Harpenden Village Rotary Club was chartered in 1988. Our 40+ members, men and women, meet on Wednesday evenings most weeks, discussing our plans, listening to interesting speakers or getting out on a visit. You’ll find below our programme for the next few weeks.
But it is in our involvement with the community through our charity arm, Rotary in Harpenden, that we make the most of the diverse skills and experience of our members. Several of our events and activities aim to help youngsters make the most of their potential – mock interviews, public speaking and a technology tournament. Another - Young Citizens Awards - recognizes teenagers’ concern for others.
Then there are the diverse ways we have for raising funds or gifts for charity – Rotary shoe boxes, Schools’ Christmas Carol Concert, Santa’s Float and the big one, the Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes.
Our flagship event, however, is Classics on The Common, the UK’s biggest mid-week
classic car show, held on Harpenden Common each July. This major community event attracts 10,000 residents and visitors, brings business to the town and raises substantial funds for local, children’s, national and international charities.
A quarter of the funds raised for charity goes to support our giving. When disasters like earthquakes or floods occur across the world we are able to respond quickly with survival kits like ShelterBoxes. As these items are handled by local Rotarians we can be confident that they are reaching the people who desperately need them.
Our own share of funds raised also supports End Polio Now, a Rotary International campaign that since 1979 has been working with the World Health Organisation and national agencies (and more recently with the Bill Gates Foundation) to eradicate the killer disease from the world. Only in two countries is polio still endemic. The campaign has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize as one of the world’s finest humanitarian projects.
If you would like more information please complete the ‘Contact’ form below or contact our secretary, John, on at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish, why not arrange with him to join us at a meeting to find out more?
Wed 11th January 2017 at 20.00 - 22.00 Speaker: Marion Oxley, Wheathampstead Community Group
Wed 18th January 2017 at 20.00 - 22.00 Our controversial new Strategic Local Plan. Joanne Wicks QC and David Rankin will explain how it was put together and what it could mean for you as a resident.
Wed 25th January 2017 at 20.00 - 22.00 Burns Night celebration- The haggis will be piped in and there will be a demonstration of Scottish Country Dancing
Wed 1st February 2017 at 20.00 - 20.00 No meeting (District Quiz on 2 February)
Thu 2nd February 2017 at 20.00 - 20.00 District Quiz at Wheathampstead Memorial Hall -Due to the success of our team in last year's quiz we are again hosting this event
Tue 7th February 2017 at 19.00 - 21.30 Club Council
Wed 8th February 2017 at 20.00 - 22.00 Speaker: Coralyn Burge
Determined to overcome: A raw account of a young women's journey from drug mule to Japanese prisoner to first class law student and youth worker
Wed 15th February 2017 at 20.00 - 22.00 Business Meeting -The Club receives reports from committees and discusses future proposals and activities
Wed 22nd February 2017 at 20.00 - 20.00 No meeting - see 23 February
Thu 23rd February 2017 at 20.00 - 22.00 Dinner at The Stables, Oaklands College - We get the opportunity to try the students' excellent food while they get the experience of catering for a large group
Wed 1st March 2017 at 20.00 - 22.00 The archeology of Crossrail - Jay Carver will tell us about the archeological discoveries made when digging for Crossrail
Wed 8th March 2017 at 20.00 - 20.00 No meeting - see 10 March
Fri 10th March 2017 at 19.30 - 22.00 Quiz of Quizzes - One of our main fund raising events of the year, held at St George's School.
Wed 15th March 2017 at 20.00 - 22.00 Interest Evening: Rotary Doctor Bank, speaker Rotarian Mansel Thomas .
We will also be joined by Dr Jim McWhirter and Tessa McWhirter, Rebecca Way (teacher at Roundwood Park School) accompanied by the school’s Charity Captains Delphine Stringer and Vicky Ackroyd who will make a donation to Rotary Doctor Bank