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Weston Rotary’s Dog Day

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The Annual Exmoor Challenge

The 2019 Rotary Club of Exmoor Challenge

 Supporting the Children’s Hospice South West

Sunday 14th April 2019

We are invited to take part in the 2019 Exmoor Challenge between Districts 1175 and 1200. Last year the event raised over £1000 with over 100 walkers competing.

Rotarians, their families, and friends from Rotary Districts 1175 and 1200 earn points for their District by completing either of two walks (4 miles or 8 miles).  The shield is currently held by District 1200 and has been for a while. The routes will be starting from Allerford Community Hall TA24 8HL from 0800 and passing through some of the most beautiful scenery on Exmoor.

Walkers over 18 pay an entry fee of £7. Walker’s under18 enter free, but an adult must accompany them. Dogs are welcome, owners must keep them under control. PROPER WALKING SHOES/BOOTS ARE ADVISED.

More details will be available during February with the routes, information and sponsorship forms available from the Exmoor Rotary web site. Meanwhile please register by e mail atchallenge@exmoor-rotary.org.uk

Yours in Rotary, Paul Kingdom – Rotary Club of Exmoor

Concert Welsh Male Voice Choir

Saturday 2nd March 2019 at St Benedict’s Church Glastonbury

Proceeds from this event will go to EVAG (Emergency Volunteer Action Group Trust)

More about EVAG

EVAG is the group which formed during the District 1200 enormous programme to aid recovery for the victims of the 2014 floods and storms. In a word – Rotary & Inner Wheel excelled. The EVAG group is now working with the Civil Authorities, with whom we have specific agreements and training programmes, to plan our response to future civil emergencies.

Members of the EVAG team have attended in-depth debriefs of the disasters of the last year – the Manchester bomb, Grenfell, the Salisbury poisoning and Storm Emma.

A Grenfell report summary read ‘….The great British public demonstrated immense generosity, and local volunteers and members of the community stepped forward to support ….This was voluntary action at its best and most immediate….’

In the case of Storm Emma Rotary was congratulated by the County Council for our 100% response to every call. The EVAG Ops centre was activated and handled the requests for support.

Members of the EVAG team want to explain to Clubs what we have agreed with the Civil Authorities, to outline our role, and how we are organising for the next occasion on which we shall respond.

This is a call to Clubs – please include EVAG members in your list of speakers in the next Rotary year.   Contact: David Welch for more information  

Rotary Youth Projects

During the next few months District Finals will be held for the various youth projects which clubs participate in in our district.

These are the dates District, Regional and National Finals:

Young Photographer Dates
National Final: Deadline date: Saturday, 6th April 2019
Theme – ‘Beauty of Nature’

 

Young Chef Dates
District Final: Saturday 9th February 2019, Westfield Academy, Yeovil.
Regional Final: 30th March 2019 Venue: Exeter College
National Final: Saturday, 27th April 2019 Venue: Leeds City College, Printworks Campus, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JY

 

Youth Speaks Dates
District Final: 2nd March 2019 Venue: Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar
Regional Final: 30th March 2019 Venue: Queens College, Taunton.
National Final: Saturday, 12th May 2019 Venue: The Rotary Showcase, Nottingham

 

Young Writer Dates
National Final: 6th April 2019 (deadline date) Theme – ‘My Inspiration’

 

 

Young Musician Dates
District Final:  Sunday 24 March 2019   Venue:  Cheddar
Regional Final: Saturday 4th May 2019. Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex.
National Final: Saturday, 4th May 2019 Venue: Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL

District Conference Golf Competition

This years annual District Golf Competition will be at Mendip Spring Golf Club on 12th October 2018.

Individual Stableford golf competition

Any Rotarian can take part in the Conference Golf Competition, but Conference Delegates and their parters can compete for the conference cup and ladies for the ladies trophy.  Those not registered at conference they can still play for the district individual trophy.

District 1200 Individual Golf Trophy ______  Any D 1200 Rotarian

Conference 2018 golf trophy             ______ Registered conference delegates

Conference 2018 Ladies trophy         ______ Female registered conference delegates

DATE:                               12th  October 2018

Venue:                            Mendip Spring Golf Club

Competition:                 Stableford.  Yellow or Red tee’s (ladies); Full handicap.

Cost :                                £22

Package :                        18 holes, Brinsea course. Food available at additional cost

Times:                              Arrival- 10 am; 1st Tee at 11 am

NB :  D 1200 Rotarians with a golf handicap are invited to enter the District                      Competition
Registered conference delegates only will be eligible for the conference trophy
Only one trophy may be won by any one player.
The trophy ranking is District, Conference, Ladies

Download your entry form here. 

Weston-super-Mare Rotary Dog Show

President Marian Barber presents £2,000 to Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary received by manager Sarah Schranz. Thank you to everybody who made it such a great day. See you next year, Saturday 11th May


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The car that will break the 1,000mph barrier

Find our more about the Bloodhound project at our District Conference 2018

You can find out more about the 2018 Conference on the District 1200 website.

What is EVAG?

YOUR District 1200 group which plans for Rotarians & Inner Wheelers to aid the Civic Authorities – EVAG – has received a message of Congratulations from the Somerset County Council Emergency planners – because we responded to every request during Storm Emma.

Emergency Volunteer Action Group

EVAG is a derivative of the enormous aid efforts when we helped our those who were so badly affected by the flooding on the Somerset Levels in 2014 – YOU AND INNER WHEEL assisted householders and managed warehouses.

The organising group formed ourselves into EVAG – THE GROUP WHICH PLANS FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE FUTURE – in any number of types of emergency.

We plan, train, and we serve on the planning groups of the 3 County Councils – Somerset, Wiltshire & Dorset.

EVAG and Storm Emma

EVAG volunteers assisting during storm Emma

YOU have always responded to our calls. During Storm Emma we set up our 24hr response centre. Every time we received a call we called out to YOU and we never had to call twice – we found volunteers within 30 minutes each time; we notified the authorities and they said –‘Thank you. GO!’ YOU then set out to achieve the Mission. 100% success.

What does ‘EVAG’ stand for? How does it work? Who are they? How can YOU become involved?

Well, we want to explain & inform…and the best means is to come to YOUR Clubs to give a talk.   Please invite us!

Download our list of speakers who are ready, willing and able….

BreatheRotary – enter now

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland are giving two lucky winners, chosen at random from entries received, a copy of the DVD and a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 4 children)  to visit the splendid Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, where some of BREATHE was filmed. 

This inspirational and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility follows the life of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) and his wife Diana (Claire Foy), an adventurous and determined couple who refuse to give up when Robin contracts polio and is given just months to live. Against all advice, Diana brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. This movie, directed by Andy Serkis, was produced by Rotary Purple4Polio Ambassador Jonathan Cavendish and is based on the true story of his own parents.

How do I enter?

  • By email – Put BreatheRotary in the subject line and in the body of the email include one positive comment  about the Rotary End Polio Now campaign, your name and email address and send it to rtnjannine@icloud.com; or
  • By Facebook  – simply like a post that interests you on the @EndPolioGBI Facebook page and post a positive comment about the Rotary End Polio Now campaign and ensure you add #BreatheRotary; or
  • By Twitter – Quote tweet a post that you like from @RotaryGBI and include #BreatheRotary and a positive comment about the Rotary End Polio Now campaign in your tweet.

Closing date 22nd April 2018 at 11.59pm

Visit http://www.hatfield-house.co.uk/ for opening dates and times, ticket valid till Sunday 30th September 2018.

This prize draw is open to all residents of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Gibraltar, Channel Islands and Isle of Man aged 18 years old and over 

Winners will be notified using the same communication means the entrants used to submit their entry

This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.

For Full T&Cs see bit.ly/BreatheRotary

Growing Rotary knows no borders

This is a District 1200 Satellite club – in Wales!!

Rotary Voices

Inauguration evening in Pentyrch, Wales, 6 February 2018.

By Tony Quinn, Rotary Coordinator 

Recently, I attended a memorable event, the inauguration of a 15-member satellite club, Garth, in South Wales District 1150. What is unique about this satellite is that it is being hosted by my own club of Chelwood Bridge, which is in District 1200. How is that so?

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