The Mayor of Wolverhampton, councillor Sandra Samuels, made her visit to the club on 26th July along with her consort Karl. She was made very welcome and supported by a turnout of 26 Rotarians. She is a member of Rotary herself in the Bilston club so no stranger to our organisation.
As is always the case, she was made an honorary member of our club as Mayor. She outlined her plans for her year in office which were very well received and we in turn offered our support in her endeavours.
She is no stranger to us here at RC City of Wolverhampton having attended our centenary year celebrations, and more recently our Best Foot Forward at Aldersley Leisure Village. She also featured in the press release this week where all four of the Wolverhampton Rotary clubs were financial support to the recently arrived Ukrainian refugees. She noted that the diversity of our club was a welcome step towards a more fairer society.
It was a very satisfactory meeting and one on which we all played a part in.
Four local Rotary Clubs, the Clubs of Bilston and Wolverhampton West, Tettenhall, City of Wolverhampton and Wednesfield, have combined to secure £4000 from Rotary Foundation funds in order to help Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Wolverhampton. It is essential to help the refugees, who have lost everything, both with day to day necessities and with support to help them find their feet in their new environment.
The support from Rotary is being channelled through the Ukrainian Church, Ukrainian Club and community centre and Razom café, which provide a focal point for families and individuals arriving from Ukraine. Anyone who is hosting or meets refugees from Ukraine is encouraged to make them aware of these.
The first of a series of presentations took place on Friday 22nd July when Bob Stolz, President of the Rotary Club of Bilston and Wolverhampton West, presened their club’s delivery of goods under this programme at the Ukrainian Church in Merridale Street West. This consisted of £1000 worth of educational, communication and language items which will be used in the community centre for the benefit of all the new arrivals. He was accompanied by the Presidents of all four Rotary Clubs, including our own Sylvia Morgan,who all wish to welcome our new Ukrainian neighbours.
More presentations are to follow as the refugee families come forward to provide details of shoe and school uniform sizes for children, clothing needs and a wide variety of other items such as pushchairs, cots, musical instruments and the like.
Additionally, the Rotary club of The City of Wolverhampton has made a further £1000 available from our own Community Trust fund.