Assistant Governor Mary and husband Huw received a great welcome at
Pembroke Rotary recently when they came to give a presentation on the
Rotary Ride in India in January. 2400km were covered in a trip that
lasted 14 days between Mumbai to Mangalore.
This is the third year the event has taken place raising more than $75,000 for the Rotary Foundation in India.
Mary and Huw visited 5 Rotary Districts and 15 Rotary Clubs whilst
riding with 25 Rotarians from all across the Globe. They were from
Canada, India Switzerland, Norway Australia, Tasmania, England and of
course Mary and Huw from Wales.
Whilst out there they visited many schools and hospital projects and
this resulted in them raising £1200 for the schools they visited.
Ironically Mary’s great Uncle gave money to start an orphanage when he
was in the Indian Army in the early 1900s. They had some wonderful
photos from this period which was their inspiration for visiting India.
We had a really good day at the Pembroke Show in Lamphey. Resplendent in new yellow Rotary T shirts club members manned our stand which highlighted Shelterbox (disaster relief) and entertained the crowds with our games Wine or Water and Splat the Rat. Community Raffle tickets were on sale as were a collection of books to browse through. Good fun and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Started by a Rotary club, Shelterbox is now a charitable organisation
in its own right delivering immediate relief to disaster areas around
The box contains the essentials families need to begin rebuilding
their lives after disaster. Rotary clubs around the country react
quickly to disasters around the world by buying a Shelterbox which is
then sent to the area in need. Items inside the box include a tent, a
stove and a variety of tools and materials to help families survive in
difficult circumstances. Pembroke Rotary has its own Shelterbox which
was on display at the Pembroke Show. Visitors could go inside the tent
and see for themselves the comprehensive list of items that get sent
Shelterbox tent and list of essential items contained in the box.
Unfortunately in the end, only two of our RYLA candidates were able to go to the Storey Arms Outward Bound Centre near Brecon this year. The amazing weather added to the memorable experiences near Pen y Fan where the RYLA instructors delivered the week’s tasks honing leadership skills by using the activities as a base. At the end of the week all the young people were on a high having made new friends and overcome some personal challenges. RYLA is the most expensive Youth initiative that the Rotary clubs fund and it is so worth it, year on year.
At its Handover Meeting in July President Robert McLaren welcomed
Gavin Lloyd as the new President for the Rotary year of 2019/20. Gavin
thanked Robert for his year in office and said “It is a great
privilege and a challenge to be president of Pembroke Rotary Club. I
hope to make the Club more visible in the community and to make sure
that we publicise the good work we do locally as well a supporting
Gavin then inducted two new members into the Club – Lisa Ladner and Kathryn Lloyd taking the membership up to 30 active members.
July is also Handover time for our Rotary District – the new District
Governor is Peter Hamilton; RIBI (Rotary in Britain & Ireland) –
the new RIBI President is Donna Walbank from Brynmawr and finally in the
US the new Rotary International President is Mark Daniel Malony from
Rotary strongly encourages personal development for all young
people and Pembroke Rotary supports the ‘Rotary Young Leaders Awards’
(RYLA) course which develops confidence, social awareness and leadership
skills. Outdoor activities, problem solving challenges and social
activities make for a demanding but rewarding week and by the end new
friendships will have been forged and personal aspirations met or
All the young people without fail say that they will never forget the
experience so we are looking forward to hearing back from the young
people this year about their adventures.
Our last fundraiser was “A Night at the Proms” concert by the CPO
(Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra) at Folly Farm on the 6th April.
Our Club has been bringing this musical opportunity performed by the
CPO to the people of Pembrokeshire for over 15 years. This great
musical event is always appreciated and enjoyed by an loyal and
enthusiastic audience who once had a fantastic evening out.
New this year is the Technical Tournament competition. Eight schools
with 28 teams of all ages met at Pembrokeshire College on the 28th
March. The brief was to design and build a crane to travel a set
distance to pick up a container and then return to the start.
Teams were assessed on teamwork, their idea development, portfolio,
manufacture and design and finally how well their design worked!
More than 20 years ago, Pembroke Rotary drafted ideas for a new initiative in the area – and the Drug Awareness programme was born taking place each year to help schools engage in learning about the dangers of drugs. The programme alerts Year 6 leavers, who are set to embark on the next step in their education about the possible situations and scenarios in the future. Sponsored by Valero Energy the Rotary club invites Theatr FForwm Cymru at Swansea Metropolitan University to visit the schools where actors present the workshop in a dramatised but entertaining way exploring drug issues in a safe and positive environment. According to Mentor, the UK’s leading charity working to prevent alcohol and drug misuse amongst young people, the likelihood of pupils having ever taken drugs increases with age, from 11% of 11-year-olds to 37% of 15-year-olds. Pembroke Rotary is grateful to Valero for its ongoing interest and support in helping our local children prepare for their future.