Community and Vocational

This committee organises community events some yearly including Dictionaries4 Life, Easter Egg Hunt, Jakethon and Kids Out as well as the Social Interactive Quiz. It also supports the Friends of Guiseley Cemetery and the Beer Festival.

           It is also looking for new ideas with the Autumn Seed Trail complementing the Easter Egg Hunt and with Rodley Nature Reserve currently out of action because of building works ensuring the show can go on elsewhere.           



This Committee will continue to work with other groups, particularly on fund-raising events and involvement in Community projects to the benefit of the Club in our four areasGuiseley, Horsforth, Rawdon and Yeadon. We have several events planned for 2022/23:

Kids Out in a different form supporting Guiseley Children's Centre with bags, books and sweets for their summer day out to the coast. Our constant supporter, Yeadon Charities will be helping with the coach cost.

Dictionaries4 Life 479 dictionaries will be distributed to pupils in 10 local Primary Schools in July.

The 'Jakethon' will take place once againon the Sunday morning of the Scarborough Conference weekend 9 October. His mission is yet to be decided but all are welcome to attend for his hour's task on Scarborough beach. It will be great to get sand once again between toes and paws.

A shop 'Halloween Window Display' event in Horsforth will be run for the first time - a competition for the best shop(s) with prizes and certificates.

Our annual C & V organised evening event will take place at the end of March 2023 - function type and venue but it will not be fish and chips this time.

There will be an Easter Egg jar competition of some kind as for the previous 2 years

It is intended to run Stroke awareness during the year though the timing is not yet determined. Venue will be Yeadon Town Hall during a coffee morning between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

The Friends of Guiseley Cemetery are now into their 17th year. Barry Bootland will give the Club a presentation, particularly for the benfit of nwer members on an appropriate date early in 2023.

Small amounts of money have been brought in by this Committee over the past year and this will continue in 2022/23. Sponsorship is also being sought but is difficult to obtain in the current financial climate.

This plan is flexible and no doubt will be subject to change with other smaller events added. Our local M.P. Stuart Andrew has offered to attend any future events subject to his availability.

I look forward to chairing this Committe in the coming year intending to keep members both engaged and entertained in bringing benefits to our local communities.

Sally Mohan

This is almost the end of my third year as Chairman and I am most thankful to all the Club members for their support and to those who have helped in various activities in our local community before lockdown due to Covid on 23 March 2020.

TREE PLANTING - 21 March 2020, took place at Nunroyd Park with the help of some police cadets, Friends of Nunroyd Park and of course Rotary personnel. It was our last event and 30 saplings were planted. As of February 2012 - 25 could be found. A working party will soon be needed to remove the grass around the saplings as directed by the Woodland Trust's instructions when planting.

160 RING BAGS were delivered to Pinderfields Hospital as a call went out from the senior sister to replace the envelopes currently used for the jewellery of deceased patients.

DICTIONARIES4LIFE - took place in June/July but not as we know it! The dictionaries were delivered by 3 Rotary members to the schools in boxes for the teachers to give out as we were not allowed over the threshold. They have been ordered for this year with delivery in May and it is hoped that we will be able to present the dictionaries individually to the children this year. 

PLANNED EVENTS CANCELLED  included a Community and Vocational Social event at the end of March, the Easter Egg Hunt stall and mamoth tombola, Houses of Parliament visit and KIDS OUT has been offered to Aireborough Children's Centre as there has been no response to emails and telephone calls from Meadows Park/Green Meadows.

JAKETHON took place over the usual Conference weekend in October 2020 but at Golden Acre Park in Leeds. with five Rotary and Inner Wheel members taking part in the walk. The competition this year was how many dogs Jake would pass during his hour's walk. Roger and Carol Ward took the prize with their correct guess of 25. Jake will be pawing his way again this October for Rotary, all are welcome to accompany him - he loves company.

EASTER EGG JAR COMPETITION Barrie Oldam and Roger Ward shared the prize with their correct guess and a number of the eggs were donated to the Healthy Holidays project.

Other unique ideas are in the pipeline to raise funds so watch this space.

Sally Mohan - Chair

At June 12 2019 Club Assembly Committee Chair Sally Mohan outlined her programme for the year as follows. Working with the Thursday Group (originally Nomads) the Committee will continue particularly on fund-raising events and involvement in Community Projects to the benefit of the Club and Guiseley, Rawdon, Yeadon and Horsforth – our areas of Aireborough.

We will continue to organise two main events – Kids Out (19 June) and Dictionaries4Life around 19 July. We will also work closely with the Education and Youth Service Committee when opportunities arise. Budgets of £1000 for Kids Out and £1500 for Dictionaries4Life are based on latest available information from last year. Sponsorship will also be sought. A possible contingency plan will be worked on if Kids Out does not go ahead given Loghtwater Valley's current financial situation.

Our other major event – Stroke Awareness will have to be put on hold because of re-organisation within District 1040.

A number of fund-raising/ self supporting events have been discussed at the C & V Committee and we believe it would be beneficial for the Club to consider supporting the following events:

A)    Talk to Business, Industry and Schools about Rotary – Phoenix Club members and their companies to be invited – January/February 2019

B)    Club events: March/May 2019

Sheepstakes/Race Night at Horsforth Golf Club

Actual visit to a Race course – Ripon, Wetherby, Pontefract or York?

Canal boat trip with fish and chips and entertainment – a singer?

C)    Dog Show – also incorporating Ready Teddy Jump – or Yeadon Tarn – late June 2019

D)    Table top sale and/or Rotary valuation of antiques – October/November 2019    –

We will again support Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign with the planting of crocus corms in November 2018 near where the trees at Nunroyd Park were planted and in any other places deemed suitable with only 1000 being ordered at a cost of £30.

‘Jakeathon’, estimating how far he walks will again take place on the Saturday of the Scarborough Conference this October for dementia and the purchase of a robotic therapy cat (cost £100). Club members will decide who gets the cat so sponsorship from as many as possible will be required.

Goblets will be bought and placed in strategic places, potential income for little effort.

Friends of are now in its 13th year and Barry Bootland will give the Club a presentation particularly for the benefit of recently joining members.

This plan is flexible and is subject to change since there may be other events in the pipeline. Our local M.P. Stuart Andrew has offered to attend any future events subject to his availability.

I look forward to my first year chairing this committee which I hope will keep members engaged and which above all will benefit our local communities.

Sally Mohan

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Tuesday meeting 12.00 for 12.30 till 2.00 p.m.

more Georgia from 'Forget me not' children's hospice is our speaker with vote of thanks from Geoff Bartrum Apologies to Alyson Wort Reception and grace Roger Ward

Three Tea Club members enjoy the celebration

Enthusiastic reception for Big Help Out

more Coronation Celebration Tea for the Thursday Club

Tuesday meeting 12.00 for 12.30 finishing at 14.00

more Speaker Lisa Morton, Senior Fundraising Manager, SNAPS (Special Needs and Parent Support)vote of thanks Robert Mirfield Apologies to Alyson Wort who will also handle cash desk, Peter Long reception and grace