christmas Concert

On Tuesday 3 December the traditional Christmas Concert for the senior citizens took place at the Old Chelsea Town Hall, King's Road, Chelsea. Our Club has been organising this event every December for the past 40 years.
This year, the audience enjoyed an outstanding performance by the Alma Mater Ensemble. After the classical first past of the evening and an interval with teas and mince-pies, the guests sang Christmas carols together with the Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Sam Mackover.
Also this year the show was led by the legendary Wally K. Daly. Other loyal helpers included the Chelsea Scouts who helped the seniors to their seats and the ladies from the Inner Wheel Club who's support is invaluable at many of our traditional events.
The second hight-light of the show was a raffle where the guests could win numerous prizes. Both the concert and the raffle are free for our senior guests.

More pictures from this joyful event can be found on our FaceBook pages:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.662788147104920.1073741834.451860754864328&type=1&l=45ed651347

19
Nov.
Speaker - Kurdistan Representative sheds light on region’s developments at Rotary dinner

On Tuesday 19 November 2013 Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK, spoke at a dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of Chelsea about the progress and challenges of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

Members and guests of London’s Rotary clubs, who attended the dinner, were in particular interested to hear about the humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict in Syria and its impact on Kurdistan, where Syrian people have been seeking refuge in large numbers, now totalling about 250,000. Several refugee camps have been established in Kurdistan, which have turned from temporary arrangement to more permanent settlements. One of the largest of these camps, the Domiz Camp, is now a home to over 50,000 refugees fleeing Bashar Al’Asaad’s regime. Together with the British NGO ShelterBox, Rotary International has been providing tents for the people coming to the Domiz Camp, which are providing much needed shelter.

Ms Abdul Rahman also gave a socio-economic overview of the multi-cultural Kurdish region located in the north of Iraq, home to some 5million Kurdish people and several different minorities and religious groups. She spoke about the long way that Kurds in Iraq have come to rebuild their lives after the violent past, decades of repression and genocidal campaigns by dictatorships including Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime.
The Kurdish people have been working very hard to build their economy, democratic institutions, and the rule of law, in order to offer a better future to its people and Iraq as a whole. This comes after 1991, when the no-fly zone was established with British and American support, and after the western coalition forces intervention in 2003, which brought down Saddam’s regime.

Ms Abdul Rahman praised the relationship that now exists between the emerging-economy of Kurdistan and Great Britain, and the successful cultural, education and business exchanges that both enjoy.

13
Nov.
Presidents of both Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Clubs welcome The Mayor of the Royal Borough to the 2013 joint annual Civic Dinner.

13
Nov.
Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was the honoured guest at the joint Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Clubs Joint Civic Dinner

The Gore Hotel, Kensington was the venue for the 2013 joint Kensington and Chelsea Rotary Clubs Civic Dinner. The Mayor of the Royal Borough praised efforts from both Rotary Clubs to assist charities both internationally and closer at home in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea(RBKC). The Mayor also supported greater Rotary membership and participation from RBKC residents both of British birth and from the wider world.

10
Nov.
Remembrance Sunday

On 10 November President Svetlana represented the Rotary Club of Chelsea at the Remembrance Sunday in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The Ceremony and Service took place at St Mary Abbot's Church followed by a reception at Kensington Town Hall. The RC Chelsea laid down a wreath at the war memorial together with RC Kensington.

05
Nov.
President Svetlana welcomes international guests.

Whilst London celebrated its annual "Guy Fawkes Day - Bonfire Night" The Rotary Club of Chelsea was pleased to welcome four international guests to its weekly dinner meeting. President Svetlana can be seen greeting Rotarian May Nazair from the Rotary Club of Hamilton, New Brunswick, Canada, alongside Michael Sagatis, Lina Kajgard and Pierre Raillard.

22
Oct.
Rotary Quiz - RC Chelsea vs RC Fulham

THANK YOU FOR A FAIR GAME!

Our fellows from RC Fulham have been a tough team but they could not withstand the combined knowledge of RC Chelsea in the Rotary Quiz. Last night, the host team RC Chelsea won with 42 : 30 points victory after a long and hard fight!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TEAM!

Thank you to Quiz Master Francis for ruling the game with his iron fist, to RC Fulham for contributing to a very delightful meeting and to Ian for a fair score yesterday.

10
Oct.
Rotary Club of Chelsea renews ties with its sister club The Rotary Club of Beaune,Burgundy, France.

The Rotary Club of Chelsea and The Rotary Club of Beaune share a long and honourable history. They have served their communities for many years and continue to work hard to establish the ideals of Rotary in their club service.
October 10, 2013 Chelsea Rotary Club's International Secretary, Graeme Thomas, visited Beaune and met members of that Club to renew our long-standing ties. In the photograph can be seen Immediate Past President of Beaune Gerard Berges welcoming Graeme to Beaune Club and presenting him with a Club banner.

10
Sep.
Visit from Rotary Club of Shanghai

Our new Friends from the Rotary Club of Shanghai hand over their banner with Rotarian greetings from their Club to our President.
This is why we love Rotary! Making friends all over the world.

03
Sep.
Special greetings from Australia

Today, we received a very special greeting by post. It came from the Rotary Club of Chelsea in AUSTRALIA. If you think this name sounds familiar, you are right. Located on the beautiful shores of Port Phillip Bay (30 min. from Melbourne City's business district) the Rotary Club of Chelsea was chartered in 1954.

Their President Helene Brown proposed a toast to the health of our Club and our members as a sign of International Peace and Goodwill. 34 members and guests signed the letter.

We were very delighted to receive the greetings and pleased to see some similarities between our Clubs. Not only do we share the same name, but also meeting time and day of the week on Tuesdays at 6.30 pm for 6.45 pm.

Our best regards will arrive at the Australian Club very soon. Also do we hope to visit them on an occasion.

30
Aug.
RC Chelsea supports 'Community Hospital School' at the Proms in Royal Albert Hall

On Friday 30 August our Past President Christine Jasper organised a visit to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. The 64th Prom enlightened our members and guests with Bantock, Prokofiev, Sibelius and R. Strauss.

The seats just behind the orchestra, next to the organ, facing the conductor made it a very unique experience. However, not only our 20 guests enjoyed the event. The amount equivalent to 20 tickets was raised for the local charity we support: the Chelsea Community Hospital School http://www.cchs.org.uk. Their dedication in giving purpose for terminally ill children is admirable and we are more than happy to support their work in future.

This is what BBC writes about the performance:

'Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra trace the development of the tone-poem in works inspired by Nietzsche, Shelley and the Finnish epic, the Kalevala.

Natural and supernatural imagery collide in the great sunrise of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, the fire and snow of Granville Bantock’s 1902 tone-poem The Witch of Atlas and the rainbows of Sibelius’s fantasy Pohjola’s Daughter. Serbian-born Anika Vavic makes her Proms debut in Prokofiev’s crisp and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3, premiered in Chicago in 1921 with the composer at the keyboard.'

You can listen to the performance here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/whats-on/2013/august-30/14696

04
Sep.
RECORD BREAKER!

In the 3 summer months our new homepage www.chelsearotaryclub.org.uk has been seen by 5,464 visitors! Not even London's 'heat wave' could prevent our friends, followers and international visitors around the globe from showing their interest in our Club. Thank you for that!

Big thank you also to Dimitri Eichhorn for the architecture and design of the website and to Graeme Thomas for constant visual and content input!

16
Aug.
750 sandwiches for the kids at Playday 2013

On Friday 16th August, our Club took part in the traditional Annual Playday organised by the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Over 750 sandwiches were made for the kids from the neighbourhood. Our Club has been part of this event for more than 30 years. The team of 12 Rotarians and helpers included Assistant Governor-West, Mike Abbott, the Inner Wheel and loyal friends of the Club.

The earliest date we can find relating to the BBQ for disadvantaged children was 1964. That year, and for the next 22 years it was held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital during the evening of Bonfire Night in November. In 1983 the venue was changed to a park in Kensal Rise, and the event was re-named 'The West London Disadvantaged Children's Playday'.

We are grateful to the RBKC (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) for their support and for the many fantastic kids who gave us so many smiles and laughs!

16
Aug.
Painting the town sky blue

Our official polo-shirts have been worn for the first time at the traditional Playday!

14
Aug.
Club's own POLO SHIRTS are an eye candy!

We are unstoppable now! We received our official Rotary wear today! It took us only 12 days from an idea to the finished polos. The embroidery is stitched in two colours and the name of the club is printed on the back. Thank you to Assistant Governor West for initiating the spark, to all members for your quick support of this idea and to Star Signs (Epsom) for delivering this quality. We look forward to wearing them this Friday at the traditional Playday.

23
Jul.
District Governor visits the Club

The District Governor Dick Nathan (Rotary in London (D-1130)) and his wife June visited the Club today. Dick gave a talk on the tasks of RI for 2013-14 and about his impressions of the 104th Rotary International Convention in Lisbon. http://lisboa2013.org/ The picture shows the District Governor presenting a pennant to the President Svetlana with the slogan for the Rotary year 2013-2014 "Engage Rotary - Change Lives".

16
Jul.
Assistant Governor visits the Club

Assistant Governor Mike Abbott visits the Club with an inspirational film about the collaboration between a London Rotary club and a corporate. The result for the local community was enormous and sparkled many ideas for similar collaborations in our Club. A big thank you to Mike!

07
Jul.
40 Years of Rotary Service!

Our Paul Harris Fellow Ivor Bryant was presented with an engraved tankard to mark his 40 years of Rotary Service. This festive act was done by President Svetlana at the occasion of 85th Anniversary of the Club. To many more years to come!
Photography: Dimitri Eichhorn

07
Jul.
85th ANNIVERSARY and PRESIDENTS HANDOVER

The Rotary Club of Chelsea celebrates two occasions:
85th Anniversary of the Club\'s Charter (chartered on 10 July 1928)
and Presidential Handover

The festive luncheon takes place on Sunday, 7th July 2013 at 12.15 p.m. for 1.00 p.m. at Rowfant House, Wallage Lane, Rowfant, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4NG (near Gatwick Airport) www.rowfanthouse.co.uk

Friends of the Club are very welcome to join. The courtesy of a response is requested by 31st of May 2013.

25
Jun.
New room for Chelsea Community Hospital School

We are very pleased to be invited to celebrate the official grand opening of Chelsea Community Hospital School’s new schoolroom at St Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday 25 June.
The donation of that evening will go to the school.
There will be no regular meeting at our regular venue.

Chelsea Community Hospital School
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH
T: 020 3315 8672
www.cchs.org.uk

04
Jun.
Joint meeting of 5 Rotary Clubs

ROTARY CLUB OF CHISWICK AND BRENTFORD
invites you a Joint Meeting of the Rotary Clubs of
Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith, Fulham and Chiswick & Brentford

On Tuesday 4th June 2013 at 6.30pm for 7pm
The Polish Centre, 238-246 King Street, London W6 0RF, Tel: 020 8741 3225

CLOSEST TUBE STATION (just around the corner): RAVENSCOURT PARK (district line)
PARKING ON THE SIDE STREETS: FREE AFTER 6.00pm

13
Dec.
Christmas Charity Auction in memory of Douglas Hayden & Bruce Dowling

Paul Harris Fellow Past President Douglas Hayden was for many years the Doyen of the Rotary Club of Chelsea. He was inducted as a member on 21 March 1961, and was Club President in 1973/1974 and in 1986/1987. Douglas also performed a lengthy spell as Club Secretary. He resigned because of ill-health on 30 June 2006, and was immediately made an Honorary Member. Douglas died on 3 June 2012. He is particularly remembered for setting up Rotalec, a combination of the Rotary Clubs of Chelsea, Earls Court. Fulham, Hammersmith, and Kensington, in 1987 to support Life Education (anti-drug lessons for schoolchildren) at schools in the Boroughs of Hammersmith/Fulham, Kensington/Chelsea, and Westminster, and chairing that organisation until a couple of years before his death.

Past president Bruce Dowling was also a Paul Harris Fellow. He became a member of the Club on 3 December 1977, and was a very active member until his death on 10 September 2012. Bruce was Club President in 1983/1984 and in 1992/1993. He also served two lengthy spells as Club Secretary, a short spell as Assistant Secretary, and in recent years was the Club's Attendance Officer.

Douglas and Bruce were made Paul Harris Fellows by the Club in recognition of their distinguished service. The Rotary Club of Chelsea is delighted to announce its first Auction in memory of Douglas and Bruce in aid of our chosen Charities.

Our fellow Chelsea Rotarian Phillip Knapper of The London Auction Rooms Ltd has a lifelong career working at renowned Auction houses. Phillip is kindly hosting this special Auction of donated items, proceeds will all go entirely to the Charities the Rotary Club of Chelsea supports (Chelsea Community Hospital School, Rotary Foundation, Shelter box)!

Please enjoy bidding for your favourite items as much as we enjoy bringing this auction to you.

Yours in Rotary,
Christine Jasper
President Rotary club of Chelsea

www.thelondonauctionrooms.com/chelsearotary.php

04
Dec.
Christmas Concert for senior citizens

The Club organised the traditional annual Christmas Concert for senior citizens at the Chelsea Town Hall. President Christine Jasper (Chelsea Rotary Club) and Gillian Dowling,
(President of Inner Wheel of Chelsea and Westminster) greeted The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Christopher Buckmaster, the Mayoress (Mrs. Anne Hobson) and Major Sally Spry of the Salvation Army. The young vocal quartet ‘Ffourtissimo’ led the audience of over 120 people into Christmas mood. The traditional tea time, Christmas carols singing and the final raffle were the high-lights of the evening. We are grateful for the dedicated help of Inner Wheel, Scouts, MC Wally K Daly, Ffourtissimo and Rotary friends who made it a very successful evening.

24
Oct.
Joint Annual Civic Dinner

The Rotary Club of Chelsea hosts the Joint Annual Civic Dinner with The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Councillor Christopher Buckmaster and the Rotary Club of Kensington. The venue for this festive occasion is the Cadogan Hotel, 75 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, SW3 2RJ. Dress Code: Black Tie

24
Oct.
World Polio Day

We are “This Close” to ending polio. Join Amanda Peet, Bill Gates, Archie Panjabi, Jackie Chan, Pau Gasol, Itzhak Perlman, Anil Kapoor, Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Jack Nicklaus, Angelique Kidjo and supporters across the globe in the fight to end polio. Take action at www.EndPolioNow.org

http://player.vimeo.com/video/51087896

27
Sep.
Obituary in memory of Bruce Dowling (1933-2012)

Bruce Dowling was a Rotarian for 35 years, having joined the Rotary Club of Chelsea on 3rd December 1977. He served it with distinction. During his time with the Club, Bruce was twice Club President. He also served two lengthy spells as Club Secretary, one spell as Assistant Secretary, and in recent years was the Club’s Attendance Officer. His good work also included being a key member of the Quiz Team, a willing participant in charity collections, and a regular participant in the annual Children’s Barbeques and Old Folk’s Christmas Concerts. It is a record to be proud of.
His biggest contribution to the Rotary Club of Chelsea, however, was his kind, warm and humorous personality, coupled with his ability to meaningfully relate to fellow Club Members, Visiting Rotarians, and Guest Speakers. He had the rare gift of being able to find common ground with everyone he met, and putting them at ease.
Bruce was rightly proud of his Irish nationality, and his Rhodesian and South African connections, but in many ways he was a typical English gentleman. He will be sorely missed. It is fitting that we remember him today as a very special Rotarian. The best tribute I and my fellow Rotarians can pay him, however, is to maintain the good fellowship and good service Bruce instilled in the Rotary Club of Chelsea. I commend that to you.

Ivor Bryant
September 2012

01
Jul.
The Cadogan - our new venue

From July 2012 on the Cadogan Hotel is our new meeting venue. The Club meets every Tuesday evening at 6.30 for 6:45pm at The Cadogan Hotel, 75 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9SG. Please contact our Secretary prior to your visit: info@chelsearotaryclub.org.uk