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RUGBY ROTARACT CHARTER PRESENTATION


RUGBY ROTARACT CHARTER PRESENTATION

RUGBY ROTARACT CHARTER PRESENTATION

On Friday evening, January 14th, eighteen Rotarians and twelve members of the newly-formed Rugby-RealiZe Rotaract Club met at The Three Horseshoes in Rugby. The occasion had been organised by Rotarian Bill Fielding to celebrate the presentation of the official Rotaract Charter to Alex Bradburn, President of Rotaract.

The members of Rotaract were left in no doubt about the importance of the occasion to Rotary and thesupport they would receive from Rotary, by the number of Rotary officers present. District Governor David Butler attended with his wife. The current and past Presidents of all three Rugby Rotary Clubs and the future Presidents of Rugby Rotary and Rugby Dunsmore were all present. In addition eight Rotarians representing all three clubs were there to lend their support. After meeting in the bar the party moved to the function room. Bill welcomed everyone, introduced the various Rotary officers to the members of Rotaract and gave a brief summary of the formation of Rotaract. He then introduced Lorna Beedham, past District Governor, in whose term of office the Rotaract Club had been formed and chartered. Lorna told everyone how delighted she was to be involved in the formation of a new Rotaract Club as she herself had once been a Rotaracter. She then went on to give a rousing address full of encouragement to the new club assuring them of the wholehearted support of the Rotary movement. She reassured them that they would be free to develop their club in the way that they wished but always upholding the ethos of Rotary/Rotaract. She then presented the newly-framed charter and chain of office to Alex. At this point numerous photographers fought amongst themselves to snap the event. The three past Presidents, who had all signed the Charter, Brian Jacks from Rugby Rotary, Bob Bradbrook from Rugby Dunsmore and Marion Ainslow from Rugby Breakfast, presented lapel badges to the twelve new Rotaracters, who were each introduced to the Rotarians. Finally Alex addressed the gathering. He thanked everyone for attending and all those who had helped in the setting-up of Rotaract. He gave especial thanks to Shailen Popat whose vision had been key to starting up RealiZe out of which Rotaract had grown and developed. He then went on to give an account of his vision for the Club which he did very eloquently and with great passion. Everyone present was left in nodoubt of his obvious leadership qualities and that he had wholeheartedly embraced the beliefs and ethosof the Rotary movement. It was a most impressive performance which afterwards received many plauditsfrom all those present. There was then a final photo opportunity to take group photographs of the newly-formed club. Followingthe formalities a buffet supper was served which gave the Rotarians and Rotaracters the opportunity tomeet and chat informally. As a post-script, two days later there was a Rotaract committee meeting. Nine members attended and three, who had been unable to attend the Charter Presentation, were presented with their lapel badges byAlex, making a total of fifteen official members of the Rotaract Club. The lads had obviously enjoyed the occasion and were fired with enthusiasm. That morning they had won through to the quarter finals of the Advertiser Cup which certainly helped! Tristan MacNell had previously been elected Vice-President and at this meeting Adrian Gerrard was elected Treasurer and Jake Harding and Karl Mobley were elected jointly to the office of Club Secretary. The main item on the agenda was the finalisation of the plans for a 7-aside football tournament at Rugby College which the Club had organised from scratch. If successful it was hoped that this would be the precursor of a regular tournament which would raise funds for the club and for charity. A girls’ team was going to take part and would be invited to a future meeting to discuss the possibility of joining Rotaract. In recognition of the progress they had made in forming a new Rotaract Club the committee decided to drop “RealiZE” from their title. Henceforward they would be known as Rugby Rotaract to mark that transition.

 

 

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