Making a Difference is what Rotarians do and in this our CENTENARY YEAR we are going to make an even bigger impact than usual and we will have lots of fun while we’re doing it! The year will kick off with a fantastic Celebrations Concert at the Cathedral on the 8th July showcasing the Dalesmen and Derventio choirs and Opera Babe, Karen England. Three wonderful charities will benefit from the event, Padley, Treetops and the Friends of Amasango.
Our two major Centenary projects will see the hard work of the last two years come to fruition; locally this has involved working with the Friends of Derby Arboretum to revitalise the oldest Arboretum in the UK making it once more into a place for the whole community. At the same time we’ll complete the last phase of empowering 100 girls in three remote Ghanain villages through education and positive role modelling. Both projects are on course to complete in May 2018 so watch this space!
You will see us out and about in the City to celebrate World Polio Day on 24th October when we will plant a carpet of purple crocuses to welcome in the spring and on February 23rd when we celebrate Rotary Day with a major health event. We will be planting trees to help the environment and continuing our work with young people to create the leaders of tomorrow and of course we will still be doing all of the things we always do in Making a Difference to peoples lives.
As with all Rotary Clubs throughout the world, our aims are to :
- support humanitarian and educational projects at home and abroad
- encourage world peace and understanding
- have fun and fellowship within the membership
Toc H sports evening – August 1st
For 92 years volunteers from the Rotary Club of Derby have assisted Toc H for one evening at their summer camp for less privileged kids. For two weeks, every year at the Polo Ground in Osmaston numerous Toc H volunteers run this tented camp where 128 young people from around Derby can enjoy diverse activities and make new friends.
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Derby Arboretum Park – Green Flag Award – August 3rd 2017
Last month several Derby City parks were awarded Green Flag status. This national award is given to parks and green spaces that meet stringent national standards. The Rotary Club of Derby is an active member of the Friends of Derby Arboretum (FDA) and together with the City Parks team we have helped Derby Arboretum win the prestigious Green Flag Award. In the photo are members of the FDA, the city parks department and the Mayor of Derby, John Whitby. (see recent posts)
Cathedral Concert – July 8th 2017
The club organised a super celebratory concert at Derby Cathedral to start our centenary year and the music was provided by two local choirs – The Derventio Choir and The Dalesmen but the star of the show was Karen England – one of the ‘Opera Babes’.
We raised over £2500 for three charities close to our hearts. (see recent posts).
Welcome to new members
One of the first pleasurable duties for the new President was to induct two new members into the club. Sue and Les Bryan were officially welcomed into the club at our lunchtime meeting today. Pictured here with Sue and Les are President Pat (right) and sponsor John Worthy (left) –
Our usual club meeting time is 12.00 noon for a 12.30pm start. Our meetings are normally held (except Bank Holidays) in the Gateway Centre at the Derbyshire Cricket Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby. Fellowship and fun is enjoyed at these lunchtime meetings by the 42 club members. We usually have an external speaker describing their work, their charity or some unusual activity in which they are involved. The meetings usually finish at about 2.00pm. On any 5th Monday in the month, we meet with our guests and partners in the evening at 7.30pm when we usually enjoy an evening meal together with a longer illustrated talk.
Interested in joining our Rotary club?
Are you interested in making a difference? We welcome into the club both men and women who want to make a difference in their local community and the wider world. New members are often introduced by other members or they can apply directly to the Club Secretary. You can download an application form from here. Please contact our Club Secretary, Angus Currie, at angus.rotaryderby@btinternet.