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Jo Ro Pupils go for Purple.  The Joseph Rowntree School Council recently organised a range of fundraising activities in support of the Rotary End Polio Now campaign  and are pictured here handing over their contribution of £200 to President Graham Wilford and Frank Paterson.  The School's Head Girl Laura Eden said: “ Organising the different ways of raising money  has been a very interesting experience and I was particularly pleased at the response we got from the pupils in every year.  Painting finger nails purple went down well and we sold nearly 100 of the purple bows we made. I feel we all know much more about Polio now and we realise how fortunate we are in this country not to have to worry about this dreadful disease.”








Valentine's Day Lunch  The Club held its 6th St Valentine's Lunch on Sunday 13th February at Stockton-on-the-Forest Hall.  Eight Rotarian 'chefs' prepared a three course meal for 72 guests - all eight preparing menus of their own choice for their individual tables. A good party spirit quickly developed with no little help from the generous wine supplies from Graham Maskery! Graham also supplied  raffle prizes and this raised a stunning £295. Gift Aid recovery of over £175 is to be claimed and due to the generosity of Barclays Steve Burton hopes to recover a further £750 on their £4£ scheme, yielding a profit overall of nearly £1900 to our Charity fund.

So well done the chefs Brian Houghton, David Impey, Peter King, Nigel Naish, Frank Paterson, David Rayner, John Russell and Ian Stockley!








Club Speaker.  At the Club meeting on 11th February Wishart Malinga updated the club on the huge efforts being made in school building by the Malawi School Project, which we are supporting in partnership with the Rotary Club of Pocklington and Market Weighton.









Cheque Presentations - President Graham, with Nigel Naish on behalf of the Club's Community Service Committee, recently presented cheques to three local charitable groups - the York Council for Voluntary Services, to support a Learning Difficulties Forum for some of York's most vulnerable citizens;   York Young Carers, for one-to-one support for 8-18 year olds who are unpaid carers; and also to the  York Citizens Advice Bureau, for a new telephone advice network to cater for the 33% increase in demand for their services.









Club Speaker - At the Club meeting on 28th January a presentation was made by Adam Myers, who is the founder and manager of Brunswick Organic Nursery, Bishopthorpe.  Adam gave a fascinating insight into the very practical help and experience that this enterprise gives to people with learning difficulties, and also in the development of volunteers, whilst operating as a commercial Nursery.








New Member - At the club meeting on 21st January, Russ Rollings was welcomed into the club by President Graham Wilford. Russ was born in Peterborough and as a result of his father’s occupation as a postmaster lived for subsequent parts of his childhood in Burton on Trent and Mansfield before doing a geology degree at Aston University. After University, he joined Rowntrees, initially in sales and marketing and then in IT. Based in Croydon from 1998, he worked on IT projects across the globe, finishing up as Data Manager for Nestle UK prior to retirement in 2010. Russ is married to Janet and they have two children. Russ is known to many in the Club through being a member of York Ebor Round Table, and was sponsored by Steve Burton.








Young Chef Competition  The seven competitors in the East Group finals held in York College on Friday 21st January are shown below, with the winner Emma Coulson, Fulford School, flanked by President Graham  and (right) John Merchant of Rotary Club of York Ainsty.









'What goes down must come back up again!" On 20th January in an attempt to shake of some Christmas excesses 7 Rotarians, 3 wives and 2 dogs spent a very enjoyable day in bright sunshine walking from the Sutton Bank Car Park. The route Steve chose was down the hill to Gormire Lake then along to Boltby [with an unexpected detour to Thirlby - map reader talking!] Then a zigzag route up (a very steep!) Boltby Scar to the last leg along the Cleveland Way & back to the cars.  Overall in a little over 4 hours, 8 miles and a rise & fall of over 1000 feet!  A well deserved lunch at The Hambleton Inn finally finished us off.









Visit to Harrogate Rotary Club - On 18th January, 9 members of the Club travelled across to Harrogate to join the members of the Harrogate Club at one of their regular meetings.  An excellent evening of fellowship was enjoyed by all.  Following a very good meal, a speaker gave an account of a team building exercise which he and various colleagues/friends had been on centred on the use of the Rotary Shelter Box.  


90th Anniversary Lunch - The Club celebrated its 90th Anniversary on 14th January 2011 at a special Lunch held at the Mansion House, home of the Lord Mayor of York. President Graham Wilford welcomed our special guests the Lord Mayor, Cllr Sue Galloway, and the Sheriff of York, Cllr Richard Watson.  Its was a splendid event befitting the occasion and marking the Club's Anniversary in style.  

A full page feature on the Lunch, including more photographs, can be found here.      Local press coverage can be found here.









Club Walk - On a very icy morning on 16th December five stalwart Rotary walkers skated into the Burythorpe Bay Horse car park.

Suitably dressed in many layers, Nigel led the group on a snow and ice circular route via Birdsall.  There were, apparently, many spectacular views of the Vale of York - but it was under snow showers.

However after 2.5 hours or so and 5.5 miles later they eventually returned to the warmth of the Pub and whilst they were the only 5 in that lunchtime, were presented with 3 menus to chose from - the Bar, The Christmas and the full A la carte! and excelsior service.


Ladies Day - At the annual Ladies Day lunch on 26th November at York Racecourse members and their guests enjoyed a thought provoking  address  on the role of women in developing countries from Mrs Margaret Sentamu , the wife of the Archbishop of York.








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(c) Wishart Malinga Cheque presentation by JoRo Pupils St Valentine's Day Lunch Brian does the dishes Enjoying St Valentines' Lunch (l) George Vickers, CEO of York CAB (centre) Catherine Surtees, York CVS (l) Vanessa Emslie of York Young Carers Adam Myers Russ Rollings welcomed by President Graham Rotary Young Chef Competition - East Group Finals The 1,000ft ascent! Jan 20 walkers (photo by Nigel Naish) Beautiful day, beautiful views (photo courtesy of The Press, York) The assembled gathering Lord Mayor Cllr Sue Galloway addresses the Club Ladies Day Nov 26 2010 Ladies Day - Mrs Sentamu2 President Graham with Mrs Sentamu