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The Girl Done Good ...... she certainly did.
And just to finish off a smashing few posts about Gemma and RYLA, the Hunts Post has published an article all about it in this week's edition - which we've copied below. Thanks ever so much to The Post and well done yet again to Gemma and all the candidates on the course, for giving it a real good go.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
If you've read our post about RYLA and thought this looks like good fun - and you would be right - and want to know more about it, then we would love to hear from you. And this is all you have to do:
If you are aged 18-26 and interested in finding out more, you can contact The Rotary Club of St Ives either via our website stivesrotarycambs.org.uk, or leave a message on this page, or email youthchair@stivesrotarycambs.org.uk
And just to whet your appetite further do have a look at the video below - even more fun.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Award and Gemma Duma
On Tuesday evening we were treated to a hugely entertaining presentation from our successful RYLA candidate Gemma Duma, who told us all about her time spent at Grafham Water, on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award course. And if presenting to us wasn't daunting enough we also had as ouir guests the St Ives Mayor Debbie Townsend and her Consort husband Peter, and good fun they were too.
We've posted below pictures of Gemma's time on the course with her fellow candidates, together with a few of her evening with us, but to really do it justice we couldn't do better than to reproduce our Secretary's account of her presentation - and here it is:

Gemma admitted she had gone into RYLA underestimating what it would entail. It turned out to be far more intense and far more enjoyable than she had anticipated. She was nervous at first, but made friends quickly. She took us through each of the days on the course, from the icebreakers, memory games and trust exercises on Day 1 to the culmination with personal presentations on Day 8. She got off to a great start, as there was a night walk at the end of Day 1 and, as a successful Duke of Edinburgh Award candidate, she found the map reading easy and she was in her comfort zone – much to the delight of the rest of her group! They were back long before the others! Day 2 was about learning techniques and getting used to being on the water, but little did they know that the techniques would be needed later in the week on the overnight expedition. Day 3 was built round the business challenge, but with other problem solving and team building exercises thrown in. It was a day of tight deadlines and pressure and was probably the most intense day of the course. Gemma admitted she had been shattered the next day when it had all caught up with her.

Days 4 and 5 were about more team building and a gradual increase in the physicality of the course, before they set off on the expedition. On a day with very little wind, it took Gemma’s group over 2 hours to cross Grafham Water in a mixture of canoes and kayaks – where the techniques learned on Day 2 suddenly became useful! They paced themselves to their campsite, where they arrived after dark – only to find that the tree normally used to construct a bivouac had been cut down! Even the instructors were confused…but some expeditious use of horse jumps gave them their frame for the shelter and Gemma assured us the horse jumps were returned in the morning! Up at 4:30am (does that time really exist?) on Day 6, the group were back at Grafham Water by 8:00am – once again ahead of all the rest. Now they had to build a raft – and we all know they never work! Gemma’s team had not secured enough points over the week to “buy” all the materials they wanted (the instructors probably set it up that way), so the raft could not hold them all – surprise, surprise!

On Day 7 the whole course worked together on a chain reaction game, which was “quite” successful – Gemma showed us a short video of a device that would have warmed the cockles of Heath Robinson’s heart. The formal dinner was that night – with lots of wine for very tired bodies. The result was predictable and the personal presentations on Day 8 were all given with a hangover!

Gemma told us that she had learned a lot about herself and had learned to trust others. She had gained in self-belief and confidence. She was shattered at the end, but she reiterated that she had loved every minute of it.
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The Huntingdonshire Concert Band in St Ives
On Saturday 22nd October, those good friends of St Ives Rotary Club, the Huntingdonshire Concert Band (HCB), are holding a concert at The Burgess Hall in St Ives, where they will be performing Music from Movies and Musicals,all in aid of the SMA Trust. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets are a snip at £10, and more details are on the poster below.
Also while you are booking dates, the HCB will be back once more at Christmas performing at our own Christmas Cracker Concert at The Free Church on Sunday December 11th. We shall of course give lots more details nearer the time, but get this one in the diary,as it really is a smashing event, and always seems to get the Christmas festivities started.
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The Sunflower Kid Rides Again
Well it would appear that you just can't keep a good littl'un out of the news. Very many thanks to the Hunts Post for not just running the story of our sunflower competition, with an honourable mention to the winners Sally and Iain, but also for highlighting what Rotary Foundation is all about, and in particular, how polio, worldwide, will be beaten. We've reproduced the whole article below for you to enjoy. Good stuff!
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