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Incoming President John Whiteley is given his

chain of Office by Immediate Past President

(2019-21) Derek Simpson at Club Assembly

24/08/21

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Martin started his campaign in the Men’s Singles WH2 Group Play Stage - Group B, defeating Dumnern Junthong of Thailand. He then came 2nd in his Group but was unfortunately knocked out by Chan Ho Yuen of HK in the quarterfinals Over the last 5 years Berkhamsted Rotary has helped towards self-funding Potten End resident Martin’s expenses and helping him realise his dream of representing his country at the Tokyo Paralympics. We have written to him to congratulate him on all his hard work and determination which earned him a quarterfinal place. Martin replied: ‘Yes , I’m always disappointed whenever I lose a game. More so when it’s at the biggest tournament of my life. However eight weeks ago, I was 95% sure I wouldn’t make it to the Paralympics due to injury. I couldn’t hit the shuttle hard. I was in so much pain. I travelled to Leeds , Manchester to see specialist after specialist. I had Cortizone injections into the elbow that were unsuccessful. With constant physio, rehab and huge desire, I managed somehow to turn it around. That alone was a monumental achievement. The Paralympics itself has been and unforgettable experience. I’ve played against the best players in the world on the biggest stage in the world. I can’t thank Rotary enough. I’m extremely grateful for your constant support throughout my incredible journey. ‘

Tokyo Paralympics - Local Hero Martin Rooke represents GB in

wheelchair badminton team

ROTARY CENTENARY CIVIC AWARD – 2021 WINNER – JOAN FISHER The Rotary Centenary Civic Awards were instituted in 2004 when Rotary celebrated its Centenary. At that time Berkhamsted Town Council also wanted to introduce an Annual Civic Award to recognise the work of those unsung heroes in our community who contribute so much to our civic life – so we came together to set up these joint awards. There are two Awards one made to an adult and one to a young person of 18 years or under. The first award Award was made in 2005. Winners names are engraved on the shields which are displayed on the wall of the Council Chamber in the Civic Centre. This year we are recognising JOAN FISHER with the Senior Award, but because of the interruptions to so many youth activities in the last year, a Junior Award is not being made. Joan has made outstanding contributions which have benefitted many people in our Town.
HERE HERE Watch Martin in Action Watch Martin in Action

Castle Concert July ‘21

A wonderful Summer’s

evening with picnics and a

lovely, lively audience

enjoying the boisterous but

mellifluous charms of Illyria

aboard HMS Pinafore.

Brought to you (safely) by

Berkhamsted Rotary.

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Veterans Visit to National Memorial

Arboretum - 7th September 2021

The Rotary clubs of Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead jointly organized a trip for veterans to visit the NMA (National Memorial Arboretum). After several postponement due to COVID-19 this went ahead in September. 37 veterans signed up for the trip including a 98 years-old RAF aircraft crew, a 97 year-old Royal Marine, a 91 year-old Paratrooper and several WRAC ladies whose ages shall not be revealed. For full details, see
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Castle Concert July 2021

A wonderful Summer’s evening with picnics and a

lovely, lively audience enjoying the boisterous but

mellifluous charms of Illyria aboard HMS Pinafore.

Brought to you (safely) by Berkhamsted Rotary.

ROTARY CENTENARY CIVIC AWARD – 2021 WINNER – JOAN FISHER  The Rotary Centenary Civic Awards were instituted in 2004 when Rotary celebrated its Centenary.  At that time Berkhamsted Town Council also wanted to introduce an Annual Civic Award to recognise the work of those unsung heroes in our community who contribute so much to our civic life – so we came together to set up these joint awards. There are two Awards – one made to an adult and one to a young person of 18 years or under. The first award Award was made in 2005. Winners names are engraved on the shields which are displayed on the wall of the Council Chamber in the Civic Centre. This year we are recognising JOAN FISHER with the Senior Award, but because of the interruptions to so many youth activities in the last year, a Junior Award is not being made.  Joan, through Open Door, has made outstanding contributions which have benefitted many people in our Town.
Martin started his campaign in the Men’s Singles WH2 Group Play Stage - Group B, defeating Dumnern Junthong of Thailand. He then came 2nd in his Group but was unfortunately knocked out by Chan Ho Yuen of HK in the quarterfinals Over the last 5 years Berkhamsted Rotary has helped towards self-funding Potten End resident Martin’s expenses and helping him realise his dream of representing his country at the Tokyo Paralympics. We have written to him to congratulate him on all his hard work and determination which earned him a quarterfinal place. Martin replied: ‘Yes , I’m always disappointed whenever I lose a game. More so when it’s at the biggest tournament of my life. However eight weeks ago, I was 95% sure I wouldn’t make it to the Paralympics due to injury. I couldn’t hit the shuttle hard. I was in so much pain. I travelled to Leeds , Manchester to see specialist after specialist. I had Cortizone injections into the elbow that were unsuccessful. With constant physio, rehab and huge desire, I managed somehow to turn it around. That alone was a monumental achievement. The Paralympics itself has been and unforgettable experience. I’ve played against the best players in the world on the biggest stage in the world. I can’t thank Rotary enough. I’m extremely grateful for your constant support throughout my incredible journey. ‘

Local Hero Martin Rooke represents GB in the wheelchair

badminton team for the Tokyo Paralympics

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