The Admin Committee is responsible for organising events directly related to the Club’s “in-house” activities in addition to Marketing, Membership & Public Image.
72nd Charter Dinner – 11th October 2018 at The Longlands Hotel, Tewitfield. Guest speaker is Paul Whittaker OBE. Paul is an inspirational speaker, musician, performer and workshop leader who is profoundly deaf. For 30 years he has been entertaining and educating people about music and deafness across the UK and beyond, at schools and colleges, conferences and theatres, courses and training events.
Christmas Sleigh – ownership formally taken from the Carnforth Round Table in 2006. The sleigh visits Carnforth and the surrounding area most evenings in the run up to Christmas to raise money for local charities. Commences on Monday 3rd December until Monday 17 December 2018.
Christmas Party – Carnforth Rotarians, partners and guests enjoy an evening of Christmas celebrations in December.
The role of the club membership committee is to actively attract and engage new members. Our club members make it possible to serve communities at home and around the world. These members support Rotary’s work and develop into leaders.
Our aim is to ensure that the club reflects the diverse professions and cultures of the local community. The skills and experience of our members help us to make a positive change both locally and internationally.
Membership is by invitation, but anyone of good character who believes in high ethical standards may join. Please contact our Secretary, Linda Lambson for more information Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary Foundation Committee:
The Rotary Foundation is the charitable trust fund of Rotary International. It is Rotary’s own charity and belongs to every member world-wide. The creation of the fund was proposed at the 1917 convention of Rotary International held in Atlanta, Georgia by RI President Arch Klumph “for the purpose of doing good in the world in charitable, educational and other avenues of community progress”.
The objective of the Rotary Foundation is the achievement of world understanding and peace through international charitable humanitarian and educational programmes. It is the responsibility of local clubs to sponsor applicants for peace and ambassadorial scholarships; provide candidates for Vocational Training Teams (VTT) teams; offer hospitality and plan programmes for visiting scholars and VTT teams. Rotarians in clubs throughout the world provide the funds necessary to finance the increasing range and size of Rotary Foundation activities, grants and awards.
Carnforth Rotarians support the Purple for Polio program and have distributed purple crocus bulbs to local primary schools to plant timed to flower to celebrate Rotary International’s birthday on 23 February and to raise funds to help eradicate Polio world-wide. Purple was chosen to symbolise the dying purple of the little finger (pinkie) of each child in the two remaining Polio endemic areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan to indicate receipt of the vaccine.
International Service Committee:
The International Service Committee helps to promote worldwide goodwill. Rotary fundraising efforts are devoted to the provision of disaster relief emergency boxes, eye camps, vocational training schools, text books, tools, water filtration units and many other items for areas of need.
Carnforth Rotary Club has donated funds to help support the following Projects: Kitale School, Uganda – a primary school in rural Uganda founded in 2005 by Carnforth Rotarian, Mike Willetts, who first visited Uganda in 2002 as a birthday treat to see the famous gorillas. The trip involved walking several days through the countryside and the villages where he witnessed real poverty for the first time up close and personal. Despite the poverty, deprivation, hunger disease and hardship Mike saw more smiles and received warmer welcomes than he would ever get in the UK. It was heart-warming and at the same time heart-breaking and Mike decided that one day he would come back and try to do something different. By the time he decided to retire in 2005 he and his wife Linda had raised around £5,000 and wanted to see just how much could be done with that amount of money. Mike paid all his own expenses so that every penny donated would reach the end user, and that still applies today. He asked the villagers what the problems were and they identified the lack of clean water and education as the main sources of worry for them. He could only afford one project and the villagers chose education, so the children of the village could have a chance of a better life.
The Ugandan King generously gave land to build a school. Bricks were made locally and the villagers did much of the work, although Mike paid local tradesmen for their work as they had families to keep. Mike bought books, made desks and blackboards and within 3 months had a school started with just 75 kids – all orphans. In order to keep the school running Mike then started to enlist the help of his friends, and since joining Carnforth Rotary Club in 2009 has also received financial support from the club.
Mary’s Meals – Mary’s Meals began in 2002 as a one-off school feeding programme. Today the charity provide daily life changing meals to over 920,000 hungry children. During 1992 two brothers, Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow from Scotland, watched the TV news from the Bosnian conflict with increasing horror. They were so moved that they decided to organise an appeal for food and blankets joined one of the convoys leaving the UK. On returning home to Argyll they expected to resume their jobs as fish farmers. However public donations continued to flood in, filling their parents’ shed with goods. Magnus decided to give up his job for a year to drive the aid out to Bosnia for as long as the public kept donating. The charity, Scottish International Relief (SIR) was set up and began to work in Romania, building homes for abandoned children, and in Liberia, helping returning refugees by setting up mobile clinics, while continuing to deliver material aid to Croatia and Bosnia, and funding additional projects.
In 2002, SIR was operating a simple famine relief project in Malawi when Magnus met a family where the mother was dying of AIDS. When Magnus asked her oldest son what he hoped for in life, his stark reply, “To have enough food to eat and to go to school one day”. This inspired the establishment of the Mary’s Meals campaign, which aims to provide chronically hungry children with one meal every school day where they are encouraged to gain the education that can lift them out of poverty in later life. Meals are now provided to impoverished children in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America. In 2012, Scottish International Relief changed its registered charity name to Mary’s Meals. Website: www.marysmeals.org.uk
Community & Vocational Service Committee:
Community and Vocational (Com/Voc) Service is the traditional and well-known face of Rotary. This covers help and advice to the aged, handicapped, the infirm, young people and those in need, either directly or through local charitable organisations. Environmental projects are also part of community service.
The Com/Voc Service Committee is responsible for organising the following events:
Store Collections – for local Rotary supported charities.
Sponsor a local student for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) course – this 5 day course is held annually in July at Castle Head Field Studies Centre, near Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. It targets 16-18 year old children who would benefit from challenging outdoor activities to develop leadership skills.
Sponsor a local student for the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) course – this 5 day course is held annually in October at Castle Head Field Studies Centre, near Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. It targets 14-15 year old children who would benefit from challenging outdoor activities to develop team building skills.
Sponsor a local disabled person to take part in a Calvert Trust course – this week long course is held annually in March at the Calvert Trust Centre, near Keswick, Cumbria and provides a challenging activity break for disabled adults.
Host our 3rd annual Carnforth Health and Fun Day at Carnforth Highs School on 28th July 2018.
Sponsor a charity fundraising event at Carnforth Civic Hall on Saturday 10th November 2018.
Host a Christmas Party for local Senior Citizens on 3rd December 2018.
Youth Service Committee:
Youth Service projects for students and youth can change the lives of those who participate. We support youth competitions, training and job development, provide mock interviews and encourage the development of skills.
The Youth Service Committee has to date chartered 3 RotaKids clubs at Arkholme, Christchurch and Slyne with Hest Primary Schools and in June 2015 chartered our first Interact Club at Carnforth High School.
Sponsor our 2nd annual Junior School Choir Competition at Carnforth High School on 22nd November 2018.