On Wednesday 15th March, we celebrated World Rotaract Week at The Brittania pub in Headington where we took part in some great activities.
These activities included creating a banner where we wrote down answers to the following question: “What Does Rotaract Mean to You?”
We encouraged members and new members to write down a reason about why they were a part of Rotaract as well. Some answers included – being involved in the community, meeting new people, raising money for charity and volunteering.
One group in serious video planning mode!
We also got into teams and made videos using the subject ‘Celebrating Rotaract’.
Our teams had 20 minutes to plan and film their video representing what they thought was so great about Rotaract, both at club level in Oxford and more generally as an organisation.
You can view our winning entry below:
Our President, Emma Wilberforce, summed up her reason for being in Rotaract, “I love meeting new people and getting involved in our local community. It’s great to see that there are other like-minded people out there! Rotaract is a great thing to be a part of and I would urge anyone between 18 – 30 years old to join their local club.”
Some of our reasons for being a part of Rotaract.
Oxford Rotaract are always looking for new members to join in and our next meeting is Wednesday 29th March, 8pm at The Brittania Inn. You can also view our upcoming events on our Calendar.
Here’s to Rotaract!
What does Rotaract mean to you? A lot of happy people!
On Wednesday 1st March, we invited in writer and theatre maker Becci Sharrock to talk about her new arts project and theatre show Letters to Myself. The show is the result of a six month programme of workshops and drop-in sessions asking as many people as possible to write a letter to their past, present or future self. Letters received so far have been long and short, silly and serious.
Ahead of a UK tour, including a date in the Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford Playhouse on 4th April, people from across the country are now being invited to write their own letter to themselves. A section of the show is being reworked to include ‘local’ letters at each tour venue.
Becci’s talk was about her career as a writer and producer and more about the project. She has some interesting stories to tell and shared some of the letters with us.
The letter writing kits!
All of us took home our free letter writing kit, complete with tea bag and biscuit, and have been challenged to write our letter before the Oxford show! An interesting and inspiring talk – thanks Becci!
At our meeting on 30th November, we welcomed self-published author and blogger, Virginia Burges.
She talked to us about her book ‘The Virtuoso’ and gave us her advice for budding authors on how to write unforgettable fiction. With her engaging tone and useful visual props, we were all fascinated by her writing journey and the way to do it, some of us may even start penning a novel in our spare time!
She also told us she is hoping to make a film out of her book, having already worked on creating a soundtrack for her book – a first for an author. It aims to summarise the book through music. You can listen to the track here:
On Saturday 26th November, we held a cheese and wine tasting night to celebrate our 6th birthday as a club!
We decked the hall out in rustic style, with wine bottles dripping with candle wax and checked table cloths and welcomed over 30 people to our evening in Kennington Village Hall.
Four of our members held cheese & wine stations and our groups went round in turn tasting each one and learning something new, which would come in handy for our test round in our quiz later! As well as the tasting stations, we laid on some delicious nibbles and a bar.
We collected over 13 raffle prizes, including tickets to Cinderella at the Oxford Playhouse, entry to Waterperry Gardens and a beauty voucher and sold tickets on the night as well, with all proceeds going directly to our chosen charity, Helen & Douglas House.
On Wednesday 2nd November, we gathered unused shoe boxes together and prepared eight gift boxes for an amazing cause, Operation Christmas Child.
We wrapped up the boxes with some festive wrapping paper and filled them with a wide range of gifts such as toys (e.g. stuffed animals, balls), stationary (e.g. colouring pens, pencils, notebooks), and clothing (e.g. hats, gloves) that were suitable for boys and girls aged between 2 and 14 years old.
Not only that, in celebration of The Great British Bake Off, we brought over loads of cakes to eat as we watched the final on TV and packed the shoe boxes.
To celebrate our 6th birthday, join us for a fun-filled evening of delicious cheese and wine tasting (plus nibbles!)
The event will be held at Kennington Village Hall on Saturday 26th November at 7.30pm.
On the night, there will also be a food and drink themed quiz, a raffle and a paid bar!
Plus, we’re donating all proceeds to our chosen charity, Helen & Douglas House.
So come and support us, what better way to spend an Autumn’s evening than sipping wine and tasting delicious cheeses whilst supporting one of Oxfordshire’s amazing charities?!
As part of supporting our charity of the year, Helen & Douglas House, we went along to volunteer at the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 9th October.
We cheered on all of the runners, with particularly loud cheers for all the runners for Helen & Douglas House, wearing their bright orange t-shirts. We also handed out jelly babies as runners came past to give them that much-needed boost as they hit mile 12, to carry them through to the end.
It was amazing seeing all these people run through the course, some with smiles on their faces, others deep in concentration. We really enjoyed playing our part on the day and a huge congratulations to all the runners, including one of our own members, Sam Cobley, who managed to set a new PB!
We were delighted to welcome Jackie Jarvis to the first of our October meetings. After years of pushing hard for results in her business life, (as a business owner and coach) our speaker Jackie Jarvis felt the urge to do something completely different.
Over the last 2 years she has walked over 900 miles of two of the famous Camino’s to Santiago de Compostella (in Spain).
This experience allowed her to hear what she calls her ‘Voice of Slow’. It is these powerful messages she now feels compelled to share to benefit us all.
Such a thought-provoking and inspiring talk with lessons to be learnt for everyone. Thanks Jackie!
Jackie is also currently working on her book ‘In Pursuit of Slow’ which is due to be release next year. We hope to have her back to tell us more about lessons in how to stress less, be happier and accomplish more. For more information, visit the In Pursuit of Slow website.
Earlier this month, we were pleased to have Lauren from our chosen charity this year, Helen & Douglas House, come and talk to us about the charity and the amazing work they do.
Lauren gave us a history of the charity and told us more about the work they are involved in currently, such as their 2016 Appeal to raise awareness of the charity across Oxfordshire. They also work closely with hospitals where patients are involved in car accidents where they suffer from life-shortening conditions and the hospital can’t accommodate them for a long period of time.
We have also been invited to look around the hospice to better understand about the work they do and see all the amazing equipment they use to cater for each of their patients, such as the water-bed mattress for the comfort of guests and a sensory room.
We are really looking forward to working with them!