Latest News from Verwood Rotary Club
Details of news and activities by the club. (updated 19th July 2018)
Allan shared his vision for Rotary for this year and answered a number of questions following his inspiring presentation.
22nd June 2018 - Annual Kids Out day
Transport was in a double decker bus, which the children though was a great adventure.
The staff and children spent the morning seeing the wild animals before having a packed lunch on the grass. The afternoon was spent exploring the rest of the park before boarding the bus to return home.
Everyone agreed it had been a wonderful day and should be repeated next year.
17th April 2018 - Presentation by local "digital champions"
At the club meeting on 17th April members were given a presentation by local "Digital Champions" Julie Saunders and Ian Hudson explaining the background to the Dorset County Council "superfast broadband" project and the role of the digital champion to share basic skills with those people who require training to help to get on line.
If anyone has a digital device and requires some training to get the best out of it then free training sessions can be booked at the local library (Verwood, West Moors, Ferndown)
Seel link below to learn more about the "superfast broadband project)
09 April - Clive launches the Knit a Big Poppy Appeal
To commemorate 100years since the end of the 1st world war rotarian Clive Grove has launched a project to get local knitters to create 2000 poppies to be displayed around the memorial on this years memorial day.
Please click on the link below to see further details of the project.
07 April - Date for PSA testing confirmed
The date for the next PSA testing (in conjunction with PCaSA) has been confirmed for Saturday 19th May 2018 and will take place at Verwood Connect (the Adult Day Centre) situated next to the hub.
Please note that booking is required if you wish to undertake a test by ringing the following numbers
Jim on 01202 580436 or Alan on 01202 691710
Further details can be found by clicking on the link below
18 February 2018 - Tickets for Swing Band Dance go on Sale
We are pleased to announce that tickets are now on Sale for this year's Swing Band Dance planned for Saturday 14th April 2018.
Tickets are priced as £13.50 per person which includes a buffet Supper.
All profits from this event will go to this year's President's charity. - Dorset Mind
Please visit the Swing Band Dance web site accessed via the "what we do" page or by clicking on the link below to the left for further details including how to purchase tickets.
18 January 2018 - Presentation on Solar4Sach
At the regular club meeting on 16th January members were joined by Richard, Graham and Trish to share details of their charity Solar4Sachs. Richard explained the background to the project to raise money to install solar power for a recently completed mission health centre building in Sachibondu in NW Zambia. They also shared some of the challenges met by a medical centre in such a remote area as well as sharing some of their experiences of growing up in this remote village.
If you would like to hear more about this project then check out the attached file - .Solar_for_Sach_pdf3b.pdf
Every year the town council put on a Christmas Extravaganza evening to announce the start of the Christmas festivities in the town.
As part of the festivities members of the Rotary Club set up and decorated a grotto just for Santa Claus so that he could see the children of Verwood on this evening. Although the evening was a cold one Santa was kept busy from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with a steady stream of children (and parents) looking to get some time with Santa
Please click on THIS LINK to see some pictures taken by Steve Saville during the evening.
7 December 2017 - Shoebox Delivery
Following the successful collection and assembly of Christmas Shoeboxes on 13th November I am please to let you know that these have now been delivered to their destinations.
Please click on THIS LINK to see some pictures of the delivery to one school in Romania.
28th November 2017 - Rustic Fayre annual handout
On the evening of Tuesday 28th 2017 the Rotary Club of Verwood handed out over £12,000 in donations from some of the funds raised at the August Band holiday Rustic Fayre to local good causes and charities. The event was once again held at Verwood Memorial Hall and was presided over by Vern "Rusty" Harris and President Ken Armstrong.
As in previous years the event was well supported by members of the club, sponsors of the Rustic Fayre plus representitives from the various charities and good causes receiving donations. All those attending were refreshed with wine and nibbles throughout the evening.
For further details of recipients and some pictures from the night the please click on THIS LINK to go to the dedicated web page.
24th November 2017 - Talk by local Invictus Games Parathlete
On Tuesday 21st November 2017 Verwood Rotary was honoured to welcome local Dorset para-athlete Lindsay Chapman to the club. Lindsay, who won a gold medal for the 100m at the recent Invictus Games, shared her experiences of her time in Toronto plus some of the challenges she had been through since breaking her back in a motorbike accident.
Lindsay, seen here with president Ken Armstrong, received a cheque on behalf of Help for Heroes who have help support her during her training up to the games.
18th November 2017 - Verwood team win Golf Tournament
Congratulations to the Verwood Rotary Golf Team for winning this year's district Golf Final at Paulton Park Golf club.
The picture shows the victorious team of John Harvey, Mike Armstrong, Tim Garrick and Allan Wells.
You swung those bats well gentlemen, well done!
13th November 2017 - Shoebox Sort
On Saturday 11th November members, family and friends got together to pack up the 288 shoeboxes collected from the various contributors within the town.
Big thank you to the following organisations who contributed shoeboxes and helped make this year another successful one.
Cranborne middle school,
Trinity First school,
Hillside Community school,
Verwood First school,
Emmanuel middle school,
Rotary Club of Verwood and friends & family
All these boxes will be gathered together with contributions from other Rotary clubs in the Wessex region for distributing on to children in Eastern Europe.
On Tuesday 17th October the club was given a talk and practical demonstration about the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity by Mark and Kim Harbut.
Mark shared his personal experience of being deaf and some of the challenges he experienced when growing up. Kim explained the process for selecting and training a hearing dog and we were then given a practical demonstration of their dog working and responding to specific sounds.
The picture show our president Ken with Mark and Kim
If you want to learn more about the charity or make a donation then please visit the website by clicking on the logo below.
20th July 2017 - Talk to the Club by Ronald McDonald House Charities
On Tuesday 18th July the club was given a presentation about the Ronald McDonald House Charities which included an explaination of the work done at the nearest House in Southampton.
The Charity provides a free "away from home" accommodation at specialist children's hospitals across the UK, enabling families to stay close to their child and maintain a degree of mormal family life.
Our president Ken Armstrong presents a cheque to the ladies from Ronald
McDonald House in Southampton.