This year has been a bonanza BBQ year for Vectis Sunrise rotary club members. We began on 15 May, providing a BBQ, teas and coffees at Carisbrooke Castle for Walk the Wight. It was lovely weather and we were very busy all day long.
The following week we had contrasting weather for our Riverfest BBQ, but we still had a good day. We followed that with a BBQ at Barton Manor for Challenge and Adventure. On Father’s Day a group took a static bike, collection tins and a lot of enthusiasm to “Cycle round the island” in aid of Prostate Cancer. Then came a highly successful County Show, the inaugural horse show at Sunnyside Farm and an evening BBQ for the TVR club.
And there’s still more to come:
* Sunday 24 July: BBQ at Barton Manor for Earl Mountbatten Hospice
* Friday 12 – Sunday 14 August: Visit to the Island of Eve Conway, RIBI President
* Sunday 14 August: Rotary Fun Day at the County Show Ground *. Saturday 20 August: Sporting Bears BBQ
* Sunday 18 September: Pétanque competition in Lymington
So, there’s lots going on, and it’s true to say that we enjoy what we do, we enjoy working as a team, and we enjoy working with and supporting the community.
The Children’s Ward garden was in a sad state when the Rotary group of Vectis Sunrise took it on as a project in 2015.
The garden had been reclaimed, designed and planted out by staff from Children’s Ward in 2013, using money given to the Ward by family of James Sparks a young man who had recently passed away. His interests were trains, “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum”, and being a member of Shanklin brass band. The garden was designed to look like a train journey from the countryside to the seaside, and it was planted out in colours to reflect that theme. Melvyn Hayes opened the garden and the Shanklin band played at the opening.
However, time constraints on nursing and admin staff made it difficult to maintain, therefore everyone was delighted when initially Paul and Sue Denham, long time members of Vectis and knowledgeable gardeners offered to assist Pauline Martin in its upkeep.
In Spring, we planted wall flowers. I think we planted 150 in less than an hour!
February 23rd 2016 was a high point of the Rotary Club of Vectis Sunrise year when a group including our President, Andy Gustar, climbed the O2 Dome in London. This celebrated Rotary Day and highlighted both the End Polio campaign and Roll Out the Barrel. Well done to all who took part….you’re almost “On top of the World”.
Could this be Andy Gustar, President of The Rotary Group of Vectis Sunrise, recruiting new members to Rotary at the County Show last year? Well, it might be, but in fact he was giving a talk to the assembled crowd on the excellent points of the winning bull! Members of Rotary have a whole host of talents and skills which all work for the community.