Ambassadorial Scholar - On 17th February 24-year-old French Ambassadorial Scholar Angelique Ribas spoke to the Club about her experiences. She is doing a Business Management degree at York University. There are 200 students taking the same high reputation course (150 of them come from China!!) She is the only French student at York University and is sponsored by Montpelier Rotary Club, which claims to be the oldest club in France. Angelique was also a member of the Rotaract Club in Montpelier
Club Walk - The (left) picture, showing a collection of old ruins, with Sheriff Hutton Castle behind, illustrates how you do not need to be young to complete a 5.8 mile walk around some heavy Vale of York mud. On 16th February, the day (bright sunshine of course) saw the group gather opposite the President's house, forcing him to go along with them, and then leave the 14th century castle ramparts, via a cricket ground. The route was through Sheriff Hutton Park, then headed towards Flaxton, then north across more farmland, giving walkers an extra handicap of thick mud on each boot. After about 2.5 hours relief came with a final pull up to the 12th century (+ additions) Sheriff Hutton Church, and back to The Highwayman for a light bite - though Steve B managed to get his treacle sponge.
St Valentine's Day Lunch - On 12th February John Russell's Pork Crown was just one of the many superb dishes turned out by seven Rotarian chefs to their 60 guests at the 6th Annual Valentines fundraising lunch in Stockton on the Forest Village Hall. Over £1550 was raised for charity funds on the day.
Humanitarian Project in Tanzania - At our Club meeting on 10th February we welcomed Rotarians Patricia Rowe and Steven Pratt, both relative newcomers to Rotary, who spoke about their involvement in a recent D1040 project in Ukerewe, Tanzania, an island group within Lake Victoria with a population of over 350,000. Their slide presentation was a humbling experience for all, showing the depth of poverty existing there - and extremely low concern for Health and Safety! - but at the same time the immense impact that Rotarian projects such as this can have, in this case in building/upgrading a pre-natal and natal care facility for the area.
Cheeky Monkeys - This photo shows the staff and children at Cheeky Monkeys play-group, Westfield, Acomb, receiving a gift of £100 worth of stationery items, crayons, pencils, paper, paints etc. from Community Service Committee members Dennis Adamson and Nigel Naish.
Technology Tournament 2012 - This annual event, held at the National Railway Museum, took place on March 13th and was an outstanding success, with over 43 teams from 13 schools - in total over 170 youngsters - taking part, each team designing and building a "coin-sorting" machine. The winning teams were: Foundation level: Millthorpe School, Intermediate level: Bootham School, Senior level: St Peter’s School.
District 1040 Youth Speaks competition: District Final - In a well-supported, highly talented and close-fought District Final on March 8th at Poppleton Road School, the team from Brooksbank School Sports College, Calderdale emerged as the winners, by a close margin. The local Mount School team, Tamara Satychell, Alice Grierson, and Holly Gardiner were runners up. The photograph shows the Mount School team, supported by the Deputy Head, Vicky Sherwood and Head of College Jo Hayward .
President's Evening - Ladies well to the fore in these photographic line ups of the principal guests at the annual Presidents Evening held on March 2nd at York Racecourse. In the right hand photo the ‘back row’ included the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of York, the Presidents of the three York Rotary Clubs and the recently retired MP John Greenway. Over 120 rotarians and their guests enjoyed an evening of good food, fun and fellowship. During the course of the evening, President David also received from District Governor Willie Clark both the trophy for District 1040 Website of the Year and the RI Presidents citation for the Club's contribution to the Polio Eradication Project.
Youth Speaks - The East Group final of the 2012 Youth Speaks competition was held at Pickering on February 28th.
Holly Gardiner,Alice Grierson,Tamara Satchell from the Mount School, York are pictured here with District Governor Willie Clark.
Thanks for Life - These photos show one of the 23 sites in York where the crocuses are now in splendid bloom to remind everyone of the Purple Pinky eradicating Polio project.
Rotaract Charter Night - York Rotaract Club celebrated their second annual Charter Night with a black-tie dinner on February 24th at Bedern Hall. 10 Club members and partners attended the very succesful evening.
New Member - During the meeting on 24th February President David is seen formally welcoming new member Barry Clarke to the Club. Barry's career was in Education. He was a Primary School Headteacher for 17 years and latterly worked in different local authorities assisting schools with leadership problems. Barry has three children and seven granchildren. He is a season ticket holder for Aston Villa, a “Friend” of York City Screen and enjoys live theatre and music. He was a member of Nidderdale Round Table where he enjoyed the social and fund-raising aims of the group, so we look forward to his contributions at RCoY.
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Club Meeting - At our meeting on March 16th Dr Alex Heaton (son of our own Rotarian Philip Heaton) gave an illustrated talk about his journey aboard the clipper "Edinburgh", accompanying a young recovering transplant patient, around Australia and New Zealand as part of the Round the World Clipper Race. The 68ft single-masted clipper had very basic accommodation for its 15 crew, including "hot-bunking", a term new to most members (!), and keeping dry was a major challenge as during most of their 21 days at sea were accompanied by heavy seas with 60ft waves!
Rotaract Club twins with Sri Lanka - As our Club has a number of links with Sri Lanka, members might be interested to hear that York Rotaract Club have just agreed a twinning arrangement with the Rotaract Club of Panadura, Sri Lanka. Plans are being put in place for a joint project in the near future.
Club Walk - It has been said that the sun always shines when there is a Club walk....it looked a little unlikely on the morning of March 15th when a hardy group of 15 Club members and partners assembled in the deep fog at Sir Tatton Sykes's Monument (folly?) near Sledmere. However, during the course of the 8.5 mile walk, the fog lifted to give a perfect..... mist! The sun did also peek through for a brief moment! But it was universally agreed that the Wolds are wonderful in any weather, and everyone enjoyed the walk, the fellowship, the misty and spooky derelict chapel at the lost village of Cottam, and especially the superb lunch at the Triton Inn in Sledmere. Who needs sunshine?
Sleep-out for SASH - Three members of York Rotaract Club spent the night on March 13th sleeping rough in front of York Minster, as part of the "Sleep-out" event to raise awareness of homelessness, and to raise money for SASH (Safe and Sound Homes) a charity supported by our own Club. Several Club members sponsored the three Rotaractors, who reported later that the event was very worthwhile - but very cold! The event was also covered by Radio York and by The Press - click here for their report and also a video.
Rotaractors debate Bankers! - On March 13th Club members Craig Richardson and Kevin Grogan were at the University of York to lead an educational debate run by York Rotaract Club about the role of Investment Banking in Society - for and against! A lively and intelligent audience of nearly 30 young people listened and joined in the debate which ranged from bankers' salaries, through the ethics of banking, to the role of the regulatory bodies in the UK and across the world. Craig and Kevin's excellent presentations and answering of questions was much appreciated by all. Many thanks to them for giving their time and expertise.
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