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The Fareham Flyer Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Fareham D1110 UK President Linda Ingram

Service above Self

Bulletin Number 342 Our Christmas party at Cams on Thursday 22nd December proved to be a great occasion, with good food, good company and good entertainment. The room was filled to overflowing with Rotarians and their partners and guests, who all enjoyed a special Christmas Carvery of turkey and ham, with all the traditional trimmings. President Linda gave a welcome to our guests. PP George Cantrill said grace, and PP Tony Cove informed us of the results of our Christmas collections. VP Pam Bryant read the apologies. On completion of the excellent meal and a ‘comfort break,’ the entertainment was opened with an in-character recitation of a poem read by John Rowlinson. There followed a most original production of Cinderella, performed by the ‘Soberton Rotary Players. Finally, our Lady Guests were given a small gift, and we left the room with best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year. A great day, well organized by Bob and Sue Mussellwhite


The Soberton Thespians. Sue, John, Duncan, Bob, Penny and John (These photos and others will be found on the website.) _________________________

SNIPPETS FROM RECENT MEETING OF PAST DISTRICT GOVERNORS PDG Brian Ray raised the question of the use of the word “Wessex” in the title of the District magazine pointing out that the Kingdom of Wessex covered a far larger area that of District1110. The DG said they would let the title stand for the time being but would keep it under review. There have been about 2500 members in our District for some years but there are three Districts in RIBI who may have to be merged as their

numbers are falling below the required limit. There are several Clubs who may get a shock when told they must pay the limited capitation fee for 20 members!

We were told of the arrangements for the Torquay Conference which sounded great. I hope there will be a good turnout from Fareham in support of Duncan!

There has been a proposal from District 1270 (Yorkshire, Lincolnshire etc.) that RIBI should be abolished. The “Powers that be” soon hit this on its head and the Proposal was withdrawn from the Council on Legislation (Known as COL). If reconstructing Districts mean that there are fewer and larger Districts who would allow their names to go forward as DG? Our DG has 76 Clubs to visit and be answerable to. I had 52 and that was almost a full time job for a year!

After that will come the Plymouth Conference and steps are already in place for the organisation of this. Nigel told us of the arrangements for the Paul Harris Fellows lunch at the Wessex Hotel in Bournemouth. This is more or less central for our District. It’s tough that we live on the eastern fringe of the District, We have 17 PHFs and I hope that we will have a good support for this lunch which sounds interesting.

Who is the “Royal”? No one is letting us know this! There was a wide ranging discussion on the changing face of Rotary. We were told of the Interim Club being formed that wish to be known as Parley Rotary. (Somewhere in the New Forest) and do not wish to add the word “Club”. What do you think of that?

When I was a boy……….


y mum would send me down to the corner shop with a shilling, and I’d come

There were many other matters discussed but I will not burden you with these. Mike Swinburne

RC Southampton change of venue and time From January 2012 the Club will be meeting at the Dolphin Hotel, 34-35 High Street, Southampton SO14 2HN. To advise attendance a message can be left on an ansaphone – 023 8033 3591 or by email – – by noon of the Wednesday prior to the meeting. The pattern of meetings is as follows: 1st Friday of the Month: Breakfast 7.15 for 7.30am 2nd Friday of the Month: Lunch 12.30 for 1.00pm Following Thursday Evening Buffet 6.00 for 6.30pm 4th Friday of the Month: Lunch 12.30 for 1.00pm 5th Friday of the Month – contact the Secretary Andrew Huckett Secretary

by the Mayor and mayoress of Fareham 0n 1st December.

back with 5lbs of potatoes, two loaves of bread, 3 bottles of milk, a hunk of cheese, a packet of tea and six eggs.

The Wishing Well was commissioned and declared ready for business by the ceremonial rolling of a coin! In fact I understand that several pound coins were given a trial run – non returnable of course!! The event was overseen by a number of Club members, who approved the ‘New Look’.

You can’t do that now – too many damn security cameras!!

Our Wishing Well has undergone a facelift!


n an effort to increase awareness of our Wishing Well, hidden as it is amongst a myriad of commercial ventures, a refurbishment has taken place. Aided by the Precinct Manager and Friend of Rotary Pam Marsden, and utilizing the skills of designer Peter a scheme whereby a nominated charity is advertised has been devised. Display boards mounted on the roof line of the well indicate the current lead charity. This will be reviewed each quarter, with a view to ensuring continuing interest from the public. Rtn Bob Mussellwhite devised and manufactured the supporting frames for the display boards to a very high standard. All was prepared and installed in readiness for an official visit

Gary and I will keep a close eye out for an increase in takings. ____________Dave_______

The Bailout.


t is a slow day in a little Greek Village…… The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night. The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. The butch-

er takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the taverna. The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit. She then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note. The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town. No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the bailout package works. (Thanks to George Cantrill)

A Report from Rebecca


areham Traditional Fish & Chips have teamed up with Fareham and Gosport Basic Bank. They are based in Aspect House, Westbury Road, and Fareham. At present organisations refer people who are in need or homeless to the Fareham & Gosport Basic Bank, who may issue a voucher which may be exchanged for everyday basics, for example, tea, coffee, tins etc, nappies or toiletries Mike and I went to discuss if we could

help in anyway with the chip shop in offering hot food in exchanged for a voucher, valued at the cost price of, for example, a small portion of chips with either fishcake or jumbo sausage for £1.00p with a can of non-alcoholic drink £1.40p. The offer was discussed at the Fareham and Gosport Basic Bank on the 25th November 2011, and the idea given approval. The voucher scheme will operate with only the Fareham and Gosport Basic Bank giving out the voucher or vouchers if a family, these will then be used instead of cash for payment in the chip shop. The vouchers will be reclaimed for payment from the Basic Bank once a month. Approx. 1-3 vouchers will be given out each week. This will start sometime in the New Year once the vouchers have been designed and printed. (Thanks for that Rebecca – a well thought out scheme. – Ed) young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.


Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was

heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude behaviour." John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behaviour, the bird spoke-up, very softly, "May I ask what the turkey did?" Chris Thomas. _________________________

Re-organisation of RIBI


anagement organisational changes are being proposed for RIBI, as the organisation adapts and prepares itself for the needs, demands and aspirations of the second decade of the 21st century. These proposals, which have been carefully considered and agreed by your General Council, aim to streamline RIBI so that it can rise to the challenges ahead. Please talk to your District Governor for more information about November's General Council meeting that agreed the headline changes. By-law changes will be considered and voted upon at the business meeting at the 2012 Annual Conference in Bournemouth. Your thoughts and views are requested in order to ensure that the proposed changes really do help to guarantee a bright and prosperous future for RI-

BI, its clubs and all its members. To view details of the proposed changes, go to: eorganisation-of-ribi

Golfing the Nullarbor.


ur friend Alan has never been a golfer. However, intrigued by this latest attraction, he signed up in Norseman & we have now ‘golfed’ across Western & Southern Australia during a recent holiday. Set up less than 2 years ago by a couple of real golfers you start in Kalgoorlie & end up at the 18th hole in Ceduna – some 1365 kilometres away. Or, of course, you can do it in the other direction. Each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway contributes to the course. We had to miss the first 3 holes as we started in Norseman & not up in Kalgoorlie.

Some treat it seriously but most just for fun & a good way for a break along the track – everyone talks & has a laugh about the scores. It’s a par 72 & obviously serious people will bring their own clubs but for those like us you can hire a set at each hole for $5.00. Losing balls is a major hazard but somehow you always manage to find one or two as well!

Hazards are the terrain – totally different at each hole, especially with the weather we have been experiencing. Kangaroos & emus at Fraser Range but all seem totally immune to it! Flies – up your nose, in your ears, behind your sunglasses – annoying but that’s all – March flies – making you do a dance all over the course trying to stay out of their way – quick bite, swells up but doesn’t last long. Crows (huge buggers) – waiting to claim your balls – somehow they seem to know how far you are going to hit the ball & cackle waiting for it to land, then they nick it. Water – shouldn’t be around but they seem to have had all their 8 inches annual rainfall while we’ve been here. Watching out for snakes – not seen one but you never know! Lots pickled in jars in the Nullarbor Roadhouse!

Good point, according to the lady at Ceduna TIC, is that it has much reduced the accidents on the road as people are stopping & getting out of their vehicles & not just driving endlessly. This can only be good. Alan’s final score was 153 & for a non-golfer didn’t think that was too bad. Sartorial elegance was not displayed at all – doubt if he’d got on any course in UK ….. but this is Australia (Extract from an email, sent by a friend in Oz. Dave.)

Christmas collections.


ur collections this year took place during the week before Christmas, with pitches at Sainsbury’s for three days, followed by a two day spell inside Fareham Shopping Centre. Sainsbury’s proved to be a popular spot, with a continuous flow of customers passing our prime collecting site. (Dave Barclay and Chris Thomas were provided with a welcome cup of hot coffee on one occasion, which was most welcome!) Aided by Honorary Rotarians ‘Homer Santa’ and Pip the Dog, we were able to collect a significant sum, which will enable us to fulfill many charitable functions during the coming year.

The collections within the Shopping Centre, whilst adding to the total, were not quite so profitable – maybe because passers-by were anxious to get home after racing around doing last minute shopping! However, a splendid effort all round, and once again well organised by PP Tony Cove, with the assistance of PP Mike Hurley and Colin Frampton At our Christmas lunch Tony announced the final totals col-

lected, and thanked all those who had taken part in the collections. -Dave

Closer to home, how about a look at Rotary Club of Gosport website at:

JANUARY EVENTS 5th 11th 12th

Christmas Greetings Wall Very many thanks to all who contributed to the Wall, and had their messages displayed in the December issue of the ‘Flyer’. A grand total of £100 was raised, and will be added to the Stubbington Study Centre bursary fund. Dave.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT 4th 7th 15th 16th 16th 23rd 26th 28th

Rotary Friends


have recently started exchanging newsletters with the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City, and would like to draw the attention of our Club members to their newsletter, ‘Lekhon’

John Landaw Jane Courtenay Dave Barclay Anne Trowbridge John Rowlinson Eileen Davis Lettice Palmer Pam Gillard


The link to their club is:

Our Twin in Australia, the Rotary Club of Karrinyup also has a very good journal, which may be found via their website at:

Here is the link to our American Twin in Del Amo, California: al/Home.aspx?cid=2514

17th 19th 24th 26

Business & Fellowship meeting Group 7 meeting Speaker – Dave Barclay. ‘The Dan Patch Line’ Club Council Meeting Fellowship Meeting Youth Speaks Business & Fellowship meeting

5th 12th 19th 26th

Beef & Ale Pie, sauté potatoes and veg. Grilled salmon, Hollandaise sauce, new potatoes and veg. Honey Roast Gammon, Roast potatoes and veg. Lasagne, Garlic bread and salad.


he Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. The he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies never having really lived”

NZ Earthquake Update

driveways re-concreted the concrete pump truck, weighing over 30 tonnes, and with a boom over 50 metres long, managed to put down a stabiliser straight through our septic tank.

pump truck. It made it through the gate with less than an inch to spare each side.

From Tony Cove: You may recall you included in the October 2010 Flyer (above Ed.) an article on the New Zealand earthquakes which contained an email from our friends Ken and Carole in Christchurch giving a firsthand account of the quakes and their after effects. Having learned just days before Christmas of more earthquakes affecting Christchurch, our Christmas greetings to Ken and Carole were coupled with concern for their wellbeing. Below is their reply, both reassuring and amusing, which may be of further interest to the Flyer readers. Many thanks for your good wishes. Yes, thank goodness, we've been spared the brunt of the quakes this time, as they were centred to the east of the city. One has to feel especially sorry for those poor people who are now shovelling liquefaction from their homes for the fifth time! We are slowly getting back to normal with earthquake repairs etc., but sometimes the cure is worse than the original problem! While we were having our cracked forecourt and

The tank was smashed, the truck up-ended, and the boom came crashing down through the roof. Fortunately no-one was seriously hurt, but the driver was very shaken, and one of the workers was grazed by the boom as it fell.

The pump truck ended up balanced on one stabiliser, which was buckling under the weight, and had it given way the entire truck would have fallen straight through the main living room wall. A 150 tonne crane and pilot vehicle had to be diverted from quake demolition duties in the town centre to come and right the

The roof is now repaired, but the septic tank is unfortunately still cracked and open to the air. Not pleasant during the summer months! We're keeping our fingers crossed that they can replace like with like, as the compliance laws have changed since the house was built. If not we face endless months waiting for planning permission from the Council, and drainage consent from Environment Canterbury. As you can imagine they've been inundated with requests over the last year. We are still having aftershocks, but only 3 today, and none greater than 3.9. Many thanks Tony – a very interesting episode!



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