ROTARY CLUB OF WRINGTON VALE
There are more than a million reasons for joining Rotary
My name is Garry Carr and I am just one of the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world. I am also fortunate enough to be President of the Rotary Club of Wrington Vale for the 2016/2017 Rotary Year. Our club was formed in 1976 and we meet every Wednesday at the Burrington Inn, Burrington Combe, BS40 7AT
I love Rotary because it allows us to make a real and positive difference to people's lives, locally, nationally and internationally. Like all Rotary clubs we welcome everyone irrespective of culture, race and creed. We have no political and no religious allegiances. We have no secret ceremonies or complex joining processes. What we do have is a commitment to putting service above self.....something we share with each one of the 32,000 Rotary Clubs in the world.
Whilst we give willingly and ask for nothing in return, there is much to be gained from joining Rotary. We place great importance on the friendship, camaraderie and fellowship we enjoy....and because we take what we do more seriously than we take ourselves, we share a lot of laughter. The atmosphere in our club is always relaxed, friendly and informal.
You often hear people say that life has treated them well and they want to put something back. If you feel like this, then Rotary may suit you down to the ground. The only way to find out is to make a date to visit us. Just email me at garrycarr8.gmail.com and I'll get back to you.
What is the club all about?
We are in existence to support charities within the local community, the wider nation and internationally by promoting them through club activities and the world wide organisation called Rotary International.
To get a flavour of some of our events and activities, please explore this this website by clicking on the "What we do" and "Programme" pages on the menu above, or use the social media link on the right hand side of this page to access our Facebook page.
In addition to our regular activities, we have an exciting programme of events planned for this Rotary year. A significant early success was the Casino Night at Thatchers Cider in Sandford on Saturday 21st January 2017. This prestigious black tie event raised over Â£6,000 in aid of Children's Hospice SouthWest and other charities supported by Rotary.
We are also looking forward to our annual Ladies Night at the Batch Fam Hotel on 10th March 2017, and a contingent of members will once again be visiting our twin club - The Rotary Club of Dourdan - just south of Paris at the beginning of May.
Throughout the year, we have also been running a number of events - including a safely completed President's sponsored 15,000 feet tandem skydive! - to raise funds for our selected international project "Build up Nepal". Build up Nepal is a non-profit social business working with Shiva Charity UK to introduce earth bricks in Nepal. Earth bricks are a perfect technology for rebuilding rural villages in Nepal hit by the earthquakes of April and May 2015. The villagers can produce their own bricks out of cement and soil using a portable brick making press. This lowers transportation costs and also creates local jobs and opportunities in the village. The buildings are earthquake resistant and of very high quality. Using this technology, villagers can build schools, homes and other community buildings at lower costs.The Rotary Club of Wrington Vale is working with The Rotary Club of Dourdan to purchase a brickmaking press.
And this year, for the first time, the club is promoting a major fundraising event - a 24 hour charity mountain bike endurance event called Mendip24. Mendip24 will run over the weekend of 13/14 May 2017 and resurrects Europe's first 24 hour charity mountain bike event, previously called CLIC24. This very popular annual event, held on the Mendips, raised over Â£1/3 million for charity in the ten years it ran up to 2011. And now "“ under the management of The Rotary Club of Wrington Vale and with a brand new course and base camp at Mendip Raceways, it is back"¦. as Mendip24.
Mendip24 will retain the great CLIC24 vibe. Under new management but with the old crew still behind the scenes, it is set to be an enduring and endearing early event in the mountain bike event calendar as well as being a major charity fundraiser for Rotary.
There will be family friendly camping, live music and a full bar, home-cooked food and an amazing course and event base camp. All profits in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and other charities supported by Rotary.
The Rotary Club of Wrington Vale was founded back in 1976 by 23 member's who wanted, by fellowship and actions to create, within the Wrington Vale, a club where like minded people could meet and enjoy promoting charitable deeds.
The club now comprises of some 39 members from many different walks of life and is not restricted to a particular area with members coming from all over the Wrington Vale and further afield.
Each year we undertake a number of charitable projects which may include:
- Taking local schoolchildren on a "Kids Out" visit to Longleat
- Organising a Senior Citizen's Christmas Party
- Sending members into local schools to conduct mock interviews
- Running a weekend break for local Young Carers
- Hosting Rotary events including the Youth Speaks Debating Competition, Rotary Young Musician and Rotary Young Chef in conjunction with local schools
- Volunteering at the Leonard Cheshire home in Axbridge
- Promoting fund-raising events to support local, regional, national and international charities supported by Rotary including Shelter Box, Water Survival Box and Rotary's End Polio Now Campaign
In 2015, we completed our biggest ever project raising Â£60,000 for a Heartworks 3D Training Simulator to be used to train Doctors at NHS Hospitals throughout the South West.
As a club we also have fun with sports competitions against other clubs and visits to a variety of entertainments and places of interest.
If you would like to find out more about our club then please contact me, Garry Carr.I would love to hear from you.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.