SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Aberdare Rotary Club


Tuesday 5th February 2019 has seen SCLT enrichment presenter Ash Jones joining the members of the Aberdare Rotary Club at their fortnightly meeting, which is held at the new Aberdare College building on the outskirts of the former mining community, which was once referred to as ‘The Queen of the Vallies’,  to deliver one of the more popular SCLT enrichment lectures on the subject of famous WW2 and RAF icon, Sir Douglas Bader CBE. DSO*. DFC*


The well attended Rotary Club has in excess of 20 regular members, who meet weekly to enjoy a members meal, where guest speakers on a variety of interesting subjects entertain the group.  Aberdare Rotary Club is well renowned for it's excellent community activities, which include supporting local good causes and through charitable fund-raising, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds in recent years.


The first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, United States, at Harris's friend Gustave Loehr's office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905. In addition to Harris and Loehr (a mining engineer and freemason), Silvester Schiele (a coal merchant), and Hiram E. Shorey (a tailor) were the other two who attended this first meeting. The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices, although within a year, the Chicago club became so large it became necessary to adopt the now-common practice of a regular meeting place.


The next four Rotary Clubs were organized in cities in the western United States, beginning with San Francisco, then Oakland, Los Angeles, and Seattle.The National Association of Rotary Clubs in America was formed in 1910. On November 3, 1910, a Rotary club began meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the beginning of the organisation's internationality. On 22 February 1911, the first meeting of the Rotary Club Dublin was held in Dublin, Ireland. This was the first club established outside of North America. In April 1912, Rotary chartered the Winnipeg club marking the first establishment of an American-style service club outside the United States. To reflect the addition of a club outside of the United States, the name was changed to the International Association of Rotary Clubs in 1912.


In August 1912, the Rotary Club of London received its charter from the Association, marking the first acknowledged Rotary club outside North America. It later became known that the Dublin club in Ireland was organized before the London club, but the Dublin club did not receive its charter until after the London club was chartered. During World War I, Rotary in Britain increased from 9 to 22 clubs, and other early clubs in other nations included those in Cuba in 1916, Philippines in 1919 and India in 1920.


In 1922, the name was changed to Rotary International. By 1925, Rotary had already grown to 200 clubs with more than 20,000 members and has gone on from strength to strength since that time.


SCLT enrichment presenter Ash Jones gave the group a highly entertaining presentation on the subject of ace fighter pilot Douglas Bader, who overcame the renarkable disability of losing both legs in a flying accident, to  scoring 22 victories in air combat in WW2, he said “It has has been a really enjoyable expereince joining the Aberdare Rotary Club for dinner this evening. The audience were very interested in the Douglas Bader story and I was delighted to field so many questions from such an engaged audience"


Every attendee received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine

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