Jackie Branson is president of Havant Rotary Club – here she talks about the club’s recent activities
The annual Emsworth Show is one of the largest social events in the Havant Rotary area.
It provides a great platform for members to meet with thousands of local residents.
The show gives us the opportunity to talk about the club’s work in the local community, and internationally, together with our very varied social and sporting programmes.
A video was also shown throughout this year’s event, showcasing our activities and what Rotary is all about.
We had a lot of fun at the show – and it was not just for adults.
The Havant Rotary Scalextric Challenge was taken up by close to 100 budding Formula One drivers.
Racing around a large Scalextric figure of eight track, two competitors at a time pitched their reflexes and driving skills to be crowned champion on the day.
Junior and senior competitions were held and won by nine-year-old Dylan Houghton and David Pitney, with times of five seconds and 5.6 seconds, respectively.
Each racer was allowed a practice lap followed by 10 race timed laps and their fastest time was recorded.
A £2 entry fee was charged with all profit going to charity.
Race Director Trevor Nightingale said: ‘We had a really tight fight in both classes and plenty of healthy competition between parents and families.
‘The winners’ times were truly remarkable.’
The Emsworth Show is just one of the events that Rotary is part of each year.
Being part of Rotary is more than just giving back to the community by volunteering.
It is also about you bringing your skills, experience and enthusiasm to help it thrive, whilst making some great friends along the way.
Those interested in more details with a view to joining are being invited to an informal wine and canapes event in October.
Full details are available from Rotarian Trevor Nightingale on 07469 248988 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.