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THE NEW PRESIDENT FOR 2016-2017 IS PHIL HUNT
I would like to take this opportunity of welcoming all visitors to Mendip RC website, whether you are Club members, potential new members or are simply interested in what we do.
Rotary is a global voluntary organisation with over 1.2 million members supporting a very wide range of community-based projects large and small, whilst at the same time providing its membership with fellowship and friendship.
Globally Rotary is in the final stages of its 30-year $1b Polio Eradication Programme; this life-changing disease is now limited to a few cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are very hopeful that within 3 years Polio will finally be defeated.
At a local level Mendip RC and its members will continue to support its youth programme in the local community including, Young Chef, Young Musician, Young Artist, Young Writer, Youth Speaks, The Big Pitch, and mock interviews.
Internationally, Mendip is leading a group of Rotary Clubs in Somerset, India and Uganda to support a rural district 50km north-east of Kampala for the next 3 years. This project will provide sanitation, basic healthcare, IT skills and mentoring to young and female entrepreneurs. The project will cost c$75k, 60% of which will come from Rotary Foundation, our own Charity, and this speaks volumes for the power of Rotary.
Locally we will continue to support charitable work and have the exciting prospect of organising a major raffle with a target of raining Â£100,000 to support Rotary work
If you are interested to hear more about this fantastic organisation and would like to contribute to both our local and international communities, please visit us at Wedmore Club one Thursday evening or call me on 01934 516673.
Phil Hunt President Mendip RC 2016/17
BIRD & BUG BOXES FOR CHEDDAR FIRST SCHOOL
After the popularity of our Boxes at Cheddar First School four members got together to build more for Cheddar First School, a few hours work and some wood courtesy of Vice President Richard Tilley enabled the above boxes to be prepared before moving them to the school. We hope may happy bugs and and birds will thrive!
YOUNG CHEF & YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION 2016
Once again Rotarians have been using their professional skills to encourage young people at Kings of Wessex Academy in 2016. The winners and their teachers were invited to join a club meeting for official presentations both of their work and the trophies. The standard of cuisine and art were incredibly high - so much so that choosing winners was very difficult for the expert judges.
PURPLE 4 POLIO
In October 2016 the club have planted 5000 crocus corms as part of the initiative world wide to promote funding of Rotary's major initiative to eliminate Polio. Some have been planted by Wedmore in Bloom others by local schools and those in the Curchyard at ST Mary's Church by club members and we look forward to impressive display next Spring.
UGANDAN INTERNATIONAL PROJECT
The Club aspiration to proceed with a US$70,000 project together with the Kampala Sunrise Club appears to be going ahead following support form the Bridgwater Rotary Club; Kerela District in India, the Ugandan District and our own District 1200. The formal Application is now to be submitted to the Rotary Foundation for their Matching Funds and as the project meets all the Grant criteria we are hopeful of approval. Full details of the application will soon be posted on this site,
MENDIP YOUNG MUSICIAN CONTEST
Young people aged between 10 and 17 took part in "˜Cheddar Valley"™s Got Talent"™, a music competition organised by the Rotary Club of Mendip which took place at Kings of Wessex Academy recently. The best under-13 entrant was Marishelle Harris with her piano playing of "˜Moody Prawn Blues"™ by Franklyn Gellnick. The senior competition was won by Phoebe Lynch, a trumpeter, who played Slavonic Fantasy by Carl Höhne. Phoebe will go on to take part in the district competition in 2016.
Organiser Maggie Steel said, "We have had a wonderful evening"™s entertainment, showing that there is a great deal of musical talent in the Cheddar Valley." She went on to thank the adjudicators Jayne Obradovic from Wells Cathedral School, and professional singer Katherine Harris, and the music staff from Hugh Sexey Middle School and Kings of Wessex for their support.
FOREST SCHOOL AT AXBRIDGE FIRST SCHOOL
Members of the Mendip Rotary club spent two fun-filled Saturday mornings making and installing bird boxes, bug boxes, raised flower beds for the forest school area at Axbridge CofE First School Academy.
Organiser Rotarian Richard Tilley said, "We"™ve really enjoyed ourselves, and produced something of benefit for the local community. We"™d be happy to talk to other schools in the Cheddar Valley about assisting with their nature projects." He went on to thank local suppliers Somerlap Timber of Mark and Woodland Horticulture of Glastonbury for their generous donations of timber, raised beds and topsoil.
Mrs Lorna Richardson, head teacher at Axbridge CofE First School Academy explained, "The Forest School approach provides outside learning opportunities for all the pupils in a safe and secure setting. We are able to raise pupils"™ attainment through social and emotional development, and it helps to highlight a greater awareness of the natural environment. Through the effort and generosity of the Mendip Rotarians, we were able to enhance the limited space in the school grounds and we are very grateful for their time and effort in helping the school with such a worthwhile project
YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION
Why do we do all this? - to have fun and help those in need with the funds we raise - why not join us!
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We meet on Thursdays at 19.15 for 19.30 (No Meetings following a Bank Holiday or before Good Friday, on fifth Thursdays we may have a break out meeting) Strawberry Special, Draycott, Somerset BS28 3TQ tel: 01934 742177