|Posted by Lauren Simms on May 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM|
On Monday 3rd April 2017, Cadet Flight Sergeant Lauren Simms gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds about the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, and her achievements during her cadet career.
FS Simms, 17, was asked by the Rotary Club to present to them after one of their members, Mr Lloyd, saw an article in the newspaper about her recent presentation of the RAF Charitable Trust Flying Excellence Award in London.
The evening began with a 2-course meal, during which FS Simms was introduced to all members of the club, and was able to find out about their roles in the community. After a few club announcements, she completed a 30 minute speech, summarising the activities of 992 Squadron and the wider Air Cadet community, before sharing some of her own experiences and achievements.
FS Simms particularly enjoyed telling the group about her year as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, the completion of her Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, her Air Cadet Pilot Scheme Flying Scholarship, and the RAF Charitable Trust award that she has recently been awarded.
FS Simms received very positive feedback from the club members, who found her presentation both engaging and interesting, and wished her all the best for her future career.
‘Many of the club members had a very outdated idea of what the Royal Air Force Air Cadets get up to,’ said FS Simms, ‘it was great to be able to tell the members about all the activities on offer to our cadets, the active role we play in the community, and how we develop our cadets to become both good citizens and young leaders.’
The Rotary Club then kindly donated two prints to the squadron, one showing Horsa Gliders leaving for Operation Market Garden, and the other, a pair of Javelins over Gloucester. After this, the President then awarded the squadron £300 for their efforts at the Horseless Trials, an annual event where our cadets provide car parking support and crowd control.
We hope to organise for Charles Nicholls, the Rotary Club Founder, to come our squadron and give a talk to our cadets. He was a Lancaster Navigator during World War Two, and has many interesting stories to share of his experiences.