Robert Miller Celebrating Christmas
In case you’re wondering, I’m the one in the Santa suit. The remainder are not going off to their trawler deep-sea fishing as it was pouring with rain, which is an advantage as we get the sympathy vote & people tend to contribute more money!
A familiar site around our District & all over the UK in December are the Christmas floats. My own clubChatham’s started in 1984 & we have recently worked out that we have collected a total of £71k since then. The Christmas float was also my introduction to responsibility in Rotary as I was asked to organise it just after joining.
Our own club tends to patrol the streets of Chatham& we have static sites at our local supermarkets all through December. We never get asked for ID as people often say “It’s not Christmas until you turn up!”
Doing Father Christmas is great fun, not only seeing the excitement on kid’s faces but also an opportunity to chat their mums up! I did upset one family who came to the door all wearing Charlton Athletic football club tops by telling them that Santa supportsPortsmouth!
At the end of this particular round we stop at a children’s home. We visit the home on Christmas day & the real Father Christmas hands out toys in the grotto. However we stop here at the end of the round & the children come out & we get hot chocolate & festive savouries. I was in a predicament here as I couldn’t just lift the beard up to eat & drink as I would upset all of the children but at the same time I could not just leave the food! Fortunately the man in charge came to my rescue & I was whisked out of site of the children & enjoyed the food & beverages provided.
Happy New year to all Rotarian & friends
Robert Miller, Executive Secretary District 1120
Note: At Chatham Rotary Club’s Christmas Dinner, Rotarian Robert Miller was named a Paul Harris Fellow, in recognition of an individual’s efforts to promote the object of Rotary of service to the community above self. Robert, who works as a Customer Relations Manager with one of the big banks, joined Northfleet Rotaract Club in 1981and served as District Chairman in 1988/89. Robert became a Rotarian in 1998 and, after chairing various committees, served with distinction as president of Chatham club in 2003/04.
Rather than take a well deserved rest after his presidential year, Robert took on the duties of Club Secretary for some years and then widened his service to Rotary becoming Assistant District 1120 Secretary in 2007 and then Executive District Secretary in 2008, a position he continues to hold.