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Ampthill and District Rotary Club
In Ampthill we have one club formed by two groups, the Regular Group and us, #AmpthillFlexi.
The Regular Group meets weekly in the White Hart in Ampthill and, after a meal, usually enjoys hearing from a specialist speaker.
The Regulars are organised into various committees, including International, Membership & PR and Youth.
The Regulars hold fundraising events (such as the Ampthill Sponsored Walk) for local charities and for Rotary international's End Polio Now campaign. They support local events such as the Gala Day, Ampthill Fireworks and the Christmas Lights Switch-on as well as getting young people involved in the Shoebox Appeal, the Technology Tournament, Young Chefs Competition, the Young Writers Awards and the new Young Photographer Competition.
We meet monthly-ish at a member's house and sometimes at the Hyde but we also organise a lot of activities via Whatsapp and email.
We're not at the stage of having committees - each of the 16 of us plays a part for every event.
Like the Regulars, we've done a lot of fundraising for the End Polio Now campaign (which is going very well by the way but there are still 3 countries where polio exists) through garden parties and open house coffee mornings.
Maureen especially does a lot with the local schools by initiating Rotaract clubs ("mini-Rotarians") and leading assemblies.
We get involved with Ampthill Gala Day and Flitwick Santa Float and sort out the Ampthill Teddy Trail.
Our exciting new signature events for 2017-18 include the Pub Quiz Tournament, the Big Lunch and Festival of Youth Sport.