Barbeque - The annual Club and Inner Wheel Barbeque took place at Sutton on Derwent on 6th August. Despite some heavy rainfall, a good time was had by all. Our chefs are pictured hard at work cooking - and apparently demonstrating martial arts too!
Club Visitors - At the Club meeting on 5th August, Val Revell, widow of past member Tony, made a visit to the Club in her own right as a Rotarian. Following Tony’s death a year ago, Val was invited to join his Rotary Club, Temple Stowe, Melbourne, Australia, which has given her a new focus on life through being a part of Rotary. She has told us that their Club has created a memorial Trophy for Tony named ‘The Tony Revell Engineering Trophy’ which has already been awarded to the first recipient, a young engineer. We send best wishes back with her and hope she enjoys her years in Rotary.
Accompanying Val at the meeting was her daughter Tracy who many will know produces our very fine Dragon Boat Programme each year. Tracy was a guest of the Club and President David Jesper said a big ‘Thank You’ to her for all her efforts for the Dragon Boat events.
Club Speaker - On 29th July our speaker was Simon Wallace, from the Alzheimer's Society. He gave an insightful and moving presentation about dementia ("a disease, not just part of ageing") and Alzheimer's in particular, one of the most challenging diseases facing the country as its population ages. ("1 in 3 people over 65 will die with dementia, a disease costing the UK £23Bn"). Both Simon and Speaker's Host John Lacy pointed out that very valuable information about dementia is on their website www.alzheimers.org.uk
Visit to BBC Radio York - Over 20 members (and one Rotaractor) enjoyed a vocational visit on 29th July to the newly refurbished premises of BBC Radio York, off Bootham. There Station Manager Sarah Hammond explained the objectives and local public service requirements of the station, and sought members' views of how much they listened to Radio York and their feedback. BBC Radio York has been on the air since 1983 and currently has about 100,000 listeners, about 20% of the local population. Members enjoyed a fascinating tour of the operations areas and studios with Elly Fiorentini, well-known presenter and an Honorary member of our Club.
New Member - At the Club meeting on 22nd July, President David welcomed another new member to the Club. David Sweeney, who lives in Bulmer, was proposed by Tony Robinson. David formed and ran an office refurbishment business for 30 years before his retirement, and he was especially noted as being a keen golfer of many years' standing!
Club Walk - Another Rotary walk, another fine day!! On 21st July John Lacy led a group of 11 members and partners on the 'Bishop Wilton round', on the edge of the Wolds, a 7-mile "up-and-downer" starting and finishing at the Fleece Inn in Bishop Wilton. The excellent fellowship, fun, and sun resulted in the challenging walk seeming like little more than a stroll - though lunch at the Fleece might have also helped!
Club Speaker - At our Club meeting on 15th July our speaker was Marjorie Marks, who explained the background and workings of her charity Caroline's Rainbow Foundation, founded after the tragic murder of Marjorie's daughter Caroline in 2002 whilst in Australia. The charity and their excellent website help provide advice and information for young people travelling overseas, expecially in a 'gap year'. It was a moving example of a terrible tragedy being turned into a constructive positive force.
Dragon Boat Challenge - The Club's ninth annual Dragon Boat Challenge on 10th July was a huge success, despite suffering a one-hour deluge from above! Over 50 Club members helped out during the day and the organisation by the committee was magnificent again! A total of over £64,000 has already been pledged in sponsorship and fundraising, from 36 teams. The day was capped by the overall trophy winners being Graham's company Herbert Todd & Son!
President David takes the reins - At the Club meeting on 1st July the badge of office of President was passed from Graham Wilford to David Jesper who will lead our Club through the forthcoming 2011-12 year.
One of President David's first duties was to welcome a new member, Rotarian Eileen Davis, who has transferred to the Club from the Edinburgh Breakfast Club. Eileen has been a Rotarian for over 12 years, and together with husband Keith recently retired and moved to York, after a career in teaching, most recently as head teacher at St Margaret's School in Edinburgh. She was warmly welcomed by all members.
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Calling all railway buffs!! - Rumour has it that the Club includes several Railway aficionados amongst its members!! The Club has been asked, by the Friends of the National Railway Museum, to enter a 6-person team in a Fundraising Quiz Night, being held on 6th October at the NRM. Entry is £10 per person, to include a meal. Members are asked to contact Russ Rollings if interested.
Club Speaker - The speaker at our Club meeting on 9th September was Delma Tomlin, who gave a wonderfully illustrated talk about the York Early Music Centre and particularly her involvement in developing musical interest and talent amongst young people, as well as the very succesful Early Music Festival which she started in 1977. The York Early Music Festival is now Britain's premier festival of historically informed performance set in some of the country's most beautiful historic venues including York Minster, Harewood House and the National Centre for Early Music. Nowadays BBC Radio 3 broadcasts the whole 10 days of the Festival each July.
Vocational Visit - A large group of Club members attended the vocational visit to the amazing Ron Cooke Hub on the University of York East Heslington campus, on 19th August. The Hub is a £20million, 7000 sq ft 'melting pot' for engagement and innovation in Education, and was opened earlier in 2011. Along with the open and light filled atrium the building is home to a tiered lecture theatre for 220 delegates as well as a range of rooms of unique designs and capabilities.
Club Walk - On 18th August eleven members and partners joined together for a memorable circular walk from Burton Leonard, near Ripon. On a beautiful, mostly level, walk of about 6 miles, the group enjoyed perfect sunshine with superlative companionship followed by first-class lunch "al fresco" at the Hare and Hounds. Finally everyone made it home before the rain came! What more could one ask for?
Community Service - Pictured below, Nigel Naish on behalf of the Community Services Committee handing over a cheque for £500 to Colonel Kirby of The Salvation Army at The Citadel in York to help maintain the provision of food parcels to the growing number of people in York who find themselves in difficulty.
Bill Mann Golf Day - The weather was kind to the 18 golfers from all three York Rotary Clubs as they took part in the Bill Mann Trophy competition at Forest Park Golf Course in Stockton-on-Forest on 14th August. The overall winner was Steve Cluderay (Ainsty) and the runner up Mike Harrison (Vikings). Brian Houghton was third. An excellent dinner afterwards was attended by 58 Rotarians and guests with Bill Mann's daughter Sheila Royce presenting the prizes.
Club Speaker - At the Club meeting on 12th August we heard a presentation by Martin Marsh about the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftmanship, a unique group brought together since 1998 to promote the work, and particularly the training, of the myriad craftsmen and artists in York who work on the Conservation of our cultural, historic and artistic heritage . It brought home to members the tremendous heritage and wealth of York's archaeology, buildings and history that many of us (as we live here!) take for granted!
St Crux - On 9th August members of the Club and Inner Wheel manned the stands and poured the teas at St Crux, making the most of the one beautiful sunny day in the week! As a result of the weather but more especially the efforts of all concerned, not least the tremendous support from Inner Wheel members on the catering front, a record £1120 was raised for Club charities!
Club Visit - Six members were given a very warm welcome when they visited the Whitby Endeavour Club meeting in the Sneaton Castle Conference Centre on 10th August. The 26 members include three married couples. President John McEachen is pictured behind the unusual centrepiece – the logo a ships wheel circumscribed by:- “ Rotary Club Endeavour -Leave Nothing Unattempted”
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