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President from 1 July 2016 is Jaime Wallden (Clayton)

President Jaime Wallden

Welcome to our web site.

When I was asked to become President of this Rotary Club I was quite honoured but that was three years ago and I hadn't thought that my time would come round so quickly. Being a very busy person in my business, social and family life I have always had to juggle my time, so adding to my workload seems to be second nature.

The post of President is potentially a very busy one but I was flattered to be asked having only been a member of the Club for just two years. Now five years on, we are very much looking forward to having a busy year and helping out in the community, raising some valuable funds for some excellent causes and hopefully increasing the membership of our club and therefore increasing what we can do and how much money we can raise.

Some people's perception of Rotary is that it is another elite, funny-handshake club made up of a bunch of old men with nothing better to do. This couldn't be further from the truth. When I joined at the age of 41 I was keen to change that perception and we have taken the Club from around 32 mainly retired men to a club of around 50 of both working and retired professional men and women keen to give a little bit back to the community.

Rotary's motto is Service above Self but for my year I want it to be M.A.D.,which stands for Make a Difference, in the best way you can with as much or as little time as you can spare. When I ask people would they like to get involved and help out, they mainly say "I don't have the time."

As previously mentioned I am a busy person and a bit disorganised – I run a very busy estate agency business and have plenty on my plate outside the office. I go on to say that if you do join, you don't have to do too much as thankfully we have the biggest local Rotary club which means there are plenty of people who will gladly put their hand up and help out, so any contribution is greatly appreciated.

A bit about me: I am 46 and have lived in Mid-Sussex since I was ten, having previously lived in South Africa for four years and in Epsom Surrey prior to that.

I went to school locally and now live in Clayton with my partner Paula – who is head of nursing for patient safety within our local hospitals – two stepsons, William 22 and George 19, my 13-year old daughter Maddy and my man-eating cockapoo Jasper who gets walked on the South Downs every morning at 6.45.

I'm normally in the office by 8 o'clock and am very proud to be a part of the Mansell McTaggart management, having taken a tiny estate agency with just one office in 1989 to a network of 17 offices today.

I love my job, I love the fact that our clients keep coming back and I have a very strong team of professionals around me to keep me in order.

Outside work I play golf (badly) and cycle both on- and off-road with a great bunch of like-minded men in lycra.

I run around 10-12 miles every Sunday morning across country with some of my oldest school friends, I'm a keen fisherman and I'm lucky enough to own a home in the French Alps where we ski and enjoy the mountains.

If you ask me what I'd like to be doing in ten years' time, I'd like to be working perhaps just four days a week as opposed to 6-7, play a lot more golf, travel a bit, maybe teach my grandchildren, if I have any, the arts of negotiation and being a people person, and like many of my fellow Rotarians continue to do good work in the community and enjoy the company of a fantastic group of people.

Welcome to our club and I hope you get involved and help us to Make a Difference.

Jaime Wallden
President (M.A.D.)

Presentation to
Chestnut Tree House

Jaime presents the cheque

President-elect Jaime Wallden presents a cheque for £1,200 to Joanne Smith, Community Fund Raiser of Chestnut Tree House, from funds raised at the Silent Film Night More . . .

The President's Walk . . .

The group marshalled for action

Another happy band of President's walkers shown here at Firle Beacon about to set off (or shilly-shally, in the words of leader for the day Karen Looker) to the top
More . . .

Presentation to
Children's Respite Trust

Presentation to Children's Respite

Vice-president Karen Looker presents a cheque for £2,500 to Gavin Fisher
Chief Executive of the Children's Respite Trust who gave members a comprehensive view of the charity's work

Welcome, y'all!

Five new members inducted

The meeting on 15 December 2015 was a significant occasion when
five new members were inducted in one evening.
They may look solemn in this picture but they were all enjoying it immensely. More . . .

   
Silence please!

Desert Island Discs

A novel twist after supper on 1 December was a special edition of "Desert Island Discs."

Ray Major (left) chose his eight records for the desert island whilst being sympathetically interviewed by Young Kirsty (Kirsty Perryman-Best, right)

More . . .

Ray Major tells Kirsty what he's chosen for his next record
   
The winning Senior team

Youth Speaks 2015

The Club hosted the first round of the annual Youth Speaks competition at Ardingly College on 16 November. The Intermediate competition was won by Oathall College, Haywards Heath.

Left: the winning Senior team from Oathall College receive their certificate from Christine Field, Deputy Leader of West Sussex CC. More . . . .

 
Richard Hands

Past President Richard Hands
d. 3 November 2015. More . . .

    

Cuckfield Mayoral Parade 2015

As usual, Club members gave good support to the parade following the election of the new Mayor of Cuckfield on 17 October. Roger Johnson's Skoda Yeti was suitably and colourfully decorated whilst members collected charity donations en route.

Pictured: Bernard Jarvis, Roger Johnson (Community Service Chairman), Trevor Clapp, Alec Landauer, President George Ruse and Chris Kinnear.

Collectors on parade

Two Star Presentations and a presidential Welcome

Jaime Wallden hands over the chequeGeorge ChandlerStars of the future

At the Club meeting on 21 September (and in the absence of President George Ruse on holiday), Acting President Jaime Wallden presented Mark Gerken, 2015 captain of Haywards Heath Golf Club with a cheque for £1,500 donated to the golf club's charity Friends of the Kleinwort Centre.

At the same meeting, Jaime is shown here with star speaker of the evening, naval war veteran George Chandler who recounted some of his dramatic (and sometimes very entertaining) adventures in motor torpedo boats as part of the Coastal Forces of the Royal Navy during the second world war.

Settling in

Immediate Past President George Ruse and President Jaime Wallden accompanied by the next generation of Club members

Garry Wall tells it straight

Council Leader's visit

Leader of Mid-Sussex District Council Gary Wall (shown left) made another welcome visit to the Club in June. More . . .

Darts Marathon

The winners of the 2015 Marathon (right) at the presentation evening. More . . .

A bunch of winners
   

Club publishes new
Business Directory

The Business Directory

An innovation this year has been the compilation and issue of a new Business Directory, distributed widely throughout the area. The Year Book 2015 contains local maps to be given to house buyers or tenants new to the area. And it raised wll over £4,500 for Rotary charities. More . . .

If you would like to know more about us, who we are and what we do to help others — and of course to enjoy Rotary, email
Jaime Wallden

Jaime Wallden

or call him on
07866 536277

Men or women, working or retired – all eligible to join

Welcome to the Club

New member Judith

above: Judith Pratt of Lindfield is welcomed by President David Wilson of Cuckfield on her admission to membership in February 2015

Judith is a research professor
at the University of Strathclyde

More events in 2015 . . .

Charter Anniversary Dinner 2015

Geoff Dew receives awardWithout strings

The highlight of the Club's Charter Anniversary Dinner on 15 May at the Hickstead Hotel was the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship to Past President and founder member Geoffrey Dew. Entertainment after the dinner was provided by the local singing group No Strings Attached.  More on the Charter Dinner. . .  or go to  Paul Harris Fellowships

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"Thank you for the Dictionaries . .

letter no. 2

. . and for listening to us reading."

Pupils from Blackthorns School write in appreciation. More . . .

Celebrity Marathon Darts with Natasha Kaplinsky

Justin's team

Natasha Kaplinsky played a starring role in the celebrity darts match at the Inn on the Green in Scaynes Hill on 16 April. (above) Natasha's husband Justin Bower's winning team. More ...

 

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