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Club News Archive

Continuation of Club News 2010 - 2011.....



New Sponsors for Technology Tournament – Rotary in York is delighted to have the University of York’s Departments of Computers Science and Electronics as sponsors of the Sixth Annual Technology Tournament to be held on 15th March 2011 at the National Railway Museum. This annual event has over forty teams of four students each from the schools in and around York working against the clock to design, build and demonstrate a practical solution to a technology problem.


Professor John Robinson, Head of the Electronics Dept announcing the sponsorship on 24th September said:-“Our triumvirate decided that this established Rotary event was well worth supporting. It creates an excellent opportunity to introduce youngsters to the practical application of the principles of science and engineering and hopefully may encourage some to consider pursuing their studies beyond school. The feedback from previous tournaments has been very positive and we are really looking forward to working with Rotary.” 



Ron Thompson - Ron developed pneumonia whilst on holiday in Austria. He spent a distressing .three weeks in hospital in Austria mainly in intensive care and despite excellent care died on 6th September 2010. His wife, Paddy and Yvonne his sister-in-law were with him throughout this period. Ron was a member of the club for over forty years and was President in 1980. He suffered a stroke some years ago which limited his activities but he rarely complained and was a regular attender at club meetings. His business career was almost all within electrical retailing where he was a director of Cussins and Light and represented the industry in many ways through a difficult period of change in the retailing scene. He had a life long interest in military history and enjoyed small bore shooting in his younger days. He contributed to the life of the city being a City Councillor for a number of years and also a member of Round Table, York Chamber, the Guilds and a member of the Crime Prevention Panel. For those of us privileged to know him before his stroke, we will particularly remember his ready wit and impressions.









Tony Revell - Tony died on 13th August 2010 in Melbourne Australia after a long battle with cancer. He had a long business career with Rowntrees, latterly Nestles, serving in Australia, Switzerland and the USA, following which he joined the club in 1999 serving on the Dragon Boat Committee and as Club Treasurer from 2004-7. In 2007 he decided to return to the warmer climes of Melbourne, where he enjoyed the sailing and joined the Rotary Club of Melbourne. A memorial service was held in St Andrews Church, Bishopthorpe on the 7th September.








Roy Howell 1921 - 2010 - Roy was with us for lunch on Friday 6th August in his usual good spirits and  enjoying the company of members. Sadly he suffered a fall leaving the meeting and died the following day. Roy had been a member of the club since 1957, was President in 1974 and in 2007 was made an honorary life member to recognise both his service to Rotary and to the City of York. Roy came to York in 1954 to join York City Council becoming Treasurer, Clerk and in 1974 Chief Executive to the Council. His service to the local community was immense, an excellent singer he was prominent in the amateur theatre and a Trustee of the Theatre Royal. Active in his local church he was leader of the Youth Club and also a prime mover in the fund raising project required to rebuild the church in 1970. Many and varied were his interests and activities and his contribution to the City and the University were recognised  by the award of an Honorary Masters Degree from the University of York in 1983. Members of the club will always remember his humour, his warm friendship and latterly his courage in coping with the effects of a severe stroke.









Bric-a-Brac at St Crux - This regular fundraising event raised over £1090 on 10th August 2010. Another excellent result where the club receives support from individual members and from members of Inner Wheel.


Immediate Past President Ian's Thanks Party - Some of the group who enjoyed Janet and Ian's hospitality in the Tithe Barn, Poppleton on Saturday 17th July 2010.








Rotaractors to the fore - Rotaractors were keen to assist at the Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 11th July and are seen here with President Graham.









For a full report on the 2010 Challenge, results and photographs click on the dragon.






Dragon Boat Sales - the sale of programmes on Saturday 3rd July went well with the help of Lenny the Lion, the St Leonards Hospice mascot, who was the star attraction in the city centre for the advance sale of programmes for the Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 11th July.









Handover - At the club meeting on 2nd July President Ian Stockley handed over to Graham Wilford, the President for 2010-11.

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Ron Thompson Tony Revell Roy Howell 1921 - 2010 Past President Ian's 'Thank You' Rotaractors with President Graham Lenny2 handover 2010-2011