Heart of England Rotary
Kinver Rotary Club’s Christmas sleigh makes its first appearance of the season when it carries Santa to the big switch on of the Christmas lights in Kinver on Friday November 27. It will then be tucked up for a few days until it takes Santa to watch the “jogging Santas” at the Mary Stevens Hospice Santa Jog at Mary Stevens Park on Sunday December 6th.
The District brings together 63 Clubs and some 1,650 Rotarians in an area centred on Birmingham and the West Midlands and including parts of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire. From Lichfield in the North to Shipston-on-Stour in the South, from Rugby in the East to Bewdley in the West we serve those multi-racial communities which are truly at England's heart.
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The Rotary Club of Rugby Saturday Breakfast recently celebrated the charter of the first Rota Kids Club at Eastlands Primary School Rugby.
Following on from collecting their Young Citizen award in Birmingham, for writing, recording, acting and filming their own DVD on Cyber Bullying the School now holds fortnightly Rota Kids meetings.
Rotarians from the club and District Governor Elect, Peter Roberts, attended the school assembly to present the children with their certificates.
We will have a Piper to play, a Haggis to “cut you up wi' ready slight”, and to be addressed in the traditional way by Peter. We have an excellent set of Whiskies to taste as well, plus a classic Burns Night Supper.
By popular demand Shipston Rotary sponsored the second coach trip to Weston super Mare on Thursday 10th September. Faye Ivens was again the chief organiser and about 45 people joined the trip including members of the Visually Impaired Group, Stroke Group, Dementia Group and Widows Group, among others. The sun shone, new friendships were made, fish and chips, ice creams, rides on the big wheel and a paddle in the sea all made it a really grand day out for everyone.
Despite the inclement weather, which kept people away on the Sunday afternoon, our stalls at Morton Stanley Festival raised over £800 for our local charity, St. Basil's. Morton Stanley is a free community festival which attracts many thousands of visitors of all ages and backgrounds, and this year's event provided a great oppportunity to raise the profile of Rotary in the town.
Through the personal help of Amarjit Nandra of the Rotary Club of Aston, Keith McDavid has been working very closely with the Sikh Channel Aid; a not for profit TV channel here in Birmingham; which transmits to the Sikh community throughout the UK, Western Europe and Toronto, on channel 840.
Rotary 'Kids Out' visit to Drayton Manor Park
8th June was the start of “Carers Week” and Drayton Manor opened their Park for a large number of Young Carers from all over the Midlands. Five youngsters from South Warwickshire, plus a Training Assistant and two members of Shipston Rotary enjoyed a thrilling day out. The enthusiasm of the Young Carers was boundless as they sampled rides all over the park all day.
Following the tragic earthquake that hit Nepal last weekend, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland has pledged its support to help victims with long term support.
Rotary’s Donation Trust has been set up for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal, which will provide support for sustainable community projects once the immediate emergency has been dealt with.
Solihull students get ‘green’ at innovative event
Over 400 secondary school students from 20 schools in and around Solihull took part in an interactive ‘green’ event which investigated local sustainable business models and cutting edge technologies.