The Admin Committee is responsible for organising events directly related to the Club’s “in-house” activities.
President Linda Lambson would like to support the Dementia Hub at Lancaster as her annual charity and plans to present 74 Twiddlemuffs to local dementia patients to honour our club’s 74th anniversary.
Our 74th Charter will be a virtual celebration on 1st October 2020 as the restrictions of Covd-19 are unlikely to be fully lifted until the end of the calendar year. Guest speaker will be District Governor Welma Robinson PHF.
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. This hopefully will take place commencing in early December.
It is unlikely that we will be able to hold our traditional Christmas party in December 2020. Update to follow.
Our May 2020 reunion with members of our twinned Rotary Club of Altena (formerly Woudrichem) in the Netherlands had to be cancelled, but hopefully will take place in May 2021.
Prospective social events for the year include a visit to Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, home of the TV series “Last of the Summer Wine”; Last Night of the Proms at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; a car Treasure Hunt; a visit to the Lakes Distillery in Bassenthwaite; a day out to Coniston Lake and Brantwood and a canal boat trip at Skipton.
2020-2021 Marketing, Membership & Public Relations:
The role of the club Marketing, Membership and Public Relations committee is to actively promote and publicise club activities in order to 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, Cliff Randall for more information Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020-2021 The Rotary Foundation:
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.
2020-2021 International Service:
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.
District Governor Welma Robinson has asked that clubs support her chosen charity Water Survival boxes, and will be promoting this at our virtual charter on 1st October 2020.
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.
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
2020-2021 Community & Vocational Service:
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.
Help fund the provision of a defibrillator at Crag Bank Village Hall and one at Bolton-le-Sands.
Host a Christmas Party at Carnforth Civic Hall for local Senior Citizens on Tuesday 1st December 2020.
Collect donations of chocolate for our annual Chocobola stall at Carnforth Switch-on of Christmas Lights on Wednesday 2nd December.
Work with Tesco supermarket in Carnforth on behalf of Homestart to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged families.
Assist the staff at Carnforth Swimming Pool to run the 4th annual Swimathon on 12-13 March 2021.
Work with Tesco supermarket in Carnforth on behalf of Homestart to provide Chocolate Easter Eggs for underprivileged families.
Provide our Coconut shy for Carnforth Sports Day in May 2021.
Host with the Integrated Care in the Community team to sponsor our 4th annual Carnforth Health and Fun Day at Carnforth High School on 3rd July 2021, in conjunction with the Carnforth Carnival.
2020-2021 Youth Service:
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.
Subject to the restrictions of Covid-19, the Youth Services team would like to:
Offer help and expertise with the presentation and teaching of technology in the local Carnforth junior schools.
Sponsor our 4th annual Junior School Choir Competition at Carnforth High School in November 2020.
Continue to play a prominent role with the annual 2021 RotaKids conference which was cancelled in 2020.
Support our local High School in Carnforth and encourage pupils to take part in Rotary Young Chef, Public Speaking and Young Musician competitions.
Help and support the Primary Schools Technology Challenge.
Continue to support our 4 RotaKids clubs, 2 of which are in association with Lunesdale Rotary.
Invite Bolton-le-Sands Primary School to form a RotaKids club in 2020.