ROTARY ROUND-UP: Congratulations and good luck to speakers

Winners of the local round senior section of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition
Winners of the local round senior section of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition

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

Worthing Rotary Club is delighted to announce that the Sir Robert Woodard Academy team won the local round in the senior section of the Youth Speaks competition.

They have gone on to win not only the semi-finals of the Rotary district competition but, on Saturday, they were placed in the top two teams in the district final who now go on to compete in the area final in Maidstone in the next few weeks.

They were such an amazingly accomplished group of 14 to 15-year-olds who spoke extremely eloquently on the subject of ‘are mobile phones society’s newest addiction?’.

The team comprised a chair person, speaker and vote of thanks, all being marked for their contribution to the talk, plus the way they answered an unseen question about their topic.

This team has achieved such an incredibly high standard throughout its first three rounds.

We wish them every success as they enter the south east area final and will report back on their progress.

We have also recently launched the Rotary Young Writer competition and this has attracted 51 entries from junior and senior schools.

The subject was ‘a different perspective’ and all the entries have to be 500 words or less.

The writing is currently being judged and we look forward to announcing the local winners in the next few weeks.

Youth activities are so important to Rotary and we look forward to sending two young people to the Rotary Young Leaders Awards course this Easter.

This is a fabulous five-day course based near Dorking. The young people attending the course will be challenged to develop leadership skills, gain confidence and improve their problem solving and communication skills.

A visit to Chessington through the Rotary Kids Out project will also give a group of disabled youngsters a fun-filled day at Chessington. This will take place in June and we aim to take pupils from Palatine School on an all expenses paid day out.

If you have ideas of how we can get more involved in our local community then come and join us for our meeting one Monday lunchtime. We would love to welcome you and explore ways we can work together to help make Worthing an even more exciting place to live.

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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