A message from our Organiser, Rotarian Lindsey Allen below:
"A huge thank you to everyone for their help and support for our Race Night Fundraiser last night!
So many people stepped forward to help in so many ways, whether supporting financially or practically - from printing race cards to setting up & clearing the hall, sorting & running the bar etc. etc. etc. What a fantastic team! "
Rotarians, friends and families enjoyed the Horse Racing event which was held at the Woodlands Park Village Centre on Saturday 29th April. Great hilarity was caused by one of the races, as the animals were pigs not horses, and consequently rather unpredictable! A great deal of money was lost to a good cause during the evening - and some money won, with horse 'owners' winning bottles of bubbly. It was a lot of fun, and Lindsey and her team made a grand profit of £1,826 which will go to Rotary charities.
Also thanks is obviously due to the ladies who had made a variety of sandwiches and cakes which looked and tasted delicious, and were served after a glass of sherry. The tea was then finished off with fruit salad in jelly, and ice cream.
I would also like to mention the entertainers: Freddie Simmonds who is the retired Mace Bearer of the Royal Borough, and his friend Michelle. Freddie played a keyboard and sang while Michelle had the guests answering a quiz based on sweets, and then gave each guest a prettily wrapped prize of chocolate bars. Freddie asked for the payment for his performance to be given to charity - a very generous gesture. So all in all a very pleasant afternoon.
Purple4Polio is Rotary International's publicity campaign to highlight the efforts of Rotary to help free the world from Polio. 5.000 purple crocus bulbs were planted in total in four places around the town. On 16th October 2016 the first of these bulbs were planted beneath a Maidenhead 'Rotary' sign on one of the main approaches to Maidenhead by volunteers from the club.
The results of their labours may now be seen on roads leading into the town, and hopefully will continue to flower and spread in following years.
The photos were taken at the Thicket Roundabout, Maidenhead Bridge, and Furze Platt.
Below are just a few photos from the two outstanding shows held on Friday 3rd March at Taplow Court, by kind permission of Soka Gakkai International (SGI UK). We were wowed by the talent of the performers from local schools, all were fantastic. Thank you to everyone who took part, to all the teachers and also to everyone who came to see the shows. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
56 members and their wives/partners, Rotarians from other clubs in our District along with our “Rotary in Maidenhead” clubs of Maidenhead Bridge and Maidenhead Rotaract, and other guests, attended the evening meeting of the club on Monday 27th February. We were all enthralled by the commitment and dedication of two young speakers who rounded off our month of “Foundation” Centenary celebrations.
The two speakers were members of the District Foundation Scholars programme and were Shalmalee Ghate – studying for M.Phil in Development Studies at University of Oxford and Green Templeton College from District 3181 India and Madison Little – studying an MSc in Evidence based intervention and policy evaluation at University of Oxford and Green Templeton College. From District 7500 USA.
Shalmalee told her audience that she was studying the influence of China’s development of parts of Africa and Madison told us about his studies into the spread of AIDs into Africa.
Some of our other special guests at the meeting were Karen Eveleigh, Foundation Chair, from the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires and Deborah Holland-Axtell, from the District Scholars Programme.
On Thursday 19th January 2017 the Rotary Club of Maidenhead organised a “Youth Speaks” competition at Claire’s Court School, Maidenhead by kind permission of the Head Teacher.
For those who don’t know of this competition perhaps a little introduction would be helpful:
The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. It is a four stage competition (Local, District, Regional and National) which is designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills.
This competition aims to offer young people
Who can take part?
The competition is open all schools and college communities including those that are home educated and any other young people’s community organisations, for example Scout Groups, Girl Guides. Each team comprises three students in full time education in two age groups: Intermediate (11 to 13 years) and Senior (14 to 17 years).
In our area, Maidenhead Rotary Club had 7 participating teams from 5 Schools and Colleges and these were:
Holyport College who fielded two Intermediate Teams and one Senior Team.
Claires Court School with one Intermediate Team.
Berkshire College of Agriculture, Furze Platt School, Newlands Girls School who each entered one Senior Team.
Each team consisted of a Chairperson who controlled the team’s performance, the Speaker who had 6 minutes to speak on their chosen subject and the Person who gave a vote of thanks to the Speaker. There was also an opportunity for questions.
The teams were each given a time of 10 minutes, and gave amazing presentations on a whole range of different subjects as diverse as the use of mobile phones and tablets by young people, the history of the formation and subsequent marketing of Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola and their health implications, and a discussion on whether in today’s world “Chivalry is Dead”.
In the Senior section the subjects covered thought provoking presentations on “Is UK Media regulation effective?”, “Why Britain should abolish the Monarchy”, a discussion on “The acceptability of the Worlds oldest profession” and “The Butterfly Effect” and how small changes can change the World.
All in all a great completion for our local Schools and Colleges to participate and an opportunity for our young people to practise the art of public speaking.
After all the presentations were made the 3 members of the Judging Panel, Mike Clark, Catherine Wallis and Richard Kellaway were faced with some incredibly difficult decisions but two teams emerged victorious - for the Intermediate section the team from Holyport College, Arte Sershi, Teagan Pickering and Lucinda Killington for their presentation on “Chivalry is Dead” were the winners. For the Senior section the team from Furze Platt School, Sam MacGregor, Patrick Ashe and Olivia Flood were judged to be the winners with their presentation “Why Britain should abolish the Monarchy”.
The two winning teams will now represent Maidenhead at the District Final in Marlow on the 26th January.
Hearty congratulations to all teams, teachers and their supporters who had a very interesting and enjoyable evening and to the Rotary Club of Maidenhead, who organised the competition.
For more information on the competition or if you would like to know more about Rotary International, please go to www.maidenheadrotary.co.uk or email@example.com
During the meal we were fully occupied with a quiz made up by our Secretary Mike Holness which was extremely brain teasing but nevertheless good fun. The Salvation Army Band arrived later in the evening to entertain us with a selection of carols and put us in the true spirit of Christmas. It was suggested that members and wives form two choirs and, unbelievably, there was an enthusiastic response! Everyone sang with great gusto - and mostly in tune....
Lastly, to end the evening, Peter Silverthorne announced the Christmas Foundation Draw which is very special as not only the usual prize of £50 is drawn, but a further two prizes of £100 and £200.
May we wish you very Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2017.
On Friday morning 18th November at the unearthly hour of 6.30 am three intrepid members of the Rotary Club of Maidenhead - Peter Silverthorne, Tony Lodge and Peter Graham - left home to take part in the Pudsey Children In Need Collection at Heathrow Terminal 2. The collection, which involved many local Rotary clubs, had been organised by the Misbourne Matins Club of Chalfont St Giles.
Our collection slot started at 7.30 am and ended at 10.00 am, and we were still smiling! It was an interesting experience to be in the Arrivals Hall collecting from people who were flying in to the UK from all over the globe, hence the collection money was in some very different currencies. It is a very worthwhile cause which will benefit very many children and we were pleased and proud to help the Misbourne Matins Club in their endeavours, and wish them great success.
A message from the Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins reads:
"Everyone put in a huge effort and we are very grateful to the effort made by all. We think we raised over £42,000 but we won't know exactly for a few weeks until Travelex have counted all the foreign currency."