On Sunday, 17th I was invited to join President Ian and members of Heswall Rotary to have lunch at the Ship at Parkgate at their farewell function with their Danish friends from Varde Rotary Club.
The contacts between Varde and Heswall started in 1967 – meeting up every two years in alternative countries. The visitors had enjoyed great Rotary friendship visiting the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, ferry across the Mersey, The Albert Dock, the Cavern Club, Liverpool museum, Saturday evening party and lunch in Parkgate before leaving for Manchester Airport
The car is getting used to the journey down to mid-Wales and Monday night we drove to Bala to meet up with President Norman and a select few of the Bala Rotarians.
Since forming the satellite club in March, Bala and Penllyn appear to have turned a corner and are now looking to the future with renewed confidence. I was delighted to meet their new lady member Jay who really seems to be fitting in well. What a difference 12 months can make in a Club – when they formed their satellite they joked 13 enthusiastic new Rotarians and 13 suicidal. President Norman has a great sense of humour.
Tuesday evening off to Winsford and Middlewich and how fantastic to meet up with three new members and hear about all their plans for their forthcoming annual bonfire night/firework fundraiser.
This means that nobody will be able to attend District Conference but I guess you just cannot win them all.
It was good to see visiting Rtn John Stopford who was a member of this club.
Wednesday 20th – off on the train from Warrington (work) to Lime Street, Liverpool to meet up with the five members of the Vocational Training Team who were arriving from London Euston on the 3.19 train.
Their DG had telephoned me from Australia one day recently – to thank D1180 for hosting the team and told me what exceptional young people they were. He had described them well.
They were a great team and after a warm D1180 welcome and photos we arranged for them to be transported by taxi to St. Vincents School where they were staying. Great that District Foundation Chair Dave, Secretary Martin along with PDG Les Wilson were part of the welcoming party.
Back to work Wednesday afternoon, then a drive to Crewe and Nantwich Weaver Rotary to be welcomed by President Terry. A good turnout and especially great to see President Elena, Secretary Sarah and Mark from Bentley Cheshire.
This club have undergone visioning and are really looking at their Rotary experience, trying to adapt to change to satisfy their own members whilst helping to attract new members to ensure their legacy continues.
After my presentation one of the members came to tell me that he wasn’t going to have bothered turning out tonight – especially as it was the DG attending but he had enjoyed my presentation and was very glad he had attended. How nice was that?
Full on this week: Thursday was a trip to Liverpool West Derby Rotary to celebrate their Charter night at Devonshire House.
President Lynn looked lovely to welcome her guests: the High Sheriff of Merseyside and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Malcolm Kennedy and his partner, Lilliana. Guest speaker was Dr. Kevin Jones who had the audience in tucks of laughter.
Lynn read out a verse she had written (see end of blog) and gave her guest a copy in a frame. Such a lovely gesture along with a delightful bouquet of flowers which were really appreciated.
Friday morning there were a few hours to catch up on some paperwork and emails – the last 10 days seem to have been a constant trail of emails. I think it is September and everyone has gone back to “Rotary” (school). Will I ever get to the bottom of this workload I wonder??
A drive out to Llandudno to the Llandudno Bay Hotel as guests of D1070 District conference – with DG Christ Davies and her husband Dr Jim.
Tony and I were hosted by AG David Morris and his wife Margaret – such lovely Rotarians to be with and who looked after us so very well.
On Friday evening I was first on stage – welcoming 640 delegates to the International District 1180 and giving everyone an insight into our District. This was followed by great entertainment – The Foxgloves, comedian Jamie Sutherland and Judith Hubert.
Up and out early to the Cymru Centre and listening to some very inspirational speakers – Wild Life Trust, Dr. Tim Mackrill – Ospreys, RIBI President Denis, Rotaractor Chris Wells and HM Queen Elizabeth’s Chef, Colin Alderson . In the evening everyone was very quickly on the dance floor dancing to the Beachy Boys.
The bed pulled on Sunday morning, but breakfast and then packing up and off to Portmerieon to join President Beryl Clark and members of Mawddach Rotary for their 12th Charter event.
The theme was boaters, blazers, pastels and parasols and everyone had entered into the spirit of the event (except the weather – it absolutely poured down) Anyway it did not dampen our spirits. The meal was exceptional and it was lovely to meet up with 6 Rotarians from Lippetal Rotary in Germany who had flown over specially to be with `Mawddach. President Bettina gave a touching speech – Brexit or not and gave me a small present which was so thoughtful. Entertainment was by Chris King from Wednesbury. It was a truly fabulous and very memorable afternoon.
A little verse written by President Beryl – Mawddach Rotary:
FOR THE CAUSE THAT NEEDS ASSISTANCE
FOR THE WRONG THAT NEEDS RESISTANCE
FOR THE FUTURE IN THE DISTANCE
AND THE GOOD THAT WE CAN DO
Another week and away on Monday to a celebration of the life of Rtn. Michael Hovey who passed away just recently. Such a lovely man and a true Rotarian who will be sadly missed by his wife Hannelore and members of Rhos on Sea Rotary.
The timings worked out well as I was able to continue my day at Colwyn Bay Rotary lunchtime meeting at the Cricket Club.
President Terry welcomed me and conducted their business meeting.
A few hours rest and then off to the Fox and Grapes for the Hawarden satellite meeting.
A bit disappointing with the turnout tonight but we always make good use of every situation.
Next meeting at the end of October. A leaflet drop is beckoning to work alongside facebook entries.
Tuesday 26th saw a drive up the M6 motorway to join the meeting of Maghull and Aughton Rotary at their new venue – The Scarisbrick Arms where we met up with the Vocational Training Team (VTT) from Australia. Leisa, Karein, Lyle, Delia and Shelley (Karen had to call off through illness).
A warm welcome by President Kevin followed by a delicious meal and then the presentation by the VTT team. This gave us all an insight into Queensland Australia, their culture and education and a little about our visitors.
The team had enjoyed good Liverpool hospitality since we met them at Lime street Station and were buzzing about their University visit.
To end the evening members of the U3A Ukulele band entertained with some all time favourite tunes. Home very late but hubby was still up following his attendance at the Disitrict Service Group Chair meeting.
Wednesday, 27th, was a Membership evening meeting with a huge difference. Chair Tony had decided to open up the meeting to anyone interested in membership. There had been a few unable to attend but all in all over 40 attendees, representing many clubs.
There were presentations by Chair Tony, Paul Cotton, Dr John Patterson, Les Wilson, Roger Heath, and committee members Tony Marchant Stubbs (statistics analysis), Doreen MS and Kirsty C on RIBI leads, a real buzz around the room and a very successful, inspirational meeting. There were so many ideas, so much to do and in the vote of thanks I suggested ‘ lets not just talk about membership, lets get on and do something about it’. Go forth and multiply!
Thursday: Club visit to Tywyn – it is approximately 90 miles to Tywyn but the scenery on the journey is well worth the 2 ½ hours travelling time from work. The autumnal tints, tones and shades are just spectacular.
President Nancy and Graham were waiting at the entrance to greet us.
It was good to meet up again with Rotarians whom I recognized from Race the Train a few weeks ago and was able to offer my congratulations to the Club for the successful annual event and thank them for the huge donation that they made to our Rotary Foundation.
At the end of the meeting Rotarian Stephanie wanted to know a lot more about the formation of a satellite club in Tywyn as she has many young friends whom she thinks would like to put something back into society and would be ideal for Rotary 2 light.
Although I was not able to attend I would like to congratulate Flint and Holywell Rotary club on chartering a Rotakids Club at Whitford. This was attended by Youth Service Chair David Brigden and Rtn Steve Blakesey
On 29th September, Formby 50th Anniversary event, in the presence of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Vice President Debbie Hodge, President George and members of Formby Rotary celebrated fifty years of Rotary service
A special evening, spent with friends of Rotary. Lovely to see Formby Squirrels Rotarians having plenty of fun and laughter.
Enjoyable entertainment by Swing Classics entertainer Alan Cross
Saturday, 30th September: Willaston and South wirral Musical extravaganza. This is a small club but they know how to put on a party. We enjoyed Simon, the Village Barber, along with Reina from Flint and there was even a special visit by Elvis.
Plenty of fun – with a delicious chilli supper served by the members. Beryl and Tony even won the best dancers!! Strictly – here we come!!
1st October: Meeting up with the 2nd VTT Visit – 6 Doctors from the Philippines and a guided tour of Liverpool City Centre with PDG Les Wilson
Sunday morning – train to Liverpool Central to meet up with PDG Les Wilson and Rtn John McIlroy to welcome the VTT from the Philippines.
It was an action packed day visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool followed by the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
After coffee, we visited all the popular landmarks in Matthew Street, Liverpool to include a whistle stop tour of Beatle Land – though we did not enter the Cavern but spotted plenty of “characters” on our journey
PDG Tony joined us for a roast beef family meal at the Hanover Social Club.
After lunch we all walked down to the Waterfront and the ‘3 Graces’ before catching the train back home with our friends travelling back to Chester.
They plan to be very busy the next few days at the Chester University attending a seminar to enhance their technical knowledge in the operation and management of the Human Milk Bank (HMB) in their respective hospitals in the Philippines (7 in all).
Another week and another month – sadly over in a flash.
A Rotary Ditty – written by President Lynn Duffy, Liverpool West Derby Rotary
Somebody said, There is a big year ahead
So we’ll climb the heights if we can
Still, I never quite knew, honest it’s true
That an abseil was prt of the plan!!
But , as I stood there in hope, clinging on the rope
I knew it would all turn out well
And my family and friends would be there at the end
To catch me, if I fell!!
IT WAS A DAY TO BE SAVOURED, AS I STOOD THERE WITH DAVID
With our nerves, a little on edge,
But I truly believed, it could all be achieved
Once we climbed over the edge!!
So high on that steeple, I thought of the people
Who’d helped us along the way
Like our High Sheriff, Stephen, who’s joined us this evening
With his lively wife Gill, his PA!
Yes, I conquered the peril, thanks to Dsitrict Governor Beryl
Who, I’m proud to say, with delight,
With Mayor Malcolm and Lillana, we have the great honour
To welcome on this special night!!
It’s a pleasure to work it, with Alan Birkett
Charlotte Reilly, and so many more
And we all love the bones of our Doc, Kevin Jones
Who’ll have us in stitches, I’m sure!!
Yes, I’m pleased to say, we’ve come a long way
With folk like yourselves around
We’ve climbed the heights, but from now on, I might
Keep my feet firmly on the ground!!
So a great big ‘Thanks’ to you all, one and all
The Rotary Club is blessed
A ‘Toast” to you, in all that you do,
You really are “Simply the Best”!!