First Meet & Greet of the year!

Yesterday we were joined by two incredible guest speakers, Chale Guadamuz and Sophie Kwizera from The Hague Peace Project! As part of our 5th Meet and Greet event, Chale and Sophie talked about the importance of global action in peacebuilding and human rights defence. We had the opportunity to discuss the role of The Hague as a city of peace and justice, and its relation to Rotaract Club Scheveningen as a community of young people sharing a common vision for a peaceful world! We would like to thank everyone who joined us for an inspiring conversation!

Rotaract Club Scheveningen turns 40!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Rotaract Club Scheveningen!! Today is a very special day as our Club celebrates its 40th anniversary! Since 21st of February 1980, we have been united in our effort and dedication to making the world around us a better place! 40 years of unforgettable experiences for the common goal of contributing to society. We would like to thank everyone who has helped us in our journey throughout the years. Regular beach clean-ups, charity runs in the rain, painting with kids in a local community centre are just a few of the reasons to celebrate and look forward to many more anniversaries to come! #Rotaractat40 #HappyBirthday #RotaLove #Anniversary #40yearsofHappiness #40reasonstoGive

Meet & Greet evenings are back!

On the 8th of October, our club organised the first Meet & Greet event of the new season. We gathered once more to meet with friends and have a nice evening while listening 2 inspirational talks.

Our first guest speaker Susan Kraaijeveld, a member of Rotary Dordrecht and the ambassador of WarChild, gave a presentation about the project she is organising with WarChild in various countries. We heard about how education is crucial in developing countries and learn about the youth education programme with examples from Beirut.

Following Susan, we welcomed Marcel Kampmann, who is an architect working mainly on housing projects. He gave us an insight about the challenges and potentials of social housing and how it influences our everyday life.

After the presentations of both speakers, we enjoyed the rest of our evening while having some drinks and getting to know each other better.

We are already looking forward the next Meet & Greet! Stay tuned for our new speakers and new topics 🙂

Beach Clean-up! Part of World Clean-Up Effort.

On 21st of September together with Rotary Scheveningen and WWF we will be part of World effort to clean up.

Join us from 15.00 in Scheveningen on September 21st. So far, with our previous 3 clean-ups we gathered around 250KG from the beach. We hope this will be less naturally this time.

Together with WWF and Rotary Scheveningen. There will be also workshop about carbon footprint.

This time we will join global effort to clean-up trash everywhere. Join us in effort to clean-up the beach once more. #rotaract #endplasticnow #trashtag

Day with Kids in local Community Centre.

On the last weekend of May, the Rotaract Club Scheveningen in collaboration with De Kroko’s Kids Club organized some entertaining activities for 5-12 y.o. children and their parents who attended the event. The day started with painting but the one of a very special kind. Kids were using white t-shirts provided by our Club as a plain canvas where they could unleash their creativity and decorate them according to their individual ideas and preferences.

Overall, children were very excited to become fashion designers even for some time; they were even more excited to take their masterpieces home afterwards. Another highlight of the day was a motion game «Animal Kingdom» when three teams were demonstrating their artistic talents while imitating a chosen animal. The audience (surely impressed by performance) had to guess what kind of animals were in front of them…Children were enjoying it so much that the game could last forever…Luckily, they got hungry and we had lunch together — otherwise we would have run out of animal options to perform: at the end of the game almost all existing creatures were already covered.

9th of March, Beach-Clean-Up

How did our day go?

9 March 2019 – Programme of the day

The start of the day was in beachclub Oscars, at Scheveningen with coffee and a snack.

Lloyd from WWF and Ralph from Thrashurehunt told us their personal history and why they were doing this work for many years already. It was very inspiring to hear their motivation. Ralph said for example we could all turn our negative thoughts on the trash other people are making into a positive one and have self fulfilment by cleaning up with our body, a gifted machine with which we could do this work. Since we had Dutch weather, we were very lucky to go outside soon after this introduction. We had around 30 participants under which rotaracters from several clubs of the The participants were divided in two groups, one to clean up the beach with the WWF and the other group to clean up the dunes with Trashure hunt. The leaders of the two groups told us that they were organising a lot of these events, but they were surprised by our enthusiasm and engagement in this. There was sunshine, wind and also a lot of trash(including plastic). We were surprised what we found. The beach club season wasn’t officially started yet, but already there were many things that didn’t originally belong in nature…

We found a lot of cigarette filters, plastic straws, cups, packaging andeven a big tube and a plastic rain boot… In total we collected more than 165 kg of trash! All of us felt really satisfied by this result of hard working together. It was also fun!

This project couldn’t have been done without our Partners and Support


For this project we contacted many people and organisations. As partners we had as international organisation, World Wildlife Fund (https://www.worldwildlife.org) and also a local organisation from The Hague, Trashurehunt (https://trashurehunt.org). The vision of both organizations is that we, as humans, can make a difference in a positive way to erase our footprint in our environment and to end the plastic pollution. They are activating and motivating people and creating awareness. From Rotary club Scheveningen, our Mother club, we got financial support for our project. Thank you.

Rotaract club goes painting!

On the 27th of October, Rotaract Club of Den Haag Scheveningen participated in a voluntary activity at a family’s house in The Hague, in order to help them re-painting their living room.
Although it was a challenging task, our members enjoyed their day while painting in their special outfit! The outcome was quite satisfactory, since the family was very happy to see their new walls and wished the team would be back to proceed to their hallway

Rotaract Beach Benefit

On Saturday 2nd of June, our beach party on benefit for Alzheimer charity took place at Indigo Beach Club in Scheveningen. We started with two speeches from the organization that we are helping, first guest speaker Femke Hameetman, sea of Education from Mauritshuis spoke about how positively big, art can impact on people with dementia and “the unforgettable Mauritshuis tour” they offer for people with dementia.

Follow by Gert Teusink, former Rotaract-member and now Rotary member and representative from Alzheimer Haaglanden who talked about how people with Alzheimer feel, and what they got through, he also invited everyone to be part of their coffee afternoon where you as family member or friend of a person with Alzheimer can share your experiences with this with other people going through the same. Our members Ilya and Froukje finished the speeches appreciating all the support and officially opening the bbq. 

Later on, our former Rotaract Scheveningen member Viollete Krouwel gave a speech about how Alzheimer disease can come any time and how she has gone through it with her mother. She thanked the club for making such event since she was the reason why we came up with the idea of helping this charity, and she also invited everyone to feel free to donate some money so we could raise even more out of this event.

Around 21:00 the dance party started the band Federica Lorusso Trio set up its place and started playing some jazz-funk music. Follow by the DJ’s Roy and Abhey who together with their mix of jazz and saxophone kept the party going till late midnight.
 
  
We have to thank all the people who made this event possible and the people who donated an extra more. 
 From all this event we as the club managed to raise enough money to donate 5 “Onvergetelijk Mauritshuis” to Alzheimer Haaglanden. 
 
For more information about the Onvergetelijk programme please visit: https://www.mauritshuis.nl/en/press/persarchief/2016/onvergetelijk-mauritshuis/

Baking Pizza’s at the Haagsche Bluf

As it happens every year, the new members of Rotaract Club Scheveningen organized a new members activity. This year it took place on 26th of May at the Haagsche Bluf, 46. Located in the heart of The Hague, the Haagsche Bluf is a residence for people with an intellectual disability.

The residents live individually in their own studios, while enjoying common social areas
where they can share and do activities together with other residents or volunteers whenever it is possible.

 


Our members have spent a nice, sunny afternoon at the residence – not only to socializing but also
cooking dinner together with the residents! Along with some of them, grocery shopping is done and
a lot of pizza’s are baked to share a Saturday afternoon meal! It was a great opportunity for the new
members to get to know the community – through a fun and tasty activity!