Rotary expands its fundraising for coming year

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AIMS and objectives for the coming Rotary year have been decided for Shoreham and Southwick.

The annual club assembly was held by Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club on May 31, when decisions were made for the year, beginning in July.

The cub service committee agreed to actively search for new members, to encourage more co-operation and run events with nearby clubs.

The community service committee will continue its Christmas collection, Rotary car boot sale and stroke awareness day, as well as trying to arrange an additional major event to raise extra funds.

It is also setting up a second-hand book stall at Barclays Bank in Southwick, to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

The international commitee will continue to support the ShelterBox and Aquabox schemes, and organise more of the successful curry nights with local Indian restaurants.

Members will also continue the liaison between the club and its French contact club from Eu in northern France, with the two meeting up again in the spring.

An American student at Sussex University is being hosted by the foundation committee, and the support is expected to continue with another student next year.

Rotarian Les Baker explained: “The Rotary ambassadorial scholars scheme helps and supports students from overseas to gain experience and further their education in our country.”

Youth activities will continue, such as day trips for disabled children, and some new projects are planned, perhaps setting up an Interact club, a Rotary group for young people.

The youth team also hopes to increase the number of schools competing in the annual Youth Speaks schools public speaking competition.

Mr Baker said they had had four school taking part in the previous competition, but the club hoped to increase this to five, or even six, if more s schools could be persuaded to enter a team.