2019 to the End of June
Our Reigate 2018 christmas street collections raised £4800 and much of this money will be given in grants to local charities and directly to help local people in need.
In 2019 we will once again be presenting hundreds of local primary pupils with Rotary Dictionaries. Despite predictive text and Google, children continue to treasure their dictionaries.
In January 2019 we gave a busload of Surrey Young Carers a trip to the Dorking Pantomime: Beauty and the Beast.
We have selected three Warwick School 16+ students for the Rotary Youth Leadership Programme and in April they will attend an amazing, life-changing week long youth leadership course at High Ashurst Activity Centre. Students are put into mixed groups of complementary ability where they take part in outdoor activities. They are placed in challenging situations to help develop leadership and team bonding skills and to increase personal confidence.
Activities may include canoeing, abseiling, scrambling, hiking and camping overnight under canvas. Students are closely supervised by specialist staff at all times. The students must be prepared for a range of tough physical and mental challenges, such as getting wet, problem solving and practical group leadership exercises where each student has the opportunity to develop key leadership skills. Past Graduates have always spoken glowingly of the life-changing experience.
In 2019 we will, once again, hold the Young Writer competition involving local schools. In past years the creativity and quality of writing has never failed to impress. This year’s subject is ‘My Inspiration’.
We sponsor and guide the vibrant Interact Club at Warwick School. The young members of the club have raised some considerable sums to help those in need.
We will once again hold our Butterfly Competition involving local primary schools. We provide planters for children to grow flowers that attract butterflies and then we judge the blooms.
Junior Youth Speaks in February and later in the year, Senior Youth Speaks are two very successful competitions that we have held for a number of years. Teams of three from local primary and senior schools compete in a speaking competition.
In March Farnham Maltings drama group will once again stage a play that many of us enjoy, whilst valuable funds are raised specifically for international targetted causes such as life-changing sand dams for 3rd world villages. Non-members welcome.
In April plans are well advanced to hold a half-day ‘Win That Job’ workshop for 50 local 16/18 year olds focussing on using social media for career self promotion, creating interview winning CVs, writing compelling cover letters and job applications and interview preparation. There will also be a special How to Help session for parents. The sessions will be led by major local employers Esure, Cannon and Just and supported by Reigate & Banstead B.C. If you are interested, in the 1st instance use the contact us form.
Late in the year we will be holding the Mock Interview coaching and guidance once again at Royal Alexander School. This is of great benefit to the young people involved.
We will once again be encouraging entries for the Young Photographer competition. The 2019 theme is ‘Beauty of Nature’ – so if your son or daughter is a budding photographer please get in touch for an application.
We support the St Matthews Foodbank – if you wish to help please contact us.
We will again hold our Elderly Citizens Outing and will liaise with Age Concern, who nominate attendees whom we pick-up and in the past have taken to a suitable show.
We will hold our Quiz Night later in the year which is enjoyed by members, partners and friends and is also a valuable fund-raiser.
Fifty members and partners enjoyed a wonderful Burns Night party with delicious traditional Scottish Fayre, songs, readings and dancing.
A number of walks are planned where members enjoy exploring London followed by lunch in an interesting pub.
Late March will see a gathering of our Past presidents and partners for a jolly evening and dinner.
Late April will be our 1st 2019 ‘fifth tuesday’ evening meeting with partners and our speaker will be Andy Thompson entertaining with a talk about the Unknown Warrior.
On the evening of the 9th July members and partners will gather for dinner and entertainment and be joined by 12 members plus partners of our twin club from Bronjoi, Denmark.
The next day, 10th July we celebrate our 90th Anniversary in style when 100 Rotarians and partners, friends and family will leave by coach for London and spend the afternoon on the MV Jewel of London enjoying lunch and afternoon tea and all the Thames River sights
5th February: Webcam by Ed Perry
12th February: Talk by Lucy Rayner Foundation
19th February: Film presentation about Pendesey Trust by Roy DeBoise
26th February: Business Meeting
5th March: Tina Howell Head of Sandcross School
12th March: A talk on the Digital Revolution in Medicine by Prof. Trevor Jones
19th March: Promotional lunch for prospective new members. – Churchill’s Chartwell by Nat. Trust Speaker Andrew Lewis – If you are interested please get in touch and you will be very welcome.
26th March: Business meeting
The club continues lunch and evening meetings on tuesdays for the rest of the Rotary year and details will be advised.