The morning really had something for everyone. It was so very entertaining and brilliantly directed to congratulate all those taking part.

District Junior Young Writer, Tallulah Taschner, has written this press release for the event, and our District (and National) Intermediate Young Photographer Corbin Bate has taken the press photos


July 1st 2017 saw the District 1200 Rotary Youth Showcase held at WPA in Taunton.

Hosted in a beautiful open and airy atrium, the presentation was both entertaining and inspiring. An incredible opening opera performance had everyone sat up in their seats, ready for the prize-giving.

The awards ranged from photography to debating and everything in between.

A world class violin performance by Cristina of a Sibelius piece left everyone staring in amazement and awe, momentarily transported to a global orchestral performance!

Appealing to the philosophers in the audience, the Youth Speaks winners left minds confused yet extremely impressed.  The detail of their arguments, themed “History Repeats Itself” and “What’s in a Name” were rousing, interesting and very thought provoking.

A most deserved Citizenship Trophy went to five year old Ellie, who has raised £30,000 for the British Heart Foundation.  Ellie has organised and participated in numerous fundraising events, all the while battling her own health problems.  She assured the audience that her work is not yet done, there is more to come!

For the adventurous folk, details of a Rotary supported, intrepid Dartmoor expedition, led by Jack Russel, really hit the spot.  With accounts of -10c wind chill and wild camping it sounded tough going but did nothing to deter a future military career for the speaker and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the boys who took part.

In summary, the morning really had something for everyone.  It was so very entertaining and brilliantly directed to congratulate all those taking part, and whilst light-hearted I would say it left us all proud and inspired to try and make it back again next year!

Tallulah Taschner

Junior Young Writer