AGM Report 2012/13
Introduction This Committee has 8 members, met monthly throughout the year, and attendance by most members was good, interrupted only by illness and the occasional clash of commitments.
Children’s Dictionaries Enough copies of the Usborne illustrated dictionary for children ( aimed at about age 9 ) have been ordered to be presented to all children of this age group at local schools at the end of the School year, & plans made for their presentation.
Rotary Competitions Local competitions were organised for entry to the nationwide Rotary “Young Chef” and “Youth Speaks” events, both run to the national rules. Sufficient entries came from Priestlands School for both events, which ran smoothly. A chef entrant reached the Regional final, and a speaker team the District final, and both performed creditably notwithstanding intense competition.
School Awards The numerous (some 20 ) Club awards, mostly in the form of shields, were presented at Priestlands School, mainly at their end of year or school leaving events. The David Cummins community contribution award was included.
Hi-Viz Vests This year saw the successful completion of the programme to donate high-visibity vests, with school name and the Rotary logo printed on the backs, to all primary schools in the Lymington area, in sufficient numbers for distribution to all children in one school year. Some were also given to other young people’s organisations.
Club Visits Although members were sounded out on a selection of possible vocational visits, sufficient numbers signed for only one visit ( to the RNLI national training centre in Poole ), and for a tour of the Berthon Boat Co. in Lymington, thanks to a Community Service Comimttee initiative.
Speakers The speaker programmes for the months of September and February took place as planned, and included outside speakers, young people ( including a Youth Speaks team and the David Cummins award winner ) and Club members.
Rotary Day Some Committee members offered their help at the public display at the United Reformed Church, whilst a small team sourced and planted additional “Polio plus crocuses” at some of the original sites but also on new sites at Woodside, Pennington and by the roadside at the entry to the town. Unfortunately the weather prevented a good display this year.
Club Walks Again the weather, coupled with extremely unpleasant ground conditions, combined to make interfere with most plans, but a successful guided walk on a warm early Autumn evening on the Lymington marshes did take place as planned.
Future Projects As well as a hoped continuation of most of the above projects in future seasons, two others are still under active consideration:(1) arranging a programme of Vocational talks by local employer representatives for the senior children at Priestlands School and (2) offering an opportunity for a local youngster to join with pupils from a school in Essex on a liaison & fact-finding visit to a school in a poor part of India (a scheme actively supported by Tony Pruss).