Keeping it in the Family

Leo joins his grandparents Ann and Eddie by joining the Rotary family

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Keeping it inthe Family


Leo Straczek Renaud aged 11 years from Ysgol Meidrim, had a fantastic afternoon meeting one of his rugby idols Mike Phillips.  Leo was particularly interested in Mike as he will be starting in Ysgol Dyffryn Taf in September, the same school that Mike attended.  They also share another connection, Mike has recently married a French lady, and Leo’s Dad is French; from Clermont Ferrand, the home of ASM and where he met Jonathan Davies another local rugby player who has inspired Leo.  Leo is a keen rugby player and has played for St Clears since the age of 6 years.  Coming from a French and Welsh family Leo is able to speak 3 languages, Welsh, French and English.  Leo hopes that all of these languages will help him in his pursuit to become a sports journalist when he is older.

Leo and all of his school mates were very excited to become part of the Rotary Family.  Ysgol Meidrim were the second school to receive the charter for the Rota Kids club from Whitland and Narberth Rotary.  This is particularly close to home as both Leo’s Mamgu and Tadcu are also Rotarians with Whitland and Narberth.  The whole school is looking forward to getting involved and are hoping to be linked very soon with a school in Malawi.

Mary Adams Immediate Past President said we are delighted to have Leo as a Rotakid in the Rotary Family.

His Grandparents Ann and Eddie are great Rotarians and Ann is also a Governor at Meidrim School. We are looking forward to developing strong links within the school. Head Teacher Steffan Jones is extremely keen to develop the Global Citizen links principles linking with Fishermans Rest School in Malawi. One of the Principals of the School in Malawi is Beth Robinson who lives in Meidrim. The Children have participated in The Rotary Shoe Box Scheme and we as Rotarians look forward to working with them in the future.  We are also looking to work within the Community working with the elderly and fundraising for Rotary Charities. Our Narberth Rotakids are working with the Dementia Group set up by the Rotary Club.

We were delighted to have Mike Phillips former Welsh Rugby Player and British Lion to present them with their charter. Proud Grandmother Ann is seen holding the Charter. Assistant Governor Derek Lloyd is seen in the picture with the Children and Rotarians Ann and Mary. Poor Grandad or Tatcu (Welsh for Grandad!)was looking after the other Grandchildren