Rylarians – Part of the future of Rotary…

Last night I attended Fleet Rotary where I met Skye and Sebastian the two Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) attendees sponsored by Fleet.

The two individuals sung the praises and benefits of RYLA not only to them, but also in their communications and interaction with others. They found the challenges RYLA gave them, showed them how to lead, to work as a team to face challenges with increased confidence, make the understand multiple opinions and work out solutions. Well done to them both.

It never ceases to amaze me how when they first arrive they are quiet, anxious individuals, but by the end they are a TEAM with new best friends that will last a lifetime.

Our challenge as Rotarians is :-
How do we provide a landing place for the Rotarians of the Future…

Family Day- A meeting of the generations…

Sunday was the family gathering day… We have two birthdays coming up so we all met at the daughters for a celebrations a good chat food and a piece of cake… it was great to see Great Grandparent, Grandparents, Parents and Children all together.

Its on days like this i feel extremely lucky and proud not only having a great family but great friends. thank you.

Titdey and the Hurst Green Fayre

Saturday I attended the Hurst Green Village Fayre. There was a wide range of stalls and activities including two Rotary stalls one from Titsey the other from Oxted and Limpsfield.

The attendees had a great time there were exibitions from local dance group amd Martial art Group

Plus Music from the Oxted Band.

I did want to have a go on the horse but apparently i am over the weight limit.

Teaching and learning – powerful drivers to enable better futures…

As Rotarians we believe Everyone should have the opportunity to learn, and those skills ripple through communities and change people’s lives. Worldwide, 250 million children don’t have basic reading or maths skills.

Rotary projects and activities help to give children access to an education for the very first time. We build schools, we supply books and computers for classrooms and we train teachers. Our work is not just about children. Major problems exist in all age groups, with 17% of the world’s adult population being illiterate. That is 775 million people.

We are dedicated to inspiring and facilitating learning at all ages. We educate and uplift students from across the globe, reduce gender disparity in education and inspire the next generation.

As well as our impact overseas, Rotary leaves a lasting legacy on the lives of young people at home. It is one of our leading commitments to offer young people the platform to unlock their potential, develop their skills and broaden their horizons through education and learning.

Rotary Technology Tournaments are a challenging and enjoyable way for young people to enrich their STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). As well as academic skills, programmes such as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards help participants develop in areas like teamwork and problem solving.

Epsom and Ewell Community Fayre…

Sunday was a day trip to Epson & Ewell Community Fayre, which was held at Hook Road Arena in Epsom and Ewell. We arrived just after one and were greeted by the Epsom Air Scouts that were organising the parking,

There was a wide range of stalls run by local, national charities, local small businesses and clubs, each stall provided entertainment primarily for children. But i did see the Mayor playing ‘Splat the Rat’ . The event had a relaxed atmosphere of a country village fayre.

Their was variety of food as well as those all important ice creams, and to quench our thirst there will be a Beer tent, other attractions included a Dog Show, a talent contest for young people, face painting, and a display of veteran vehicles from the second world war.

Well done to all involved a great event for the Community and Rotary. We had a great time… On the way home we stopped of for a light snack decisions decisions .

The Wedding…. Congrats to Gary & Alex

Saturday afternoon & evening we had the pleasure of attending Gary & Alex’s Big Day and celebrations.

Following on from the Stag and Hen Nights the day finally arrived with the main event at the Millennium Chambers in Littlehampton. Where when the finally left the building they were Mr & Mrs Boniface.

Well done and congratulations to you both..
Enjoy the Honeymoon…

Kingston Rotary – Following in your fathers footsteps…

Thursday I visited Kingston Rotary, this time I had company I took fellow Rotarian Jeremy Flaskett along. Jeremy’s Rotary journey started in Kingston as did his fathers.

We kept Jeremy’s visit a surprise once they were over the shock we had a great time reminiscing on old times and friendships, debating how rotary’s values are as good today as they ever were, and how meeting are changing to provide open and affordable for the potential Rotarian’s of today.

We chatted about the vents such as kids out and the Dragon Boat Race both High profile in the community the biggest talking point was Jeremy’s Trousers …
(pictures to follow)

Kingston Dragon Boat Race

Back to my roots…

Tuesday I went back to my Roots and visited my first Rotary Club, Littlehmpton,

It was good to see so many familiar faces., and remember all the events and journeys we had together. these ranged from starting a Rotaract Club to opening a charity shop

The meeting highlighted how varied clubs can be both in style of clubs and style of meetings. The biggest learning for me was the connection between clubs so that if our particular time or style of meeting is unsuitable we have an alternative on offer.

We don’t want so our community miss out on the opportunities of Rotary.

The evening ended with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) presentation.
I was honoured to present a PHF to the Club Secretary Peter Ripley
Congratulations well deserved