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Five into One do go! – for Medway First Responders

Responders Natalie and Guy meet five! presidents from the Medway area

Responders Natalie and Guy meet five! presidents from the Medway area

Rotarians are often accused of not joining together to make a bigger impact. This is clearly not the case with the Medway clubs. Five Presidents from, Rochester, Strood, Medway, Medway Sunlight, and Chatham clubs all stepped up to the mark with Medway Mayor councillor Josie Iles and her consort, Steve, to present a worthwhile cheque of £1,675 to the local group of ‘First Responders’. These are volunteers, both men and women, aged over 18, who respond to 999 calls as community volunteers. They must be prepared to ‘drop everything’ should the call arise.

The funding is part of a Medway-wide project to fund three new units of the responders to fill gaps in the emergency cover in Medway over the next three years. You have to be fit, and over 18, and to be reliable and trustworthy, good under pressure, able to remain calm in emergencies, and to be caring when dealing with patients.Think that sounds like you? You can apply to: – Go for it!


Genuine Talent at Rotary Youth Speaks Competition

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Although all participants have demonstrated exceptional talent, two groups were named as the winners of Rotary Youth Speaks for the South East: Cranbrook School: Juno Platt-Higgins,  Harry Lantham-Coyle, Will Turner:          “Wrestling”.  Main speaker: Harry Lantham-Coyle Dover Grammar School for Boys: Peter … Continue reading


YOUTH SPEAKS COMPETITION 2013- District 1120 Finals

Venue:New Line Learning Academy, Boughton Lane, Loose, Maidstone, Kent ME15 9QL Date: 2nd March 2013 ROTARY encourages speaking and presentation skills in young people and the Youth Speaks competition showcases some superb quality speakers aged from 11 to 18.  Thirty young people … Continue reading


Margaret Keen wins Rotary’s Paul Harris Award

Chatham, 23 December, 2012– At the Christmas Dinner of the Rotary Club of Chatham, Rotarian Past President Margaret Keen was named a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest accolade that Rotary International can give in recognition of an individual’s efforts to … Continue reading

District Governor Stewart Grainger visits RC Chatham


The Rotary Club of Chatham president and members were delighted to welcome and to enjoy the company of DG Stewart Grainger on Wednesday 21st November.

President David  Oliver and members listened to DG Stewart’s inspiring speech with stories related to his career and to his active involvement in improving human lives; clearing mines from war zones is just one example. The club also enjoyed DG’s story of how he was introduced to Rotary and his keen involvement in its activities and international projects.

Rotarian Volunteers Who Made London 2012 Magnificent

Growing Body Parts Available for Medway Patients

Chatham, 12 July 2012- “Growing body parts” is now a reality, and is available to patients in Medway. This is what Prof Anan Shetty; a consultant orthopaedic and knee surgeon, head of The Kent Knee Unit at the Spire Alexandra Hospital, confirmed.

In a presentation at the Holiday Inn to members and friends of the Rotary Club of Chatham, Prof Shetty talked about his “spiritual journey”.  Travelling to the UK from India for studying medicine, encountering many hardships helped him develop his character and understand the sublime nature of the medical profession and the importance of medical research in improving the standard of life and reducing human suffering and pain. “I firmly believe that any patient who comes to me seeking my expertise in care and treatment should not be deprived”, said Professor Shetty explaining his vision.

Through his research on the “Regeneration of Organs in the Animal Kingdom”, conducting studies to understand how certain reptiles can regenerate parts of their body, he discovered a revolutionary method that will help thousands of patients save their limbs from amputation. The procedure is done by extracting stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow, mixing it with a gel invented by Professor Peter Kim, which works as a cementing element, and then injecting the mixture into the broken or injured area. This technique which won the Independent Health Care Awards 2011, is known as the Shetty-Kim technique. The healing process through this technique is twice faster than normal.  Stem cell surgery is now available in a large number of applications including ear, nose and other body parts’ regeneration. “The Future of Regenerative Medicine lies in the Petri dish”, explained Prof Shetty.

Professor Shetty did his specialist training at Kings’ College, London as a senior fellow under Mr Graeme Groom, the renowned limb reconstruction surgeon and subsequently completed his knee surgery fellowship at Orthopaedic Research Institute (ORI), San Francisco, USA under the world famous knee surgeon Dr Tom Coon, who developed the minimally invasive (MIS) knee surgery.

Prof Shetty is an esteemed member of the Rotary Club of Chatham which he joins on Wednesdays at the Holiday Inn in Rochester.

Weird Creatures beneath the Waves

Chatham, 6 July 2012- New Species are being discovered in the volcanic Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 2000 to 4000 meters deep. Heat resistant volcanic shrimps, giant species of lobsters and 6-inch long bacteria farming furry crabs, were amongst other sea creatures displayed in a presentation by scientist and adventurer Gloria Barnett.

The presentation which was organised by the Rotary Club of Chatham as a fund raiser for Rotary Foundation, highlighted the amazing world of the oceans. “We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the oceans of our own amazing planet” said Gloria while she explained about the unknown worlds living in pitch black darkness which reach 11,000 meters at its deepest point. From the largest living creature to the minute one-celled plankton, the presentation displayed strange and weird looking fish such as the Angler fish which has a little light on its head, the Megamouth shark which has luminous lips to attract its prey in the dark, Pompeii worms with their fascinating feathers and Oar fish extending to 17 meters long and believed to be associated with the myths of sea monsters. Jelly fish, believed to be one of the oldest creatures in the oceans going back to 580 million years, were also discussed. Gloria shared with the audience her knowledge, experience and some of the unique photos and films that she and her husband Chris took during their diving expeditions all over the world.

“Nothing compares like being close to the sea, I want to continue diving until I’m 99 if that can be possible” said Gloria. For more information on their diving expeditions, she invited the audience to visit her website The presentation was followed by signing her book “The Amazing World Beneath the Waves”. Gloria and her husband Chris are Rotarians from the South East Rotary district 1120.

A bout The Rotary Club

Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary club members belonging to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary celebrated 100 years of service in 2005. The Rotary Foundation has awarded more than US$2.1 billion in grants, which are administered at the local level by Rotary clubs.

About The Rotary Club of Chatham

The Rotary Club of Chatham is one of the oldest clubs in the UK, and the first in Medway. Since its founding in 1923, the club has contributed to a wide range of projects leading to substantial results in individual and social wellbeing. The club meets on Wednesday at 7:00pm at the Holiday Inn Hotel-Rochester, and welcomes interested members of the society to join the club for making a difference.


.. and the winner at the Strood Rotary annual quiz night is The Rotary Club of Chatham!

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Clubs in Kent, SE London and East Sussex are supporting District Governor, Lynn Mitchell’s themes for 2011-12, Music and ‘Giving Children a Childhood’.


Young Carers are a group of children who sometimes get forgotten.  Clubs are sponsoring young carers in the District, to have breaks away on the historic sailing barge, the Cambria.    These children, who perhaps care for a parent or sibling from as young as 5 or 6, will have the chance to have an exhilarating experience, away from home, with other children who understand their everyday lifestyle.


The barge has been recently rebuilt and will be sailing all around the District, to London and beyond.  This is brand new initiative, and two very successful ‘trial runs’ have already taken place.  Each voyage in the future will take 8 children, and can be a mix of boys and girls.  They will learn all about sailing and help to sail her!  There will be a fully qualified sailing crew and also two adult helpers, ‘bosuns’ on each trip, which is another way for Rotarians and friends to help too.


Another ‘trial’ is planned, during the winter months, when the Cambria is in dock, so that the younger child carers, who would be too little to sail, can also have a much needed break away.


It’s also exciting to know that the next time the Cambria sails, the Rotary Wheel logo will be shown on the topsail!


With so many children who miss out on their childhood, there is another very different project, in Romania.  As the institutions are closed down, there are some children who are so institutionalised that there will be nowhere for them to go.  We are planning to set up small family homes, with the special needs of the children.  District Governor Lynn, will be travelling to Romania in March to see for herself what is involved.


For both projects, Clubs are invited to raise funds with music events ….. DG Lynn has been to many different events including a Ships, Shells ‘n Shanties evening, a Jazz Picnic, Musical Barbeque, with lots more being planned for 2012.