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December 2019

Chartered 27th October 1950

Remembrance Day this year on Sunday the 10th of November, was very well attended by Rotarians and Dartmouthians alike. A very poignant parade, with BRNC providing the Guard of Honour and an amazing turnout for such a small town. Very sad to realise how many servicemen and women, and civilians gave their lives so we can live in freedom. We must not forget the sacrifices they made. Another very successful Polio+ coffee morning on November 14 where we raised approx. £220 from the coffee morning and additional £155 from the card sales (kindly produced by George and Pam Ord). We have more Christmas and Gift cards for sale so please support us by buying your Christmas cards through George. Wonderful cakes and meat and potatoes were also on sale so thanks to all those that helped and baked for Polio+. Congratulations to Trevor Branton on his election as VP. Trevor is a good example of the spirit of volunteering that keeps this club going. Also, to Richard Blake who has taken over the onerous task of Deputy Beer Manager for our Beer Festival in February 2020. There are plenty of opportunities for you to copy them and volunteer yourselves including the Candle Lit parade and Carol Service. Just to remind you all, our Christmas party is on December the 13th which should prove a very lively event so if you have not yet signed up please do so and I look forward to seeing you all there. Other social events include Emma’s dine-out and a visit to the best Christmas market in the South West (apparently) – Totnes, so please look at the e-boards and sign up. And a reminder that the Ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Dartmouth have invited our members and husbands/ wives/partners to their 60th Birthday Lunch on Sunday 8th December 2019 at 12 noon for 12.30pm. Venue is the Royal Castle and if you can make it, Jenny would appreciate replies ASAP to Jenny Mills She can also give you all the details. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all Dartmouth Rotarians a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2020. President Martin BIRTHDAYS 2 Dec 5 Dec 17 Dec 21 Dec 26 Dec

Hilary Bastone David Littlefair Trevor Hartley Keith Burgess David Bond

The monthly bulletin of the

Rotary Club of Dartmouth

December 2019 RIBI Club No. 705

Renewable natural gas is also less expensive and more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels such as diesel. Once injected into the natural gas pipeline, it can be used to fuel vehicles or provide electricity, or heat homes and businesses. That’s the way to do it !

WHAT IS BEST ? PLASTIC WASTE (2) All the rubbish lorries in Toronto will soon be powered by the biogas produced from the very trash they collect. Starting in March 2020, Toronto’s fleet of rubbish lorries will collect all the organic waste and food scraps from the Green Bins and take them for processing. The facility will then use anaerobic digesters to capture all the biogas produced by the waste and transform it into renewable natural gas (RNG). After the scraps are dropped off, the city’s 170 rubbish lorries can then immediately fill up their fuel tanks with RNG before heading out to collect more.

UNIVERSAL LAWS (Chapter Five) At any theatre performance the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle

will always arrive last. These are also the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for an ice-cream, a drink, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance. On the other hand those in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end

DID YOU KNOW ? December 13th 2019 will be the 13th Friday 13th since 2013


HAPPY CHRISTMAS The UK’s Department for International Development has pledged up to £400 million worth of UK aid to help eliminate polio worldwide. This new package of UK aid, which will go towards the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, will support 20 million health workers and volunteers to deliver potentially life-saving vaccinations to 400 million children per year around the world between 2020 and 2023. Donna Wallbank, President of RIBI said: “This pledge is a huge vindication of all the effort that Rotary clubs and volunteers have made across the country by hosting events and raising awareness, not only on World Polio Day last month, but for years,” (especially the regular coffee mornings held in the Royal Castle, Dartmouth). This Christmas it was held on 14th Nov and with tombola prizes it made about £220, which doesn’t seem a lot compared to government contributions. But then, we don’t have the same resources.

QUOTATIONS “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, seems to be the mentality in many clubs. But have you thought of this quotation — “Insanity” is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. “ Einstein

This is a new venture for our club. Instead of buying in Rotary Foundation Christmas cards (which are difficult to sell) Pam Ord has designed and painted some pictures and George has had 1,000 fold-over cards printed with the Rotary wheel on the back. They are ideal for Christmas. and individual to our club. Initial sales for our Charity Fund have totaled £155. There are also ones available with non -festive pictures, for general occasions. This is a project which can be rolled out at other Rotary events during next year - like the

Fete where we can set up a stall.

They will also be useful as birthday cards or simply to write notes to your friends. You could even give a pack away as a gift. Ask George to show you the pictures of them all, then get some today !

PUZZLE Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

ARE YOU DEFLATED ? A Mexican college student has created a new formula for road surfaces that repairs itself when exposed to rainwater. Antonio Carmona developed the ground-breaking formula by melting recycled tyres into a putty combined with a number of other additives. The putty then harnesses rainwater as a catalyst for regeneration so that instead of building roads that slowly crumble away

as they are exposed to inclement weather—the water spurs the road mixture to form a calcium silicate that repairs itself. The idea won the national James Dyson Award this year. Carmona says that he was inspired to develop the formula as a means of addressing Mexico’s notoriously deteriorated roads. “Damage is caused by rain filtering to the base of a pavement, weakening it and creating subsidence,” says Carmona. This is how the idea [for] turning the greatest degradation agent into a recovery agent was born. “At present,

there are already pavements that regenerate—but none of them use water as a means of regeneration … much less those made of tyres,” he added. He now plans to get the formula approved for use in Mexico so he can begin brewing the asphalt through his own construction company.

INNER WHEEL NEWS Our meeting this month was held at the home of our International Officer, Pam, where we were treated to a splendid lunch. Shoe boxes were collected which Pam and her husband later delivered to Christian Response to Eastern Europe in time for the lorry to Moldova which is leaving this week. We held a Christmas quiz – Do you know the names of Santa’s reindeers? – and finished with a raffle. The monies raised on this occasion for Aquabox, which is a charity and community project set up by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth, was sufficient to purchase both a community and family Aquafilter. Thank you to everyone who supported our coffee morning at the Royal Castle Hotel last week enabling us to send a large donation to Parkinson’s. We look forward to taking part in your Carol Service on Wednesday 18th December and seeing you all at our 60th Charter Anniversary lunch on Sunday 8th. And on behalf of our Club members I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all Lesley Roberts Q - Ladies, how do you know when there is a snowman in your bed? A - You wake up wet!

DON’T THEY ALL LOOK YOUNG ? Are you internet-savvy ? Maybe not quite (no, neither am I), but let me tell you something. When messages come out from our President or Secretary or Social Secretary or other officers, they are often addressed to each and every Rotarian in blanket fashion (ie everyone at the same time). That happens without showing everyone’s e-mail address – for safety reasons. AND IT’S A ‘BLIND C0PY’. Consequently if you send a reply you must be careful that you don’t tell everyone else your answer—just the person who asked the question in the first place. Thus you protect your e-mail address (and everyone else’s) from hacking. Take care, before you hit the SEND button.

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING Last month we had our SGM and elected the following officers: Pres Elect 20/21 Nick Hindmarsh Secretary 20/21 Mary Burden Hon Treas 20/21 Peter Adolphus Voting delegates to District and RIBI Business Meetings will be Pres Martin Judd with Pres Elect Alan Depledge and Sec Mary Burden The Accounts were examined by our auditors David Littlefair and Trevor Hartley, and approved.

There was a short hiatus over the election of a Vice President to follow Nick Hindmarsh until one very brave member volunteered, and was elected, to tumultuous acclaim. Rtn Trevor Branton stepped into the breach and we welcome him as Vice President 2020/21. In due course it should be entertaining !

MOVEMBER MOUSTACHES A very few of our members followed the example set by Trevor in allowing his facial hair to grow in aid of men’s health, whether it be prostate cancer, testicular cancer or mental health. It is wonderful to report that his efforts (or rather the lack of them) raised £500 in sponsorship.. Maybe with some more pre-planning and lead-in time that sum could have been bigger ? So, when he gets to the chair, why don’t we all have a go ? For fun !

WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE? There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you are. In 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. So imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not !! Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar energy has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil fuel. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2 kWh per cubic meter. We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as they want, for nearly no cost.

the end of this year, new smartphones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past. At

BUSHFIRES in AUSTRALIA Whilst we, here, are suffering from a deluge of rainwater, just imagine how they feel in Oz ! Some of the pictures are horrendous, and I wouldn’t give this wooden fence on the right of the above picture much chance of surviving what is looking over it. The flames in the middle seem to be more than 100 feet high.

Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all



Ho Ho Ho Geoff and Bev wish all Members and families a happy and joyous Christmas

John and Jenny Mills

My first Christmas with Dartmouth Rotary Best wishes to all, with a Happy and Healthy 2020

Keith Burgess

A very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year to all Dartmouth Rotarians and their families Martin Judd

To all our Rotary friends Merry Christmas & HAPPY NEW YEAR

Peter & Mary Shaw Georgie and john PS wish all our friends old and new in Rotary & inner wheel a Happy Christmas And a Healthy new year

Clair and Barbara Morris Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Wishing all club Members and their families a very Happy Christmas and New Year

Dear Rotarians and friends Happy Christmas 2019 with best wishes Michael, Maryna, Edward, and Chloe Freeman

Rotary Friends, In 2020 our hope is that you enjoy Morehen’s missiles as much as we do.

Bill Parker Pam Ord - Get well soon, David and Jill

Best wishes for Christmas and

Season’s Greetings to all Fellow Rotarians Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Sunil & Sue Merotra

The New Year to all our readers Julie and Peter Hunkin

A Merry Christmas to you and yours and may this coming year be full of Happiness, Friendship and Joy. Love and Best wishes, Hilary & Karen

Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year to all our friends Mike and Pam Bennett

Denise and Peter Goldstraw send their best wishes for the Festive Season to all Rotarian friends in Dartmouth and beyond Happy Christmas

Sylvia & Mike

Don and Ginny wish all Rotarians

wish everyone a Happy Christmas



Inner Wheelers

New Year

a very Happy Xmas and New Year

CHEERS ! to Temperance HAPPY CHRISTMAS Michael Sutton’s Cellars

Happy Christmas and New Year, Best Wishes Tony & Yvonne

eMerry Christmas and Best wishes for the New Year to all our Rotary friends and Partners Christmas Greetings from Trevor & Natasha Branton

Peter and Sarah Adolphus wish all the members and their families a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years

Greetings to all our Rotary friends Pam and Charles

Merry Christmas to all Rotarians and their families Best wishes for the holiday period and wishing you a healthy and happy 2020 Nick & Tracey Hindmarsh

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Mary Burden

From Lin and Keith Trevor & Marion wish you all a Healthy New Year

Karen and I wish all Rotarians, partners and families a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year Richard

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

Editor (& Mrs Proof-reader)

Merry Christmas

Season’s Greetings to all members and their families, with thanks for your support during this year

and a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New year to all Jim & Sue Murray

Trevor Hartley

Martin and Julia would like to wish their friends in Rotary a Happy Christmas and New Year

Yuletide Greetings to all Inner Wheel

and Rotary friends Lyn and Bernard

Chris and Enid wish all Bob & Marion wish all Rotarians and partners a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and successful New Year

our friends in Rotary a Happy Christmas and a healthy and

prosperous New Year Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year to all

With best wishes for a happy and Fulfilling Christmas & New Year Martin & Dee

Roger & Justine


YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER The entries are in and 100 photographs have been printed for display and judging.

Under the guidance of Club members Father Christmas arrived safely in Royal Avenue Gardens. What a joy to see the wonder and delight in the children's eyes as they chatted to him in the Christmas Grotto. Along with earlier donations the Club raised £378.30 before costs on the Friday from the hot chestnuts. Unfortunately the Saturday CandleLit Market had to be cancelled, due to predictions of severe weather conditions. Our participation in a shortened Lantern Procession went ahead and raised a further £50, making £428.

They can be viewed for a week at The Cube at Dartmouth Academy once volunteers have lined them up and mounted them. If you can help with this, please get in touch with Trevor Branton a.s.a.p. The judging and prize-giving will take place on 10th December at 3.30pm at The Cube, Dartmouth Academy, and the winners in each category will receive gift vouchers. Carol HartFletcher and Ginny Campbell have been asked to be the judges. This year’s theme is “Through My Eyes” and there are lots of lovely interpretations of this theme. If you can, please go along and see them all. You will be rewarded by some uplifting photos. They are also available to see, although a lot smaller, at -dartmouth-young-photographer-entries/ In fact it’s easier to go to our own website and follow the links

INTERPLAST has supported the people of Samoa since 1983 and recently returned to undertake further surgery and training. Generously supported by funding from the Rotary Club of Mornington, Australia, the experienced Interplast team were able to conduct 134 patient consultations and 60 surgeries. For Ropati, his surgery was lifechanging and gave the gift of sight. Ropati has Neurofibromatosis Type 1. This congenital condition results in the growth of multiple tumours along the nerves of his body. For the past few years, a neurofibroma has been growing above his right eye completely blocking the vision on that side. Unfortunately, this means Ropati has been living quite an isolated and lonely life. He works on a remote farm, and basically kept away from other people. Thankfully, a gener ous relative had ‘adopted’ and together they visited the Interplast team to see if anything could be done. A local sur-

geon treated Ropati over a year ago, but with limited success so he needed prompt surgical intervention again. Interplast volunteer surgeon Associate Professor Damian Marucci assessed Ropati and felt confident that he could be assisted during the Interplast visit. Working with local surgeon Dr Posani the surgical team undertook the challenging tasks of reducing the size of the neurofibroma on the upper right eyelid. Together, the surgical team removed as much of the tumour as they could, and the surgery was successful. Thankfully, Ropati’s vision from his right eye was still functional, and so once the swelling decreases Ropati is expected to see out of the eye again for the first time in many years. The Interplast surgical program in Samoa was supported by the Rotary Club of Mornington and the Pacific Islands Program through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


Our Sports Officer Bernard Young is a little disappointed by our players’ quest for gold in the Bay Sports, and lack of consideration for our long-suffering opponents. So, at the last Business Meeting he presented his manifesto with a strong commitment to losing the title in the coming year, to thunderous applause.

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STN In its lifetime, the International Space Station has been home to 236 astronauts, including British ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Major Tim Peake. Six astronauts aboard the ISS complete between 15 to 16 orbits of the earth each day. It is visible from earth at the moment (weather permitting) in the evenings. It approaches us from the western horizon and can be seen on Monday, December 2nd at 5.26pm and Wednesday December 4th at 5.25pm. and is visible for roughly four minutes. For the rest of the journey it slips into the earth’s shadow and is no longer lit by the setting sun. On both of these occasions the supply vessel CYGNUS is also visible as it tries to make contact and re -supply the Space Station. On Monday it is 2 mins behind the ISS and on Weds it is 30 mins behind. Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle the first scheduled Cygnus resupply mission arrived at the space station on January 12, 2014. The capsule carried Christmas presents and fresh fruit for the astronauts.

QUOTATION “Whiskey has killed more men than bullets, but most men would rather be full of whiskey than full of bullets.” Winston Churchill

“May your troubles be less, May your blessings be more, and May nothing but happiness come through your door.”

Perhaps that gives an idea of how long it takes Santa to unload all those Christmas presents ?

ANSWER TO PUZZLE The two are asparagus and rhubarb.

AT CHRISTMAS TIME JUST REMEMBER THIS: “Adultery is a sin. You can’t have your Kate and Edith too !”

MINUTES OF THE BUSINESS MEETING HELD ON 21st NOVEMBER 31 members present with President Martin Judd in the Chair President’s report; Young Photographer - 99 photos now submitted (3 per applicant) Members were encouraged to visit and view the entries. Meeting restructuring survey will go back to Club Council before being issued to all members. Council approved the extra £200 to St Clement’s Church Hall to match the District ‘Matching Grant’. We are no longer giving Dictionaries4Life but are considering another presentation gift. Three schools have signed up for Youth Speaks. Martin J and Nick H commented on Peter Shaw’s request for help in getting fund raising events up and running. The Fund Raising sub committee come up with the ideas, so it is up to other members to lead and run the event. These members should be getting involved with the sub committee at an early stage. In future, discussions will be held at the Business Meeting on individual fund raising events, how they are to be organised and who is helping. Nick H on the Service Projects Committee; Vice Pres Nick had spoken with Graham Webb, Chair of Dartmouth Community Chest about the van presentation. PR release will be out soon. As many members as possible to attend the presentation event please. Meeting closed at 13.55

GREETINGS CARDS A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who joined in with a smile for this traditional Xmas fund-raiser.

As of today’s printing of the “Dartboard” it has brought in £275 for our Charity Account. None of this income goes towards the printing costs. That all comes out of our normal club subs.

So, thank you all very much for helping with this small project. HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL

ON-LINE CALENDAR is available at


What’s On

3 Dec

Totnes Christmas Market

4 Dec

Babbacombe & St Marychurch Christmas Dinner

5 Dec @ 1pm

Speakers: Nicola Perrott & Dave Wibberley, (Dartmouth Academy)

7 Dec

PhysioNet run to deliver medical implements/walking frames, etc

8 Dec @ 1pm

I W Lunch to mark 60 years of Dartmouth IW.

10 Dec @ 3.30pm

Young Photographer Exhibition & judging

12 Dec @ 1pm

Election Day Fellowship

13 Dec @

Christmas Party at the Venus Café, Blackpool Sands

18 Dec @ 7pm

Carol Service at St Saviour’s;

19 Dec @ 1pm

Business Meeting

26 Dec & 2 Jan


9 Jan @ 1pm

“My Job” talk by Tim Cronin

9 Jan @ 6.45pm

Council & Cttees at Stoke Lodge

16 Jan @ 1pm

Business Meeting

23 Jan @ 1pm

Fellowship & visit by RC of Torquay

30 Jan @ 7.30pm

Meeting with partners at Stoke Lodge Hotel

4pm Tea at Scout Hut Council & Cttees (after voting)

(RC of Kihei-Wailea Xmas Party, Hawaii)

(Past Presidents’ Wine Day) (Bay Sports Ten-pin bowls in evening)

Contributions can be emailed to

DRINKING He who drinks gets drunk He who gets drunk goes to sleep He who goes to sleep does not sin He who does not sin goes to heaven So lets all have a drink and go to heaven

Till next year, I remain, Dumb-founded, Yours, David

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