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The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock

Grays Thurrock

Largest Rotary Club in Thurrock (est 1930)

Regular meetings put on hold at present because of the Coronavirus outbreak
Orsett Hall Hotel
Prince Charles Avenue
Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS
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The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock are pleased to state the Local Heats were once again well supported for the third year of this competition. After much debate by the judging panel the three age category winners were selected and these were submitted to the District Competition. We are delighted to announce that from all those received by the District our junior age category entrant, Freya McCarthy, Orsett Primary School, was awarded First Prize and will now be entered into the National Competition. We are likewise pleased to note our intermediate age category entrant, Caitlin Murray, William Edwards School received a highly commended certificate.
Unfortunately due to the current issues the opportunities to present Local certificates by our Club president have had to be put on hold, although all Local Heat certificates of participation have been distributed wherever possible.
Rotary International is a small world. While working at a conference in Addis Ababa Grays Rotarian Alan Peaford spotted the iconic rondel badge on one of the delegates.
Within minutes Alan and Yonathan Menkir had discovered a mutual love of aviation and in particular flying Cessna 172 aircraft.
One hour later Alan was attending a joint Rotary meeting of some seven clubs in the Addis Ababa district when the Rotarians were hearing about cervical cancer in the East African country where there is just one treatment centre for 100 million people.
Rotary District 9212 is investigating what it can do to introduce more screening and early intervention.
“I was also delighted to hear that Yonathan is in the process of developing an aviation-focused club to run alongside Addis Ababa Bole club which is located by the country’s main airport hub.  He hadn’t heard of IFFR (International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians) of which Grays Thurrock club has the largest chapter in the world. I am pleased to say he has now joined and I think the Addis Aviation Rotary Club will give us a run for membership numbers,” he said.
Caption: Yonathan (left) and Alan (right) with Ethiopian TV presenter at the joint meeting in Addis Ababa
We are very pleased to announce that Lillian's winning entry in our local heat won the District Heat and will now go forward to the National Finals - GOOD LUCK LILLIAN
We now have the winners of the Grays Thurrock Rotary Young Artist Competition:
The Rotary theme this year was  "Through my Eyes".
The winning entry of the Senior Section was an oil on stretched canvas (30x40cms) and was painted by Lillian Tagg, a student at William Edwards School. This was Lillian's description as to how her artwork relates to the competition theme: "Seeing how people can view their own bodies compared to reality and how people can be blinded by things when seeing it through their own eyes"
The winning entry of the Intermediate Section was also an oil on stretched canvas (36x45cms) and was painted by Isabella Jasper, also a student at William Edwards School. Isabella's description of her composition was  "I decided to draw the World in an eye because I see the World as everchanging. The sunset background signifies my love of sunsets. This means that the World can be seen in many different ways depending on the person"
Well done to both of you-many congratulations and thanks to all our entries this year - it has been a fabulous experience just seeing the many varied variations on a theme - inspiring!
As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a worldwide shortage of all types of personal protective equipment (PPE). To counter this, across the world, ordinary people have been producing replacements for these pieces of in-demand PPE.
Currently, across the UK, there are thousands of people collaborating and using their own 3d printing machines to produce the plastic headbands for shield visors that are required when treating potential COVID-19 patients.
The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock have donated £500 towards the production of these visors and these are being distributed to local NHS workers who need them. Our gallant hero wished to remain anonymous but our thanks go out to him!
pictured trying out the PPE visor is local dentist Mr Iain Ramsay
click through to see how the process works
In an historic move tonight the Rotary Club of Grays, Thurrock may just have pulled off a UK first or even a World first - we awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship  (the top honour in Rotary) VIRTUALLY!
During this evening's regular lockdown Thursday Zoom Meeting Derek Swan was surprised at home with his award by local colleague, Iain Ramsay - no rules were broken - social distancing was observed and wife Linda pinned the badge on the proud recipient for the rest of the Club to watch on the Internet
The proud and deserved recipient Derek Swan pictured here having just been surprised on the doorstep!
Derek joined our Club on 14 July 1983 - A busy year for the Club as we sponsored the formation of Mardyke Valley Rotary Club that year.
In the early years he was heavily involved in the work of the International Committee. 
Then, like now, he enjoyed travelling (for social purposes) - Skiing, holidaying, having a good time. 
He has always been at the front in everything that is happening in Rotary and has always been a very keen and active participant in Tripartite.

In 1985 he masterminded the raffle of a mini car (in those days you could buy one and have change from £500), it made £400 profit.

He served as President of the Club in 1995/96.
Following this he returned to normal duties, i.e. involved in everything, until he took over as Hon. Secretary in 2012/13 the  role he still occupies.
A retired Grays Dentist who has served the Club and the Community unstintingly for almost 40 years
It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the sad deaths of two of our members - both ex Presidents and both characters in their own right. Glyn Jones and Peter Minter passed away in Basildon Hospital and Southend Hospital respectively. They are a great loss to the Club and our thoughts go out to the families at this time.
The Reverend Canon Glyn Jones in good spirits as Head Judge in the Youth Speaks Competition
Peter Minter in joyful mood handing out big cheques during his presidency
July 2020
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Following our donation of £1000 to The Dressmaker by Kim Cannon who are busy making surgical gowns for use at Basildon And Southend Hospitals and Havens Hospice Kim and the staff have very kindly put this thank you on their shopfront in Leigh on Sea

We will continue to help in any way we can - if you know of someone in need then contact the President Elaine Stevens through our homepage-

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