Posted on : 19-11-2014 | By : Allan | In : News
The Rotary Club of Lancaster
invites you to
Social Wine Tasting Event
in aid of
The Rotary Foundation,
(which supports our project for medical students in Uganda)
Saturday January 31st 2015 7pm
The Priory Hall, Castle Park, Lancaster
(opposite the John o’ Gaunt Castle Door)
Taste Twelve Wines and guess the Grape and Country of origin
and see which provided description fits best.
Light Supper and Live Music
Tickets (in advance) £12.50 pp
email@example.com or 0152465595 or club members
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.