The Rotary Club of Retford

by | 24 March 2021 | Rotary

Members are saddened to learn of the death of the Rotary Club of Retford’s Past President Bob Stockdale. Bob was president in 2000-01, but most readers will remember him as the owner of Premier Garage in Clarborough.
January in the Rotary Club is normally a time to reflect on the very busy pre-Christmas activities as well as planning for the forthcoming events in the spring; the club’s birthday party (Charter Anniversary Dinner) normally held in February and the annual Swimathon in early March being two classic examples. Because of COVID-19, not this year.
However, Rotarian Linda Crossland and her team have continued to work with the local primary schools as best they can. Ten such schools now have RotaKids groups. The plan was to work with the club’s Environmental Committee planting fruit trees as part of teaching the youngsters about their efforts to reverse climate change. Lockdown prevented this and, for this year, the tree planting season has passed. It is planned to revive this project in the next planting season in the autumn.
Meanwhile, to help fund the tree planting, a campaign to collect aluminium drinks cans is underway. Please, please save your cans. Store them and as soon as the “stay at home” policy is ended, the club shall let you know where they are being taken to be collected.
Many Rotary Club of Retford members had continued to pay into the account set up to cover the cost of their meals at the weekly meetings. This money is being made available for various causes affected by the pandemic. £4,250 of this has recently been distributed to the 28 primary schools in the area – £2,500 coming from the ‘meals’ fund and supplemented by £1,500 from the Percy Laws Memorial Fund and £250 from the Youth Services Committee.
£500 from the main charity account has been transferred to South Africa to help purchase writing equipment for the Zulu children that the club supports in KwaZulu Natal.