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Royal Over-Seas League, Taunton Branch
|The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) was founded in 1910 by Sir Evelyn Wrench to foster international understanding and friendship. The League today is both an association of individual members and a Commonwealth non-governmental organisation which supports the Commonwealth through is own social, arts and welfare activities.
The Head Office of the League is in London and full members can use the facilities of the London Clubhouse. They also have the advantage of reciprocal arrangements with many over-seas clubs. Further details may be found in the section “The League”.
At Branch level, the ROSL operates as a social club providing opportunities for like-minded people to get together. Most of our members are now retired and many, but by no means all, have lived and worked abroad or have close over-seas ties. Local membership is inexpensive and details can be found in the “Membership” section.
2010 was the centennial year of the League.
Members of the Branch meet for coffee every Wednesday (when there is not a lunch) upstairs at Miles at Riverside, from around 10:30am. Prospective members are invited to come along and introduce themselves.
From October to December and February to May, there is a monthly lunch meeting, with guest speaker, at Somerset College. Topics are varied and we usually have at least one speaker with overseas connections. Details of lunch meetings can be found in the “Winter Programme” section.
In the summer months, outings are arranged and we visit London for a long weekend, staying at the London clubhouse. Details of summer events can be found in the “Summer Programme” section.
Each year we raise money for a charity, alternating between supporting a UK and an overseas focused organisation.
For the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year, we decided to support the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, which is raising money throughout the Commonwealth for various projects within the Commonwealth. Given ROSL's strong connection with the Commonwealth, this was thought a most appropriate choice. £1,000 was raised.
In 2013/14, the Charity chosen is the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. As a local charity which has a clear benefit to the community, we hope it will be well supported through our fund raising activities. Each lunch has a raffle where prizes are donated by members and all proceeds are put in the charity fund. Profits from the Chairman's Coffee Morning in the summer are also put towards the charity.
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