2nd October The conference 2017 team met on site at the Lion Quays Hotel. The whole team were in attendance and we met up with Anastasie our hotel conference manager who answered any of our queries.
Numbers attending the conference are looking great but I cannot stress enough how important it is to register before the day. That way we will have a badge prepared and lunch ordered. I was a bit alarmed when visiting a club recently that they said they were just going to arrive on the Saturday.
Have you got your French themed outfit ready for Allo Allo? If not, casual attire is perfectly acceptable! All speakers have confirmed and we are looking forward to enthusing you all and offering an inspirational and very happy conference. The Saturday Gatzby themed dinner and ball should be an event to remember. Don’t forget it is YOUR conference – come and enjoy it and make some new friends.
3rd October was a Rotary business day – we had a Governors Continuity meeting followed by District Executive with a full house of attendees (Governor Team and all 10 AGs)
5th October – off to Wallasey Rotary to meet up with the Austrialian VT team again and hear how they were getting along.
President Bill Wyllie and his members made everyone very welcome and after their presentation everyone was encouraged to “stay on” for questions and chat with the team. IPP Bennett Quinn thanked the DG for saying a few words but he went back to his own year and called me Molly.
This was certainly no problem to myself – I have been called all sorts of names over the years but his fellow Rotarians really wanted to pull his leg about this. Sorry Molly but I had to borrow your name.
Friday 6th: Up like the lark and off to Liverpool City for their 7.30 a.m. meerting at Ziferblat, Liverpool. I was going to go on the train but with the rail strike the day before and Lime Street Station undergoing building work I decided the car was the best bet to get to work on time later. It’s a long time since I had visited this club – back in the day when Rachel was given her very large Rotary badge and some charters following so it was really refreshing to see them working as a Club in these fantastic premises.
It was certainly worth getting up at 5 am for !! Lots of plans, lots of banter and a great feeling that the members really enjoy their Rotary meetings.
Membership recruitment will be addressed in the near future. President Jon accepted that it had not been their no. 1 priority but intended to rectify this sooner rather than later. What impressed me were the membership opportunities in the City – so many opportunities to be grabbed at. At 9 a.m. after a very short presentation by myself (I think President Jon forgot I was there) everyone dashed off to work or to go about their daily business.
It was good to have a Saturday evening free but alas I just flopped in front of the goggle box instead of catching up with the paperwork. (Had to catch up on several episodes of Casualty – my favourite and watch a few recordings of “Liar”
Sunday was spent on admin and finishing off Beryl’s Times.
CEO of the Welsh Mountain Zoo as his guest speaker – who gave a potted history of the development of the zoo. I really must visit sometime!!
The true highlight of the evening was hearing Ellis Thomas who was a National Finalist in the RIBI Young Musician Competition play two pieces on the piano -absolutely magical.
It was a most enjoyable evening with the ladies being presented with a small gift.
Also, President George Price from Rhos on Sea gave me the flowers he won in the raffle which was a lovely gesture.
Tuesday – 10th on a journey to Chorley to a funeral of PDG David Bennett D1190. He was DG when Tony was Governor 2007/08. David had fought cancer for 2-3 years but it finally got the better of him and he leaves a lovely wife Linda. It was good to see so many of the DG class of 2007/08 present at the funeral in support.
Down the M6 Motorway for the DG Visit to Rhyl Rotary Club . It was good to sit in the bar and have a chat with some of the members prior to the meeting. The club meet at the Faenol Fawr Hotel and are well looked after. President Keith allowed me plenty of time to address the members of Rhyl, going through the three major strategic priorities of the Rotary year 2017/18 and I told them a little story which holds plenty of morals that can be related to Rotary.
On Wednesday 11th, I find myself at the door of Prenton Golf Club to celebrate the charter night with West Wirral Rotary. I don’t think I had seen such a gathering of Club Presidents since PETs
President Elect Training Seminar). Everyone commented on the meal – duck – made quite a change! I had the pleasure of sitting by President Ian Pentin from Heswall and the speaker – a young woman who in an inspiration to everyone.
Congratulations President Cees on a well organized event.
Thursday 12th – Club Visit to Crosby. Although I have visited the Pioneer for a membership meeting I had actually never been to the Club and so it was a real delight to meet up with President Alan Dean and the members. Tony was with me as he had been asked about giving information on setting up a satellite so it was a BOG – OF (buy one get one free)
Friday – a special evening celebrating 90 years of Rotary with Prestatyn Rotary at the Beeches Hotel. President David Smith welcomed the Major of Prestatyn and his guests. Lovely to meet up with PN Gareth and Catrin from Rhyl Rotary (recently engaged);
Gareth is doing really well as a local Councillor. (I can see a future prime minister here!!).
Presdient Kevin Scott from Maghull and Augton and his wife Sussanne had travelled over the water to join Prestatyn and help them celebrate 90 years.
PDG Griff Jones managed to be present, though not looking too well; everyone appreciated that his daughter and son in law had accompanied him. It meant such a lot to him to be present to celebrate the 90 years Anniversary of the club.
Saturday – back down the A55 to Bangor – where it was lovely to see “old friends”. PDG David Wynne Jones and his wife Gill looking well along with DGN Bob looking fab in his white dinner jacket. Guest speaker was Mike Yates International Chair from District 1285 who gave a presentation on the polio immunization programme in India and how he had become involved.
Sunday 15th – Foundation Seminar at the Beaufort Park Hotel, New Brighton, Mold was attended by 49 clubs from our District who received the Memorandum of Understanding. This is a very important day in the District calendar and so important that our members understand and support our Rotary Foundation.
This year, District Trainer Ged, assisted in the organisation of the day and facilitated. He, also, gave an excellent presentation to assist especially new Rotarians or new Foundation chairs a greater understanding. Presentations were given by Dave Barton, our very knowledgeable Foundation Chair, Doreen Marchant stubbs who explained about District Grants. Registration and admin is taken care of by Treasurer/Secretary Martin Williams. I heard a lot of excellent feedback – which is what we want from all our District events.
To mark the centennial of the Rotary Foundation Tony Marchant Stubbs put forward a proposition on a District Global Grant under the focus of Water and Sanitation, to supply water wells in Uganda. Much research had been done and our members would need to raise £3,000 to make this happen. A straw poll was taken and everyone was in favour of this proposal going forward to District Council.
In writing I want to tell you a little bit about the RIBI Banger rally which will take place. I am looking for a Rotarian in our District to head up the District’s involvement. We need a central location where a gazebo can be erected and for four days we need to man the Check – Point (by Rota) from 10 – 5 p.m. All involved in the banger rally will be encouraged to visit as many Districts as possible, get their Rotary log book signed and end up at a final point in Yorkshire. Anyone interested in heading this up and knows of a central location in our District? Might be good for a group of clubs to work together on this project – anyone got an interest in “old” bangers??