Rotary South West October 27th 2014


District 1290 host the RIBI Young Musician National Final

This was the first time the District has hosted a Youth Competition National Final in recent years. The event took place on Saturday 3 May at Truro School chapel, a wonderful venue for such talented musicians. The eight regional finals produced sixteen competitors, eight instrumentalists and eight vocalists.  Our District was represented by Abi Piercy, a harpist, from Truro School.  The event was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Truro. RIBI Youth Services Officer Donna Wallbank represented the RIBI President Nan who could not attend due to ill health.  

The competitors performed their own programme of music for up to ten minutes. The high standard shown was much appreciated by the audience of visitors and locals; the Mexican party enjoyed an entertaining afternoon!  Whilst the adjudication was being decided, the audience enjoyed a Cornish Cream Tea.

The winning instrumentalist, pianist Robert Cheung, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ascot, played Liszt and Copland to perfection and the winning vocalist, Isabelle Atkinson, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth, sang four songs that demonstrated a mature vocal range and confident personality.  Our harpist came third and was presented with a birthday cake to mark her 18th birthday on the day!

Each winner received �500 in shopping vouchers from Harrods plus trophies and all competitors received framed certificates and chocolates presented by the Lord Lieutenant.

RIBI Youth Services Chair with the two winners and runners up, Magnus from Glasgow on the far left and Marcus from Bishop Stortford, far right.


Rotary / ShelterBox Partnership

A year has passed since ShelterBox became Rotary International's first project partner.
This agreement enables both organisations to collaborate more closely to bring relief and temporary shelter to survivors of disasters worldwide. The project partnership builds on both our strengths in responding to disasters all over the world. Throughout 2012, and going into 2013, the benefits of this partnership have presented themselves time and time again:



Join Rotary - Join Us

Click the interactive map  for club venue  guide to   the 41 clubs in District 1290.

Thinking about joining Rotary? Contact District Membership Chairman, Darren Hands or or call us on  07952 549063 or visit any of the Club's Websites in our District. Outside our District?  Contact RIBI (Rotary International Britain and Ireland).

Boost for the End Polio Now Campaign

Local celebrities have leant their weight to the  End Polio Now campaign. New Posters to raise awareness of Rotary's efforts to end Polio are available from Darren Hands

Overseas Project Team

News Update Read about the reams latest projects  delivering specialist aid to eastern Europe and further afield. Win Scutt District 1290's Overseas Project Team and learns about the team's work Video.

End Polio - donate now!

Rotary's priority project today is the eradication of polio. In 1985 Rotary launched PolioPlEnding Polio Worldwideus, a multi-million dollar initiative to immunise all the world's children against polio. Since then Rotary International has raised  over $800M and more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine. read more

BBC's Rotary / Polio links

India's Success

The End of Polio more from BBC's Fergus Walsh 

Bruce Aylward: How we'll stop polio for good

Polio is almost completely eradicated. But as Bruce Aylward says: Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying.  Bruce Aylward of the WHO talks about polio eradication, it explains the background and recent activities. Polio update.April 2013 Special Report by District Governor John James  2012-2013.

Support for ShelterBox

The District operates a dedicated ShelterBox support team. ShelterBox Support Team Co-ordinator Tony Williams.

ShelterBox and Rotary

The global support from the Rotary network is the cornerstone that ShelterBox is built on.

Rotary has been instrumental in our growth and Rotarians are the cement that binds us together. Since it was founded, it has grown from one club’s adopted project to the largest global Rotary club project in the 100-year history of Rotary. read more.


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