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 President Pat says – “we will have lots of fun while we’re doing it!”
2017 Trees of Light Appeal
This year we will be supporting our ‘Trees of Light’ appeal. Our tree is situated on Pride Park in a very prominent position right outside the Derby County Football ground. The lights are on! If you would like further information about the charities that our club is supporting through this appeal click here. If you would like to donate to this appeal and sponsor one of the lights then click here to go to the ‘MyDonate’ website.
Santa comes to Derby
Our club will be helping Santa to bring joy and good cheer to parts of Derby. Santa will be out on his sleigh in Mickleover, Littleover and parts of Chellaston over the next few weeks – look out for leaflets announcing his visits.
Findern Garden Centre also welcomes Santa again this year. He will be there each weekend up to Christmas – so why not pop along and have a word with him! Here’s one happy little girl having a wonderful chat –
On April 12th 2018 we will be celebrating our centenary year with a party – we call them charters! If you want to know more about our party click here.
World Polio Day (October 24th) – Paint the town purple
Enormous thanks to Derby City Council, Derby Royal Hospital, The Quad and Derby University for ‘Turning the City Purple’.
Thanks also to BBC Radio Derby and the Derby Telegraph for the fantastic coverage on World Polio Day and to everyone who visited our stands at the hospital, the university and The Quad and bought a purple crocus lapel badge to support us in making sure ALL children are safe from this devastating virus.
Thanks also to the 19 schools across Derby (see below) and to Derby University for planting a total of 15,000 crocus corms so that in the spring there will be fantastic displays to remind pupils, students, parents and visitors just how important, for the future of our children, it is to eradicate this disease.
To read more click here.
In the evening these buildings were lit up with splashes of purple – what a sight!
There’s even a write-up in the local newspaper – The Derby Telegraph – look here
Charles Hanson Valuation Evening – October 13th
What a fantastic evening we had at Allestree Woodlands School with Charles Hanson and his colleague Edward who supported a charity event at the school last Friday.
The club Satellite group together with the school Interact group put on a fantastic evening to raise money for three charities – Padley Centre, Mercy Ships and ‘Magic Learning’.
Charles Hanson was on form throughout the evening, not only valuing ‘object d’arts’ but commenting on the story that each one had. Here’s a sample of the fun we had –
More news on the charities and money raised can be found in the recent posts.
End Polio Now
Earlier this year the club ordered 15,000 crocus corms to help support the End Polio Now campaign. These were offered to primary schools in the city and about 20 schools responded. We have now distributed over 10,000 crocus corms in packs of 500 corms to these schools.
Here are a few recipients –
… more to come!
… and looking forward Santa and his little elves will be back at Wyevale Garden Centre in Findern to raise money for local charities. Santa will also be on his sleigh around Chellston, Littleover and Mickleover in December.
Take a look below to see some of our activities where our club is making a difference.
District Conference in Llandudno – September 29th
Members of the club have just returned from a couple of days away at Llandudno. This was the annual District Conference where inspirational speakers made us laugh and delight in the good work that Rotary does across the country.
Lots of time for fun too!
Welcome to new satellite members – September 14th
We are delighted to welcome 8 new members into the Rotary family through the start of a new satellite club – see the ‘recent posts’ for more details and pictures. Our satellite members are a dynamic bunch of people and will be throwing themselves into the clubs busy programme.
The first event they are organising is a ‘Valuation Evening’ with Charles Hanson – see events
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.
(see recent posts)
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 new Rotary year got off to a good start with a fantastic Celebrations Concert at the Cathedral raising over £2500 for three wonderful charities – The Padley Centre in Derby, Treetops Hospice and the Friends of Amasango School in South Africa.
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).
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
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.