PHF Fellowship for founder of "Our Celebration" - At the Club's meeting on March 30th, President David presented a Paul Harris Fellowship award on behalf of the Club, to Emmy Burdon, who in 1985 founded "Our Celebration" which, now recently merged with York and District Mind, provides a wide variety of support, help, and work exprience, to those recovering from mental illness in York. Our Club has had a strong connection with "Our Celebration" and Emmy's award was very warmly welcomed by all members present.
The meeting also saw an unavoidable but last-minute change as the planned speaker was unable to attend. Our own Speaker's Finder Trevor Phillips stood in and delighted members with an interactive walk down memory lane as we all tried to identify early photographs of York scenes and streets. It was fascinating - seemed to keep all members awake! Is this a record? Many thanks to Trevor.
Visit to University of York's Dept of Theatre, Film and Television - A large group of around 30 members were granted an extensive tour on March 30th of the TFTv Department, and an excellent introductory talk by Carole Dove and Lisa Peschel about their facilities and activities. Impressive indeed on both counts - a £30m investment in state of the art equipment and buildings, opened in 2010; two TV studios, two theatres, rehearsal rooms, mixing rooms, post-production rooms and more. As well as teaching around 350 students in a huge variety of graduate and post-graduate courses, the department has extensive commercial contacts and contracts, allowing real work experience for all students on academic courses, as well as providing vital income for the Department. Read more here
REPoD (Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia) - With our Club being actively involved in this area, particularly in setting up the Memory Cafe at MHA Field Court, members might be interested to read of the recent Government announcements regarding research funding and support for dementia sufferers; and also the REPoD activities in Rotary across the UK. The forthcoming RIBI conference will feature a presentation on this topic, which will include our Club's involvement with Field Court. Find out more HERE or click the logo.
Jubilee Tree - Our photo shows President David and Club members planting a tree in the grounds of the Churchill Hotel to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee year. The Queen is visiting York next week for Maundy Thursday. Apparently Her Majesty has not yet included our tree in her itinerary, but we are sure Frank is working on it!! The tree is accompanied by a very smart plaque which is inscribed
"The Rotary Club of York
HM Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee 2012"
Club awards PH Fellowship - During the Business Meeting on March 23rd, President David presented a Paul Harris Fellowship award to Sue Thompson, Chair of SASH (Safe and Sound Homes) and Nightstop, in York, for her dedication and service to needy young people in the City.
Double Citations! - The Club has recently received the certificates for two citation awards from Rotary International. Earlier in March, DG Willie Clark presented the Club with the citation to recognise our contribution towards Rotary's Polio Eradication Project. Then at the Club meeting on March 23rd, PP Graham Wilford displayed the second Citation; this was awarded by the President of Rotary International to Rotary Clubs which could demonstrate their effectiveness in the four avenues of Rotary service. Ours was one of the two Clubs within District 1040 to receive the Citation for 2010-11.
Two New Members and a Presentation - In the course of the Club meeting on March 16th, two new members were welcomed to our Club. Major Andrew Dunkinson is Commanding Officer at the Salvation Army in York, and previously has served with the S.A. in both Singapore and London. David Minns, a retired Army Major - he was a Paymaster - has spent 15 years subsequently running a hospitality business. Welcome, Andrew and David. The first photo shows President David with Andrew (second left) with his sponsor Dennis Adamson, and David with sponsor Frank Paterson.
David Impey, chairman of the Dragon Boat committee for 2011, also presented a cheque to Patrick Shepherd, chairman of York Against Cancer, a total of over £22,000 that was raised from the 2011 Dragon Boat Challenge event.
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Cheque Presentation to YWAM - President David, together with Community Service Chairman Nigel Naish, and Mike Miller, recently presented a cheque for £500 to the charity ‘Youth With a Mission’. YWAM (York) is part of a worldwide missionary organisation and volunteer movement of Christians. They have purchased the Barnabus Centre in Salisbury Terrace (Leeman Road) to develop as a local community centre. Our contribution will go towards furnishing a café area, which they are currently decorating and refurbishing. It is run entirely by volunteers, whose enthusiasm and dedication were hugely impressive.
Send-off for GSE Students - Brian Houghton and PP Graham Wilford attended a "send-off dinner" for the Group Study Exchange team who are about to depart for Brazil. Amongst them is Jane Crosby, who is being sponsored by our Club. Past DG Roger Percival also joined the event (and insisted on being included in the photographs!) We wish Jane and the whole team a very successful time in Brazil.
Club Visitors - The Club welcomed several visitors to its meeting on April 20th. The speaker was Rtn Trevor Woodward of York Vikings Club, who gave an extensive presentation about the various "New Generations" (previously Youth Opportunities) programmes run in District 1040. Fittingly, a second guest was Aiste Rugeviciute, President of York Rotaract Club, who was paying her final visit to the Club before she leaves Rotaract, and York University, next month. President David, and Brian Joscelyne, paid tribute to Aiste's skills and achievements with Rotaract during her year as President. Finally, we welcomed Assistant Governor North Hazel Haas who outlined the forthcoming Gala Concert at the Barbican on June 2, and asked for members' support in selling tickets.
Club Charity Walk - 26 intrepid rotarians and friends braved the fierce elements on April 19th for a six and a half mile annual fund raising walk through the Howardian Hills before returning ,wet and weary, to lunch the Wass Village Hall. Proceeds totalled over £450 and are being donated to the Malawi Sand Dams project.
Rotaract Presentation to SASH - Several Club members were present on April 18th when the York Rotaract President Aiste Rugeviciute and Treasurer Inga Pruseviciute met with Peter Robinson, the Director of SASH (Safe and Sound Homes), in York to present a cheque for over £300. The Rotaract Club have been fundraising for SASH over the past year, and this is the first time they have presented a charity with a donation from their efforts. It was the culmination of a busy and very successful year for the Rotaractors. Well done!
Rotary Young Musician National Final Winner is from York - Club Members will be interested to learn that in the National Finals in Bournemouth on April 13th Amy Jayne Milton, playing the flute, and sponsored by York Vikings Rotary Club, won the National Young Musician intrumental competition. Olivia Turner, also sponsored by the Rotary Club of York Vikings, also sang beautifully at the National Singing Final. Congratulations to them both, and to Peter Acaster and York Vikings on their success.
New Member's Talk. On April 13th (relatively) new member Jim Wragg entertained us with his tale of "Many Firsts" in his life and career, from his first school, notable for his first Canadian apple!.. through to his first (?) three daughters and finally his first retirement speech. Here's to many more firsts, Jim!
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