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Swim Relay Event for Children in Need – Register Your Team Now!

An exciting new event will take place this year in the swimming pool at Maidstone Leisure Centre.

Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club is proud to present the first annual Maidstone SwimRelay, which will be held on Sunday 1st November 2015 between 12.30 and 4.00pm. With the kind support of The Maidstone Leisure Trust and Serco, who manage the pool, 24 teams of between 4 and 6 swimmers will compete to swim as many lengths as possible in 30 minutes.

This fundraising event is open to teams of any ability or age with a great deal of emphasis on fun.

Each team will raise as much sponsorship from their friends, families and colleagues based on the number of lengths swum. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including most lengths swam and most money raised. Local businesses and organisations may wish to sponsor a team or even register a team of their own employees in the relay.

50% of the money raised will be donated to Children in Need, with the other 50% going to nominated charities of the participants’ choice. So if you are thinking of supporting this year’s Children in Need here is a great opportunity to do so plus raising funds for your own charity.

Registration is now open and as there are no entry fees or minimum amounts to be raised, teams will be selected on a first come first served basis. So now is the time to get your team registered – just visit the website.

For full details and registration visit


Rotary GO Phase 3 Comes to District 1120!

Many of you I know will have read in the latest edition of Rotary South East (July 2015) about the exciting new Rotary GO (Growth Opportunities) membership programme that RIBI has been championing over the past 6 months. Indeed a number of clubs within District 1120 have already started looking into how these initiatives can be put to good use to help invigorate their own clubs.
The RIBI Membership team has recently announced the launch of Phase 3 of Rotary GO. What does that mean for District 1120? Well, it will mean identifying and appointing District Rotary GO Champions and 10 “Membership Enthusiasts” from across the District. This new team will receive a series of training workshops on how to form new clubs, how to introduce satellite clubs and how to enable existing clubs to innovate. They will then be able to communicate the messages about these programmes and provide assistance and guidance to the clubs and help them set up their own local programmes aimed at growing membership and strengthening their own clubs.
As District MDR Committee Chair I will be directly involved in coordinating the implementation of this new phase across the District but if you would like to know more or be part of the District 1120 Rotary GO Championing team please let me know. We are looking for club enthusiasts to cover the West, South West, South, South East, East and North Central areas of our District.
The club enthusiasts’ training session will take place on Saturday 14th November at Canary Wharf, London. More details to follow.
I personally believe that these new membership initiatives are the most exciting I have seen in my 20 years as a Rotarian and I am convinced that if they are communicated effectively to clubs then everyone should be able to benefit from them in some way. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Colin Norgate
Membership Development and Retention Committee Chair
District 1120
Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club

August is Membership Month!

Each August we celebrate Membership Month, an opportunity to thank our members for their commitment to Rotary. We begin 2015-16 celebrating strong membership growth globally of nearly 25,000 members this past year. The hard work and support of our members has led to successes such as the recent polio eradication milestones in Nigeria and on the entire African continent, both of which marked one year without a case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus. Those achievements wouldn’t have been possible without members’ dedication and their continued support of Rotary and The Rotary Foundation.
We hope you have an opportunity to participate in Membership Month promotions and activities, which are listed on Rotary’s social media pages, in The Rotarian’s August issue, and on We encourage you to share these features with your clubs to help us show our appreciation to all members. And we invite you to watch the 2 minute membership message from RI President K.R. Ravindran at a club meeting.

Show your pride in membership

This month, we are collecting stories from members about why they joined Rotary, and why they stay. Tell us your story on our Rotary International Facebook page or send an email to You may see your story featured in a future issue of Membership Minute!
You can also show your pride in being a Rotarian with a Proud Member window cling for your car or home, available for purchase at Share these with new club members, those celebrating membership anniversaries, or as a fun giveaway.

Proud Member

and display your pride in membership by using the Proud Member graphic on social media.

District 1120’s 1st Corporate Member Announced!!

One of RIBI’s 5 Rotary GO (Growth Opportunities) for growing club membership which I have been promoting recently is the concept of Corporate Membership. The District Membership team has been working with Tenterden Rotary Club on this idea following interest expressed by a travel agency business in their locality. I am pleased to report great progress and on 1st April the club welcomed their first Corporate members – Travelux of Tenterden (Part of the Baldwins Travel group).
As part of the Corporate Membership arrangement Travelux will work with Tenterden Rotary Club to the following ends:
■ Promoting Rotary on their web site and in their publications, thus enhancing their image as supporters of charitable causes
■ Providing volunteers from their staff at Rotary events when requested and demonstrating their involvement with the local community
■ Providing support for fund raising and Promotional events such as Tentertainment
■ Offering personal development opportunities for their employees through the liaison with the Rotary club members and their professional and business skill sets
■ Generating business networking opportunities

4 members of the management team of Travelux were selected by the company to become the designated Corporate Members of the club. Within a short time of joining members of their staff took part in the High Street collection in aid of Shelter Boxes for the Nepalese earthquake disaster. The Travelux office was the central point for collection boxes and tabards for the activity as can be seen from the attached photo.
Bridgit Hovel at base in Travellux
Corporate Membership offers great potential opportunities for many clubs across District 1120. Many of us have contacts with local businesses and organisations who are interested in developing and nurturing Corporate Social Responsibility within their company by working with the local community and Rotary can be that catalyst and link to provide the support in achieving these goals.
If you want to have more information on Corporate Membership then please contact me directly.

Colin Norgate
District 1120
Membership Development & Retention Committee Chair
Rotary Club of Maidstone Riverside


Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club Promotes End Polio Now campaign

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In celeberation of the Rotary International’s 108th birthday members of Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club promoted the End Polio Now campaign with a high profile stand in the Mall Chequers Centre Maidstone on Februray 28. The Rotary Crocus badges were much … Continue reading


Maidstone Riverside RC Honours Margaret & Steve Elms

At our club partner’s evening on Tuesday 4th December we presented a Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Margaret Elms, wife of Rtn Steve Elms and known to many in District and National Rotary circles. Margaret has done an enormous amount … Continue reading

Maidstone Riverside Rotarian is Olympic Torch Bearer

Club member and Paul Harris Fellow PP Clive Bradburn is one of the Olympic Games Torch Bearers when the torch moves from Maidstone to Guidford on Friday 20th July. Clive will be taking his turn in Redhill, Surrey at 3.24pm. His 300 metres of fame will be just past  St Bede’s School in Carlton Road RH1 2LQ.  Of course Clive would love to see as many Rotarians and their families there as possible if you can get along. Next best thing if you are able to get to a computer you can watch it  live on the website   It is also  shown on the BBC Torch Relay website

For anybody local, Clive will be returning to Maidstone after the Relay on 20 July to join another 8 Torchbearers in taking part in the Maidstone Mile Fun. So we would love to see as many there as possible taking  part or supporting this charity event. It starts in Maidstone at 6 pm.  We are given to advice that Meridian TV will also be covering the event live. Immediately following the run Clive will be swimming a mile in the River  Medway. Details of these events are on 


Colin Norgate  President 2012-13

Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club