Ro­tary Round-up

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SOUTH­PORT Links Ro­tary worked hard at the South­port Flower Show, not only man­ning the Shel­terBox on the Fri­day of the show, but they also treated seven res­i­dents of Eller­slie Court Care Home on West­cliffe Road to a morn­ing out at the show.

The res­i­dents were col­lected from their home where they were dressed and ready to brave the el­e­ments.

A fun morn­ing fol­lowed with the flo­ral dis­plays and craft ex­hi­bi­tions be­ing of great­est in­ter­est.

The weather ac­tu­ally stayed dry for the visit, which was rounded off with re­fresh­ments at the show­ground.

This has now be­come an an­nual event and the res­i­dents ea­gerly await their day out in Au­gust.

We would like to thank the man­age­ment of the South­port Flower Show for mak­ing this trip pos­si­ble.

If you would like more on join­ing Ro­tary visit www.rcsl.org.uk.

RO­TAR­I­ANS from South­port Sun­rise and South­port gave their help on Sun­day, Septem­ber 3 to the Botanic Gar­dens Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion Vic­to­rian Gala.

Church­town saw the first gala in five years hit by tor­ren­tial rain, but in true Bri­tish fashion the show must go on and vol­un­teers of BGCA wel­comed the public to en­joy a muchre­duced event due to the ad­verse con­di­tions.

Stall­hold­ers smiled as Baby Bal­let – aged four years-plus – danced de­light­fully in their yel­low wellies and macs and So Tal­ented Academy sang and en­ter­tained.

It is not of­ten you see flower fairies danc­ing in the rain.

South­port Sun­rise Ro­tar­i­ans Viv Rathbone and Robin Brad­shaw acted as good Sa­mar­i­tans in the red tent which had been pur­chased along­side the de­fib­ril­la­tor, housed tem­po­rar­ily in the Set­tle Inn which is next to the cafe.

Ro­tar­i­ans Co­lette Brad­shaw and past Pres­i­dent Bernie Sum­ner en­cour­aged and pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about Ro­tary sell­ing pur­ple cro­cus pins for “End Po­lio Now”.

This Ro­tary ini­tia­tive is for the vac­ci­na­tion of chil­dren in Pak­istan, Afghanistan and Nige­ria where po­lio is still en­demic.

In or­der to vac­ci­nate a child just the once, a pur­ple dye is put on their lit­tle fin­ger.

The pur­ple cro­cus was adopted as the em­blem and thou­sands of cro­cus bulbs are planted across the world.

Lo­cal clubs have planted thou­sands of bulbs with the help of schools and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions in our parks and gar­dens.

They can be seen in Fe­bru­ary and are a re­minder of our work to rid the world of po­lio.

The con­tri­bu­tion from Bill Gates Foun­da­tion gives Ro­tary £2 for every £1 we col­lect in do­na­tions from you.

In Novem­ber lo­cal clubs will be re­ceiv­ing fur­ther sup­plies of 5,000 corms for plant­ing.

The silk cro­cus pins are lovely and re­quire a do­na­tion, usu­ally £1.

The chair­man David Cob­ham stated at the Vic­to­rian Gala: “We can or­gan­ise any­thing alas we can­not or­gan­ise the weather.”

OVER at Me­ols Hall South­port Ro­tar­i­ans mar­shalled the car park through­out the day and pro­vided in­for­ma­tion to the public, ad­vis­ing that the hall was open from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Ev­ery­one in­volved demon­strated true com­mu­nity spirit.

Ro­tar­ian Ian Hitch­cock said: “This is what Ro­tar­iàns do, it is so lovely to be back at Me­ols Hall where the Ro­tary Club of South­port started, or­gan­ised and ran the much -loved Game and Coun­try Fair.

“We have al­ways been a hard work­ing and in­no­va­tive club and still are very ac­tive.”

Don’t for­get there are al­ways fairies in the fern­ery. Tinker­bell said, as she departed the park: “Any­thing can hap­pen if you be­lieve...”

WITH Ro­tary meet­ings now in full swing, clubs are look­ing for­ward and plan­ning for Christ­mas, whether it is col­lec­tions of food, toys or money to help our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Soon we will give dates of all our lo­cal club events and fundrais­ers to the end of the year and we hope you will sup­port th­ese worth­while causes.

Ro­tary seems to be a well-kept se­cret to many peo­ple, so if you see us out col­lect­ing and work­ing in the com­mu­nity please come over and have a chat.

We would be de­lighted to an­swer any ques­tions or give you a flavour of the fun we all en­joy giv­ing some­thing back to our so­ci­ety and help­ing peo­ple in dif­fi­cult times.

You can find out more by vis­it­ing our Ro­tary web­site: www.ro­tary.org. uk or find us on Face­book: Ro­tary District 1180.

South­port Links mem­bers at the flower show with guests

The Vic­to­rian Gala car park team

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