Well, after lots of turkey and mince pies and a good old rest (that means watching box sets on the TV of an evening) it was really good to be back on the road again as DG D1180!
Actually, the first week in January was still very quiet although eventful. It started off with a General Council webinar at 8 a.m. on Wednesday 3rd January. A date I won’t forget as I got caught in a police speed radar on my way into work. Ah well, have been travelling that route for the past 35 years so perhaps time was up! Now I shall be attending a speed course.
After a Thursday evening bridal fayre, I managed to get to the Greyhound Pub in Saughall to see some of my club members at an informal meeting. Friday evening, 5th January: although not a Rotary event I attended St. Asaph Cathedral to hear the New Sinfonia. There were several Rotarians at the Cathedral It was truly amazing hearing all these young people play in an orchestra. My first visit to St. Asaph Cathedral.
8th January – the year really began with a meeting at The Coffee Roast Cafe in Wallasey to meet up with members of Penny Bridge Satellite Club. This meeting was also attended by several members from Wallasey Rotary, including President Bill, AG Ray and Manojit to name but a few. Chair Cassandra, assisted by Liz took the meeting and it was good to hear the plans and aspirations of these new Rotarians. Membership is now 16 and they assured me they have four potential new members in the pipeline so we have booked the date of 30 June for their Charter Event. This will be a Charter Celebration with a difference so I very much look forward to this. I think there should be some carrot cake there as this was served by Raj & Manojit at their home – the very first meeting of the satellite club.
Tuesday – out to Crosby to meet up with Rotarian Geraint Short from Crosby Rotary, prime mover of the formation of Crosby Rotary 2. We met up with four potential new members and Geraint assures me he has another four potential members who are planning to attend the next information meeting. He is really rising to the 13 week challenge. Watch this space for Rotary 2 in Crosby.
Wednesday evening – 10th January: heading up the M58 to Ormskirk Clocktower.
Sadly President Sue had the dreaded “lergy” so the meeting was ably taken by PE Alan Tickle. The venue – the delightful Aviary Restaurant – where I met up with Matthew, his teacher and parents, the winner of the Ormskirk Clocktower young chef competition. Matthew had overseen the preparation of the meal in the kitchen at the Aviary and they had used his winning recipes. Also great to meet up with a potential new member Mark who AG Julie had recruited from the Christmas collection at Tesco – all you have to do is engage people and ask… I hope to hear Mark has joined Clocktower very soon and look forward to sending him a “Welcome to Rotary D1180 letter”
11th January – attended a business meeting at Saughall and all members had Dropbox training from Rtn Terry.
Friday, 12th – a social visit with Llandudno Rotarians to visit the Assembly member Janet Stringer at her constituent office in Madoc Street. Good to see AG Terry and Barbara there and Llandudno Rotarians who are planning the launch of a new satlellite club in Llandudno. We wish them every success with this venture.
Sunday 14th – a day of rest but our DGE Steve and Maria start the RI Leadership Assembly in San Diego and we hear the new theme for 2018/19 – Be an inspiration. Photos of Steve and his classmates on facebook take me back 12 months and make me realize that the Rotary wheel rapidly keeps turning. Only 6 months to continue to “Make a Difference”. So much work to be done.
15th January – Tony had an appointment with Andrew Errington at Premier Foods in Moreton but Tony was really poorly with the dreaded lergy. I went instead and had a productive meeting with Som. The evening meeting at Toxteth was postponed by Rtn Humayun so needs to be rescheduled.
Tuesday, 16th – off to Caernarfon to meet up with Adrian Ford – who was a Rotarian in Dorset and who is helping form a new satellite club. Very much appreciated the support of DGN Bob and Kate Maskall. We have outlined a marketing plan and watch this space for a new Rotary Club in Caernarvon.
Arrived home to a layer of snow and there were high winds in the night. Not looking forward to the very early start in the morning in this weather….
6 a.m. on Wednesday 17th a text came through from DGE Steve in San Diego.
It was like an early wake up call as I was fighting getting my leg out of bed to get up to travel over to Wrexham Yale Rotary for their business meeting. Unfortunately President Barry did not make the meeting because of the weather – well we later found out he was still on Barbados time!! but PE `Peter took over. There was a very happy atmosphere and, you know, despite the worry when they lost their meeting place, they have really done well to find their current morning venue and it is a win win situation. I hope that I was able to enthuse, inspire and praise the club. Indeed, lovely to see IPDG Molly and to be able to thank her for her continued support. AG Hywel was also present so I could thank him for his work in District and P/P Andy was acknowledged publicly for the work that he undertook in producing the Conference 2017 Programme handbook.
Friday 19th – I had been invited to the Hilton Hotel by Dr John Patterson, Liverpoool St Vincents Rotary but due to an important work commitment I could not attend and was delighted that DGN(D) David Hartley attended on my behalf.
His report follows: ‘It was as recently as last Friday I represented DG Beryl at the presentation to the Lord Mayor of Liverpool of the artwork depicting the Great War created by the pupils of St Vincent’s School for Visually Impaired. At the centre of the artwork is the Rotary rondel. I was privileged to be amongst over 260 Headteachers from around the country as well as many dignitaries. Not only was the artwork on display but a SIghtbox too. This has again been created by the school. They are trying to send these aids for the Visually Impaired throughout the world. In fact last Friday morning Rtn Angela Williams of Chester Riverside, an Ambassador for Sightbox, delivered one to The Gambia.
Friday 19th – supporting Oswestry Borderland and other Oswesty clubs at their private showing of the film Breathe. At the Kinokulture Centre Rotarians collected for the End Polio programme before and after the screening and President Sherie was busy selling purple crocus. I just happened to have some of the new A6 membership leaflets in my handbag and ensured everyone leaving the cinema knew a little bit more about Rotary. The film was enthralling and if you haven’t seen it, I truly recommend it.
Monday 22nd off to accompany Tony who had been invited to Bebington to speak in more detail about Satellite clubs , following my DG visit just before Christmas when the seed was sewn.
Once again, a very warm welcome and Tony gave a lot of information, examples and what would be involved if the club decide to go for a satellite club to ensure their legacy continues…
23rd January – Membership meeting – a productive and informative meeting with 5 AGs in attendance as well as the membership committee. Lots of topics covered including strengthening our Clubs, visioning and the new satellite club plans and update. Time for lots of action!!
24th January – Ellesmere Port Charter night at the Woodhey.
It was a delight to attend the 63rd Charter celebration with President Fritz Schafer at the Woodhey. The guest speaker was Reverend Jackie Bellfield with Minister’s Musings which went down very well.
Thursday, 25th January – Liverpool Exchange meeting was postponed for two weeks.
Friday 26th Holyhead Charter night: Having dropped Tony off at Manchester Airport to visit a Rotary function in Stockholm to speak about satellite clubs, I headed off to Holyhead to the amazing Treaddur Bay Hotel.
Its an excellent road – such a shame I lost the daylight on the latter part of the journey.
Welcomed by President Robyn who immediately introduced me to his family and the guest speaker Greg Evans, Opreations Director Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa, Newydd. After an excellent meal we were entertained by Steph Parry, A most enjoyable evening (home at 1.15 a.m.)
Saturday, 27th – Wrexham Glyndwr at their Burns night. – a warm welcome received from President Fiona and Pene from Wrexham Rotary. All four Wrexham clubs supported the event and good to spend time with President Graham from Wrexham Erddig Rotary.
Delighted to present two special service awards to Rtn Sam Foulkes and President Fiona Bassett. Congratulations to those hard-working Rotarians.
Monday 29th – Governors Continuity meeting followed by an AG meeting chaired by DGE Steve. Lots to catch up on after the Christmas Break.
Its not been too busy this month but with the bad Winter weather – it has been challenging enough. The nights are beginning to draw out so journeys around the District will become much easier.
Roll on Spring – it can’t come quick enough!