Rotary Club kids win praise from mayor in ceremony
A special ceremony has been held to welcome new junior members to Ashford Rotary Club.
Pupils from thwe town’s St Mary’s and Phoenix primary schools have joined as part of the RotaKids club which is aimed at seven to 12-year-olds to encourage younger members to join Rotary.
The youngsters are taught to be fair to all, serve their community and show respect to others.
Their recent projects include collecting for Children in Need at Ashford railway station, raising money for a Shelterbox to provide shelter and tools to disaster areas and planting purple crocus bulbs at Gerlach House in Kennington as part of Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio.
The ceremony to welcome several new members to both clubs took place at St Mary’s and was hosted by deputy head, Mrs Heather Grady.
Also present were the Mayor and Mayoress of Ashford, Cllr Winston and Mrs Doreen Michael, Rotary District Youth Chairman Steve Hanks, Ashford Rotary President Steve Parkin, together with several members of Ashford Rotary Club, teachers and parents.
Following a welcome and good luck message to all RotaKids from Mrs Grady, who has looked after the St Mary’s club since its inception several years ago, the Mayor stated how much he had enjoyed talking to the children who had so much enthusiasm for future fundraising.
He added he thought RotaKids was a great idea and he will do what he can to champion new clubs in other Ashford schools.
The Rotary Club held an induction for the new junior members