RYLA and Ocean Youth Trust At our Club meeting on 6th January we heard two excellent presentations by recent "graduates" of RYLA and OYT. First, Katie Presley and Rachael McAllister-Bean spoke of their experience and the confidence-boosting they received at RYLA; and Marcus Burgess then enthralled us with his description of the Ocean Youth Trust sail he did on the "James Cook" from North Shields to Edinburgh and back. It was inspiring to hear these young people relating so confidently the personal growth and development they had experienced, and how it evolved their own understanding of "service before self" and teamwork.
Merry Christmas! - The final Club meeting of 2011 was on 16th December, and we were really pleased to welcome three of our York Rotaract friends as guests. After an introduction from Martins Zeps, Rotaract's Vice-President, and Events Officer Giovanni Tarabocchia, recently-joined Rotaract member Jehangir Hayat entertained us with some songs and a virtuoso performance on the acoustic guitar. President David thanked our guests, and also presented a cheque on behalf of the Club, with our grateful thanks, to the staff of Churchill Hotel who have the unenviable job of serving our lunches to us each week throughout the year!
A Tall Story - A party of eight walkers took to the snowy foothills of the Wolds on 15th December, leaving Market Weighton past the statue of the famous 18th century resident William Bradley, 7ft 9ins in his socks, and continuing to Londesborough Park, one time home of George Hudson. The 6 mile circular walk took them next to the pretty village of Goodmanham and then back to the starting point via the disused Market Weighton-Bridlington railway (Dr Beeching again!). The sun finally shone through the fog for the last ten minutes, and the group then made for The Plough at Allerthorpe for sustenance.
St Crux - The Club manned St Crux again on 13th December, but a combination of cold weather, other Christmas distractions in the City, and possibly the reduced volume of items on sale all contributed to a rather disappointing result on the day, compared to similar fund-raisers during the summer months. Nevertheless, a generous show of support from members of the Club and Inner Circle made the day worthwhile. Thanks to all who contributed.
Rotary Young Chef in York - Our first two photos show the 9 pupils from Joseph Rowntree School, the first of the five schools sponsored by the York club who are competing in this years Young Chef Competition.
The group photo (centre) includes our volunteer judges Dianna Naish and Simon Halmshaw and the two teachers Mrs Outram and Mrs Robinson with the winner Holly Martindale.
Also pictured (right) are the fifteen students who participated in the Fulford School competition on 13th December.
The three judges Stephanie Moon. Elaine Lemm and Graeme Robertson selected Tim Wilson and Jasmine Hill to represent Fulford at the York Area Finals on 20th January.
Ladies Lunch - On 25th November 110 members and guests attended the 83rd annual Ladies Lunch in the Ebor Suite at York Racecourse. The principal guest Lady Emma Ingilby spoke, under the title of 'Downton It's Not', of how Ripley Castle, her husband's family home for the last 700 years, was developed and is managed as one of Yorkshires leading tourist attractions.
The occasion was also used to award Bobby Hughes with a bar to his Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his significant contributions to the club and district 1040 during his 37 years as a rotarian.
Club Walk to Towton Battlefield (cont'd....)
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Club President 2013-14 - Following the recent Club SGM, Nigel Naish has been elected as Club President for the year 2013-14. President David is pictured congratulating Nigel.
Vocational Visit - On 18th November a group of members visited York City Screen, which is part of a small national group of cinemas specialising in quality and artistic films. The building in the heart of York was converted from newspaper offices into a compact three screen cinema complex with the projection equipment capable of showing old and new films. Bill Thomson enlightened and entertained the group with demonstrations of the equipment and his 50 years experiences of the film industry.
Rotary Young Chef: District Finals - On 24th January eight youngsters, including East Area finalist Hannah Connolly from Archbishop Holgate School, York, competed for the District 1040 Young Chef title at Betty’s Cookery School. The winner was Jessica Berry (aged 15) from Upper Wharfedale School, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs in the Dales group; and the runner up was Megan Haneskog (aged13) from Nidderdale High School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Knaresborough. Congratulations to them and to all who took part.
Rotary Young Chef: East Group Finals - Six youngsters from Archbishop Holgates, Fulford and Joseph Rowntree Schools prepared and cooked a healthy two course meal for two people for under £10.00 at York College on 20th January. Judges Martin Henley, Head Chef at Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Robert Porter of the Green Room Restaurant, Scarborough decided that Hannah Connolly from Archbishop Holgates should be York Rotary Young Chef 2012. Hannah will compete at Betty’s Cookery School Harrogate for the Yorkshire title.
Brunswick Organic Nursery - On 20th January a large group of 18 members visited Brunswick Organic Nursery and Workshops.
BON is one of the two nominated charities for this years Dragon Boat Challenge and we were given a conducted tour of the facilities at Bishopthorpe by Lauren Webb and two of her colleagues. Currently the charity, celebrating their 20th anniversary, provides horticultural work for 69 clients who have learning difficulties.
Club Walk - Thirteen brave souls fought through torrential rain on 19th January to get to the starting point in Darley. Then the sun came out and although cold and blustery, we had a lovely walk with some stunning views across the valley. It was a nice surprise to receive a seasonal visit from a local Robin (Robinus Richus). As has become traditional on one of the early walks in the year, David and Celia produced a bottle of their excellent homemade Sloe Gin, it certainly helped keep the cold out ! We all repaired to the Wellington Inn for an excellent lunch and some huge haddock, with the added benefit that we had a 50% meal deal !
New Member - During the meeting on 13th January President David is seen formally welcoming Mike Hay to the Club. Mike has transferred from the Edinburgh Breakfast Rotary Club.
Safe and Sound Homes - Our speaker at the Club meeting on 13th January was Peter Robinson from SASH. He explained the various strands to this charity's work in York, principally the NightStop and Supported Lodgings programmes, which rely on volunteers to take in homeless (mostly youngsters) who are in desperate need of help, perhaps for very short times, Some of his statistics were very stark - the life expectancy for homeless people in the UK is only 43 (women) or 47 (men) and they are 9 times more likely to commit suicide. Members may be interested to know that York Rotaract have decided to support SASH in their principal fund-raising activities this year.
Young Chef - Nine pupils of Archbishop Holgates School participated in the Rotary Young Chef competition on 11th January. Hannah Connolly and Megan Smith will represent Archbishops at the East Area Group final at York College on Friday 20th January.
Photo (left) shows professional judges Elaine and Lionel with Sue Leach (Head of Design Technology) and Rotarians Russ Rollings and Frank Paterson.
Club News 2011-2012 continued.....
York Theatre Royal - At the Club meeting on 27th January Dianne Wilcocks and Liz Wilson, from York Theatre Royal, gave us a fascinating and engrossing insight into the operation and importance of the Theatre to York's cultural and economic life (over £3m pa, 600 performances per year) and focussed especially on their wide range of projects that involve young people. In particular, the very active Youth Theatre engages over 300 people in its year-round activities; and the TakeOver Festival where year-round young people aged 12-25 actually budget, direct, plan and then manage and present this 3-week festival in May with a budget of £100K, entirely on their own. This latter activity is mostly supported by charitable donations. Also at this meeting President David said a formal farewell and a vote of thanks to Graham Maskery as he leaves, after many years of service to the Club, to move to Morecombe with his wife Vera.
Burns Nicht - Aye, it were a bonnie evening indeed when, after a gap of 9 years, the traditional celebration of the man from Ayrshire was enjoyed on 25th January by over 80 members, partners and guests from York Ainsty Club . And traditional it was (almost) - with Cock-a-Leekie, Cullen Skink, bagpipe entry of the haggis, tatties w'neeps, wonderful venison pie, and Cranachan. Frank was in fine form as ever, addressing the haggis and acting a bit like William Wallace aka our gentle host... then a fine and beautifully articulated speech to the "immortal memory" by Ron Robb was followed by a new twist - an Ozzie "toast to the lassies" and a Kiwi (ok, and Scots) response - wonderful entertainment from Peter King and his wife Maggie. So, a toast of a wee dram to the lot of ye! Slainthe.... It was a fine evening!
Dragon Boat Challenge Announcements - The major beneficiaries of this year's DBC have been announced, together with the major sponsors. The Club's thanks go again to The Shepherd Group, Benenden Healthcare, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation who are this year's Sponsors. The two charities being supported by the 2012 Dragon Boat Challenge are Brunswick Organic Nursery and Craft Workshop (in Bishopthorpe) and York Blind and Partially Sighted Society. A special logo commemorating the fact that this is the 10th year of the Club's DBC events has also been created. More details are on our Dragon Boat Challenge pages here..
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