Sharing Rotary Stories from July 2022

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Doing Rotary their own way: people of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire share their unique stories and perspectives

District
My Rotary story, just like everyone’s, is unique. Mine started in 2004, when at 16 years old I waved goodbye to my family and close friends and boarded a flight to Brazil for Rotary Youth Exchange. A year later, I returned to my hometown of Salinas, California, USA with a new language, a very bronze […]
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People of Kindness (POK) passport club gets off to a flying start

People of Kindness Rotary
A story of a new Passport Club in the South West area of our District which includes Halifax, Huddersfield, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, Denby Dale, Todmorden, Holmfirth, Elland, Brighouse. If you would like to learn more about Passport Clubs, then see our related article. New Rotary Passport Club - The Rotary Club of Adventurers - […]
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Sharing Rotary Stories from June 2022

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New Rotary Passport Club - The Rotary Club of Adventurers

Adventurers Rotary
A new District Passport club has been launched on 1 July 2022 - The Rotary Club of Adventurers. The club’s primary objective is to bring new members to the Rotary family. What is a passport club? A Rotary club that gives its members a more flexible club experience by:  Encouraging its members to visit other […]
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Newcomers to the race steal the show

Scarborough Cavaliers Rotary
Scarborough Cavaliers Rotary report - a fantastic days dragon boat racing on 12 June 2022 at the North Yorkshire Water Park Adventure Awaits! — North Yorkshire Water Park Form 360 Fitness Centre FORM 360 | Facebook won an exciting grand final just piping Barons Health & Fitness Centre Scarborough | Barons Fitness Gym – Gym, […]
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Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Platinum Jubilee Charity Dinner for Ukraine

Harrogate Brigantes Rotary
Harrogate Brigantes Rotary in partnership with the Yorkshire Society held a highly successful Jubilee Charity Dinner at the Cedar Court hotel on 17 June. Guests from local businesses, Rotary clubs and friends gathered amid balloons and bunting to celebrate the recent Jubilee and raise money for the Ukraine appeal. The guest speaker was Harry Gration […]
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How Aireborough Rotary in Leeds helped transform young Billy’s life

Aireborough Rotary
Through Facebook, Assistant Governor for Leeds, Janet Appleton, learned about Donna Gregson’s quest to fund a bionic hero arm for her 10-year-old son Billy which would cot £25,000.  Billy was born with a right arm and hand shorter than his left with only two fingers and a thumb and limited movement. Attending Bramley Park Academy, […]
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An inspiring commentative local heritage story of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022  

Calderdale Rotary Clubs
The story reflects partnership working within the Calderdale area as part of the wider District of Rotary in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Rotary’s involvement with The Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations began when Hazel Brindle, Assistant Governor read the challenge, in the national Rotary Magazine, to have a beacon lit in each Rotary Club area.  Hazel contacted […]
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Sharing Rotary Stories from May 2022

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York Rotary - 100 Years Young

York Rotary
York Rotary is one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire area of the UK. To be strictly accurate this headline should read ‘101 Years Young’! York Rotary came into existence on 4 February 1921 and a strong programme of events and initiatives was planned to mark the Centenary. Unfortunately, like so […]
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The Rotary Club of Richmond take the lead as they welcome back their annual Technology Tournament

Richmond Rotary
For over 15 years the Rotary Clubs of Richmond, Northallerton, Northallerton Mowbray, Thirsk and Wensleydale have organised this annual event for young engineers in local schools. Rotarians are delighted the event is back after the COVID-19 Pandemic. This year it was Richmond Rotary’s turn to lead the event. Richmond Rotarian Jos Huddleston who led the […]
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The Rotary Club of Scarborough-100 years in the community

Scarborough Rotary
The Rotary Club of Scarborough is celebrating its centenary during 2021/22. Formed in 1921, the Club has nearly 50 members and is enjoying a programme of events to help commemorate the milestone and to engage with the community. The foundation for the Club’s year is ‘ROTARY100’ and involves a collaboration with the Scarborough YMCA, Scarborough […]
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Leeds and Cleethorpes Rotary Clubs nominated Bex and Sandra, secure national Community Champion Awards

Leeds and Cleethorpes Rotary
Rebekah (Bex) Wilson of Leeds and Sandra Ellis of Cleethorpes were recently honoured by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland with a prestigious Community Champion award during the national ceremony at Volunteer Expo Live! Volunteer Expo Live! is the UK’s national volunteering show, hosted by Rotary Great Britain and Ireland, and it was where […]
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The Rotarian - a new D-859 RNLI Lifeboat at Filey. Congratulations to all involved in making this happen  

District
Rotary in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire was very proud to the asked to name a new D-859 class Lifeboat for Filey, having raised £35,000 towards the cost. The lifeboat has been named The Rotarian. Rotarians from our Rotary International District 1040 were well represented at the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication in Filey on Saturday […]
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Toys, tools and schools: Rotary in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire take collective action at home and abroad

Birstall Luddites, Shipley, Pontefract, Barrow Meridian Rotary Clubs
Birstall Luddites, Shipley, Pontefract and Barrow Meridian and Rotary clubs demonstrate how collaborative action can have a big impact on individuals and communities. Five years ago, Rotary launched its "People of Action" campaign. Today, Rotary in Yorkshire and Northern Linconshire’s collective action can be seen and felt in big and small ways around the world. […]
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Knaresborough and Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Clubs take to skies

Knaresborough and Harrogate Brigantes Rotary
Knaresborough Rotary Club’s Immediate Past President is at it again!  Helen Westmancoat completed her 49th tandem skydive in 2021 in aid of RAF Charities, including the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Jonnie Egging Trust and the Lincoln Food bank.  The special charity skydive was arranged by Skydive Hibaldstow as part of the RAF Scampton Family Day on 6 […]
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Louth Rotary’s Memory Walk

Louth Rotary
After a COVID-19 lockdown break in 2020, Louth Rotary welcomed the return of their Memory Walk in 2021 and ran the event and partnership with Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, who are one of their corporate members. The seventh Memory Walk took place on 15 May 2022 which was again a lovely warm […]
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Cleckheaton, Skipton Craven and Whitby Rotary clubs encourage young writers in local and national competitions

Cleckheaton, Skipton Craven and Whitby Rotary
The Rotary Club of Cleckheaton & District report: At a time when there are concerns that school children may be spending more time 'writing' on computers, laptops, mobile phones etc. rather than with pen and paper, The Rotary Club of Cleckheaton & District has yet again organised its annual handwriting competition for year 4 pupils […]
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Keighley Rotary celebrate the joy of live, in person musical performances

Keighley Rotary
On Saturday 26 March 2022 Judy Hazlehurst hosted The Rotary Club of Keighley’s annual Young Musician Competition in Keighley Shared Church. In Jan 2021 the Rotary Club of Keighley held the competition virtually and last Saturday was the first time in two years that the competition was held in person and it was a joy […]
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Hugely successful return of the Rotary Disability Games in Hull

Rotary in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire celebrate the return of the Rotary Disability Games organised by the Humber Maritime Group of Rotary Clubs at Hymers College in Hull, after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, on Sunday 10 April 2022, saw each competitor taking part in up to three of the following […]
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A lovely Rotary without borders lost camera story from Bingley Airedale Rotary

Bingley Airedale Rotary
I received an e-mail via the Rotary portal from a Sven Struman in Iceland requesting help in identifying the owner of a lost camera. It transpires that Sven is a professional photographer and has a shop in Reykjavik and during recent refurbishment work being carried out by his daughter she found the camara under a shelf. […]
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Grimsby Rotary Club reflecting on the past and looking to the future

Grimsby Rotary
The week before the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020 saw a group of Grimsby Rotarians once again helping with a cleanup of the River Freshney and surrounds. Two years on, Grimsby Rotarians are back demonstrating they are people of action as they participated in the river clean with a local charity Grimsby in Bloom. […]
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Rotaract and Rotary collaborating in Leeds to serve their communities

Leeds
Headingley Rotary Club and Leeds Rotaract Club collaborated on a tree planting project on 16t March 2022. In total, seven trees were planted at West Park Playing Fields along a public footpath. The project was co-ordinated by one of the Rangers from Leeds City Council. Many Rotarians and Rotaractors were surprised by the number of […]
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Rotary, People of Action, tree planting in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

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As spring arrives, we celebrate how our Rotary Clubs have been actively tree planting in partnership with other each other and wider community organisations. Harrogate Rotary report:  The last couple of weeks has seen a considerable amount of activity by ‘Trees for Nidderdale’, the charitable group run by Rotary Club of Harrogate organising tree planting […]
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Cleethorpes Rotary, 8 years and counting for their marvellous partnership with the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Cleethorpes Rotary
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a […]
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Bradford Bronte and Bradford West Rotary Clubs Tree Planting with Partners

Bradford Bronte and Bradford West Rotary
A fine example of partnership working in our Rotary District of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Enthusiastic children and parents from Harden Primary School came along on Saturday 12th February to plant 500 trees in a field in Harden.   Caroline Hall, Assistant Head Teacher at Harden Primary was delighted with the turnout and said "Thank you all so […]
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Harrogate Rotary Centenary Colouring Competition"The Art of Children".

Harrogate Rotary
Harrogate, within the Rotary Yorkshire and Lincolnshire District, is a beautiful town, and not only the happiest town in the UK, but also now one of the most artistic towns in the UK. The Rotary Club of Harrogate have been supporting schools in the Harrogate area for 100 years, and to celebrate this commitment, they […]
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The Rotary Club of Hull step up to support a community impacted by a fire accident

Hull Rotary
The Rotary spread a little Christmas 2021 cheer to support over 100 employee and their families impacted by a fire at Bridgewood UK plastic products factory in the Hessle area of Hull. £500 worth of tins of sweets and chocolates were donated from the Club’s UK Disaster Fund. John and Margaret Curry of the Rotary […]
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The faces of Rotaract leadership in Leeds

Rotaract
It was a pleasure to chat with Penelope Milner about her exciting plans for Rotaract in Leeds which, as part of Rotary in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, is building on the success of Rotaract in Bradford, led by the inspirational Katie Mahon, Artistic Director of Bloomin Buds Theatre Company. As of January 2022, the Rotaract Club […]
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Barton-Upon-Humber Rotary demonstrate partnership working over Christmas 2021

Barton-Upon-Humber Rotary
Pandemic rules allowed to let Santa tour some of the streets and villages around Barton-Upon Humber.  Many delighted children came out to see Santa.  Santa collections went ahead outside Tesco and the Co-op supermarkets. Thanks to Martyn Bell Motor Engineers of Barrow-Upon Humber donated a heavy-duty battery for the Sleigh.  We were able to cook […]
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18,000 plus charity shoeboxes for locals in Calderdale over the last 10 years

Rotary in Calderdale
Halifax Rotary report on a project started 10 years ago, when having filled 1500 international shoeboxes amongst the 7 Rotary clubs in Calderdale, Rotarians had many comments from the local communities who suggested that ‘charity should start at home’. Calderdale Rotary clubs took this on board ever since have run their shoebox scheme to the […]
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Dr Ella Hill, a survivor of sexual grooming, joined a Stainborough Rotary hosted event of club representatives from within District 1040, which includes large areas of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Stainborough Rotary
Dr Ella Hill a survivor of sexual grooming, spoke about her own experience in Rotherham, which meant she had to flee for her own and family’s safety, from the perpetrator. She explained the impact of racism upon herself, and also on the perpetrator. She explained in great detail the impact of the behaviours. Ella expressed […]
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Denby Dale Rotary submitted Kirkburton Middle School, Huddersfield, win national Rotary COP26 poster competition

District
Jim Murison is delighted to be able to report that one of the entries submitted by District 1040 has won the national competition. The news was officially announced at COP26 on 5th November 2021 via a live stream. The Rotary specific section can be found between approx 45 and 50 mins. The entry, submitted by […]
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The Rotary Club of Whitby and District welcome back Octoberfest 2021

Rotary Club of Whitby and District
After a fallow year owing to COVID-19 restrictions, we at the Rotary Club of Whitby & District decided to re-launch our Fun Run called Octoberfest aimed mostly at primary schoolchildren. Thanks to the help of Shaun Hopper, a P.E. teacher at the local secondary school, who set up the course around the school playing fields […]
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National music charity endorses and supports Kids Aloud 2023

Harrogate Brigantes Rotary
Harrogate Brigantes Rotary is pleased to announce that Youth Music, the national charity, funded from the National Lottery via Arts Council England, that supports music making by young people, has awarded a grant of almost £6000 to the next Kids Aloud project.  Local primary school children will be helped to write the words and music […]
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Highlights from our Virtual Rotary District Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Conference on 9th October 2021

District Conference 2021
Following on from District Governor Stephen’s Ellis’s direct message to all Rotarians in our District, here you will find some take-ways from our conference. More highlights arriving in November 2021.
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Giberdyke Phoenix Football Club and St Paul's Boxing were amongst the 61 cyclists taking part in Howden Rotary's annual cycle ride raising over £4300 for chosen charities

Howden Rotary
On Sunday 19th September 2021, 64 cyclists took part in the Howden Rotary Club’s annual cycle ride from Laxton and they succeeded in raising over £4,300 for their chosen charities. The determined cyclists, including many children, completed either a 20, 13, 7 or 5-mile course in order to achieve their goals with fifteen different charities […]
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Ilkley Rotary clubs supporting the Nell Bank Charity who bring outdoor day and residential education to many city children with limited access to the countryside

Ilkley Rotary
On a pleasant autumnal Friday evening, Rotary Clubs from across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire gathered at the Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre in Ilkley to recognise their contributions to the region’s schools and children. The evening was organised by the Nell Bank Charity, assisted by the two Rotary Clubs from Ilkley, in recognition of what the […]
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Melia Powell Funeral Services and Keighley Rotary team up to support Staying Put– a local domestic abuse charity

Keighley Rotary
Melia Powell Funeral Services have a long-established premises on the corner of Cavendish Street and Cooke Street, with high profile window frontage.  They have been looking for an opportunity to use some of their window display options to benefit the local community, so approached the Rotary Club of Keighley to see if they could put […]
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New Interact Club formed at Roundhay School sponsored by Roundhay Rotary

Roundhay Rotary
A brand new Interact Club chartered in June 2021 have hit the ground running by successfully applying for a sustainability grant for £500 from Morley Glass and Glazing. Interact at Roundhay School already has 21 members who will be in Year 10 from September 2021. Jean Clennell reports that the Interactors are a delight to […]
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Wakefield Rotary tackle the fight against dementia as robotic cats support carers and families in Wakefield and across the UK

Wakefield Rotary
The Rotary Club of Wakefield has been actively involved in the fight against Dementia since 2011. The cats are supplied under the trade name – Joy For All - by Ageless Innovation (USA) and are very realistic, they move, turn over, miaow and purr. They are controlled by four batteries and can be silenced or […]
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Scunthorpe Rotary partnership working to support fun family literacy kits

Scunthorpe Rotary
The Rotary Club of Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire Children's Literacy Trust, worked in partnership to bid into the ONGO community grant scheme earlier this year. ONGO are the largest housing provider in North Lincolnshire and neighbouring areas, offering quality, affordable homes for rent and sale. The grant funding was specifically to work with people living in […]
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Collaborative Rotary club working as Northallerton’s garden grows at the offices of Hambleton District Council

The joint effort by the two Northallerton Rotary clubs has resulted in an impressive island bed that is a great testament to the community involvement of its two local Rotary clubs. A big thank you to Tom for providing 17 perennials and Tony for providing a couple of big perennials and lots of annuals. The […]
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Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Rotary £250,000 lockdown legacy

People of Action
Our Clubs in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have certainly lived up to its motto of ‘Service Above Self’ during lockdown, with almost a quarter of a million pounds worth of food being delivered to foodbanks and similar support groups. Despite COVID-19 and lockdown curtailing many projects, many Clubs worked within restrictions during the pandemic to support […]
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Collaborative Rotary Club Working Backs York Charity Organic Plant Nursery

York Rotary Clubs
Rotarians from across York and throughout Yorkshire have combined to provide improved work conditions for those with learning difficulties and their support team. Brunswick Organic Nursery, based in the city at Appleton Road near to Bishopthorpe, caters for up to 60 people at a time, with more than 100 staff and volunteers assisting. Growing and […]
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Rotary supports laptops for schools through collaborative working

District
During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown Rotary clubs supported home-schooling. Here are 5 examples of ‘on the ground action’ within Yorkshire of Rotary Clubs providing support for families as children learnt from home. Malton & Norton Rotary  Malton and Norton Rotary worked in partnership with Computer FX to donate laptops to the following schools:  Malton Community […]
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Sowerby Bridge Rotary are using the second biggest search engine, YouTube, to help get the message about their support for the homeless

Sowerby Bridge Rotary
Why not take a look at these short films? This is one of our members talking about how he became involved.  Colin has become our Ambassador for Rucksacks4Homeless. This is his story. John is Colin's mentor and friend. Find out more about his association with Sowerby Bridge Rotary. An opportunity to find out more about […]
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Around The Town

Northallerton Rotary
In September 2020 we formed a Publicity Committee to coordinate better our output for our website, local newspapers, Facebook and Instagram.  Increasing our audience on Facebook was top priority, for which we successfully bid for a District Public Image match funded grant grant   The main drive of our Facebook activity is a campaign called "Around […]
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Stunning Louth Rotary environmental project goes down well in the town

Louth Rotary
St. Mary's triangle, which marks the entrance into town from both the Lincoln and Market Rasen roads, has been completely re-landscaped by Louth Rotary in Lincolnshire. The project leader Rob Hall both designed the renovation the area. Along with other Rotary members, Rob carried out much of the preparatory work. The hard landscaping was done […]
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National Community Champion Award Winners

Rotary Great Britain & Ireland
Congratulations to Ash Razzaq (nominated by Roundhay Rotary) from Leeds and Issy Sanderson (nominated by York Ainsty Rotary) from York, on winning national Rotary Community Champion Awards. Ash has been working tirelessly on CATCH for over 10 years, to improve the lives of young people in the heart of a challenging and diverse area of […]
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Stunning St Paul’s Boxing Academy

Howden Rotary
The transformation of the gym is complete. It is absolutely stunning!  The High Sheriff of East Yorkshire, Andrew Horncastle MBE, has played a major role in ensuring the refurbishment happened. Andrew handed out awards to three other people who have played major roles in making sure we got to this stage - Barrie May, Shelagh […]
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Partnership Working between Braford Bronte Rotary, Inn Churches and The Storehouse Café

Bradford Bronte Rotary
The aim of Bradford Community SOUP is to change local communities for the better by bringing together members of the community to pitch their ideas for improving our area – from social justice to community cohesion, from animals to art, from support groups to sport, the only criteria is that it should benefit the Bradford […]
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RotaKids Memory Chain

Rotakids
The Memory Chain was started at St Mary’s RotaKids in Batley during 2019 as a way to raise funds for their charity. Upper Batley High School Interactors also got involved. It was suggested that people could write the name of a loved one on a band and then when the links were put together by […]
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Jemima Browning - National Rotary Young Citizen Sporting Hero Award Winner - Nominated by Leeds Rotary

Rotary Great Britain and Ireland
Jemima Browning, 20, started Tadcaster Stingrays, a swimming squad for young people with disabilities at Tadcaster Swimming Pool. Driven by her younger brother Will, who has Down’s Syndrome, it was Jemima’s belief that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy sport. An opportunity to find out more about Leeds Rotary  Rotary Club of Leeds | […]
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Meet an inspirational Rotaractor from Bradford

Rotaract
On the day after International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021 it was an inspirational pleasure to meet Katie Mahon, Artistic Director of Bloomin Buds Theatre Company, who is driving Rotaract development. Katie is part of new breed of Rotaractors who are welcoming the support of Rotarians but are very much self-driven as they pursue their […]
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