SERVICE ABOVE SELF
The Rotary Club of Oadby Launde was formed in 1986. The club has always been known for its informality, and whilst meetings follow a traditional format, members do not take themselves too seriously.
Meetings currently take place at Glen Gorse Golf Club, Glen Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4RF on Thursday evenings, 6.45 for 7.00pm start. There is always a meal, usually followed by a speaker, with regular business meetings covering Rotary events. There are some outside meetings.
The club is one of the smaller clubs in Rotary, but in many respects, punches above its weight. Where possible, a full programme of international, Youth Service, Community and Vocational events are run, with a re-newed focus this year on Community and Youth projects; getting involved and giving something back to the community.
In recent years the club had been particularly active in supporting international projects. The club has an on-going programme of filling and sponsoring Aqua Boxes and Shoe Boxes. Financial support has been donated to projects such as Jaipur Limb Clinic and to Polio Eradication worldwide.
However, we are mindful that there is much to do to support the local community. A refreshed list of community projects has been developed, and this is currently a focus for the club.
Over the years, community projects have involved working with senior citizens (monthly bingo for the ladies, skittles night out for the men!), leading a project on home security for vulnerable people, providing members to support charitable events and running late night shopping in Leicester.
The club will continue to support Know Your Blood Pressure Day and the Annual Rainbows Fireworks event. We will develop two new projects, firstly working with the Lawns Nursing Home and secondly, a new project working with Community Libraries.
The club’s programme of support for youth projects is particularly strong. Working with local schools, the club has developed a successful Youth Speaks initiative, with a number of winners over the years. The club has also been involved in Young Writer, Young Chef and Young Scientist. The club also supports Kids Out annually (a day out for young people at local theme park. The club sponsors kids with special needs from a local school). The club has also actively supported the Youth Exchange and International Scholar programmes
Recently, there has been a focus on environmental projects, developing a useful partnership with Oadby Council. Projects have included work at Brocks Hill Country Park, clean-up work at Fludes Lane and Chicken Alley, bulb planting on the A50 (and also at Newton Harcourt) and the sponsorship of floral planters in Oadby Shopping Centre. Much of this work continues.
The club works closely with other clubs in the Area on joint projects and also attends Pride of the Borough meetings supporting environmental projects in the local area.
The club has a very active fund raising programme, donating around £4,000 each year to international, national and local charities through fund raising events, such as an annual Quiz Night (now in it’s 15th year), Christmas Tin Rattle and Bridge Drive. Beneficiaries this year will be Water Aid (National), Alzheimer’s Society (UK), Air Ambulance East Midlands.
The club also has an active social calendar. This includes outside visits (University of Leicester Botanical Gardens, National Arburtum, Bowls evening, Country Walks etc), supporting the annual District Conference this year at Llandudno, Christmas Dinner, President’s Garden Party and visiting other rotary clubs. We regularly invite speakers to talk on non-Rotary topics.
These events are supported by Friends of Rotary. This is a group of people who cannot commit to a weekly meeting, but are pleased to support our work by attending occasional meetings, supporting fund raising events and donating to the club’s charity fund. There are currently 7 Friends of Rotary.
The club celebrates its formation every 5 years, attracting support of around 70 Rotarians and guests for a formal dinner. Recent guest speakers have been Rugby player Austin Healey, Leicester Tigers and England International, and Lars Tharp of BBC Antiques Roadshow fame. The most recent guest was Jo Pratt, cookery writer and TV Chef. The next charter will be in 2021.
The Club Web site www.oadbylaunderotary.org.uk
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