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Rotary in the News

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The three Rotary Clubs in York received some welcome and very positive publicity from The Press when a 2-page feature article written by reporter Stephen Lewis.  It started...


"What does the average rotary club member look like? You’ll probably picture a silver-haired businessman in a black tie and jacket, clinking glasses at an exclusive dinner.


Chances are you won’t think of a cheerful woman in gardening gear getting her hands dirty in the communal garden at York Hospital’s Cancer Care Centre."


The electronic version of the feature article can be found here

Local feature on three Rotary Clubs in York           - December 2013

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India is marking three years since its last reported polio case, a landmark in the global battle against the disease, the BBC has reported.


It is seen as confirmation of one of India's biggest public health successes, achieved through a massive and sustained immunisation programme.


India's health minister hailed it as a "monumental milestone".


In 2012 the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria remain on it.


Read the BBC article  here.   Read about Rotary's role on the RIBI website here


Rotary International has played no small part in this success story,  and an interesting and more in-depth interview with Deepak Kapur, the chairman of the Rotary International’s India National PolioPlus Committee, was featured in the New York Times.   To read this interview  click here

India celebrates three years Polio-free                        - January 2014

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Read more "Rotary in the News"  here  -  page 2         

TEAMS of pupils from more than a dozen schools have taken part in a technology competition organised by the three York Rotary Clubs, with our own Russ Rollings being one of the organisers.


The annual Rotary Technology Tournament was held at the National Rail Museum where 37 teams worked against the clock to design, build and demonstrate their answer to a technical problem.



The full article can be found here

Technology Tournament in York                                - March 2014


Advance publicity in The Press for the Dragon Boat Challenge in July included an article with this photo of YAC with Frank Paterson.


Raising money for the Young Archaeologists Club will be the newly formed YAC Dolls which includes Time Team's Phil Harding.


Captain Elvie Thompson said: “The Club is a network of volunteer-run youth clubs all around the UK, that give thousands of children the chance to get mud under their fingernails doing real archaeology."  


To read the article  click here

DBC takes to the river Ouse in York                             - June 2014

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Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and engagement as Rotary polio ambassador and founder of Batonga Foundation to help empower young African women through education.


In this article she calls on African mothers to help eradicate polio.  


To read the article  click here

War on polio: A call to African mothers                           - June 2014

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A recent TV report on ITV's Calendar News featured 1040 District Assistant Governor Mike Bamford being interviewed about Rotary's response to the Nepal earthquake disaster.  


Mike had been in Nepal when the earthquake struck,  and has a close interest in the country.  The response from District 1040 Clubs, including our own, was featured in the interview, together with Mike's very personal response to the crisis


.  You can see the video of the interview here.....  


and read more of Mike's observations and Rotary's

response on the District website here

TV Coverage of Rotary Help for Nepal                             - May 2015

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The Press reports:


Hundreds of people gathered by the River Ouse to cheer on this year's Dragon Boat Racers.


The annual event is organised by York Rotary with volunteers from Martin House Hospice and Door 84 Youth Club, and saw 36 teams take to the water in the sunshine to race and raise money for the charities.


Read the full story here

2015 Dragon Boat Challenge                                        - July 2015

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Dawn Watts,  who has spearheaded a massive charity fundraising drive despite battling breast cancer for more than two years has been presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship award at the club's meeting on September 18th.


Kevin Grogan,  who has know Dawn and her family for many years,  outline Dawn's remarkable achievements in positive and creative fundraising, in many guises, despite her own challenges, being diagnosed herself with cancer two years ago.  She has arranged "New Dawn New Day New Life" events, festivals, charity gigs, and even a tandem skydive to raise over £15,000 for York Against Cancer and for Dreamflight.


To read the article  click here

Paul Harris Fellowship Awarded                                   - Sept 2015

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The Press reports:


A YEARLY display of colourful outfits and an outpouring of grit and determination took place on the River Ouse as Dragon Boat teams battled it out for worthy causes.


The banks of the river were packed for a day of drum-beating and paddle-waving as passionate crews raced against each other over a short stretch of water to take home the top prize................


Read the full story here

Dragon boats roar into life to raise thousands             - July 2016

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Rotary help for York flood victims                             - June 2016

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As Rotary across the globe focus on the "final push" to eradicate Polio worldwide, an interesting article in The Guardian (UK) 'Polio's last stand: frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan's 'badge of shame'.  It was written by a Rotary International journalist.


This features photos of local Pakistani Rotarians - and Rotary's work gets a mention in the latter part of the article.




Read the full story here

Polio's Last Stand in Pakistan             -                    March 2017

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A group of drummers is filling a room with a rhythm so powerful that you don’t just hear it – you feel it.


They stand at hip-high wooden and cowhide drums, their drumsticks perfectly synchronised as they play.


They leap bodily from the ground or dart between the instruments, swapping places without missing a single beat. It’s a display of choreographed athleticism, punctuated by wild and warlike cries.


These are Taiko drummers, practitioners of a Japanese art form that has unexpectedly taken root in York.


Read the full story here

THOUSANDS of trees are set to be planted in York over the coming 12 months -one for every child born.


City of York Council has joined forces with the Rotary Club of York to launch a new scheme to plant trees on land owned by York St John University and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust in Haxby Road.


Every parent registering the birth of their child through York Register Office will be offered the chance to get involved in the scheme at no cost to them.




Read the full story here

Taiko Drumming Concert for charity      -                January 2018

Rotary CLub of York Family Tree Partnership   -         June  2018

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