A NEW team is set to take the helm of a club raising money for various charities in Uttoxeter.
Uttoxeter Rotary Club has welcomed Cliff Cotterill as the new president for the year.
He will be supported by senior vice Dave Brown, junior vice Keith Bastock, secretary Ken Ryder and treasurer Paul Archer (all pictured).
Mr Cotterell said
“Although many people’s perception of Rotary is of an older age group, our support for the young people in the Town is often not recognised. This year we will continue our extensive programme to encourage our youngsters in a number of ways.
Perhaps we are most visible with our Christmas collection around the Town when the very young can come and talk to Santa. And, of course our Five A Side Football competition in the Summer, with nearly 500 eight to 14 year olds participating, is now well established.
We do also support a variety of events through the local schools, such as young chef, young photographer, young innovator, youth speaks, which give the pupils a chance to show their non academic skills in a competitive environment.
“In many cases the local winners go on to regional and national finals where we have had success, particularly with the Young Innovator entries.
“We also recognise the need to develop inter-personal skills and each year we sponsor one or two candidates to go on the Rotary Young Leaders course. This is a week’s training held locally at the Kibblestone Camp near Stone where skilled instructors build confidence and develop leadership skills.
“I should, of course, mention the annual Barker Award of around £200, introduced in memory of the late rotarian Graham Barker. It is open to children of school age who, by charitable, social or sporting activities have helped the community
“On a more tangible level we recognise the need to encourage a good standard of English in our schools. Each year we provide over £1,000 for the issue of Usborne Dictionaries to all year seven children leaving Middle school.
“So Uttoxeter Rotary is definitely here to help, encourage and support our younger citizens.
“I would like to thank, in advance, all those Uxonians who support us in a variety of ways. If anyone would like to know more about our activities, or about membership, they can contact us through our website at www.uttoxeter-rotary.org.uk”