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March Walk Mike Sullivan reports..  On March 21st, there were 19 of us, forming a longish crocodile line and enjoying the early spring scenery along this 6 mile circular walk from Coneythorpe via Arkendale.  It was a perfect day; the sun shone, the merest breeze ruffled the daffodils in the hedgerows, and the hedges wore a fuzzy halo of green as we walked out of Coneythorpe and alongside the noisy A1 for a short distance, before taking lanes and byways across the gently undulating countryside to Arkendale.  The village is mentioned in Domesday, and was one of the few to survive intact the disaster that was the Harrying of the North in 1069 and is now a sleepy little village with lovely stone built cottages:  we stopped for our coffee break against the wall outside the Community Centre – except for the intrepid duo who managed to lay hands on a pint from the Blue Bell pub.  And then back across fields and through farmyards to Coneythorpe for an excellent lunch at The Tiger Inn.

Why Trees?  Frank reports..  Woodland Trust  is a key partner in the Rotary Family Tree project . Derek Utley, our speaker on March 22nd, is a  Woodland Trust WCC - Woodland Creation Champion - and an enthusiastic  genuine  practical Tree Lover. The Trust has been in existence for 40 years. It owns or manages 22,500 hectares and has planted 31 million trees during its lifetime.  The Northern Forest project aims to  plant a further 50 million trees over the next 25 years. on sites between Morecambe Bay and the Wash. The UK is the least wooded country in Europe and yet over 500  of ancient woodlands are under threat from road and rail developments. The benefits of trees range from minimising flooding to absorbing the worst elements of air pollution. 4.8% of all deaths in York can be blamed on man made pollution. Trees are older than homo sapiens and we share 25% of their DNA. And trees talk to one another through the WWW Wood Wide Web - a network of roots. Giving the vote of thanks Frank paid tribute to Dereks commitment and contribution to the success of our Club's Rotary Family Tree project.




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1260 Trees and a Mayoral visit  The second planting of 420 "Rotary Family Tree Planting Partnership" trees on the Haxby Rd site, organised by Frank and overseen by Derek Utley from the Woodland Trust, was carried out on March 27th by a team of 10 club members assisted by two teams of volunteers from Nestlé, organised through York Cares.  We are extremely grateful for the support of the 14 Nestlé helpers who made such a difference. Also present were the Lord Mayor, Cllr Keith Orrell, the Lady Mayoress Mrs Judith Orrell and local Councillor Carol Runciman, who all joined in - perhaps not quite dressed for the part, but their support was very much appreciated nonetheless! Over 650 babies have been registrered by parents across York, using the website, and feedback from parents has been extremely positive. More information, including directions to the site, is on the Tree Partnership site here

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Club Centenary 2021 plans  At the March 29th Business Meeting, members approved plans for the Club's centenary year celebrations.  The plans, drawn up over the past 12 months by the Centenary Team headed by Kevin Grogan and Steve Burton, include a "gift to the city" which is is be the restoration of the historic sundial, sited on College Green (in front of the East Window of the Minster).  This project is to be carried out in conjunction with York Civic Trust who will oversee all the work. A plaque will be sited next to the sundial, which will include reference to our Club's Centenary and Rotary's sponsorship of the restoration.  Members also unanimously agreed plans for a Members' formal Centenary Lunch at the Mansion House in February 2021, the anniversary of the Club's inauguration,  and, by a substantial majority vote, approved plans for a "Celebration Event" in May 2021, the anniversary of the Club's affiliation with the British Association of Rotary Clubs. The latter will be an event open to other Rotary Clubs and especially the general public, and an opportunity to celebrate Rotary, our Club's 100 years in York, and our future in a positive and upbeat way - with a dinner dance at the Racecourse featuring the "ABBA Revival" tribute band.  

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Award of Duke of York Community Initiative - again!  

The Club has recently been granted the DOYCI award, for a second time in recent years.  On April 3rd President Ian was presented with the Club's Certificate by the Duke of York at a ceremony at Catterick Garriso.  Also present were club members Eileen Davis, Mike Hay and ADG Darrell Hind.

Darrell reports.. After the Awards Ceremony had taken place, Prince Andrew circulated amongst the 220 attendees to give his personal congratulations and everyone was given a chance to speak to him. All of the dignitaries speaking to us were very impressed, not only with the amount of monies raised by The Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge and other fundraising ventures but also by the sheer numbers of the Charities and individuals whom we had helped and the Community Service that the Club has given to the City since its Inauguration in 1921. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Yorkshire had a long discussion with us; he was very interested in us as a Club and asked to visit us. Also receiving DOYCI Awards were local charities Kyra, Poppleton Community Railway Nursery, The Island, SNAPPY Trust and Community Bees.  

Welcome to Stuart  At the Club's meeting on April 5th we formally welcomed Stuart Cranidge into membership. A retired barrister, Stuart recently moved to York, and has previously been a member of Round Table for over 25 years. In addition he was on the founding committee of the North Lincs Association of Governing Bodies and served as a School Governor [including the position of Chairman] for 25 years. President Ian and all members present warmly welcomed Stuart to the Club.  

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Promoting International Human Rights  At the Club's meeting on April 12th we welcomed Rotary Grant Scholar Taelor Lewis as our speaker. Taelor, a confident Californian from Los Angeles, through her earlier career in education developed an interest and skills in teaching English to refugees in California, primarily from South & Central America. From this developed a realisation of the relatively poor protection that human rights legislation offers to refugees world wide, especially to women. She secured a Rotary Grant Scholarship to study at the Human Rights Centre of the University of York. Clearly the most memorable part of her course was time spent in Malaysia where she was part of a team attempting to bring separated refugee families together with the help of human rights lawyers who could challenge and lobby the Malaysian authorities. Taelor rounded off her talk by observing that her time in York had provided a very different, less hectic lifestyle to Southern California, but a wonderful and welcome experience making many friends. Clearly Rotary, through Foundation funding of her course, is helping her achieve a career that will make a real difference in the world


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International Charity Walk Susan de Val reports....  This annual Club event on April 18th was centred this year on Terrington, looking very charming in the sunshine, with daffodils and blossom. Let’s start with lunch, as it’s the easy bit where all 70 or so of us were in one place at once, including partners, Friends of York Rotary, and Rotarians from Knaresborough RC; and Rotary Grant Scholar Taelor Lewis and her visiting family.  I hadn’t been on this walk before and rather expected a nice sandwich and a slice of cake, but no, this was a wowzer of a two course buffet masterminded by Diana and the team. We did earn lunch, well, most of us did…. Two walks of 6 and 3 miles respectively, although there was a debate about the length of the 6 mile walk, which I think came out at 6.2 miles.  The longer walk was ably led by Mark Sessions, and the shorter one by Nigel Naish. We stopped briefly in the beautiful hamlet of Ganthorpe, which like Terrington pre dates Domesday, before descending back through woods dappled with sunshine. And why we were all there? Hope and Aid Direct is a charity sending supplies to refugee camps in Europe, in the Balkans and currently focusing on Middle East refugee camps in Greece. It was good to know we raised around £1000 for this vital cause. Thank you to Diana, all her team, and to the whole International Committee for organising the day.



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