Welcome to Harpenden Village Rotary Club

ZOOM KEEPS CLUB IN BUSINESS

Since April last year our club members have attended their 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.’

AFRICA FREE OF POLIO – But Campaign Continues

Rotary’s campaign to rid the world of the debilitating disease polio reached another milestone last year when the World Health Organisation 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.

ON COURSE FOR THE ANTARTIC

In the year that the RRS Sir David Attenborough, the new British-built floating laboratory, will head south to serve the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) it was apt that we should have the BAS’s director, Professor Dame Jane Francis, as a speaker.

Sixty club members and guests Zoomed in to hear her comprehensive and well-illustrated discourse on the work of the Survey’s scientists.

Among their tasks is the extraction and examination of cores from the continent’s 4km-thick ice. These could provide a guide to our world’s environmental conditions thousands of years ago when atmospheric CO2 was at levels now being witnessed today through global warming.