Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta
News Archive 2001-2002
Club Handover Meeting
President Tony Pardoe's successful year came to an end at the club's handover
meeting on Monday 24 June 2002.
President Tony thanked his wife, Pam, for organising a number of events to raise
money for Leukaemia Research. Rotarians Martin Williams and Jeff Hall were
recognised for other well-organised events, and Beverley Willis for collecting over 700
shoeboxes filled with toys for Mustard Seed Relief Mission's "Love in a Box 2001"
campaign. Richard Joy was thanked for raising the club's profile with his work with
RYLA and for maintaining the club's web site. President Tony was also grateful to
Martin Shirley for his efforts at increasing the club's membership.
New President Martin Shirley received the president's jewel from Tony Pardoe before
presenting Tony with his past president's jewel. President Martin also presented a
bouquet of flowers to Pam Pardoe on behalf of club members.
Grand Summer Ball
Over a hundred club members and their
guests attended the annual Grand
Summer Ball at Leeds Castle on 8th June
2002. DG Bob and Doreen Metcalfe,
President Terry and Marcia Brennand of
Sittingbourne & Milton RC and President
Manu and Kirti of Isle of Sheppey RC
joined President Tony and Pam Pardoe on
the top table.
A sunny evening and drinks on the terrace overlooking the castle and moat made for
a perfect start to the evening. This was followed by dinner and dancing to live music
until 1pm. President Tony gave special thanks to Rtn. John Holley for organising
another wonderful event at Leeds Castle, and the evening finally came to a close with
the singing of "auld lang syne".
Visit to Shepherd Neame Brewery
Club members and guests visited the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham on
20th May 2002. The evening began with free drinks at the bar in the visitors' centre,
followed by a conducted tour of the brewery and then dinner to complete a most
Car Treasure Hunt
Eight Rotarians, plus partners and friends, enjoyed a sunny tour of the Kent
countryside and managed to find their way to Stalisfield Green via Milstead and
Lenham on Sunday 12th May 2002. Afternoon tea was provided at The Plough.
George & Pauline Cole achieved most points, closely followed by the Williams & Hall
Forty senior citizens were treated to a coach tour of the Kent countryside and
afternoon tea on Sunday 28th April 2002. Rotarian George Cole organised the tour,
and was assisted by Club President Tony Pardoe and Rotarian Duncan Brice.
Another New Member
Martin Minhall became a Rotarian and the 29th club member on Monday 15th April
2002. This was the second month running the club increased its membership.
Five club members assisted with marshalling duties for the London Marathon on
Sunday 14th April 2002. Four Sittingbourne Interact Club members also helped on
the day by handing out water to the runners in the Canning Town area of London.
New man - Rob McCann
Rob McCann became a Rotarian and the 28th member of the club on Monday 18th
March 2002. Rob originated from the Midlands and was once Round Table Area
Chairman for Surrey and North-East Hampshire.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Rotarians Richard Joy and Colin Nicholson assisted in the running of this residential
leadership-training programme over the weekend commencing 22nd March 2002.
This was the second RYLA course to be run for young people within District 1120 and
the club sponsored two local youngsters, Lucy Dicker and Nicholas Fuller, for this
Seventeen Rotarians, along with their partners, enjoyed a social evening dining out
together at Le Restaurant Fabrice, Teynham, on Friday 15th March 2002. Thanks
went to John Frewin for organising the logistics of people moving between courses.
Marie Curie's Daffodil Campaign 2002
A High Street collection in Sittingbourne was
held on Saturday 9th March 2001 in support
of Marie Curie Cancer Care's annual Daffodil
Day. The club was able to pass on £500 to
Marie Curie Cancer Care thanks to the
generosity of the Sittingbourne public.
The month-long fundraising drive is held
each year to raise funds for the charity's
nationwide home nursing service, ten
hospices and research work. The Daffodil
Campaign also aims to spread a message of
hope to people with cancer and their families
across the UK..
Rotary Youth Speaks
The club sponsored a team of three boys
from Borden Grammar School in the District
Rotary Youth Speaks Competition held in
Maidstone on 6th March 2002.
Five schools competed in this public speaking competition, and the Borden team
spoke on "the Euro" as their chosen topic. Regrettably Marc, David and Richard did
not win the competition. The Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe MP, one of the judges of the
competition, made a special mention of David's competent delivery without the use of
notes and his use of humour.
Ambassadorial Scholar's Visit
The club gave a warm welcome to Miss Chisaki Fukushima, Rotary Ambassadorial
Scholar, when she visited the club as guest speaker on Monday 18th February
2002. Chisaki spoke about her native Japan.
Club Meeting: 21st January 2002
President Tony welcomed June Yates and Michael Downes as new members of the
club on Monday 21st January 2002, which took membership up to 27 club members.
A silent tribute was also held on the night for PDG Jack Rowe of the Rotary Club of
Northfleet who passed away on 27th December 2001. Many of the club's founder
members remain grateful for Jack's efforts as District Extension Officer in assisting
with the formation and charter of our club.
Both Sittingbourne Rotary Clubs joined
forces before Christmas to collect money
from shoppers in Sittingbourne High
Street. Members of Sittingbourne Interact
Club also assisted with the Christmas
collection. Monies collected amounted to £1660, and was donated to Demelza House
Childrens' Hospice and Kent Air Ambulance.
A magician entertained Rotarians and their partners at the Christmas Meeting on
Monday 3rd December 2001.
Five club members and their partners attended the charter lunch of the Rotary Club
of Ashford Earlybird on Sunday, 2nd December 2001. Around 150 guests attended
the luncheon during which Ashford Earlybird Club received their charter from District
Governor Bob Metcalfe and became the 78th Rotary Club within District 1120.
President Tony Pardoe presented a lectern, purchased by the Rotary Club of
Sittingbourne Invicta, to founder President Steve Killick of the Rotary Club of Ashford
Earlybird. President Tony told President Steve to "have fun and do some good".
Happy First Birthday
This web site became one year old on 30th November 2001. A total of 554 hits have
been received in this first year. Thanks to all who have dropped by.
Rotary Ladies organised a Grand Barn Dance on 17th November 2001 at Highsted
School for Girls, where 130 people had a great time dancing to 'Fleet of Foot'. This
event alone raised over £520 for Leukaemia Research.
Visit to Maidstone Bowl
Eight Rotarians, together with their partners, joined eight Sittingbourne Interact Club
members for a ten-pin bowling evening on Friday 9th November 2001.
George Cole had the highest 2-game score of 273, whilst Wendy Williams was the
leading lady with a score of 244 for the two games. Not far behind was Interact Club
member Gayle Lloyd with a score of 235. Everyone enjoyed a fun evening.
Club Visit to Paper Mill
Sixteen club members visited the Sittingbourne Mill of M-Real on Monday 29th
The Sittingbourne Mill Manager gave an introductory talk about the history of the mill
and products made. The party was also given a conducted tour of the manufacturing
process. Members found the large papermaking machines impressive, and asked
many questions about the papermaking process.
President Tony and Pam Pardoe, together with three other club members and their
partners, attended the annual District 1120 Conference at Eastbourne over the
weekend commencing 26th October 2001.
David Holmes, RIBI Treasurer, deserves a special mention for commenting in his
speech on the excellence of the web site belonging to the Rotary Club of
Sittingbourne Invicta. Another notable speaker was Tim Brooke-Taylor
(actor/comedian). All enjoyed the District Governors’ Banquet and Ball on the
"Love in a Box"
The club set itself the target of collecting 500 shoeboxes filled with toys, as part of
Mustard Seed Relief Mission's Christmas Appeal 2001. A number of local schools and
other organizations were asked to assist the club in achieving this target.
The final number of shoeboxes collected was 738. These have now all been
dispatched to Mustard Seed's Medway Centre, from where they will be sent to
children in the Balkan countries in time for Christmas. Thanks to all who have
donated a "Love in a Box 2001"; your support has been overwhelming.
Raid on the Rotary Club of Forest of Blean
Eleven club members went on a "raid" to the Rotary Club of Forest of Blean on
Monday 15th October 2001. All enjoyed an excellent evening of fellowship. Three cars
then returned fully laden with 409 "Love in a Box" shoebox presents collected by the
Rotary Club of Forest of Blean and local schools.
Club remembers those who died in America
President Tony’s daughter was near to the World Trade Centre in New York when two
hijacked planes crashed into it on 11th September 2001. Luckily she escaped
unharmed. President Tony opened the meeting on 17th September 2001 by asking all
members to personally reflect on the events of that dreadful day, whilst standing for
one minute in silence.
Twelve go-karting teams battled it out against each other round the circuit at Bayford
Meadows during a sunlit evening on Saturday 15th September 2001.
Blackmore Heath were the winning team having completed 118 laps within the two
hours allowed for the race. Logic Racing came in second one lap behind, and MAS Car
& Commercial were third with 114 laps. A special mention must be given to the all girl
Sittingbourne Interact Club team who finished in twelfth position.
President Tony Pardoe thanked all teams for taking part, and for raising sponsorship
money for Kent Air Ambulance and Demelza House.
President Tony welcomed Janice Hook as a new Rotarian and club member on 30th
Silent Tribute to Mike Shinn
President Tony Pardoe announced the death of ex-Rotarian and club member Mike
Shinn on 23rd July 2001. Mike was aged 51 when he died following a long
illness. Club members remembered Mike during one minute's silence, and thoughts
also went out to Mike's widow, Jacqui.
Many club members, together with partners, enjoyed a pleasant afternoon at
Bannister Hall on Sunday 22nd July 2001. The weather was fine for the annual BBQ,
and people stayed on socializing all afternoon. Thanks were given to George and
Pauline Cole for all their hard work and generosity as hosts for the event.
The club had a good start to the new Rotary year with several donations being made
to charities as follows:
• Demelza House Children's' Hospice - £3000
• Kent Air Ambulance - £2000
• RNLI's Sheerness lifeboat - £250
• Hearing Dogs for Deaf People - £500
• Rotary Foundation - £600