Club Newsletters/ November 2018 Newsletter

Issue 4

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Welcome to our new Global Scholar

We have recently welcomed the Club’s Global Scholar for the year- Rachel Lunsford. Here’s what she had to say My name is Rachel Lunsford, and I am a Rotary Global Grant Scholar. Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, I attended the University of South Carolina for my undergraduate degrees in International Business, Finance, and Spanish. I am on our peace and conflict prevention/resolution track studying for my MPhil in International Relations and Politics at the University of Cambridge this year. My research focuses on how populations form and change opinions over time, using Brexit as a case study so that we can better understand how, why, and when sudden changes in political sentiment may shift. I am in Corpus Christi College and am incredibly grateful for this experience!” Rachel will speak to the club on 13th November
Speaker- Brian Reynolds- E-Club of East Anglia




We have recently been visited by our former member Brian Reynolds, who lives in Spain. Brian is this years’ President of the E Club of East Anglia or as they like to say Rotary eClub of Innovation. They are changing the world and how we live in different times and time zones across the world. They have members in USA, Canada, Nepal, this country and others. They meet by video conference on a Wednesday evening if they are available, or they can access at a different time to suit them. They are having real friendships across the world, re-inventing Rotary to suit todays people. They are the “Experiment” in Rotary of the future, available to people at a time convenient to them and their lifestyles’. So Rotary can suit everyone. Let us know if you want more information.



Every now and again we have a Scatter week where members can go off and attend another Club. 2 of our members recently did this.


Simon Lake says “My scatter on the evening of Monday 15 October was to the Rotary Club of Bingham and Radcliffe-on-Trent, which meets at Horse and Plough pub in
Bingham, near Nottingham.  Picture attached!  The speaker was Barrie Cooper,
who was last year's Mayor of Rushcliffe Borough Council, on 'My Year as
Mayor of Rushcliffe'.”

Peter White says “As you see below I visited Arbroath rotary. They are an active club of about 35 members and have just won their district award for best membership growth. And yes I did try the Arbroath smokies while I was there and visited the new v and a in Dundee.”

Peter and Ruth also went to a Kaleigh!



Genome visit

Recently a group of members and partners visited The Genome Centre organized by Tony Collett.

Steve Scott gave us a wonderful tour and insight into the wonderful facility we have in our area which is the world leader in its field. We learnt about DNA and its code, sequencing, genes, genomes, chromosomes and the research.




Message from Rotary GBI President- Debbie Hodge


Rotary Clubs around the U.K. organize Youth Competitions, which provide opportunities to assist schools and Colleges to develop the Skills and Talents of young people.

Our Club run a Youth Speaks event and have in the past run Young Chef competitions.

This year our YOUTH SPEAKS Competition is being held on Wednesday 28th November at Sawston Village College..

Youth Speaks is a team competition for 11-13 and 14-17 year olds. We run a 14-17 year old category.

Speaking in front of an audience is challenging to most people but to be able to do so with confidence enhances one’s self belief. Public speaking is an important life skill needing self confidence and self esteem and the Youth Speaks competition helps build these attributes.

The objectives of this competition are to offer:

·         An experience of speaking on a public platform as members of a team

·         An incentive to formulate ideas on topical subjects

·         The discipline in dealing with a topic with a limited time

·         The opportunity of learning and practicing high standards of expression, presentation, and appearance

·         The impartial criticism and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators

Each team is made up of a Chairperson, a Speaker and a Proposer of the Vote of Thanks. There are 4 stages in the competition- Local, District Final, Regional final and the National Final.

Other competitions run are Young Chef, Young Photographer, Young Musician, Technology Tournaments, Young Citizen, Young Writer and Young Restaurant server.






6 November

CHARTER DINNER at Queens College Cambridge

13 November

Rachel Lunsford-Global Scholar-How I got to Cambridge

Fri/Sat 16-17 November

Children In Need Collection Tesco Fulbourn  Budgens Sawston

19 November

RI Director Brian Stoyle  -Girton Golf Club- South meeting

27 November

Chris Carter- A Topic that interests me

28 November

Youth Speaks competition SVC

Welcome to Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston

We're a friendly, very active club of men and women from mainly South Cambridgeshire villages. You will know of us best as organizers of the Saws ton Fun Run.

 Please look around our website  to find out more about our wide range of activities.

Our weekly meeting is held on a Tuesday evening at The George Inn Babraham where we enjoy fellowship, a good, reasonably priced meal and inspiring speakers.

We warmly welcome new members, so if you're Interested in helping your community at home or abroad, please contact:

Vic Starkey: 01223 871568 or

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