RotaKids Club Hits the Town
Abbey First School’s RotaKids began their programme for the year with a visit to Westminster Memorial Hospital in Shaftesbury and their first litter pick. They were joined by members of the Hilltop Litter Pickers. RotaKids is a fun and exciting way for young people aged 7-12 to make friends and get involved with important activities in the community, all while having a great time in the process.
Young People Speak Out
Wednesday 8th February at Shaftesbury School, five teams took part in Youth Speaks, a debating competition organised and promoted by Rotary International. The area event was organised by Shaftesbury Rotary Club, working in partnership with Shaftesbury School.
The judges for this year’s event included local MP Simon Hoare, Rutters’ solicitor Matthew Billingsley and Rachael Gale, a local teacher. After proposing and opposing the motion, the teams were asked questions by Steve Parsons, Rotary Assistant District Governor.
Teams from Shaftesbury School and The Blandford School competed in the Intermediate Competition for 11–13-year-olds and the Senior Competition for 14-17 year olds. Blandford School intermediates and Shaftesbury School seniors now progress to the Rotary Youth Speaks District Final on Saturday March 4th at Mountbatten School in Romsey.
13th – Business Meeting
We committed to a donation of £1,000 (for approx. two shelter boxes) to be sent to Turkey/Syria earthquake appeal. The new website is close to being completed. Our Speaker Dr Robin McNeil Love spoke about his role on the Medical Board of The Halo Trust, the international mine clearing charity. The talk focused on his recent trip to Zimbabwe, with background on Halo’s work and successes during the last 30 years and details on this role and the highly focused medical procedures used to support the mine clearers.
22nd – Wynn Mackenzies’ Dinner
The Wynn Mackenzies kindly hosted dinner for 14, serving lasagne with salad and garlic bread, a choice of desserts followed by cheese and biscuits with coffee. A veritable feast enjoyed by all and raising funds for our Twinning budget to host our friends from Rotary Club Heerlen-Land van Rode
27th – Business Meeting
We had plenty to discuss for the first full business meeting of the year, including plans for the 60th Anniversary of Shaftesbury Rotary, annual accounts and subscriptions, the earthquake disaster and fund-raising, the Cycle Ride, Gold Hill Festival, The Youth Projects and Kids Out, the recent Success of RotaKids and upcoming events. The year ahead looks set to be a full programme of social and fund-raising activities, returning to the pre-Covid levels of activity