were delighted to welcome Bill Hill, a very experienced Rotarian, to
the club in June 2011. Bill has transferred to RC Melton
from Wellingborough Hatton as a result of his house move to Langham.
Safari Supper 2011 The Club held its
Safari Supper this year on the 11th June. Absence on
reduced the numbers attending, but 19 members, partners and friends
enjoyed the traditional format of an evening spent in 4 different
locations, for starter, main course, dessert and cheese/biscuits with
coffee, and in ever-changing company. This year's arrangements saw all
meeting for drinks and canapés on Dalby Road, scattering elsewhere in
Melton and as far as Ashwell for their main course, returning to Ab
Kettleby and Melton again, before ending up reunited in Hamilton Drive.
agreed that it had been a most enjoyable social event, also adding £90
to charitable funds. The President warmly thanked all who had provided
hospitality and attended.
The annual Kids Out day was held on 8th June 2011,
Rotary Clubs from around District 1070 took 2,223 disadvantaged
children to Wicksteed Park in Kettering for a day's fun and
The Melton Mowbray club took 100 children from Birchwood, 30
with several school teachers and helpers
from the Rotary club. This was part of
a nationwide day out, with some 540 clubs across Britain and Ireland
taking part, with an estimated 25,000 children enjoying a day
out. The club was pleased to receive
excellent feedback. The schools reported that the
children were extremely well fed with lots of choices with their lunch
and snacks. The supervision was great and all of the children had a
wonderful time and were positively buzzing when they returned to school
at the end of the day. The plastic capes kindly donated by Phil Bendall
at Twinlakes came in very useful when we had the first and only
downpour shortly after arriving at Wicksteed. After that first 15
minutes the weather held fine all day. All schools thought that the
package of the tee shirts, back packs, plastic capes and baseball caps
These photos illustrate some of the fun had by the children:
"Thank You" cards were received by the club:
Citation Awarded At the club
meeting on 16th May 2011 Assistant Governor Garner Roberts presented
the club with the Presidential Citation for 2010-11, which was
received with gratitude by President John Horn. Both Garner
and John paid tribute to the hard work and successes of the club in
achieving this award.
Abbott Awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship President
John Horn was pleased to take the occasion of our Annual General
meeting on 16th
May to ask Assistant Governor Garner Roberts to present a Paul Harris
Fellowship to Ben Abbott in recognition of his excellent service to the
club, with many events being run under his guidance.
President John particularly mentioned Ben's successes
in involving the community in the club's activities.
joins the Club The 11th
April 2011 saw the induction into the club of another new member, Jim
Schofield, who has transferred from the Melton Mowbray Belvoir club to
the "lunch time club" following changes in his personal
President of the Melton Rotary Club was pleased to welcome and
induct Jim and wished him well with us.
Big Duck Race, 2nd May 2011 The
Easter and May Bank Holiday period once again saw the Rotary Club of
Melton Mowbray hard at work fund raising at Twin Lakes. This
second year that Twinlakes has been kind enough to open their park to
us for the Duck Race
in order to raise money for Rotary charities. In this case the main
beneficiary will be the annual 'Kids Out' event which sees local
Rotarians taking deserving children to a leisure park for a day.
Other charities supported are a literacy project for
bulbs for the blind at Christmas, and Christmas parcels for older and
needy folk in the Melton community.
year's event was the second Duck Race to be held at Twinlakes
took place on Monday 2nd May in glorious sunshine and, thankfully, a
strong breeze. The latter at least made sure the ducks blew
the shore in a record time. This followed a 12 day
Rotarians asking visitors to the Park to sponsor the ducks and be
allocated with a Duck Number - visitors from all over the country (and
a few overseas) were generous in their support. Support
was so great again this year that over 2500 duck numbers were
This meant that once again the prize money had to be tripled since
there are only 1000 ducks in the race and each duck could have up to
three 'owners'. This
year duck 'sales' reached a staggering £3,868.50 and with the addition
of some very generous donations the total income was almost £4,000. On
Day' a large crowd gathered at the lake to cheer on their ducks.
Rotarians David Ward and Gavin Howling devised a
Launching system, releasing the 1000 plastic ducks from a cage in
the middle of the lake. It was then down to wind-power to
contestants across the lake to the designated finishing line. The
challenge the wind gave us this year was that it made towing the launch
cage out to the middle of the lake in a rowing boat a tough assignment
for Gavin Howling. But with James Howling's assistance he
successfully and the ducks were off. This was a year for
ducks. They outstripped the blues and pinks, and very shortly
first three ducks quacked into the winning tape.
number 663 reached the finishing line first, winning its three owners
£75 each. The second and third place ducks were 982 and 26
respectively with prize money of £50 and £25 going to their owners.
generosity and willingness of the visitors at Twin Lakes to sponsor the
ducks made all of our efforts worthwhile and the Rotary Club of Melton
Mowbray would like to thank them all for their support. Thanks
also due particularly to Pam Wiggins, and also to the
members of the club who sold
tickets and helped with the race itself. We are grateful to Twinlakes
Director, Phil Bendall, himself a member of the Melton Mowbray
Club, who supported the event and
the park facilities available to the club members.
List of Winners
Duck - Number 663 - each winning £75
Tuff from Leicester
Sinclare from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Hasbury from Bourne, Lincolnshire
Duck - Number 982 - each winning £50 (only
owners with this number)
Cheung from Keyworth, Nottinghamshire
Saddington from Barry, South Wales
Duck - Number 26 - each winning £25
Shreeve, from Calverton, Nottingham
Smith from Peterborough
William from Nottingham
For our technically-minded readers, the inventor of
launcher supplied the following confidential information:
utilise the inherent bouyancy of 1000 plastic ducks to balance the
gravitational force related to the duck's constraining structure.
This state of
is maintained until the application of a tensional force to
release mechanism, which immediately puts the whole system out of
force then becomes dominant, immediately initiating the
of the duck's constraining structure, and
releasing the 1000 ducks into freedom, to seek plastic duck
Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray Belvoir joined forces to
raise awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure, by offering free
blood pressure checks and advice from professional nurses to the people
of Melton Mowbray. 181 blood pressure tests were carried out
during the day. Of these, 66 people were advised to consult
GPs in the next 4 weeks, and one person was advised to see his GP as
soon as possible. This remarkably high percentage illustrates
just how many unknowingly have high blood pressure,
significant correlation to the risk of suffering a stroke.
owed to the nurses
who gave up their time to support this important health initiative in
year's competition elicited 71 entries in the Junior section. All
entrants submitted a piece of prose or poetry. The theme was "Community
Spirit". The winner attends St Mary's Primary School.
Presentations are on Friday April 15th. The runner-up attends Asfordby
Hill Primary School and a Grove Primary school entrant was Highly
Commended. The pictures show the presentations at the Grove School on
Tuesday April 12th.
Aid Goes to the Philippines Today
culmination, at least for the Rotary Club of Melton
Mowbray, of several months' work collecting items of educational and
medical value, all donated by various schools, charities and
individuals in support of the poorer communities in Cebu province in
the Philippines. Over the past year many changes have taken
in the Melton schools, and much redundant equipment was likely to be
scrapped. However, what we consider to be out-dated
has much value to those schools and hospitals in the third world that
have so little. The club has been well supported,
Long Field and John Ferneley schools with donations of computers,
school books, sports and music equipment. St. John Ambulance
having to dispose of boxes of dressings no longer of the type useful
for their work, but still of great value to others. Many
individuals donated clothing, other school equipment such as pens,
children's clothing and school bags, and a friend in the
Philippines persuaded his contacts in the publishing world (Ron Watson
and David Luper) to donate
two pallets of books. All too many to name individually, but
know who you are, and can be proud of helping those less fortunate than
the items boxed up and being
loaded onto the container, which will arrive in Cebu in mid-May.
The Rotarians in several of the clubs in Cebu will do their
wonderful and committed job in ensuring this all goes to people who
will benefit greatly from it.
Melton Aurora Rotary Club, 24th March 2011 The
Rotary Club of Melton
Mowbray Aurora was inaugurated on 24th March. Below
article published by the Melton Times, the copy of which we thank them
Vernon receiving the RIBI banner from RIBI President Jim Moulson
Night, March 2011 Melton
Mowbray Rotary Club held its 83rd annual charter dinner, celebrating
its founding in 1928, at Scalford Hall on 21st March 2011.
by President John Horn and attended by 105 guests from Rotary
clubs and other service organisations from around Melton and further
afield, we heard of some of the successes of the Melton Club
achieving its Rotary ideals. Toasts were given and responded
by President-elect Pam Posnett, District Governor Roger McDermott, and
President John Horn. The guest speaker, Warren Smith from the
Leeds Rotary club, gave us insights into the life of a theatre promoter
and of the many stage stars he has met over his career.
Musician Semi-finals, March 2011 Melton
Mowbray again hosted the Rotary 1070 District Northern Semi Final at
the Baptist Church on Saturday 5 March. After an excellent
competition the certificates were awarded by Rotarian Terry Gooding,
Assistant District Governor. Standards were very high with
talented young instrumentalists and vocalists taking part presenting an
exacting challenge to experienced adjudicator Stuart Corbett.
Winners are now qualified for the District Final stage of the
competition which will be held at Melton Theatre on April 3rd.
quality of the performers is quite fantastic and if you get the chance
to attend any of the competition events you will not leave without
being impressed by the talent that the young people demonstrate. The
photographs show a mixture of winners and participants receiving their
Ensemble (Winner; Junior Group)
(Winner; Intermediate Group)
Frances Gibson, Naomi Edwards & Alexander Considine
Senior Solo Instrumental)
Grace Garner, Megan Wood & Sarah Holbrook (Participants,
Intermediate Solo Instrumental)
for Girls (Winner; Senior Choir)
Avishka Edirisinghe (Winners, Intermediate Solo Instrumental)
go to Sheila Aston, whose exceptional commitment to this competition is
a significant factor in its ongoing success.
final will be held at Bedford School, Bedford, on Saturday 21st May.
Shooting competition was held this year on Wednesday 2nd
March 2011 at the Holwell Rifle Club, Asfordby Hill. As in
the event was well supported with 13 Rotarians, family and friends from
Club, plus a contingent of 6 travelers from the Rotary Club of
stalwarts from the 'good old Dick Turpin' days. The members
Holwell Rifle Club again acted as superb mentors, organisers and hosts.
organiser's best efforts to
yet again change the rules, and to arrange the date so as to prevent
'Champions' such as 'Dead Eye Dehnel', 'Mad Scot Manderson',
Carrington Kid' from attending couldn't get him into a higher
position than 15th place.
backcloth of aggressive
rivalry and fierce banter, the 19 competitors shot 15 rounds
targets), in a seated position, aimingto
achieve the tightness spread on the target. This
being followed by
aching LSR (the oxymoron of Light Weight Sports Rifle), shooting 20
a standard, allegedly static
scoring target. All
followed by a
buffet and drinks when the results were announced and matched to the
results were as follows:-
Gavin Howling, Second - Phil Bendall, Equal Third - Malcolm Mann
(Rutland), Brian Fenwick (Rutland), and our own James Howling (within
4mm spread of his dad Gavin, and yet to learn not to beat his
mother Jenny by so much)
Phil Bendall, Second - Gavin Howling, Third - Peter Knowles
Howling and Phil Bendall, Joint Winners for 2011
Musician of the Year
The Melton Rotary Clubs' Young Musician Heats, sponsored by the Melton
Mowbray Building Society, took place on the 5th February at the Melton
Mowbray Baptist Church. The audience was treated to a feast of good
music across the age ranges, with all performers doing well.
Entrants each played two pieces of varied style and length,
on their age. They were judged by experienced adjudicator Roy Abbey.
The event concluded with the announcement that Hannah Bailey is Melton Mowbray
Musician of the Year 2011.
All the following will appear at the Rotary 1070 District Northern Semi
Final to be held at the Baptist Church on Saturday 5 March.
Junior Solo Instrumental
Junior Ensemble Instrumental
Gaddesby School Recorder Trio
Intermediate Solo Instrumental
Intermediate Solo Vocal
Senior Solo Instrumental
Senior Solo Vocal
The Young Musician Of The Year was Hannah Bailey and
The Young Ensemble Of The Year was The Gaddesby School
The photographs show Tinotenda and Tinashe Msipa with Roy Abbey; the
Mayor of Melton, Margaret Moore and Young Mayor of Melton, David
Downing with Sara Hall, Megan Wood and Hannah Bailey.
Young Chef -
District Finals On
February 5th Beth Warner and Erin White set off for the Samworth
Academy in Leicester to represent Melton Mowbray in the
Young Chef final.
They had prepared very thoroughly with a
number of trial runs and a second session in the kitchens at Stapleford
Park Hotel, ably supported by head chef David Ellams and his team. Both
girls performed very well indeed. The progress that they had each made
as a result of the coaching sessions was very much in evidence. We were
very proud of them.
In truth though, it is a tough challenge.
Standards are high and they were up against older youngsters with much
more experience on all fronts. Unlike other Rotary competitions there
is no Intermediate class in Young Chef. Judged from this perspective
their achievement is without doubt impressive, but unfortunately the
prizes went elsewhere! They were understandably disappointed but they
are still looking back with pleasure on what has overall been a very
exciting, beneficial and enjoyable learning experience for them.
The photographs show Erin and Beth making final preparations,
impressive 3 course meals and their fellow competitors.
sequence of events in this year's local Young Chef
competition came to a conclusion this week (March
Joint winners Bethany Warner from
John Ferneley College and Erin White from Long Field School were
their trophy in separate school assemblies. The girls are pictured
their award from Rotarians Eric Sylt and Jenny Foreman.
Projects in the Philippines - 3 Projects Completed
Melton Rotary Club has supported work in the central Philippines for
several years, and during December 2010 finalised three wide ranging
projects, supporting communities there in educational, health and
livelihood projects of all sorts. The three projects are
described briefly below. We are grateful for the support of The Rotary
Foundation in helping to finance all these activities. Full
details are in the final reports to the Rotary
Foundation, linked from each project as below.
of medical equipment were purchased by members of the Rotary Club of
Melton Mowbray both in the USA and in the Philippines. These were
shipped and/or given directly to the recipients in the Rotary Club of
Siquijor and to the mayor of the province of South Leyte, both in the
Philippines for use in the local health centres and hospitals.
The Melton Rotary Club put £540 into this project, matched
£500 from The Rotary Foundation.
project, which has been running since January 2008, addressed several
of the basic health, education, skills training and livelihood
the rural folks in the Visayas. This included:
station for mothers
facility in Souther Leyte
centre for out of school youth - this incorporated a computer
laboratory with installation of e-learning courseware, network
administration and computer maintenance training to support
(alternative learning system) training
alternative learning and community
with reading programme
rehabilitation programme, including launch of
a Reef Project?, to support
fishing for community livelihood
youth leadership development through leadership
for street children and a Scouting program for out-of-school
training for deaf adults
awareness and training seminars for empowerment
project was sponsored by the Melton Rotary Club with $5,000
£2,400), the Philippine Rotary Club of Mandaue North and district 3860
contributed $10,100, and this was all matched with a further
The Rotary Foundation.
started in mid-2008 to provide a wide range of mainly education-based
support for the area:
training for 28 out of school youth from rural communities with
transportation allowance, board and lodging for one year on Home and
Restaurant Services and Vocational Skills Training, leading
the job placement in Banilad Professional Center for Development and
CITE-ACTEC Training Center.
up of Cognitive Neuro-feedback Simulation Center for 100 children with
special needs to address language and cognitive skills in PRIME Center
glasses for 240 elementary children and check up under the Sight For A
and Youth Development program on numeracy for 100 Grade VI pupils.
Leadership training for 30 University Student-leaders.
formation for 150 street kids and 30 volunteer?s training in Sugbu
courseware development and multimedia production for out of school
training and interactive and creative learning materials for children
used hospital equipment and other useful items including storage and
transportation costs to assist clubs in the district in expanding their
programs on health, education and empowerment of the poor through
sponsored by the Melton Rotary Club with $5,000 (about
Philippine Rotary Club of Cebu East and district 3860
$10,100, the Village Aid programme started by David Collins in Bohol
donated $4,500, and this was all matched with a further
The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Club is delighted to have helped the hard-working Rotarians in
Cebu, Siquijor and Leyte in achieving so much to support their local
communities. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Rotary
Foundation in these activities.
Pam Wiggins, chairman of
the Community and
Vocational Committee writes:
Christmas has arrived with the start
Festival at St Mary?s Church. I was grateful that the roads
Grantham and Melton had been cleared to enable me to assist
Community and Vocational
team prepare their latest masterpiece of
mid-October our Blue Peter training came in
useful. Decorations were created, glue was covered in glitter
had the nightmare job of trying to remove all the sparkly bits from her
Today was the day that all the hard
work by Kate,
and Julia could finally be put on display. My husband James
decided that he would come along to support
our efforts. I can only say that without him we would have
trouble. Julia arrived with the brand new Christmas Lights,
provided by a
fellow Rotarian, only to discover that we had been given Icicle
Great if you are working on a flat surface but hardly suitable for a
Christmas Tree. If anyone has been to our house over the
period you would realise that I have a genius in James when it comes to
Christmas lighting. Not to be beaten, he set about making the
system work for us. After about an hour of tweaking
tweaking that we were in business and ready to adorn the tree with our
made decorations, baubles and beads.
theme was to let the community know
for our projects this year, and how the money has been spent. The tree,
therefore, has plastic angel ducks, cut out big ducks, paper golf
of the 3 Peaks Challenge, Cicle race along with photographs of Youth
Kids Day out and Interact
We believe that the
article was worth all the
effort and a number of people who passed by were also very
impressed. In addition to the tree Kate
mannequin. It is now wearing a Santa outfit to promote next week?s
run. Julia had a chat with a mother and son who were very interested in
part and her young son wanted to buy his Santa outfit there and
us hope that the display generates more entries for the Santa Run.
I would like to extend my most
sincere thanks to
provided the Tree, Julia and Kate for all their hard work to promote
Rotary in the Community. I hope that as
many of you as
possible will take the time to
visit St Mary?s, not only to see the Rotary Christmas Tree, but to
the amount of effort that other organisations put into making this
local schoolgirls aged between 11 and 13 cooked
for Head Chef David Ellams at Stapleford Park Country Hotel last week.
girls were the winners and runners up of the local heats of the Rotary
Young Chef Competition. The girls quickly rose to the challenge of
working in a
professional kitchen under the watchful eye of experts in the field.
visit was arranged in order to help to prepare two
of the girls for the next stage of the competition. This will be held
Leicester in January and will involve the planning, costing,
presentation of a 3 course meal for 2. Fellow competitors may well be
16 or 17
years of age!
and his pastry chef, Simon, will spend another
morning with the girls before then. This time the professionals will do
cooking, showing Bethany and Erin how they can use their chosen
further develop their already impressive culinary skills and hopefully
pictures show Bethany Warner, Erin White, Isabelle North and Elizabeth
and Lizzie, from Long Field School together with Bethany and Izzie from
Ferneley College were thrilled to be given this opportunity. They were complimented
by David on the quality of their meals
and their careful work in the kitchen, which bettered the standard
previous years. Parents of the girls were also delighted commenting
girls were really benefiting from such a unique experience.
Thank you to Stapleford Park Hotel for helping
the girls with
to Projects in the Philippines
Club member John Dehnel visited several of the projects we are
supporting in the Philippines in October 2010. He
Over the past year the club has undertaken a project to buy
various items of medical equipment, such as digital thermometers,
bandages and blood-pressure testing equipment, to supply to hospitals
and health centres in the Visayas region in the central Philippines.
During a visit to the beautiful island of Siquijor, just
south of Cebu, I met the members of the Rotary Club of Siquijor Island
to whom some of this equipment had been sent. Past-president Shirley
Creasey was very
kind in meeting us on arrival and arranging the visit overall.
She and several of the members of the club took us around the
island to see the main hospital and various health centres.
We also met the Provincial Governor and the Mayor of
Siquijor, where we were able to discuss the work the Rotary Clubs are
doing on the island and how the local government can work with them in
this endeavour. On Siquijor we also met recently inducted
member of the Rotary Club, Honey Grace Samson, who was a member
of the GSE team to visit district 1070 in Autumn 2009. It was
as a result of her visit that we now have such good contacts with
Rotary on the island.
attended the Rotary Club of Siquijor Island's meeting and they
showed us round the island.
evidence in several places across the island - the
Rotary Club is clearly very active, seen here at the small
dock where we landed after a scuba diving trip (no, it wasn't all
Rotary work!). Rotary's
campaign is still in full swing in the Philippines - in the very
district that was one of the pilots for starting the whole programme
back in 1985 - evidenced by these signs at the ferry port to Siquijor: The
last photo here is of our meeting with the Provincial governor.
erected the waiting shed at the dock
Meeting with the
Now posters at the ferry port
time back in Cebu City I was able to visit the offices and
warehouse of Berovan, one of the local medical suppliers, to pick up
some previously ordered sphagmomanometers (blood pressure testing
equipment). It was Halloween night on the day I picked up the
equipment; hence the rather unusual costumes worn by the staff! I was
pleased then to be able to meet old friends Rico Rentuza and Jane
Araneta from the province of St. Bernard, to hand over the equipment
for use in their health centres on Leyte.
... and Hand-Over
to Cebu was facilitated enormously by the hard work of
Rotarian Allan Limas, who had been the GSE team leader for the team
from the Visayas mentioned above. Thank you Allan. We met several other
Rotarians and visited a number of Rotary clubs during our 5 day stay in
the city. This included the charter night of the Cebu Fuente
Rotary Club - held in the local casino with all the food and
drinks sponsored by Paggcor, the casino owners - now there's
an idea for a UK club's charter night!
in the Casino
the past few
years the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray has shipped a number
containers of educational and health equipment to Cebu, donated by
schools, hospitals and Rotarians n Melton and across District 1070.
evidence in several places, including the science equipment at the
Mactan school and the sewing machines in the training centre.
School in Mactan
from King Edward VII School, Melton
equipped computer room, supplied by
lessons - using sticks in place of
provided by Rotary
Machines at Kids Training Centre
GSE link was
our visit to the pre-school facility set up and run by Nancy Berame,
a member of the GSE team visiting the UK in 2009. This school is a
wonderful initiative providing much needed support to local children.
Nancy is seen here, with some of the equipment provided by
the Melton Rotary Club and the play equipment funded by Melton Mowbray
Ladies in Rotary:
Rotary Club on Mactan Island has its own club house! It
the local governor to give it the land and pay for the building in
return for all the good work it does in the area. They use it
their club meetings, but also for training programmes for out-of-school
youth and job training for aspiring IT employees in the local economic
right at the
end of our time in Cebu I had a chance to meet Gail
Bitancor, the dentist who was the other member of the same GSE team as
mentioned above, and the District Foundation Chairman Yumi Espina:
was a fascinating visit to a Rotary district
that is working hard to overcome the deprivations suffered by an almost
overwhelming proportion of the local population. It brings home how
much we can do to continue to help them in the great work they are all
enthusiastic youngsters entered the Young Chef heats in November 2010
at Long Field School and
John Ferneley College. They chopped, baked, stir-fried and
whisked their way to competition success in a bid to be selected for
Judges Ros Eggleston (Inner Wheel), Jenny Foreman (Rotarian)
technologist) sampled all the entries and chose Erin White and Bethany
runners-up Lizzie White and Isabelle North the girls will now spend two
mornings working with David Ellams, head chef at Stapleford Park
Hotel to further develop their skills. He will also treat them to lunch!
In February 2011 Erin and Bethany will now go on to the next
where they will
compete against Young Chef winners from other clubs.
The pictures show all four girls and fellow competitors with
teams represented the Club in the annual District Quiz. Jenny Foreman,
Linda Moore, Mike Rowe and David Ward were Team A, Wendy Davies,
Adrienne Holland, John Horn and John Redwood Team B. Battle was joined
at the usual venue, the White Horse at Quorn. The buffet caught at
least two of us by surprise ? remembering the quality last year we had
eaten before, and hence could not do full justice to that provide this
year. You never know what a change of management will do!
Graham Cooper was his usual jovial but strict self, brooking no
argument over the slightest deviation in an answer. Even giving extra
information ws penalized. The questions were difficult, demanding some
very specialist knowledge ? Team B were lucky to have John Redwood on
Science. A few could be regarded as unfair. For instance a question on
a mode of Transport in the T.V. series the Simpsons seemed to be in the
The Leader Board changed regularly. Loughborough
with an impressive 10 in the first round ( only the 2nd 10 in the whole
District series ) later scored 0 in another round ( I think this was
the first in the District). After 3 rounds Team B were in the
lead, but flattered to deceive, peaking too early, fearing more
difficulty in later rounds, particularly the Picture Round. Eventually
Coalville A came 1st, our Team B were joint 2nd, with Team A in
mid-table. However, we were pleased to discover that of the 3or 4 Clubs
who had entered 2 teams we were in the lead on aggregate !!
evening closed with Coalville President David Knight thanking the
organizers for another successful and enjoyable competition. Perhaps we
could enter 3 teams next year.
Smith's report to the Fire Service
Ant (Anthony) Smith's Group Study Exchange visit to the Philippines in
April 2010 clearly made an impression on him. This is his
to the house journal of his employer, the Leicestershire Fire aand
Rescue Service. Thanks to Ant for preparing this report.
Annual Conference of our
Rotary District ,1070, took place in Bournemouth between 24th and 26th
September 2010, with the sun shining all through the weekend onto the
apparently righteous delegates representing our club, and the
hosted by District 1070 DG Roger Mc Dermott in his unpretentious
Hotel arrangements, the
Miramar, organised by Club President John Horn were excellent,
Conference Arena was well located but lacked tiered quality
the obvious coffee in the breaks that has already received much
'Dementia' theme, with a brilliant presentation by John Suchet
detailing his personal story and the impact on his
by his wife Bonnie's,
tragic deterioration with
John recommended the charity 'Admiral Nurses' as a major
carers impacted by this terrible disease, a
carers probably more than the patients.
There are some
dementia sufferers in the UK.
charity REPoD, Rotarians Easing
the Problems of dementia was covered by Dr. Geri Parlby, who as a
Club President helps to provide items such as 'Memory boxes', or sets
'Memory Cafes' to help sufferers memory, website www.repod.org.uk
highlight of the conference, to
me, was the breath of fresh air about to blown across RIBI, in the form
incoming President of RIBI Ray Burnan. Ray gave a clear
Rotary was all about the 'Rotarian', and that during his year he will
this hands on approach, allied to the necessary membership
Morris our own member received a resounding recognition for all of his
membership work both locally and across Districts. Well done
worthy of mention:-
- GSE team
presentation on trip to Philippines, well done to all, and our nominee
Smith who has had published in the Fire and Rescue Service's 'Call Out"
monthly house journal, a report on his Rotary GSE trip (see article).
magazine is circulated widely in the Fire Service and other
presentation by Tom Wallender, well received, note applications for
candidates required now.
- If anyone reads
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to spell WORLD backwards in your head, then
email me confirming
ability. (Test for persons NOT wanting to be Club President)
- Roy Walker
comedian who rounded up the event with a series of jokes, that I seem
written down incorrectly, but available for
the price of a pint.
- Next year's
Conference is the Red Rose Conference in Southport 30th Sept - 2nd
2011. ABBA reunion band, but meals in own hotel.
- RI Conference
21st - 25th May 2011 in New Orleans USA.
weekend of fellowship for those attending, with a few speakers of
overall message, but a few themes 'Dementia', 'Focus on the Rotarian',
enjoy your involvement with the 'Family Rotary'.
The Rotary Club were pleased to induct our newest member, Alison
Blythe, into the club at their meeting on the 13th September
Alison is the principal in the international school in Melton
Mowbray. President John Horn introduced her to the club, and
Alison was warmly welcomed by all the members present.
Visit to Launde Abbey
The Rotary Club held their meeting on the 6th September 2010 in an
unusual venue - Launde Abbey, south of Melton Mowbray. We
were kindly hosted by club member Ian Neale, who has undertaken a
challenging "retirement" project, leading the complete restoration of
the Abbey. After the successful Save Launde Abbey campaign in
2009 an ambitious programme of renovations is now under way which will
put the facilities of Launde at the forefront of retreat centres,
primarily for religious grouops but open to all groups, secular,
business, educational or others. The Abbey, originally built
as an Augustinian priory in AD 1119, was overthrown by Cromwell and
used as a private residence until the 1950s, At that stage it
returned to the control of the church, and has been a retreat ever
since. However it was in a rather dilapidated
state. It is now being transformed, within an overall budget
of £2,600,000. to a modern residence with up to the minute
facilities throughout. Ian Neale is putting his background as a
building surveyor and estimator to excellent use. We were
astonished at the amount of detail across many fields that need, to be
considered in renovating such an historic building.
club was warmly
welcomed by Nick Quinn, the business manager
of course, Ian Neale. The kitchen staff fed us very well -
auguring well for the catering once the new impressive kitchens and
dining rooms are functioning. We look forward to seeing the
Abbey again when the project is finished later in the year.