Rotarians in Lancashire and Cumbria have staged what is believed to be the first ever District RotaKids Conference anywhere in the world. The event attracted 60 youngsters and their teachers, representing 21 RotaKids clubs who gathered at Lancaster University for a morning of fun filled activities and to learn more about Rotary and their place within it.
The RotaKids were welcomed by Rotarian, David Simpson who told them: “You are an important part of the Rotary family. Not only are you the future leaders of our country but also the future of Rotary.” He urged them to think about joining Rotary in the future to continue the great work they are doing now in their communities.
The theme of the conference was peace through service and in addition to input from speakers and facilitators, the children had the opportunity to attend practical workshops and then share their experiences. The final workshop was great fun as the children and adults formed a samba band.
RotaKids Coordinator, Margaret Lund said: “RotaKids has really taken off in Lancashire and Cumbria where we now have 31 clubs and more being considered. We wanted to provide the children and their teachers with an opportunity to meet and share their experiences of running a RotaKids club and to give them a wider sense of what Rotary is about. It also gave us the chance to let them know how much we value the work they do in the name of Rotary.”
“Our club is organised around the spare time and lower budgets of 30+ young professionals and families. We meet in a coffee shop and welcome children to our meetings."