Presidential Handover - At the Club meeting on 30th June the badge of office of President was passed from David Jesper to Darrell Hind who will lead our Club through the forthcoming 2012-13 year.
Also at the meeting was Ambassadorial Scholar Luigi Nicoletti, who thanked the Club for their support and received the good wishes of the Club as he heads off now to join a Humanitarian Relief Team working in the Congo.
Presentation to Yorkshire Cancer Research - as President David's "final act" before handing over his presidency at the Club meeting on June 30th, he presented a cheque to Professor Tony Robards, chairman of Yorkshire Cancer Research, this being the final balance of the £3600 raised for YCR by the Club's "York 90" fundraiser which was launched in January 2011 under the presidency of PP Graham Wilford. The "three presidents" - including incoming President Darrell - are pictured here with Professor Robards, and also Brian Joscelyne who managed the "York 90" project for the Club.
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Sunshine at Sheriff Hutton! - The sun shone brightly at Sheriff Hutton on June 24th when President David entertained "at home" some members of the council who had supported him during his year. David's wife Anne also presented the "Consorts Jewel" to incoming President Darrell's wife Val.
Bushfire Recovery - Our visitor on June 22nd was Rtn Brian Huffen, originally from Nottingham but now from the Rotary Club of Brownhill Creek, South Australia. Brian outline the extensive damage that recent bushfires caused to 1.1 million acres of land, where whole communities were destroyed; and the efforts of 500+ Rotary volunteers who worked to supply 300 Shelter Boxes, then help rebuild homes, build fences, and provide supplies and support to the devastated area and its population. An inspiring example of Rotary in action.
Club Walk - The days of guaranteed sunshine for our monthly walks look like they may be (temporarily!) behind us, and on June 21st a hardy and positive-thinking group of 12 members and partners set off in the soft rain from Firby, near Kirkham Abbey, for a stroll through riverside meadows (waist-high) along the River Derwent; then some rather less wet pathways which led us, still smiling, to Hutton's Ambo (actually not a village but a civil parish - meaning "both" ("Ambo") High Hutton and Low Hutton). Crossing the Grade II listed suspension bridge, originally built in 1886, was a "moving" experience, and the walk finally ended - in the dry - with a very splendid lunch at the Stone Trough.
Dragon Boat Flag Design - Our 10th York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge on July 8th is now only two weeks away, and preparations are moving into high gear. Here, The Mount Junior School pupils are pictured showing their artistic contributions in the competition to design a flag to fly on the school's "Mutiny on the Mountie" Boat.
Olympic Torch News - First, the Club congratulates Stan Wild - one of its Paul Harris Fellows - on being one of the Olympic Torch Bearers in York on 18th June. Stan was nominated as a Torch Bearer for his 'selfless dedication' to the York City Gymnastics Club which he founded in 1974 and at which he is still heavily involved as a coach. He was an Olympic gymnast, having competed in the 1968 and 1972 Games. He - and his wife Beth - were both made PH Fellows in 2007 for their untiring work with the Gymnastics Club, which still involves classes for 1800 child members.
Also, (right hand photo) two days later Club member Frank Paterson was present to help send off Josephine Loughran carrying the Olympic Flame on the "Scots Guardsman" from York's National Railway Museum to Thirsk.
"York90 Trip "Thank You" - President David recently received a "thank you" card from Charlotte and Mike Ero (and Thomas) in appreciation of their recent trip to London and York as the winners of the Club's "York 90" fundraiser. The card included photo montages of their trip.
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Club Speaker - At the Club meeting on June 8th, the speaker was Alison Wragg, the Community Fund Raiser at Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa. This hospice celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year - it was the second Children's Hospice to be set up in the UK and indeed the World. Alison explained that the hospice provides a "home from home" for young people with life-limiting conditions and supports their families; the work is mostly respite care for those with genetic & metabolic problems, with some terminal care. Its annual costs are £4.9 million, only 12% of which comes from statutory funding; thus legacies and trust support, together with community fund-raising are crucial. Alison invited members of the Club to their Open Day on 7th October between 11am and 3pm.
Report from Erlangen! - Robin Rich reports..... A party of twelve from York, including six York Rotarians lead by the Club’s President David Jesper, joined the annual gathering of Members of the three Rotary Clubs – Aubusson, Erlangen and York – and their partners in Erlangen, in the Bavarian District of central Germany, on May 17th-20th, for what proved to be a well organised and thoroughly enjoyable couple of days. The Erlangen Club had organised an exciting two day programme of visits and hospitality, with the benefit of wall to wall sunshine throughout. To see a full report on the trip - and a brief visit to our Partner Club in Gorinchem, Netherlands whilst en route back to York - and many more photos, click here
York Rotaract Club's President Handover Dinner - President David Jesper and IPP Graham Wilford together with their wives joined members of York Rotaract Club for their Handover Dinner held at 31 Castlegate Restaurant on Friday 1st June. The Dinner, in the company of such enthusiastic, young and charming members of Rotaract, was a very enjoyable occasion and was a fitting end to Aiste Rugeviciute's very successful year as Rotaract President. During her year, the Club had run a very focussed fundraising effort for SASH, grown its membership, organised several training and personal development courses for its members and committee, and arranged many fun social events. President David took the opportunity to wish Aiste well in her chosen career as she leaves for London shortly. It was a pleasure to see Martins Zeps inducted as Rotaract's third President and Giovanni Tarabocchia inducted as President Elect and to wish them well in the year ahead and in maintaining the momentum that Aiste had generated within the Club.
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Visit to India - Past President Ian Stockley and his wife Janet recently returned to us from India. On June 1st Ian gave a lively and well-illustrated talk about their trip to Southern India to assist with the Polio Vaccination Day at Nagercoil. Their impressions were of overwhelmingly welcoming people with a warmth of approach - and untidiness in the streets! They had some hair-raising journeys by urban tuk-tuk but also saw beautiful and interesting rural places, using trains and boats to travel about in Kerala. Tsunami devastation, private hospitals, rice fields and much Rotary influence were covered in Ian's interesting and comprehensive talk.
Double Diamonds! Wonders were worked at a very special double Diamond celebration at the Club meeting on June 1st. To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee the Churchill Hotel served us a special Jubilee Lunch - Roast Beef and Yorkshire, then Strawberries - and members of the Club gathered outside by the recently dedicated Jubilee Tree for a photo opportunity. Equally noteworthy, the Club celebrated the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of Philip and Marise Heaton, whose health - and his 46 years as a Club Member - were toasted by all.
Club Walk - On May 17th, seven Rotarians, three wives and four dogs set off in ‘Scotch Mist’ on a section of the Minster Way above the village of Millington. On a clear day we would have looked out over the Vale of York but had to be content with close ups of cowslips, bluebells and wild garlic. Lunch at the Gait Inn Millington was evidently enjoyed by all. Thanks to Brian Houghton - our leader for the six mile stroll!!
Visit to Selby Rotary Club - On May 14th, 7 members of the Club, organised by Donald Heath, ventured into the deepest and furthest south point of the County of North Yorkshire and had a most enjoyable visit to the Rotary Club of Selby. That Club meets at Monk Fryston Hall which is a beautiful medieval/tudor building situated in some most attractive grounds. The Selby Club members made us most welcome and we appreciated their hospitality which included a dinner with a choice of three dishes in each of two courses.
Young Writer - Molly Horner, a 13 year old pupil at Joseph Rowntree School in York, was recently presented by President David with the Young Writers certificates she won in the Yorkshire and National Rotary competitions. Her 800 word submission, Olympic Dreams, was top in both Yorkshire District and Northern Region and she was a finalist in the National Competition. Click here to read Olympic Dreams
District Shop under new management - Taken on May 12th, Club Members David Impey and John Lacy, the new District 1040 ‘shopkeepers’ are pictured serving Ray Springall at the District Council meeting in Fulford School.
New Member's talk - Mike Hay, recently transferred to the Club from the Edinburgh Breakfast Club, entertained us on May 11th with his talk on "Who I am and how I got here?". He warned his audience that his talk might be like the quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth "....a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". Mike, a former church choirmaster, is married to a Music teacher, so they both make much music and enjoy the many concerts and recitals in York. Having worked with the Open University since 1974, Mike is currently still tutoring in Maths & IT, and he spoke of his respect and admiration for both the organisation and its many part-time students. Mike has quickly settled in to our Club and all agree he clearly did not follow his Shakespearean label!
"York 90" Winners visit York - Almost a year after the completion of the Club's "York90" fundraiser, the Draw's winning ticket holders have been visiting the UK. Mike and Charlotte Ero, from San Francisco, spent 4 days in London enjoying the Capital's sights before arriving in York, and taking part in a hectic programme of special events - including afternoon tea with York's Lord Mayor David Horton in the Mansion House, and a personal tour of Ripley Castle with owner Sir Thomas Ingilby. The fundraiser, open to residents of the USA or Canada, raised over £7000 net for the two charities supported. For a full report and more photos of their visit, click here
"Visit York" and Visitors! - At the Club meeting on May 4th, the speaker was John Yeomans, formerly Chairman of Visit York, the Tourist Information and Marketing organisation for York. John updated members on recent developments, and the continuing success of York in expanding its number of visitors from all parts of world - and especially China in recent years. John is also linked to the Club through our recent "York 90" internet fundraiser, as he actually drew the winning ticket from all the lottery entrants almost exactly 12 months ago. It was very fitting therefore that also visiting the Club at this meeting were Mike and Charlotte Ero, from San Francisco, who were the "York 90" winners and who were completing their winning trip to London and York (see separate report)
Stroke Awareness Day - Once again this year, as part of Stroke Awareness Day on April 28th, Club members helped increase health awareness and prevent more serious hypertension problems amongst the general public by running the Blood Pressure Testing service in Coppergate, York. Nearly 180 BP readings were taken.
St Crux - Making the most of some very fine weather on April 24th, members of the Club, spouses and friends, manned the St Crux stalls and tea and cakes sales in fine style, and business was brisk. A total of £825 was raised for the charities fund.
St George's Day Dinner - In the splendid historic surroundings that are Bedern Hall, the annual St George's Day Dinner on April 23rd was very much enjoyed by about 45 members and guests. After an excellent dinner, including - of course - Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding - we were entertained by a speech from Canon Glyn Webster, Canon Chancellor of York Minster (and equally notably, from last November, now Chaplain to HM the Queen) who gave a wide-ranging, and often very humorous, talk about "What it is to be English". Other guests included a visiting Rotarian from Linz, Austria (now at the University of York) Josef Zellinger. Many thanks to Donald Heath and the Fellowship Committee for arranging such a successful evening..
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