President Zofia Svarna Secretary Vaughan Bryan

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President Zofia Secretary Vaughan


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Zuzana Svarna Membership Co-Ordinator Claire Smith


Councillor Abey Stevenson present Rotary Interactors with a cheque for their charity

Rotary Interactors were presented with a cheque from Cllr Abey Stevenson in the Ilkeston Mayor's Parlour.

During Cllr Stevenson's year as Mayor he held a 'charity pot'. Cllr Stevenson said "throughout his Mayoral year he had attended events with the Interactors and was aware of the work the young people were doing". He had decided that he would make the Interactors one of his chosen local recipient charities.

Rotarian Barbara James gave thanks for the cheque and said that they would be putting the money towards their 2018 Family Fun Day.


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Pictured: Interactors Claire Smith, Abbie Breakwell and Henry Icke, Councillor Abey Stephenson and Rotarian Barbara James
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Photo from left: Aimee Hodson, Nigel Kirk, Barbara James, Esme Bryan and Kevin Palmer


Awards Presentation Evening
at Long Eaton School
September 2017

Rotary President Nigel Kirk and Rotarian Barbara James were delighted to be present at the Long Eaton School Presentation Evening to see two of their Interactors receive awards.

Interactor Aimee Hodson received the 'Centenary Award for Service to the Community' and Interactor Esme Bryan received the 'Barbara James Environmental Award'.

Congratulations to both young ladies.

Bag packing at Tesco, Long Eaton

Our bag Pack at Tesco raised a fantastic 163.57.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed, Clair and staff at Tesco's and also our fellow Rotarians and Interactors for giving up their time. The money raised will go towards our Free Family Fun Day on West Park on 16th August.

Pictured - from left:
Karl, Martin, Barbara, Interactor Claire and Cas

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 Presentation to the Long Eaton Eco-Interactors of the Rotary District 1220 Ray Gill Interact Trophy
for its work in the field of Interact in the year 2016-17. This was taken on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

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Pictured from left to right:
Rtn Cas Francis, Honorary Rtn Lynn Reeve, Interactors Katie Breakwell, Abbie Breakwell, Rtn Barbara James, Interactors Ellie Mccarthy,Henry Icke, Rachel Cooper, Rtn Ian Gooding, Interactors Jamie Willcox, Bethany Orooter and Cerys Orme.



Rotarians joined Interactors at The Long Eaton school for their Annual Environment Day. Rotarians were able to let children, from seven primary feeder schools, know all about the forthcoming Family Free Fun Day which is due to be held on Wednesday 16th August.  The Rotarians were also able to tell people about the Rotary Eradicate Polio project, a number of schools were interested in getting involved with this wonderful project.

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The Rotary Club of Long Eaton - Interactors, Rotarians and friends and families took part in a sponsored swim in aid of 'Eradicate Polio'.  Rotarian Barbara James wished swimmers well and told them that for every 1 they raised through their swim the Bill and Melinda Gates would triple as part of the massive effort to eradicate polio worldwide.   

Rotary President John Bowley thanked everyone for taking part in the swim.

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The Rotary Club of Long Eaton Interact Club held their annual Charter Evening at the Novotel on 5th May 2017

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The newly refurbished Novotel proved to be a wonderful venue as they hosted this year’s annual Interact Charter Evening.

The night showcased the brilliant diversity of our young people as the evening started with a ‘street dance cabaret’ routine by VIBEZ Dancegroup. Rotarian George Mounsey gave a very thought provoking grace as he talked about people in less fortunate positions than ourselves.

Rotarian Barbara James gave a brief introduction about our Interactors, Young Chef Competition and The Smith Young Scholarships. Christopher Stray, a past SYS recipient, gave a very inspirational talk about his past year and the swimming teaching qualification he has now completed and his work training young people to swim. Katie Tew another past SYS recipient then talked about her work and the swimming teaching qualification she has now completed and the wonderful work she is now undertaking with mental health workshops for sportspeople.


Zofia Svarna, the Interact President, in her presentation said she had had a very positive and successful year. Her main charity was the Eradication of Polio campaign for which members and friends, students and staff at the Long Eaton School sold purple crocus bulbs for planting around Long Eaton and held a sponsored swim which together raised 247.74. Zofia informed everyone about the forthcoming Annual Free Family Fun Day to be held on Wednesday 16th August and paid tribute to Interactor Katie Breakwell for starting this project two years ago. Zofia also told people about the annual sponsored swim which would take place on tomorrow in aid of polio. Zofia then presented a cheque for polio to District Governor nominee Sandra Morrey.

Sandra Morrey gave thanks for the cheque and. She said the money raised would be tripled by the Bill Gates Foundation and would provide immunisation for about 3,000 babies and young children world-wide. Sandra talked about her work with Rotary and what a wonderful inspirational evening this had been.

The evening concluded with Lilly Taylor-Ward, singing in her wonderful dulcet voice, a selection of arias.

Rotarian Cas Francis, newly appointed District Youth Exchange Officer in District 1220, then thanked everyone for joining us and said how important it was that we nurture the young people and encouraged them to work with Rotary. Cas went on to say that Lilly will be singing for us at the Rotary Garden Party on Saturday 19th August at Trent College. He thanked everyone for an excellent evening and wished them well for another successful year ahead.


Planting Purple Crocus Bulbs for Polio Eradication

The Rotary Club of Long Eaton were delighted to enroll the help of Eco-Interactors from The Long Eaton School to plant 1,500 crocus bulbs as part of the Rotary Eradicate Polio Project. this represented a bulb for every student, member of staff and governor at the school. The Rotary Club of Long Eaton and Eco - Interactors have made presentations to the students in school to inform them about the dreadful polio disease.  Students and staff from the school were then able to buy a crocus bulb for 20p which is the cost of a polio vaccine.  

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The Rotary Club of Long Eaton and Eco Interactors from The Long Eaton School joined forces with Richard Windsor and groundsmen from Erewash Borough Council to plant 15,000 purple crocus bulbs on The Green in Long Eaton as part of the Rotary Worldwide Polio Eradication project. Money raised from this project will go to buy vaccines for babies and small children. We look forward to a sea of purple crocus in the spring and a reminder of all the little ones we have helped.

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The Rotary Interact Club of Long Eaton held a FREE Family Fun Day on West Park field on 24th August.

We asked for sunshine and ended up with hottest day of the year! The weather brought out lots of families to enjoy a wonderful FREE day, with many attractions including Stuart Brown who delighted the children by blowing up an inordinate amount of brightly coloured balloons to make an array of characters.

The event was opened by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mrs Mary Hopkinson and her consort, along with Interact President Zofia Svarna.

Children were delighted to see the arrival of a Fire Engine which they were allowed to go a have a look around and learn more about the fire service. The RSPB had a very interesting stand where people could learn all about local birds. The Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group enchanted youngsters with their colourful backdrop of bat designed stall and artefact. Keeping up the environmental aspect for everyone, Marion Bryce from the Long Eaton Natural History Society brought along a display of plant life to help illustrate the local Flora and Fauna. Erewash Borough Council helped with the flower planting stall where youngsters were able to plant their own flower seeds in plant pots and then take them home to watch them grow. The Neighbourhood Dog Warden stall provided lots of information and advice about how to look after your dogs.

With the hot weather the TESCO stand, with a wonderful array of fresh fruit which had been kindly donated by TESCO to enable people to make their own ‘smoothies’, proved to be a very welcome interval.

The rides on the ‘ferris wheel’ and sessions on the bouncy castle and bouncy slide were all provided free of charge along with the other activities and smoothies.

If you thought your blood pressure was getting a little high, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Long Eaton were on hand to take blood pressure and give advice. If you were thinking about booking your next holiday, Eurocamp had provided just the thing! A FREE one weeks Eurocamp holiday in Europe include Ferry – this was a free raffle which was won by a delighted Mrs Sood of Long Eaton.

Near the end of the day we were all delighted to have a very relaxing hand massage from Weleda’s advisor Annett, while Erewash Sound provided a selection of popular music.

Rotary Interactors were kept very busy all day, helping with the smoothies, Face Painting, managing the bouncy castle and organising the games from PARC (Play and Recycle Centre). Soldiers from 162 Regiment, Army Reserve Centre, Nottingham provided a mini assault course, for those with more energy! Trent Lock Golf Centre provided children’s prizes. The donation of portions of delicious hot chips for our volunteer workers, from George's Tradition Fish and chip takeaway, were really appreciated!

This was a free event, except for the ice creams, organised by Long Eaton Interact Club and Long Eaton Rotary Club. It was started last year by Past President Katie Breakwell as one of her chosen projects for her year. The event proved so popular that it was decided to make this an annual event. The Rotary Club of Long Eaton provided support both with the organisation and on the day.

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Pictured: Rotarian Cas Francis, President Zofia Svarna, Consort David, Deputy Mayor Councillor Mrs Mary Hopkinson and Rotarian Barbara James with members of EBC.

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Interact Club of Long Eaton Sponsored Swim to help 'Eradicate Polio'

On Saturday 30th July, Rotarians, Interactors from the Long Eaton School and members of The Long Eaton Swimming Club along with friends and family took to the water as part of their Eradicate Polio sponsored swim fundraising event.  Rotary President Dr John Bowley started the swim and told swimmers and helpers that he was delighted to be Starter and praised the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to such a worthwhile project. 

The event was held at West Park Leisure Centre. The Long Eaton Interactor President and Interactors had previously made presentations to local schools to highlight the need to eradicate polio. They had been selling purple crocus bulbs, which have been planted on the Long Eaton Green traffic Island, as part of the fundraising initiative. Last year Councillor Donna Briggs and Leader of Erewash Borough Council Chris Corbett purchased the bulbs and Erewash Borough's Pride in Erewash Coordinator Richard Windsor organised the planting of the 3,000 purple crocus bulbs.

All the sponsorship money will go directly to the Rotary Eradicate Polio Appeal.  Rotarians in Pakistan have been working tirelessly to immunise children and bring the case count of polio down, now reduced to two countries worldwide.

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Some of the volunteers and swimmers who took part.


Interact Charter Evening at Novotel, 8th July 2016

It was an awesome and inspiring evening at the Novotel. Commencing with an excellent dancing display by teams from local dance group Vibes, a presentation of the huge projects successfully completed by Katie Breakwell and the club last year and the passing on of the Presidency to Zofia Svarna who outlined more imaginative and positive plans for the year ahead.

Also present were six of the seven Smith-Young Awardees, given money from a fund managed by the Rotary Club of Long Eaton to further their ambitions in a variety of fields. They each gave a presentation of their plans,hopes and dreams. Later music was beautifully supplied by Shannice & Justine.

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Pictured: Zuzana Svarna, Vaughan Bryan, Claire Smith, Zofia Svarna and President Katie Breakwell

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