Rotary making a difference

by | 26 November 2017 | Community Event, Rotary, Sherwood

One of the Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest’s Wednesday evening meetings this month, was held with members of the Rotary Club of Ravenshead and Blidworth, at Oakmere Golf Club, Oxton. Their club president David Saunders welcomed president Stella Herbert from Sherwood Forest Rotary and District Governor (DG) Rotarian Michael Longdon addressed the meeting. Each year, Rotary worldwide takes on a new theme and this year it is ‘Rotary Making a Difference’. The charity has 1.2million members worldwide ,all striving to make the world a better place for us all to live in.

Every year for over 25 years, all Rotary club members throughout the world, have been actively working towards the eradication of polio worldwide. Working alongside governments and Bill and Melinda Gates of Microsoft, the clubs have drastically reduced the number of countries where polio thrived to just two countries where this horrible, debilitating disease still occurs. The reason why it is so important to eradicate polio completely in the world is because polio knows no boundaries and with mass travel of people moving around the world leaves nowhere safe, even in the UK. Rotarians recognise how important it is for all young people to learn about polio and Rotary have produced polio booklets and are encouraging schools and teachers to be aware of this major health issue.
The District Governor reminded members of the Outward Bound Courses Rotary provide, free to local school children. The Sherwood Forest club would be pleased to receive enquiries about this project (called RYLA). Many students from our local schools have benefited from going on these activity weekends.

Revolver Talk
Rotarian Malcolm Bevan, former Head of Music at the Dukeries Academy, gave a very interesting talk on the Revolver album by The Beatles. He outlined the importance of the songs in this album in the development of music written and performed by the group. Supported by musical extracts, Malcolm demonstrated the manner in which the music was influenced by other events and genres that reflected the period of the mid-1960s.

District Conference
Rotary District Conference at Llandudno took place at the end of September with nearly 1,000 Rotarians attending. During the Conference, Rotarians learnt about the work of Rotary and other charities and how we might support them.
The Conference was not all work and the opportunity was taken to both meet Rotarians from other clubs and get to know better our own club members in a social gathering.

Talking Book Service
Find out more about the Talking Book Service on Wednesday 29th November at 7.00pm for 7.15pm, at South Forest Leisure Centre, Edwinstowe. This talk will be on the Talking Books that has been one of the most loved RNIB services for more than eight decades, and now offers more formats and titles than ever before. The Talking Books service is free to the blind and those with failing eyesight. It gives access to over 25,000 fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children.
If you think this evening will be of interest to you or you may have a specific reason for finding out more, then please join Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest members for this talk. Each month the club organises an open meeting for any visitors who might be interested in an entertaining and/or informative talk at South Forest Leisure Centre, Edwinstowe, at 7.00pm for 7.15pm, always on the last Wednesday. Each evening begins with a sociable two course carvery meal followed by coffee, or tea, prior to the presentation of about 45 minutes. Evenings usually conclude with a few questions for the speaker and the whole event is over in about two hours.
To book a place for the November talk (for number of meals) please call South Forest on 01623 823866, saying you wish to book into the Rotary meal on 29th November. The cost is £11.00 for the meal and speaker. If you would prefer to attend just for the talk then there is no need to book and the charge will be £3.00 on the door at 8.00pm.

Rotary Annual Robin Hood Award 2018
Nominations are invited for this prestigious local Community Voluntary Service Award. If you know and can recommend anyone who works voluntarily helping others in the communities of Ollerton, Edwinstowe and surrounding villages eg. Bilsthorpe, Walesby, Kirton, Laxton, Egmanton, Eakring. Please tell the club about them and what they have done for our community so that they may be recognised and presented with this annual award. The closing date for nominations is 7th January 2018. Please write to the Secretary of the Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest telling why you wish to nominate this person and what they have done in the community and don’t forget to include your contact details.

Please give your support to Sherwood Forest Rotary to help people and charitable causes in Ollerton, Edwinstowe and surrounding communities and overseas humanitarian causes and disaster relief. If you would like to learn more please email, follow Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest on Facebook or visit