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The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock

Grays Thurrock

Largest Rotary Club in Thurrock (est 1930)

Thursday Lunchtimes 12.45
Orsett Hall Hotel
Prince Charles Avenue
Orsett, Essex  RM16 3HS
United Kingdom
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President Elaine has been out and about presenting cheques to people again
These lucky recipients who got in touch with the club with their requests included Thurrock Sea Cadets, The Majko School of Irish Dancing and Batias, The Independent Advocacy Scheme
On Monday 30th September President Elaine visited the training ship Dragon. She presented a cheque was to help with the purchase of a mini bus. The unit competes in many activities and transport is always a challenge so at the moment fund raising for this item is a major item. Elaine arrived as agreed towards the end of the evening and watched as the lowering of the flag and associated events occurred. The picture shows Elaine handing the cheque to the civilian support chairperson Sue Merrin. Sue is the chair of the civilian team (UMT) which manages the assets to allow the young cadets to get the most of their time at the unit. President Elaine commented “ she was pleased to visit the t/s Dragon and see what occurs. She hoped the cheque would help the Sea cadets reach their target which would enable them to purchase the mini bus”.
Our money helped send trainee nurse Shannon Crowley to Nepal and now she has returned read the highlights of her lifetime experience.
Here she is with paediatric surgeon Dr Dinesh Koirala following the surgery she assisted in
read on for Shannon's highlights
The Club was delighted to host a luncheon for our new District Governor, Pauline Dean along with her husband, former DG Terry, and Assistant DG Alan Banks. The combination of Pauline and our President Elaine is convincing evidence that the Club and Rotary in general is keeping up with the times and meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
Thank you Pauline and we hope you have a great year!
The Chain of Command !
District Governor Pauline flanked by our very own President Elaine and VP Adrian
2019 sees a new milestone in the Club's near 90 year history as we induct our first lady President - hopefully the flood gates are now open and we will see many more but for the moment congratulations to Mrs Elaine Stevens at the start of what will, we are sure, be a memorable year
Immediate Past President Mark Dvorkin handing over the reins to new President Elaine Stevens
President in waiting Elaine Stevens presents a cheque for £200 to Thurrock Play Network to assist in their work
The Pyramid Resource Centre collects re-useable waste from businesses that would otherwise be sent to landfill. These waste materials are available for art, craft, and design and technology projects or to be just creative. They are not only giving the community the opportunity to use our resources but also helping the environment become a little bit greener.
What they need from you!
Everyday companies will have to discard their waste products. Much of this is collected and may be put into landfill sites, normally  at a cost to the company, the environment or both………...there is an alternative…………..
The Pyramid Resource Centre will collect suitable scrap materials free of charge for re-use for their members. What may be rubbish to you can be re-used for arts, crafts, design and technology projects and creative play.
They need a wide range of clean, safe, versatile waste materials that could provide a valuable source of entertainment, play and stimulation for their members.
Examples of Scrap needed:
Card & Paper—all types
Containers with lids / boxes, clean new bottles
Fabric, Fur & Textiles
Bubble wrap
CD’s & CDR’s
Ex-display materials
Novelty goods
Foils & films
Production off cuts
Reject stock
Rope, cord, twine & wood
Tubes—card, plastic etc
Sample books
The list is endless… if you think you may have something that would benefit our    members please contact them……..don’t forget what you think is rubbish they may be able to use!
Kidz Out 2019 and it rained and it rained and it rained! But rain will never ruin their day!
While everybody else holds on for dear life there is always one in every crowd!
Young Grays lad, Max Clarke has been selected to play for the London Broncos Rugby League Academy and is working hard, even picking up a man of the match award recently, and looking forward to getting a full contract at some point in the near future. The  6'5'' Max trains with them 3 times a week and has a match once a week - he is weighed every week and is 94Kg and has to eat 1000's of calories just to maintain that weight!  Grays Thurrock Rotary have chosen to help him reach his goal by providing £200 towards his size 13 boots. Here is with mum, Alana - his chief supporter and main back-up she is tall so Max is a giant!
Early signs show Tripartite 2019 in Holland was a big success - well attended and well organised - those involved had  a great time- see below for the full story
Number 11 and what a trip - well done Alan Peaford and his helpers
Last Wednesday 50 students from Thurrock schools met at the Thurrock Cruise terminal to take part in this year’s Technology Tournament.  The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock, the South Essex College and supported by the Tilbury Cruise Terminal.
Yet another success story from the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock.
The talented winners of the Young Photographer competition run across the Borough of Thurrock have gone on to win the Rotary District 1240 event in all three age groups. Their photos have now been entered into the Rotary National Finals. President Mark Dvorkin is seen presenting awards and wishing them all the best for the next stage of the national competition.
l-r:  Luke Merrigan (Harris Academy);  Freya McCarthy (Orsett Primary); Emer Cullen (Gable Hall)
The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock was pleased to make a donation of £500 to Thurrock Contact the Elderly, a charity that hosts tea parties for elderly residents who live alone. Lorraine Coleman, the Area Co-ordinator, said she was “taken aback at the amazingly generous donation”, and it would go towards the summer outing in May for all 8 of the tea party groups. The cheque was presented to Lorraine by Elaine Stevens from the Rotary Club. She said “they do such a wonderful job, we are so pleased to be able to help”.
October 2019
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Congratulations to the newest recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship - ex President Mr Mark Dvorkin
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