Welcome to Harpenden Village Rotary Club

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Club President John Murray lays a wreath on behalf of the club at the town’s war memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

AFRICA NOW FREE OF POLIO

Rotary’s campaign to rid the world of the debilitating disease polio has reached another milestone. The World Health Organisation has certified Africa as wild-polio free.

Rotary clubs and volunteers around the world have fundraised, campaigned and worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to reach this landmark.

Our club has contributed every year since we were chartered in 1988. In the past five years alone our donations to the End Polio Now campaign have totalled more than £10,000. Our contribution in 2019 earned us a Rotary award. But the task of achieving a polio-free world goes on, as the virus still circulates in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

CLUB Meets regularly – on sCreen

Since April our club members have settled comfortably into attending the weekly meetings via Zoom.

Break-out sessions, where groups of four or five members are placed in ‘rooms,’ are proving popular as they enhance the social side of meetings.

We’ve had the usual measure of speaker meetings with some speakers showing videos supporting their talks.

We’re not sitting on our hands, either. Committees and other groups are meeting via Zoom so it’s almost ‘business as usual.’ But what we’ll be able to tackle and achieve in 2020-21 is still difficult to assess in these uncertain times.

As our immediate past-president commented when the impact of the pandemic first hit us:  ‘Rotarians are positive people. They see problems as obstacles to overcome – and usually succeed.’