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 International Aid”.
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 Alabama.
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 exceeded.
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.