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February Timeline

February Timeline

8th February – The Night of the Great Debate – Rotary’s 2024 Youth Speaks Competition. 

Shaftesbury Rotary hosted the local heats of the Youth Speaks Competition where there was lively debate from the students. We had students from Shaftesbury School, Blandford School and King Arthur’s School taking part. The students did an excellent job of presenting their arguments for and against their chosen topics. 

The winning team in the Intermediate Competition were Chloe Duke, Olivia Calverley and Margaret Jones from Shaftesbury School whose topic was “Is AI Positive or Negative?” The winning team in the Senior Competition were Joseph Young, Arthur Wilson and Max Stenner from The Blandford School whose topic was “We should abolish the monarchy.”  

Intermediate Runners-Up were Leo Westlake, Dylan Wild and Finley Arnold from King Arthur’s School discussing “The Pandemic”. The Senior Runners-Up were Olivia Pretlove, Suden Uysal and Isobel Lulham from Shaftesbury School on “Is incarceration beneficial?”

Thanks to judges Rachael Gale from Williams Barnes Primary School, Simon Hoare MP and Matthew Billingsley from Rutters Solicitors. Also, thanks to Virginia Edwyn-Jones, Shaftesbury School for hosting and Clive Harris for the delicious buffet.

12th February – A busy evening started with a tasty and crisp pork belly, mash and assorted vegetables, before moving on to the regular business.   Our speakers Marion Griffin and Pauline Crandley told us about “Melodies Remembered”, a regular meeting launched in 2021 by the Shaftesbury & District Dementia Friendly Community to provide a singing and musical group for those living with dementia, their carers and families.

We also received a visit from DG George Phillips, who complimented Shaftesbury on the Youth Projects and RotaKids, local community events, International & Foundation, and our business partners.  The Head Teacher of Abbey Primary School has been invited to District to speak about RotaKids from the school’s point of view.

The evening finished with a well-deserved presentation of a third Paul Harris Fellowship to Tony Morgan, a Shaftesbury Rotarian of 54 years, who has been and remains fully active within the club and its projects. Congratulations to Tony on this Sapphire Award.

19th February – The second instalment of The Tyler Collection.  Claire Ryley and Ann Symons presented the photographs of the surrounding villages to Rotarians, partners and friends. Many questions and anecdotes arose from the audience thanks to Tom Crabbe, whose knowledge of Motcombe and Iwerne Minster was plentiful.×792.png 

26th February – Business Meeting. Plans for our Spring Fun Run and Cycle Ride events are well advanced. We are looking forward to a twinning visit to our partner club in Heerlen.

We also agreed a number of donations to both local and international charities.  


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