Lancaster Rotary club runs charity events each year to raise funds for Rotary charities. Click on the names to the right of the page to visit their websites.
Posted on : 05-08-2014 | By : Allan | In : News
International Fellowship and Goodwill
President Allan Garrick with four members of the Rotary Club of Lancaster plus four of their ladies recently visited (27th – 30th June) the twin town of Rendsburg in Northern Germany. The occasion marked the 60th Charter weekend of the Rotary Club of Rendsburg.
A programme for the weekend included visits to an Art and Sculpture exhibition, visit to a Heritage Park, a Summer Party with buffet and Jazz Band, and a Barbecue evening.
The highlight of the weekend was a Civic Reception in Rendsburg Old Town Hall at which event the Lancaster Club were able to present a plaque marking the friendship between the two Clubs and also presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to their Past President, Secretary, and Twinning Officer Gerd T. Feier.
The Fellowship and Hospitality was outstanding and their President Gustav Tietje and members were warmly thanked by Lancaster President Allan for the goodwill and friendship shown.
Posted on : 04-08-2014 | By : Allan | In : News
A group of local Rotakids from Cockerham, Scotforth, Bowerham, Christ Church and Ellen St.John Primary schools, supported by the Rotary Club of Lancaster, have supplied ShelterBox aid to a family in North Korea. This single ShelterBox was part of a larger consignment of 162 boxes that was only recently supplied after Typhoon Bolaven struck North Korea in August 2012.
It swept away almost every building in the coastal area leaving 26,000 people homeless, and despite the large scale of the catastrophe, there was little communication or publicity with the outside world and considering the sensitivities surrounding the country, it seemed unlikely that North Korea would accept any help.
But somehow ShelterBox found a way to reach these vulnerable families who were left with nothing. Many of the homes were made of mud brick and they were easily destroyed. The conditions were incredibly harsh with temperatures dropping as low as –25 degrees celcius during the winter months and the local people were very grateful to receive the ShelterBox tents, blankets, water filtration equipment and stoves that are an integral part of the ShelterBox package.
Follow the ShelterBox project on: http://www.shelterbox.org/
Posted on : 13-05-2014 | By : Allan | In : News
The Rotary Clubs of Carnforth, Lancaster, Lancaster Loyne and Lunesdale have joined forces with Unique Kidz and Co to host a charity concert performed by the Swing Commanders and GI-Jive at Morecambe Winter Gardens on Saturday 31 May 2014.
For tickets and more information follow this link: http://www.carnforthrotary1190.org/tickets.html
We look forward to seeing you there.
Posted on : 12-05-2014 | By : Allan | In : News
A great evening in Morecambe. Breathtaking views, great fellowship and inspiring speeches.
Posted on : 22-03-2014 | By : Allan | In : News
Lancaster Rotarian Chris Welsby is cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End on Thursday 12th June to Saturday 21st June. He hopes to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK and Unique Kidz. Some say he is going the wrong way against all the prevailing winds, but if it was easy anyone could do it. In his youth he did the ride with camping gear but this time it is without all that extra weight and in more comfort.
Andy Wilkinson holds the current record for this 874 mile ride in a time of 41 hours, 4 minutes and 22 seconds. Chris will not challenge Andy on this occasion as he plans to do 877 miles in 10 days, but of course he would be very pleased if you could sponsor him.
Send your donations to Bevis Mulholland, Rotary Club of Lancaster Treasurer, The Old Coach House,
Hawksheads, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth LA5 8AD. Cheques payable to: The Rotary Club of Lancaster
GIFT AID: If you pay tax, your gift can be made 25% larger by simply indicating that you would request Gift Aid in your sponsorship when sending your your name, address and post code. We will only use your details to claim Gift Aid. If you need sponsorship forms to raise awareness, log onto the Lancaster Rotary Club website to download and print off a copy
Posted on : 17-03-2014 | By : Allan | In : News
George Chadwick, A Rotarian from our club currently abroad, has sent a letter to share his experiences and his reflection on how Rotary is truly international
To The Rotary Club of Lancaster
My annual return to Kuala Lumpur and the Rotary Club of Gombak is always a most pleasurable event. It’s a time to see old friends and share many happy memories. This year was no exception. I joined the Rotary Club of Gombak in 1994 and was with them for 10 years so there is a lot of history.
The President when I joined Wong Yow Seng has remained a close personal friend and we looked back on that first year. I still have some very poor photos of one of our ventures in the nature park of Kuala Selangor to look at the rich variety of bird life there and also included an evening on the river in the boats to see the fireflies which lit up the arrears around the small boats We spent 3 nights in the local wooden A frames – an experience to be had if you have not done it !! We also took then opportunity to visit a couple of local schools and discuss how the Club might best help the pupils – the schools in the plantation areas are very poor indeed and need all the help they can get. Photos are poor but the memories are good. Over a back breaking separate week end we planted 500 palm trees in a totally neglected area near the park – it’s now a veritable plantation of our trees. We also had an enjoyable Xmas break as a couple of the photos show. I could go on – the ventures with the Malaysian nature society for the eclipse , a lost week end in a tea plantation.
As has become the custom I spoke to the Club on one of my visits and have attached the minutes of that meeting for interest. The President James Emarievbe is a Nigerian Tribal Chief and a senior person with PETRONAS oil. You will see from the photo of me with him that it’s wise to agree with what James says !!!
There are a few photos of me with Club members who were there when I was a member – the photos include 2 recent past district governors – not bad for a club of our size in an district of 74 rotary clubs.
I shall miss them all when we return to Lancaster in April. Rotary really is international.
Posted on : 28-12-2013 | By : Allan | In : News
It has been a busy fortnight for Lancaster Rotary Club president Allan Garrick and Youth Services chairman Mike Worth as they have attended inaugural meetings of three new clubs in Lancaster, at Christ Church, Cockerham Parochial, and Scotforth St. Paul’s CE Primary Schools.
These clubs, known as RotaKids, are set up with the aim of building self esteem, leadership skills and introducing community service in partnership with Rotary to children aged 7-12.
Each club has appointed its own President, Secretary and Treasurer and has set its own agenda in terms of fund raising and service projects. Christ Church is already raising money for Friends of Chernobyl Children and collecting clothing to support St. John’s Hospice whilst Scotforth St. Paul’s took the Hug a Bear project to its heart and provided a roomful of teddy bears for transportation to the Philippines to provide comfort to young children injured and bereaved as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.
It is hoped to introduce RotaKids to several more Lancaster schools in the new year so that they too can contribute,and have fun doing so.
Finally, Lancaster Rotary Club was delighted to receive a donation of £500 from the pupils of Ripley St. Thomas Academy towards the purchase of a Shelterbox as a result of which three boxes have been purchased for use in the Philippines. One has been purchased in the name of Lancaster RotaKids and another in the name of Ripley St.Thomas and each can be tracked online by the pupils.
Posted on : 18-11-2013 | By : Allan | In : News
Our RC president Allan Garrick presented a donation of £250 to the Friends of Chernobyl Children when the children were here for a month in September.
Eighteen seven to nine year olds came from Belarus where they live in extreme poverty and suffer medical disabilities associated with continuing exposure to radiation. They were accompanied by a teacher and interpreter and did a certain amount of schoolwork and also got taken to local events and attractions. They were also given medical checks,vitamins and food of a quality they are unable to get at home and the objective is to bolster their health for the coming winter which will be very severe in Belarus. Their attendance at local attractions and events was all sponsored by local individuals.
The work now begins to raise funds to cover the cost of bringing them back next year as the intention is that they come for four successive years in all. Our donation is a start towards this and was gratefully received.
Posted on : 28-10-2013 | By : Allan | In : News
Lancaster University International Student tour of Lancaster Castle and Priory Sunday October 27th 2013. Sponsored and organised by Lancaster Rotary Club
Links between Lancaster Rotary Club and the International Office at the University of Lancaster have continued to strengthen over the past 2/3 years. Already in this academic year we have had a range of meetings with staff and international students to explore how we might play a part in introducing international students to Lancaster and its environment
This tour of the Castle and Priory was the first outdoor event of this academic year jointly organised with the University International office whose International Student Adviser Jo Ward has been very helpful indeed. We had a very mixed group with students from 11 different countries. – China, Malaysia, America, Australia, India, Lebanon, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Thailand and Turkey. They also came from a range of programmes at the University: undergraduate courses, various Masters Degrees, three students studying for PHDs and 6 on “study abroad “programmes.
After introductions we began with a conducted tour of the Castle which really impressed the students – helped by an excellent guide. Some of the students spent a short time in one of the old cells – with no lighting – and a few more were “in the dock” when we went into the Court rooms. The High Sheriff shields brought out a lot of interest with some informed guesses about the names of the High Sheriffs from their shields. Buffet lunch was taken in the Debtors cell which given the financial state of many students seemed quite appropriate and was provided by the NICE café.
After lunch we walked across to the Priory Church where luck was certainly with us. We saw the end of a traditional wedding – horse drawn carriage with two magnificent white horses decorated with head plumes and all the wedding guests in formal attire – quite an event. After that we had a complete guided tour of the priory to the sound of the priory bells and organ. It was as the Malaysian students said quite a memorable day.
The students were delighted and asked that we provide further tours of this nature which we intend to do.
The strength of Lancaster Rotary and its member was again demonstrated on the day. We had insights into the Castle from Stephen Gardner who just happened to be the City conservation office as well as a Rotarian. Tim Jenkinson did a similar outstanding job in revealing the inner mysteries of the Priory – he is of course a Rotarian and also Priory Warden. Roger Carradice made sure we did not miss the significance of the roman remains and roads and by the end we all understood a little more about the Duchy and its role. I tried to make sure we didn’t leave anyone behind either in the cells or at the wedding banquet reception although we were tempted.