Today's session was written by Charlyn Duru (Rotary Club of Hendon Club Secretary)
Today’s session was super special as it was the official launch of The Rotary Club of Hendon Dementia Club in Association with Dementia Club UK. Members arriving were pleased to see sandwiches of all sorts, drinks and teas and coffees.
The number of attendees was phenomenal. The room was full to the point that there were no seats left for volunteers. The afternoon started with a welcome address from Lisa the Chairman and introducing guests.
This was followed by a speech by our special guest the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Caroline Stock who stood in for the Mayor Cllr.Reuben Thompstone who had sent his apologies. She then did the honour of cutting the beautifully presented launch cake with the support of Eugenia the Rotary President and Lisa. Everyone enjoyed the cake which was really delicious.
The afternoon continued with fun exercises from Eon our exercise guru who took us through our paces followed by live music performance from our resident musician James Bernard.
There was a lot of dancing and sing along by members, guests and volunteers. Helen one of the carers was presented with a birthday cake and everybody sang and wished her a happy birthday which she very much appreciated.
This session was also extra special because for the first time we had eight guests from Barnet African Caribbean Association who expressed interest to become members of Dementia Club UK.
Other guests included Rotarian Presidents from Rotary Club of Pall Mall - Sylvia Ponce, Rotary Club of Wembley - Julie Caesar, Rotary Club of Enfield Chase - Lovina Kalu and Mark Rose from Rotary Club of Northwick Park.
Sylvia Ponce presented and donated colouring books and pens on behalf of the Pall Mall Rotary Club.
The afternoon would not have been successful without the help of our committed volunteers Theresa, Annette, Melissa, Bob and carer Marina. Also thanks to volunteers from Rotary Club Hendon - with Session Leaders Charlyn and Eugenia of Hendon, Michelle, Ayo, Franca and Rita.
Also of course thank you to Lisa our Chairman for organising the event and Mark one of the Trustees for helping throughout the session. One member described the session as one of the best she has ever attended.