On Thursday 6th April 2017 President Elect Kathryn Manderson was the guest of the Rotary Club of Kathmandu North East.
Kathryn has built up strong relationships in Nepal over the past 2 years and has been working recently with Rotarian Ramesh in order to investigate and detail the logistics to enable Melton Aurora to fund the building of a toilet block at the Himalayan Education and Disabled school. Although it is currently 38c out there, the schoolchildren were enthusiastically modelling the knitted hats she had taken out on behalf of Melton Aurora. Katherine also took out some baby vests to be used for the birthing centre at Simikot.
On Saturday 1st October members of Aurora were at the Market Place in the centre of Melton Mowbray to showcase and promote through the sale of purple crocus bulbs and soft toy teddies, the work being done by our club as part of a worldwide Rotary initiative to finally eradicate Polio from the world. We are now so close. Competitions were held to guess the number of crocus bulbs in a jar and receiving donations. The club has received 5000 purple crocus bulbs, many of which are already with ‘Melton in Bloom’ and groups such as schools and scouts who will be planting to paint Melton purple in the spring. If anyone wishes to learn more about ‘End Polio Now’ or to get involved in planting please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
On 7th July Kate Jones took over as our sixth President and was presented with her regalia by Rotarian John Clayton. Kate had set out her plans for her forthcoming year which began in July 2016, ending in June 2017. Her plans include a busy programme of social events as well as the unstinting work the club members carry out for the local community. This year Aurora is particularly looking to recruit new members from all walks of life in the Melton community to support the tremendous work and achievements which the club is proud to have recorded during its first five years.
Melton Aurora awarded the District Vocational Cup
On 26th June 2016 Rotarian Jane Horn, received the annual Vocational cup, on behalf of Melton Aurora, awarded by District President Geoff Blurton. The vocational cup is awarded to the club which demonstrates the greatest project success through the input and participation of all its members utilizing their wide ranging skills and talents into projects within the local or wider community.
The main focus of the award was centred upon the work done supporting the setup of the Venue youth facility at Phoenix House. The Youth team leader Jane had been actively involved in the planning from the instigation and worked with the other community leaders in putting in a successful bid for Lottery funding.
Once a location had been agreed the rest of the club set to helping to reconstruct the rooms to make them fit for purpose. Members gave their time to help with painting, wall paper hanging and cleaning where those qualified gave support with electrics and carpentry. There was always a need for those who could make tea and do the washing up.
To help finance our contribution Lyn Hastings organised and co-ordinated the work for a very successful, “Pudding club”. Many of our members are talented cooks and produced stunning desserts but there was also room for those who had less obvious talents such as preparing vegetables.
The Venue was not the only recipient of Aurora member’s support, among other to receive support were The Oasis Centre, Birch Wood Special School, The Hub and Storehouse. Not willing to sit back on our laurels the club is already planning a full programme of activities for this Rotary year 2016/2017 under this year’s president Kate Jones.
What a great evening we had on Saturday 19 March, when almost 90 guests sat down to a super selection of home-made puddings and a live jazz band at the second Aurora Pudding Club. The silent auction featured items as diverse as a didgeridoo and a hamper full of chocolate for Easter. Guests were generous with their money and support, as were local businesses, and the grand total raised from the event is over £2,400. Many thanks to all who contributed time, money and expertise.
Here’s to the next one…
Rotarians meet together usually weekly for friendship and to work to help their local as well as international communities. They find many ways, to exchange ideas, apart from at meetings by using online discussion boards and travel opportunities.
On a recent trip to Nepal Rtn Kathryn Manderson of the Melton Aurora Rotary club met with Rtn Mr Ramesh Ojha of the Kathmandu North East Rotary club and exchanged ideas relating to supporting the rebuild of a school destroyed in the earthquake region of Rasuwa.
In the photo Rtn Mrs Manderson presents the Aurora Rotary Club pennant to Rtn Mr Ojha at Kopra, Nepal. The Annapura mountain range can be seen in the background
Oasis Family Centre and Nursery is run as a charity and community based resource committed to promoting the welfare and early learning of a diverse range of children and families by providing an ‘Outstanding, Inclusive, flexible service, maximising individual potential” (Ofsted 2015) The centre supports over 70 families in a week and has developed a range of nurturing and creative ways to address the varying needs of the children and families we serve.
The additional funds, that the Aurora Rotary has kindly gifted us, will make such a difference to what we can offer our children and families this year. It will enable us to reach beyond our normal limitations and offer the children additional activities such as professional music sessions, visiting a farm park with families and children and additional support for families over Easter and Summer when the centre would normally be closed. The extra funds will also allow us to ‘bring the outside in’ buying seasonal fruits, flowers and vegetables so the centres children can discover and wonder at the world in which they live.
A huge thank you from all the children and staff of Oasis Family Centre
The ever popular Aurora Pudding Club, to be held on Saturday 19 March, is sold out! Over 80 guests will enjoy a feast of puddings while listening to a talented young jazz band. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to Melton Aurora-supported charities and organisations by taking part in the raffle and silent auction. Some great items have been donated, including a beautiful hand-painted didgeridoo and a hamper of chocolate for Easter!
Last year’s Aurora Pudding Club raised £1667.27, which supported club initiatives including Oasis Family Centre’s Summer Activities Week and cereals/milk for the Storehouse Project’s emergency food bags.