New president for Rotary Club

May 31 2016

CHIPPING Sodbury Rotary Club is about to elect its next president, with Ian Lowe taking on the year-long role at a landmark time for the organisation.

Ian Lowe, right, with former club president Tony Baldwin-Charles, who has just celebrated 50 years in Rotary.

CHIPPING Sodbury Rotary Club is about to elect its next president, with Ian Lowe taking on the year-long role at a landmark time for the organisation. The club will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017, an event that coincides with the centenary of the formation of the Rotary Foundation. Here, Mr Lowe explains how Rotary operates and outlines the work it does to support local and international projects.

“IN July I shall become president of the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury for one year, with  2017 being significant as our club will celebrate its diamond anniversary.
“We raise around £30,000 each year through events such as our classic car run, the Sodbury Sportive cycle event and the Sodbury Slog cross-country run.
“We use these funds to help local, national and international causes, with donations made to individuals and organisations, including local charities and schools. Anyone can apply for a donation and an application form can be found by visiting the community service page on our website.
“We also have an annual entertainment programme for elderly members of our community and we work with local schools to provide challenges such as Youth Speaks and Young Innovator.
“Other work includes donating money to provide Shelter Boxes for relief during international disasters such as floods and earthquakes.
“Next year is also the centenary of the formation  of the Rotary Foundation, a charitable organisation within Rotary International - the global organisation with clubs in 120 countries and more than a million members.
“Through donations from those members, £2 billion has been raised to fund projects to the tune of more than £60 million each year.
“Probably the most significant achievement has been the near eradication of polio around the world.
“When Rotary launched the PolioPlus programme in 1985, there were more than 350,000 polio cases in more than 125 countries. Since 1988, when Rotary began working with the
Global Polio Eradication Initiative to immunise more than two billion children, the number of cases each year has decreased by 99 per cent.
“Our club members also enjoy many social events, which are open to partners and  friends, such as walking weekends and visits to the cinema and restaurants.
“We are keen to welcome new members and anyone who would like to know more should visit our website for contact information.”