The cleaning of stables belongs to Rotaract The Hague – Scheveningen’s annual recurring activities. Therefore, also this year we went to the Woelige Staal on September 30 to work as Jack of all trades. After a quickly touring the grounds and a cup of coffee, the stables were first cleaned, after which new hay could be laid on the ground. Then it was time for lunch.
The next task was to (re)place a fence. The Woelige Staal has received a piece of land from the municipality. Placing the fence asked for quite some of excavation work, but the first part has been done.
When this was finished as far as possible on that day, we could go home satisfied. Now we have to wait for next year!
On April 22nd our annual activity organized by the new members took place in cooperation with Present Den Haag. Nine members of Rotaract visited the Middin in Newtonstraat in Den Haag. There we prepared lunch for the elderly and ate with them.
The lunch consisted of pancakes with stroop, sugar, etc. After an initial discussion over the correct pancake recipe (American vs. Dutch) we split up over the various kitchens available at Middin and started baking. Overall, it was a fun activity with great reactions from Middin.
We would like to thank Present Den Haag for their help with this project.
Each year, we participate in a national volunteering day, called NL Doet (NL Does). This year, we renovated a classic French jeu de boules terrain at WoonZorgcentra Haaglanden!
In short: there was no shortage of physical activity! The terrain needed new gravel and we planted flowers to add some colour to the environment. We hope the new terrain will be used extensively by the elderly!
One of the goals of Rotaract Den Haag – Scheveningen is also to work on personal development. To this end, we invite guest speakers, members tell about their life and work, or we do a training. On February 21st, it was the task of member Mike to give an (abridged) LEAN training.
The first part consisted of a presentation explaining that in every process waste is produced, visible or invisible, intentional or unintentional. The point of LEAN is to recognize this waste and then to optimize the process in order to reduce the amount of waste. This may for example involve adjusting the routine or the way and order work is performed. This is applicable from your morning routine to the most complex processes.
After the presentation it was time for a short workshop. The participants were divided into two groups and had to build LEGO pyramids, in three different ways. All this to see what way of working resulted in the highest yield. After some practice, all was finally going well and high (fictional) yields were achieved. The lesson of this evening was that waste is formed with everything we do. The goal is to acknowledge and recognize this so you can work towards an optimal process, so that your time can be spent even more efficient.
On Saturday, November 5th, we have wrapping as much presents as possible with seven enthusiastic Rotaractors for the foundation Sint voor ieder1. For many children, celebrating Sinterklaas is a given. This is unfortunately not the case for all children in the Netherlands. The goal of the foundation Sint voor ieder1 goalis to give as many children as possible in difficult circumstances a gift, because every child deserves a gift on December 5th!
After a cup of coffee and a brief explanation we started packing gifts for children of 10-11 years old. Because there were several tables where gifts were being wrapped, every table was of course keen to wrap the most gifts. Different methodologies to pack were tried! Eventually we were able to pack around 300 gifts, to surprise the same number of children on December 5th. We had a fun and productive day and hope next year to contribute again. Below is some general information about the foundation and are some photos of the day.
Sintvoorieder1 Foundation aims to provide as many children aged 0 to 18 years with a Sinterklaas gift worth about 10 euros. The gifts are meant for children for whom a gift from Sinterklaas is not obvious. Often these children are dependent on food banks, (emergency) shelter (such as stay homes, open shelters and assisted living).
On Saturday, June 4th Rotaract The Hague – Scheveningen helped the Food Bank Haaglanden (Voedselbank Haaglanden) with several chores. The work consisted of upgrading the outdoor area (patio) used by the volunteers of the Food Bank and painting the canteen. Both areas were in desperate need of a makeover, and, as summer is coming soon, especially the outdoor seating had priority.
However, first we were guided through the distribution center and got some explanation about the organization of Food Bank Haaglanden (within The Hague, the Netherlands and even within Europe). For example we were told that some food banks have a surplus of milk products and other food banks receive too many tomatoes and cucumbers. The surpluses will be equally divided among other food banks so that each client of the food bank can receive the best package.
We performed this activity in cooperation with four members of The Hague Social Club. We had nice interaction and the work was easily done. Furthermore, the Food Bank prepared a delicious lunch for us which we could eat outside while enjoying the sun and our upgraded outdoor seating. After lunch, we finished the paint work and returned home, tired but satisfied.
For more information on the Food Bank Haaglanden please visit http://haaglanden.voedselbankennederland.nl/
Rotaract Den Haag – Scheveningen is a regular guest at city farm ‘De Woelige Stal’. For the fourth time, we have been helping out at the farm in order to make the farm look at its best. This time we have refurbished the nature trail, constructed an insect hotel, and finished half of a path with shells. (Unfortunately, the stock of shells wasn’t enough for the enitire path.)
After performing intensive tasks in the morning, it was time for the animal program. The goats, born lambs and piglets got a beauty treatment which made them (and us) extremely happy. Moreover, a day of hard work and enjoying the sunshine is what suits our Rotaract members best.
Also this year, Rotaract Den Haag – Scheveningen took again part in the nationwide NLDoet activities. This year we helped Stadsboerderij the Molenweide. The work consisted of carpentry as well as improvements to the environment. We made new planters, which will be planted with hanging strawberries. In addition, some planters were replanted with flowers, and painted with blackboard paint. Then there was some digging to be done; the outside quarters of the rabbits had to be raised with sand. Here already some muscle power was needed, but when it was done some more was needed to provide the entrance to the field for goats and sheep with new dry sand, otherwise they would sink away in the mud. Because it was almost Easter, there were finally some Easter branches made which will be adorned by the children during the week before Easter and brought to the eldery.
We have also been able to enjoy a good lunch (with pancakes and milk from the Molenweide!). To top it off we were able to pet the newborn lambs at the end of the day. A few days before we came, two black lambs were born, and the night before we were two white lambs. Spring has really arrived!
Rotaract Club Scheveningen celebrated her 7th lustrum on the 25th of October! A close group of alumni, friends of other clubs and current members came together to reflect on the activities of our club and its future.
We then visited the Humanity House, an interactive museum about the journey a refugee has to make. It was an impressive visit which helps you to understand the fear, frustration and stress a refugee experiences. Well worth a visit!