Young club cel­e­brates

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It’s only just turned one, but al­ready the Ro­tary Satel­lite Club of Strat­ford has achieved great things in the com­mu­nity.

Last Thurs­day mem­bers of the group, along with mem­bers of neigh­bour­ing Ro­tary clubs and Mar­ion John­ston, the Ro­tary Dis­trict Gover­nor gath­ered for a meal to cel­e­brate the club’s first birth­day.

Chair­man Daniel Stieller says the club started with 10 mem­bers last Septem­ber.

The club’s first goal was to pur­chase three de­fib­ril­la­tors to be placed in the three rest homes in Strat­ford for pub­lic use.

With a to­tal cost of over $6000, this goal was a lofty one, but the ded­i­cated and de­ter­mined young Ro­tar­i­ans man­aged to reach it in un­der a year.

Daniel says it was thanks to the sup­port of the com­mu­nity they were able to raise so much in so lit­tle time.

“Our first ma­jor event as a club was a quiz night at which we were able to raise a third of our to­tal goal in that one night.”

The satel­lite group was started af­ter Daniel was spon­sored by the Strat­ford Ro­tary Club to at­tend the Ro­tary Young Per­son Lead­er­ship Awards (RYLA), a week-long lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme for 18 to 24 year olds hosted and spon­sored by Ro­tary. He came back mo­ti­vated to get in­volved with Ro­tary while mak­ing it more rel­e­vant to a younger age group.

Now the satel­lite group is spon­sor­ing an­other young per­son, Kait­lyn Bishop, to at­tend the next RYLA event and Daniel says he looks for­ward to the group con­tin­u­ing to grow.

At the for­mal din­ner last week, Daniel thanked those who had sup­ported the young club in the first year, with Ro­tar­i­ans Bar­rie Smith, Mel Cook and Mitchell Brown sin­gled out for the sup­port they had given Daniel and his club.

All three were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates of ser­vice from the satel­lite club.

“Thank you also to Dan and Re­becca Har­ris of Strat­ford New World for all their sup­port, and the team at the Strat­ford Press.”

Club mem­bers were joined by mem­bers of neigh­bour­ing clubs to cel­e­brate the first birth­day of the Ro­tary Satel­lite Club of Strat­ford.

Dis­trict gover­nor Mar­ion John­ston (left) and Daniel Stieller (right) pre­sented cer­tifi­cates of ser­vice to Bar­rie Smith (sec­ond from left) and Mitchell Brown as well as Mel Cook (ab­sent).

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