Friday, 24 December 2010

Thank you to everyone in Aylesbury & surrounding villages

Santa is now preparing for his big night and before he left Aylesbury he asked us to make sure we thanked everyone who so kindly gave money. The Carol Float is a big tradition in Aylesbury and we are thrilled to be able to keep it going. We can only do so with the help of many people.

Most of the money raised will be distributed to local charities by the end of January. We''ll list the recipients on this website so do check back here early February.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas from the RIBI President

Please click on the link below to read the Christmas message which is a lovely reminder of what Rotary is all about.

Monday, 20 December 2010

What is Rotary?

One of the Rotary elves collecting money with Santa and his Carol Float outside Hale Leys was asked by a member of the public "what is Rotary". Here is the answer which is from the Rotary International website:

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

If you are interested in joining us, then please send an email.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Santa is stuck in a snowdrift!

Our apologies for Santa not keeping to his published schedule of visits round Aylesbury. As you will have figured out, he has been stuck in a number of snowdrifts. The reindeers and elves with be doing their best to make sure he gets out and about as often as he can.  His progress will be advertised on this website.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

Friday, 17 December 2010

This website is now formatted for mobiles

You'll not notice it if you are looking at this page on your computer screen - but if you got here via your mobile phone you'll notice the format is designed to work for you.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Bucks Herald print story about our RYLA: Maika Villarico

Thanks to the Bucks Herald who printed the story (8.12.10) about our RYLA for 2011 and in contacting our previous awardholder, Kevin Brook. 

Friday, 10 December 2010

Maika Villarico gets our Rotary Young Leader Award

Maika works in the immigration department of Pickup & Scott's in Aylesbury and is looking forward to using the RYLA weekend run by RAF Henlow to develop her team working and communication skills.  She'll be spending time along with other young professionals, will be challenged by the variety of activity - and will have a great time!

We are looking forward to Maika telling us all about it when she gets back.

A previous RYLA candidate, Kevin Brook enjoyed it so much he has returned in following years to help out. Kevin is now an owner of the local print company, Fresh.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

15 organisations benefit from donations

In the July 2009 - June 2010 year, 15 organisations benefited from donations from our Rotary Club. Most of of these were involved with the Carol Float which we run in December.

Shaw Trust
Wing District Rangers
Friends of Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Gateway Club of Aylesbury
Stoke Mandeville Eye Unit Appeal
Mandeville School Association
Queens Park Arts Centre
Aylesbury Voluntary Group British Diabetes UK
The Aylesbury Youth Motor Project
Macmillan Cancer Support
Air Ambulance
St John Ambulance
Royal British Legion
The Buckinghamshire Community Foundation

If you are sending in a request for a donation, please look at the notes in this news section for guidance.  We focus mostly on local charities and usually these work with us in some way - but not always.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Father Christmas comes to Aylesbury - Schedule

The Rotary Club of Aylesbury
Carol Float Static and Around the Houses
December 2010


Saturday 4th
Elm Farm North
4,30pm to 7pm

Sunday 5th
4.30pm to 6.30
Monday 6th
Haydon Hill
6pm to 8pm
Tuesday 7th
6pm to 8pm
Wednesday 8th
Mandeville Rd
6pm to 8pm
Thursday 9th
6pm to 8pm
Friday 10th
6pm to 8pm
Saturday 11th
Hale Leys
9.30 to 4.30pm
Saturday 11th
Weedon Rd
4.30pm to 7pm
Sunday 12th
Hale Leys
10.30 to 4pm
Sunday 12th
Brill Village
4.30 to 6.30pm
Monday 13th

Tuesday 14th
6pm to 8pm
Wednesday 15th
6pm to8pm
Thursday 16th
Market Squ
Friday 17th
Broughton Ave
6pm to 8pm
Saturday 18th
Hale Leys
9.30 to 4.30
Saturday 18th
4.30pm to 8pm
Sunday 19th
Hale Leys
10.30 to 4pm
Sunday 19th
Elm Farm
4.30 6.30pm
Monday 20th
Imgram Ave
6pm to 8pm
Tuesday 21st
Langdon Av
6pm to 8pm
Wednesday 22nd
6pm to 8pm
Thursday 23rd
6pm to 8pm
Friday 24th
Hale Leys
9.30 to 1pm

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Are you applying to us for funding?

We receive many applications for donations and funding, of which we are able to support only a few. Here are some thoughts and ideas for you to consider when sending in an application.

  1. Do you qualify for the James Cox Fellowship (please see the website for details)? General requests sent to us that do qualify may end up not being considered because the application is not correctly targeted.
  2. Does your covering letter state your local connection? We may feel more connected to local needs, though we do, in exception cases, consider international needs. 
  3. Is your request unique? If it is part of a national campaign then we may not be the best place to start your search for funding.
  4. Is your request linked to charitable and humanitarian needs? If so, then it's worth making this clear. We tend not to fund gap years and trips like like that.
  5. What do you know about Rotary? If your letter helps us connect your needs with our values and principles then it makes your case stronger. If you are local, then have you ever been involved in any of our activities?
  6. We like to hear back from those whom we sponsor or support so helping us find a way to be connected to your need is interesting to us.
  7. Do you have an idea to run a project locally where Rotary can help?
  8. It goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway - that well written applications so we understand the purpose, the amount, the need, the connection etc - win over others!
It may also help you to know that our Rotary year runs from July to June and we review applications on a monthly basis.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Rotary Young Leader Award 2011 - Applications now open for a unique experience

From the 1st to 3rd July 2011 a group of selected individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 will learn about themselves, teamwork and citizenship during a very active and fun programme based at RAF Henlow.

If you are in the right age group and live or work within the Aylesbury Vale area, then we would like to hear from you. We are able to sponsor you for this unique opportunity.  If you want to know more or would like an application form then please email us at aylesburyrotary[at] Places are limited so get your application in as soon as possible.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Aquabox: our continuous program

Every time there is a natural disaster, Aquaboxes get sent out to help provide humanitarian aid as well as water facilities. The box is a clever design. We fill them with the basics needed for survival, from string, to pots and pans, rope, soap etc. When the box is emptied it can be used as a water carrier and filtration unit.

We are always looking for donations of items to go in the box or for donation of cash to purchase the contents. If you are interested in helping us or in filling a box at your school, church, mosque, business or club, then please get in touch with us.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Christmas Carol Float - Schedule is now published

Want to know where the Carol Float will be on which night in December? Then have a look at the schedule on our website under Club Events.

We will also be outside Hale Leys on the Saturdays and Sundays in December prior to Christmas.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Christmas Float: where are we on which day?

When we've agreed where the Float will be on each night we'll post the schedule on this website and it will also appear in the Bucks Herald.

We will be outside Hale Leys on the weekends starting from the first weekend in December and we look forward to seeing you there.

Interested in becoming a member of our Club?

If you would like to know more about us, would like to meet with a Rotarian and find out more, or simply have a chat to find out whether it is what you're looking for, then in the first instance please email us.

The current membership contact is Dr Sarah Fraser and she will contact you and arrange a call or meeting.

We welcome any prospective members to any of our regular meetings at the Holiday Inn, Tring Road on Mondays (usually 12:30 for 12:45 but check as sometimes we have early evening meetings). Prospective members are also welcome to our social events and our fundraising activities.

Rotarian Miss Sehval Ozturk Visits from Turkey, Bodrum Rotary

On the 25th October, Miss Sehval Ozturk joined us for our meeting. She explained one of the projects they have been working on in Turkey to give lighting to a local castle so it can be used for tourism. Their club also works on projects for the disabled in their community.

We all enjoyed the box of Turkish Delight she brought with her!

Carol Fest Aylesbury Town Centre 16 December

The Carol Fest is a big event in Aylesbury, with music and singing. We collect donations during the Concert and are always looking for both Rotarians and others to help us.  If you'd like to help on the night then please email us.

We look forward to seeing you there - and who knows - maybe Santa will pay a visit .....