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Telling Stories!  On November 7th, the Friends of York Rotary group held a networking/social evening at Dower House, attended by around 20 Friends and members.   Following up on an earlier (February) session on the Use of Social Media, this evening was again led by FoYR member Kirsty Halliday, and also Kelly Langford, both from Accessible Arts and Media in York. The discussions centred on the use of visual story-telling, using video or photographs, sometimes a series of messages, as a more personal means of getting your message, or information, across on social media platforms - especially Instagram and Facebook.  There was lively discussion and lots of interchange of ideas.  This is the fourth sucj networking session held for Friends, and further ones are planned for 2020.  More info here

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Asian Fusion Fundraising Dinner 75 members, partners and friends gathered at the Novotel on November 12th for an evening of Asian food and entertainment organised by York Rotary's Fundraising team.  Whilst enjoying the delicious range of nine dishes - mostly of Chinese and Thai derivation - a Table Quiz of questions relating to Asia challenged the grey cells, and a slide show of Asian sights, people and events was a visual feast.  Then the highlight of the evening was a performance of both traditional and modern Chinese music and dance, from Yǎ yuè fang  (Elegant Music Group), 10 students from the University of York, organised and introduced by Ling Ding, International Liaison Officer at the Dept of Music.  It was a wonderful and professional performance.  Finally, raffle prizes - all of Asian origin - were drawn and Diana Naish announced that the evening had raised over £2400 for our Charity Fund.  A special thanks to Yǎ yuè fang - and to the Novotel for their generosity in providing the meal for us.  A great night!

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Rotarians visit Hermanus Club projects in South Africa  Frank reports.. Six of us from York Rotary have just visited South Africa and spent a day with Rotarians from the Hermanus Rotary Club who are seeking our support for a global grant project. The photos are of a partnership project with a South African charity Pebbles. The club restored an old farm building which is now used  as an early learning centre for over 60 children between the ages of one and five.  They are picked up daily in the Pebbles bus from farms over a wide catchment area and this allows both parents to work in the vineyards. It is a very worthwhile project with dedicated care assistants who spoke excellent English but teach the children in Afrikaans.Very impressed by the loving care shown . the disciplined children, and the good facilities.! The Hermanus Club also gave the York visitors an excellent day out in the Wine Valley visiting two the major projects undertaken by Hermanus RC and enjoying a superb lunch at a wine estate.

Winter TLC for Rotary Trees Frank reports...  A team of volunteers from Nestle IT department, co-ordinated by York Cares, applied some tender loving care to  some of the 1240 rotary family trees at the Haxby Road site on November 21st. Pleased to report that they all seem to be flourishing and in good health. We had to replace a few bamboo canes but otherwise they seem to be in good shape for the winter

Update on 'our' Sundial Project  Steve B reports... Our meeting on November 22nd had the added bonus of a presentation by Aliana Schmisseur, the conservationist who has recently effected the splendid refurbishment of the Sun Dial on College Green, our 'Gift' to the City to mark our Centenary Year 2020-21. Representing one of only 220 Schmisseurs worldwide, a US citizen who has settled in York, set up her own Conservation business and is about to take British citizenship. She described the history of the Sundial from the 1750s, but would love to know where it was between 1934, when given to the Minster by it's Friends, and its installation on College Green in mid-fifties. Her restoration involved gentle washing and scrubbing on the eroded decayed areas, coping with the ravages of weed killer, graffiti and dogs offerings, described in great scientific terms, which basically removed the 'green stuff'. Our gift looks great - members are encouraged to take a look - the final touch to be the installation of a big stone ball finial shortly.



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Mary elected as VP During the "Special General Meeting" of York Rotary November 22nd Mary Lumley was elected as Vice-President-Elect - meaning she will take over as President in July 2022.  (not long to wait then, Mary!)   Mary will be the second female president of York Rotary, following in Eileen's footsteps  (see story above) and members were delighted she has agreed to stand for this position.  We wish her well.


President's Lunch full of sunshine On November 29th over 100 members, partners and guests sat down at the Dante Suite at York Racecourse, bathed is beautiful sunshine overlooking the racegrounds, to enjoy a celebration of York Rotary and in particular the support received by members' partners during the past year.  After a sumptious lunch of Lamb Rump and Shoulder, followed by fruit crumble and custard, we heard from our speaker Judith McNichol, Director of the National Railway Museum, who explained first her background, following a career in engineering from a very early age, then progressing to managing the exciting future that awaits the NRM as it takes advantage of the new York Central development to expand and add new features, especially interactive areas for children and a focus on the future of travel, rather than just its past.  Her enthusiasm and energy were obvious and bode well for the NRM's future.  In addition to the many partners present, our guests included Christine Smith, president of Inner Wheel, and we welcomed Colin and Ruth Perrot representing Rotary York Ainsty.  An inspiring event, full of sunshine and joy!  


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Eileen awarded a PHF During the President's Lunch, a special presentation was made, by President Ian, of a Paul Harris Fellowship to Eileen Davis.  This recognises Eileen's outstanding 20 years of service to Rotary and our community, and  in particular her many contributions to York Rotary over the past eight years, including serving as President three years ago, and encouraging change in our public image, external marketing, support of Foundation, and work with both community service and youth teams.  There was was warm applause for the recognition of Eileen's unique contributions to our Club.      

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President Ian and David Fotheringham with the "Friendship Cup", a gift to York Rotary from Geoffrey and Edna Brown