Every June, since 1990, the Rotary Organisation throughout Britain and Ireland together with KidsOut (a charity dedicated to bringing fun & happiness into the lives of disadvantaged children) take over 25,000 of them on a great big day out. The children visit the seaside, theme parks, adventure playgrounds & zoos giving them all wonderful memories to cherish for a lifetime.
We are fortunate in that in our area we have not only got our lovely beaches but also the fun of FantasyLand, Butlins, Skegness and Mablethorpe to choose from. This year we took 29 children (with 15 adult carers to look after them) for a day out on 8 June. Each child was given a commemorative T-shirt, cap and some spending money.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
The Rotary Club of Alford and Mablethorpe supports The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) annually and was particularly pleased in 2016 to have nominated Oliver and Tegan from the Mablethorpe site of Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College which is closing this summer.
RYLA is a four day course supporting the leadership development of 14 to 18 year olds which, for our area, takes place at The Rotary Centre in Castleton, Derbyshire. The course involves a series of activities designed to help attendees learn new skills, recognise skills in others, make effective decisions, build confidence, work as part of a team and understand the problems of leadership.
As the sponsoring club we were not only tasked with nominating the attendees but also funding their course and transporting them there and back. Tegan and Oliver were kind enough to visit the club and give a presentation on their trip.
The Alford Watch Group
The Alford Watch Group is one of around 300 such locally run groups organised by the Wildlife Trust. The groups aim is to get children interested in wildlife and the environment in a very hands on way.
The Rotary Club of Alford and Mablethorpe is eager to support both community and youth projects so we are proud of the support we have been able to give this group by securing commercial sponsorship. One of the groups assets is a Digiscope (digtal microscope). The group has been good enough to supply us with a few pictures of it in use including the children’s collection of rodent skeletons retrieved from the owl pellets they have been studying.
You can find out more about The Alford Watch Group here: www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/watchgroups/alford-watch-group.
In 2016 Rotary ran a UK wide children’s competition entitled “A Poem For H.M. The Queen ‘s 90th Birthday” with the winners from each Rotary District being sent to the Queen. In addition our club chose to acknowledge all entrants and select some local winners who’s poems you can see below (click a poem to see a larger copy).