Supporting the Young within the Community
Support for young people is provided by the Club's Youth Service Committee and consists of a range of fund-raising events and direct involvement in a number of youth activities. The Committee aims to work closely with youth charities that will benefit from the voluntary support that can be provided by the diverse backgrounds of the Club's members.
In recent years, the Committee has raised funds by, for example, organizing a burger and hot-dog stand at Marlow's Late Night Shopping event and by running a Youth Concert in association with the High Wycombe Music Centre. It has also benefitted from a portion of the funds raised by Santa's Fun Run. Fund-raising will continue to be a major part of the Committee's objectives. The beneficiaries of these funds include local children's hospices, youth organizations and charities that cater for disadvantaged young people.
Rotary runs a number of national competitions for children of school age, and the Youth Service Committee runs local heats for Young Chef, Youth Speaks and Best Potential Citizen competitions. Attendees at these events are always impressed by the quality of the contributions made by young people. In addition, the Committee recruits candidates for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and supports some non-Rotary competitions such as Young Enterprise.
The Rotary Club as a whole provides volunteers to help with a local youth club and assistance with reading in a junior school. In recent years it has also run an Interact Club (a junior Rotary Club) in association with a local grammar school. Interact Clubs are a rapidly growing part of Rotary and provide school pupils with diverse experience of the voluntary sector that is largely ignored by the school curriculum.
All these activities ensure that the members of the Youth Service Committee are busy throughout the year in doing charitable work. The Committee organizes this work through monthly meetings that are both lively and socially rewarding. As a result, its members get real enjoyment out of the service that they provide through being Rotarians.