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Member's Talk  At the Club meeting on 15th April, Barbara Stephens gave us an insight into her busy life.  In between juggling her job as Head of Wills and Probate for Hethertons, children and grandchildren duties, and many Rotary commitments, she manages to complete multiple long-distance (20 miles plus) walks each year with husband Nick, including 50-milers, and also a 48-hour 100 mile walk.  Members were left in awe and were still seen discussing this feat as they later sat exhausted in their cars trying to get out of the Car Park.








Club Photograph - The Club photograph taken recently is shown below.  A larger version can also be viewed - click here









Blood Pressure Testing - On 9th April the general public in Coppergate were again corralled by smooth-talking Club members into have their blood pressures taken, as part of Stroke Awareness Day, and advised if they needed to seek any further medical diagnosis.  Despite the "sideshow" of the Grand National running that afternoon, by the end of the day over 430 people had been tested.









District Assembly - At the District 1040 Assembly held at Fulford School on 9th April,  John & Mike Russell are pictured manning the District Shop.Their activities  contributed over £1000 to the Club Charity fund in 2010.








Club Speaker - On 8th April the Club welcomed Ben Andrews, of Benenden Healthcare Society as our speaker.  Benenden is one of the sponsors of the 2011 Dragon Boat Challenge. Ben outlined the history of Benenden from its beginnings 106 years ago, providing a Sanatorium in Kent for the treatment of TB, and subsequently a mutual, nonprofit society supporting healthcare for Post Office workers; to today's organisation headquartered in York and providing mutual healthcare for a million "public sector" members.

(PS Ben did confirm after the meeting that all Rotarians are eligible for membership since they are members of a charity!)









Charity Walk - This year's International Charity Walk took place on 7th April.  Organised by David Heasman, with splendid catering arranged by Angela, the walk in the Howardian Hills was a most enjoyable outing for the 46 people participating, and raised over £520 for the Mwabi school project in Malawi.









Dragon Boat Challenge - Preparations for the 2011 Dragon Boat Challenge on July 10th are gathering pace.  Pictured here are the nucleus of the team from the Jack Birch Unit at York University who will be paddling for York Against Cancer.

Jenny Southgate, Director of the Unit holds the dragon head while Julie Russell, General Manager of York Against Cancer tentatively looks for the fiery breath. The young supporter is Alex Duke recruited by his mother Ros –who will be paddling.








St Crux Fundraiser - It was all go at the biennial book and bric a bac sale in the centre of York on 5th April, where despite the lack of sunshine, business was brisk for much of the day, ended up raising approx £700.  And President Graham was reported to be up to his elbows in hot water...









"Fore!"  -  Spring is almost sprung, and with a flourish of cleaning of clubs, balls and mobility aids, the Club's golfers are celebrating the start of the new Club season.  The Draw for the Shouksmith Trophy has been announced, and can be found in the Golf Section of the website.



"Thanks for Life" Poppleton Coffee Morning -  The fundraising coffee morning in the Poppleton Methodist Church Hall on 2nd April raised £246 for the End Polio Now campaign – enough to immunise another 1000 children.

The young  discoverers, who  planted 500 purple crocuses in the grass verge outside the Hall , show off the acknowledgement sign









Club Speaker - at our meeting on 18th March, a full house heard Hannah Phillip, Director, Fairfax House “ the finest Georgian town house in England (Sir Simon Jenkins)” speak about what’s been involved in creating the forthcoming exhibition ‘Gilding the Lily’ . Exercising patience perseverance and persuasion she has managed to borrow some pieces from the Royal Collection (the Queen personally approved the loan), The British Museum (incredible bureaucracy), the Sir John Soanes Museum and private collectors to form an exhibition of gems, never before been seen in Yorkshire,  illustrating the significance of the flower in 18th century decorative art.  

The exhibition will be on display in Fairfax House from 1st April to 31st July.








March Walk - On 17th March our group of 12 set off in cloud from the car park at the Hole of Horcum for an eight and half mile walk on the North Yorkshire Moors. The sun came out eventually and at the half way point, Skelton Tower, our organisers Celia and David Impey refreshed us with home made sloe gin and biscuits. The views on the return journey along the ridge high above the North Yorks Moors railway line back to Saltergate compensated for the misty start.

We all felt we justified the substantial  lunch at the Fox and Rabbit Inn









Technology Tournament - 43 teams from 14 schools competed in the 7th York Technology Tournament  held in the National Railway Museum on 16th March.

The winners in each section were:-  Foundation.       All Saints      trophy presented by  Patrick Shepherd,Dep Chairman Shepherd Group

                                                                  Intermediate    St Peters                                            Jane Granville, Pro Vice Chancellor University of York

                                                                 Senior                Joseph Rowntree                             Cllr Susan Galloway, Lord Mayor of York 









'Thanks for Life' planting - The photo shows some of the children at Osbaldwick primary school who 'planted' the acknowledgement sign this week. The three York clubs planted 25,000 crocus bulbs at 40 locations, mainly schools,  last October as part of the End Polio Now project.  A3 weatherproof signs have been planted at each site when the purple flowers emerge in the outline of T F L - Thanks For Life








Club Speaker - On 11th March our speaker was Jim Porteous, of British Polio Fellowship.  Jim was afflicted by polio as a child, spent a year in an iron lung, and despite having been confined to a wheel chair has lived a full and productive life. His message was  appreciation to Rotary for what they are doing to eliminate polio and to stress that polio victims needed support as they got older.








President's Evening   The  90th Presidents evening on 4th March in the splendid banqueting rooms at York Racecourse attracted 120 Rotarians, partners and friends. President Graham gave an eloquent toast to the city and our principal guest the Lord Mayor,  in her response, commented on her involvement with Rotary during her year of office and  congratulated the members for their positive contributions to the community.









RIBI President visits York. RIBI President Jim Moulson with DG Roger Percival spent the afternoon and evening of 1st March with the three York clubs. Highlights included a visit to Ralph Butterfield School Haxby, meetings at the Mansion House with the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of York; and attending a Business Meeting with York Vikings Club.









                                              President Jim, The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor             With the children at Ralph               TFL Acknowledgement            RIBI President Jim Moulson (l) and DG

                                           of York, Cllr Sue Galloway,  DG Roger and         Butterfield School Haxby                sign at Ralph Butterfield      Roger with the presidents of York Rotaract,

                                         President Graham in the York Mansion House                                                                                                           York, York Ainsty and York Vikings Clubs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 at the York Vikings Business Meeting                                    



York Rotaract Charter Night - The York Rotaract Club celebrated their first Charter Night on Friday 25th February with a black-tie dinner at the Hilton Hotel.  13 members and partners attended the dinner, (3 of them winning raffle prizes!) and in all a total of over 60 people enjoyed the celebrations, including representatives from the other 3 Rotaract Clubs in the District. DGE Willie Clark was the after-dinner speaker and entertained the assembled gathering!  Congratulations to the Rotaract Club, and we wish them a very successful Year Two !

(more photos on the Rotaract page)








TFL Collection - Club members held a collection for "Thanks for Life" at Tesco, York on 19th February,  raising nearly £700.

Pictured here, President Graham and Vice-President David manage to 'persuade' DG Roger Percival to add to Ian Denoon's pail !!









Club Speaker - On 18th February the speaker at our lunch meeting was Max Newton, who gave members an update on the work and objectives of the British Red Cross in Yorkshire.








Bronte, Deer and Thompson - This month's walk on 17th February started from Aldwark and joined the Bronte Walk.

The reason for this name is that Anne Bronte was employed as a governess at Thorpe Green Hall, where Queen Ethelburga's School now stands, between 1840 and 1845 along with her brother Branwell. We also had the opportunity to see the 390 red deer at Low Farm in their space-age roundhouse (read more here). The full walk was 7.76 miles and finished back at the Aldwark Arms for lunch.


Right: The picture was taken by Dave Thompson

(no relation unfortunately) in front of the Thompson

Mausoleum at Little Ouseburn Church, which contains

the remains of the Thompson family of the now demolished

Kirby Hall, from 1760 to 1844.

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Barbara Stephens Club Group Photo Blood Pressure checks Signing in St Johns Ambulance personnel taking BP's District Shop Ben Andrews Charity Walk April York against Cancer Paddlers Hot water in the kitchen OK, what DO you want to pay, then? St Crux, April 2011 Poppleton April 2 Poppleton Fundraiser Hannah Phillip with President Graham En route March 17 Intrepid leaders! March 17 walkers Frank does some judging Senior winners with Lord Mayor Technology Tournament in action Winning team during judging TFL - Osbaldwick Primary School Jim Porteous President Graham and his wife, with Lord Mayor & L President Graham with David Laverick (Pres, Ainsty at Ralph Butterfield School at the Mansion House at York Vikings meeting TFL sign at Ralph Butterfield School DIstrict Rotaractors enjoy the evening Rotaract Club Charter Night York Rotaract Charter Night Rotaractor officers with DGE Willie and Jim TFL Collection at Tesco Max Newton by Thompsons Mausoleum