The Fareham Flyer Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Fareham D1110 UK President Duncan Colin – Jones Service above Self Banks at Bishop’s Waltham. For our February ‘5th Thursday’ Members and Guests evening we ventured further afield than usual. Our Social Secretaries from Sunny Soberton, the irrepressible Bob and Sue Musselwhite negotiated a dream menu at Banks Bistro of Bishop’s Waltham. A dreary evening’s weather did not dampen the spirits of the many who gathered for pre-dinner drinks and chat, and located their seats in the upstairs room. An unfortunate incident threatened to spoil the evening, when PP Colin White slipped and fell just outside the entrance. An ambulance was sent for, and Colin transported to Southampton Hospital. We later learned that he had fractured his hip, necessitating a partial replacement. True to form, Colin is bouncing back to his old self – we all wish him a speedy recovery. Notwithstanding the incident we had a most enjoyable evening, with super food, quickly served. After a short break John Rowlinson took the
Bulletin No. 356 floor to give us an informative and fascinating talk on his and Penny’s visit to the USA, as part of a Bandey-Hefler exchange. Now I always thought Bandy- Heffler was a cattle deformity, so was somewhat relieved to find that the term is a combination of the names of two Rotarians who started the exchanges way back. We were fascinated to see ‘how the other half live’, and John gave his usual amusing and informative talk. Whilst searching the net to find the origins of the exchanges, I came across the following, from the Rotary Club of Concord’s web page On October 4 Irina Tuule brought her Bandy Heffler guests, Rotarian John Rowlinson and his wife from the Rotary Club of Fareham, UK, near Portsmouth,
MARCH 2013 to visit the Rotary Club of Concord. John told us about his Rotary Club and about the history of the area, including a mention of UK's own "Ironsides" now on display at the nearby Royal Navy Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Pictured, John presenting his Rotary Club's banner to the Rotary Club of Concord. Here are a few pictures of our evening at Banks Bistro
Over eighty Rotarians gathered for dinner, with special guest DG Mary Pike, and the Presidents of the four Clubs. It was very good to note that the Club members took the initiative to join up at table with members from other clubs, rather than just with ‘our own’. A very enjoyable meal was followed by entertainment provided by Ruth Warren an organist from Gosport, who told the story of her childhood in the Welsh valleys, her coalmining father, and their later move to Gosport, for sea air therapy for her father’s damaged lungs. She told the story in the style of ‘Desert Island Discs’, interspersing her memories with favourite songs to musically illustrate the things that had influenced her life. Our thanks go to Bob and Sue for arranging such a splendid evening.
Four Clubs together. On Tuesday 5th February thirteen members from the Rotary Club of Fareham joined with Rotary Clubs of Fareham Meon, Locks Heath and Whiteley for an evening at the Hilton Hotel at Titchfield. Organised by Locks Heath, the evening was in answer to our District Governor’s call for Clubs to join together to further embrace the cause of good fellowship.
So we started with Cwm Rhondda, and progressed through to The Pirates of Penzance, via Nessun Dorma and a selection of organ music! A raffle was held, but unfortunately Fareham Rotary did not share in the prizes! All agreed it was a very pleasant evening.
I Think You're The Father of One of My Kids...' A guy goes to the supermarket and notices a very attractive woman waving at him. She says, 'Hello.'
He's rather taken aback because he can't place where he knows her from. So he asks, 'Do you know me?' To which she replies, 'I think you're the father of one of my kids.' Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife. So he asks, 'Are you the stripper from the bachelor party that I made love to on the pool table, with all my buddies watching? She looks into his eyes and says calmly, “No, I’m teacher.”
A True Story. On July 20, 1969, as commander of the Apollo 11 lunar module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. His first words after stepping
on the moon, "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," were televised to earth and heard by millions. But just before he re-entered the lander, he made the enigmatic remark – "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky." Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival soviet cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs. Over the years, many people questioned Armstrong as to
what the - 'Good luck, Mr. Gorsky' statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled. On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay, Florida, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26year-old question about Mr Gorsky to Armstrong. This time he finally responded because Mr. Gorsky had died, so Neil Armstrong felt he could now answer the question. Here is the answer to "Who
In 1938, when he was a kid in a small mid-western town, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit the ball, which landed in his neighbour's yard by their bedroom window. His neighbours were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky, "Sex! You want sex?! You'll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"
Neil Armstrong's family confirmed this is a true story. _________________________
In the shop – For those wishing to purchase badges, pins, ties etc; here is the current list of items available, from George Cantrill. Banners (Old style)
Banners (New style) £4.50 LAPEL BADGES Dress Stick Pins
Ties Old Style Brown £3.00
Car Stickers (Old)
Car Stickers (New)
Report by John Rowlinson--
On a very cold Friday 22nd February we, along with the Rotary Club of Fareham Meon, celebrated this world wide day of recognition. the objective is not to raise funds, but to make the general public aware of who we are and what we do.
I have been attempting to get some details (particularly photos) of the outcome of the Shoeboxes efforts. Below is the only info. available at the time of writing :“Not before time I am now able to inform you of the final total of shoeboxes collected and distributed by our District in November and December of last year. The total number of shoeboxes collected totalled: 25,183 These were distributed to the following countries: Montenegro 6932 Tanzania 7163 The Philippines 957 Albania 7569 Moldova (IOW Clubs) 2562 With the exception of Tanzania I can confirm that all boxes have been handed over to the children in these countries and I have received a number of very appreciative notes of gratitude from our Rotary colleagues in these countries. I have also had pledges of 'happy, smiley' photos of the children receiving their gifts and I will pass these on when received! The shipment to Tanzania is, at the time of writing, still awaiting customs clearance at the port of entry. Similar problems were encountered last year and the local Rotary Club is working with the authorities to resolve the issue. (David Moulton, District 1110 Shoebox Co-Ordinator
With the aid of two stalwart pipers we left the public in no doubt as to what we do. We were lucky to have the use of the podium in the centre of town to publicise this event, and thanks go to Pam Bryant for her help in acquiring this advantage. In a less public way, the Rotary Day is commemorated by the crocuses planted in the churchyard, which are programmed to make a spectacular show on the appointed day. My thanks go to Brian Ray for the photograph below.
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No doubt that his funeral will be very well attended by our Club members, out of deep respect for Jim, and with thoughts for his daughter and the rest of his family.
whilst studying for his LLB, which he gained in 1953. He then continued as a fulltime Articled Clerk, admitted to the Law Society in 1956. Jim then moved back South, and took up post as an assistant solicitor in Southampton, making regular appearances in Court as a Defending Solicitor.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jim Burrell, one our longest serving members. Ken Trowbridge has written the following few words:More sad news for our Rotary Club, with the passing away of Jim Burrell, who was our Club President in 1987/88. When I first met Jim he was a solicitor with Fareham Borough Council and was a very helpful man when I was setting up my old firm in Fareham. He joined Rotary in 1977 and was very well respected by all members. He became Junior Vice President for me in 86/87, and Senior Vice President to Kendal Ockenden in 1986/87. Jim had a very sharp sense of humour and was a great joke teller – all clean ones – I think! Another notable position filled by Jim was Sergeant at Arms, wearing his large medal at all our formal functions.
Jim’s Story Roger Esnault kindly provided me with a copy of Mike Swinburne’s 1985 interview with Jim, which he wrote as a ‘Potted Pen History’. I will add a short précis here for the more recent members who were not so familiar with Jim’s early Club days: Jim was born on 13th December 1927, in Newcastle, the son of a civil engineer. Jim’s childhood was spent in the North East. His early schooldays were spent at King’s School, Bruton, Somerset, where he remained throughout the war. Jim was enlisted into the Border Regiment at Carlisle, but his obvious talents soon led to a commission in the RASC at Aldershot. On completion of army service Jim returned to the North East and found he had an interest in law. Jim became an articled clerk in a private practice in Durham, taking day release
In 1959, Jim changed course, entering local government with Southampton City Council. Whilst at Southampton he married Bridget, from Newcastle, and the couple were blessed with a son and daughter, Richard and Helen. Jim gained the post of Assistant Secretary to the Town Clerk of Portsmouth and remained there for the next seven years. In 1974 he moved to Fareham as Borough Secretary, being appointed Director of Legal Services by the time he retired. It was our good fortune as in 1977 Jim was introduced to Fareham Rotary Club, and became one of our longest serving members, serving as President in 1987/88. Many will remember him as our worthy Sergeant At Arms, a post in which he excelled. He was a man of wide interests, and hobbies. Jim was a keen sportsman in his younger days, and an avid collector of all things in later years, especially books, of which he had a great love and a fine library His memory will live on in the stories told at Club in the following days and years.
Memories of Jim from his Wednesday lunchtime chums. Rotary For many years Jim organised collections of books for the Ranfurly Library that were distributed to third world countries. After Jim’s retirement when he had taken a job delivering books for the Book Parlour in East St (we suspect only to get a staff discount on books) every school he delivered to gave him their redundant school books. All the books had to be delivered to a central warehouse in Brixton. Jim was the driver on these annual trips, using a van loaned by Gerry Ayres. Jim’s ‘mate’ on these trips was Rotarian Ken Powell. On one occasion they were stopped by the police 0n suspicion of overloading the van. That was an embarrassment for Ken as he was Chairman of the Magistrates at that time. It was an education to accompany this pair who commented in very non-PC ways about what they saw on the drive through Brixton! Jim was a great Conference goer. Jim’s presence always added something special to the Club’s party. He even volunteered to be one of the Sergeant at Arms team and proudly sported their tie for many years. – Collecting ties was another of Jim’s foibles along with collecting useful ‘bags’. Jim was Rotary President in 1987/88 and served as Club Sergeant-at arms for many years. He was an enthusiastic Rotarian at Club level and even served on District for a time.
Jim wins a raffle 2005 There is a picture of Jim in an old photo album prepared by Inner Wheel members. It was on a trip to the House of Commons and Jim had his photo taken with Neil Kinnock – but he always said it should not be taken as any indication of his political views!
The Boatmen There is a small group of some of Jim’s closest Rotary friends who shared his interest in all things mechanical. Jim, Gerry, Tom and Roger were all members of the Fareham Model Engineering Society. They all had radio control boats but nothing to rival the considerable fleet that Jim acquired. On their visits to model shows and exhibitions they invariably came back laden with Jim’s latest purchase. In the summer they would spend the occasional day at the Model Society boating pond playing boats and drinking wine. The wives joined in and provided abundant picnic meals.
Tom & Jim on the Waverley some memorable days out; on the J Class yacht Valsheda; on the WW2 RAF rescue Launch 102; on the Steam Ship Sheildhall; at the Festival of the Sea; the Rolls Royce
Jim with Roger on Gerry’s electric loco. Factory at Goodwood; Brooklands Motor and aircraft Museum; a hilarious three day ‘Steam’ trip to Scotland involving steam trains, paddle steamer and even the famous Canal lift - a good quantity of Whisky was consumed on one of the train journeys! On Wednesdays, the Group met for lunch at the Fisherman’ rest, and afterwards at Tom’s for coffee. It was suggested that a better name for them might be ‘Last of the Summer wine’.
Friends Jim at a Model Club picnic The name the ‘Boatmen’ was invented for the Rotary Hobbies Day at the Wheelhouse. The group had
Jim was very good at keeping in touch with his friends. He had season tickets at the Nuffield Theatre that he generously shared with them.
Some of the shows were better than others but we always had a good time. During the season he arranged
Jim in control whilst Ursula drives. trips on his boat and we joined in as Crew. In the winter he took us to the Royal Southern Yacht Club for an excellent programme of Lectures followed by supper in the Club dining room. Jim enjoyed holidays with his friends too. Groups of us went to Venice twice. – once to coincide with his 80th birthday. On one of the trips he and Ursula gained some notoriety by being asked to leave the famous Harry’s Bar because they were inappropriately dressed!
the Jolly Sailor pub!!; a terrifying crossing of the Solent in Jims 18ft Nelson launch when Jim was determined to attend the Nelson Owners Club lunch and the wind (a lot of it) was over tide - the other Nelson owners moored on their 40 to 50 ft motor cruisers at the Royal Yacht Squadron gave us a round of applause when we eventually pitched and rolled into the marina!
Jim Abroad A story from Roger One of the photos shows Jim Addressing the Christmas in July meeting of the RC Whitford in Perth Australia.
Whitford’s Club that they invited him back as a speaker and presented him with a miniature Cricket bat signed by all the members! Jim has friends who pop up all over the world. He was sitting having coffee in a pavement café in Lisbon when he was warmly greeted by Foreign Office Diplomat who recognised him. By chance the diplomat had been in Lisbon brushing up his Portuguese before Taking up his post in the embassy in Colombia!! I could go on and on there are so many happy memories of Jim the things he did at and for Rotary and the times he shared with his friends.
Christmas in July -Perth
Jim at one of Roger’s famous Hat Parties. Jim could be very stubborn and then somewhat difficult insisting you took his route or did things his way. Memorable incidents are:- confrontations with a gatekeeper at Brooklands; getting stranded for some hours marooned on the mud in the approach to his Hamble berth - unfortunately in full sight of the revellers at
Ursula and I were heading for Papua New Guinea via Australia and Jim said he would like to come with us as far as Perth. We stayed with former member Bernard Joyce and his wife Hilda. I was there to speak to a big meeting SW Australia Rotarians about the big Tsunami Project that we had worked on with the Whitfords Club. Jim was roped in and appointed honorary Sergeant-at Arms for the day. When we moved on Jim stayed with the Joyces. He had been such a hit with the
From Jim’s Cabourg friends From: Bernard Renaudat [mailto:bernard.renaudat@wanad oo.fr] Sent: 28 February 2013 14:06 To: john rowlinson Subject: Jim
We learn the death of Jim with great sadness. When he visited Cabourg we enjoyed his charming personality and regret that we had no further occasion to meet. Edwige and I kindly ask you to pass on our condolences to his family and friends.
Edwige & Bernard Renaudat
Wykeham House School Interact Club – Charter Day
DG Mary Pike & President Duncan with Interact Club. The girls and staff at Wykeham House School were delighted to welcome our District Governor Mary Pike and husband David for the newly formed Interact Group Charter Day. President Duncan kindly joined the group for lunch which was taken in the school library; this had been quickly transformed from Tales of Treasure Island as part of National Book Week to a long dining table. All 25 of us were able to sit snugly around the table, however two of the younger girls were a little too close at one point and clashed heads, running down to sick bay for some ice packs! President Duncan produced a flyer with details to take part in the Dragon Boat Race organised by Portsmouth and Southsea Club in May, somehow I think this may be our next project. We all enjoyed some lively conversation as we enjoyed our 'school lunch'. The programme which had been handed out to all guests promised a variety of entertainment from the girls.
Auditions had been held in the past few weeks and Mrs Clarke selected a superb choice, starting with the Interact President giving a wonderful power point accountant of the group’s activities since it started last September. We then had witty poems, a duet of guitar and singing and the whole group concluded the presentation as a choir with a rendition of Jar of Hearts. DG Mary then presented their Charter and giving them some words of encouragement. President Duncan followed with the presentation of the Certificate for their efforts in Children in Need, which was a surprise to them, but extremely well received. The girls in turn presented the guests with flowers as a token of their appreciation. Much laughter took place as Duncan would have to explain to Carol how he came by this special gift! It appears everyone had a most enjoyable lunch, it was a pleasure to be in such lively company and I am sure the group will continue to flourish for the future. Pam Bryant.
March Programme 2nd
District Council Meeting
Fellowship Meeting & District Council Feedback
Speaker – Richard Coghlan – ‘Rehabilitation’
Lunch Meeting, held at Hayling Island Golf Club.
Grace List for March 7th
Ben Benstead Menu for March
Sausage & Mash – Onion Gravy, Veg.
Cam’s Roast Chicken, Roast Potatoes & Vegetables.
Lunch at Hayling Island Sailing Club
Lasagne, Garlic Bread & Salad.
NOTICE Tony Cove has been given two 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles, which were left on the table at Sainsbury’s at the end of the Christmas collections. If anyone claims these items, or has any information regarding them, please contact Tony.
Late email from France. C'est avec une grande tristesse que nous venons d'apprendre ledécès de notre Ami Jim BURREL !Lundi prochain, lors de notre repas statutaire, nous lui rendrons hommage accompagné d'une minute de silence. Sincères condoléances à TOUS. le Président, L. COURCIER Translation It is with great sadness that we have just learnt of the death of our friend Jim Burrell! Next Monday, at our formal meal, we will pay our respects to him with a minute’s silence. Sincere condolences to all, L. Courcier, President.
Interact lunch at Wykeham House School Translation kindly provided by Penny Rowlinson