‘I am honoured to be President of Harpenden Village Rotary Club which for almost 30 years has served the community in Harpenden and in the surrounding villages.
‘Our club membership is growing and a warm welcome awaits men or women who might like to come along to one or more of our meetings to find out what we do at first hand.
‘The nine pictures on the left illustrate the main events and activities run in the name of Rotary in Harpenden, the registered charity set up by Harpenden Village Rotary Club to undertake its fund raising and other charitable activities. You can find more details of any particular event by clicking on the picture or you can reach more information on all nine by clicking here or on the ‘Rotary in Action’ button above.
‘To get in touch, please complete the contact form by clicking here or email our secretary, John, at email@example.com’
‘As I look back on my year, just ended, as President of Harpenden Village Rotary Club, I am proud of all that we have achieved in our community.
‘All the events we run each year are pictured on the left and described on the Rotary in Action page of this website, but I must mention, in particular, our highest profile event, Classics on the Common, which surpassed previous years, raising some £34,000 for charity. We are grateful to all the car enthusiasts who display their vehicles each year with such evident pleasure, the sponsors, the town council, the police, all the volunteers who join Club members in delivering the event and, of course, the spectators who throng Harpenden Common on a Wednesday afternoon and evening each year, making it the town's premier community event.
‘Rotary had a makeover in September 2015 with the advent of our Club’s new charity arm, Rotary in Harpenden, which is now the external face of Rotary in our community and has enabled us to sharpen and refresh our presence and image.
‘I am pleased that we have increased our membership during the year: we are a convivial and committed group of individuals and are always happy to welcome anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary and what we do.
‘I wish our new President, Brian Grant, a successful year ahead, continuing and expanding the contribution of Rotary in the town and surrounding communities.’
Rotary in Harpenden’s donation of £40 to each of six newly- formed local units of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides towards the cost of their unit flags was gratefully received. But we could not have expected to learn just how important the flag would be to one young Rainbow member.
This Thank You card came from 19-year-old Megan Jones, leader of the new 9th Harpenden Rainbows. In it she writes:
‘I just wanted to say a massive ‘thank you’ for helping us buy our new flag. The little girl who carried the flag in the St George’s Day parade is named Caroline and she has autism. At first she barely said a word to anyone in the unit but since September she has flourished into a smiley, confident girl.
‘When I asked her if she would carry our flag in the parade her face took on the widest smile. She said no one had asked her to do anything like that before. Seeing her so proud and able to handle the large crowds with pure confidence and happiness made me feel such pride and well up with tears.
‘So thank you, Rotary, for enabling me to make a little girl very happy.’
Rotary in Harpenden hosted this year’s Young Citizen Awards, an annual event to honour young people in Harpenden who have made an outstanding contribution to the community.
Over dinner, with their parents, we heard from the nominees’ sponsors about their award-winning activities which Rotary in Harpenden acknowledged with a certificate and a prize.
The winners, pictured above receiving their Awards from Rotary in Harpenden President Nick Tott, were Anna Stevens from Sir John Lawes School and Tom Pentland from St George’s. The nominee from Scouting, Ben Mason, was unfortunately unable to attend.
In tandem with the Young Citizen Awards is the presentation of the Bill Hewetson Memorial Prize for an outstanding contribution to the community. As a Rotarian, the late Bill Hewetson, spent much time supporting young people in the local community.
This year’s winner was Louise Jones of Roundwood Park School, seen here receiving her award from Jane Frances, Bill’s daughter.