Welcome to the website of Rotary International District 1250
You will find a wealth of information in our website pages about Rotary in many parts of Surrey and Sussex, starting with latest club news in the slide show below. To read more of these stories, simply click on the Title or the Read More link.
Below that are a number of Rotary videos. Click on any of the thumbnails to select a video and then on the Play symbol to watch the video
Laura Ward was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship at the District Council meeting on 23rd October for the excellent service, technical support and assistance provided over a seven year period.
Laura managed running and operating our District meetings at Forest School during this period with other support including helping and providing inspirational duties whilst serving on our District Youth Services Committee.
Laura leaves Forest School in November to return to working with a charity in the Brighton area, and will be greatly missed by us all, but we hope will maintain contact with Rotary in her new role.
The Chilubula Support Group committee (CSG) would like to express their thanks to our donors and supporters for their ongoing generosity. All of their time, financial backing and material donations permit CSG to continue supporting the orphans and vulnerable children at the Chilubula Children’s Centre (CCC), as we have done since 2005. Our thanks also go to Leonard, the manager at CCC, for overseeing activities there on a day to day basis and for liaising with the local committee and other local organisations on behalf of CSG.
Pre-school teaching and feeding are the core activities at CCC and we are currently broadening the eligibility criteria for students to attend the centre. In this way we will increase the level of support that we provide to the local community. Priority will still be given to orphans and vulnerable children from the local area, but we are now in a position to increase the number of children attending the centre and in this way will offer broader support to what remains a disadvantaged rural community.
We have recently sent some additional funds targeted at ongoing maintenance and development at the centre such as repainting the class room and providing a protective veranda at the front of the school building.
Following a meeting between members of the CSG and Titsey Rotary Club committees, Titsey Rotary club organised the collection of good quality second hand tools. This resulted in the donation of a wide range of tools including saws, hammers, screwdrivers, chisels and a wheelbarrow. These tools have been sent out to Leonard who will find them very useful for ongoing maintenance and development at the centre.
Tools purchased in Zambia tend to be of very poor quality and lack the durability of tools that we are used to in the UK.
Many thanks to Titsey Rotary Club.
Storrington & Pulborough District Rotarians collected for the EBOLA Crisis Appeal in Storrington on 21 & 22 November raising £804.07 + 3 foreign coins and a watch battery!
The club added to the collection to send £900 to the EBOLA appeal.
On Saturday 8th November 2014, around twenty local charities and voluntary organisations took part in the Combined Charities Christmas Fair organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club at Leatherhead Theatre, raising over £2,500 from the sale of Christmas cards and gifts, together with a variety of tombolas, raffles and other fundraising activities.
Despite the somewhat inclement weather, an estimated 500 people visited the fair throughout the day and even Father Christmas was able to be present to find out what the local boys and girls wanted for Christmas.
A number of club members along with other non-Rotarians from various other organisations went recently to see the amazing sight of 888,246 ceramic poppies being planted in the moat around the Tower of London. Each poppy represents a member of the services lost in the Great War.
The number of people coming to view the display is enormous and up to two million visitors are expected.
On November the 11th the last poppy will be planted, a cannon salute will be fired and the two minute silence will be observed.
Six Sussex roses presented to Villeneuve RC during Storrington & Pulborough District Club’s visit there in May have now been planted in the François Mitterrand Park in the City in the presence of the Mayor of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Patrick Cassany, City municipal officials and Rotarian friends.
The roses marked the 60th Anniversary of our twinned Club and now enhance a garden area close to where Villeneuve Rotary Club meets regularly.
Villeneuve Rotary President Robin Maule and the Mayor unveiled a panel marking the special nature of the gift.
Welcoming the guests at an event to mark the planting Robin said: “Whenever we go to the park, we will have a thought for our friends in Storrington.”
This year’s Farnham Pilgrim Marathon, was undoubtedly the most successful yet. For the 5th year, records were broken in both the full and the Half Marathon.
Nearly 800 runners took part in the Half Marathon and the full Marathon, and the weather throughout the day was ideal for the runners. The event featured many interesting and unusual people. One of the runners, Robert Young, wearing a kilt, is attempting a world record of marathons completed in a year.
Another, Hilary Carter, the original designer of the Farnham Pilgrim Marathon course, was running his 150th marathon, while Mark Johnson, joined the Marathon 100 Club by running his 100th marathon in this event. Runners came from California, Florida and the Netherlands and the oldest participant was Danny Kay at 72.
I am very pleased to report that our youth projects (ex street children) are going really well. Here are three examples where youths had no prospects of employment until our scheme came along. The three letters are originals from the beneficiaries.
“Dear All members of Rotary Clubs of Golden Sunrise Arusha and Guildford District UK - Greetings from Quality Hair Dressing and Beauty.
We, young women entrepreneurs would like to extend our vote of thanks to all who have committed themselves to empower us and other young women and youth in general.