Our fund raising events are now finished for this year and so we can take some time out to have fun.
After all that organising and film watching we needed a week off so we met up for a meal at Something else Fishy in Milborne Port, and what a great surprise that was. Downstairs it is a chippy selling the usual take away meals, but upstairs it is a great fish restaurant. Now if there one thing that Rotarian’s really like it is good, well cooked food and Something Else Fishy did not disappoint. We took over the whole restaurant and had a great evening of fun and fellowship. Husband and wife team Martyn & Nicki Else, who run this business with “massive love and passion” are Fishmonger, Baker, Fish Fryer, Chef & Restaurateur, and were also very helpful in answering the questions in our fishy quiz. Thanks to Mike Balfour for that!
So fun over for this week, it is now time to start thinking about our other activities before Xmas party time arrives. Winter is when our youth activities take place and this year’s fundraising activities are enabling us to support seven young people from the Sherborne area. A selection process us currently underway working with local schools.
Our Olympic Bursaries have been awarded to two youngsters from the Gryphon School, each year since the 2012 Olympic Games. Applications for this year’s bursaries have been received and interviews will be carried out shortly.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a great opportunity for you people to develop their leadership skills and we will be supporting two youngster to attend the course in 2019 . The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is one of the most successful Rotary programs run by Rotary clubs around the world. The course is run over seven days and includes workshops on personal development, communication skills, public speaking, emotional intelligence, and team dynamics. The participants also sample the delights of climbing, abseiling, an overnight camp, and a community exercise!
Breakthrough is another course run on Dartmoor for youngsters in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire and we will be supporting 3 young people from Sherborne to attend this course. The Breakthrough Project uses personal development and positive experiences to help secondary school students in danger of permanent exclusion to stay in education, overcome barriers to learning created by negative attitudes, and to reach their potential. Activities include work experience placements with employers, expedition to Dartmoor led by Jack Russell (based on Jack’s “Bee Positive” programme), and follow up activities in schools and with mentors
It is disappointing that for this year at least our usual Youth Speaks competitions will not be taking place. These competitions which are held nationally by Rotary, have been very popular with the schools in Sherborne in the past but we have noticed a decline in entries in the past couple of years. However the Young Writer competition did attract a large number of entries last year, and we hope to have significant support for this again.