Our Club is very active within the Skipton and South Craven community and indeed further afield and we are always looking for ways to be relevant and engaged in meaningful projects. We are a group of 35 committed and loyal Rotarians from all walks of life and all dedicated to understanding the needs of others both locally and internationally. Above all we aim to make a difference by sharing skills and life experiences in a spirit of friendship and mutual respect.
Last year our iconic Santa Fun Run raised over Â£34000 for our charities despite appalling weather. I look forward to an equally successful event this year on Sunday 27th November when our charities will be Manorlands, Yorkshire Cancer Research and the Children's Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds General Infirmary. Following this event the first few weeks of December at Skipton Craven Rotary Club are extremely busy as we tour the streets of Skipton and surrounding villages with Santa in his sleigh. Additionally we collect at Morrisons and Tesco Supermarkets and play a full part in the Grassington Dickensian Festival markets.
Annually we support a Kids' Out Day visit with children from Brooklands Community Special School and this year lots of children enjoyed the delights of the South Lakes Safari Park. Similarly, we are always open to requests from other local charities and areas of need. For instance we recently presented little Mohammed Ali from Ings Primary School with a specially built bicycle to enhance his physical and emotional development.
We support Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Ocean Youth Trust North thus allowing young people to experience decision making and team work on land and at sea. Our links with both Primary and Secondary Schools function at a high level. We constantly review and evaluate to ensure that our marketing of these schemes to our 'feeder' schools ensures maximum applications from across the socio economic spectrum. Over the past seven years we have visited most South Craven Schools and taken assemblies on Disaster Relief and promoted the Rotary inspired Shelterbox programme. We intend to continue with this work and plan a Disaster Relief Story and Art competition for Primary Schools in the Spring term 2017.
We seek to support the Dales group of Rotary Clubs who are providing similar opportunities for those young people who wish to hone their skills and personal development in very practical situations. There are a number of well established projects which we support such as the Young Chef and Technology competitions.
The great gift that Rotary provides is that it inspires us to look beyond our own identity and be active and engaged in the service of others in partnership and fellowship with other Rotarians. I only joined Rotary seven years ago having spent much of my career performing different roles in Primary Education. Rotary offered me an opportunity to continue to impact on schools, communities and individuals by adapting my experiences in the 'Service of Others' . My fellow Rotarians similarly contribute massively from their banks of work and life experiences to enhance the effectiveness of our Club.
I am excited by the opportunities that Rotary provides our community and would encourage others to find out how they may become involved. I hope that in the not too distant future you will visit us or perhaps support some of the events we have planned details of which you will find on the website. You will receive a warm welcome.
Charities we are supporting this year
The Great Skipton Santa Fun Run 2016
Sunday November 27th
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In the next 30 days...
We meet on Tuesdays at 19:30 (No meeting following a Bank Holiday. On a 5th Tuesday we usually meet with partners.) Skipton Golf Club, North Western By-Pass, Skipton BD23 3LF tel: 01756 793922