A presentation of a charter to a newly-formed Rota Kids group took place at a school assembly last month, less than a year after the preliminary discussion with Rob Gilbey, the head of Robert Miles Junior School.
From the initial meeting, the enthusiasm of the head and Chris Netherwood, chairman of the Rotary Club Youth Services Committee, enabled the idea to become a reality.
A small group of pupils became founder members of the only Rota Kids group in Rotary District 1220, which covers Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.
At the presentation, Rob spoke about the growing world’s population and the numbers who lacked regular food, had no access to running water, lived in inadequate accommodation, could not read or write, received poor or no education and had limited access to health care.
He reminded pupils how lucky they were in our small island to be able to take all these things for granted and that, like Rotarians, the Rota Kids movement was all about young people giving their time to try and improve things for others, less fortunate.
Having asked the school community for ideas, the group decided as a first project to form a choir to sing at the local day centre.
It had been a great success, much appreciated by all the elderly people who attended. Indeed, weeks later they were still talking about their visit by the young choir.
Adrian Cresswell, president of the sponsoring Vale of Belvoir Club, congratulated the team on their enthusiasm, organisational skills and first successful project.
He presented founder president Amelia with the official charter certificate, welcoming her and her team into the Rotary family.
Already there are children wanting to join this new club and the members of the Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club are determined to give all the support they can to ensure that the club goes from strength to strength.
By Denis Bacon