We are sad to report the death of former President of Harpenden Village Rotary Club, Nick Tott.
Nick joined the club in 2013 and quickly made his mark as a wise head and excellent organiser. Having been involved in a number of our successful events, he was invited to become President from July 2015.
Among the issues on which he provided firm, wise and clear leadership were the development and registration of our club under the banner of Charitable Incorporated Organisation – ours being one of the first Rotary Clubs to achieve this status, newly introduced by the Charity Commissioners. Nick’s sharp legal mind ensured that our registration sailed through in record time, enabling both new branding and a different approach to managing our risk to be introduced.
Nick’s many friends in Rotary will miss his regular attendance and valuable contributions at our community service events as well as his wise counsel and relaxed friendship. We offer our condolences to his family.
More than 70 guests joined Club members at the newly-opened function rooms at Bennet’s (aka the Royal British Legion, Harpenden) for a Celebration of Classics evening and a buffet supper.
Most of the guests were the volunteers without whose help we could not stage Classics on the Common, the classic car show run in the name of our charity arm, Rotary in Harpenden. In July they again played a crucial role in making such a success of what has become Harpenden’s major mid-week community event. ‘Classics’ is also an important fund-raiser, raising in one afternoon and evening more than £30,000 for local, children’s, national and international charities.
Representatives of the four chosen charities – Harpenden Mencap, Keech Hospice Care, Macmillan Cancer Support and Disaster Aid UK & Ireland – were also present. They are pictured here receiving their cheques from Club President Brian Grant.
Former Club president Alan Cox was honoured for his contribution to enhancing the lives of the people of Harpenden at a ceremony at the Club on 30 November.
Alan is pictured receiving from Club President Brian Grant a Sapphire Pin, a Rotary award for those whose community efforts have already earned them a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship. From the Club he also received a Service Recognition Award.
A past-president of the Club, Alan is also a past chairman of the Harpenden Trust and founder-chairman of the Harpenden Seniors Forum. Though, regrettably, ill health means he can no longer take an active role, his interest in local community matters is as keen as ever.
A home for vulnerable children in South Africa now has some solar water heating, thanks in part to a donation from this Club.
Epworth Children’s Village (named after the village in Lincolnshire in which John and Charles Wesley were born) is a group of neighbouring houses, bought over the years since the Village’s foundation in 1918 in a residential area of Germiston, a city near Johannesburg.
Originally established by Methodist Church charities to care for WW1 orphans, it now houses more than 80 ‘wards-of- court’, each in the care of a house mother. Up to the age of 18 the children are fed and clothed and, as part of their upbringing, they are either sent to local schools or driven to special schools as far as Johannesburg..
The Village is a non-profit organisation, relying mainly on donations for its upkeep. Over many years Germiston Rotary Club has been an Epworth supporter and donor.
One of our members, Orlando Fantin, formerly with Germiston Rotary Club, suggested using funds available from Rotary International (RI) to help provide two solar geysers on one of the houses at Epworth. To RI’s grant of £500 we added £580. Germinston Rotary Club met the rest of the bill and undertook the project management with the help of a professional engineer member.
The Village is now paying less for its energy and the world is benefiting from reduced CO2 emissions.
This project is only one of many undertaken by this Club to help children in the developing world to a better life.