Citation for 2012-2013 On
24th June, our last meeting of the 2012-13 Rotary year, we were pleased
to have our Assistant Governor, Garner Roberts, visit us. He
the opportunity to present to President Julia Hinde the RI President
Sakuji Tanaka's Presidential Citation for the achievements of the club
over the past year. The photograph shows Garner presenting
award to President Julia.
Kids Out 2013 On
Friday 14th June we took 39 children from the Grove Primary School to
Twinlakes Theme Park.
The excited children and three
arrived for the park opening and spent 5 hours on the rides both inside
and out. They were accompanied by 12 members of the Melton Mowbray
Rotary Club. A picnic lunch was provided and enjoyed by all
thanks go to those who donated packs of crisps, sweets and drinks.
huge advantage over Wickstead Park is the short travelling time, the
indoor rides and play spaces, and the lack of queues at rides, which
enabled the children and some Rotarians to fully enjoy themselves
large vote of thanks must go to Rotarian Phil Bendall and his staff for
making us so welcome and being so flexible with the rides, opening up
the ones that the children wanted to go on.
day, one to be repeated in 2014, hopefully, with other local Rotary
Designer 2013 This
year's Young Designer Competition on 5th June at the MV 16 school went
exceptionally well with entrants from all local schools, John Ferneley,
Long Field, Belvoir, and MV 16 for the Post 16 section.
were very varied, ranging from an electronic reaction timer (car safety
device), through mechanical toys to a Carp fishing rod stand, all
designs well thought out and supported by extensive design studies and
construction criteria - a great credit to the teaching staff of the
schools involved and to the entrants themselves.
judges, Mick Hirst, Jim Schofield, Tony Pick and David Ward,
representing the joint Youth Committee of Melton and Melton Belvoir
Rotary Clubs, had a very challenging but greatly rewarding task in
studying the finished products and trying to select winners from the
high standard of work presented.
The event was
organised, and results presented by David Wilson, Head of Design within
the modern MV 16 complex.
results were as
Ryan Miller, Space Saving Guitar Amplifier Stand
- Joe Poe, Multi Rod Support system for Carp fishing rods
Charlotte Cooper, Whale Toy mechanical design (John Ferneley)
- Grace Pilcher Lamp, table novel design (Belvoir)
Simpson - Road Safety, reaction timer
- Toy Carousel, mechanical (John Ferneley)
Suttey - 2012 London Olympics emblem (Long Field)
MV 16 - Manufacturing Award
Kieran Sim, Toy Carousel (John Ferneley)
- Ross Breedon, table lamp (Belvoir)
Commended - James Cass, JCB digger (Long Field)
Designer Competition - Rotary District Final
Competition winner Ryan Miller nominated by the joint Young Generations
Committee, competed very professionally against very strong designs at
Rotary District Final held at the Kettering Buccleuch Academy on
June, but unfortunately did not manage to secure one of the top three
however received a
certificate to validate his achievement in reaching the District Final.
set up his
Space Saving Guitar Amplifier stand complete with his guitar for
work, his presentation was supported by his father, by David Wilson
from MV 16,
and by Mic Hirst from joint Young Generations committee.
for progressing to this stage, unfortunately our second nomination to
District final, Joe Pope, who designed a flexible multi rod Carp
could not compete due to other commitments.
designs were:- 1st A portable shelter for use in parks, 2nd
design, 3rd a gadget designed to remove the tag from ?Helicoils? (an
engineering thread repair technique), this gadget has now been modified
adopted by the patentees of ?Helicoils?.
Writer 2013 Jointly
with the Belvoir Club we have encouraged students from Belvoir High
School. John Ferneley and Long Field to take part in the annual
District Competition for Young Writers. Maggie Saunders of the Belvoir
Club organized the involvement of Primary Schools.
to write a letter to any individual or organisation 0n the theme of
Peace, and the entries revealed plenty of imagination. In the Senior
section there were 4 entries from Belvoir H.S., 2 from John Ferneley
and 2 from Long Field. The local winner was Charlotte Fowler, 2nd was
Olivia Parry, both from Belvoir H.S. Their entries went forward to a
very competitive District Final.
In the Intermediate
there were 7 entries fom John Ferneley, 6 from Long Field. The local
winner was Poppy Comerford from Long Field, with Aliyah Mae
Williams-Ridgeway of John Ferneley second. Again both their
went forward to the District Final.
The Rotary Clubs
pleased with the support and encouragement given to the competitors by
the teachers in the schools, as for all the Youth Competitions, Young
Chef, Youth Speaks and Young Musician.
Assembly 2013 At
year's Club Assembly on 3rd June, in-coming President Diana Osborne and
her team presented to the club the programme for the coming year.
Details are in the Members'
The photo shows Assistant
Governor John Saunders
presenting Diana with her pin badge signifying the theme for the coming
year, "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".
Melton Duck Race This
year's race was held again at TwinLakes Park. The race was held under a
blue sky and was surprisingly warm. About 50 spectators watched the
race which was won by Duck 224 with 378 second and 321 third.
winning owners of the Duck Race numbers came from Leicester, East
Goscote, Coventry, Skegness and Loughborough. 2065
were sold. Thank
to all our supporters and congratulations to the winners.
thanks to Phil Bendall and his staff at TwinLakes for allowing us sell
the ducks over the Easter fortnight, and assisting us in running the
race on the last Sunday of the Easter week.
Youth Speaks A
from Catmose School in Oakham represented the Melton Rotary Club at
Youth Speaks in March 2013. They spoke really well, and in
final came second (beating into third place the team that had triumphed
over them in the semi-finals!).
- Tom Law,
Speaker - Yasmia Pourmozafari, Vote of Thanks - Isaac Costa
Young Musician The
Young Musician competition for 2013 was again hotly contested, with
some stunning perfomances from children of all ages performing on a
wide range of instruments.
The winners for the
John Ferneley School were:
Robert Willimas - Market
Frances Gibson, Oboe
- Ashby de la
Zouch Senior Ensemble
Bryony Wong, Chris Packwood, Brass Trio - Market Harborough
Melton Theatre was the venue on
10th March for the District 1070 final.
Semi-finals - registration
Semi-finals - Winner, Junior
Semi-finals - Junior participants
Semi-finals - Intermediate
- Senior participants
Frances Gibson, Winner of Senior
Gibson, Winner of Young Instrumental Solist award
Charter Night The
celebration of our 85th year as a Rotary Club came on the 18th March,
led by our president for this year, Julia Hinde. We were
to have so many guests from all over the district, including the Lord
Lieutenant of Leicester, Jennifer the Lady Gretton, the mayor of Melton
Mowbray, John Illingworth, and our own District Governor Chris Chew.
We were particularly pleased to have a large contingent from
Melton Interact club join us for the evening. Diana Osborne, Chris Chew
and Julia Hinde make excellent speeches in proposing the usual toasts.
replying on behalf of the guests was Sandra
Miller, a RADA trained actor who now works extensively in the
corporate sector providing mentoring, coaching, consultancy, training,
facilitation and role-play. She spoke amusingly and
about her life as an actor and mentor/coach. After the
president Julia was pleased to present a Paul Harris Fellowship award
to Joe Carrington, the Rotarian of the Year award to Alison Blythe, and
a special award for 40 years' service to the club to Marshall Pobjoy.
Wendy Chew won the "guess the weight of the simnel cake"
competition. It was certainly an evening enjoyed by all.
Thought-Provoking lunchtime meeting Our
lunch time meeting on 25th February had a speaker with a
thought-provoking topic: Sajedah
Patel spoke on 'Beating Bowel Cancer'.
Representing the Beating Bowel Cancer society she opened our
to the topic, the sorts of people the disease can affect (all of us!)
and the symptoms to keep a particular lookout for. As well as
spreading this knowledge, in an aim to have more cases diagnosed at an
early stage when it is still treatable, the society is also dedicated
to supporting people diagnosed with the disease. Further
information is available at the society's web site, www.beatingbowelcancer.org/.
Young Chef -
Northern Finals Success Following
expert and effective coaching at Stapleford Park Country Hotel,
provided by head chef David Ellams and his colleagues, Lydia Swift of
Long Field Academy, Elizabeth Jones of Belvoir High School and
Elizabeth Shaw of John Ferneley College took part in the challenging
Northern Rotary Young Chef District 1070 Final in Leicester on Saturday
February 2nd. With an age range of 11 to 17 the standard of
final was extremely high and competitors from across the county worked
diligently to produce tasty and very professional three course meals.
Elizabeth Jone's meal, with a menu of goats cheese tart;
sea bass and a delicious chocolate desert, won her the third place;- a
tremendous achievement. This is the second consecutive year that a
Melton young chef has been successful in the final stages.
December 10th the winners of the Young Chef
heats enjoyed preparing for the District Final to be held in Leicester
February. Under the expert guidance of David Ellams, head chef at
Park Country House Hotel, our three finalists each cooked a delicious
course meal.This was the first of two sessions, generously provided by
and his team. The pictures show Elizabeth Shaw, the John Ferneley
Elizabeth Jones, the Belvoir High winner and Lydia Swift, the winner of
Long Field heat for the second year in succession. Lydia went on to win
District event in February 2010 and is hoping to build on this
For our last lunch meeting of
club plus several friends met at TwinLakes, for an informal fish and
chips meal, then a visit to TwinLakes' new Santa's Grotto.
(and member of our club) Phil Bendall has invested much time thought
and spare cash into constructing a fabulous wonderland of elves,
animals and Inuit hunters, all set in snowy and icy scenes.
Santa's train take the children and parents on a ride through
of this before dropping them off to visit Santa in his grotto.
Santa gives them a gold token to enable them to choose any of
great selection of presents, for children up to 12 years old, from his
store. The additional innovation, of breakfast with Santa,
already been sold out for this season. Santa will be back
year, we are promised.
It's a marvelous innovation
for the park
and the region. We congratulate Phil on his initiative and
him well in that and his many other activities at the park.
his leadership TwinLakes park has grown to be a major employer in
Melton, and now brings tourists from a long way outside the
also happened to be Phil's birthday, so the traditional song and cake
with candle were part of the day. Thanks and Happy Birthday
This year's Christmas dinner was
the Grange Alpine Restaurant, a new venue for the club which proved
excellent for a friendly and enjoyable night out. About 50
members, friends and family attended. Roast turkey and Christmas pud
were the favoured menu choices, with alternatives for those saving
themselves for later in the week. After dinner James and Pam
Wiggins held a quiz with a distinctly Christmas theme - challenging
questions which sorted out two teams with 11/20 and several teams
scoring just half marks. The tie break decided the winners of
chocolates. Then we were excellently entertained by "Raised
Song", six of the singers from "Choir
Invisible", who have toured extensively including as The
& Leah Tutu Peace Choir UK.
Another great day was had by
Fun all round was the order of the day. 336
part in the run and walk, raising over £9,000 for local charities and
good causes. We'd be pleased to hear of any notable stories or good
causes that everyone was supporting.
15 mins 44sec, running to raise funds for the Animal Defence Centre
16 : 01
16 : 11
4th and First lady
time not known
We hope we have the names right.
were all puffed out and could hardly breathe let alone spell their
names. Poor Sophie. When asked her name:
So (large intake of breath) Fi
breath and rest) N ( more breath) Wood ( big
She was totally crackered but could
still raise a
About a quarter of the entrants were 12
so well done to all of you. Also to the runner with the baby
papoose and the trousers that kept falling down. The youngest
entrant had to be the bump, at minus 5 weeks, as in Bret, Betty and
Bump. We had 2 disability scooters and countless buggies, so
hope the diversions did not cause too much problem. We only
our last week that the council would be repairing some of the footpaths
over this time! Bob the dog, owned by Kirsten Scotland won
best dressed dog show.
Next year's event will be on 8th
2013. Get those new diaries out now!
In the Lands of the North where
rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very
long, the men of the North Lands sit by their great log fires tell
tales of ..... the intrepid seal hunters (cameras only!) from Melton
Fifteen fearless souls met up on the
of Lincolnshire (at Grantham) to head north towards the cold and bleak
shores of the North Sea. Their objective was the R.A.F.
range at Donna Nook which, quite surprisingly, is probably the best
place in the whole of the UK to see Grey Seals being born.
The Journey We
left Grantham and
headed up towards Sleaford and then on to Tattershall and Conningsby.
(Unfortunately with no time to visit the Castle or the Battle of
Britain Memorial Flight). From there we headed north to
where we (well, most of us) stopped for some light
Unfortunately, two of the cars (one being driven by William ?Damon?
Hill and the other navigated by John ?Cape? Horn) missed the rendezvous
and ended up in Louth. After the break we (well, most of us) continued
north towards Louth where we crossed the Greenwich Meridian and headed
on into the Eastern Hemisphere and the coast.
at North Somercoates and headed out to the car park at Donna Nook
where, miraculously, everyone met up. Once we were together
started the ?long and arduous? trek (of almost 50 yards) over the sea
bank to spot our first seals.
Spotting Normally seal spotting is a bit of a hit
affair. Well, not if you visit Donna Nook in the last three
of November or early in December. This is when the seals head
ashore and up the beach to have their pups. A couple of days
before we arrived the head count was 439 bulls, 1087 cows & 951
pups . That?s nearly 2,500 seals, the majority of which are
than 100 yards away from you!
An observation path
?double? fence along the sand dunes for about ½ a mile. The
is there to protect the humans NOT the seals!
amazed to see how close the seals were - just look at the photos!.
of the pups were only days, if not hours old, and lay right next to the
fence along with their mothers. We saw them suckling, being
caressed and comforted or just sleeping. Unfortunately, no births
whilst we were there.
We were very lucky with the
although it was very cold and threatened to turn to rain. So, after
about two hours we all headed back to the car park where most people
had a hot drink before setting off home.
The (Eventful) Return The
journey was to be via Lincoln with a ?Tea Shop? break at
However, having just left the coast to head inland one of our intrepid
group suffered a rather deflating experience! Unfortunately,
since Volvo did not design a spare wheel into this particular vehicle,
he and his passengers had to wait for the RAC to come out and solve the
problem. The rest of us, in true Rotary spirit, left them to it and
continued on to the Tea Shop!!!
the End of the Day... ... we had a great time
with a lot of
Rotary fellowship, a trip to the seaside and one of the best wildlife
experiences in the UK. For more information on Donna Nook click
Year 11 students (Victoria
Egner, Bethan Scott, Molly Hunt & Max Leah (a fifth member
was involved in the first year has now moved school) are
completing the AS Extended Project qualification a year
earlier than usual. They have decided to work as a group and create an
enterprise toolkit for students in the Teso region of Uganda (main aim
Ugandan students in how to set up a small scale business). The group
their own brand and name, ?Asubun? this translates to ?create? or ?We
ourselves? in the local Iteso language. The project completes in May
two years work.
group aimed to raise funds so
that the enterprise toolkits could be sent to Uganda along with a small
micro-grant of £10 (this will buy substantial start up resources in
The main aim was to give students in Uganda the chance to start their
business and provide them with the skills to improve their life and
their family. The group works closely with the Long Field?s link school
The Ngora High School. The group have raised enough funds to pay a
act as a coordinator for the project in Uganda. As a consequence of
it became clear that Ngora High School desperately needed additional
the promotion of the
initiative was to present the vision to the Rotary Club of Melton and
what the project required. As a consequence, the Rotary Club generously
£200, masses of school stationery and 13 computers.
over £1000 for the project so far with almost 50 students in Uganda
the toolkits to start their enterprise ideas.
thanks to all the members
of the Rotary Club for their kind donations and support of this unique
My Olympic Dream About 50 club members,
friends gathered at the Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby to hear an
engaging talk by Chris Knight (a Rotarian from Ashby) about his Olympic
Dream - his involvement in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics,
Chris applied to be a part of the activity in
October 2011, and received confirmation he would be part of the Fife
County team in January 2012. From then on he was in an increasingly
intensive rehearsal programme, initially one half day per week building
up to three very full days per week just before the opening
ceremony itself. The attention to detail in the
planning, the rehearsal areas, the costumes, and on the night
astonishing. This all contributed to such a great spectacle
witnessed by so many millions around the world. Chris himself
part of the industrial revolution tableau, working on the beam engine.
He said it was truly a dream come true for him, and had been
delighted with his selection. The audience congratulated him
his dedication and commitment, as well as thanking him wholeheartedly
for his well-received talk.
Bill Hill, who organised
the event, said:
"As a social event I thought it was a success and I hope you and your
guests enjoyed the evening. The raffle raised a super £185 and a small
surplus from the ticket sales made a grand total of £230 which will be
allocated to the Osprey Migration Project."
Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray Belvoir staged the
public-speaking competition, Youth Speaks, on Wednesday 14thNovember
at Quorn Lodge Hotel. The hotly
contested competition was won by teams from Catmose College in both the
intermediate and senior categories.
included the Paralympic vision , modern languages provision in today's
the regrettable decline of school music, as well as talks on the pros
of social media and the world of electronic gadgets.
Winners in Intermediate section
Winners in Senior section
Runners-up in Intermediate
Runners-up in Senior
competition usually attracts interest from the Melton borough's
schools. However this
year none entered and it is now down to Catmose College to represent
Rotary clubs in the next round of this national competition which will
place in January 2013.
Club Night, October
fantastic successes and the remaining challenge of Rotary's efforts to
eradicate polio world-wide were highlighted at the club's international
dinner in October. The dinner was held at the Spice Club in
Melton, and supported by a small but select band of members, plus some
welcome visitors from the Melton Belvoir club and two Hong Kong
students from Students International school in Melton. Thank
to Uzzal and his staff at the Spice Club for hosting us so well.
success Rotary and
our partners have achieved towards polio eradication is best
illustrated by the massive reduction in cases of polio world-wide.
1000 children per
day(350,000 in the
catching polio when Rotary took up the challenge in 1985 to
eradicate the disease across the world. This year so far (up
October) fewer than 200 children have succumbed in the whole year.
The world map, largely painted red when the
with endemic polio are highlighted, now only glows red in
Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But it is essential we
the job. An outbreak in Tagikistan in 2010 sharply shocked us
after years when the country had been free of the disease.
As they had given up on doing routine vaccinations,
grew within a couple of months until nearly 500 children were
paralysed by polio. Polio is such an infective disease that, unless we
completely eradicate it from the world, every child worldwide will
continue to have to be vaccinated for ever - at enormous financial and
logistical cost which could be spent on reducing other diseases such as
malaria and AIDS, as well as imposing on-going unnecessary
Our event raised a good sum to donate
paying for the vaccinations, and also publicising the on-going problem.
The nature of this problem was illustrated when people in the
restaurant began asking, "What is polio?" We have fortunately
been free of polio for so long now in the UK that the disease is
largely unknown among younger generations. That does not
the horror of children paralysed for life from this entirely
preventable disease. We are so close, we must
District Quiz, October
Rotary District 1070 inter-club quiz was run on 18th October.
our teams performed well. Team A, Jenny Foreman, Linda Moore, Mike Rowe
Ward were very consistent, averaging more than 50% over 5 challenging
rounds. Team B, Richard Abbott, Adrienne Holland, John
John Redwood were more
erratic, losing ground early through knowing little about the Oscars.
recovered well, however, by scoring 9 in Round 4 on "Balls",
John R?s abstruse cricketing knowledge. Now in equal top
dreaming of a place in the final, they struggled in Round 5 and fell
back to joint third. Ashby Castle A ran out as worthy winners with 32
Thanks to all who took part in a very
evening, efficiently managed by Robert Bracegirdle and Eddie Pearson,
to whom we were most grateful.
Young Chef - Opening
Rounds of 2012-13 event Over
weeks of October students at Belvoir High School, Long Field Academy
John Ferneley College have taken part in the opening rounds of the
Rotary Young Chef competition. In this competition the young people are
required to cook and serve a healthy meal, suitable for two people,
within the cost and time limits allowed.
hotly contested and the worthy winners were Lydia Swift at Long Field
School, Lizzie Jones at Belvoir High School and Elizabeth Shaw at John
Ferneley College. All three will now attend a Masterclass generously
provided by David Ellams at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel before
competing in the Rotary District Finals in Leicester at the end of
The photographs show some of the
Minor Sports, Minor
Triumph 17 members
the club met at the Marquis of Granby in Waltham to attempt to overcome
the might of the Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club in early October. The
only sense in which we triumphed was in having a great social night.
We won the first round, but then our captain allowed all
physical distractions (massages
being just some of those) to overcome our focus on the main business of
We wish Grantham Kesteven good luck in
of the competition.
Conference in Telford Nine members of
and partners enjoyed a weekend in Telford at the Rotary District
Conference, also hearing a series of stimulating presentations on
several charities supported by Rotary and many aspects of our
work in our communities.
The weekend began with a
British" supper and "Last Night of the Proms with the Jackfield Brass
Band and the Hadley Male Voice Choir. Patriotic dress and
Flags (mostly the correct way up!) were in abundance.
morning opened with the Drum
Cafe band. We all (750 of us) had
African-style drums on our seats on arrival, and in a fascinating
half-hour were shown how to play a variety of rhythms and notes, in a
fairly well co-ordinated way. Great fun, and a real example
leadership and teamwork.
District Governor then opened the event, and indeed led it superbly
throughout. He was followed by RIBI President John
talking about current developments in Rotary in Britain and Ireland, Rotaract,
Wheel, and then our neighbouring club, Grantham, publicising
fantastic Trade Aid project.
the break Canine
Partners showed us the way their dogs can help the daily
the disabled. As always, their dogs really caught the
imaginations. We then heard a moving expose of Hope
and Homes for
Children, especially a talk from a young lad Oggi Tomic, who
escaped from Serbia during the recent war-torn times.
everyone a chance to see the delights of the Telford area, including
Ironbridge and the natural environment around the Wrekin. The
club presidents took part in the Rotaract Challenge (harder
it looks) and raised £1160 for 'Hope
and Homes for Children' and 'Calvert
in doing so.
Saturday night was party night, with a
tie dinner and ball.
with a "Time for
Reflection", with readings on aspects of peace from four belief systems
(Jewish, Humanitarian, Muslim and Christian). A series of
videos featuring the humanitarian work of the Rotary Foundation were
followed by demonstrations of Vocation in Action: RYLA (Rotary Young
Leadership Award) and Remap - Rotarians using their vocational skills
to help less-able people with simple everyday tasks. The team
took part in the recent VTT (vocational training team) visit to Kenya,
working with three special needs schools in Thika, showed us all the
value of this new Rotary Foundation programme.
entertained by Matt Harvey, the poet and broadcaster, who read several
of his poems. Our final speaker of the conference
Michael Portillo, giving us a glimpse of his political life and his
more recent work as a broadcaster and documentary film presenter.
He is a patron of DEBRA, an organisation supporting
those with a
severe skin disfunction called epidermolysis bullosa (EB).
of Rotary's activities and the charities
supported by Rotary were on display in the House of
In all a
stimulating and enjoyable weekend, well led by our president Julia.
Philippines: Leyte Water
Project The Rotary Clubs
Mowbray and Banilad Metro (in Cebu, Philippines) have begun a process
to supply clean water to a community in the mountains in central
Southern Leyte, a province of the Philippines. The village is
Cuatro de Agosto, near Mahaplag, circled in green in the map below.
party from the club visited The Philippines in April/May 2012
assess several potential projects for our club's support, and
chose this one as the proposal most likely to have a high and
sustainable impact on the community. Joe Carrington,
Dehnel, Eric Hall, Kathryn Manderson (wife of Rotarian Duncan),
accompanied by Pat Luckett from the South Holland club, made
the party. The project has been proposed by the Rotary Club
Banilad Metro, a club in Cebu, and supported by the Rotary clubs in
Maasin and Ormoc, both in South Leyte. Allan Limas and Des
are the main contacts in the Banilad club. Allan is known to
of the club, as he was the leader of the GSE team that visited district
1070 with a GSE team from the Visayas in 2010. Des can be
in some of the pictures from our visit below.
described in more detail in the proposal linked here. This is
very much a preliminary proposal, Much work has to be done
the project can be firmed up, including:
of the flow
over all the months of the year and under differing rain conditions;
the quality of
both bacteriological and mineral, and again how is this affected over
the ownership of
and the land on which the various reservoirs would have to be built;
the land rights
the pipeline would have to pass;
how and where the
will best be distributed in the village for maximum impact on the
In any case, as
3860 is not a pilot district under the Future Vision of The
Rotary Foundation and it is proposed to apply for a Global Grant from
the Foundation for this project, we would not be able to
application until July 2013. In any case it will take some
for the clubs to raise the initial money towards the project.
Preliminary studies will start now, with a longer time frame
completion in mind. It is envisaged that the Melton Rotary
will contribute about US$10,000 to this project. We hope to
obtain grants from The Rotary Foundation of about
both from the World Fund and the districts' own Foundation
pictures from the May 2012 visit:
Des' mother (village resident)
The spread they arranged for us
and up ...
... and up ...
... and up ...
... and up .
Des (in blue) at the spring
It's all very muddy
Volume testing (a crude estimate)
Joe and Kathryn glad to have
dessicated coconut production in the hills near the spring
The Club welcomed
RYLA delegate, and Izzy Cocker, RYE participant, to the meeting on 3
September to give an account of their experiences over the summer on
these two youth projects. Their placements were sponsored by the club.
a former Interactor and frequent visitor the club spent 8 days at
Grafham Water in July taking part in the Rotary Youth
Award scheme. Set up to train young leaders, this intensive residential
course put the class of 2012 through its paces with daily tasks and
challenges designed to develop leadership, team work and personal
growth and development. They undertook activities
from raft-building, sailing and trekking to ?Apprentice?-style tasks
and presentations. It wasn't all work though. The group gelled really
well and had lots of fun and laughs along the way. Sally found the
experience extremely beneficial and rewarding, developing new skills
which took her out of her comfort zone, as well as giving her the
opportunity to hone those vital skills of leadership and team work.
Sally returns to Leeds University shortly to complete her final year of
Izzy took part in the camps/tours strand of
Exchange and travelled to San Diego in California in July. This was the
first time the club has supported this particular Rotary youth
initiative. After a presentation at her school, Kesteven and Grantham
Girls' School, Izzy applied through the District Officer for a place at
the prestigious San Diego music camp. She was interviewed by members of
the club and produced an audition tape of her viola-playing. Hearing
that she had been accepted, Izzy said, was one of the best days of her
life. She spent three marvellous weeks in San Diego, hosted by a
Rotarian family, enjoying their hospitality and the opportunity to
learn about the American way of life. The music camp attracted
talented young musicians from all over the world and they came
together, through Rotary, to play together at the San Diego Bilbao
Park. Practice sessions took place every morning, with recitals and
concerts at the end of camp. Izzy also enjoyed visiting down town San
Diego, Hollywood, a beach barbecue, surfing and canoeing. To conclude
her visit to our club Izzy treated us by playing her viola. Her
achievements are all the more remarkable as she has just turned 16.
Governor's Visit Mid-August saw
District Governor, Chris Chew, visit our club on his marathon round of
visiting all 88 clubs in the district early in "his" year. He
spoken eloquently about the theme for the year of Peace Through
Service, amplifying its meaning and reminding us it does not just mean
peace as opposed to war, but also more local factors such as minimising
school bullying or the right to enjoy a quiet family life. Our
president Julia regretted missing the visit, but was away on her
honeymoon - an allowed excuse! The photo shows our
President-elect Diana Osborne greeting Chris.
at Rutland Water Bill Hill aranged
visits in July and August to the Lyndon Nature Reserve at Rutland Water
to visit the Osprey nesting site. Ospreys have successfully
there since their relocation from Scotland some years ago.
link with our club, apart from the fascinationg story of the birds and
their migrations to and from the west coast of Africa every year, is
that we are developing a project to link primary schools along the
route, creating an interest in the birds and the environment
general among school children in the UK, continental Europe
Africa. We aim to provide computers and associated equipment
the children can talk to each otheron line and devlop better
understanding of each other and their ways of life.
visits 30 members of the club, 20 older students from the Melton
International School, and about 50 other interested people have visited
the nature reserve. Some pictures of the second visit are below:
more information on
the osprey project visit the Rutland Water Nature Reserve site at www.ospreys.org.uk.
Rotary Stars Rotary Stars is
offered by the Rotary Clubs in Melton Mowbray to all local primary
schools, taken up this year by ten schools.
Stars is a
new venture to the Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs. The project
part of the youth committee activities,and is run by Penny
Hancox and Dennis Hurst. The aim of the award is to
recognise a pupil in primary school, who, in the opinion of the staff
has consistently demonstrated such attributes as good citizenship,
endeavour and helpful behaviour. We stipulate to schools that
award is not for academic achievement or sporting skills. The
parameters of the award are entirely with the school, and the
presentation to one pupil per school takes place in June or
July.The child is presented with a .ROTARY STAR certificate,accompanied
by a badge and a book token bought by the clubs from Melton Book Shop.
We hope to begin work in the autumn on involving more
improve and increase our relationship for the future of Rotary.
It is a
project because, whereas the majority of Rotary youth projects /
competitions cater predominantly for gifted and talented children, the
?Rotary Stars? project is open and suitable for all children
irrespective of age, talent or academic ability. The pictures
Hill Primary School
the 2012 Rotary Stars certificate on 2nd July by Rotary Club president
Julia Hinde for "her constant endeavours in school and the community":