Retiring Club President Brian Grant presents the badge of office to his successor, Valerie Beale. Val passes her badge of office to the incoming Vice President, Liz Jack.
President Val is a magistrate, based at the St Albans court and also a lay judge in the Family Courts. In addition she is a trustee of HACRO, a Hertfordshire charity for the care and resettlement of offenders. In this role she has responsibility for developing new initiatives to help prevent reoffending and for running Caring Dads, a parenting programme for men against whom there have been allegations of domestic abuse.
Brian Grant’s final act as President was to award Paul Harris Fellowships to three Club members.
The fellowship, named after Rotary International’s founder, is awarded usually, but not exclusively, to Rotarians who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the Club or the community.
Brian is pictured presenting the award – a citation and pin - to Lynn Blackwell, Cedric Kennedy and Roy Brimblecome. This was Roy’s second Paul Harris award and took the form of a sapphire pin.
As the weather cooled down on one of the hottest days of the year, Club members and partners enjoyed a countryside walk before their dinner and meeting at Redbourn Golf Club
With money given by Rotary International’s charity, Rotary Foundation, to mark its 100th anniversary, a defibrillator has been installed outside the Harpenden Trust Centre in Southdown Road.
Club President Brian Grant said: ‘We’re delighted that this important emergency life-saving facility is now available to the people of Harpenden 24 hours a day. We are grateful to the Harpenden Trust for agreeing to have it outside their centre, to our Rotary District for installing it and to Rotary Foundation for providing the funds.’
Harpenden Trust Chairman Cedric Kennedy welcomed the opportunity to accommodate the machine. ‘It gives further support to the community, which is the Trust’s principal aim,’ he added.
A defibrillator delivers an electric current to the heart, providing a treatment for life-threatening cardiac conditions.
The Casino Royale steel band supplied the distinctive music at Brain Grant's President's Night. Brian stepped down as president at the end of June after a very successful year which, among other achievements, saw club membership reach 50. The event, attended by club members, their partners and guests, was held at Bennet's.
For more than 30 years Rotary has been raising money to help rid the world of the crippling disease polio. Only in three countries – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan – is it still endemic.
Now Rotary in Britain and Ireland has launched, with the support of Tiptree Jam and Typhoo Tea, a Jam and Tea promotion as part of what could be the final push in its END POLIO NOW campaign.
Each Rotary club has been sent enough jars of jam (specially labelled Purple4Polio), tea bags and paper cups for each member. After enjoying the contents Rotarians are asked to fill the empty jam jar with loose change (a great way of getting rid of the old £1 coins!) with the aim of raising at least £20 per jar.
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.