Community and Vocational
Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
One of the principal aims of the Club is to identify ways in which it can support the local Community.
This may be a specific Rotary initiative, or may be linked to supporting other organisations to help deliver worthwhile projects in the Community.
Each year the Club undertakes a range of activities. Some have been running for a number of years. Others are new ideas.
For the last Rotary Year ending in June 2017, two main initiatives have been completed:
- A second Kids Aloud concert involving local primary schools. This was held in October 2016 at The Forum, with funds raised going to help those affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal. We were able to send £4,100 to support a new water collection system, and to support a scheme to farm goats
- Raising awareness of the need to continue efforts to eradicate Polio by planting roadside purple crocuses at the Friarage Hospital and at the Oak Tree Roundabaout on Boroughbridge Road.
Ideas for the new Rotary year starting in July 2017 are under development.
Recent events that have taken place include:
- Supporting the Women's Refuge in Northallerton by packing some boxes of toiletries for Christmas for the residents, and also donating monies to help the families arrange a trip to the pantomime "Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates" which was staged in January 2016
- Helping out each year at the Northallerton Carnival. The picture below comes from the July 2015 event, when the Club provided marshalling for the Carnival Parade from the Applegarth as it passed along the High Street, ensure things ran safely and smoothly.
- Providing part of the team that collects donations at the annual Northallerton Firework Display run by the Fire and Rescue Service. Money collected in the buckets goes towards the cost of the fireworks for the next years event. Members of the club were involved as part of the team again in 2015, and good crowds turned out for another wonderful display. Judging by the weight of our buckets, plenty of money was collected on the night towards next years event.
- The Club provides marshalls to ensure that Santa makes a safe arrival in the town and his grotto in the Town Hall. On Santa Sunday in 2015, a number of members were able to help again - but we seem to have lost our helper from 2014, when we were joined by an honorary Rotarian who promised not to exterminate anyone as we made our way down the High Street! - and as that was a much more interesting photo than this year's more traditional line up, we have left this on the page for now!
- In December 2015, we supported a Christmas Tree Festival at Ainderby Church, where members decorated a "tree" based on this year's Rotary Theme "Rotary - A Gift to the World".All the projects were ones supported or carried out by the Club in recent years, both locally, in the UK or overseas. This is the third year we have supported this event, using it to bring some festive cheer, but also to showcase the work of Rotary, and to raise money in aid of Church Funds. Similar event was held in 2013 and 2014.
- Providing support for the Northallerton and Villages Childrens Centre. Over the last few years we have supported a number of initiatives, and donated equipment for the Centre. Our support continues, and we have a representative on the Advisory Board.
- For a number of years we have been pleased to provide an activity day for the group of children from Chernobyl, who are hosted in the area for a month each year by the Northallerton Branch of Friends of Chernobyl's Children. For the last three years this has taken the form of a day out at Teeside Park at the ten pin bowling alley. The 2016 event was held in late June. Once again this was a great success, and all the children, and indeed the helpers, enjoyed their day.The picture below shows us at the similar event in July 2015
- Raising funds for the Friarage MRI Scanner Appeal. In March 2014 the Club organised a joint event with Inner Wheel - a concert with the Northallerton Male Voice Choir and the ladies choir Musicality. The club's share of the proceeds from this went to the Appeal. We have also held a joint fundraier at Tesco's with the Northallerton Rotary Club, with all proceeds going to the appeal
- Helping out with the Food Bank Scheme in Northallerton, including giving practical support to the Soup and a Roll sessions held on Wednesday lunchtimes.
Through vocational service, Rotarians are expected to adhere to, and promote high ethical standards in all their business and professional lives, recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations, and contribute their professional expertise and skills to addressing the problems and needs of society. This is a cornerstone of the Rotary movement.
These skills are available to the Club when it develops a range of projects to help the Community.