President's address 2015/16
President Kate Secker's thoughts on the club and its direction in the coming Rotary year to 30 June 2016
It is an honour to be invited to be President of Norwich St Edmund Rotary Club in its 30th Charter Year. The Club has a rich history of providing voluntary services to charities and raising money for local and international projects. Members are proactive in selecting fund raising projects to support and also respond to national and international emergencies. It is a successful Club with a growing membership and members enjoy friendship and having fun while striving to put “service above self”.
The Club in preparation for its 30th anniversary engaged with Club Visioning where we set out our goals and priorities for the next 5 years. Our major project this year is the Christmas Tree Festival from 30th November until 8th December at St. Peter Mancroft Church. The Local Charities we are supporting with the Christmas Tree Festival are The Lord Mayor’s Charity – Sistema- Norwich and The Clare School Hydrotherapy Pool Appeal. This will be our second year of organising the festival and we hope to increase the amount raised from the sponsor of Christmas Trees and donations.
An international project that we developed last year was providing wells for Budaka, an African Village. This was financially supported by other Rotary Clubs in District 1080 and also from our tripling clubs of Reims and Mainz in Europe. We will be entering phase two of the Budaka Project with £750 towards the next stage which will be developing solar energy. In February 2015, I travelled with Rotarian colleagues from Norfolk to India to participate in a Polio Immunisation Programme with Rotarians from the USA, Canada, Germany and India. We then travelled to a rural part of India and, for four days, 26 of us assisted to build a reservoir with basic equipment. The reservoir is now complete and provides fresh water for 6 villages with a population of approximately 4,000.
Four of the Group from Norwich flew from India to Nepal where we visited four trafficking rehabilitation centres which are funded by Charities. Mark Little, a Rotarian from our club, was the leader of the Group in Nepal and has been recognised as a Rotarian Champion for his work of raising awareness against Child Trafficking and Slavery around the world.
An exciting venture for our club this year is to sponsor the Norwich Rotaract Club which has 25 members. The Club will be co-sponsored by Blackfriars Rotary Club and was launched in October 2015. The Club is for the 18 – 30 age range and encourages young professionals and students to be involved in raising funds for charities. We also supported a young person to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award at Grafham Water and his presentation to our Club outlined the leadership skills he had learnt and the confidence he had gained.
We have a well-established tripling with the Rotary clubs of Mainz in Germany and Reims in France. This year it is the turn of Mainz and Reims to visit Norwich and they will be joining our 30th Charter celebrations in May.
Our programme is varied and has something to offer all members. Already we have had a range of interesting guest speakers and our first social outing was to the Cromer Life Boat. Club members throughout the year continue to develop new fund-raising ideas and arrange social events that we can share with the local community.
If you would like to find out more about Rotary you are welcome to join us at one of our evening meetings where you will be made very welcome. Please do not be concerned that it will be a time consuming investment, as whatever time you can give to supporting Rotary and its aim of putting something back into the community will be appreciated. You have nothing to lose but lots to gain so why not make contact today?
The Club Members and I look forward to meeting you.
Yours in Rotary
President Norwich St Edmund Rotary Club
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