Rotary bulletin 2015 august

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District 1210 President John Siviter

BULLETIN for the month of August 2015 Rotarian Bob Toon

Bob joined the Rotary in August 1960; President, 1973/4; District Governor, 1979/80; Paul Harris Fellow, 1980; His Rotary service totals 55 years in August 2015. He was born on 11 January 1921 in Portsmouth. Very much a sporting student, he went from Portsmouth Grammar School to Loughborough College. In 1941 Bob was called up into the Royal Artillery and trained as a dispatch rider. He was soon posted to Officer Cadet Training Regiment and, after commissioning, he was sent to north Africa. While on leave at the end of the war in London some friends introduced him to a charming young lady named Betty, a WAAF officer. Bob went to sleep at the table during a dinner afterwards but it didn't damage his obvious charm because Betty and he 1

were engaged three weeks later. They were married on 2 November 1946 and moved to Shrewsbury in 1947 to work as trainee hotel manager at the re-opened Raven Hotel. Having bought a house in Wenlock Road, Bob managed to stay awake long enough to allow Betty to produce three daughters Denise, Patricia & Alexandra who between them have produced five thriving grandchildren and then seven great grand children to date. Bob and Betty bought and ran The Beauchamp Hotel on the Mount in Shrewsbury until 1973 when they decided to retire and at the same time he became President of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury. He has subsequently been one of the current club's most active and involved Rotarians, having been District Governor and served on RIBI committee in London. He has also been active with Millington’s Almshouses, Age Concern, and Senior Citizen's Forum and I am reliably informed has won a knobbly knees contest following which he determined he would never wear shorts again! I have perceived him as a club 'mentor’ since I joined even though he doesn't always get things right! His enthusiasm for Rotary is unbounded and we have all greatly appreciated his contribution to Rotary in general and this club in particular. Dick York, 2004 (with updating in 2015) UPDATE On the occasion of Bob achieving 50 years of service in August 2010 he became a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow with ruby pin and Betty who had become a Paul Harris Fellow in 1986 also became a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow with sapphire pin. Sadly Betty died in 2014. District Governor’s Visit

Wednesday 15 July saw DG Richard Green visit the club. Here he is seen presenting President John with this year’s Presidential pin. Polite Reminder The new treasurer, Paul Ross, thanks all those who have paid their Rotary subscriptions so far; could he remind anyone who has mislaid the amount, that it is £115, with cheques made out to the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury? Subs can be paid into Barclays Bank account 70765716 with sort code 20-77-85, please make sure your name is in the electronic reference or on the deposit If needed the subs can be posted to him at 61 Copthorne Drive, Shrewsbury, SY3 8RX 2

Reception duties A brief reminder, please check the diary to see when you’re next on reception. If you are shown and can’t make the date, it’s perfectly permissible to make an arrangement to swap but please do let me and Alan Copplestone know so that we’re aware of who is going to be on duty each week. Many thanks! Peter Waller Handover Although the formal handover occurred on Wednesday 1 July, the handover from 1VP Pat McLaughlin to 2VP Nadia Hamdy took place after lunch on the following Wednesday. Here we see Nadia and Pat after the handover of the 2VP’s collar.

Military Themed Dinner — Friday 18 September 2015 One of the ideas that emerged from the joint club liaison committee last year was for a dinner to raise the profile of the work being undertaken in Birmingham on the treatment and rehabilitation of those injured on military service abroad. It is confirmed that the Military wives choir will be available on the night to provide a musical accompaniment and that the speaker will be Lt-Col Mark Foster, a consultant hand and plastic surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Birmingham Hospital Trauma Unit. The Sovereign Suite at the Greenhous Meadow Football Stadium is booked and catering organised. The price of the tickets is likely to be £35 per head for a threecourse meal. A board will be circulated but tickets will also be available through the Joint Activities Committee (Tony McLoughlin).

Polio Progress It was reported at the end of July that Nigeria had achieved a significant step towards being declared polio free after the country marked a year without a single case being reported. The delay in eradicating the disease in Nigeria arose from a ban imposed by certain states in the north of the country in 2003 over a claim that the vaccines employed were part of a plot by western governments to cause sterility and encourage HIV amongst the population. Although the Nigerian government undertook tests that proved the safety of the vaccines, there were several violent attacks against health workers, the last being in 2013 when nine health workers were shot dead. Provided that there are no cases of the diseases between now and two years hence, Nigeria can then be formally declared to be polio free. There are only two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan — where cases of polio havc been recorded in 2015. 3

Spotlight on Iraq

The club will be staging its International Night Dinner on Wednesday 30 September 2015 at the Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury SY2 6AX, 7 for 7.30 pm. The speaker, the Rev David Post (aka the Cycling Vicar), will talk about his visit to St George’s Church in Baghdad which is the only Anglican church in Iraq. David has undertaken long bike rides to raise money for this church whose vicar, Canon Andrew White, established the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East. The Foundation aids hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons in Northern Iraq and also Jordan where Canon White is now effectively exiled but still active in the education of displaced Iraqi children. David’s talk will be preceded by a two-course meal (beef or vegetarian plus choice of dessert and coffee for £20). Tickets are available from Rtn Paul Pascoe (01743 289240; Rotary Meetings


At the Rotary lunch on 22 July the speaker was Dr Andrew Pattison, a retired GP from Harlescott who treated us to a most fascinating, illustrated talk about William Hazledine, the greatest Ironfounder of his age. William was born at Shawbury and belonged to a family of millwrights, millwrights built the mills (water and wind), as well as the furnaces, that empowered the industrial revolution, and he carried on in that tradition, building his own iron foundry in Coleham from where he would dispatch the finished pieces that were required for the various structures he was creating. He worked in close partnership with John Simpson, the stonemason and Thomas Telford the engineer. Their magnificent achievements are still to be seen locally and nationally eg the Ditherington Flaxmill, the Pontcysyllte aqueduct, the Menai and Conway suspension bridges, to name but a few. His bust is to be seen in St Chad`s Church. He was Mayor of Shrewsbury in 1836 David Jenkins July fifth Wednesday meeting Adam Pahal gave an interesting and informative presentation about the charity Build-it International, which trains local men and women in rural Zambia in building skills which enables them to improve the living conditions in their local communities. In particular, Adam showed the impressive school which the community had built to replace a ramshackle structure. This development also included the provision of a latrine block and a house for the teacher who is now provided by the Zambia Government. The charity is based in Shrewsbury and was fostered by the church in Meole Brace which also helped in the development of the charity Self Help Africa. Since 2008, over 300 local men and women have been trained, some of whom have permanent jobs, despite remaining largely illiterate – their training consisting largely of on the job experience. The charity is one of the president’s charities for this year. Keith Fearnside Clues of the month Last month’s clues were ‘laggard’, ‘curioser’, ‘gnarls’, ‘oppressor’ and ‘mishandle’. Congratulations to CR who got all five and to JS who got four. This months clues are: Toy sees endless danger in no cost. (7) 5

Shrewd girl in Cyprus. (5) Orally nothing. (3, 2, 5) Lynne Siviter’s Walk

Lynne Siviter has now completed her sponsored walk along Offa’s Dyke — a distance of 192 miles (or 293 kilometres) according to the sign on the right from Chepstow. She celebrated the completion of the walk by having a glass of something suitably bubbly and by paddling in the sea. Given the summer that we’ve had this year, one suspects that the sea was cooler than the champagne…. Croquet update

Six playing members plus non-playing team captain Keith Fearnside made their way to the Stafford Cricket & Hockey Club on Friday 7 August to play Stafford in the next round of the District croquet competition. The team — Stuart Benger, David Clegg, Alan Copplestone, Colin Foot, Peter Waller and Ivan Warren — proved to be too strong, defeating the opposition 4-2 to march into the next round. Our next opponents have, as yet, to be confirmed. Peter Waller 6

Club Meeting Details and Reception Rota August


My Job Talk


Business Meeting

Maurice Galliers & John Garrard Ron Gee & Ian Gillogaley


Tom Brettell — Shrewsbury Swimming Pool Consultation Rotarian Ken Wagstaffe — Impressions of Russia Rtn Edward Rees — My Job Talk

Nadia Hamdy & Phil Henshaw David Jenkins & Barrie Kelsall Peter Leedham & Ken Lunt


Business Meeting


Rtn David Pritchard — Trekking in Nepal Councillor Beverley Baker — My Year as Shrewsbury’s Mayor INTERNATIONAL NIGHT — Rev David Post on Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.

Tony McLoughlin & Tony Morris Paul Pascoe & David Pritchard Peter Pugh & Edward Rees

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EVENING MEETING — 7 for 7.30pm — John Simons & Bob Toon

Committees and Events August August August August September September September October November December December

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International Committee — Lord Hill Hotel — noon Membership & Club Services — Lord Hill Hotel — noon V-Festival Tent Collection – Weston Park Community Service & Youth Committee — Lord Hill Hotel — noon Joint Clubs Military Themed Dinner - Shrewsbury Football Club District 1210 Conference — Llandudno International Night — see above Carved supper — Concord College Interviews at Concord College – from 6.00 pm Carol Concert at Acton Burnell/Concord College Family Christmas Lunch (TBC)


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