Read­ing scheme is thanks to Ro­tary

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner - By Janet Cooke - email: janet.4.cooke@bt­in­ter­net.com

Ro­tary helps chil­dren and young peo­ple in so many dif­fer­ent ways – over­seas ex­changes, lead­er­ship cour­ses, com­pe­ti­tions, mock in­ter­views to name but a few. We aim to en­cour­age and de­velop fu­ture gen­er­a­tions in as many pos­i­tive ways as pos­si­ble.

Whit­tle­sey Ro­tary Club

is sup­port­ing a home read­ing pro­gramme at New Road School. The scheme will en­cour­age chil­dren and par­ents to read to­gether with books loaned from school. Ro­tary Club Pres­i­dent Joseph Cor­nell said: “We are very im­pressed with the school and de­lighted to sup­port this in­no­va­tive pro­gramme by do­nat­ing £750 to help it along.” Head Rob Lit­ten is very en­thu­si­as­tic will keep mem­bers in­formed of progress. Just look at the happy smiles in the pho­to­graph.

On a dif­fer­ent note, St Ives

Ro­tary has been hav­ing some fun with a `big­gest sun­flower’ grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Their aim was to raise money for our Ro­tary char­ity and pro­mote aware­ness of the End Po­lio Now cam­paign. Club mem­bers, friends and fam­ily were in­vited to make a do- na­tion in ex­change for some baby sun­flower plants. They were chal­lenged to grow the sun­flower with the big­gest head. John Rhodes gave one of his plants to his grand­son Ralph Rhodes (a very ju­nior prospec­tive Ro­tar­ian?) aged 2 ¾ years. He planted it, ten- ded and wa­tered it every day. With help from his mum and dad and a steplad­der he was in the run­ning for the cup. On a warm sum­mer’s evening at Slepe Hall the much an­tic­i­pated Sun­flower com­pe­ti­tion win­ners were an­nounced - and what a gi­ant amongst he­lianthuses they pro­duced. The im­peach­able judg­ing duo spent all day mea­sur­ing, cut­ting down and pho­tograph­ing sun­flow­ers across the patch. Ro­tar­i­ans Sally Hef­fer and Iain Mar­tin came out win­ners with a flower di­am­e­ter of 29cm. There were joint run­ners up

with 24cm but there was a spe­cial men­tion for Ralph (the Sun­flower Kid) who fin­ished with a highly re­spectable flower of 20cm – well done Ralph.

This year Peter­bor­ough

Ro­tary Club spon­sored two ex­change stu­dents. Tal­ented vi­o­lin­ist Dianthi Edirisoo­ria, par­tic­i­pated in the USA San Di­ago Mu­sic Camp meet­ing mu­si­cians from around the world all spon­sored by Ro­tary. They came to­gether to re­hearse for and per­form Or­ches­tral Con­certs at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing the In­ter­na­tional Youth Sym­phony 2016.

Su­nita Edirisoo­ria was hosted in Tai­wan where she and world­wide par­tic­i­pants en­joyed a cul­tural tour vis­it­ing many sites of ma­jor in­ter­est. Both gained in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences, met par­tic­i­pants from around the world and de­vel­oped many new friend­ships.

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