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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 at the Castle Green Inn, 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 have 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. Funds will be raised until April 2013.
In 2011/12 we raised funds for two overseas charities. The first is "Tossing a Starfish", a small charity trying to make a big difference to a small area of Masagascar on the basis that you can't sort out the world but you can make a real difference to a small part of it. Their web address is http://www.tascmadagascar.org/tossing-a-starfish-charity-why/ A total of £420 was raised for Tossing a Starfish.
The second charity was "ShelterBox", which provides basic equipment for living, including shelter and water purification, in a box which is both easily transported and can serve as a water reservoir. ShelterBox was founded in Cornwall and was taken up enthusiastically by Rotary International. It has equipped over 100,000 boxes which have been delivered to disasters all over the world. www.shelterbox.org/ A total of £680 was raised for ShelterBox
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