The total number of RotaKids reported from RC Lancaster at the General Council meeting was five (5), only behind fleetwod RC (8), thank you to all members involved in this project.
Current membership: 27 members following the recent sad death of one long standing member.
What have we accomplished this year so far:
We have joined the District quiz and have won the first round.
We played Carnforth RC in the District Grey games and a gallant team lost – till the next time.
We had a hugely successful black tie – Casino Night for members and friends (over 40 people attended).
We have organised an Xmas social meal with partners
We run organised monthly walks followed by dinner.
We are again organising the local area Technology Tournament with planning for next March well advanced.
In September 2015 we chartered our fifth Rotakids school and recently held an event for all five schools to interact, exchange views and learn more about Rotary.
Planning for several days of cash collections in the City Centre on the run up to Xmas is on schedule. Planning is also well advanced for next April’s Lancaster RC’s Wrynose or Bust cycle event.
A wine tasting event to raise funds for Foundation is scheduled for 30th January 2016. Foundation giving and gift aid has also recently been promoted amongst members.
We are mentoring a Rotary Global scholar from Kenya who is sponsored by District 1070 (Reading) but attending Lancaster University.
Members manned a stand at Lancaster University fresher week to meet and speak to foreign students. We have arranged a number of visits by foreign students from both Lancaster & Cumbria (St Martin’s) universities to have a guided tour around the castle inclusive of food, socialising with members and then a guide of some of the city centre attractions (last one took place on Sunday 1st November 2015).
We have also sent people to the recent RYPEN and RYLA courses.
We have three club members on District committees (Philip on Finance, George on Foundation and Sheena actually organised the latest District RYPEN event).
On the 12th October,Tatu Emmaculate Otieno paid our club a visit.Tatu is a rotaractor from Kenya and is currently a 2015/2016 global scholar.Tatu is having a world-match fund from the Rotary District 1070 but is based at the university of Lancaster hence making us her host club and one of our members is her host chancellor.She gave an introduction of her self and also had a an opportunity to do a flag exchange hence adding the rotary club of thika,which is her mother club,into our wall and vis-visa.Tatu will be at Lancaster for the next year undertaking her Msc.Sustainable agriculture and food security and looks forward to gaining experience after her Msc in the same field in her quest to change the food insecurity in her mother country-Kenya.”
There will be a Wine Tasting Event to raise funds for TRF Saturday January 30th 2016 7pm in the Priory Hall, Castle Precinct Lancaster. Lancaster Rotary Club has received a District Grant to support two students to study at medical school in Uganda. Tickets will be available in December.
Posted on : 16-10-2015 | By : Allan | In : News
ROTARY CLUB OF LANCASTER PROJECT TO FUND TWO UGANDAN STUDENTS TO STUDY MEDICINE IN UGANDA
There is a great shortage of qualified doctors in Uganda and even greater shortage of those prepared to work in country areas. In Kamuli District (Pop 590,000) there are 6.
Salaama and Richard were students at St John Bosco Secondary School, Kamuli, where Gill Jenkinson – a Rotary Foundation volunteer – worked between 2001 and 2010, while Rtn Tim worked for Rotary Doctorbank at the nearby hospital. A respected doctor in Kamuli has requested that we try to get scholarships for the students to qualify as doctors so that they could be of significant service to the community. Both have held a dream to work “up country” and would guarantee to do this. There is no government funding available to them.
We have cooperation from the Rotary Club of Kyambogo Kampala, the Medical Superintendent of Kamuli General Hospital, and some offers of private sponsorship.
This project addresses at least 2 of the areas of focus and is sustainable and of benefit to the community.
We were successful in gaining a District grant this year for the first student who has been doing well at Busitema University. This year we hope the second student will be able to start the course and we are very hopeful of getting a District grant for the two students.
We wonder if your club would be prepared to give some financial support to this project this year. It is, of course, a five year project and we shall have to apply for a District grant each year. RC Lancaster is committed to the project but we need other support to keep the project viable. Any amount towards the cost would be gratefully received to supply much needed medical care in a poor rural area.
The Casino Night is Friday 30th October at the Vale of Lune Rugby, starting at 19.00 with a light supper to be served about 8.30. We have roulette, roll the dice and Blackjack. Also during the course of the evening there will be table quizzes so that nobody will be bored.
The cost is £10 per head and we are hoping all members will attend as this is mainly FOR members (together with their friends or family), and is non-profit making. Hence the low price. I do hope you can join us with your friends. This is the first of our events and we would appreciate your support to start the year!!!
On Monday 20th July a “Meet and Greet” of Lancaster School Rotakids was organised by Mike Worth. Children and teachers from Ellel, Bowerham and Scotforth Schools were able to attend. President George was unable to attend due to illness but several other members were there. Roger Carradice spoke about Rotary Charities, John Yarnall re Youth Competitions, Tim Jenkinson on polio eradication and Sheena Marsden on RYPEN and RYLA.
Entertainment was provided by Lancaster Schools Steel Band which gave Mike the opportunity to display Dad dancing that made a significant( and hopefully not too damaging) impact on the youngsters.
It was a successful inaugural event, thanks to Mike for all the work
The RC Lancaster presidential handover took place on Monday 6th of July.
The Presidential handover was an informal, enjoyable and relaxed event . The President elect George obviously recognised the importance of the evening by appearing wearing both a tie and a jacket. It certainly provoked some surprise and a range of humorous comments from members. He might however find it too much of a strain to carry on a this level – we shall see.
Our retiring President Keith gave a brief summary of his year in office with his usual touch of humour and ended by thanking the Club and particularly its officers for their support throughout a year he had very much enjoyed.
Incoming President George spoke briefly about a forthcoming year in which we would have a range of activities to appeal to and be enjoyed by all Club members. As ever all will depend on the willingness of the Club as a whole both to organise and then support these initiatives. Our focus will be mutual support (both within the club and between our local clubs) ,fellowship and charity.
The only tricky moment came when George had to present the jewel of office to the Senior Vice President since he was filling both roles – however a little nimble footwork helped him to play both parts somewhat to the amusement of those present. However the induction of Junior Vice President Sheena went off without a hitch !!
We had ten visitors from our neighbouring clubs of Carnforth, Lancaster Loyne and Lunesdale and also one from Blackpool. Greetings were given and the need for our local clubs to support each other to promote Rotary in the area was agreed by all who spoke .
It was very pleasant evening.