2013-14 Sixth Form teamOn Tuesday 24th September 2013, the Bedworth Rotarians, partners and guests were encouraged and entertained by the leadership team of the Sixth Form at Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College. Head Boy Daniel and Head Girl Emilee were accompanied by their Deputies Ashley and Lucy. Daniel and Emilee gave us their vision for the school during their year in office, supporting charities such as Alzheimers and local baby hospice Zoe's Place as well as doing what they could to make it easier for new joiners at the school to settle in. They also pledged to join with us in supporting the Rotary partner charity ShelterBox - with a special project in April 2014 featuring a ShelterBox at the school itself.

Deputy Head Girl Lucy then gave us a wonderful impression of her experiences on a World Challenge Expedition to Malaysia. She covered the planning and fundraising aspects and then went on to demonstrate her passion for the scheme and what she had learned during her time in Malaysia earlier this summer. The experience had certainly had a very positive impact on her and she conveyed this to the audience very well.

The team had a pleasant surprise for us in the form of a cheque for £500 - the results of their first fundraising activity at the end of the previous term. This was certainly appreciated and was a fine example of the partnership that is going from strength to strength between our organisations.

Members of Bedworth Rotary and the DG welcome Lorna to the ClubThe Bedworth Rotary Club was delighted to welcome a new member on the 4th March in the form of Lorna Beedham. Lorna has been a member of the Coventry Phoenix Rotary Club for 17 years - having joined as its first female member in 1997 and serving as its first female President in 2001-02 and its third female President in 2012-13. In between she took on an even more significant role in 2009-10 as the first woman to be the region's District Governor. Lorna is well known as a highly dedicated Rotarian and in a short speech to the Club, she pledged to continue this in supporting its activities in and around the local community.

To support Lorna's transition, seven members of the Coventry Phoenix Rotary Club and the District Governor, Bryan Carpenter, also attended the Bedworth Club's meeting.

 

The new dance floor at Bedworth Civic HallThe Civic Hall in Bedworth has a brand new high quality dance floor and it was christened in style on the afternoon of the 15th October 2013 with a Blackpool Tower Dance. John Bowdler, the organist from the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom, came to Bedworth and recreated the amazing atmosphere while around 150 participants danced away.

The Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs of Bedworth had been invited to run a raffle during the event and a little over £170 was raised through it. A big thank you to all who supported us.

 

Tesco Collection - December 2013 1The Bedworth Rotary Club worked a 9 hour stint inside the main entrance of its local Tesco store on Friday 13th December. We were accompanied by a demonstration ShelterBox and a display of information and photographs to allow us to showcase the good work that contributions would support - with the main beneficiary being ShelterBox itself. This must have helped to inspire shoppers as they donated £338.87 across the day. We are very grateful to the management at Tesco for giving us the slot - and the subsequent one on Saturday - and we really appreciate the generosity of all those who donated. A special mention goes to Ken Elliott, the Bedworth Rotarian who had the difficult exercise of organising the rota across the two days.

As the final total came to more than £700, the generosity of the people of Bedworth has enabled us to purchase our fourth ShelterBox since 1st July. This is a fantastic result and allows us to help ShelterBox do something wonderful - help those who have lost everything. This is best summed up by ShelterBox Response Team Member Sue Nelson in her short video account after returning from the Philippines. She describes how she helped a 73 year old lady who had cleared a space next to the collapsed house where her daughter and grandchild had been killed in the hope that a ShelterBox tent might fit there and allow her to remain where her family had died.

The Bedworth Rotary Club meets at 12:45 every Tuesday, except for the last Tuesday in a month when we switch to a 19:30 start time. Our regular meeting venue is the Ex-Servicemen's Club on Rye Piece Ringway in the centre of Bedworth. The venue's postcode is CV12 8JH. You can use the transportdirect.info form and / or the Google Map below to assist you in locating us.

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