The road to Banjul has been a long one for new President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow. Working as a security guard in a branch of Argos in North London in the early 2000s, his journey to high office in his home country involved the removal of longstanding President Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in the tiny West African country in a military coup d'etat in 1994.

...of Julia McMenemy, Guest Relations Officer. 

One of the many great things about being the Guest Relations Officer at the Royal Over-Seas League is the public nature of my position. As one of the more visible members of the ROSL team, I’ve gotten to know many of you very well in the year or so I have been at the club, and it is often the catch-ups and pleasantries I exchange with members that that form the highlight of my day.

A principle of the Royal Over-Seas League is the ambition to maintain social and cultural links worldwide. With half of our members overseas, sharing the work we do in our clubhouses is often challenging, particularly in relation to exhibitions of visual art. Luckily with our smartened-up website, we now have the ability to bring the work in the London clubhouse to you.

Yesterday (5 April) Green Park played host to a commemoration of the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a defining moment in the history of Canada, attended by servicemen, Canadian schoolchildren and members of the public. From the London Clubhouse, ROSL members were able to hear the sounds of bagpipe playing floating across Green Park, as well as the hundreds of schoolchildren filing towards the Canada Memorial just yards from Buckingham Palace.

When Sir Evelyn Wrench founded the Royal Over-Seas League in 1910, he took a bold step amongst London clubs in admitting female members from the outset. Even today, several of London's oldest clubs only allow male members. This small nod he made to equality has been joined in the century that followed by huge advances in equality in wider society, not only in terms of gender, but also race, religion, sexuality, disability and age, among others. But that doesn't mean equality for all is a reality today; particularly in the workplace.

This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next twelve months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean.