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Paul Wilson : RIBI Assistant Public Image Co-ordinator
Paul tells an amazing story of his rise to fame in such a short time as a Rotarian and member of The Rotary Club of Grantham.
"Since joining the Rotary club of Grantham in January 2011, I simply can't take in all of the amazing opportunities to serve that have come my way. The extraordinary experience of being entrusted with using social media to share our 25 year community fundraising Swimarathon event with Rotary clubs all around the globe has literally changed my world and led me to a wonderful new career as a social media consultant and trainer. Seeing how that event has been adopted as a model and catalyst for others, and being part of the Rotary Crocus and World's Greatest meal campaign efforts that have seen the totals raised for End Polio Now reach into the millions is truly inspiring.
Rotary International Presidential Citations 2013/14
At our Club Assembly in June 14 our club was presented with a Presidential Citation for fulfilling a set of benchmarks set out by the RI President Ron Burton. Citation pictured here.
As well as the normal citation, our club received a Presidential Citation Distinction
Award for outstanding service in our community. Pictured here.
Only two clubs in our District 1070 achieved this honour.
President Kevin said," Well done to all of our members".
International Youth Exchange Programme
Picture is of Rotarian Maggie Welton with Youth Exchangers Izzy Poulson and Eve Johnson and Rotary President Kevin Lawry.
The Rotary Club of Grantham was delighted to host Izzy and Eve from KGGS for lunch at the Urban Hotel. The girls were given Club banners and letters of introduction to take with them when they travel to America. Their trips will take place over the summer as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange programme. The exchange programme matches students from all over the world who would like to spend time living with a family in another country for that close-up experience. The foreign students usually come to the UK first because their school holidays start earlier; they arrive just in time to spend the first couple of days of their holiday back in school until the term ends.
Izzy will be welcoming Paige Murphy from Fort Collins, Colorado in late July. Fort Collins is 5300 feet above sea level nearly 1000 feet higher than Ben Nevis. Izzy will go back to Colorado in mid-August to spend time with Paige's family. Eve is exchanging with Marli Montgomery who lives in Laguna Niguel, California where the summer temperature rarely drops below 25 degrees in July/August with virtually no rain.
The exchange programme sponsors 9,000 students every year, it was started in 1929 by the Rotary Club of Copenhagen. For many participants it is the start of life-long friendships through RotaryInternational Youth Exchange Students