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Touchline March 2011

By Kevin Kiernan - Posted on 24 March 2011

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President’s Touchline Piece

Looking forward to the month of March often imbues one with a sense of foreboding. The Ides of March did for Julius Caesar, as the soothsayer predicted. The Ides of March, in our case means the day before our next Club Council meeting and also the start of the District Membership Recruitment Campaign. No sense of foreboding here, but great anticipation, hope, achievement and positive outcomes. Please see Peter Smith’s article on the subject.

Following our bulb planting exercises last November, I am keen to see some flora appearing at Dunsmore Heath, the roundabout at the end of the Western Relief Road, the junction of Frobisher Road and Lawford Lane and at Kingsway, on the green space between Dunchurch Road and St Georges Avenue. Any sightings yet?

Our work with the Rugby Young Carers is progressing well. The educational programme is continuing and the well established classes in English, Maths and Computing have now been added to with classes in Science. These all take place on Saturday mornings with the format geared directly to the needs of each young carer. There are currently twelve young carers taking part, in class sizes of no more than three. Outings are planned as respite for the youngsters with the “Kidz Out” day coming up in May. In August we are arranging for a group aged between ten and twelve years old, to have a three day stay on the Dreamcatcher canal boat. Also in August we are planning an outdoor pursuits experience at the Beaudesert Park in Staffordshire. The young carers are also keen to have a charity stall at this year’s Rugby Spring Fair. The regular meeting place for the young carers is the Hill Street Community Centre, Rugby, every Tuesday from 4.30pm to 6.00 pm. You are welcome to stop by any Tuesday, meet the youngsters and see what a great bunch they are.

Having mentioned the Rugby Spring Fair, it is now confirmed that this year it will be organised by our three Rugby Rotary Clubs and the Rotaract Club all working together. Meetings have been held, work and tasks allocated, so it is “all systems go” as they say. The good news also is that Asda has agreed to sponsor the event this year and next, to the tune of £6,000.00. Make a note of the date, Monday 2nd May and if you are able to be there on the day that would be wonderful.

Preparations for our Showcase in the Rugby Library and Museum are almost complete. George Trowbridge has done an excellent job in putting together a display to promote our work in the community and abroad. The display will also include the painting given to us by the Rotary Club of Russelsheim-Mainspitze, which will give some local interest. The display showcase, situated at the entrance to the Museum, will be opened on 12th March 2011. Please go, take a look and tell all your friends. We need to spread the word about Rotary and maximise our exposure to the general public.

Another big event coming up soon is of course our Annual Ball, on 18 th March. This year it has the added attraction of being a Masked Ball. As is the tradition with Rotary Balls, we place great store by improving the appearance of the Benn Hall with appropriate decorations. Rae Ogden stepped in as artistic director of decorations and has masterminded their manufacture. Working parties have been beavering away at 61 Magnet Lane for the past few weeks, under the expert guidance of Rae. I can now report that the work is done and the decorations are ready. With Paul Smith in the Chair of the Ball Committee, our three Rotary Clubs have worked well together. There is still time for anyone to reserve a place at the Ball and who can resist dancing once again to those lively Likely Lads.

John Vickers