Community and Vocational
Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
One of the principal aims of the Club is to identify ways in which it can support the local Community.
This may be a specific Rotary initiative, or may be linked to supporting other organisations to help deliver worthwhile projects in the Community.
Each year the Club undertakes a range of activities. Some have been running for a number of years. Others are new ideas.
Recent events that have taken place include:
- In February 2020 we held a succesful Murder Mystery Afternoon in aid of Herriot Hospice Homecare and the Rotary Polio Eradication initiative.
- In October 2019 we held the Bedale Book and Postcard Fair. We hope this will become a regular biannual event each April and October, although unfortunately the April 2020 event had to be cancelled because of the Covid crisis.
- In 2018 and 2019 we raised monies for the Sir Robert Ogden Cancer Centre at the Friarage Hospital by holding a very succesful "Red, White and Blue" Dinner in 2018 and a masked ball in 2019.
- We continue to provide marshalling at a number of town events, including those organised by the Northallerton BID. The picture below shows part of the team at one of the successful Classic Car Shows.
- Providing part of the team that collects donations at the annual Northallerton Firework Display run by the Fire and Rescue Service. Money collected in the buckets goes towards the cost of the fireworks for the next years event. Members of the club were involved as part of the team again in 2019, and good crowds turned out for another wonderful display. Judging by the weight of our buckets, plenty of money was collected on the night towards next years event.
- The Club provides marshalls to ensure that Santa makes a safe arrival in the town and his grotto in the Town Hall.
- For a number of years we have been pleased to provide an activity day for the group of children from Chernobyl, who are hosted in the area for a month each year by the Northallerton Branch of Friends of Chernobyl's Children. In recent years this has usually taken the form of a day out at Teeside Park at the ten pin bowling alley. A picture below is from the 2019 event. Once again this was a great success, and all the children, and indeed the helpers, enjoyed their day. Unfortunately the Covid crisis meant the group were not able to come in 2020, but we hope to repeat this project in future years.
- Helping out with the Hambleton Foodshare Scheme in Northallerton, including giving practical support to the Soup and a Roll sessions held on Wednesday lunchtimes.
Through vocational service, Rotarians are expected to adhere to, and promote high ethical standards in all their business and professional lives, recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations, and contribute their professional expertise and skills to addressing the problems and needs of society. This is a cornerstone of the Rotary movement.
These skills are available to the Club when it develops a range of projects to help the Community.