ROTARY ROUND-UP: Reflecting on a successful year

A Rotary tea tent at last years bank holiday carnival
A Rotary tea tent at last years bank holiday carnival

This week, Kim Woodley, from the Rotary Club of Worthing, gives an update on the latest and future goings-on.

The end of the Rotary year is approaching and we have been reflecting on the many activities we have organised.

As well as our annual August bank holiday procession and carnival, which is such an amazingly colourful and spectacular occasion, we had the Christmas tree in town where we collected daily throughout December with singers and bands adding to the wonderful Christmas spirit that was shown by so many passers-by.

We also organised a fabulous concert in November when so many of our very talented local groups were able to showcase their skills.

The male voice choir The Gruffs performed brilliantly, along with the Salvation Army band, the Regnante School of Performing Arts, a ukulele group called Wukulele, as well as several soloists, Tim Loughton and Sir Peter Bottomley, whose wife Virginia also recited a lovely monologue.

These fantastic events raise the much needed funds that we can then use to distribute to the many worthwhile causes in our community as well as abroad.

We were very pleased to give the proceeds of the concert to Superstar Arts and West Sussex Young Carers, while money raised at the Christmas tree and bank holiday collections has helped numerous local individuals and groups including Storm Ministries, Worthing Boys’ Club, the girls section of Worthing Rugby Club, Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, the Camelia Botnar centre, Offington Counselling Service, as well as providing donations towards wheelchairs, youngsters volunteering abroad and sending ShelterBoxes to various areas of the world which are suffering from disasters.

While fundraising is our main aim we are also committed to organising activities that enhance the life of Worthing residents, and our Youth Speaks competition in November saw competitors from our senior schools delivering extremely competent speeches, with the winners from the intermediate and senior sections going through to the area final.

We are also involved in marshalling and helping at events such as the children’s parade and the Three Forts Challenge.

Rotarians have fun and it would be great to see you at our events or to join Rotarians in making a difference to the lives of others, both locally and internationally.

Call us and arrange to come along to one of our Monday lunchtime meetings.

We would love to welcome you.

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 209564.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 501961.

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 07788 638757.

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