The GLP Tour of Guatemala 31/01/14 – 09/02/14
By Rtn John Stanton, Rotary Club of Kenilworth

27th January 2014
Guatemala project John Stanton with Richard Martin

Summary of the Guatemala Literacy Project

The primary aim of GLP is to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through literacy & education, often in the seriously underprivileged Mayan communities.
The GLP was initiated in 1998. The 2013/14 Global Grant project raised US$339K, with a total of 115 Clubs & Districts contributing, exceeding its target considerably.

For more information click here

The President of Kenilworth Rotary Club, Richard Martin,presents to Rtn John Stanton a book which he will take to Guatemala on his visit to the Centro Infantil Bellota in Xela. A primary aim of Rotary International is to improve literacy in the world. The Centro aims to help very poor seriously underprivileged young Mayan children in Xela to achieve literacy & Kenilworth Rotary have supported it for some time. The book is a collection of photographs depicting Kenilworth. John will also be joining a group of some 35 Rotarians mainly from N America who will be visiting several schools in Guatemala as part of the Guatemala Literacy Project. The GLP has for this year alone raised US$ 355,000 to provide books, computers & other teaching aids to a large number of schools in the country, mainly in the rural NW Mayan areas
Friday 29th November 2013 Friday 15th - Sunday 17th November 2013
Philip and Brian serving soup opening of the Art Show
The Kenilworth Rotary Club members came out in force to help at the switching on of the Kenilworth Christmas Lights. This year we also helped Kenilworth School to raise money for the Shelter Boxes. For more pictures from the evening click here.

The Mayor of Kenilworth, Felicity Bunker opened 2013 Art and Design Craft Show.

The aim was to bring the community together, help to promote local artists and encourage young talent from local schools.

for more information, pictures of the show and to vote for your favourite face drawing go to www.artanddesigncraftshow.org.uk

Saturday 16th November 2013 Friday 1st November 2013

A party of 4 members of Kenilworth Rotary Club’s International Committee took part in the recent International Projects Meeting at the Tally Ho Conference Centre.Birmingham on Saturday 16th of November.
The purpose of the meting was to exchange ideas on International projects in which the various District Rotary clubs were involved. Kenilworth Rotary showed a desk top display on the Guatemala Literary Project (see picture above) to which we have donated this year, with  a total of US$10500, enhanced by Rotary District & International Foundation grants.
The new system of District & Global grants was explained fully by Steve McConnell, District Foundation officer.
A number of further presentations was made, including on Shelter Boxes, which Kenilworth Rotary has long supported, this year in particular in relation to the Syrian & Philippines crises.
It was stressed that our aim in Rotary was not primarily to provide emergency aid although Rotary does substantial work in this area but rather to develop sustainable projects with longer term benefits in the areas of Promoting Peace; Fighting disease (viz Polio); Providing clean water; Supporting education;Saving mothers & children; Growing local economies


Colin Sallis

This is what we all wanted to see; Colin Sallis on his way to recovery.

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Monday 30th September 2013  
Explorer Scouts John and Peter

Rtn John Stanton presented a cheque to Ian Pantling, leader of the Warwick Explorer Scouts and Bethan Heaton for the Explorer Scouts' help at Warwick Castle for the 2013 2CR.


John Boothroyd was presented by Peter Roberts, an Asistant Govenor, on Behalf of the Rotary International President to record our contribution for World Peace through our Rotary Service.
After a long period of illness, Dudley Taylor has passed away.

Dudley was a long-standing Rotarian and a great character. He was President from 1974 to 1975 and a trustee of Abbey Field House that was set up by the club and, when it closed, the proceeds of sale gave the capital sum for our Trust Fund. His contribution to the club continues into the future.

Pat and Jerry

Rtn Jerry Duckett & Pat married at St Nicholas Church, Kenilworth - Saturday 24th August 2013

All the Club members wish them many happy years together.


Richard Martin

Arnold with his Grandsons

Arnold Bolton and his two grandsons helped to set up the Kenilworth Rotary Club's stall at the Kenilworth Carnival. Thanks to the support of the public the Club collected £75 in aid of eliminating Polio around the world.

Outgoing President John Boothroyd has handed over his duties to new president Richard Martin for the new presidential year .

John making his handover speech reflected on a year he had enjoyed in office. He felt the increase in membership, the many social events held and the £35k of monies raised to give away to both local and international charities underlined the good state of the Club.

New President Richard Martin, who has enjoyed a long career in the water industry said: “It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be elected as President of our club which has such a long and distinguished history in Kenilworth“.
His aims for his year as President will be to attract more new members, to further increase the profile of the Club’s activities, while continuing our work supporting charities and local good causes with funds generated from our very successful Two Castles Run, The Art show, and other fund raising activities.

For more pictures from the handover click here


This Year's Two Castle Run - 9 June 2013.

Another successful Run

Results available on


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11th of May 2013

Representative from the Helen Ley Centre

The Kenilworth Rotary Tin Rattle in the centre of Kenilworth raised £470 for Castel Froma and Helen Ley Centre. The representative from Helen Ley Centre came to be presented with £500 cheque.


Kenilworth School Triumphs in Public Speaking Success
Oratory is sometimes thought to be a forgotten art, but the recent success of students at Kenilworth School shows that public speaking is flourishing there. The school was victorious in no fewer than three separate public speaking competitions in the space of a fortnight.
In the intermediate-level competition of ‘Youth Speaks’, organised by Rotary International, the school clinched an unprecedented double victory, coming first and runners up. Nicola Jennings, Joe Pollacco, and Alice Bourne, of Year 9, won the day with a presentation on road rage, whilst a persuasive call for more reading and less screen-watching secured second place for the Year 8 team: James Greenway, Shubbro Datta and Jonathan Phillips, who won the individual prize for ‘best speaker’.
The Castle VI Form team of Olivia Pattison, Jon Edwards and Annalise Thornhill addressed the question of “what has happened to the Olympic legacy?” and with it achieved another win for the school.
The third triumph was in the prestigious and fierce English Speaking Union Competition, where Rhiannon Frenguelli, Gus Walter and Emily Attwood saw off opposition from five other talented teams to clinch first-place. For his speech assessing whether marriage is a corrupt institution, Gus Walter was crowned ‘best speaker’.
All three teams go through to the next stages of each competition to be held this month.
Historically, Kenilworth School has enjoyed great success on the oratorical stage thanks to the dedication and experience of English teacher Robin Kemp, who was instrumental in this year’s triumphs. His rhetorical know-how and behind-the-scenes coaching was termed by one student as their ‘secret weapon’. The perennial support of the Kenilworth Rotary Club, which kindly invited the Youth Speaks teams to hone their skills in after-dinner speeches, is also greatly appreciated.


Kenilworth School Triumphs in Public Speaking - by Justin PottsJustine PottsRobin Kemp's report:

On Saturday 13th April the Kenilworth School Intermediate team of Nicola Jennings, Joe Pollacco and Alice Bourne made the long journey to Barry in South Wales for the Regional Final of the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition, representing District 1060 [Heart of England]. As in the two previous rounds, their topic was road rage and how to counter it. Faced with a knowledgeable and partisan audience, the team came runners-up to a team from Llanelli, whose main speaker spoke with flair and humour about the demise of the Olympic Legacy. The Kenilworth team came agonisingly close to the final for the top six teams in the country [out of some 450 entries]. Speaking with humour and spontaneity, Alice Bourne won the award for the Proposer of the Best Vote of Thanks.  This was the first time any of the team had entered such a competition, unlike many of the teams they faced, which makes their achievement all the more remarkable. Mr Kemp and Miss Potts have been their coaches through their three competition rounds this year.

Monday 4th March 2013 Monday 11th February 2013
Brian Miles Philip Austin
Our new member Brian Miles Our new member Philip Austin

Bill Gates delivered this year's Dimbleby lecture from the Royal Institution "Why must we end Polio"

BBC1 Tuesday 29th January 2013at 10.35 p.m.


Many organizations helped push the eradication resolution through the World Health Assembly, but the one you wouldn’t expect is Rotary International. Rotary is a service organization with 1.2 million members in almost every country in the world, including more than 50,000 in Great Britain and Ireland.
Rotarians pledge to put service above self, their motto, but they have no specific global health mandate. They are not polio experts. They are regular people who go to work and spend time with their families. For three decades, they have also spent time advocating for polio eradication, raising money to support vaccination, and giving kids polio drops all over the world.

For the whole lecture click here

Fellow Rotarians,
In Kenilworth Rotary, we are active supporters of Shelter Boxes through our International Committee.
We came across an inspiring article in the Daily Telegraph Saturday supplement just before Christmas, which not only described the life saving role being played by Shelter Boxes in the current Syrian refugee crisis, but also described the world wide reach of this very successful Rotary programme. We believe the article can inform & enthuse people.
With permission from the DT, we have put this article into a PDF which is freely available for use in your individual Rotary campaigns, but the pictures are copyright & must not be put on the internet.
  For the article click here
On the 30th of November 2012 On the 30th of November 2012
Soup Kitchen Tree of Light
The Rotary Club of Kenilworth members served hot soup at the Switching on of the Christmas Lights in Kenilworth. The collection was as usual for Children in Need. We also arranged the Barrel Organ to amuse passers by. For more pictures click here.

The Rotary Club of Kenilworth Launched a Tree of Light for the citizens of Kenilworth to commemorate those that have passed away.

All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support

For the application form click here


On the 26th of November 2012 On the 26th-28th of October 2012
John Boothroyd handing award to Tony Thompson Eight members of the Rotary Club of Kenilworth, together with their spouses,  attended the Rotary District 1060 Conference in Cardiff. ..........For pictures click here

Tony Thompson, past President receives District Governors Club Recognition Award for achieving the targets set for the increase and retention of members and achieving the criteria for per capita Foundation giving

To see the Award click here


On the 8th of October 2012

GCE Visitors in our club

On the 16th of July 2012

Handing a cheque to the explorer scouts

GCE Visitors from Caribbean District 7030, on their 4 week Group Study Exchange to district 1060.District 7030 is a unique District that can be regarded as a mini Rotary International. The reason for this is that the District covers fourteen Countries with 69 Clubs meeting in 19 different territories across the District. The actual geography is as follows - starting in the South on the South American continent with French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana and as it goes north encompassing the Eastern Caribbean, or as some people may know it, part of the old British and French West Indies.

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Presentation of cheque to Warwick Explorer Scouts
“The Warwick Explorer Scouts were an important part of the successful start arrangements in Warwick Castle for the 2012 Two Castles’ Run.
Kenilworth Rotary Club (Rotarian John Stanton & friend of Rotary Richard Poynter) presented them with a cheque to assist their purchasing of much needed camping equipment”

On the 7th of July 2012

team of workers

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The Mayor
The Club displayed the Shelter Box at the Abbey Fields in Kenilworth during the Kenilworth Carnival on the 7th July 2012 Everybody wanted a picture with Phil Highley's Torch, even the Mayor, George Illingworth, picture below:
From the 25th of June 2012 Our new President - John Boothroyd

John speaks

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After the handover John Boothroyd said:

It is a privilege to be the President of the Rotary club of Kenilworth who have a motto for the year of "Peace through service" and to be involved in our community where so much good work is done by our Rotarians who work quietly without recognition or praise but in seeing the results of all the efforts and good work ,through fundraising and smiling faces which are reward enough.

This year we will continue the excellent foundation work put down by past president's of KRC and welcome new members from all walks of life looking to become involved in the greatest service club worldwide that helps people and organisation who are less fortunate than ourselves both at home and worldwide.

As a past Rotary Ambassador who visited India for 6 weeks as part of a group study exchange programme I appreciate the value of being a Rotarian and what rotary can do for you and What you can do for Rotary.

If anybody would like to become involved and have a desire to give something back to our community while forming lasting friendships and enjoying excellent fellowship please feel free to contact me on 01926 857244. We meet every Monday night a 7.00 pm at the Ramada Hotel.I urge new members to get the Rotary habit - it could change your life as it has mine.

John Boothroyd and paul Seward selling the tee shirts

On the 2nd of June 2012, the Rotary Club of Kenilworth took the Shelter Box to the Lions Show in Abbey Fields Kenilworth. They collected nearly £300 by selling Two Castles Run Tee Shirts from previous years.

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On the 11th of July 2012

Handing a cheque to the kenilworth Centre

The Roraty Club of Kenilworth hands the cheque from this year's tin rattle to the Kenilworth Centre. Thank you to the public for their support in our collection.

On the 10th of June 2012


Watch this film of the race:

Ideal conditions ,4000 Entrants , make the 30th Run another super event..

Sunday’s 30th  Two Castles Run enjoyed good sunny conditions this year .  The Race organised By the Kenilworth Rotary Club with the help of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club livid up to its reputation of one of the best 10k runs in the country

Runners enjoyed the safety of closed roads that is now a statutory requirement for this type of event .

The race started inside Warwick Castle spot on 9AM

Warwick start

Some 32 minutes 48 seconds later the winner Ryan Kenny a member of Coventry Godiva Harriers crossed the finish line in Kenilworth Castle.  
Ryan commented “ A little bit to warm this morning but made up for that by appreciating the tremendous support along the route .

1st runner at Kenilworth Castle

Thank you to all the people, clubs, staff at both castles and sponsors who made this event possible. Some other pictures from the day are here

Shelter Box report

Shelter Box

For the latest report from our club's Rotary scholar Justin Potts click hereScholars: Justin Potts and Rubert Luefther

On the 27th of May 2012, the Rotary Club of Kenilworth took the Shelter Box to the Southam Rotary Club's Fun Day at Bourton Hall. The members collected nearly £300 towards another Shelter Box. The new box will be purchased by the Southam Rotary Club.


Our scholars: Justin Potts, from Kenilworth, saying her goodbyes before going to Italy and Rubert Luefther, from Dortmund in Germany, based at the University of Warwick. 

For our reports from Justin from Italy: click here for the December report, click here for the April report, click here for June's report.


Grocery bag winnerWinners of recent Kenilworth Rotary Club's Grocery Bag rafle were family Masacarenhus of Windy Arbour. They won a £300 voucher to spend in Waitrose. The event a charity fund raiser is one of the ways Rotary strives to provide a little fun in its endeavors to maintain the level of support it can give to causes in the local community. There were second and third prizes of £100 and £50 tokens.

Picture shows Mr Masacarenauhus and son collecting prize voucher from Club President Tony Thompson (left) and Raffle organiser Rotarian Phil Highley (right).

New Rotarians enrolled on the 5th of September 2011 Three new members

Picture people are left to right : Richard Martin (now vice President), New Rotarian Risabh Dudheria, President elect John Boothroyd  sponsor, Phillip Southwell sponsor, New Rotarian Peter Robson, New Rotarian  Matt O'sullivan, Preident  Tony Thompson, Roy Shearing sponsor .



Tony Thompson has taken  over the presidency of The Rotary club of Kenilworth from June 2011.

Tony Thopmson

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Tony said on his appointment:

As a resident of Kenilworth for 40 years I am proud to have been elected President of the Kenilworth Club of Rotary International for a year that offers me both challenges and opportunities for the local, national and international communities.

I retired as a Civil Engineer after forty one years in the Water industry International. During this time I became a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Coventry Freemans Guild.  I now divide my time between working for local charities, my hobbies:- bowling (Sphinx Bowls Club), watercolour painting (Coventry Watercolour Society), photography, (Balsall Common U3A) and walking (Kenilworth Walkers), and time with family and friends both locally and in Australia.

I am Director/Trustee for Warwickshire Association for the Blind (WAB), working to provide support, help and advice  for the blind and partial sighted in our community.  WAB has just celebrated its 100 years and continues to enable the blind person to remain as independent as possible. It also organises Clubs and Drop in Centres throughout the County.

As President of Kenilworth Rotary Club I look forward to continuing and building on the good work already undertaken :-Two Castles Run, Blackpool Holiday, involvement in Kenilworth Festival and many other local and international events. Plus I wish to get more involved with the other Clubs and Organisations within Kenilworth too improve our links and participate in joint events for fund raising but also to be involved in social activities for the enjoyment of our Members and their families.



Maya childrenKenilworth Rotary Club through its International Committee has supported the Maya Child Care Trust for a number of years. The trust’s sole focus is on the Centro Infantil Bellota, based in Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala.


president with A Mayo child The President of Quetzaltenango Rotary, Arq. Luis Lopez C, Secretary, Don Julio

Weissenberg Pieruccini , Arq. Jaime Quevedo Flores, Social Development & John Diehl, International Relations were all in attendance & were greeted Omar Mejias, the Director of the Centro. This is another excellent example of Rotary international cooperation. (Report by Rotarian John Stanton)

Click on the link below for more information

Maya childrenThe Centro provides vital early year’s (pre-primary) support for children living in extreme poverty. This year, as well as giving additional money from the President’s  discretionary fund, the club funded, together with a grant from Rotary District, a literacy project aimed at improving the early development of the children by revitalising the library, providing resources & activities that familiarise the children with the alphabet, etc.

inserting a plaqueLast Friday, 5th August 2011, the Rotary Club of Quetzaltenango visited the Centro to see the project development & to witness the mounting on the wall of a Rotary wheel & plaque donated by Kenilworth Rotary.