A Message from our President, Phil Dyer
Leading the club in its 70th year is an enormous privilege and a pleasure. However, it also comes with a deep sense of responsibility. Since its formation in 1947, the club has played a key part in working alongside the community of Ashby and the surrounding villages. We have also seen two other Rotary clubs growing from our club – the Rotary Club of Ashby Castle and the Rotary Club of Ashby Hastings. To have almost 90 Rotarians in a town the size of Ashby is a considerable achievement. The task now is to move that number nearer to the 100 mark!
The changing face of Rotary has led to the creation of Satellite clubs and Corporate membership. No longer is it ‘one member per profession’ and we have for some years now become an organisation for both men and women. Our club remains predominantly male, so come on ladies! Come and join us!
As a service organisation our club has involved itself with many local projects over the years. We have created Rotary gardens in the town, provided benches and other seating areas and, most recently, worked with the Castle and Hastings clubs alongside the Town Council to provide defibrillators in the Town.
Young students from local schools enter the Rotary sponsored Young Musician, Young Artist and Young Designer awards. Those who are successful locally progress to the District finals and then the National finals. This year, the standard of the Young Designer entries has been outstanding, a tribute to the students themselves and also to the staff in the Design & Technology Department at Ashby School . They collected 5 of the 12 awards at this years’ District competition.
We support less abled children and adults in a number of ways. STEPS in Shepshed is a charity that is close to our hearts and will be the charity that benefits from money raised in this years’ Santa and Reindeer collection, which is always very generously supported by local people. Outward bound activities are arranged through the Calvert Trust. This provides an opportunity for young people with disabilities to test themselves in the Lake District in activities such as abseiling, canoeing and rock climbing (all under close supervision).
More locally, CEEP (Based in Coleorton) will benefit from our fund raising this year as we look to provide them with much needed funds to support the work they do with disabled and disadvantaged people.
At the other end of the spectrum, we arrange a day out in Stratford-on-Avon for the more elderly residents of the Area. Around 100 people take advantage of this very sociable day out.
We will also be raising funds for Hospice Hope, a charity that provides end of life care and support for the residents of North West Leicestershire. A concert and a charity golf day should see us raise in excess of £5000.
Internal fund-raising brings money in for Rotary Foundation, our very own International charity and also for End Polio Now, a Rotary campaign that receives incredible financial and moral support from Bill Gates.
Our list is endless and will continue to grow as we take our club, with your support, into its 71st year and onwards.
If you want to know more about us, please follow the contact links or telephone Fred Williams the Club Secretary on 01530 414933
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
( Meal bookings to the Secretary before 6 pm the previous Tuesday.)
The Bull and Lion
Ashby De La Zouch
Leicestershire LE65 1WH 01530 413882