Dragon Boats charity presentation - As the final act of the 2010 Dragon Boat Challenge on 28th June 2011 President Graham hands over a cheque for £23,061 to Martyn Callaghan, Chief Executive of St Leonards Hospice the principal Charity for the 2010 event.
The total amount raised in 2010 was £65,410 and 35 individual charities benefitted.
Young Groves Refurbishment - Photo shows Rotarians Jesper, Naish and Russell (J) taking a break from the decoration of offices at Young Groves, under the supervision of Heidi the manager of the centre, in readiness for a tenant to take up occupation shortly.
Dragon Boat Programmes This photo shows the group at the Press photoshoot on 28th June in the York Against Cancer Shop at York District Hospital for the launch of the 2011 Dragon Boat programmes.
Presentation to Yorkshire Cancer Research - Following the Club's "York90" Fundraiser, on 21st June President Graham, together with Brian Joscelyne, visited the Cancer Research Unit at the University of York, which is funded by YCR and headed up by Professor Norman Maitland. This facility is world-leading in research into Prostrate Cancer. President Graham presented a cheque for £2000 to Prof. Maitland and to Professor Tony Robards, chairman of YCR. A similar amount is now being sent to Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus, the second charity supported by York90. A further £1000 is expected to be donated to each charity once the York90 prize trip is completed and the York90 accounts are finalised.
Seniors Outing - Pictured below the nine ladies of Sinnington Womens Institute who provided a splendid afternoon tea in their village hall on 21st June for the group of York Seniors who had been driven on a scenic tour of the Howardian Hills by eight members of the Club.
New President at Rotaract Club - On 19th June York Rotaract Club held a dinner to mark their handover of Presidency. Details here
Club Speaker and Visitors - President Graham's last "presiding" lunch meeting on 17th June was a busy affair! The Club was delighted to welcome two distinguished visitors - our own 1040 DG Roger Percival, accompanied by Shahzad Ahmed – District Governor Rotary International District 3272 (Pakistan & Afghanistan). Wine was provided by Rodney Dew, to whom members bade a fond farewell as he is leaving the Club after 27 years membership; and the Churchill surpassed themselves by serving enormous lamb shanks!. Presentations were made to two recent Paul Harris Fellowship recipients, Mike Russell and John Russell, for their great work running the District Shop.
The Club were then entertained by a talk from new member Russ Rollings who disclosed in turn many interesting, offbeat and amusing aspects of his life during and after his career at Nestle; including ownership of a 1940's Burton City doubledecker bus and the most original excuse yet for missing Dragon Boat Day - having to use passes acquired for the British Grand Prix that day!!
Club Walk - The weather forecast was for rain on 16th June, but since it was a Rotary Walk Day, the sun dutifully shone brilliantly for the eight members and partners who completed the initiative test - finding our way across to Carle Moor, west of Ripon. We were rewarded with a wonderful 6.5 mile walk on the edge of the Dales, named the "Mosaic Walk" for the 22 mosaics created by the local community which marked the path (somewhat!) The Grantley Arms at Grantley topped off the walk with their superb gastronomic lunch!
Kids Out - Nigel Naish met 10 pupils and 6 teachers from Applefields School at Lightwater Valley on 8th June and handed over tickets, vouchers, t-shirts and baseball caps so that they could enjoy a day’s fun at the club’s expense – part of the Kids Out experience organized by District each year. Jayne Blyth from Applefields School commented: "We were delighted with the day – all positive from our point of view. Please pass on our sincere thanks to all the Rotary Club members."
Club Photograph (part 2!) A photograph of Club members who were not present at the original session has now been taken.
Larger versions of both photos can be seen on our "90 Years" page - click here
International visitors - During a very busy weekend visit organised by our International Committee ably led by Adrian Radford, a total of 29 visitors from our "Twinned" Rotary Clubs of Aubusson (France) and Erlangen (Germany) joined the Club for our lunch meeting on 3rd June at the ASK Restaurant, in the stately surroundings of the Assembly Rooms.
Club Speaker - George Gilmore, head teacher of the Applefields School in Burnholme, York, spoke to the club on 27th May about the development of Applefields since it was started in 2004. The school has about 130 pupils, all with special needs and a wide variety of challenging educational requirements. The quality of care and evident dedication of the staff who run the school was appreciated by all.
Vocational Visit - On 27th May a group of nine members (including two from York Rotaract Club) were given a fascinating insight into the operation and finances of the York Racecourse. All profits are ploughed back into the operation (it is a limited partnership LLP). The quality of the facilities and the obvious excellence of its management has meant that the Racecourse is doing well despite the recession that has impacted most other courses in the country. The Racecourse contributes £40m per year to the economy of York and surrounding area.
Recognising new and "experienced" members - In the course of the Club meeting on 20th May, President Graham presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Graham Todd, in recognition of his 25 years of service to the Club and to local charities. At the same meeting, the Club warmly welcomed a new member, Jim Wragg, into membership. Jim was sponsored by Fred Anderson.
Lollipop - During the business meeting on 20th May, the founder of "Lollipop", Andrea Gitsham, gave a brief talk on the history of her charity, which provide help for young people with hearing loss. Andrea herself is profoundly deaf, and her talk was inspirational. She also described the delight they felt at receiving a £198,000 grant from the Lottery Fund. After her talk, President Graham then announced that Andrea was being awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of her extraordinary work.
Club Walk - The May "Wolds" walk was led by Dick Stanley who took 11 members and guests through Cow, Rabbit and Horse Dales on 19th May, in the glorious sunshine that is now de rigeur for all Rotary walking days! After 7 miles of beautiful scenery and great companionship which seemed to make the time fly by, lunch at the Wolds Inn at Huggate was a suitable finale. And Frank was a bit peckish so he had a full Barnsley Chop in honour of the absent Steve.
Club Speaker - The Club was treated to a presentation on the York Rotaract Club, its past year and its future, at our meeting on 13th May. Aiste Rugeviciute, President Elect of the Rotaract Club, enthusiastically outlined her plans for next year and for taking York Rotaract to the "next level". Her plans for "Free Hugs" marketing seemed to go down down especially well with many members! During the meeting President Graham also paid tribute to the excellent work done by Dario Palumbo, the current Rotaract President, in getting the club established over the past 18 months.
Vocational Visit - On 13th May, a group of 10 Club members visited the York Signalling Control Centre run by Network Rail. We were given a fascinating insight into the pressurised and fast-moving daily operations which control the signals, level crossings and train movements for a very wide area of Yorkshire. York station alone has over 1800 trains a day passing through it. Comparisons with air traffic control came to mind, until it was pointed out that they (ATC) have the 'luxury' of being able to stack planes when there is a backlog!
Dragon Boats Briefing - Representatives of the 36 teams competing in this year's Dragon Boat Challenge on July 10th came together for a briefing meeting on 10th May held at the York City Rowing Club. Committee Chairman David Impey outlined the day's events, and presentations were made covering Safety aspects and Fundraising. The excited atmosphere at the briefing was a great foretaste what will be an excellent day on the water in July.
Presentation to "Off The Hook" - President Graham, with Nigel Naish on behalf of the Club's Community Service Committee, recently presented a cheque for £200 to Off the Hook/York Boxing Club, a community charity helping disadvantaged young people. They are encouraged to develop life skills and integrate with the wider community through a wide range of learning opportunities at their premises in Layerthorpe. Making the presentation, he said: “ We are pleased to support the team of committed and dedicated people who give so much of their skills and time to help youngsters who, for a wide variety of reasons, haven’t had a good start. I have been very impressed with the range of activities that are available in addition to boxing and astonished at the number of youngsters who make use of the services regularly provided by this York Charity”
"York 90" Prize Draw - Before the Club meeting on 6th May, the Draw was made for the winner of the York 90 Draw, who, together with a companion, will enjoy a 7-day VIP trip to York and Edinburgh. The Draw was made by John Yeomans, Chairman of Visit York; and also present was Prof. Anthony Robards, Chairman of Yorkshire Cancer Research, one of the two beneficiaries of the fundraiser, which has raised over £6000 ($10,000) for YCR and Rotary Foundation's 'Polio Plus'. President Graham announced the winning number 18 The winner, from just under 400 entries, is Mike Ero, from Naperville, Illinois.
St George's Day Dinner - This year's St George's Day Dinner, somewhat delayed by a clash with Easter (!), was held on 4th May in the splendid surroundings of Bedern Hall. After a very enjoyable dinner featuring Roast Beef, Members and their guests were introduced first to St George by Alasdair Walker, of York Ainsty Rotary Club, who then proposed the toast. Proceedings were managed in masterly fashion by Graham Maskery, and the evening rounded off with virtuoso music from Key Largo Trio whose wide range of styles went from classical to - appropriately enough for the occasion - "Ain't Misbehavin' "
Club Walk - The April walk, on 21st April, saw a good turnout of 11 following a 7-mile route in Ryedale from Nunnington, south to Stonegrave and its ancient minster (supposedly the smallest in the UK, and certainly one of the oldest, with its Saxon doorway and Norman tower) then round past East Newton Hall and the River Rye, back to the Royal Oak in Nunnington for a very tasty lunch which, considering the warm and sunny weather, was well worth the wait!!
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