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The Buzz of a Good Club

By Brian Homewood - Posted on 24 February 2017

Community or Club?

 Who are the workers this Month?

It is the members of the Rotary Club of Lichfield at their weekly meeting. They compete for each others attention, attempting to get the show on the road.

On Wednesday March 1st there will be the Annual School Concert. This is a sell out and we must not let down the hard working teachers and pupils who have been preparing for months for this evening. There will be between 200 and 300 children performing at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield. Every Rotarian in the club is asked to do a job, either during the day when the children are rehearsing or during the evening when the performance must go on ….. without a hitch. The programs will be printed, the raffle organised, the piano tuned, the master of ceremonies briefed and the Rotarians prepared to ensure the performers are in the right place at the right time. Not only do the school children gain experience of a professional stage, they benefit from the profits of this sell out event.

On Wednesday March 15th those same busy bees will be humming at King Edwards School Hall where they will be holding the Annual Quiz. This event has up to 40 tables of contestants. The quiz markers and runners will be briefed, bar will be arranged, the Rotarian bar men employed to keep the contestants well oiled for their efforts at winning the coveted first prize. The questions provided by Rotarian Simon James are topical, fresh with that twist of humour that Rotarians enjoy. The substantial profit from this well attended evening goes to St. Giles Hospice at Whittington.

On Wednesday 8th and 9th you will find those Rotarians having a laugh with the customers at Morrisons. They are raising money for Shelter Box and Rotary Charities. You will have seen clips on television news of Shelter Box as they send out boxes containing tents and household necessities for families that have been caught up in a major humanitarian disaster. The boxes are stored at airports so they can be sent anywhere in the world within 24 hours of the crisis.

Oh yes, Rotarians do relax… the weekly lunch meeting, the speakers, an evening in the company of the Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Society when they perform ‘Made in Dagenham’, an evening dinner at Ma Ma Thai in Lichfield, the evening talk at Tutbury castle with a well regarded speaker on Richard III. They are only a few of the social events taking place this March.

April, another month of high activity, but much of the organisation will be prepared in March. Entries for the run on April 9th between Lichfield Cathedral and Tamworth Castle sold out very quickly. The Rotary Clubs of Lichfield, Lichfield St.Chads, Tamworth and Tamworth Anker are working together to start this new community activity that will raise further funds that can be distributed as needed in Lichfield and around. The clubs organisers David Kershaw and John Heald do not have enough Rotarians to man all the jobs that need doing. Family and friends become involved in so much of the club activities.

Recent letters of thanks have been received from Medecins Sans Fontieres and local school children who were taken to see the Pantomime at the Garrick. The smiles on the faces of those receiving support gives us great satisfaction.

As the editor of the club bulletin I am privileged to view the rich activity of this buzzing club that meets weekly at Darnford Moors Golf Club. New helpers are always welcome.                                                          Rotarian Brian Homewood

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