The 21st of February we had a meeting with out sponsor club; Aberaeron Rotary to hold a presentation on the use of Facebook and how it can be used to spread awareness of both Retract and Rotary clubs. For many of our members it was the first time meeting the President, so it was a great opportunity to build bridges within Rotary.
On the 1st of December 2018, we held our annual charter evening at Y Consti Restaurant. Thank you to everyone who came, it has now officially been two years since our charter an our club has continuously grown in this time. We look forward to the coming year and to see how our numbers grow further.
On the evening of the 16th of November 2018 we collected money for Children in Need until the early hours of the 17th. We managed to raise a whopping £209 all for a great cause! Thank you to all of our members who gave up their time to volunteer in the freezing weather and an even bigger thank you to those who donated!
On the 5th of November 2018 we aided Aberystwyth Round Table in marshalling the annual Fireworks Night at Aberystwyth Rugby Club. We also managed to raise just under £130 for the two clubs which will be used to carry out good causes and fund our future projects.
On the 28th of October 2018 we hosted our last pub quiz in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. This particular quiz was halloween themes with all sorts of spooky questions about Halloween traditions, fears, literature and films. This quiz was also fancy dress and the best costumes also won prizes. Below is a photo of the winning team with their prizes!
On the 28th of September 2018 we ran a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Aberystwyth University SU. Here, we managed to raise £63.20 all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support! Thank you to all of our members who aided both the baking and running of the event and thank you to those who supported the charity and the event itself.
On the 26th of September 2018, our club got the chance to partake in Aberystwyth University's Part-Time jobs and Volunteers Fair. This gave us a huge opportunity to gain new members and spread awareness of the work we do and promote the club itself.
On the 26th May 2018, our club assisted Aberystwyth Rotary and a number of volunteers in marshalling the AberCycleFest similarly to last year. However, this year, we were fortunate enough to have our own stall where we were able to promote our club and the projects we run.
On the 30th of April our club was fortunate enough to have held a meeting with the local MP, Ben Lake to discuss the possibility of setting up collection boxes for used mobile phones in the local community in aid of Wales Air Ambulance. This meeting was a huge success and we are extremely grateful to have his support and are looking forward to future opportunities that this will bring.
For Sport Relief 2018 we held another bake sale at Aberystwyth University where we sold all kinds of treats. In total we raised £50.20 so thank you to our pro bakers who spent a whopping 10 hours on a baking mission the day before and a huge thanks to the generosity of Aberystwyth Uni students and staff for their donations.
On the 10th March we celebrated our handover event. It was a fun filled evening and it was so lovely to see so many new faces as our club continues to expand in numbers each passing year. Thank you to all who came and a special congratulations to our new officers on their new positions and may the next year be as incredible as the last.
On the 3rd of March, our members were invited to the 70th anniversary of Aberystwyth Rotary's charter at the Marine Hotel. It was nice to build bridges and make contacts with various members of their club as well as their guests of the evening.
On the 25th of February we met with a representative from Dementia Friends and Hafal Crossroads where we were informed on the charities and what they aim to achieve and dementia as an illness itself. We also discussed future events and fundraising opportunities.
Throughout the year we organised several pub quizzes in aid of of a variety of charities such as; Mary's Meals, Air Ambulance Wales and Teenage Cancer Trust UK. All of our pub quizzes were hosted at Harry's Bar and Bistro where many bottles of wine have been received by our victors.
The final event of the year was our Christmas meal where we celebrated the years events and successes having a joyful and fun-filled evening.
For Children in Need 2017 we hosted a bake sale on the University Campus during the day with Pudsey Bear accompanying. In the evening we ventured into town with Pudsey and collection buckets, offering selfies with the iconic bear. We raised a whopping £387.76 for the cause.
On the evening of the 5th November we helped Aberystwyth Round Table marshal their fireworks night hosted at the Aberystwyth Rugby Club. We collected money for both Round Table and ourselves to help us grow and carry out future events. During this event, we also raised money for the End Polio Now campaign by selling crocus pins.
Towards the end of May 2017 we helped marshal the Aber Cycle Fest for the weekend. This involved keeping the public off of the race track during races and aiding people crossing. Luckily the weather was on our side, and some of us even got sun burned (yes, even in Wales).
Our first major charitable event was in aid of Comic Relief 2017 where we held a bake sale and sold red noses raising a total of £83.14 in just one day.
In early March 2017 we met with a representative from MIND Aberystwyth who discussed with us what they do as a charity and gave us a better understanding of mental health, we also handed over a cheque for £123 which we had raised through pub quizzes.