News from the clubs in the area
SOUTHPORT and Formby Rotary Clubs and clubs across the country are holding youth competitions.
The competitions are run locally, then regionally and nationally, giving our young people an opportunity to be recognised for their success.
This week we feature the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) candidate sponsored by Southport Rotary Club.
Eve Rimmer from Christ the King School was chosen earlier in the year and attended the Arthog Outdoor Education Centre near Barmouth on the Welsh coast back in August.
She presented to the Rotary Club lunch meeting with an excellent powerpoint presentation about her course.
This was part of her presentation highlighting how the course had helped to develop her skills and self awareness and built her confidence.
“Before RYLA, I thought I had myself sussed. I thought I knew everything there was to know about myself.
“That I was nervous around new people, that I was afraid of heights and not comfortable or confident enough to take control of challenging situations.
“I’ve since learned that the past me was a stranger to the person I am post-RYLA.
“My group, we were the green team, or as we called ourselves, “life gets better” had a real range of personalities, which I think helped us all click so well from the beginning.
“As we found out later on in the week from the Belbin team role profiles, there were lots of people naturally more suited for leadership and authoritative roles within the group.
“However, we were all aware this course is focused on leadership so were keen to share roles evenly to make sure everyone had a chance to develop.
“The first evening, groups were pitted against each other to lower a rod whilst having every member of our team touching it at the same time.
“This proved to be a lot more difficult than we were expecting. In the end we took six minutes longer than any other group.
“But we worked well as a team and everyone enjoyed themselves whilst we subconsciously slotted into our natural roles within the group.
“We realised that the reason we all got on so well was that we all respected each others’ beliefs, personalities and abilities.
“Like I said before, we had many people very capable of confidently putting ideas across and explaining why their plans should be followed.
“But we also had members that were quieter but just as valuable.
“I’m thankful to the Rotary Club for allowing me to meet and become friends with these amazing and interesting people I never would have had the chance to meet.
“I’m also thankful for the fantastic opportunities given to us in the shape of the activities provided daily.
“I especially enjoyed the gorge walking and mining days because not only were they completely different to anything I or anyone on the course had ever done before, but because they also pushed a lot of people out of their comfort zones.
“And to see our big group of 40 encouraging each other and trusting people we’d only met five days previously, was something really special to witness.
“When I got back home after RYLA, my friends asked me how it was, and I honestly didn’t know how to respond.
“I tried explaining every way I could, but you can’t use words to explain the experiences I gained, the friendships that were formed and the confidence I found.”
The next event open to the public is our Young Musician initial heat on November 20 at All Saints Hall, Park Road, Southport starting at 7pm.
If you are interested in attending e-mail Chris Wood on email@example.com.
Next we have a fairly new to Southport and Formby area Rotakids Club for children in primary schools.
Enlightened primary schools are accessing information and setting up new Rotakids Clubs with their local Rotary Club as sponsor.
Please contact your local club now for information.
Linaker RotaKids Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southport Sunrise, recently organised a successful ‘Penny Walk’ at Linaker Primary School.
Pupils were invited to bring some small change to school and lay the coins around the playground.
The event, which raised more than £150, is the first of several activities that the RotaKids are planning in support of ‘Literacy in a Box Trust’, a charity which provides much needed educational materials to the children of Zambia.
Once all the coins were laid each class took turns to walk the line and reflect on the journey made by their less privileged counterparts in Zambia, most of whom have to walk many miles to school each day.
President Michael Harrison far left presenting a certificate to Eve Rimmer with headteacher of Christ the King James Lancaster and mother of Eve, Sue Rimmer
Linaker RotaKids Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southport Sunrise, recently organised a ‘Penny Walk’ at Linaker Primary School