Mon Mar 1st 2010

1. Stour Valley Business Fair 2. Rotary Youth Speaks 3. Rotary ShelterBox

RtnColinGatenbywelcomed into the the Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour

On 30th March, the Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour welcomed Collin Gatenbury when he was inducted into the Club

Colin joined the Rotary Club of Westerham and Biggin Hill in 1984 during which timehehadan18 month period as President in 1998/99. Colin thenjoinedtheRotary Club of Harleston in Norfolk 2000to2005,thenrejoining theRotaryClubof Westerham and Biggin Hill in 2008

Membership of the Club now stands at 29


President Gareth welcomes Colin into the Club

Stour Valley Business Fair

by Bob Armstrong

Rtns Nigel Willis, Dave Gill, Bob Armstrong and Adrian Ramskill

Rotary at Stour Business Fair 2010

The Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour accepted an invitation from Stour United Businesses to exhibit at the Stour Valley Business Fair held in Shipston on 30 March 2010.

The Club were offered a prime location on the stage, thefocalpointbeingthe Rotary ShelterBox tent wealsodisplayedthe'Why I Joined Rotary' banners plus we had the opportunity to sell our Rotary EcoBags and display the Rotary PolioPlus/End Polio Now posters.

The prominent position also provided a backdrop to a charity auction that was held during the evening. There was a steady stream of visitors to the Fair with the ShelterBox tent proving a major draw.The display received many complimentary remarks and in turn enhanced visitors knowledge of the activities of Rotary in Shipston and Rotary ShelterBox

At the end of the evening Stour United Businesses chairman, Ian Cooper complimented the Club on its exhibit and thankedus for attending and suggested a meeting to look at ways SUB support activities of the Club.

Thanks go to Rtn Dave Gill, Adrian Ramskill, Nighel Willis for their assistance in preparing the exhibit and clearing up at the end, together with sincere thanks to Linda Williams wife of President Gareth for her support in selling Rotary EcoBags.

Editors footnote: Members of the Club can now be classed as experts in erecting the tent, however the efforts intakingitdown andtryingto fit everything into the ShelterBox is a sight worth seeing,however difficult or methods used they do succeed.

Rotary Youth Speaks - Shipston High win again!

by John Round

Six members from the Rotary Club of ShipstononStour(Rtns John Round, Bob Armstrong, Duncan Cassley, Gerald Newell, Dave Gill, AdrianRamskill) organised the District Final for Youth Speaks Intermediate Competition at Knowle. It was a very good evening and the team from Shipston High School won againand will now go onto the semi final at Chipping Campden on 28th March. They also won best Individual Speaker and best Individual Vote of Thanks.

Shipston Rotary have donated a cup to Shipston High School for their Inter House PublicSpeaking Competition, which is their method of finding the contestants for Youth Speaks. On the15th March,RtnJohnRoundwasinvitedalong to the schoolto present the cup to the firstwinning house (Badger) and also to present the winning Youth Speaks team with their certificates and trophy.


Shipston Primary School are shown the ShelterBox

By Dave Gill

On the 1st March the Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour (represented by Rtns Dave Gill, Bob Armstrong, GeraldNewelland John Round) visitedShipston Primary School to demonstrate the Rotary ShelterBox to the children.

Rtn Dave Gill provided on overview of what was contained within the ShelteBox and how it helps those around the World affected by major disasters. The children were very interested in all aspects and asked many questions. Ten were then given the opportunity of fitting into the tent which provided considerable amusement.

Rtns Dave Gill and Gerald Newell in front of a ShelterBox tent


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