Well, another busy month for all of us involved with the Rotary Club but a satisfying one as our main aims of enjoying good company and raising some cash for local charities have both been achieved. Our club was happy to coordinate the entries from all the local Rotary Clubs in the area for the National Rotary Competition for Young Writers and so we were very pleased to visit two schools in Folkestone to distribute participation certificates to all the youngsters that took part and especially pleased to hand out local area winners certificates, more on this when the regional and national winners have been announced.
The major fund raiser for the month was our quiz night which was held at The XIXth clubhouse at The Warren Golf Club. Many of our members brought along friends and neighbours but we also had entries from the local Scout Groups organisers with their friends and The Seaside Singers. In all over 60 people turned up and organised themselves into nine teams all with loads of enthusiasm and good humour. The average scores for all of the rounds was around the 70% mark so hopefully everybody was reasonably happy that they knew the answers to a good many (but by no means all) of the questions. The eventual winners were Abba Cadabra – pseudonym for The Seaside Singers – with a marvellous score 111.5 out of a possible 130. They celebrated in style by graciously accepting their prize of vintage wine and treating us to a couple of choruses of ‘Que será, será’, we hope they will return to defend their crown next year. The main prize of a collection of wooden spoons was awarded to ‘The Marshmellows’ but a good time was had by all and a total of £282 raised to add to our charity coffers.
We were also very pleased to be invited by John Lawson’s Circus when they came to New Romney for three nights in April to make a collection to help the 3 million or more people who lost so much when Cyclone Idai hit Southern Africa. The circus owner John Lawson, Ringmaster Attila Endresz and all of the artists made us very welcome and have agreed to let other local Rotary Clubs do the same as they continue their tour of the UK. In all we raised £168 which will be added to the national collection pot held by Rotary GB. Our club had already donated two Shelter Boxes to the appeal but we were of course very happy to hold out our buckets to help a very worthy and much needed national effort.
We are of course very proud of our charity work, some of the money we collect throughout the year is donated to national and international charities, Rotary International are still heavily involved with the campaign to rid the world of polio and are thankfully now getting ever closer to realising that dream and as mentioned above we have also given help to the people of Africa this year as well as the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline but we do try to support local good causes and charities here on the Marsh as much as we can and to that end we have been pleased to make donations this month to Pilgrim’s Hospice and Demelza House in addition to earlier donations to The Paula Carr Trust.
Finally, we are very pleased to welcome another new member, Peter Woodward-Bailey. Peter has been in Rotary for more than 30 years but has only recently moved in to our area, we all hope he enjoys our club and look forward to making good use of all his experience.
What’s coming up?
Forthcoming member’s activities and public events include ..
⦁ Regular club meeting and dinner every Thursday at Littlestone Warren Golf Club; 7.00 pm
⦁ Thursday 9th May; Presentation from Martha Trust supporting young people and adults from Kent and Sussex with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities
⦁ Thursday 16th May; Club 50th Anniversary Celebration at Lympne Castle
⦁ Sunday 7th July; Members and friends outing to Canterbury for the Ladies One Day Cricket International, England vs Australia
⦁ Thursday 8th August; Cinq Ports Clubs support event, Hog Roast at The Warren Clubhouse
⦁ Saturday 28th September; Haywardians Charity Concert, venue TBC
So what do I do if I want to join?
New members are always welcome, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website – www.romneymarshrotary.co.uk where you can also find out a little more about who we are and what we do