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Edition  10  –  Winter  2012  

The  Breakfast  Club  Newsletter  of  Worcester  Vigornia   Rotary  Club  –  District  1100  -­‐  RIBI  

Lunch  with  Lord  Digby  Jones  raises  £15k+  for  Worcestershire   Breast  Unit  Campaign  

Lord  Digby  Jones  with  Rtns  Linda  Baylis  and  Helen  Cameron  

 


Contents   Contents  ...............................................................................................................................................  2   Good  work  all  round!  ...........................................................................................................................  3   Interact  Clubs  .......................................................................................................................................  4   Young  Citizen  Award  ............................................................................................................................  5   Everybody,  Somebody,  Anybody,  and  Nobody  ....................................................................................  6   Viggy  Vole  goes  to  Antwerp  .................................................................................................................  6   Cover  Story  –  Lord  Digby  Jones  Lunch  ..................................................................................................  8   The  Big  Quiz  ..........................................................................................................................................  9   District  Skittles  ......................................................................................................................................  9   Catering  for  Breakfast  ..........................................................................................................................  9   Where  I've  been  .................................................................................................................................  10   Guests  at  Breakfast  .............................................................................................................................  10   Christmas  Breakfast  ............................................................................................................................  11   Welcome  to  New  Members  ...............................................................................................................  11   Stop  press!  ..........................................................................................................................................  12   Vigornia  Young  Writer  Finalists  ..........................................................................................................  12   Will  it  ever  come  true?  .......................................................................................................................  12   My  Chance  ..........................................................................................................................................  13   Footsteps  ............................................................................................................................................  14   A  Visit  to  Another  Club  .......................................................................................................................  15   Rugby  helps  End  Polio  Now  ................................................................................................................  16        

 

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ly l Po s … y   a s Good  work  all  round!    

It  was  great  to  see  so  many   Rotarians  not  only  from   Vigornia,  but  also  from   Evesham,  Ledbury,   Worcester  and  Worcester   Severn  join  us  for   President’s  Night.    It  was   also  a  treat  to  see  so  many   of  our  friends  from   Worcester  Lions,  with  other   family  members,  friends   and  guests  including  District   Governor  Elect  David,  and   District  Governor  Nominee   Jan.       A  president  has  some  very   nice  duties  to  perform,  and   on  this  night,  I  asked   everyone  to  raise  their   glasses  to  Vigornia’s  Service   Projects  Committee  who   have  risen  to  the  challenge   of  developing  community   service  this  year.       All  of  the  Rotarians  in  the   room  knew  that  Vigornia   took  the  lead  on  Christmas   parcels  for  the  first  time  in   2011  –  a  huge  community   project  –  it  was  a   resounding  success;  just   look  at  the  figures  below   and  you  will  see  what  I   mean.       For  Christmas  parcels,  all   five  Worcester  Rotary  Clubs   join  together  to  collect  non-­‐ perishable  goods  to  give  to   people  in  need  in   Worcester.    Between  us,  we   delivered  approximately  

6,000  empty  bags  one   weekend  and  collected   nearly  2,000  full  of  goodies   the  next.       Our  sortation  centre  at  the   Rugby  Club  saw  a  military   style  operation  with  full   bags  emptied  and  sorted  so   that:   •

10,000  assorted  tins  of   soup,  beans,  fish,  meat,   veg,  fruit  and  puddings  

Some  1,000  packs  of   biscuits  

Around  1,000  boxes  of   teabags  and  the  same  of   mince  pies    

Plus  1,000  Christmas   puddings    

Joined  2,000  sundries  to   be  re-­‐sorted  into  equal   sized  Christmas  parcels   Rotarians  took  their   allocated  bags  and   delivered  them  before   Christmas.    Many  people  in   Worcester  who  would   otherwise  not  have   celebrated  Christmas  did  so   because  of  the   contributions  of  generous   Worcester  people  and  the   sterling  work  done  by   Rotarians.   Now  here’s  something  that   isn’t  widely  known  as  yet;   our  New  Generations   committee  have  had  a   phenomenal  success  this   year.  They  have  increased   the  opportunities  for   youngsters  in  Worcester  to   gain  recognition  for  their   •

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skills  and  talents   dramatically.       We  now  have:   •

A  Vigornia  young  citizen   and  nine  entries  for  the   national  competition  

A  young  chef  who  won   the  district  semi-­‐final  

Three  young  writers    

Three  young   photographers  went   forward  to  the  district   competitions    

The  breaking  news  is   that  one  of  our  young   writers  won  the  district   final  and  is  through  to   the  national   competition   We  have  succeeded  in   bringing  Rotary   competitions  to  schools  and   colleges  that  have  never   joined  in  before.  The  Rotary   Clubs  in  Worcester  have   agreed  to  work  together  to   promote  these   competitions  next  year  and   plans  have  been  made  for  a   Team  Technologies   Tournament  in  2013.    With   the  singing  in  the  choir  at   The  Lawns  with  Worcester   Lions  and  other  projects   under  way  our  target  of   increasing  community   service  this  year  will  be  met.   The  Lord  Digby  Jones  lunch   at  Sixways,  featured  on  the   front  of  this  edition  of   Vigornia  Voice,  was  another   resounding  success.  The   final  figure  is  not  yet   •


available  but,  (when   everyone’s  paid  up),  the   likely  anticipated  total  is   close  to  £20k  for  the   Worcestershire  Breast  Unit   Campaign.    Well  done  to   the  teams  who  organised   and  promoted  this  event.  

Interact  Clubs  

 

By  Celia  Gardner   You  don’t  have  to  wait  until   you  are  an  adult  to  enjoy   the  benefits  of  being  a   Rotarian.    Interact  Clubs  are   for  12-­‐18  year  olds.   Within  our  local  area  there   is  already  a  club  functioning   at  Pershore  High  School.     They  are  supported  by  their   local  Club  and  Rotarians   attend  the  weekly   meetings,  offering  guidance   and  support  to  the  young   people  as  they  run  their   own  club.    In  return   Pershore  Interact  Club   supports  the  fundraising   activities  and  social   activities  of  their  host  Club.   Worcester  Vigornia  has   been  cultivating  a   relationship  with  Chantry   School  in  Martley.    This   school  has  young  people   from  the  age  of  11  to  16   and  they  are  already  a  force   for  good  within  their  local  

community.    In  addition,   last  year  they  supported  our   Focus  on  the  Crocus   campaign  and  donated   £700  for  the  End  Polio  Now   project.   The  Headteacher  and  a   school  governor  are   interested  in  starting  an   Interact  Club  in  Martley.     Pat  Owen  (the  governor)   has  visited  Pershore  and   seen  the  way  they  organise   their  meetings  and  the   relationship  the  school  has   with  the  local  Rotary  Club.     We  are  taking  things  at  a   steady  pace  as  Chantry   School    has  many  and  varied   fundraising  activities   already  and  we  think  that   the  advantages  gained  from   running  a  formal  club,  along   with  fundraising,  will  add  a   new  dimension  to  the   curriculum.    There  are  also   opportunities  for  the  young   people  to  join  with  other   Interact  Clubs  by  attending   rallies  and  camps  within  the   UK  and  abroad.   Once  Chantry  Interact  Club   is  functioning  there  will  be   opportunities  for  Worcester   Vigornia  Members  to  take   an  active  part  –  being  on  a   rota  to  visit  their  meetings   or  being  guest  speakers  or   encouraging  them  with   their  entrepreneurial   ventures  for  fundraising.     The  opportunities  are   endless.  

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If  you  know  of  any  students   at  Chantry  encourage  them   to  support  this  venture.      

 

Can  you  see  ten  faces  in  this   tree?    

   

District  Mini-­‐Convention:  21   March  –  Thistle  Hotel,   Cheltenham  –  Golden  Valley   roundabout  on  A40    

District  Conference:  21-­‐22   April  –  Bristol  City  Centre  -­‐   £20  registration  fee  –   Festival  of  Rotary  22  April  –   College  Green,  Bristol   http://www.rotary-­‐ ribi.org/districts/homepage. php?DistrictNo=1100  for   more  information    


Young  Citizen  Award   By  Barbara  Chapman  

  Centre:  Liam  Mackin  with  all   nominees  for  Vigornia  Young  Citizen   2012    

An  email    “We  are  hoping   you  would  be  interested  in   organising  the  Rotary  Young   Citizen  Award  for  2012”   certainly  presented  me  with   new  challenges!    I  admit  to   being  “reluctant”  and  had  it   not  been  for  some  “arm-­‐ twisting”  by  a  certain  Club   President,  I  am  sure  my   answer  would  have  been   “No”!   Having  said  “Yes”  I  sought   more  information.  I  learnt   that  RIBI  Young  Citizen   Award  was  a  project   conceived  by  RIBI  with  BBC   News  24  in  2007.    It  is  a   national  award  that   recognises  young  people   under  25  who  have   demonstrated  their   commitment  to  citizenship   through  various  activities   and  is  for  individuals  or   groups.  All  nominees  get   certificates.    The  5  national   prize  winners  receive  a   trophy  and  £500.    Every   year  this  award  is  presented   live  on  the  BBC  News   Channel  from  the  Annual  

RIBI  Conference.    (For   previous  winners  see  

www.ribi.org/youth/young-­‐ citizen-­‐awards).    Unlike  other  

youth  competitions   organised  by  RIBI  it  is  not   split  into  age  groups.  There   was  scant  information   about  “criteria”  too!    On   contacting  RIBI  I  was  given   the  advice  “if  you  think  they   are  worthy,  nominate   them!”    Initially,  it  was  one   nominee  per  Rotary  Club,   but  even  that  changed   during  the  year!      The   Service  Projects  Committee   agreed  we  should  make  a   presentation  to  our  local   winner.     Where  was  I  going  to  find   my  “local  heroes”?    I   scoured  the  local  papers,   and  within  a  week  I  had  a   cutting  and  a  “name”.      A   press  release  was  issued   asking  for  nominations,   unfortunately  the  article  in   the  local  paper  was  very   small  and  I  missed  it.     Schools,  colleges,  charities,   churches  and  youth   organisations  were  also   approached.        Members   also  circulated  the  form,   and  slowly,  the  nominations   started  to  arrive  until  by  the   end  of  December  I  had  nine.     The  Service  Projects   Committee  had  the   unenviable  task  of  reducing   9  to  3  and  as  a  Club  you   then  voted  for  our  “local   hero”.    The  irony  is  that,  the   person  you  selected,  Liam   5    

Mackin,  was  “the  name”  I   had  seen  in  the  paper  in   week  one.     On  6th  February,  The  Mayor   of  Worcester,  Councillor  Dr   David  Tibbutt,  hosted  our   presentation  in  the  Mayor’s   Parlour.  The  Mayor   presented  each  nominee   with  a  Certificate  of  Merit   before  announcing  the   winner  Liam,  and   presenting  him  with  the   cheque  and  trophy.    It’s   been  challenging  at  times   but  so  worthwhile  when  at   the  presentation  I  not  only   had  delighted  nominees  but   appreciative  relatives  who   said  simply,  “it  was  nice  that   all  the  nominees  had  been   recognised  for  what  they   were  doing.”    And  one  Mum   added  “I  didn’t  realise  my   daughter  was  special,  I   thought  what  she  did,   helping  at  home,  looking   out  for  her  school  friends   with  physical  difficulties   whilst  participating  in   school  activities  was  what   all  kids  did”.   All  nine  nominations  will  be   now  be  forwarded  to  RIBI   for  consideration  for  the   national  award,  I’d  love  one   to  win.     We  plan  to  hold  this  award   annually.    Personally,  I   would  love  to  see  it  grow   from  these  9  youngsters  to   including  those  in  the  upper   age  range,  so  need   nominations.    If  you  hear  of  


a  potential  young  citizen   candidate,  please  let  me   know.    In  a  city  the  size  of   Worcester  I  was  stunned   that  we  only  received  nine,   albeit  wonderful   nominations.  

Viggy  Vole  goes  to   Antwerp   By  our  International   Correspondent  Viggy  Vole  

Everybody,  Somebody,   Anybody,  and  Nobody   This  is  a  little  story  about   four  people  named   Everybody,  Somebody,   Anybody,  and  Nobody.   There  was  an  important  job   to  be  done  and  Everybody   was  sure  that  Somebody   would  do  it.   Anybody  could  have  done   it,  but  Nobody  did  it.   Somebody  got  angry  about   that  because  it  was     Everybody's  job.   Everybody  thought  that   Anybody  could  do  it,  but   Nobody  realised  that   Everybody  wouldn't  do  it.   It  ended  up  that  Everybody   blamed  Somebody  when   Nobody  did  what  Anybody   could  have  done!   (Source:  Anon,  traditional)  

The  Moral?  Communication  is   often  more  complicated  than  it   first  seems  –  yet  good   communication  is  essential  for   projects  to  run  smoothly  and   deliver  the  benefits  desired.  

  I  like  to  travel  

Greetings  from  Antwerp,   yes,  I  am  still  here.  I  opted   to  stay  with  Anke  and  take   the  title  of  International   Correspondent  for  Vigornia.   Why  did  I  decide  to  stay,   well  read  on…       Day  1  –  we  joined  the  M5   and  Auntie  Ali  said  “We’re   doomed,”  as  we  sat  in  a   queue  of  slow  moving   traffic.  The  others  said   “Don’t  be  silly.”  You  may   have  heard  on  the  Travel   News  that  the  M6  was  a   nightmare.  The  internet   advised  us  of  a  20  minute   delay.  How  wrong!!     We  arrived  at  Liverpool   airport  2  hours  late  just  as   the  flight  was  taking  off.    As   Auntie  Polly  said,  “There’s  a   parking  space”  there  was  a   strange  noise  from  the  car   and  Uncle  Ian  said,  “The   clutch  has  gone.”  Auntie   Polly  thought  he  was  joking.   Reality  kicked  in  when  three   Vigornians  and  a  Vole   pushed  the  car  into  a   parking  space!   6    

Rather  than  spend  a  night   enjoying  the  Liverpool   nightlife  we  booked  on  a   flight  to  Amsterdam.    We   transferred  hotel  bookings   from  Antwerp  to   Amsterdam.    Uncle  Ian  rang   the  AA  to  give  them  notice   that  we  would  need   recovering  on  Sunday  night.   We  told  Anke  what  had   happened  and   enjoyed  a   needed  drink.     The  hour  flight  to   Amsterdam  went  OK  and   we  enjoyed  another  drink  at   the  hotel.   Day  2  –  we  headed  back  to   the  station  and  told  Anke   our  arrival  time.    We  found   that  the  direct  high  speed   train  had  been  cancelled   and  we  had  to  change  at   Roosendaal.    Auntie  Ali   laughed.    A  trip  of  two   hours  turned  into  two  and  a   half.    Auntie  Polly  updated   Anke.    On  the  train,  Uncle   Ian  and  Auntie  Chris  started   talking.    A  Dutch  man   fiercely  said  “This  is  a  silent   coach!  NO  talking!!”  and   pointed  to  the  words  on  the   window  –  Silence  and   Silente.  We  were   speechless!!!     After  changing  trains,  we   eventually  arrived  in   Antwerp  and  met  Anke  who   greeted  us  with  Belgian   chocolates.    Very  tasty!  


The  travellers  arrive  in  Antwerp  and   meet  Anke  

We  booked  in  at  our  second   hotel  then  went  for  a  drink.    

  Auntie  Ali  enjoys  a  rare  beer  (!)  

We  told  Anke  all  the  news   about  Vigornia  and  she  told   us  about  her  new  job.  Then   we  had  to  have  a  hot  waffle   with  chocolate.  Yum!  We   spent  a  lovely  sunny   afternoon  on  a  2  hour   guided  tour  of  Antwerp,   learning  about  the  history.   It  was  very  interesting  and   thanks  to  Anke  for   arranging  it.    

 

Afterwards  we  went  for   another  drink  as  you  can   see  in  the  picture.    

  Me  with  Anke  and  Auntie  Chris,  Anke   kindly  gave  me  a  drink  

Anke  booked  us  into  a   restaurant  for  our  evening   meal.  The  meal  was   fantastic.  Afterwards  we   went  to  another  bar.  It  was   a  pleasantly  warm  evening   and  a  good  job  too.  Five   drinks  arrived  and  Auntie   Chris,  while  busy  talking,   managed  to  knock  two   glasses  of  wine  over  all  of   us!  We  all  got  wet  except   Chris.  Auntie  Ali  laughed.   Day  3  –  The  Vigornians  met   for  breakfast  and  Auntie   Chris  decided  she  wanted  a   boiled  egg.  She  cracked  it   open  only  to  find  it  oozing   everywhere,  uncooked!     7    

She  hadn’t  noticed  the   coddling  machine.    She   wasn’t  alone,  Auntie  Ali   noticed  other  residents  also   falling  foul;  Auntie  Ali  just   laughed.   After  breakfast  we  walked   through  the  city  and   eventually  arrived  at  Anke’s   home.    We  buzzed  Anke   and  made  our  way  up  to  the   first  floor.    We  knocked  on  a   door,  no  answer.    The   neighbour  came  out  from   across  the  landing  and  told   us  that  door  was  the  fire   escape!    We  continued  up   to  the  third  floor  where   Anke  was  waiting  in  her   lovely,  spacious  apartment   complete  with  balcony.   Anke  spoiled  us  with  some   wonderful  food  and   hospitality  and  I  decided   that  I  liked  it  here.    Auntie   Polly  said  I  could  stay  and   tour  Europe  with  Anke  for  a   while.    Yippee  –  I  don’t  have   to  travel  home  with  those   four!!   We  then  went  for  a  walk   and  saw  the  Red  Light   district.  Uncle  Ian  was   shocked.    Auntie  Ali  just   laughed.      We  visited  the   MAS  a  huge  structure  on   the  waterside.  


The  MAS  

Ten  floors  up  it  boasts   panoramic  views  across   Antwerp.     Afterwards  Anke  took  us  to   The  Chocolate  Line  where   we  saw  chocolate  being   made.  We  all  bought  some.     Auntie  Chris  bought  a   chocolate  letter  A  for  a   friend.    She  said  “I  must  be   careful  with  this”.    We  said   our  goodbyes  and  the   Vigornians  did  some  more   sight  seeing  and  drinking.       Whilst  waiting  for  the  bus,   Auntie  Chris  danced  on  the   chocolate  letter  A!    Rustling   and  crunching  was  followed   by  shrieks  of  “Oh  no”,   expletives  and  head  shaking   from  Auntie  Polly  and   laughter  from  Uncle  Ian.     Auntie  Ali  was  doubled  up   laughing.   On  the  way  to  the  airport,   Uncle  Ian  said,  “Where’s  my   camera?”    He  had  left  it  in   the  hotel!    Phone  calls  were   made  and  the  hotel   confirmed  the  camera  safe  

and  Anke  agreed  to  collect   it  and  sort  out  its  return.     The  Vigornians  boarded.   The  cabin  crew  had   problems  doing  the  head   count.    This  delayed  the   taxiing  bit.    The  take  off  was   then  further  delayed   because  an  earlier  plane   had  flattened  a  rabbit  on   the  runway!   The  Vigornians  eventually   landed  at  Liverpool.    The  AA   were  called,  “It  will  be  an   hour,”  came  the  reply.    A   local  recovery  truck  arrived   and  took  half  an  hour  to   load  the  car  on  the  truck.    In   the  cab  the  driver  said,  “I’m   just  going  to  get  you  to  the   other  side  of  the  car  park   barrier  and  wait  for  the   AA.”    The  four  were   speechless.    But  not  for   long.  Far  from  happy,  Uncle   Ian  got  on  the  phone  and   eventually  the  driver  was   allowed  to  take  the  four  as   far  as  Lymm  Services.     Day  4  –  It  was  well  past   midnight  when  the   Vigornians  left  for   Worcester  on  another   truck.    The  four  arrived   home  at  3.45  am.    Nearly   four  hours  late!   Meanwhile,  I  was  asleep  in   Antwerp  with  Anke.    Until   my  next  report,  farewell.   Viggy  Vole  xx  

Cover  Story  –  Lord   Digby  Jones  Lunch   Friday  13th  may  not  be  the   best  date  for  an  event,  but   what  a  great  afternoon;  lots   of  generous  people,  an   interesting  and  thought-­‐ provoking  talk  from  Lord   Digby,  a  decent  lunch,  and  a   great  contribution  to  the   Worcestershire  Breast  Unit   Campaign.      

 

Well  done  to  Linda   (pictured  here  with  the   raffle  team)  and  the   organising  team  for  all  their   hard  work,  thanks  go  to   Sixways  a  great  venue,  a  big   thank  you  to  Steve  Lloyd  for   compering  the  event  and  to   John  Gibson  for  a  fun  and   fundraising  auction.    Thanks   also  to  Mike  Henley  who  is   a  past  master  of   photography  and  adept  at   making  people  feel  relaxed   and  look  their  best  in  his   pics.    

 

 

Nina  Franks  with  Rtns  Howard   Nicholls  and  Hannah  Edwards  

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The  Vigornia  raffle  ticket   team  had  fun  talking  to  the   guests  with  great  results,   thank  you  to  all  of  them   with  a  special  mention  for   Celia  Gardner  who  dealt   with  the  tearing  and  folding   of  tickets  and  the  counting   of  monies.    Thanks  also  to   all  the  Rotarians  and  friends   not  mentioned  in  person   here,  the  list  could  go  on  ad   infinitum!    All  contributions   were  noted  and  we   sincerely  thank  all  involved.     A  huge  THANK  YOU  to  all   the  guests  for  coming  along   and  supporting  the  event.   As  the  cash  mounted  up  we   all  got  more  and  more   excited,  as  Kathy  said,  a   couple  of  events  like  this  in   a  year  would  be  marvellous   for  Vigornia’s  charities.    The   last  I  heard  around  £15,000   has  been  raised  with  the   probability  of  this  figure   growing  as  the  accounts  are   completed.   None  of  this  would  have   happened  without  the   determination  of  Deborah   Tomkinson,  the  woman   who  met  Digby  Jones  on  a   cruise  and  talked  to  him   about  breast  cancer  and  the   Worcestershire  Breast  Unit   Campaign.    

attracted  a  room  full  of   eager  quizzers.  Much  fun   was  had  by  all.    Thank  you   Ali  for  organising  this  fab   event.    

 

The  brain  behind  the  event,  Deborah   Tomkinson  with  her  daughter,  Alice  

After  quite  a  search  for  a   Rotary  club  prepared  to   organise  the  event  at   Sixways,  Deborah  found   Vigornia.    Vigornians  were   enthusiastic  about  the   prospect  of  a  lunch  with   Digby  and  in  just  three   months  the  volunteer   committee  took  the  idea   from  concept  to  reality   demonstrating  what   working  together  can   achieve.     This  event  will  make  a  huge   difference  to  the  total   raised  for  the   Worcestershire  Breast  Unit   Campaign  this  year.    And  all   because  people  know  they   can  trust  Rotarians  to   organise  an  event.   Make  a  difference?    You   bet.    Well  done  team.  

The  Big  Quiz  

 

The  Big  Quiz  Night,   organised  by  Ali  Chambers,   9    

District  Skittles   Much  fun  was  had  by  our   skittles  team  in  matches   against  our  District  1100   Rotary  competitors.    Sadly,   despite  Bryan  Vaughan’s   encouragement,  we  did  not   get  through  to  the  final.     Better  luck  next  year   Vigornia!  

Catering  for  Breakfast   By  Judy  Owen  

Could  I  just  have  ..?    Could  I   change  my  mind  ..?   How  many  full  English?     How  many  fresh  fruit?    How   many  eggs  and  bacon?    How   many  scrambled  eggs?    How   many  beans  on  toast?    How   many  teas?    How  many   toast  only?  How  many   coffees?  What  time?    How   many  staff?     Who  said  catering  was   easy?       The  list  is  endless  and  so   easy  to  get  wrong.    Like  any   business,  profits  have  to  be   made  and  with  the  very   strict  health  and  hygiene   laws  of  our  country  much  of   the  profits  spent  keeping  up   with  the  legal  requirements.     One  bad  mistake  and  the   livelihood  is  gone.    How   many  other  businesses  do  


you  know  that  are  so   critical?    The  food  has  to  be   prepared  in  a  spotless   environment  according  to   laws  that  govern   professional  kitchens,  it  has   to  come  out  of  the  kitchen   fresh,  looking  good,   smelling  good,  hot,  on  time   and  hopefully  in  the  hands   of  a  smiling,  clean  and  tidy   person.    All  very  scary  and   much  more  complicated   than  most  of  us  realise.   Next  time  you  call  the   waiter  or  waitress  over  and   say  “could  I  just  have?”  or   “could  I  change  my  mind?”   remember  what  is  likely  to   be  going  on  behind  the   scenes  and  be  a  little  more   understanding  of  the   pressures  that  will  be   lurking  behind  the  doors  of   the  kitchen.  

Where  I've  been   I  have  been  in  many  places,   but  I've  never  been  in   Cahoots.    Apparently,  you   can't  go  alone.    You  have  to   be  in  Cahoots  with   someone.   I've  also  never  been  in   Cognito.    I  hear  no  one   recognises  you  there.   I  have,  however,  been  in   Sane.    They  don't  have  an   airport;  you  have  to  be   driven  there.    I  have  made   several  trips  there,  thanks   to  my  friends,  family  and   work.  

I  would  like  to  go  to   Conclusions,  but  you  have   to  jump,  and  I'm  not  too   much  on  physical  activity   anymore.   I  have  also  been  in   Doubt.    That  is  a  sad  place   to  go,  and  I  try  not  to  visit   there  too  often.   I've  been  in  Flexible,  but   only  when  it  was  very   important  to  stand  firm.   Sometimes  I'm  in  Capable,   and  I  go  there  more  often   as  I'm  getting  older.   One  of  my  favourite  places   to  be  is  in  Suspense!    It   really  gets  the  adrenalin   flowing  and  pumps  up  the   old  heart!    At  my  age  I  need   all  the  stimuli  I  can  get!   I  may  have  been  in   Continent,  and  I  don't   remember  what  country  I   was  in.   It's  an  age  thing.  It  must   have  been  a  rainy  area   because  my  feet  were  wet.  

  District  Governor  Martin  Greaves   gave  an  interesting  talk  about  bring   up  a  child  with  learning  difficulties  

               

 

It  is  always  a  pleasure  to  see  District   Governor  Nominee  Jan  Harris    

  Sophie  Hunt,  seen  here  with  parents   Steve  and  Elizabeth,  gave  a  most   engaging  talk  about  her  time  in  Africa  

Guests  at  Breakfast  

  Tim  Mason  told  us  all  about  the   District  1100  eClub,  great  information   about  ‘make  up’  sessions  for  when  a   club  breakfast  is  missed.    See  the   eClub’s  website:  

http://1100eclub.wordpress.com/ make-­‐up-­‐information    

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  Honorary  Member  David  Bryant   asked  us  to  take  part  in  the  RIBI   video,  all  agreed  and  the  video  was   filmed  at  the  End  Polio  Now  Rugby   Match  


Christmas  Breakfast  

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Lee  Gough  –  Walk  on  the   hills  

Organised  by  Catherine   Steele,  the  Christmas   breakfast  saw  many  of  our   friends  and  families  join  us   to  celebrate.    

Charlie  Robinson  –   Organiser  and  MC  at   Charter  evening    

Barbara  Chapman  for   Young  Citizen  

And  finally,  to:   All  Vigornians  –  for  being   you  

Special  commendations   were  made  to:       Friends  and  families  joined  us  for  our   Christmas  celebrations  

Mike  Henley  –  all   photographs  

Celia  Gardner  –  Foundation   Bryan  Vaughan  –  Sports   Officer  (quiz  /  skittles)  

Polly  gave  President’s   Christmas  Awards  to:    

Denise  Mylechreest  –   behind  the  scenes  /  Brunch  

Lucy  Hodgson  for  her  work   on  Young  Chef

 

Ali  Chambers  –  keeping   records  

We'll  never  forget  the  extraordinary   singing  from  the  Vigornia  Choir  and   Jenny  Morecroft’s  carol  

Lance  Turner  –  Ghost  walk  

Welcome  to  New   Members  

Judy  Owens  –  Measure   Charlie    

Sue  Fitzjohn  for  the   fabulous  bulletin  sotto  voce

Elizabeth  Hunt  –  EPN  recipe   book

  New  member  Lisa  Bartrip  -­‐  welcome  –   good  to  have  you  with  us  

   

Steve  Hunt,  Stephen   Hodgson  and  Ian   Chambers,  for  organising   the  Christmas  parcels  

Kathy  Leather  –  singing  and   support  for  events  

 

 

Catherine  Steele  –  this   wonderful  breakfast   11    

Welcome  to  new  Rotarian  Grant   Simmonds  sponsored  by  Founder   Member  of  Vigornia  Lee  Gough,  seen   here  with  President  Polly  and   President  Nominee  Linda  Baylis  in  the   background  


Stop  press!   Vigornia  young   photographer  Hannah   Dixon  of  Lyppard  Grange   Primary  School  was   awarded  ‘runner  up’  prize  in   the  District  Young   Photographer  competition.     Well  done  Hannah.  

Vigornia  Young  Writer   Finalists   Kelly-­‐Anne  Archer,  a   student  at  Worcester   College  of  Technology,  has   won  both  the  Local  and  the   Rotary  District  RIBI  Young   Writer  Award  and  is  now   through  to  the  National   final.      

  Rebecca  Kelly,  Student  Support   Services,  Worcester  College  of   Technology  with  student  Kelly-­‐Anne   Archer,  who  is  through  to  the  finals  of   the  RIBI  National  Young  Writer   Competition  

The  competition,  organised   by  RIBI,  is  open  to  young   writers  between  the  ages  of   11  and  17  years  and  covers   two  themes  –  Olympic  Spirit   or  Olympic  Dreams  –  and  is   part  of  the  prestigious   London  2012  Inspire   programme,  providing   opportunities  for  young   people  all  over  the  country   to  be  part  of  the  2012  

Olympic  Games.    The   contest  is  also  part  of  the   RIBI  New  Generations   Programme.   The  club  level  competition   was  organised  in  Worcester   by  the  Rotary  Club  of   Worcester  Vigornia.  Her   entry  was  then  submitted  to   the  Rotary  District  where   again  she  came  out  top.   Kelly-­‐Anne’s  poem  ‘Will  It   Ever  Come  True?’  is  based   on  the  theme  ‘Olympic   Dreams’  and  is  about  a   young  paraplegic  who   dreams  of  winning  an   Olympic  race  with  the  help   of  an  artificial  limb     She  has  had  her  poetry   published  before,  her  poem   “Pinhole  of  Light”  was   based  on  her  late   grandmother  who  was  blind   save  for  a  pinhole  of  light.     As  an  Explorer  Scout,  Kelly-­‐ Anne  works  with  the   Honeybourne  Cubs  helping   them  to  get  their  badges   and  is  currently  working   towards  her  Platinum   Award  and  Queen’s  Scout   Award.  She  hopes  to   become  a  nursery   teacher/manager  and  has  a   placement  at  a  nursery.   President  Polly  Robinson  of   the  Rotary  Club  of   Worcester  Vigornia  said:   “Worcester  Vigornia  are  as   thrilled  as  Kelly-­‐Anne  that   she  has  made  it  to  the   National  finals  and  wish  to   12    

thank  Rebecca  Kelly  of   Student  Support  Services  at   the  College  for  her  help  in   promoting  the  New   Generations  Competitions   to  students."   The  three  finalists’  entries   for  the  RIBI  Young  Writer   Competition  are  shown   below  and  in  the  following   pages.  

Will  it  ever  come  true?   By  Kelly-­‐Anne  Archer   (Senior)   Worcester  College  of   Technology   When  I  was  young  I  noticed   I  was  different,   My  parents  would  say  I’m   special,   As  I  grew  tall  and  strong  I   noticed  one  thing  missing,   But  that  shouldn’t  stop  me   surely??   People  often  didn’t  accept   me;  it  was  a  push  to  fit  in,   Until  they  saw  how  well  I   was  at  my  running,   You  run  but  how  they  would   ask?   Then  I’d  show  them  my  limb   and  they’d  often  gasp,     It  was  a  unique  fit  unlike  no   other,   Allowing  me  to  pick  up   speed  and  be  able  to  last,   To  begin  with  it  hurt,  it  was   extreme  pain,  


But  I’m  a  fighter  meaning   no  pain  is  no  gain,  

…   I  wake  up  in  a  hot  flush  a   wide  smile  on  my  face,   It  was  all  a  dream  but  it   proves,  

  I  call  it  the  bounce  it’s  not   like  the  norm,     It’s  like  a  stretched  spring.   The  speeds  I  reach  feel  like   a  dream,   No  one  ever  thought  it   would  happen,   I  proved  those  bullies  wrong   from  the  past,  and  in  a  race   I  never  finish  last,   I  feel  like  I  reach  the  speeds   of  a  cheetah  at  heart,   The  adrenaline  kicks  in  and   there’s  a  gun  shot  to  start,   Thump  bounce  thump   bounce  down  the  track  I  go,   The  crowds  screaming,  and   flashes  of  colour   surrounding,   My  heart  pounds  and  the   beads  of  sweat  dribble   down  my  face,   I  step  over  the  line  finally   realising  I’ve  completed  the   race,   It  finally  kicks  in  as  I  stand   tall  and  proud,   The  crowd  singing  along   with  me,  my  national   anthem,   I  have  won,  it  all  worked   out!!  

I  can  finish  that  race!  

My  Chance       By  Izzy  Martin  –  Aged  10   (Junior)   Gt  Witley  CE  Primary  School  

I’ve  always  wanted  to  be  an   Olympic  swimmer;  it  was   my  goal  since  primary.  It  all   started  at  my  very  first   swimming  lesson  when  I   was  five.  I  loved  swimming.   The  soft,  smoothness  of  the   water,  and  gorgeous   turquoise  blue.  I  was  in  love   with  it.  From  then  on,  I   dreamed  of  being  an   Olympic  swimmer.   However,  I  never  thought  it   would  come  true...   Another  day  teaching   youngsters  swimming:    but   was  this  what  I  really   wanted?  Well,  no.  Teaching   young  people  remind  me  of   when  I  was  younger,  like   them.  It’s  a  lovely  job,  but   it’s  not  for  me.  “Katie!   Come  on,  stop   daydreaming,  you’ve  got  a   class  to  teach!”  cried   Michelle,  my  manager.  I   walked  over.     I  started  teaching.  It  ended   quickly  (time  flies  when   you’re  having  fun!).  I  waved   to  Michelle  and  walked  off.   13    

Almost  immediately,  my   phone  beeped.  I  had  a  text   from  Luke,  my  friend.  It   said:   “Hi  Katie,  I  have  a  friend   that  is  an  Olympic  manager   and  I  have  arranged  it  that   you  are  going  to  the   swimming  trials  on  January   the  21st  2012.  Hope  you’re   pleased!  Luke”.   Motionless,  I  recalled  what   he  had  posted.  A  place  in   the  trials?  Wow.     I  had  tears  in  my  eyes.  Such   a  kind  friend...   After  training  from  7:30am   till  9:30am  and  5:00pm  till   6:30pm  every  day  I  was   exhausted:  but  ready.  It  was   the  day  of  the  trials.   Terrified,  nervous,     overwhelmed  –  is  it  possible   to  feel  all  these  different   emotions  at  the  same  time?   The  speaker  above  me  cried   out  “Heat  4,  IM’s”.  That’s   me...     I  walked  towards  the  pool.  I   stepped  in.  I  breathed   deeply.  “On  your  marks...   get  set...GO!”  cried  the   judge.   Ferociously,  I  started  with  a   massive  push.  It  was  all  up   to  me.  Only  one  person  was   infront  of  me.  I  had  to  come   first.  Using  all  my  energy  I   swam  with  all  my  might,  like   an  almighty  tiger  running   for  his  prey.  I  was  there.  I   came  first!  Yes!  I  had  made   it  through  to  the  Olympics!  I  


was  on  cloud  nine...  the   feeling  was  unexplainable!   However,  it  wasn’t  over  yet.   I  still  needed  to  win  the   Olympics  in  a  few  months!     Training  for  the  next  few   weeks  was  hard.  I  pushed   myself  every  minute  and   even  beat  a  record  for   fastest  front  crawl  length!   By  the  end  of  the  1st  week  I   was  exhausted!  But  I  still   carried  on,  eager  to  win.   Over  one  hundred  lengths   every  day...it  was  tough   alright!   I  inhaled  sharply.  What  was   going  to  happen?  Oh,  it’s   my  turn.  As  I  make  my  way   towards  pool,  once  again,    I   reminded  myself  why  I’m   doing  this:  for  me,  my   family  and  my  friends.   Powerfully,  I  leapt  like  a   dolphin  swiftly  into  the   water  and  started   swimming.  I  was  nearly   there.  I  was  in  front.   Almost...  nearly  there...  I   was  there!  I  won!  I  won  the   gold  medal!   And  finally,  a  second  entry   in  the  Junior  category,   which  Worcester  club  put   forward.  

Footsteps   Name:  Rosanna  Martin  Age:  8    (Junior)  

Gt  Witley  CE  Primary  School  

Hi  I’m  Natty.  

My  mum  goes  for  a  run   every  day.    When  I  was  11,  I   started  to  go  with  her.  I’m   18  now.  My  Mum  won  the   400m  run  at  the  Olympics  in   1992.   I  really  want  to  follow  in  her   footsteps.     Today  it’s  soaking  wet.    I   might  have  to  miss  my  run   today  unless  I’m  allowed  in   the  gym.  I  found  out  that  it   was  free  to  go,  so  I  went   there  to  run.  When  it  was   time  to  leave  my  best  friend   Ellie  came  to  see  how  I  was   doing.  She’s  17  and  her   birthday  is  tomorrow     When  I  found  out  she  may   be  getting  a  horse  I  was  so   excited  for  her.  I  didn’t   know  what  to  say,  though   something  blurted  out  of   my  mouth.  And  I’m  not   quite  sure  if  it  was  a  good   thing  or  a  bad  thing.   Anyway  here’s  what  I  said  “I   hate  horses.”  I’m  so  afraid   that  she  might  not  like  me   anymore.   But  she  does  because  I   explained  it  all  so  she   understood.  When  I  got   home  I  found  out  that  I   passed  my  driving  test.  But  I   didn’t  decide  to  get  a  car   yet  because  I  can  run   wherever  it  is  that  I  want  to   go.  I  went  up  to  my  room,   it’s  yellow  with  loads  of   posters  on  the  wall.  I  love   writing;  it’s  my  favourite   subject.  On  Wednesday  it   14    

was  pouring  with  rain  so  I   went  to  the  gym  and  ran   around  for  a  bit.     It  was  2012  and  nearly  the   Olympics.  Ellie  came  along   but  didn’t  tell  me,  so  she   was  watching  me  all  along.   Then  she  phoned  up  the   people  who  chose  who  goes   in  the  Olympic  running   races  and  asked  if  they   could  come  and  watch  me.   So  they  did.  They  came   along  to  see  me  and  gave   me  the  chance  to  run  in  the   Olympic  running  races.  I   couldn’t  think  of  anything  to   say.     I  started  going  for  2  hour   runs,  it’s  so  tiring.  Every   time  I  came  back  from  a   run,  I  had  to  have  a  very   long  drink.  I  mean  it,  a  very   long  drink.  I  won  all  of  my   trials  so  I  went  through  to   the  proper  Olympic  races.  I   was  so  scared,  my  legs   started  shaking.  Believe  me   or  not  there’s  millions  of   people  there.  I  couldn’t   believe  I  was  about  to  run   on  the  track  of  the  stadium.   I  put  my  foot  on  the  stand   behind  me,  and  pushed  off   as  hard  as  I  could.  I  started   running  but  not  as  fast  as   could  because  I  wanted  to   leave  that  oomph  for  the   end.  Soon  I  heard  the  beep   for  2  more  laps  so  I  sprinted   forward.  I  had  to  be  fast   otherwise  I  would  lose.  I   was  in  the  lead  when   someone  came  in  front  of  


me.  I  didn`t  win.  I  came   second.  At  least  I  took  part.   I’m  so  happy  I  did  it.    

him  to  progress  in  this   competition’.  As  the   successful  Young  Chef  he   goes  forward  to  the  next   level  of  the  competition,   which  is  held  in  Stroud  in   March.    

  Claire  Foster,  Daniel  Foster,  Polly   Robinson  and  Chef  Richard  Brighton  

  The  A  team  of  pancake  racers  –  semi-­‐ finalists  on  Shrove  Tuesday!  

Worcester  Young  Chef   wins  District  Semi   Daniel  Foster  from   Christopher  Whitehead   Language  College  won  the   second  stage  of  the  national   Rotary  competition  that   took  place  Thursday  9   February  in  Monmouth.   The  judging  is  based  around   the  menu  choice,  the  way   the  young  chefs  work,  the   skills  shown,  the   presentation  of  the  table   and  the  look  and  taste  of   the  dishes.  The  judges  were   impressed  with  the   standard  of  food  cooked   and  the  skills  used  by  the   entrants.     Head  of  the  food   technology  department  at   Christopher  Whitehead   Language  College,  Richard   Brighton,  said  ‘Daniel  has   worked  hard  and  practised   his  menu;  it  is  a  ‘healthy   option’  meal,  which  is  part   of  the  judging  criteria.    It’s   great  that  Worcester   Vigornia  Rotary  has  helped  

Daniel’s  Menu   Starter:     Carapaccio  of  Salmon  with  a   Watercress  Salad  and   Grapefruit  Segments   Main:     Chicken  Breast  wrapped  in   Parma  Ham  and  Winter   Vegetables     Pudding:   Eves  Pudding  with  Honey   and  Citrus  Sauce    

The  winner  of  the  Rotary   Young  Chef  2011,  run  in   association  with  Filippo   Berio,  visited  Filippo  Berio’s   famous  olive  groves  in  Italy   to  gain  a  full  understanding   of  Mediterranean  cooking   and  the  key  role  olive  oil   plays  within  it.    Previous   winners  have  gone  on  to   work  in  world-­‐famous   restaurants.      

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  Daniel  preps  food  for  the  competition  

Daniel’s  finished  menu  

A  Visit  to  Another  Club   By  Denise  Mylechreest   October  2004  

While  visiting  the  Ukraine   on  a  tour  to  commemorate   the  150th  Anniversary  of   the  Charge  of  the  Light   Brigade  and  to  see  the  sites   of  the  battles  of  the   Crimean  War,  a  visit  to  a   meeting  of  the  Rotary  Club   of  Yalta  proved  an   interesting  interlude.   I  was  not  a  Rotarian  then   but  Murray  had  found   through  the  International   Rotary  Directory  that  there   was  a  Club  in  Yalta  and  he   contacted  the  Secretary  by  


e-­‐mail  and  had  received  an   encouraging  reply.   However,  it  was  only   through  a  chance  sighting  of   a  Rotary  pin,  worn  by  a   customer  in  the  bar  of  our   hotel,  that  we  found  out   where  the  Club  met  –  at  the   hotel  where  we  were   staying!  (The  directory  had   given  a  different  venue   which  could  have  led  to  a   very  wild  goose  chase.)   Deciding  to  miss  a   performance  of  a  Russian   Navy  Choir  –  and  dinner  –   we  arrived  at  the  meeting   place  in  good  time.  We   found  an  empty  room   furnished  with  a  conference   table,  chairs  surrounding  it   and  a  neat  row  of  bottles  of   water  on  the  table.  At  6  pm,   on  the  dot,  the  Rotarians   arrived  together,  about  10   of  them  –  all  male.   Clearly  unaccustomed  to   foreign  visitors,  they  were   curious  about  Rotary  in   Britain  and  the  rest  of  the   world.  Any  agenda  they   might  have  had  was   abandoned  and  the  meeting   became  a  question  and   answer  session  as  we  were   quizzed  about  projects,   programmes,  conferences   and  conventions.  This  took   time  as  few  spoke  any   English,  and  Russian   (spoken  in  that  part  of  the   Ukraine)  was  literally  a   foreign  language  to  us.  The   only  member  with  a  

working  knowledge  of   English  was  the  long-­‐ suffering  Secretary  who   translated  most  of  the   conversation.     The  Rotary  Club  of  Yalta   was  quite  new  at  that  time   and,  like  all  the  Clubs  in  the   former  Soviet  Union,  had   been  re-­‐formed  after  the   changes  in  Eastern  Europe   in  the  1990s.  The  President   and  at  least  3  other   members  were  doctors,   some  retired,  a  reminder   that  Yalta  had  been  a  place   where,  in  the  days  of  the Tsar,  the  aristocracy  spent   the  summer  and  where,  in   Communist  times,  trade   unionists  went  to   convalesce.  Another   member  was  an  artist  who   seemed  to  us  to  represent   the  new  Ukraine.  He  had   converted  a  old  building   into  a  gallery  over  a  wine   shop  and  cellar  in   collaboration  with  the  local   wine  makers  where  we   spent  an  afternoon  of   fellowship  viewing  the   exhibits  and  sampling  the   product.    

Rugby  helps  End  Polio   Now  

  Honorary  Member  Murray   Mylechreest  and  our  Secretary   Denise  Mylechreest  collect  donations   for  End  Polio  Now  at  the  Rugby  

The  Rotary  Club  of   Worcester  Vigornia  raised   an  impressive  £1600  at   Worcester  Rugby  Club’s   game  on  Friday  24th   February.   Warriors  donate  a  Charity   Lounge  at  their  games  and   Worcester  Vigornia  Rotary   shared  the  event  with   Colwall  Rotary  Club.  The   money  was  raised  from  the   sale  of  120  tickets,  a  raffle   and  sales  of  badges  on  the   evening.   Organiser  John  Gibson   thanked  the  Warriors  on   behalf  of  Vigornia  and   stated  that  he  hoped  that   this  could  become  an   annual  event.      

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Forthcoming  Events  

  Another  open  mic   opportunity  for  all  you   creative  types!      We  will  be   confirming  whether  free   parking  is  available  a  little   closer  to  the  time.    All  being   well,  we’ll  see  you  there  for   a  great  night.    Why  not  don   your  Roman  fancy  dress  for   the  night?    Good  food   provided.    Bring  your  own   drinks.  

Pit  your  wits  on  the  Vigornia   GPS  Challenge!    See  you  at   the  Bear  &  Ragged  Staff  on   Sunday  11  March  11am.

 

   

_______________________   Don’t  forget  to  book  your   place  for  Worcestershire   Night  with  Denise  –  tickets   just  £27.50  –  Worcester   Racecourse  –  25  April  2012   19:30  for  20:00  –  Black  tie  

 

Get  ready  for  the  Easter   Parade.  Dust  off  your   topper  or  titfer,  decorate  it   and  be  ready  to  parade   along  the  High  Street.     There  are  four  categories,   children  up  to  11,  12-­‐17   year  olds,  adults  and  even   one  for  dogs  –  prizes  for  the   winners  and  great  fun  for   everyone!  

and Worcester Vigornia Rotary

LUDI CEREALES A ‘ROUND THE CAMPFIRE’ CELEBRATION OF SPRING g Sprin s Storie

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Join us at Hillcrest for an open mic evening around the campfire. Gods must bring their own milk, honey and wine; mere mortals get chili and dunking bread for supper!

£7.50 each Please tell us Bring your own drinks. you’re coming so food can be prepared Free parking at Severn House / and pay on night – Mercia Fine Foods fancy dress WR2 5TR encouraged!

THURSDAY 12 APRIL 2012 – 18:30 FOR 19:00 START For more details contact vvedit1@gmail.com or 01905 339433

 

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Some  examples  of  the  photos  from  our  Vigornia  Young  Photographers  –  both  are  runners-­‐up  in   the  District  Young  Photographer  competition  –  well  done  and  congratulations  to  Leah  Kainey   and  Max  Willcock  from  Bishop  Perowne  CE  College.   Max  Willcock  –  Year  10  

Leah  Kainey  –  Year  9  

 

   

 

   

   

       

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