Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins
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Fanny Balcombe Jan Berglund Pam Curtis Judy Goldie
Diane Thomas Rod Whyte Warren Longshaw Janice Holmes Charlie Moss
Carin Eilerts de Haan Nick Hallchurch Paul Fisher Leslie Brooks
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Mission : To better understand the needs and aspirations of all young people, and by means of new or existing Rotary programmes, projects and initiatives assist them in achieving their goals.
Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre feels flushed with their new loos
It was a full house at Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre on the evening of Monday the 12th October for the formal opening of its new boys and girls cloakrooms. The money for the refurbishment was raised by Misbourne Matins Rotary Club. Club President, Nigel Blackburn attended with other representatives from the club.
The facilities were formally opened but Mrs Sue Tanner, Head Teacher of Chalfont Community College who was guest of honour, took great pleasure in cutting the ribbon.
Nigel Blackburn made a short address and thanked all those involved including Alliance Building Services who undertook the project. He praised both the sterling efforts of Misbourne Matins Rotary Club as well as the excellent work that goes on at the Youth Centre itself.
Martyn Groves who heads the Youth Centre responded on its behalf by saying how delighted the members and staff of the centre are with their superb new facilities
BBC Children in Need. The Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins organises a collection at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 every year, on the day of the BBC Telethon, to support this very worthwhile charity. With the help of other local Rotary Clubs and voluntary service organisations we provide approximately 100 collectors who, at our latest collection in November 2008, collected a total of over £11,000.
We have also supported a variety of local primary school projects from year to year. The photograph shows the presentation of picnic tables and seats to Chalfont St Peter Middle School. The equipment enables pupils to eat their picnic lunches and to have small groups for lessons outside when the weather permits. We have also financially supported The Chalfont St Peter School with their India project.
Schools IT Competition. . For several years now, the club, together with the Rotary Club of Gerrards Cross & Chalfont St Peter, has organised an IT competition for primary schools in our area. We have over 1000 entries each year and the children are asked to design a poster on a different topic using their computer skills. Four age groups take place in this competition and there are winners in each age group, which are announced in April. The prizes, both for the pupils and their schools are presented at a social evening for the pupils, their parents and their teachers.
Fun Run for Kids
This was introduced in 2008, to promote exercise for primary school children and has now turned into a yearly event. Olympic hero Linford Christie OBE joined Misbourne Matins to present the prizes at this specially organised Junior Fun Run in 2008. The event takes place at Thorpe House Sports Field in Chalfont St Peter in March. Lots of local school children take part and all runners who cross the finish line receive a medal and a goody bag. Marathon runner and Misbourne Matins Rotarian, Carin Eilerts de Haan, the organiser of the event, hopes it will help to encourage youngsters to take more exercise and develop a love for sport.
During the last two years, the Club has been providing funding for the replacement of the lighting and the refurbishments of the cloakrooms in the Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre. The Centre has grown in popularity over the last couple of years and up to 170 youngsters are enjoying the facilities and activities at the Centre every week.
Financial support has also been given to Padstones, an organisation who provides shelter for homeless teenagers and the Chalfont Otters has been supported to buy badges for their young swimmers to encourage them and give them a sense of achievement.