This annual event is organised by the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles and will be raising funds for the Yeatman Hospital in their 150th Anniversary year.
“Congratulations to Glastonbury and Street………….at the 8 month stage in the year your club is by far the biggest supporter of Polio plus anywhere in GB+I. Stand tall G+S because that is a magnificent effort.”
DG Bob Acland
February figures published by Rotary GBI show that contributions to Polio Plus are lower this year to date than in February in 2015. Despite these indicators some clubs have had great success with their fund raising efforts and are to be congratulated also many clubs have contributed far in excess of the $1.500 goal. Top of the list this year to date is the Rotary Club of Glasonbury & Street who have contributed $11,846 in the current Rotary year.
On advising the club of their success, club President Paul Lambert was quick to point out that
“The vast majority of the funds contributed were raised at an event starring Mary Berry, this was set up by her younger brother William who is a member of our club. Emma Britten of BBC radio Somerset, who did a superb job of hosting the proceedings, and Bridgwater college generously provided the venue. Everyone involved in the event gave their time for free. The Rotary Club of Bridgwater helped us out by organising the parking.”
Annual Walking Challenge between Districts 1175 and 1200
Supporting The Children’s Hospice South West
Sunday 10TH April 2016
Every year, the Exmoor Rotary Club holds The Rotary Exmoor Challenge. The Challenge is an amiable competitive walk between Districts 1175 and 1200 through Exmoor countryside, for a either a 10 mile or 5 mile route for those who prefer a shorter walk.The walk will be using footpaths and lanes near to Wimbleball Resevoir and Haddon Hill
PLEASE NOTE REVISED START POINT
Due to adverse conditions (mud!) on footpaths and parking in Morebath, the walk will now start at Upton Village Hall TA4 2DB (not Morebath)
District 1200 has won the shield by a narrow margin over the past two years.
The Exmoor Rotary Challenge will be taking place on 10th April 2016. The route this year will start from the Morebath Village Hall Morebath. There will be refreshments at the village hall as usual. There are some excellent country side views as you go around either walk.
- Either a 10 mile or 5 mile route for those who prefer a shorter walk.
- Every Rotarian, their family, and friends completing either walk earns points for their District. The District with the most points wins the Challenge Shield for a year.
- The walks also raise money from sponsorship and the entry fees for The Children’s Hospice South West, which exists almost entirely from donations.
For 2016 we will start and finish from Morebath Village Hall Registration between 9-11am and everyone is expected to finish by 4pm.
Before and after either walk, Exmoor Rotary Club will serve complimentary refreshments in the Village Hall.
PROPER WALKING SHOES/BOOTS ARE ADVISED
The entry fee is £7 per individual. No fee for entrants under 18.
An adult must accompany an entrant under 18.
Dogs are welcome but you must keep them on a lead near main roads or livestock, as the Challenge does take place in the lambing season.
The Rotary Club of Calne is leading the way in our District by inducting a further 3 Associate members, Tanya Herbert, Tracy Howell and Christine Cooper doubling the Club’s membership in less than 6 weeks. All of the new members are prominent people serving the local community and will bring new initiatives to the Club.
As Chair of the Marketing, PR and Communications Committee, I was thrilled to be invited to induct the new Associates and welcome them into the Rotary family. The Club meets at the White Hart Hotel Calne, in the atmospheric, newly refurbished Medieval room. It was a very happy evening, everyone was relaxed and Rotary’s newest Associates in the world, were proud to wear their badges. This was my first sight of the Associates badge – an attractive red.
Having experienced it first hand, I am convinced that opening our doors to Associate members is a recipe for success. I was bowled over by the enthusiasm of these three young women – I had assumed they had been coming along to meetings for a while and was surprised to find they had all decided to step up to becoming Associates after only a few weeks. Already they are playing a full part in the club’s activities – while I was there, final plans were being made for the town’s Food and Drink Festival.
I commend Calne on all that they are doing – the club has attracted just the sort of people and age profile that we so desperately need. I had a wonderful evening – I still have a smile on my face – and when it was time to leave, Tanya, Tracy and Christine all thanked me warmly and gave me a big hug. I made them promise to invite me back when they became full members.
If you want to know more about Calne’s Associates initiative, please contact Rotarian Ivor Watkins 01249 813168.
Submitted by Terry Bate – Chair Marketing, PR and Communications