Westminster International Rotary Club
International in our membership, spirit and outlook
The Westminster International Rotary Club was chartered in March 1948 as Rotary Club of Westminster East. We changed our Club name in 2016 to reflect the truly international nature in our membership and outlook. Over 66 years we have constantly looked for ways to serve the community in which we are based.
Our Club currently has 27 members, both ladies and gentlemen, representing many different professions and nationalities with an average age of 45. The club has a distinct international feel and outlook with members from Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Mauritius, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda in addition to UK nationals. We believe the international makeup of our club is essential to our success and reflects the diversity in London and our community.
RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-
With this in mind, the Club will use its collective talents to continue to do the things that it does well and which improve the live in the community. In consequence, we will continue to support Pimlico Puffins, The Soho Community Centre, KidsOut, KidsBuild, KidsDance and offer as much as we can to our community. As its sponsoring club, we will also continue to support and promote the Westminster Rotaract Club.
Naturally we will also continue to support Rotary’s own charity Thanks for Life/End Polio Now, which has come very close to eliminate one of the nastiest diseases worldwide.
Membership development remains a priority and the focus will be on increasing our membership and maintain our diversity. We welcome interest from anyone living or working in Westminster or those who wish to join a central London service club.
We have also recently been a founder member of a European Rotary Club Contact group, consisting of the Funkturm Rotary Club in Berlin, The Rosengarten Rotary Club in Bern and the Maribor Park Rotary Club in Maribor, Slovenia in addition to our club. Apart from social contacts we have joint international service programmes and the first such programme was completed recently and has raised considerable funds for needy children in the Maribor area.
John Bartlett is our President for the Rotary year 2016/2017. He is originally from Ireland and is a marine engineer with the Lloyd’s Register.
Ian Cornwall is our Secretary. Ian is originally from England and is currently the Director of Regulation at the Wealth Management Association.
Thomas Deinet is our Treasurer and is original from Germany. He is currently an Executive Director at the Hedge Fund Standards Board.