Champions of Change Awards

Abolition of child slavery and toddlers begging in the streets, local and international peace, health and education — all were topics being tackled by this year’s Champions of Change.
At the second Champions of Change award ceremony twelve deserving Rotarians were honoured during a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords.
Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness hosted the event, and he described Rotary as “a great movement” and that was had been very humbled to see the achievements of the awardees.
The six Rotarians who received an award for their volunteer work, primarily focused on addressing humanitarian concerns within Great Britain and Ireland, were:

Rotary Youth Speaks District Final

Cowbridge Comprehensive School was the venue on Friday 6th March for the Rotary District 1150 Youth Speaks Final. Youth Speaks is an excellent Youth Opportunities Services project designed to provide young people with the opportunity to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to make public presentations in a competitive environment.

The event was hosted by the Rotary Club of Cowbridge and organised by the Rotary Club of Barry’s President Elect Paul Halstead and fellow members of the Rotary Club of Barry.

 Seven Teams competed in the Intermediate Section [11 – 13 year olds]. The team from Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pontllanfraith, whose topic was “Man’s best friend,” were the winners and the team sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cowbridge from 293 [Cowbridge] Squadron ATC, whose topic was, “Will Space tourism change humanity for the better?” were the District 1150 Runners Up. Judges in the Intermediate section were Mr. Phil McCaffrey, Mr. Colin Lyons and Mrs Eileen Younghusband BEM. Announcing the prize winners, Chairman of the Judges, Mr. Phil McCaffrey said that speaking in public was an important, valuable and necessary life skill.  He praised the high standards set by some of the young competitors.

 In the Senior Section [14 – 17 year olds], eight teams competed and the team from St. John’s College, Cardiff, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cardiff, Llanishen were the winners; their chosen topic was “Learning Foreign Languages is a cultural necessity.” Runners Up were Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Narberth and Whitland. Their chosen topic was, “This House believes that we should support stem-cell research.”

 In line with national rules, speakers in both the Intermediate and Senior sections had to answer a question from the audience to show their understanding of their chosen topic.

Judges in the Senior section were Mr. Graeme Milnes, BSc, DMS, M.I.E.T., Mr. Glyn Morris and Mr. Laurie Pavelin CBE. Speaking on behalf of the judges, Mr. Graeme Milnes spoke again of the high standards set by the contestants.  Presenting the prizes, District 1150 Governor Sandra Townsend paid tribute to everyone – competitors, parents, teachers and Rotarians - who had worked so hard to make this round of the competition so successful.

Winning Teams will go on to the Regional Final which will be held in England on Saturday 21st March.      

Rotary Young Chef - District 1150 Final

The Final of District 1150 Rotary Young Chef Competition was held at Cowbridge Comprehensive School on Friday 27th February 2015. The competitors represented the areas of the District that covers Mid, South and West Wales.

The adjudicators were Andrew Huddart from Huddart’s Restaurant in Cowbridge, Neil Hughes, Bridgend Technical College and Christopher Dale previously Country House hotel manager.

In announcing the winner Andrew Huddart said “the overall standard was very high and first place was very difficult to decide”. “The quality of the food prepared and presented was imaginative and showed a high level of skill that would grace the table of many modern restaurants. The winner was announced as Lewis Jones, who was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Swansea Valley and the runner up as Ben Jones, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Llandeilo. Both winner and runner up now go forward to the Regional final to be held in Builth Wells High School on 14th March 2015.

Lewis, (pictured above) was presented with the winner’s shield by Rotary District Governor Sandra Townsend. The competitors in the front row from left to right are Eleri Bunn, Sioned Thomas, Ben Moses, Lewis Jones, Emily-Beth Jones, Aimee Lintern and Mary Heading. The judges from left to right are Christopher Dale, Andrew Huddart and Neil Hughes


Youth Competitions

If you are looking for details of the Youth Competitions, they can be found easily by clicking on the "What we do" tab and then "Youth Services". Select the timetable or individual competitions from the list on the right hand side of the page.

Wheelchair Spectacular

It is not just Prince Harry that can organise games for the physically impaired! The RC of Cardiff Bay in partnership with Disability Sport Wales recently held a two day sports spectacular in the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff. For more information and a link to more photos, click here.

Social Media Booklet

Want to get started with Social Media? Download a booklet full of hints and tips from here:

"Getting Started - your guide to joining the world of Social Media"

The Purple Crocus goes International

Fabric flowers – such as Remembrance Poppies and Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Daffodil – are well established in the UK as a charity fundraising and advocacy tool. The idea of crocus buttonholes was started by Lynn Mitchell, when she was DG of District 1120 in 2011-12.  Lynn trialed 25,000 crocus buttonholes in around half the RIBI districts for Rotary Day 2012, and they proved a great success, raising over 25,000.  For Rotary Day 2013 that number has increased to 150,000 with the aim of raising over 150,000. Better still, the Crocus Campaign is becoming a global phenomenon. It is now being trialled and test marketed all over the world, from Canada and Nigeria to the US and Brazil.  
The Rotary Crocus Campaign has the target of raising 15 million a year by 2015.It sounds a lot, and it is, but it’s not difficult to achieve if everyone works together.  After all, great goals are achieved by small efforts made by many.  All it would take would be for each Rotarian around the world to wear a crocus, make a donation and encourage a few of their family, friends and colleagues to do the same.  And the more people who are involved, the easier the task becomes – more details from the Crocus Team - Mike Parry via, Lynn via or David Price via


Since Rotarians started their humanitarian programme to counter Polio in 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine. Reported cases have dropped 99.8%. Due to the efforts of Rotary & its global partners, the world is on the threshold of eradicating the wild polio virus

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