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 York Rotary News 2019-20  p3

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Passing the baton..  On June 28th it was "handover day" and outgoing President Ian Helby passed the presidential baton over to 2019-20 President Ian Tarbet, who spoke to the Club about his ambitions for us to honour the history and depth of experience in the Club whilst seeking further to maintain Rotary's relevance in today's culture, and broaden our appeal in order to sustain membership for future years.

 

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Friendship Cup  On June 28th we welcomed back Geoff Brown, after some weeks of absence, and his wife Edna.  They presented the Club, and Inner Wheel, with a magnificant new trophy, and antique silver cup which will be shared between the two Clubs as a continuing symbol of friendship.  The Club is extremely grateful to Geoff and Edna for their outstanding generosity in donating this wonderful gift.

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Welcome to Roger Also at the June 28th meeting we welcomed Roger Sutton into membership of our Club.  He is transferring from the Rotary Club of Pocklington, and is already very well known to many members from his connections with us in previous years, and also through his wife Molly who was President of York Inner Wheel in 2018-19.

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Safer Travel Our speaker on July 5th was Richard Stuttle, from Caroline's Rainbow Foundation.  His sister Caroline Stuttle lost her life at the age of only 19 whilst back packing in Australia in 2002.  Since then the family have created a charity to help other traveller’s by informing them, via an App, of the potential dangers that all of us could face whether students , families or seniors when away from home. In 2002 Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation (CRF ) was formed and fund raising began and research undertaken to create website and App to provide a reference point for all to assess the possible dangers of accidents, thefts or other forms of intimidation that can and do occur when one is relaxed and not necessarily as vigilant as one could be when away from home. Richard leads this foundation as Caroline’s elder brother and having travelled extensively around the world. He is currently writing a book describing both the foundation and the Travel App and how it can be of help to all who venture away on holidays or business trips.

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Get the App!  There is a wealth of information to advise travellers - ourselves, our families and especially young people - on Richard's website for Caroline's Rainbow Foundation (CRF)  Click here for the website, where there are further links to download the App (for either iOS/Mac or Android devices)

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Dragon Boat success Our flagship fundraising event, the Dragon Boat Challenge, took place on July 14th on the River Ouse.  With a beautiful sunny day and an electric and fun atmosphere amongst those taking part, it was greatly enjoyed by all, and attracted a large crowd of spectators as well as 20 charity stalls on the North Bank, and 36 teams of competitors. Thanks go to the many members who helped make it all happen, together with Friends of York Rotary, Inner Wheel members, partners and the Bishopthorpe crew (friends of Diana Naish, also helping in her very busy Rotary Tent cafe all day); not forgetting Hon member Elly Fiorentini who maintained the fabulous commentary throught the day.  The event was won by the crew from RAF Linton 72 Squadron, narrowly beating the H Todd/Ged Bell team in a classic and exciting finish.  The Club benefitted from a lot of publicity including The Press, BBC Radio York, and veritable storm of social media postings on Twitter throughout the day.  Truly Rotary in the Community! Lots of photos and full results can be seen on our Dragon Boat web page here

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Kids' Triathlon Marshalling   Mike Hay reports.. On July 13th six members and partners were stewards at the inaugural York Kids’ Triathlon at the Sports Village. The commitment and determination  of the youngsters, some as young as 5, was a joy to behold! We have been promised a donation to our Charity Fund, still to be negotiated. We renewed our acquaintance with the organiser, Keith Hancock, who has made strenuous efforts to rearrange the date of the full Triathlon in 2020, so that the clash with Dragon Boats can be avoided and we are once again able to assist (which should be worth a substantial donation to the Charity Fund, as in the past). The still provisional, but very likely, date is Sunday 9 August, with the Kids’ event the previous day. They really do want us back. All the Triathlon team were most welcoming and very appreciative of our support. It was a fun afternoon!

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Supporting Witnesses   Our speaker on July 19th was Ian Riley.  Ian is the Outreach Team Leader for The Witness Service in North Yorkshire. He has previously worked in TV and live events for many years, before selling his part in the business and retiring in 2017. He took us through the help and support that they give to witnesses, before, during, and after a trial. He spoke of the trauma that could be involved in going to court and re-living a situation that may have been very traumatic at the time. If you are summoned to appear before a court then you have no option but to appear. However the Witness programme means that they  will be met by their volunteers, either at home, or in a community centre beforehand, so that they talk them through the Court process. In court they can make arrangements for vulnerable witnesses to give their evidence behind a screen, so that they do not have to face the defendant. These can include children under14, sexual assault victims, victims of domestic violence and anyone who has been violated in any way. He finished by appealing for more volunteers to come and help them. He said that they need amazing volunteers to help them do the most rewarding thing that they have ever done. All volunteers are trained, supported and helped to come into the role gradually. They have to be willing to commit to a minimum of 12 months service, and available to volunteer for 2 days a month.                    

July walk Janet reports...  On July 18th thirteen Rotarians and partners along with Oreo the dog met in the Swinsty Moor Car Park for a gentle and mainly flat walk around two of the Washburn Valley reservoirs, namely Fewston and Swinsty. The route, thanks to the efforts of Yorkshire Water,  follows the clearly defined path around both reservoirs. The weather was kind in that the threatening clouds passed around us with only a few spots of rain, and these fell whilst we were in the shelter of woodland. The scenery was beautiful and there were wild flowers in abundance.  It must have been a measure of the ease of the route which meant that walkers could enjoy chatting and camaraderie throughout the walk. Towards the end of the walk we passed Swinsty Hall, home of England Manager Gareth Southgate.  We understand he is in the process of trying to sell it but stunning as it was, none of those present felt the urge to put in an offer. Lunch was at The Hopper Lane pub on the A59. We enjoyed a tasty fayre served by the extremely friendly owners. Coincidently it was Phil’s birthday so of course we sang Happy Birthday to him!

 

 

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Helping My Sight relocation   My SightYork (previously known as York Blind and Partially Sighted Society) have just moved from their premises in Rougier Street to new accomodation in Merchantgate. They asked for Rotary's help in disassembling, and then re-assembling some fo their office furniture, cabinets, wall notice boards and so on.  Armed with power tools and hammers (!) a team of five members, led by Brian Houghton, responded.  It was a good opportunity for some Community Service in action, and was greatly appreciated by MySight CEO Karen Froggett (who is a member of Friends of York Rotary). Thanks to all who helped.              

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A sizzling occasion...   A record turnout of 83 members, partners and friends enjoyed the annual Club Barbeque at Sutton-Upon-Derwent on August 3rd,  in sizzling temperatures and perfect sunshine. Peter Fox had the organisation (now a fine art) perfect as usual, and Graham T and David W did a fine job sizzling the sausages, chicken and steaks.  The salads and desserts were also first class - many thanks to all who helped prepare these and to helpers from the Village Hall.  John's quiz was as mind-stretching as ever, and competition was also "hot" at David's "golf umbrella pitching" competition. A great event of fellowship much enjoyed by all. Thank you Peter, the Fellowship team, and all who contributed.    

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             " You say goodbye.. and I say hello..."  

 

Our meeting on August 2nd was a one of mixed emotions.  We said a sad goodbye to the talented Novotel chef Veejay, who has become well known to us over the 5 years we have been coming to the Novotel for lunches. Aside from creating really wonderful food, he is gentle, caring and lovely person who will be missed! President Ian wished him well, and presented a gift cheque donated by members. We wish him and his wife well as he starts his new post as Executive Chef at the Hilton Hotel in Cambridge. Bon voyage..    

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This was followed by one of newest members giving us a talk about his background and experiences.  Steve Wilkinson's career has been in the butchery business, and he built up a chain of shops first in Knaresborough, then across Yorkshite with Ilkley as the "flagship store.  His experiences in growing his business and surviving the multiple challenges of Mad Cow Disease scares (1988), and Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2001, amongst others, were a fascinating story.  His approach was to make his shops more personal, use local suppliers, and build trust in his customers to secure loyalty in the face of ferocious competition from supermarkets. Retiring 7 years ago, he is now enjoying the slightly less competitive environment of Rotary!!  

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Precision bagging!   It was an early start on August 4th as seventeen members, partners and “Friends of York Rotary” all reported for duty at the Knavesmire.  The briefing was at 7.30am!  This is the fourth year running we've been providing the Baggage Store service for the York 10K, where those of the 7000 runners who had bags with them deposited them for safe keeping, in one of the two trailers that we were managing, then collected them after the race.   With immaculate organisation and discipline the team managed to get all the bags returned with no “waiting time” for the runners as they came exhausted looking for their belongings.  It was a beautiful sunny morning and the atmosphere at the Knavesmire was very upbeat.  It was good to be helping the community in this way and promoting Rotary at the same time! Thank you all who came and helped.    

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More Trees TLC!  A further session of clearing tending the ground around the Rotary Family Tree Partnership tree saplings took place on August 6th at the Haxby Road site. York Cares arranged for teams from St Johns University staff, and Nestle Human Resources staff, to do the work. The volunteers were supervised on site by Rotarian John Lacy, under the watchful eye of Derek Utley from the Woodland Trust, who has been involved in this project from the very beginning.  Many thanks to the volunteers who helped in the essential maintenance of this site. More information about the programme can be found here - there are now around 800 families involved as trees are planted in the name of their babies born in 2018-2019.

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Westward Hovingham!  A small but energetic group (six of us plus WInnie!) for the August walk which was lad by Dave Thompson, a 7-miler starting from Hovingham, taking a circular route to the west via Cawton then south via Coulton.  The real purpose of the walk became clear as we arrived back at the Hovington Inn for lunch.  This has recently re-opened after a seven-month £500,000 makeover - in partnership with local property developers Martyn and Mary Greenwood and the coffee company Dancing Goat Coffee - under the new ownership of Richard and Lindsey Johns.  And very nice it was too!

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Rotarian explains life of crime.. On August 9th our speaker was "new" member Stuart Cranidge. Stuart graduated in law at Liverpool University in 1968 and there followed 35 years of a life of crime. Most of his time as a solicitor was spent in the police station seeing clients, attending police interviews or in the magistrates court representing them. Stuart has always loved sport and played football, badminton, tennis, squash and rugby to an acceptable standard. A highlight was running the London Marathon in 2005 and raising £9,500 for the NSPCC. In addition, he was on the founding committee of the North Lincs Association of Governing Bodies and served as a school governor for 25 years, including nine as as chairman.  We welcome Stuart to Rotary!  

Bill Mann Trophy Golf Day David S reports The event was held at York Golf Club (Strensall) on August 18th. The weather was fine and the course in good condition. Bill's daughter Sheila Royce (Guest of Honour) and her husband Brian presented the Trophy and Prizes. 15 golfers took part in the competition from York -Vikings - Ainsty. 39 attended the evening meal which was excellent. The winner was Steve Cluderay (ainsty) with Mike Harrison (Vikings) as runner-up. The event was well attended in both the golf and evening meal with good fun and fellowship.  

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Visit from author Murray Naylor   Graham T reports On August 16th we were treated to a delightful lunchtime chat. Murray referred to luck and how it plays its part in our lives. In Liverpool during the war Murray formed the idea of joining the railways. A friend of his father prompted ‘not a good idea’. Next thought; join the army and see the world. Joined in 1956, commissioned in 1958 to the Scots Guards. Luck sent him to Oman then on to Africa where he helped put down insurrections in Kenya first followed by several other ex commonwealth countries. Then a move to India, followed by Germany and finally Northern Ireland.

On retirement, Murray has fulfilled a lifetime ambition to write books, mainly autobiographical.

Bowls Night Mike M reports On August 27th a great night was enjoyed by 34 Rotarians & partners, at the Railway Institute Bowling Club. Organised by the Fellowship Committee, and blessed with a dry evening,the bowls tournament provided great fellowship, fun, and cut throat competition. Eventual winners, shown (left) receiving their prizes from our resident bowls "expert" Mike Miller, were Brian Houghton, Diane Roworth, and Shelagh Salter. Afterwards, 10 non-playing partners  joined in for a healthy and tasty feast of pie,peas & chips, followed by apple pie or gateau.  Acknowledging the clamour for a repeat event next year, Mike thanked David & Celia Impey for their help on the night.and expressed our appreciation to the volunteers at the club for their hospitality and assistance.

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Farewell and Bon Voyage to Taelor Eileen reports  "A Great example of what Rotary is all about"..So said Rotarian Mary Lumley as a group of us held a farewell bash last week for Grant Scholar Taelor Lewis who returns home to California on 30th August. It turned out almost to be an all-female affair, as Presidents Ian were unable to join us. Taelor has been studying for a LLM in Human Rights and International Law at the University of York; her focus has been on Women, Citizenship and Conflict. She was sponsored by RC Pleasanton North in California and her Scholarship is a fine example of how The Rotary Foundation works to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. Everyone in RCoY has been impressed with Taelor’s work ethic, willingness to serve and dedication to helping refugees, especially women. She has attended various events when study allowed and, together with her visiting family, enjoyed our Charity Walk at Terrington in April. On August 23rd, Taelor joined us for her final Rotary Lunch. We wish her all the very best as she takes the next steps in her career which we are sure will be successful. It has been our pleasure to host Taelor.

 

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