Rotary Club of Hastings

OUR Friday, March 1, meeting saw the induction of new member Graham Atkin. The club is on a high following the induction of a number of new members with more in the wings.

Following his induction Graham said that he had been attracted by the objects of Rotary and looked forward to working with his fellow Rotarians, serving the local community and helping the club with their overseas projects.

The club was also pleased to welcome two visiting Rotarians from Wadhurst, a feature of Rotary where members are encouraged to visit other clubs near and far. The Wadhurst Rotarians were on a Scatter Meeting when the club suspends its normal meeting and all members visit another club.

The speaker for the meeting was Geoff Carey, a veteran of Bomber Command recalling his exploits flying Wellingtons, Halifaxes and Lancasters in the Second World War.

Geoff gave details of how the air crews were trained and coped with the appalling attrition rate. He paid tribute to the many Commonwealth crews including Americans who crossed the border to be part of the Canadian force. He concluded by saying that the recent recognition of the 55,000 who lost their lives and are commemorated at the Bomber Command Memorial in London’s Green Park is particularly poignant as to fly you had to volunteer.

Rotarian Nick Holligsworth thanked Geoff for a very informative and emotional talk. For more information on the club visit www.hastings.rotaryweb.org.