David Blundell - Club President for Rotary Year 2018/2019Hello, and welcome to our website. Here you will find information on what we do and how we involve ourselves in our local community. Also, and not least, you can see how we enjoy ourselves. Each year the President chooses a charity and for 2018/19 we will be helping Acorn House, at Addenbrooke’s.Acorn House, part of the Sick Children’s Trust, offers a “home from home” for up to 15 families who have children receiving treatment at the hospital. It is only minutes away from the wards and has been specially designed to ensure access for those with disabilities.Royston Rotary is particularly proud of the way it has helped young people in the area over the years and we will continue to do this. For example, we work closely with local schools with events such as Youth Makes Music, at which youngsters enchant an audience of their peers, parents and friends with a concert of classical, popular and choral music. This year, for the first time, it will be staged at the superb Saffron Hall, in Saffron Walden. Then there is the Technology Tournament, where students from our four middle and two upper schools are challenged to work in teams to solve a practical (and sometimes rather baffling!) technical issue. At Rotary ‘Kids Out’ we host a one-day experience for disabled and disadvantaged young people – visiting Wimpole Hall Farm, bouncy castle, viewing a puppet show, making and flying kites and riding on a model railway.It isn’t all about the young, however. We are particularly proud of the contribution we are making to the older people in our community through the Memory Café.The café offers companionship and help to sufferers from memory impairment of any type, at any age. Just as importantly, it gives a little respite for their carers.From its very first days, Rotary has had an international dimension and in Royston we play our part in this, too. For example, we support Lendwithcare,a British-based microfinance organisation which allows individuals and groups to make small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, and help them work their way out of poverty. Also, we continue to participate in Rotary’s world-wide commitment to the eradication of polio. For a number of years, we have helped Embocraft, an organisation I know personally based in Kwa/Zulu Natal, South Africa, which gives practical assistance through sewing schools to the people of this impoverished region. We will continue to do this during the coming year. All of these are only part of Rotary’s place in the community. Just as important is enjoying yourself – and we believe we’re pretty good at that, too. The club meets for dinner every Tuesday evening at the Royston Golf Club where often we have a visiting speaker. There are social events– ranging from a ceilidh to a car treasure hunt and a walking holiday – as well as partners’ evenings and competitions. Not least, we have a “twinning” link with the Rotary Club de Paray le Monial et du Charolais, in Saône-et-Loire, France. Each year we have exchange visits, either to France or here to Royston, offering opportunities for good food, wine and company!I hope this has given you some insight into our club and the opportunities it offers to help others and to enjoy yourself. If you want to know more, then do please contact us by clicking here.
•Youth Makes Music22nd March•Visit to Wellcome GenomeCampus 25th April•Historic Vehicle Show6th May (download brochure)•President’s Weekend17th - 19th May•Visit to Paray le Monial23rd to 26th May•Presidential Handover 25th June