Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes: Thursday 5th November 2015

Norwich Rotaract is the newly founded community of eighteen to thirty-year olds, aiming to socialise, network and ultimately work together to make a difference, whether in the local community or international pfizer viagra commande. Our chosen charities for our first year are Mind, a mental health and wellbeing charity, and Asha Nepal, a human rights organisation for Nepali women and children.

Kieran John founded the club, and since then he has and continues to inspire and lead Rotaract. Whilst the club is in its infancy, with tonight being the fourth meeting, its taking steps for the long run and towards how we can give back to the local community. This evening we invited Abbi Claxton and Barry Catchpole as guest speakers.

Abbi Claxton spoke to us on how she had previously helped a young homeless man, Shylow Murphy, to help himself, so that he could find work and find somewhere he can now call home. Through her kindness and friendship, Abbi became someone Shylow could talk to, and someone who would listen. She took him out for coffee and asked what he wanted. He told her of how he wanted to work and somewhere he could live, so that he would then be in a position himself to help other homeless people. She told us how now he’s well; he’s working; he has a home. He’s just received his first paycheque, and it was because Abbi gave him the tools, so that now he can work himself.

Barry Catchpole, the secretary of our co-sponsor, The Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmund, also spoke to us about his club’s plans for Christmas. Last year they ran a Christmas tree festival at St Peter Mancroft Church. The club invited local businesses and charities to decorate their own tree. The church was then filled with thirty-five beautiful trees, all of different creations and designs. Together, they were able to raise a staggering £5000 for charities such as East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH), The Mancroft Advice Project (MAP) and Cruse Bereavement Care. The event will run again this year, and Barry has invited us to decorate our own tree for early December. This years main two chosen charities are Sistema in Norwich and the Care 4 Clare project.

Nathan Lomax, a club member and the website creator also offered some of his own insights. He spoke about the importance of grabbing opportunities whilst you can, but also to remember that not all opportunities are good opportunities. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know what you’re missing. Through these opportunities, he’s been able to establish himself and his marketing business; he’s now made connections internationally and has over forty clients.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

As a club we also discussed the upcoming Rotaract launch event, which we hope to take place early 2016. Together we discussed whether we want the event to be purely for launching the club, and introducing us to the wider community, or whether to focus more on fundraising for our chosen charities. We are currently discussing possible venues.

In terms of supporting our chosen charities, we discussed how we might best fundraise or raise awareness. We ultimately decided that it’s best to ask our chosen charities how we can help them with what they’re already doing.