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FAREHAM FLYER. Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Fareham D1110 UK President Linda Ingram Bulletin No. 341

DECEMBER 2011

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Tsunami Village Seven years on. For three years up to 2008, I was lucky enough to act as coordinator of an International Rotary Partnership helping survivors of the devastating Tsunami that struck Asia on December 26th 2004. Rotary Club of Fareham contributed towards the thousands of pounds raised in D1110. A good deal of that money was funnelled towards what became the Rotary Vectis Village D1110 Tsunami Project, targeted on Eastern Sri Lanka. This was one of the worst hit areas with 34,000 dead or missing and, at that time, still cut off from most aid agencies because of the Tamil Tiger terrorists. Project committees of Rotarians in Wessex, Sri Lanka and Western Australia worked with members of the Rotary Club of Colombo on what was to become the biggest Rotary International Project at that time. Shelterbox Emergency accommodation was provided and local services to the camps helped by supplying bicycles

for Nurses and teachers. Families’ livelihoods were restored by providing locally sourced fishing boats to replace those destroyed by the Tsunami. A complete village was built with a community hall. An investment was made in the future by helping a school to establish what became a very successful computer course. There were many hurdles to be overcome along the way and it was only possible with ‘on the ground ‘help by the Rotary Club of Colombo. Even so it took until December 2007 to complete this £500,000 Partnership Project.

In January 2011 two Western Australian Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Hillarys visited the village, and reported that it and the community continue to thrive. Their photos show that the villagers are well settled and have imprinted the houses with their own identities and that the Government have fulfilled their promises to provide roads and electricity. 43 of the houses are still occupied by the original families. Local Rotarians refusal to tolerate the bribery attempt by a local official in the allocation of the homes has worked and those given houses were clearly those most in need. However the transition from reed huts on the shore to brick built homes has not been without its difficulties and it was interesting to see that Rotary has joined forces with more than one Charity to offer continuing help. This is being achieved through a Community Empowerment Project that promotes hygiene and health, encourages home improvements and gardens and helps villagers to generate alternative incomes. Fishing remains the main source of income and it was good to see that the boats provided by the Rotary Partnership are still being heavily used.


Rotary had made to these poor people, who had lost what little they even had, due to the 2004 Asian Tsunami.”

Rotarian Dilo Defonseka comments “ I am a Rotarian who was not involved in this project, as I joined Rotary after the project was completed. However I joined Rotarian ADG Jacquie Harry, who wanted to travel to Sri Lanka to view the village and meet the inhabitants. Firstly I would like to congratulate all the Rotarians in the UK, Sri Lanka and Western Australia for the great effort in undertaking and completing this Project and the sub projects. By which it has given a home to 45 families who were affected by the Tsumani, as well as improving the lives of the people in that area. The village has been done very well with water service/Electricity, toilet facilities and even a community hall. As the affected fisherfolk have been selected from the poorest of the poor, many have not experienced living in this type of organised and built up environment. As such some do not maintain the houses, whilst some have improved their lifestyle and even made the best of the garden areas by growing fruit trees and vegetables for their own consumption. It was a very rewarding experience to view the changes that

Rtn ADG Jacquie Harry says “The project was amazing and we felt really proud to be Rotarians when we walked around the complex, it was much bigger than I envisaged and very well planned out, with good roads, trees, plants etc. a large Community Centre and a well. The Fareham, Whitfords and Colombo Rotary Clubs did a fantastic job on everybody’s part, to house so many people and to have clean water, especially considering the people had only lived in huts beforehand along the beachfront. It had a lovely feeling of peaceful, serenity about it, however some of the houses had been neglected a bit, and the people either had no money or inclination to patch things up.

We also visited the beach where the fishermen had their boats which some had been donated by Rotary Clubs in particular the Fareham Rotary Club. We took photos of the boats as well as the Housing complex and a young fisherman helped us to find the boats with the Rotary emblem on and he said when you got back to Australia, thank the Rotary Clubs and the people for their help and kindness, we didn’t feel so alone in our sorrow.”

Local schools and the general public gave the money and trusted Rotary to make sure that ‘the right help reached the right people’. The photos show the boat, sponsored jointly by our Club and Wickham House

School; the meeting hall sponsored by Bibby Line and some of the houses. The public’s generosity made it possible. Rotary Partnerships made it happen Roger Esnault

The Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK . Each day people go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Food banks provide emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. The Trussell Trust operates throughout England for the purpose. There are pockets of need in the Fareham area and there is an emergency bank in our area, The Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank. Members may recall a talk and presentation at Club meeting during 2010. The Friends of the Homeless started in 1991,


providing a soup run and a centre was opened in 1995 but the organisation transferred to another Charity (Two Saints) in 2003. Following the transfer, the group started the Basics Bank project, providing practical support to people in crisis. During the last year the Basics Bank provided some 800 food parcels, feeding more than 1,700 people. Demand and need is increasing greatly. Each parcel provides food for a week. Many parcels also contain items such as toiletries and nappies. The Bank also holds a small stock of clothing and blankets. The service operates with a voucher scheme through over 25 agencies in the area that come into contact with people needing assistance , such as Council Housing Offices, Health Visitors, Job Centre, and Social Services. The agencies decide the need. People accessing the Service may do so up to four times a year, to prevent dependency and to make sure as many people are helped as possible. Donations of food and other basics are constantly needed. Please consider adding an extra item to your shopping list to help maintain the food store. Items needed are nonperishables, such as

tinned vegetables, meat and fish, sugar and coffee. Also, deodorant, toiletries, toothpaste, nappies of various sizes, washing powder and washing up liquid.

‘What did you teach?’

Gifts can be brought to the Basics Bank, at Aspect House, Westbury Road, Fareham (behind Argos and next to Coghlans Funeral Directors). Opening times are 1.00 p.m to 3.00 p.m. Monday and Friday and 12.30 to 1.30 p.m on Wednesday. _________________________

The Land of a Thousand Smiles Rotary International

Thanks to George Cantrill ____________________

Life’s Like That! My name is Alice Smith and I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his dental diploma, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark haired boy with the same name had been in my secondary school class some 30-odd years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then? Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, grey haired man with the deeply lined face was far too old to have been my classmate. After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Morgan Park secondary school. 'Yes, yes I did. I'm a Morganner!’ he beamed with pride. 'When did you leave to go to college?' I asked. He answered, ‘In 1965’. Why do you ask? 'You were in my class!' I exclaimed. He looked at me closely. Then the ugly, old, bald, wrinkled, fat, grey haired, decrepit, b******* asked:-

THAILAND Convention 6th -9th May 2012 The 103rd Rotary International Convention will be held in Bangkok, called the City of Angels, in May 2012. If you want to be there, the President has details and registration form. You can book on line at http://registration.experientinc.com/ShowROT121/ _________________________ Why does a round pizza come in a square box???

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In September, President Linda, George and I visited the Rainbow Centre to see the work they do and see if our club could help. It is a new building, purpose built, tucked away behind the playing fields not far from HMS Collingwood. The centre’s work is based on what is called ‘Conductive Education’, developed by Andras Peto in Hungary in 1945, in which children disabled by cerebral palsy are taught to use alternative functioning nerve pathways to overcome some of their neurological disabilities. It requires intensive one-to-one working with the Educators and also in groups when family get involved in the teaching. The principles are now being applied to adults with disabilities following stroke or Multiple Sclerosis, and adult classes are held regularly which we witnessed on our visit.

difficult, it was not. We then moved onto a group of less severely affected children who were finishing a group session, and their laughter, happiness and independence, despite their disabilities, just shone out and impressed us all. I pressed our guide on what conductive education really meant at a scientific level, and received no convincing answer – I rather suspect that it is the remarkable patience shown by the therapists that is key to the children slowly learning new ways of minimising their disabilities. Each session, we were told cost around £100, but the children are charged £18, so the balance is needed from fund raising. President Linda wishes to make this her main ‘local’ charity for support by the club this year and a worthy cause it is too, as enabling a disabled child (or adult) to improve enough to go to a normal school and be independent is tremendously rewarding. The founder Andras Peto once said ‘ask me not what I can do for the children with cerebral palsy, but ask me what they can learn to do for themselves’, and this superbly encapsulates the work of the Rainbow centre. Duncan Colin-Jones

We saw two very severely disabled youngsters being given repetitive exercises by their educators to try to improve their ability to hold up their heads. I must say that to my eyes it looked a lost cause, but was assured that although very

____________________ Once in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the same clothes you were buried in for all eternity?

Rebecca had a lot of sauce – But she has done a grand fundraising job. She writes A total of £71.00p has been made through the sale of the Rotary Tiptree Tomato Sauces at Traditional Fish and Chips, Fareham. The bottles have been sold at £1.70p each. The shop had a total of 36 bottles to sell. There are however, still 6 left on the shelf,( so be quick before they all go!- ed.) The money raised through the sale of bottles has already been given over to the Rotary Club of Fareham , at the meeting on Thursday 17th November 2011, to put towards the ‘End Polio Now Campaign’. The total of £61.20p, however, generous donations made the total up to £71.00p. Rebecca


The Madding Crowd

On a fine but blowy Saturday evening crowds were seen progressing towards Holy

Trinity Church in Fareham. What was going on? Well, this crowd were about to be entertained by the delightful ‘Madding Crowd,’ a group of singers and musicians who delight in studying documents and manuscripts of days gone by. From this they develop a fascinating programme of period songs, dance and mummery.

The evening’s entertainment was organised by the gentlemen of Soberton, the Social Scene of the Swinging South, ably led by John Rowlinson, assisted by our master of Ceremonies for the evening, Vice President Duncan Colin-Jones.

The theme for the evening was, of course, Christmas, and the audience was invited to join in choruses of wellknown and less well known carols. They entered into the spirit of the occasion with finely tunes voices! We were entertained by the dancing demonstrations of the ‘Sir Roger de Coverley’ and the ‘Lancers,’ which brought back memories of school-time country dancing to some. Following a hearty version of ‘While Shepherds watched’, assisted by the audience, our choir performed ‘Joy to the World,’ an anthem which demonstrated their accomplished musical skills. An interval gave the chance to enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles, and meet the many folk who had turned out to support Rotary worthy causes.

The evening concluded with further songs, carols and readings, with more audience participation in the lusty singing. Vice President Duncan gave sincere thanks to The Madding Crowd for a wonderful evening’s entertainment. He thanked John Rowlinson, (who by this time had departed to take part in a play!) for all his efforts in arranging the evening. John Coghlan received a mention for his part in allowing use of the fine church. Jill Newby and her group of enthusiastic ladies ran a splendid raffle, with many prizes collected, and many, many tickets sold! The prize draw seemed to go on for ever! (Your writer failed to win a single prize – as usual!)

Next, the Mummers arrived. Dressed in brightly coloured costumes, with fine strong voices they told the story of good St George and his fights against infidels and dragons. A worthy doctor arrived to cure all, so all’s well that ends well! (It was noted that we had plenty of our own doctors in the house!)

The evening raised over £1000 towards our good causes. –A very successful event. Dave


From our India Outpost! From Roger Esnault in India Greetings

from

Kolkata

Sam and I accompanied by Nandini and Ursula visited the projects on Tuesday. We were joined by the President and Secretary of the RC Salt lake Central, plus two PP including Dr Munshi. The whole enterprise took over 14 hours. Geoff Tony and Colin will be interested to know that the roads have been damaged even more by the recent exceptionally heavy monsoon conditions. The good news is that the classroom has been plastered and windows secured. This has disturbed the wiring but that is being replaced. The Completion Certificate was signed and will now enable the President to send a final report to District. The disappointing news is that the school have not been able to use most of the equipment that we funded. They cannot run any science classes until their plans and equipment have been inspected and approved by the education ministry. This had all been set up by our rotary partners who had personal access to the Education Minister. Had that happened classes could have started this year. Then in May there was an election and the Government were defeated. Relationships had to be built up with the new administration all over again. This has been done by RC SLC and the crucial inspection should take place soon This

does mean that the school have lost 12months as the science courses cannot begin until the new academic year that starts in 2011. But this gives time for the laboratory water supply to be completed and additional staff appointed who will be paid for by the Government. The new girls’ toilet block has been completed to a very high standard (now the showpiece of the school!) thanks to our partners. There is a nice marble plaque (and our wives were able to inaugurate the facility!) With the funds now in place, the well project can start in earnest. There has even been a windfall from the recent elections. The Local Administration used the school as a polling station and temporarily installed a pump on the well. We visited the Divisional CEO (that’s a story in itself) and she gave instructions while we were there that their pump should remain at the school. With this saving our funding will allow other parts of the school to be plumbed into the supply (including the male toilets that badly need it as Sam and I are able to testify!! With the completion of the Matching grant certified by both Clubs, the final report will be couriered to their District Foundation Organiser. After a meeting with two AG's (another saga!) we are assured that Their District will the sign up for the Hospital Matching Grant Application. There is a lot more to tell when we get back and some positive clarification of the staffing of

minor ops and gynae (sic) equipment that we plan with our partners in Kolkata and D1110 and Foundation. Tonight we are off to the Rotary Meeting. Everyone we have met send their greetings to you Pres Linda and all the members. Best wishes from Sam, Nandini, Ursula and I. Roger

Lunch Menus 1st 8th

15th

22nd 29th

DECEMBER Chicken Fricassee & Rice Steak & Kidney pudding, new potatoes and vegetables Toad in the Hole, mashed potatoes & Vegetables Christmas Lunch– Carvery Meeting cancelled

Grace Roster 01/12/11

BEN BENSTEAD

08/12/11

ALLAN BOWDEN

15/12/11

PAMELA BRYANT

22/12/11

JIM BURRELL

05/01/12

GEORGE CANTRILL

12/01/12

NORMAN CHAPMAN

19/01/12

TOM CHURCHILL

26/01/12

JOHN COGHLAN

Club Diary 1st Dec

Speaker – Gary Willcocks 8th Dec Fellowship 15/16/17 Collections Dec 15th Speaker – Gerry Ayres nd 22 Christmas Lunch 29th NO MEETING.


How to hold on correctly when on a moving train – 4th Carol Colin- Jones 13th Jim Burrell 14th Tom Churchill 21st Chris Thomas 27th Ethelle Ayres

'Oh, yes,' she replied, 'Isn't it wonderful? I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease.. ‘Do you know, I haven't had the flu all winter’

Christmas Tree Festival The Computer lowed Grandma.

SwalNO! NO !– Look at the old fellow by the door!

Better than a Flu Shot! The computer swallowed grandma. Yes, honestly it’s true! She pressed 'control' and 'enter' and disappeared from view. It devoured her completely, The thought just makes me squirm. She must have caught a virus Or been eaten by a worm. I searched through the recycle bin and files of every kind: I've even used the Internet, But nothing did I find. In desperation, I asked Google My searches to refine. The reply from him was negative. Not a thing was found 'online' So if inside your 'inbox' My Grandma you should see, Please, 'copy', 'scan' and 'paste' her and send her back to me. Thanks to Pam Bryant _________________________

Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea...

This year, for the first time, your Club has entered the Fareham Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival. The Rotary tree, resplendent in blue and gold Rotary colours was prepared and decorated by Tony Cove and Mike Hurley. In support of the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign, the traditional fairy has been displaced at the top of the tree by the End Polio Now Teddy –bear, complete with End Polio Now logo!

As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom! When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist. 'Miss Beatrice', he said, 'I wonder if you would tell me about this?' pointing to the bowl.

Tree decorated by Tony Cove and Mike Hurley. Picture by President Linda.


Season’s greetings

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Gary and Pat wish everyone in the club and all those dear to them, a PEACEFUL, HAPPY CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR


FAREHAM FLYER DECEMBER 2011