Rotary Clubs have been holding a "Youth Speaks" competition for high school students for a number of years. Three years ago, the Rotary Club of Westhoughton introduced the first "Junior Youth Speaks" competition for primary school pupils.
The first year, there were three entries from the town's eleven primary schools.
This year, five competed, and we are delighted to report that our newest school, The Gates were victorious. Their team of three - Chairperson Andrea Chesney, Speaker Jonathan Martindale and Vote of Thanks by Lauren Wrath - spoke on "Leisure in Westhoughton". This was a subject dear to them, and apart from being presented in a clear and interesting way, showed lots of research.
The teams faced a daunting challenge: presenting their speeches to a room of 100 adults - Rotarians, teachers and parents - and they did so with great confidence.
The picture shows them receiving their well-deserved prizes from Vice-President Phil Wood, and Vocational Service Chairman, Ron Bell.
Helping people to acquire skills is one of a range of ways in which the Rotary Club helps people in our local community as well as world-wide.
Rotary International is entering its centenary year, 2004 - 2005, and the Club is keen to hear about projects, people and services in our local community which deserve special attention in this very important year. If you have a cause which you would like to bring to our attention, please follow the link to The Rotary Club of Westhoughton.