A showcase of Rotary International’s Youth Competitions and work with teenagers, proved to be a success and will be back next year. The promotional event held at Stanchester Academy in Stoke-sub-Hamdon was organised by Robin Heyd-Smith of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne and supported by member clubs in District 1200. Certificates were awarded to regional and national finalists in the Young Musician, YoungChef, Young Photographer, Technology Tournament and Youth Speaks. Students from schools in the district, mainly Frome College, Thomas Hardy School in Dorchester, Wellington School and Kings Academy in Cheddar whose students spoke about taking part in Rotary’s Big Pitch, received their certificates from Rotarian Brian Kirkup, former District Governor, RIBI Youth Service.
Two pieces of music which included Contemplation by Brahms was played on violin by Poppy McGee, former finalist in the Young Musician Competition. A short video on RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, was shown and a confident speech given by Skye Frewin, an undergraduate at Exeter University who said: “Thanks to Rotary I gained confidence and public speaking skills, enabling me to have a voice and promote my passions.” Rotarian Martin Selwood from Frome praised the Break Through Project for 14 -16 year olds. The programme run by Jack Russell Coaching involves team work and navigation skills, learnt during camping expeditions, which is turning teenagers lives around and helping them to feel less dis-engaged from society.
Rotarian Martin Carter announced the successful launch of the first Rota Kids club in the Midsomer Norton and Radstock area. A project for young children which the President of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne, Iain Rowland is keen to start in the local area. The promotional morning was brought to a conclusion by District Governor, Dennis Stevens. Next year’s event will take place on Saturday June 6th. Robin Heyd-Smith of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne said: “It was organised at short notice this year, thanks to member clubs in District 1200 and Stanchester Academy, it was a great success. We will have more time to organise the next one in 2020 and will have more activities.”