Club Speaker - Our speaker on 7th October, Professor David Fleming, Vice Chancellor of York St John University, gave a comprehensive overview of the current situation in Higher Education in the UK and an upbeat assessment of the encouraging prospects for Yorks second university.
End Polio Now - Since the Thanks For Life crocus planting at their school last November Stockton on the Forest Primary have held two fundraising events and raised sufficient money to help Rotary immunise over 1000 children in India. President David recognised their contribution and presented the School with an acknowledgement certificate.
Mansion House Awards – On 4th October the York civic party hosted the presentation of this years dragon boat awards in the State Room of the Mansion House. An audience of 60, including team captains,sponsors and charities heard the Lord Mayor compliment the York Rotary Club on the project and their contribution, during the last nine years, of over £600,000 to 133 charities.
Russells Last Stand!! At District 1040 Council meeting in Fulford School on 1st October DG Willie Clark presented John & Mike with inscribed tankards to acknowledge their eight years service as District Shop organisers. The duo’s final stint will be at this years Scarborough Conference.
Club Visit - On 21st September 14 Rotarians from our club visited the Osgoldcross & Elmet Rotary Club in the historic Monk Fryston Hall . Despite being a relatively small club they have a formidable record of community and fundraising activities.
Club Speaker - On 16th September Club member Mo Hayward made a presentation to the Club Meeting about REPOD (Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia) in which she outlined the organisation's background and its links with MHA . REPOD operates 50 "Memory Cafes" in the southern part of the UK, and it is hoped that shortly a new Memory Cafe can be operated in York. Mo illustrated the work of REPOD in helping sufferers of dementia through such Cafes (for prompting and recalling old memories and stimulating discussion) and also Music Therapies, and showed two very moving videos of the progress that can be made in some cases. Members of the Club (and also Ainsty and Vikings Clubs) are asked to support this venture by attending an "interest meeting" at MHA's premises in Heworth on Monday 10th October at 10.30am.
Club Walk - It has proven to be a guarantee of good weather, taking a Rotary Walk each month!! (famous last words..) And once again on 15th September the intrepid group of walkers (32 legs in all including 3 canine sets) enjoyed a glorious sunny day for the 8-mile easy-going Wolds ramble in a figure of eight from Thixendale. The highlight of the morning was being able to drop in on Wharram Percy, a deserted medieval village that flourished in the 12th century and then was deserted for reasons unknown. More on Wharram Percy here.
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Inner Wheel Quiz Night - On 17th November, a total of 112 Club members and friends enjoyed a fun evening in the Village Hall at Stockton on the Forest and raised over £1360 for the charity NSPCC - National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children.
President Anne Jesper and the quiz evening
organisers Anne Houghton,Pat Anderson,
Celia Impey, Diana Hardie, and Helen Porter.
Club Walk - For the monthly walk on 17th November, an enhanced group of 17 was sufficiently brave to join a walk led by Frank Paterson.......the attraction was the Towton Battlefield with its newly erected informative signposts. This was a good choice, it being the 550th anniversary year of the bloodiest battle on English soil - and that probably accounted for the extra walkers in the party! After meeting at Dacre's Cross Frank led the group along the designated trail for a half-mile or so..... then a few diversions and re-routing.... good humour, lunch at the Crooked Billet and a superb sunny day probably saved Frank from being lynched as he put up with a lot of inevitable ribbing....
Rotaract Weekend Seminar - As part of a 12th/13th November weekend seminar in Stockton-on-the-Forest, organised by Rotaract President Aiste Rugeviciute, Graham Wilford and Mike Fieldsend by request gave an excellent 75 minute interactive Powerpoint presentation. The theme was "Planning a BIG event" and exampled our nine years of organising the Dragon Boat Challenge. This was well received by eight Rotaractors in the cosy confines of a B&B outbuilding, and supported by "sitters in" President David and Kevin Grogan. The workshop provided much food for thought as the York Rotaract Club starts to plan its own ‘big event’ for 2012. We wish them well with their endeavours. This was an ideal opportunity for the Rotary Club of York to bridge the generation gap by providing practical help to Rotaract in the form of knowledge and experience. Well done Graham and Mike.
Golf Presentations (Part 2) - During the Club meeting on 11th November, President David presented the winner of the recent Shouksmith Trophy competition, Dennis Adamson, with his silverware.
Club Speaker - District 1040 Foundation Officer Mike Bamford was our speaker on 4th November. Mike impressed greatly as he explained Foundation (Rotary's Charity) in a clear and concise manner. For many listeners, it was the first time they had really got to grips with what often seems a very complicated aspect of Rotary. From monies received and invested, Foundation provides the financial support for project grants, scholarships, exchanges and Polio Plus, thus enabling Rotary to further serve and promote goodwill and understanding.
Vocational Visit - On a very wet Friday, 4th November, two groups, each of 10 Members, were shown around the Siemens Rail Maintenance Depot in York, where they service and maintain 3-coach units for Trans-Pennine Express Trains. Our Guide was Neil Luty who was most informative and interesting as he explained the workings. Trans-Pennine has 51 units and the Siemens York Depot is one of several where they ensure safety and cleanliness. We were lucky that a unit came in whilst we were there, passed through the washer-unit and onto the fuel point, where the toilets are also cleared! After that, the next stage depends on any fault-reporting or service due; otherwise the units are cleaned whilst parked overnight.
Friends of Archways - The Club's Community Services committee recently agreed to donate £250 to the Friends of Archways to assist in buying a new Flatscreen TV for the residents' dining room, following the change to digital - the old one having become obsolete.
Archways is an NHS Intermediary Care Home off Haxby Road. Photo shows Nigel Naish handing the cheque to Mrs Taylor, who set up the "Friends" project.
Club recognises star fund-raiser - At the Club meeting on 28th October, the Club recognised the outstanding contribution made by Beverley Eastwood, of Yorkon Ltd, towards the success of this year's Dragon Boat fundraising. Beverley personally raised £3350 of the £5000 sponsorship money from Yorkon this year. Beverly is pictured here with President David, and (left) David Impey, Chair of the Dragon Boat Committee. Well done, Beverley!
Golf Presentations - President David recently presented Golf prizes to the successful competitors in this years Shouksmith and Thompson Golf events. (Dennis Adamson, winner of the Shouksmith Trophy, was unfortunately absent).
Club Speaker - The speaker at our meeting on 21st October was Sue Galloway. She talked eloquently about her year as the Lord Mayor of York. Sue highlighted the historical nature of the post and gave examples of the many special events that marked her year in office. She said she had found the year both poignant and fun.
Club Walk - On 20th October, following an early frost, ten walkers (plus Willow!) enjoyed a pleasant 7 mile walk mostly in the sunshine, taking in Burton Leonard, South Stainley, Wormald Green and Bishop Monkton. There were lovely clear views over to the White Horse and the North Yorkshire Moors.
DIstrict 1040 Conference - 17 Club members and their partners enjoyed the Scarborough conference weekend 14th - 16th October in glorious sunshine. They were convivially joined at the Saturday evening hotel dinner by Pres Stephen Clark and Alexandra, and 14 other Rotarians and wives from Pocklington & Market Weighton Club.
Presentations about many successful Rotary projects in Yorkshire and beyond illustrated the conference theme of “Working Together” .
Inspirational speakers included Baroness Tanni Grey-Thomson, Britain's greatest Paralympic athlete, and Terry Waite CBE, a respected international humanitarian.
An excellent entertainment programme and the irrepressible District Governor Willie Clark ensured there was never a dull moment.
DG WIllie also announced that our Website had won the award for "BEST IN 1040".
Club Speaker - At the club meeting on 14th October James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council, gave a succinct outline of his principal aspirations for the future of the city. His emphasis was to maximise the economic development opportunities of the city without prejudicing the natural and built environment features which makes York so attractive.
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The last lap! A relaxed Tony Robinson , our conference officer, with his wife Margaret and Ron Robb on the final day.
The two Russells with President David at Scarborough, after their final appearance with the Rotary shop