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The Rotary Club of Dartmouth December 2017 Chartered 27th October 1950


THE WAY I SEE IT Dear Rotarians and Friends, It’s 5:10am. I must offer an apology to our bulletin editor for my late submission again. My penance is another early start! Modern life is most demanding on all of us, and being in a business that operates “in urgent real-time” can really sap your time

and energy. Apologies! David has been editing the bulletin for 12 years, has earned awards with it, and keeps many entertained with its informative and comical content. It’s a reminder that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and has become a monthly staple in David standing up and asking “who can help me deliver these?!” Thank you David for your long service to Rotary, and to our club. November was a fast month. We appear to have two excellent new prospects progressing towards membership (thanks to Bob and all those who helped organise the recent open day, and bring guests). We also appear to be rising in the Bay Sports rankings, thanks to our No.1 athlete - Richard Blake and his many talented sportsmen and chancers. Let’s see if we can muster a few strikes at the 10-pin bowling. We’ve just finished Candlelit Dartmouth (for those further afield, this is one of Dartmouth’s many festivals.. and marks the beginning of Christmas preparations with a lantern procession around the town) – and our club has become further integrated in the event – to the point the organisers have said they couldn’t run it without our help. So thank you to Martin Nutt/John Hansell, and the very many other volunteers involved in the chestnuts and procession. A splendid event and result, and further evidence of how our town values Rotary. Writing of John Hansell – I offer our formal congratulations on his recent engagement to Janice. We wish both John and Janice well with the (seemingly never ending) wedding plans, and a happy marriage to follow. Today, we are heading up to the Dartmouth Academy to offer our services as Mock Interviewers. As we venture into December, this is my last opportunity to wish you all a happy Christmas for 2017, and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018. President Michael. As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual question, “And what would you like for Christmas?" The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: "Didn't you get my E-mail?" BIRTHDAYS 2nd - Hilary Bastone 5th - David Littlefair 26th—David Bond 2

THE DARTBOARD The monthly bulletin of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth Club No. 705 Chartered 27 Oct ‘50


Vol. XXII No...6

In fact, 15 Action Groups are focused on disease prevention and treatment: The Alzheimer’s / Dementia Group (ADRAG) aims to help those who face the challenge of dealing with family members and citizens that are afflicted with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention helps clubs and districts plan and implement large scale projects that improve lives and provide access to health-related education, preventative health care, and resources for treatment. The Food Plant Solutions Group focuses on addressing malnutrition, hunger and food security through the use of readily available local food plants. This selfsustaining solution empowers people to understand local food resources and allows them to feed themselves and their families.

DISEASE PREVENTION and TREATMENT MONTH Rotary Action Groups highlight all sorts of society’s failures, and we have already dealt with some of them. This time did you know that every three minutes a child is born with club foot ? Thousands of these children around the world are forced to live with this deformity that limits their mobility, ability to walk to school, play with their friends, and eventually get a job. R.A.G.4Clubfoot has a simple mission: to support timely Ponseti Method treatment (developed at the University of Iowa) and appropriate care for all children born with clubfoot. The method is nearly 100% effective when used properly by a trained healthcare provider and is considered the gold standard for clubfoot treatment. The Ponseti International Association also provides assistance on monitoring and evaluation of training programmes and the quality of care provided at newly formed clinics. Rotarians are involved in hundreds of similar projects to help disadvantaged people around the world.

The Diabetes Group assists clubs and districts on projects that provide a strong commitment to education, identification, and treatment of diabetes, especially among children in developing countries, while raising awareness throughout the Rotary world. 3

WHAT MAKES US TICK ? Christmas is certainly on the way and Rotary clubs are working with communities to bring festive cheer. Trees of light are being put on display and the ever popular Santa Sleighs are being prepared for charity collections. Clubs are also appealing to schools, community groups and the general public to support the Rotary Shoebox Scheme. Boxes are filled with items, such as toys for children, household goods and gifts for teenagers, before being sent to Eastern Europe in time for December 25th.

time for Christmas. These boxes bring so much joy to those who receive them. In some cases, this will be the first present they have ever received. Knowing that these gifts bring real joy is incredibly uplifting. In total - 14,7985 shoeboxes were delivered in the Ukraine in 2016. One day we might even do that ourselves ?

ATLANTIC CHALLENGE Would you tackle what they did ?

This photo has been languishing in a computer folder since 2016, waiting for the right moment to show it again. Four oarsmen with only three legs between them, and yet they managed to row the Atlantic. This is the right time of the year to recall their feat, and share their pride.

Thanks to the enthusiastic support of several local groups and schools, this year’s Shoebox Appeal from one club in Scotland, resulted in over 200 filled boxes being delivered to the central depot at Perth. Our own Inner Wheel also gets involved. These boxes will join the 10,000, many colourfully decorated and wrapped by the youngsters, that have already been filled by clubs in Scotland and be dispatched to Eastern Europe in

PUZZLE A Dartmouth fisherman caught a large trawler load of haddock. He decided to donate some of his fish to the local community, 1,672 people in all. To each person over 50 he gave 16 fish and to each person under 50 he gave 96 fish. Only 3/4 of the over 50s collected their haddock and only 1/8 of the under 50s collected their fish. How many fish did the fisherman distribute in total? 4

CAROL SERVICE The Rotary Community Carol Service is being held at St Saviour’s Church on Wednesday 13th December at 7.30pm. However, we are recommended to be there for at least 7 o’clock to hand out Order of Service Sheets and guide people to their seats.



Whilst browsing recently I came across the official Owl Rotary Christmas Tealight Holder, priced at £6.99. This could be suitable for someone who knows everything (or appears to do so).

Trevor Branton did a smart job in clearing up some of the mysteries of the internet in particular the mysteries of our own website. As the lunchtime speaker he was able to re-assure some of us that it is not as frightening as we may think. His visual presentation helped enormously and we look forward to chapter two in the series.

On e-Bay you can actually buy the American Rotary Cookbook but you’ll have to pay £42 plus postage from America.

CHRISTMAS DINNER ? A man decided he wanted a pet, so he went to the pet store and bought a parrot. When he took the bird home, it began to swear and curse as he’d never heard before. To teach the bird who was boss, he decided to put it into his kitchen cupboard for a while. Well, it tore things to bits in there, and when it came out it gave the man a worse verbal lashing than before. "That's it," thought the man, and into the freezer went the parrot. Several minutes went by, and for fear that he had killed it, the man opened the door of the freezer.

For those who are always winning the wine and have to read grace the following week, you can get a book of graces called “Gracious God” which will only cost £10.75 on Amazon Prime (postage free).

Out walked the parrot, and immediately began to apologise to its owner. "I'll never swear again," it said. "I'll be the bestbehaved parrot that you've ever seen - and by the way, what did the turkey do wrong?"

If the Rotary Foundation Christmas cards were a little more imaginative I might buy some of those ! 5

doughnuts and a thank you note from the police officer. Then a local Rotarian came in and got a haircut. When he was done he asked how much it was. The barber said, "No charge. I consider it a service to the community." The next morning, the barber came to work and there were 12 Rotarians queuing up outside the door.



Rotarian Jim was sitting on the bench with Bert who told him “In January, my wife, a physician, met with an elderly patient. "So was Santa good to you?" she had asked him. "Real good," he said. "I got an SUV." "Nice" she answered. "Yeah … Socks, Underwear, and Viagra."

Father Will walked into a barber shop in Dartmouth. After he got his haircut, he asked how much it would be. The barber said, "No charge. I consider it a service to the Lord." The next morning, the barber came to work and there were 12 prayer books and a thank you note from the priest in front of the door. Later that day, the local bobby came in and got his hair cut. He then asked how much it was. The barber said, "No charge. I consider it a service to the community." The next morning, he came to work and there were a dozen

At the Special General Meeting last month the accounts were presented by Nigel Thorpe and approved. Our President for 2019-20 will be Martin Judd who becomes Pres– Elect on 1st July next. Alan Depledge was elected Vice-President. The Secretary Martin Lowe has been reelected for 2018-19, and the Hon Treasurer will be John Mills. The three voting delegates to meetings of the District Council (and the Business Meeting of RIBI) will be the President, Secretary and President Elect.



Richard & Karen

Warmest Greetings To you all

wish you all a Very Merry Xmas

all Rotarians, wives and friends

May you have Joy and Peace at Christmas

and a Happy New Year

Bob and Marion wish

a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Nigel Thorpe

Happy Christmas and New Year

Happy Christmas to all our Rotary friends

Have a great time

and best wishes for the

Best wishes Tony & Yvonne

New Year Peter & Mary Shaw

Merry Christmas And a Healthy New year To all Roger & justine

Hilary & Karen wish all members and their families a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all and your families Steve & Jenny Betty 7

Seasons Greetings

Best wishers for Xmas and the New Year to all our Readers Peter & Julie Hunkin

My very best wishes to all club members and their families for Christmas and the New Year

Rotary and Inner Wheel friends, Lyn & Bernard

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year

Bill Parker Wishing all my Fellow Rotarians and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Best wishes from The Branton family

to all our

Jim & Sue Murray Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all our friends in Rotary Pam & Charles

Sylvia & Mike wish everyone in Rotary and Inner Wheel a very happy Xmas and New Year

Ginny and Don wish all our friends in Inner Wheel and Rotary a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 8

Many thanks for looking after me in my first year in Rotary! Seasons Greetings to one and all


Nick Hindmarsh

Mike & Pam

Wishing all our Rotarian friends a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy New Year From Lin and Keith Georgie and John

Pam, George and family

Wish all our friends in Rotary and Inner Wheel

wish you all a Merry Christmas and a

a Healthy, Happy

and Prosperous


New Year A very Happy Christmas to all our friends from the Littlefairs: Helen, David, Emma, Rebecca Naomi, Ben, Ben, & Ben

The Editor sends Christmas Greetings to Rotarians Tom in Ontario Garry in Milford, NZ Gretchen in Kloof, SA Bob & Janet in Florida, Clair in Annapolis and all his readers 9

With our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year

Best wishes to all

John & Jenny Mills

Steven & Chris

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from Martin & Julia Compliments of the Season to you all Have a great

With best wishes to all our Rotarian friends and their partners

Christmas and a Happy New Year

for Christmas and the New Year from Chris and Enid.

Martin & Dee

To all our Friends

Season’s Greetings from Marion & Trevor Clayden

A Merry Christmas and a

Happy New Year Douglas and Debbie 10

Our best wishes to Rotarians everywhere, their families and friends, for a peaceful Christmas, and a successful New Year. Peter & Denise


the very hard wind, the door broke open and water started pouring in from all the rain. He was so grateful he repaired the door.

Many Rotarians were around to marshal the walkers in the candlelit procession this year. The weather was kind, but cold and the chestnuts stall made more than £200 on the evening. They then went out on the Saturday in the sunshine and did even better among the stalls, although it again got colder in the afternoon and evening.

Floods killed more than 80 people in northern Vietnam last month, while a typhoon wreaked havoc in the central provinces in September. This latest is just days before the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders was expected to begin with US President Donald Trump, China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The Vietnam National Search and Rescue

Q: What does Father Christmas bring naughty boys and girls on Christmas Eve ? A: A pack of new batteries with a note saying “Toy not included”

Committee said at least 61 people were killed and 28 were missing. Some of the victims were in vessels that capsized at sea; others were killed in landslides. More than 2,000 homes collapsed, and more than 80,000 were damaged. Roads that had been flooded or washed away caused traffic jams across several provinces. The country of more than 90 million people is prone to destructive storms and flooding, due to its long coastline

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS At ShelterBox, they know that shelter is not just a roof, canvas or tarpaulin over your head, it’s the process of recovery, of returning to normal when disaster strikes. That’s why they don’t just provide items that give shelter, but items and training that help people make better shelters. When Hurricane Maria hit Dominica, 81-year-old Simon quickly went to a shelter in one of the churches, but because of

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER We have all had the chance to vote on-line or in person for our preferred photograph illustrating “A Different Perspective”. Final Judging takes place on 1st Dec at the Tourist Info. Centre. 11



The November meeting was held at Stoke Fleming Hall where we welcomed District Chairman Ann and six members from Torquay club. Our afternoon finished with a high tea, very fattening but very enjoyable and with good company and friendship. Final arrangements were made for the Deck Quoits and supper evening and about 50 attended. This was very successful and over £600 was made to enable us to buy a Shelterbox. Some members attended Ollie Smith’s presentation at the Academy where he talked about his recent educational trip to Borneo which our club helped to sponsor. Pam Bennett reported on the shoeboxes which will be going to Moldova and her fundraiser for ‘School in a Bag’ on 27th November. The club had recently attended the District Rally and Meeting where the Association President gave a very interesting presentation. The Christmas Coffee Morning was held on the 28th November, so thanks to anyone who supported this. The Christmas Lunch is being held at Stoke Lodge Hotel on 14th December all Rotary wives/partners are very welcome to attend. Please contact Sonia Keep on 01548 580432 if you are interested in attending. Finally can I on behalf of Inner Wheel wish all Rotarians and Friends a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Debbie

Apparently inspiration lies around every corner at the Rotary International Convention 2018, taking place in Toronto, Canada, just a couple of weeks before the International Conference on Paediatric Pharmacology. From the breath-taking opening ceremony and world-renowned speakers to informative programmes and spectacular entertainment, the Toronto Convention promises to be an unforgettable experience. Registration for the Convention is available at a discounted rate until 15th December 2017, after which time prices will increase.

ROTARACT NEXT YEAR ? Next year sees the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Rotaract movement by the Rotary Club of North Charlotte. Rotary sponsored groups for young people continued to spring up independently around the globe. Orbis clubs in South America, Rotors clubs in South Africa, Paul Harris Circles in Europe, and Quadrant clubs in the USA are some of the best-known examples. Eventually, these clubs provided the base for the growth of Rotaract throughout the world. 12

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CLASSIFICATIONS Three circus dwarfs decided to change professions. They reviewed their options and decided to move to China and start a business together in that burgeoning economy. They bought a factory in Beijing and started manufacturing road-building materials to use to build highways for China’s huge expanding transport system. They shrewdly cornered the market on a black, sticky substance to cover the roads they were building. Thus, they became known as the three wee kings of Orient tar.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS (?) You may have noticed that RIBI has just published a six page document on “Dignity Policy for Rotarians”. It includes an Appendix listing 40 examples of harassment and 19 of bullying, yet there are no references to children and young persons. It seems to be treating Rotarians as children, or simply failing to grow up ! I never realised that there were so many adult possibilities. However, my time as Editor may be limited, as I suspect that “The

CHANGE OF ADDRESS Roger & Justine have moved to Apt 8, Vavasour House, North Embankment, TQ6 9PW, to keep Hilary company. Their new telephone 01803 832981, and new mobile number is 07421 303653. The business address in Victoria Road remains the same.

Dartboard” transgresses much of the time. It’s a good job our readers are tolerant and have a sense of humour. There is also a new –fangled IT procedure for dealing with prospective members, devised by Claire Haines, Customer Insight and Research Officer, Rotary Support Centre, Alcester (formerly known simply as “RIBI”). Ask Bob Benns about it. Its staggering. 13

The next round is ten-pin bowling at Torquay on 18th January.

SPORTS AND SOCIAL NEWS The Bay Sports Darts matches were all played at the Royal Seven Stars in Totnes last month, and we came in a respectable second place. This raises us from equal 4th to third place, only one point behind Tormohun. Neither Torbay Sunrise or Babbacombe took part. The curry was well deserved.

The dine-out at Piestro was attended by about 15 Rotarians and wives and a good three-course repast, with coffee, was served. It made a lovely prelude to the forthcoming Christmas activities.

YOUNG CHEF Our two contestants went to the Area Finals at South Devon College last month, and despite a good effort neither of them got through to the next round. Club


















































20,064 fish. As only 3/4 of the over 50s claimed 16 fish, this averages out to 12 fish each. Similarly only 1/8 of the under 50s claimed 96 fish, this again averages out to be 12 fish each. Therefore the total number of fish was 1,672 x 12 = 20,064. P.S. It doesn't matter how many over/ under 50s there are. 14

MINUTES OF THE BUSINESS MEETING HELD ON 23rd NOVEMBER (Election results & Accounts dealt with on page 6) Present 34 members and 1 visitor, Peter Adolphus. President Mike Freeman in the Chair. Treasurer’s report Trevor Pollard - General Fund balance after committed payments was £2,200 Charity Account balance was £5189; Reserve Fund was £7,596. Admin Committee: a) I.T. sessions: TB gave an educational presentation to the club on 9th November. Further sessions to be arranged. b) Winter Olympics (JPS). Committee proposed Tuesday 27th February. KB will ask JPS if he requires a “buddy” to help with the organisation. Membership a) Report on Class of 2016 - Good progress has been achieved and two further meetings are proposed. b) New members - Discussion took place regarding the Open Day lunch and whether we should hold this event once or twice a year. Two new members are being sponsored. Azud Irshad by HB and Peter Adolphus by KB. The process is now in place to arrange suitable induction dates. The Ladies Lunch is to take place on Thursday 1st February with a female speaker – Laura Cowie on the topic of ‘Cyber Crime’. This could be an opportunity to invite suitable lady guests. Social The next Dine Out is on November 28th at Piestro. Sports - RB reported that we came second to Paignton in the Darts competition, beaten by just one point. We are now 3rd in the table, one point behind Tormohun and two points behind the current leaders Brixham on 24 points. PRO - HB reported that a further two articles had been published in the Chronicle - Oct 27th – Young Chef Competition and Oct 31st – Rotary Foundation’s 100th Anniversary (also covered on the website and Facebook). During the second half of the year to date there have been 9 articles covering Club events. Almoner - An update had been received at lunchtime there was nothing further to report. Past Presidents Board - needs updating and repositioning as it is currently on the second landing area and out of sight. KB has agreed to liaise with The Castle. District Governor’s Visit – DM has emailed the DG, asking if he had any free dates when he could visit us. Christmas Arrangements -. It was agreed that the 28th Dec meeting should be cancelled and this has subsequently been endorsed by the President. Summer Fete KB confirmed that he had agreed to lead the arrangements for the 2018 Summer Fete. However, he will be away the last 2 weeks in June and the first week in July so will need some assistance. Diary. - MF confirmed that next year’s Scatter Week will take place w/c 19th February. There will be no lunch at the Castle that week. Service Projects Foundation MB has given the 5,000 Polio Plus crocus corms to The Green Partnership (Debbie Morris) and they are deciding where and who should plant them. Peter Reid will be returning from Nepal shortly and has offered to come to update members on progress. No communication from District yet about the grant but no cause for concern at the moment. MB proposed that Polio Plus and Foundation payments should be made twice a year. This way there is always some contribution by RCD shown in District communications. Agreed unanimously. Fund Raising PS has agreed to take this role and a paper has been circulated. Objectives and responsibilities were agreed unanimously. This person should also be responsible for ensuring any events do not clash with internal RCD or Dartmouth town events. International BY to contact SHDC to hopefully obtain fast approval for collections in the event of future disasters. He will contact Garden Time to agree a date for us to have a collection there. Brixham College have request that he present our contribution to Shelter Box and what one looks like. He will present to year 10 on Friday 24 th Nov at 10am and RCD members are invited to support. If all goes well, we will contact Dartmouth Academy to see if they are also interested. Youth Services Young Chef local heat went well thanks to Alan D. Unfortunately our two candidates did not get through the next round. AD requested £30 (£15 each) as District do not contribute any more. Agreed unanimously. Young Photographer: Disappointing number of entries. Youth Speaks: First round probably in January. Dictionaries for Life. ML has ordered 96 Dictionaries costing £336. Unanimous approval. Mock Interviews: on the 28th November and an e-board has been circulated. Candlelit MN has organised an e-board and 15 volunteers so far. Chestnuts have been ordered. BBQ to be checked. Summer Fete Keith B has kindly agreed to take responsibility for the 2018 Summer Fete. Martin J will hand over the process to him in early 2018. Date is set for 19th July. Chris B has just received (at last) the paperwork for the summer fete which he is filling in, to make the booking permanent. Duck outfits should be borrowed / bought as they are a good means to obtain publicity. Mike B might not be available to organise ducks for this year. Carol Service 7.30pm on 13th December Nick H has met with Fr. Will. Order of Service finalised next week and e-board has been established. .Nick to ask Royal Castle to sponsor the wine. RIBI Conference April 2018 Tree planting contribution - Request by RI President Ian Riseley who wants us all to plant trees. Jeremy Voizey has been in touch with local Council Parks Department who have offered to provide 3 large elm trees which they will plant in front of the Riviera Centre. Total cost about £900 including a plaque to commemorate RIBI‘s Conference mentioning RI and RIBI Presidents and local clubs. A ceremonial dedication with press coverage is anticipated to be on Friday 6th April. The cost will be subsidised by RIBI and the Conference Funds, the actual cost to each ‘Bay Club’ will be £33.33. Funding request process. This works very well but the existing internal process seems a little complex and agreed to discuss this at Council to see if it could be simplified. Insurance:Chris B reported that barbecues at member’s home is not covered by RIBI Insurance. Meeting closed at 13.55


ON-LINE CALENDAR is available at www Date

What’s On

1st Dec

Judging in the Young Photographer Competition 2017

4 Dec @ 1pm

Fellowship Visit to RC of Torquay

7 Dec @ 1pm

Speaker: Nick Hindmarsh “My Job”

8 Dec @7.30pm

Christmas Party at the Venus Café, Blackpool Sands

13 Dec @7.30pm

Community Carol Service at St Saviour’s

14 Dec @ 1pm


21st - 24th

Chestnuts in Royal Avenue Gardens (sign up please)

21 Dec @ 1pm

Business Meeting

28 Dec @ 1pm


Bye-bye 2017

Welcome to the New Year

4 Jan @ 1pm


11Jan @ 1pm

Past Presidents’ Wine Day and District Governor’s Visit

16 Jan @ 6.30pm

Visit to RC of Preston at Redcliffe Hotel (£13 pp)

18 Jan @ 1pm

Business Meeting

25 Jan @ 1pm

Fellowship and visit by RC of Tormohun

1 Feb @ 1pm

Speaker: Laura Cowie “Cyber Crime”

(Council & Cttees in evening)

(Council & Cttees in evening)

Bay Sports Ten-pin Bowling in evening


DID YOU KNOW ? Analysis of data provided by “Weather Energy” found that wind power provided more than 100% of electricity demand for Scotland on 15 days during October and supplied enough electricity to power all of Scotland’s homes on 28 days. Mind you, that was before the clocks went back !

DID YOU KNOW ? Mike F has changed his i-Pod’s name to ‘Titanic’. It’s syncing now…………….


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Monthly bulletin of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth


Monthly bulletin of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth