Hi, my name is Elke and I am this year's President of Maidstone Dawn Patrol Rotary Club. I have worked in Banking most of my Life, but now enjoy Retirement to the full. I keep busy with having fun with the family, especially my 4 grandchildren. My hobbies are Travelling , which I have done and still do extensively. To keep fit I run twice a week with a Running Club. Rotary keeps me busy and has introduced me to many different people. Giving a little back to Society is something I enjoy.
I’m Carol Vizzard, one of the founder members of Dawn Patrol Rotary Club. Like all retired people, I find that my days are filled with various activities and I don’t know how I found time to go to work! I joined the Rotary District Youth Opportunities team in 2005 and have worked with young people since then. I facilitate the Rotary Youth Leadership awards and have organised many youth competition. In 2017 I became the District Governor, supporting 79 clubs with Kent, East Sussex and Gibraltar. Description
Hello my name is Karen. I have been a hair stylist for nearly 40 years and recently gained a qualification in manicure, pedicure and gel nails. I have diversified and done many jobs alongside my hairdressing including direct sales, community fundraiser, marketing and events coordinator. My children are now independent adults leaving time for my husband and I to explore our interests. We enjoy history, nature, quizzing, real ale and good wine.
I'm Martin I joined Dawn Patrol in 2007, 5 years after the club started. I was working as a private stockbroker and wanted to get involved in community projects. Since then I have organised an inter-primary school music competition for four consecutive years. As a Rotarian I have been to Kerala 6 times volunteering and financially supporting SEN schools and orphanages. Have aided the design and construction of several sensory rooms in schools, etc. In my spare time I am trustee/treasurer for a SEN charity in Maidstone.
My name is Mary and I am club secretary and one of the founder members of Maidstone Dawn Patrol which chartered in 2002. I am now actively retired, having spent 50 years on and off in the Legal Profession which I enjoyed very much. I am married with three grown up children and two great grandchildren. My hobbies are walking, travelling, gardening, reading, trips to the theatre and meeting up with many friends I have been lucky enough to have made over the years. I enjoy my weekly meetings with Rotary and taking part in the activities of the Club, where I have made many friends, acquaintances and interesting people.
Hi I'm Dennis. I've been a Rotarian for 35 years. I live in Ashford and used to work in Maidstone but no longer. I've stayed in Dawn Patrol Maidstone Club because the members are nice bunch of people. A Rotarian can visit any Club in the World; in my time I've been to Clubs in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, India, and, more. There is always a warm welcome at a Rotary Club whether you're in Maidstone or even Madrid.
Hi I'm Clinton and I'm a retired vicar although still active in public ministry, and before ordination I practised as a solicitor. My special area of interest, which led me to join Dawn Patrol, is the Maidstone Young Musician competition, which is run and funded by the club. My wife, Nancy, who is a professional musician, advises and works alongside the other members in organising this annual event.
Hi I'm Bryan I've been involved for many, many years but have only been a member for the last 5 years I've been involved with many of the club's fund raising activities for distribution to local charitable organizations. Currently I'm the Assistant Governor for our District, which keeps me fully involved with all things Rotary, most weekends I enjoy social events and try to keep the politics of Rotary to a minimum, enjoying the fellowship and friendships we have made
Hi I’m Kev I’m an Independent Financial Adviser based just outside Maidstone, in Sutton Valence and prior to that I worked in Banking for 30 years. It should therefore come as no surprise that I’m the Treasurer for the Club and the reason why I joined Rotary was to try and give something back. My interests and hobbies centre around fitness and exercise, specifically Obstacle Course Races and crazy running challenges.
Hi I'm Elaine and have been involved with Rotary for over 20 years and I am the founder president of the Dawn Patrol Rotary Club. My current position within the club at present is on Foundation as a representative for the Vocational Training. I have my own Businesses one is Earl Street Employment Recruitment, and I'm also the Managing Director of Kerala Moments a bespoke travel agency offering tours of Southern India which has been operating for 6 years. My hobbies include gardening, swimming and walking. With the help of fantastic volunteers I chair a charity 'The Children of Kerala' and I'm actively involved with India having visited there regularly over the last 19 years both in a business and charity capacity I'm also involved with The Royal Burma Society and other charities and organizations such as the Maidstone Mela and Maidstone Young Musician and on the 29th March 2006 I received the MBE for Working within the community and my involvements within the charities.
Hi I'm Pat and I'm a retired Social Housing Manager and Magistrate I've been involved in charity work throughout my life, including training Samaritans, and enjoy this aspect of being a Rotarian. I am also a Maidstone Mediation volunteer and enjoy travelling and have lived abroad in Oman and Portugal.
Hi my name is Natalka. I joined Dawn Patrol in 2019 and am one of its newest members. I am a practising solicitor and have my own legal practice which I started in October 1999. I am married to Paul and have one son who is currently in secondary school. I have been involved in community and charity work in one guise or another for most of my adult life and genuinely like helping people. I was involved with Chernobyl Children Life Line (Maidstone Link) - a charity seeking to promote the wellbeing of children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine in 1986 and enjoyed organising the programme of events for the children who visited Maidstone for a recuperative summer break each year. Currently I am a volunteer with the Children of Kerala charity and have recently become a governor of a local primary school. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and ballroom and Latin American dance.
I joined Rotary in 2002 particularly for the fellowship which Doreen and I have enjoyed. During my time in Rotary, I have served as President treasurer and secretary and have been involved in raising funds for local and national causes as well as international projects of Rotary International, my particular passion being the Polio Eradication initiative started by Rotarians in the Philippines in 1988. I also enjoy gardening and outside of Rotary Doreen and I are volunteer blood runners, delivering emergency blood products to hospitals in the county.