Rotary Club Award for Business Ambassador Andy Cook

Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club gave a special award to Andy Cook of FFEI at a club meeting in April (2018) in recognition of the fantastic support he and his company has given to its schools Technology Tournament over the last six year.

Andy is now the proud possessor of a Paul Harris Fellowship. Andy has become a real champion of the Tech Tournament, held at Ashlyns School, as he is firmly convinced that it is a valuable tool to encourage students to consider engineering as a career.

The Technology Tournament is an enjoyable day where secondary school students from local schools can demonstrate their practical and team building skills as well as their design and technology knowledge.  Students, in teams of four, compete in three age sectors to devise and build a solution to a technical challenge that they are set on the day – it could be to make a money-sorting machine or design a small vehicle to remove debris from a bridge – all within a set time.

The Tech Tournament is only one of many projects undertaken by Rotary. It also supports Young Chef, Youth Speaks, Young Essay, Dacorum Young Artists and a Leadership scheme open to young people between the ages of 14-30.  All of these activities have potential for local companies to get involved.

Paul Harris founded the first Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905. Since then, Rotary Clubs, dedicated to service to the community, have spread all around the world. Their members use their business and professional skills to organise activities and to fund raise for other groups. The Hemel Hempstead Club was active in running community activities in the early days of the New Town and remains active today. Many people have had the pleasure of a visit down their street from the  Rotary Santa Sleigh as it travels all around Hemel Hempstead for a month before Christmas whilst raising money for local charities.

For more information see the Club’s website or Facebook page

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