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District Conference - 17 March 2018
Young members of Rotary stole the show at the annual conference of Rotary in Cumbria and Lancashire over the weekend.
Three RotaKids from Carnforth Christ Church C E Primary School and the President Elect of Rotary Silloth-on-Solway, 28-year-old Owen Martin delivered strong messages to the 200 plus delegates at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith, outlining, in their own styles, how Rotary needs to change its image to attract new members. Some Clubs have embraced change and formed satellite groups with great success.
The conference took time out to have fun with themed evenings on the Friday and Saturday, but Saturday was a packed programme of sharing Rotary initiatives and hearing about the End Polio Now global campaign.
They also heard an emotive speech from Bol Maywal, who had been brought up in a Sudanese displacement camp and latterly took on the role of an international peacekeeper with NATO. Currently, thanks to a Rotary fellowship, he is studying for his Master’s Degree in Peace, Conflict and Development at the University of Bradford.
Rotarians were also thanked for their support of the Royal British Legion by speaker Judith Reay, Cumbria and Isle of Man Community Fundraiser with the Poppy Appeal.
Visitors from America, Australia and throughout the UK, included the national President Denis Spiller and his wife.
They were hosted and entertained by District Governor Larry Branyan and his Rotary Carnforth team.
District Public Image trophies were presented at the close of conference by President Denis to:
- Social Media: Appleby
- Website: Upper Eden
- Best Publicity Campaigns: (joint winners), Fleetwood and Lytham.
Flowering Crocus Corms in Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale
What a glorious display of the crocus corms planted in 2016 by club members in
Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale.
They were planted to highlight the ongoing project
"Purple 4 Polio" to rid the world of the crippling disease of Polio.
When a child is vaccinated a finger is stained purple to indicate that the child has been vaccinated.
Who can doubt that PIES are not good for you?
Recognising the plight of children in Swaziland some 15 years ago and forming a charity to improve life for them has earned Norman Yates a Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Champion of Change Award.
A long serving trustee and chairman of Partners in Education Swaziland (PIES) which today feeds 180 children daily, Norman has been a member of Rotary in Preston South for the past 10 years. To ensure that the charity continues to make a great impact on the local community Norman visits Swaziland two or three times each year all at his own expense.
He will receive his award on 18th May at an event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff in the City Hall.
Presenting the awards to Norman and 11 fellow Rotarians will be the Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations Peter Kellner, alongside Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President Denis Spiller. READ MORE
Champions of Change
Helping the community is in the blood of former traffic officer Paul Brooks from Clayton-le-Woods.
His dedication and vision to turn a small group of bikers into North West Blood Bikes — the largest Blood Bike Group in the world (see photo of PDG Malolm Baldwin on a Blood Bike) — has earned him a top national award.
Paul has been selected as one of seven Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Community Champions to attend a glittering awards evening in Cardiff City Hall on 18th May.
As Chairman and Trustee of the charity, Paul heads a team of 300 riders who answer over 1,000 calls every month for the NHS.
The service helps five hospital trusts in an area from South Lancashire up to, and including, the southerly tip of South Cumbria. READ MORE
Local Barrow volunteers in polio mercy dash to India
Over 170 million children, aged up to five years old, will be given the life-saving polio vaccination on one day, 28th January, thanks to Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. John McGill and Val Robinson from Dalton, are joining 90 Rotary volunteers from across Great Britain and Ireland who are flying out to India to join local Rotary members and health agencies to immunise millions of tiny vulnerable children in the hardest hit areas.
John and Val, members of the Rotary Club of Furness Peninsula, will be working alongside local volunteers in Delhi, Kolkata, Bhiwadi, Amritsar and surrounding high-risk villages, reaching and protecting millions of children. This includes house-to-house visits for impoverished families who cannot travel to the vaccination booths. READ MORE business_cards_template_2017_1.docx