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THE ULVERSTORIAN The Bulletin of The Rotary Club of Ulverston

NEARLY November - "how time flies when you’re enjoying yourself." A big thank you to all members for their efforts over the last few weeks, especially the efforts of members selling tickets in the Market for The Gala Day raffle. This together with individual members selling, enabled us to sell all 2,000 tickets for the evening raffle, a first (and a record) for the club. Some exceptional prizes were available and again thanks to those who obtained them. What a pity after the successful Coffee Morning and afternoon Table Top sale that

President: Hugh Whittam

October 2010

we had to cancel the School Band Concert (only 27 seats sold ). We really do need to put our thinking caps on to decide "what we need for the evening event " next year. On Sunday 17th October a team from the club (picture above) took part in a Polio Plus event planting 4,250 crocus bulbs in Tank Square roundabout. It should make the approach to Ulverston look appealing next spring. Chile--after all the bad news we hear worldwide of floods, earthquakes, wars, how wonderful to hear and watch the 33 people being rescued-it restores the faith.

Editor: Terry Horne

Meetings at The Coot on the Tarn Restaurant, Great Urswick Mondays 6.30 pm for 7 pm



G.S.E. PRESENTATION - 27th September

Nicola Foster, President Hugh, Sue Bushell and GSE team leader Graham Dowling WHAT a treat we had when 56 members and guests from all three Rotary Clubs in Barrow as well as the Inner Wheel Club of Ulverston enjoyed an entertaining Group Study Exchange presentation. The GSE team representing our own District 1190 journeyed 10,000 miles to visit District 9790 in the Australian state of Victoria. Team leader Graham Dowling, from the Rotary Club of Lancaster Loyne, accompanied by his wife for the evening, announced it was their 35th wedding anniversary to warm applause. Another GSE team member in attendance was Nicola Foster, who works in Barrow as a regeneration project manager with West Lakes Renaissance. She was accompanied by her fiance Capt James Baker of the 1st Mercian Regiment recently returned from Afghanistan. Sue Bushell, a sergeant with Lancashire Police, and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chorley Astley, was the third GSE member attending. Two others were unable to attend. Their presentation covered a month long visit to eight Rotary clubs including meeting a GSE team from America at the district conference. Nicola recounted visiting Ivanhoe, a suburb of Melbourne, saying it proved a really interesting vocational experience including being able to stand on top of a skyscraper giving a 360 degree view of the city. While another highlight was visiting Melbourne’s working Victorian

District Governor Elect Ron Duxbuy pictured here with President Hugh and GSE team members docklands that she found interesting in relation to Barrow’s waterfront development plans. The GSE team stopped off in a town called Marysville that had been badly affected by bush fires and where whole families has been killed. Because of her job involving improving deprived neighbourhoods Nicola said she got a chance to see the “Real Australia” when taken to some neighbourhood renewal areas and finding that behind all the Aussie sunshine there’s similar social and economic deprivation issues as the UK including unemployment, drink, drugs, crime and fear of crime. Despite having had a wonderful time she said she wouldn’t swap the Australian sunshine for anything she’s got at home, a view echoed by her GSE colleagues. Sue Bushell felt the highlight of the trip was meeting people rather than the materialistic aspect adding it was the “warmth and generosity of people what we met when we went out there was probably we will all go away with.” Rotarian Graham, a retired police inspector, spoke of his pride in leading the team who he said did an excellent job representing themselves and the professions they represent. The vote of thanks was given by Ken Day, himself a former police officer, who said it was a real pleasure and honour to be able to do so and praised the team for having achieved the objectives of Group Study Exchange.

SPEAKERS (cont’d) 4th October Anne Rogers CHARITY WORK IN SUDAN ANNE came to explain how she had been helping as a volunteer providing health care for deprived people in Sudan. She works as a full time practice nurse in Dalton but recently spent a month as a volunteer in the African country which has been embroiled in civil war for 21 years. She first went to Sudan two years ago working for the Brickworks charity and was asked to start an immunisation programme to protect children from a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. They included malaria, measles, TB and diphtheria but perhaps most surprisingly polio which despite once being eradicated in Sudan is now re-appearing. RI has been campaigning to eliminate polio and believe it only remains in four small areas of the world (not Sudan) so the news came as a shock. Anne blamed it on the population explosion caused by refugees returning without proper records being kept. She explained how she and a friend returned to Sudan for a month last summer and helped set up a children’s ward complete with “cots” - something previously unheard of in Sudan. Apparently children in Sudanese hospitals are not provided with food, water, or clothing and Anne explained that bed linen has to be washed by the family so usually the mother stays and does all the cooking and cleaning. Conditions in one local hospital she said were dreadful, poorly maintained and without proper funding. Going to Sudan she said had been an honour adding it had been an opportunity she couldn’t turn down and would be glad to return again. Colin Hodgson gave the vote of thanks and said she had done an excellent job.


11th October Jessica Cross and Duncan Littlechild RYLA STUDENTS

THESE two sixth form students came along to give a presentation about their experiences on a RYLA course, sponsored by our own Rotary Club, based at Castle Head, near Grange. They followed in the footsteps of other UVHS students and once again showed us what a worthwhile project RYLA is each year. During the week’s course they both told us how they had learnt much about the vital skills of leadership. Duncan, who hopes to become a doctor, said RYLA had proved to be an “incredible life changing experience.” While Jessica said she believed the course had helped give her the confidence to pass her driving test the following week. They outlined events they took part in including a night hike, a camping expedition on the Coniston fells, ghyll scrambling, canoeing and a charity car wash raising funds for Sunbeams Music Charity and Shelterbox, the disaster relief charity which is dear to the heart of Rotary. Both students thanked Ulverston Rotary Club for funding their RYLA course. Jessica said it had been a fantastic week and nobody wanted to go home while Duncan said they had learned a lot. David Walton gave the vote of thanks saying it was an “excellent presentation.”



TIME TO RENEW FRIENDSHIPS WITH ROTARIANS FROM THE WIRRAL ONCE again our club members are being given the chance to meet up with our friends from the Rotary Club of Heswall. Thanks to the links fostered by our own John Williams the annual exchange between Heswall and Ulverston Rotary Clubs is continuing again during this, our 75th, Rotary year. This time round we have been invited to visit Heswall and renew friendships that have now been firmly established thanks to the sterling efforts of John who is a former member and President of the Rotary Club of Heswall. In a message to club members John says: “I have replied to the letter from the Rotary Club of Heswall saying we would be very pleased to visit them again. “The plan is to arrive at lunchtime on Friday, meet our hosts, enjoy the weekend with them, and return to Ulverston on the Sunday afternoon. The dates chosen are 1st to 3rd April, 2011” explained John. It’s proposed that a list will be circulated around the club within the next month to that it can be established how many people (perhaps seven or eight couples) are interested in going to Heswall and arrangements can be taken from there, says John. Look out for further details!



IT was great to welcome Ged Dawson back into full membership of our club after

taking a year out as honorary member due to health reasons. Ged has battled back from his debilitating stroke and he can be seen here being congratulated by club president Hugh. After being welcomed back Ged thanked all those Rotarians and Inner Wheel members who had visited him and sent cards and best wishes which helped him enormously especially during the low times of his illness. Ged has been appointed to membership of the International committee and also the sports and social committee.

ONE of our stalwart members has been honoured with a special award. Tony Fell, who was our president during 1991-2, has been a member of the club for 25 years and to mark the occasion he received a framed long service certificate from President Hugh. Congratulations and well done Tony.




Anyone for a cuppa? President Hugh joined Eric Ward (chairman of Main Events committee) and Philip Dearden to help serve coffee during our well attended Gala Day coffee morning held in the Supper Room on Saturday, October 2.

Marion Williams (above) taking a turn on the Inner Wheel Club of Ulverston’s charity stall at the Gala Day Table Top sale while young Alfie (left) proudly holds a Rotary balloon given out to all children attending the sale.


Vice president Ian Taylor and Doug Elliott (left) preparing for the big raffle prize draw while Gill Day, Jean Day and Val Greenwood (right) are pictured serving on the well stocked cake stall.

Where’s the whisky? Peter Day pins his flag on the map where he thinks the whisky may have been hidden watched by Paul McLoughlin, Mike Wills and Dick Hall. (left) . . . . but Karen Spencer was the lucky winner selecting Balgowan, on the A9, to win the bottle of Rotary malt.

Here’s a scene showing some of the many shoppers who attended our Table Top Sale

downstairs in the Coro which was a new venture this year and proved very successful.


Diary - October/December

Notes & Door /Fellowship Stewards

October Mon 25 - Neil Airey, Lakes Lightning B Walsh & E Twentyman/T Fell Thurs 28 - Inner Wheel Club Coffee Morning, Coronation Hall, 9.30am November Mon 1 - Club Council 5pm 1 - David Fellows, Around Birkrigg Common J Towler & D Walton/G Fidler Mon 8 - Business + Memb Service Comms E Ward & H Whittam/D Ford Mon 15 - Ladies’ Night - Ron Nuttall, Further Lifeboat Tales J Williams & M Wills/J GreenwoodTues 16 - Cheese & Wine Evening, Glaxo Club, 7.30pm Mon 22 - Stuart Dolan, The Fire Service Today C Boxall & B Callanan/M Hall Mon 29 - Job Talk, Andrew Moir P Broadley & K Day/D Hall December Mon 6 - Cumbr’n Heavy Horses, Annie Rose P Day & P Dearden/Terry Horne Mon 13 - Business + Main Service Comms D Elliott & D Ford/Colin Hodgson Mon 20 - Christmas Dinner T Fell & G Fidler/Peter Hornby Note: Stewards rota often subject to change (& the editor just occasionally gets it wrong!), so always check the list circulated each week to confirm

DURING World War 2 there was a bridge connecting Germany and Switzerland, and on the German side there was a sentry tower with a guard in it. He would come out every three minutes to check on the bridge, and he had orders to turn back anyone who tried to get into Germany, and shoot anyone trying to escape without a pass. There was a women who desperately needed to get into Switzerland, and she knew she didn’t have time to get a pass. It would take her at least six minutes to cross the bridge, but she managed it. How?

LAST month’s Brain Teaser - the answer was 9 minutes . . . First flip both hourglasses over and drop the egg into the water. When the four minute timer runs out, flip it again. When the seven minute timer runs out, flip it over, The egg has been cooking seven minutes. Now when the four minute timer runs out again (after eight minutes) flip the seven minute timer over. Since the seven minute timer has been running only a minute between flips, there’s a minute’s worth of sand left. And when that minute runs out the egg will have been cooking for exactly nine minutes. Many thanks to those who came up with the solution. Some even used a different method to reach the same conclusion. Hope it didn’t cause too many sleepless nights (Editor). The answer to the above problem will be in our next edition. Thanks again to Daniel Horne for this month’s Brain Teaser





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