Henley Bridge Rotary Club Invites New Members

rotary-meeting-apr14-1The Mayor, Stefan Gawrysiak who is a member of the Henley Bridge Rotary Club invited guests to his Mayor’s Parlour on Monday to meet other members of the Rotary Club and to find out about the organisation.  He said, “I joined a few years because it was a great way of meeting and networking with people and getting involved in the community.”

Mike Pooley, Chair of the Henley Bridge Rotary Club, made a short speech, outlining what the Rotary clubs get involved in both locally and internationally. Rotary has over 1.2 million members with 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries.

Mike said, “There are currently 29 members of the Henley Bridge Club and we would be very pleased to welcome more members. The Club rotary-meeting-apr14-3meets on Wednesday evenings  at Badgemore Park Golf club for a dinner meeting and they have  interesting speakers twice a month. They are planning to start a Breakfast  group meeting twice a month starting on Thursday 8 May.

Mike went on to say, “I joined Rotary over 30 years ago, when I was running my business. My bank manager asked me to join and I have never regretted becoming a member. I like organising events and have done so all that time, but could not have done it without my Rotary connections.  Rotary opens doors.”

“We have had Michael Heseltine, Boris, last year Sir David Higgins, this year Lord Hall, Tony CEO BBC. Tom, Lord Camoys  and had a very successful F1 fund raising evening with Ross Brawn who brought along Murray Walker.”

“This year we have donated over £45,000 to local and international needs. The Henley Half Marathon is our big fund raiser and the Sue Ryder Fireworks night raised £17,000 this year, making over £200,000 in the last 21 years. Our retired doctor Jim McWhirter is at this time supervising  at a Mission Hospital in Uganda where with the help of a Rotary Global Grant we are rebuilding their maternity ward.”

rotary-meeting-apr14-2The Henley Bridge Club has two twin clubs Bad Oldesloe near Hamburg in Germany and St Hilaire in Normandy France and they organise exchange visits.

Mike ended by saying, “We need new members to continue our good work, so if you are interested in finding more about our club please visit some of our meetings.We are not a secret society.”