The current matching grant with the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran includes
8 sub-projects, both school-oriented (computer facilities,
food preparation equipment and training, toilets, rain-water
collection) and for community support (medicines, adult vocational
training, and seaweed farming). RC Tagbilaran has proposed a
change to the seaweed farming element. This was included in
grant proposal as a pilot to study the feasibility
of establishing large-scale seaweed farming on Panglao Island.
Dave Collins has concluded, after much
effort over many
months, that it is not feasible. As you will see from his
below, he has recommended (and I agree with him) that he should divert
the remaining funds originally allocated to this element of the project
to other, more successful areas, primarily the cookery classes.
is great to see that our joint clubs'
efforts are having such a
beneficial impact in this needy part of the world.
received 26/07/07: Dear John,
struggling with this problem for some time. You
may have been wondering what happened to the 3H seaweed, and seaweed
project. I think you know me well enough to know if something is not
will speak up and take the blame in this case.
we have had
a good track record in just about all the
projects we have proposed. I just cannot get the seaweed
project off the ground. There
are may reasons why, some out of my control. In a nut shell,
there are not
enough men in the village who are
interested enough, to make it
a cost effective project. As an engineer for GE, among other things we
considered R.O.I. return on investment. In the case of the
is not viable. We have tried before with the men, and
the results were disappointing. Any financial
benefits the wife, or the children.
money goes to gambling, cock fights and
booze. You, have been here and may have
already experienced some of
this. I have failed, I am sorry.
reallocation of funds.
The Kitchen and
Vocational Training part of the MG has
exceeded even our wildest expectations. The students and the
went to summer school for cooking, sewing and
computer classes have
learned new skills. These infrastructures changes in the
has been a revitalizing force. Previous e-mail
reports informed you
about the initiative of the students to make money with their new
It is my pleasure to report that the enthusiasm has not waned.
students are making cup cakes and candies
for sale to their fellow students, The profit is
being used to
reinvest in the training program. I just love this.. As a result we
small windfall profit, which has lowered the cost of the
program. This is
a very pleasant first, and we are thrilled to report
this to you.
a result, If
we propose a revision in
the budget. Lets reassign
the seaweed (6% of total
budget) and utilize the savings, to provide kitchens at two
working at two schools on Panglao Island
really in need of a boost.
Elementary School has 380 students. Most of
them are from families of fishermen and farmers. It is located on the
Alona Beach They have a Home economics building that is basically empty
being used as a storage room. It has steel bars on the
windows so there
is no security issues. They have a Home Economics
teacher who has no tools to
Elementary School has a student population of 275
from poor families. It is located on the north side of
Panglao and 3 kms.
to the east Doljo. They too have a secure building and
Home Ec. teacher lacking tools.
Based on this
revised assessment, we propose to equip both schools with a new kitchen
identical appliances which we provided a Doljo Elementary
School. Vocational training sessions would also be
already know how successful the kitchen and vocational
training was there.
Mrs. Lepon the
Home Ec teacher from Doljo, has a
documented the lesson plan which produced the results we have seen. The
Principal Mrs. Castillo is very willing to open Doljo kitchen to the
Ec teachers for training. Duplication of the lesson plans, and training
included. While we do not expect any short fall in funds with the
we have a general fund from Village Aide available, to
insure that there
will be no short cuts or abbreviated lesson plans
in implementing this proposal.
who is the Superintendent of schools for
all of Bohol, very proud of the Kitchens and other
Rotary has accomplished for the education of the children. She has
schools and seen the transformation and improved test scores.
She uses us
as a role model for other non government organizations NGOs to follow.
I do hope that
you will consider this plan, as it has
already been a bell ringing success at Doljo. We would like to
hard earned money where we can all be happy and proud of what we have
achieved. The decision is clearly yours.
In the past, we have provided proposals
within MGs to rebalance the budget to take advantage of opportunities
this. We are not spending the money on anything outside the scope of
original grant. We are realigning the budget to make better
use of the
money. This will provide vocational training for another 655
and many disadvantaged women. That is significant
persons served and improvement on R.O.I. (Pictures Attached)
The following email was received from David Collins, Rotary Club of
Tagbilaran, on 9th August 2007:
Melton Mowbray for providing Vocational
Training for 6th graders of Doljo Elementary School. On the
table are 360
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Neckerchiefs made by in-students, and
out-of-school youth in the village.
This Sept 28, 29
and 30 Rotary is sponsoring the biggest
Scout Camp-O-Rama ever in Bohol. There will be Boy
Scout and Girl
Scout Troops from 24 elementary Schools and 4 high
schools on Panglao Island. We are expecting
over 3000 Scouts, from economically depressed rural communities, on the
Neckerchiefs will be given away to scouts needing
them, at no charge. Rotary is paying for the prizes, security and
is no registration fee for scouts attending the weekend of
Four people from the Rotary Club visited the Isle of Wight on Sunday
5th August 2007. On a bright, sunny day we flew down in a Cessna 172
from Leicester Airport. Our route took us overhead Cambridge,
down the east side of London crossing the Thames at Southend, then
hitting the south coast at Eastbourne. The flight level with the
cliff tops around Beachy Head then along the coast at low level to
Portsmouth were most memorable. It was the opening weekend of
Cowes fortnight so the numbers of sailing boats on the Solent were
impressive to over-fly. We landed at Sandown airport without
incident to ourselves (though there had very unfortunately been a
serious incident immediately before our arrival, with a light aircraft
crashing on take off). The airport was very full, with over 50
light aircraft parked at one stage.
met for lunch in the excellent
airport restaurant with the other
visitors who had come in to join the fly-in organised by the
International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians (IFFR).
12 Rotary aircraft (no, I'm not referring to helicopters)
had come in, with 40 visitors in total. Although the plan had
been to go to the beach at Sandown for the afternoon, the pleasures of
sitting watching the planes from the restaurant terrace were too
attractive, and in the end no-one made the excursion. Instead we
were able to watch Phil Winterbottom's 2-seater T9 Spitfire in fine
for a low level flight around the south coast of the
island, up past the Needles (they look a lot smaller from a plane, even
at 500 feet, than from a yacht where they loom rather large), and on to
Bournemouth. We landed there to refuel - both ourselves and
plane. We spent a pleasant hour with previous member of our club,
and now President of the Ferndown Rotary Club, John Bartholomew and his
wife Linda. The flight back passed over Oxford to complete our
University tour for the day, then into Leicester to reflect on a great
day out. Many thanks to Jeff Watkins from Rotary in Bath for
and here are some more pictures of
the flight, courtesy of Steve
Cowes Week racing in
Isle of Wight
There will be future fly-ins
by the IFFR,
members of the Rotary Club are invited to join in
these. Please let John Dehnel know if you are interested.
on Matching Grant in Bohol, Philippines - Home Economics project nearly
received today the following email from Dave Collins. The
matching grant awarded in February 2006 to help provide toilet
blocks, computers, books, vocational training equipment, and
rain-water collection systems for schools; vocational development
equipment and training for adults; and prescription drugs for community
centers in Bohol is almost complete. With the delivery of the
refrigerator for the home economics block at Looc school there are now
three schools on Panglao island equipped to train children
is a small
amount of the grant (about
which Dave proposes using to buy a second cooker for the Tangnan school
to extend their capabilities. I plan to propose we agree to
suggestion at the club meeting today (15/10/07). That
the Matching Grant, and Dave will then write the
final report for us and Foundation. There
is still some
money (about £600) outstanding for
building some village homes, which will be done shortly. Dave's
refrigerator has arrived, and Paid.
Balance in the account is P
111,079. subject to audit, of which there
is P53,788. for home kits with an
accounting to follow shortly.
That leaves about
P 57,291.00 in the bank remaining on the
stated, there are some security purchases
needed before delivery to Looc Home
Economics Building and some purchases needed
before Delivery to Danao Home Economics
be enough money to purchase another 40 inch
Range for Tangnan Elementary School and enough money to add the
security measures as above. There is no need to provide a refrigerator
Tangnan because they have a relatively new one there now. The
is to use the kitchens to provide a 12 week
training course for out of school youth. While they are learning to
will prepare and feed the underweight children in the attached daycare
of the schools. This has already
been a proven success at Doljo as you have
heard in previous e-mails
is so small
it is not actually named on the map. From Panglao Village go
east toward Mormal. It is the
circle in between on the map. All three
elementary schools have between 350 and 380
students. All three schools are in economically depressed
barangays. All three schools have a stand alone Home Economic
which is ideal for the purpose. See attached three photos:
On 20th August 2007 the club were entertainingly informed about the
aims, methods, and outcomes of acupuncture by
practitioner Emma Samuels. As part of her
demonstration of the techniques she examined the well-being of several
of the club's members, seen here having an oral examination:
Another fly-in event was organised for the 2nd September by the
International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians (IFFR),
this time to the Lake District. The plan was for four of us
from the Rotary Club to fly up over the Peak District to the Solway
Firth, spend some time flying around the Lakes to see
the splendid views, then land at Kirkbride airfield near
Carlisle for lunch with the other Rotarians in the IFFR who planned to
make the journey. Things did not quite work out as planned - but we had
an enjoyable day out anyway.
left Leicester airport on a clear
day, flew overhead Melton, and
then up past the north of Nottingham towards Sheffield. As we
approached the Peak District the cloud began to build up and it was
clear the weather was not as scripted by the met office. We
expected scattered clouds but only once we got up as far as the north
of England. This much cloud this far south was beginning to make us
think the views may not be as good as we'd hoped.
Chesterfield we went into fairly
solid cloud at about 2,000
feet. As the Peak District hills were ahead of us we climbed
to about 3,500 feet but that didn't get us above the cloud; we
couldn't climb higher because we would have risked infringing the
Manchester Airport airspace. Never mind, the plane and captain
were fully equipped and qualified for flying in cloud - until one of
the radios started playing up! After some investigation we were able to
resume good communications with the air traffic
controllers, who proved superb in guiding us directly through the
Manchester airspace into Manchester Barton airfield, where
we landed to consider our options (and, importantly, have
is a school of thought that the
whole exercise was masterminded
in some mysterious way by one of the crew, young Rotarian Geoff
Goodwin, as a means to revisit his youth. Manchester Barton
is the airfield where Geoff learned to fly and was a flying instructor
some years ago.
phoned the organiser of the IFFR
event to assure him we
were on the ground safely, only to find that only one plane had managed
to get to Kilbride (the organiser himself who, ironically, had also
flown there from Leicester, but had chosen to go via a more easterly
route - up the A1 and across from Scotch Corner - yes, planes sometimes
mirror car journeys). He had made it, but it clearly was way too cloudy
to have the day's sight-seeing we had planned. So it was lunch, chat
for a bit while the cloud lifted enough for us to take off again, then
a flight directly south and the south-east back to Leicester. As soon
as we got overhead Crewe the weather cleared and we had 20 miles of
visibility. If only.....
McCord's Lands End to John o'Groats Bike Ride, September 2007 Club
member Bob McCord completed the famous Lands End to John o'Groats bike
ride in September, raising money for leukaemia research and in memory
of a good friend Brian Wakefield. Bob's notes from his epic trip: "Just
a few memories
of my cycle ride to raise funds for
Leukaemia Research and a thank you to all who so generously sponsored
first reaction from family and friends when I mentioned
my intentions to cycle from Land?s End to John
O?Groats was either complete
silence or ?have you gone stark staring
mad?? However after several months of
training I felt that this
year was now or never and the aim was to start at the beginning of
with Gill driving the ?support? vehicle.
route north was through the West Country, Bath, Chester,
Lancaster, Dumfries, The Lomond side, Glen Coe, Inverness, Wick and on
I left Lands End on Wednesday 5th
glorious sunshine and temperatures of 26 C. The first days through
Devon and into Somerset took me through some stunning scenery but more
than I could have imagined. I also had to contend with frantic farmers
harvesting with enormous machinery which left little space to spare on
roads. So north of Bath I decided to take a more direct
avoid some of the navigation problems we encountered on country roads
signposts or road numbers!
to Gloucester and Tenbury Wells took me through more
beautiful scenery and parts of the country that were devastated by
are still trying to recover.
Further north presented different challenges ? heavily
trafficked roads and huge roundabouts. Once through the major towns of
Warrington, Wigan and Preston the route via the A6 became much quieter
pleasant. The flatter terrain had helped and I was making the progress
Lancaster to Gretna took me up and over the famous Shap
Summit which was pretty daunting; approx. 12 miles of climbing from
the weather was still in my favour. The last stretch from Carlisle to
the A74 was hairy and scary with narrow lanes and road works
? was I glad to
cross the border 90 miles completed that day.
I arrived in Scotland after 7 days
? still with a target of
a further five to go.
The ride from Gretna to Loch Lomond
was fairly flat but the
temperature had dropped about 10 C. and the first heavy rain came down
before Crianlarich in time for the most rugged part of the ride.
through Glencoe were diabolical, head and side winds of up to 50 miles
hour, heavy rain, heavy traffic and narrow roads ? a
Surviving the day and the terrain Fort Augustus was a welcome sight.
There was no evidence of the
?Loch Ness Monster? the next
day and now I was in the last two days of the journey and heading
east coast. There was no let up as far as hills were concerned either
Helmsdale and the Berriedale Braes were extremely challenging for a
ride ? Wick was a welcome sight but was also my first and
last encounter with
the dreaded ?Scottish Midges!?
Seeing the signpost 13 miles to John
O?Groats really brought
it home that I had almost achieved my ambition ? arriving in
despite the wind and rain was a fantastic feeling and getting the final
on my record sheet meant that I was now a member of the End to End
miles cycled in 12 days.
My target was to raise
£1000 for Leukaemia Research and
through your most generous sponsorship is now more than £2000
and with Gift Aid
should reach £2500.
A big thank you to Gill who drove all
the way from Lands End
to John O?Groats stopping every 10 miles to make sure I was
okay, a feat on its
annual Conference for District 1070 was held in Harrogate over
weekend of 5th to 7th October 2007. 24 members and partners
the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray attended. The conference featured a
wide range of presentations on topics from dealing with cancer
"Shelter Boxes" being distributed in Pakistan. Various Rotary
projects such as Peace Scholarships and Group Study Exchange were
featured. Good fellowship was in evidence all weekend, both
within clubs and in refreshing of contacts with colleagues and friends
from across the District.
pictures of the
event, courtesy of Allan Dean:
didn't enjoy ourselves at all!
12, Australia 10
on by a Welshman, a
Scot, and a Kiwi
be pleased to add any more detail to the report, should any of those
who attended have any further memories to share.
President Victoria Watts at Rotary District 1070 Conference
King Edward VII sixth form student, Victoria Watts, wowed the hearts of
the Rotary faithful
at their Harrogate District Conference last weekend when she made a
Victoria addressed an audience of 1,200 delegates from Bedfordshire,
Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
followed many prestigious
speakers including Gloria Hunniford, and just before Patrick Mower.
Victoria is the President of Melton Interact ? a service club
for young people between the
ages of 14 and 18. The Club, which meets weekly in term time during the
break, has been continuously active since it was formed two years ago.
recent achievement was the raising of funds to sponsor a hairdresser at
Melton Learning Hub, to
teach the skill to other young people. In November for the third year
Melton Interact will be collecting money at the Twinlakes bonfire for a
charity, which they themselves will select. These are just two of many
events which have been successfully undertaken by Melton Interact.
to Victoria and her friends in Interact, Melton is leading the way
within the Rotary
Earlier this year a new Interact Club was chartered in the Deepings
following the example set by Melton. Other towns in this area are also
considering starting their own Interact Clubs and the Melton Club is
seen as a
beacon for others to follow.
commitment to young people is total. It helps to identify service
projects, both locally
and overseas. Interact is part of the Rotary organisation. The two
Clubs in Melton Mowbray initially sponsored the Melton Interact Club.
It is now
fully self-financed, but the two Rotary Clubs continue in the
give support and encouragement when needed. The Rotary connection means
Melton Interact is connected to the massive Rotary Foundation - the
world's largest charity.
first Interact Club was formed in 1962 by 23 students at Melbourne High
School in Florida, USA. Today 45 years later, there are almost 9000
Interact Clubs in 110 different countries with over 200,000
members. Rotary itself is over 100 years old, with just over 1.2
million members in over 32,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical
Benches have their name plaques added The
benches that were installed in High Street last year (see story here)
finally had their name plate plaques added this week (October 2007), to
confirm their intallation by the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray,
celebrating the centenary of Rotary from 1905-2005:
First Responders evening For
our "5th Monday" evening meeting in October
2007 the Neighbourhood First Responders group visited us.
Peter and Ina Scott, who organise the local group of
responders spoke about what Responders do to support the local
NFR works in conjunction with the East Midlands Ambulance
assist in potentially life-threatening medical emergencies where for
whatever reason EMAS are unable to get an ambulance to the scene in the
desired time. So, for example, if someone is suffering chest
pains and 999 are called, EMAS will dispatch an ambulance immediately.
But if its arrival may be more than a very few minutes (the
local ambulances may be elsewhere - dealing with previous cases, an a
road traffic accident, etc.) EMAS will ask one of the NFR group to
attend and to attempt to stabilise the patient until professional
support arrives. The volunteers in the NFR group are all
professionally trained to cope with unconciouness, chest pain, choking,
difficulty in breathing, strokes, and similar events. In all
cases the professional ambulance crew will attend, but NFR provide a
vital bridge in time where ambulance resources are constrained. More
information about NFR is on their web page.
The NFR group then gave a demonstration of basic life
(cardiac pulmonary resuscitation) using resuscitation dummies Annie and
Fred. I'm not sure Annie and Fred would have survived some of
the intitial attempts of Rotarians to provide effective CPR, but with a
little practice all visitors to the Rotary Club are guaranteed it is
now safer to feel ill when with us.
After the demonstration Melton Ladies in Rotary
NFR group with a cheque for £1,000, raised during Claire
Abbott's year as president, to help support the work of the group - a
splendid effort by LiR.
Many thanks to Peter and Ina Scott, Tim Frisby and
for their time and efforts to inform and train us.
Governor Tony Martin visits Melton Rotary Club District
Governor Tony Martin brought greetings to President Pam Wiggins when he
visited Melton Mowbray Rotary Club on Monday 5th November 2007. His
main message was his objective to build Rotary Membership in District
1070 by adding one additional member per club by the end of his year.
If achieved the district would have a net increase in membership of 86.
He issued a 'Rotary Shares' challenge to the Melton Mowbray Club to
help him with his aim..
Powderly of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray, and Ann Duckworth of the
Raynes Trust interviewed candidates who had applied for Gap Year
Bursaries for their Voluntary Service Overseas projects. The interviews
took place at Sysonby Knoll Hotel on the evening of Wednesday 21st
are two lucky benefactors of the Gap Year Bursary:
aged 17 years, of Stathern, was awarded a Gap Year Bursary of
towards her expenses for her Voluntary Service Overseas Project.
Jessica has been accepted by ?Project Trust? a
charity and will spend a full year in South Africa, probably in Uganda
working on utility projects and also in an orphanage. The trust
provides extensive support while abroad, but Jessica needs to find
£4,480 for travel, some accommodation, part living expenses,
Project Trust administration. So far Jessica has raised nearly
by events and working part-time, and the £800 Bursary will
meet her goal.
Jessica attends King Edward VII School and is
studying A2 level Geography, Biology, and Psychology. She is full of
enthusiasm and has researched her project well, and has no illusions
about the likely hard work or the risk factor. Her successful selection
by Project Trust followed an arduous four-day course during which one
of her most challenging tasks was to get off the island of Oban by
herself. The £800 Bursary is made up of £500 from
the Raynes Trust and
£300 from the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray.
Svennevik, aged 18 years, of Somerby was awarded a Bursary of
towards her expenses for her Voluntary Service Overseas Project.
?Raleigh International? has accepted Tessa for a
10-week period of
service from the end of January. Tessa will be working on split tasks,
part community and utility projects, and part environmental analysis in
Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The planned projects have the support of the
host countries, and International Agencies.
Tessa attends Oakham
School and has just completed A levels and is intending to study law at
University. She needs £3,000 of which approximately half has
raised so far. Tessa already has most of the ?Kit?
previously winning a ?Gold? Duke of Edinburgh
Award. Tessa is raising
money through working as a waitress in a village pub, sponsored half
marathon, and cake sales. The £200 Bursary is from
the Rotary Club of
Melton Mowbray. The restrictions of the Raynes Trust prevent a donation
to Tessa because she lives, and attends School, outside of Melton
Kitchen for Looc School, Philippines Dear members
of RC Melton Mowbray
Yesterday, we dedicated a brand new kitchen in the Looc Elementary
School. The school is located about 17 km out on Panglao Island on the
north Road. The school has 370 students who come from fishing and
farming families. This is the second school of four to be
equipped with a full teaching kitchen. The Parent Teachers Association
and the School District is very thankful for your generosity.
You can expect the other two elementary schools to be equipped with
full teaching kitchens this month, which completes the MG 58632. You
can expect a final report and full accounting of MG
to follow before year's end.
support the four pilot schools will be participating in
a program called FOOD TRAIN.
for malnourished children and TRAIN out
of school youth in culinary arts
the results of your sponsoring Doljo Elementary School earlier this
year. The summer pilot training program was a smashing success,
as previously reported.
We will build from there with a formal program, Food Train which is
a four way win.
gets complete teaching kitchen.
Economic Teachers gain new skills so they
can teach the new cooking course.
school youth and disadvantaged women learn commercial cooking and
baking. The students learn by doing, and gain a diploma in
biggest winners are the malnourished students in the school and at the
Day Care Center, because the students must prepare the menu, cook the
food and feed the underweight children every school day for
weeks to qualify for the diploma. Food Train will start in
at all four schools.
Dave and Baby Collins RC Tagbilaran
slide show illustrating the Food Train
(You may need to click to tell your PC it's OK to run this - some web
browsers may attempt to block it, As far as I can tell it is
It's just a PowerPoint presentation).
Tree Festival at St. Mary's Church The
annual fundraising Christmas Tree event was held in St Marys
Church over the weekend of 30th November to 2nd
It was a wonderful spectacle and well worth a visit.
Community and Vocational committee placed a tree on
the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray - see picture below.
Walton Weekend Several
members of the club, plus partners and friends, spent the weekend of
30th November to 2nd December 2007 at the Izaak Walton Hotel in
Derbyshire - a traditional pre-Christmas weekend for the club over the
past many years. Pictures (and captions) courtesy of Dennis
Report on Philippines Matching Grant In
January 2006 the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray, England and
Tagbilaran, Philippines applied to the Rotary Foundation for a matching
grant to support Health, Education, and Livelihood in central
Philippines. The objectives were:
dry-toilet blocks at Batonilao High
School and Corella Elementary School, Bohol
Drugs, for Community Service on
Panglao Island, Bohol
computer facilities at Corella Public
High School, Corella, Bohol
equipment for vocational training (food
preparation and cooking skills) at Doljo Elementary School
equipment and training in hairdressing
and manicuring for Corella women?s village
Module seaweed farming, as a
vocational development for subsistence fishermen on Panglao island,
rain-water collection systems at
Botonilao High School and Doljo Elementary School
School Books for Bohol Primary Schools, Day
Care Center and High Schools
project has now been completed and the final report issued.
What was actually accomplished?
Friendly Composting Toilet
installed at Bantolinao High School
distributed through Community Health
Computers and Internet service
provided at Doljo Elementary School
and kitchenware was installed at Doljo
farming was not cost effective. The cost was high with limited
beneficiaries.The Seaweed farming funds and the cost savings from other
parts of the grant were pooled
savings, three more schools were equipped with training kitchens in
preparation for Food Train, which was based on the pilot Culinary Arts
training program, The Schools are Danao, Looc and Tangnan Elementary
School.The pilot Culinary Arts Course for out of school youth and
disadvantaged women was a tremendous success at Doljo. The
program now known as Food Train will be implemented at all four schools
in the spring of 2008.
Gallon water collection system was installed at Bantolinao High School.
The companion filter system was supplied by another MG. The
school now has safe drinking water for 400 students. During a normal
rainfall year, the system can produce enough drinking water for up to
School books recommended by School Principal Mrs. Castillo, were
purchased from The Department of Education Region 7 (DepEd)
achieved with a contribution of £2,400 from RC of Melton
a similar amount from District 1070's Rotary Foundation DDF
and £3,600 from the Rotary Foundation humanitarian awards
The Rotary Clubs are both proud to have achieved so much to
indigent villagers in the rural Philippines. We thank Rotary
Foundation for its support.
Education Bursary On
17 December 2007 at the King Edward VII School Sixth Form Presentation
Evening Linda Moore, on behalf of the Club, presented Adrianne Bowes
with a cheque for £250. Adrianne is studying business
administration and Spanish at Birmingham University. She was nominated
by the sixth form tutors. She is the first generation in her family to
go university and was so thrilled to receive the bursary.
The guest speaker at the event was Quentin Raynor, journalist and BBC
presenter. He spoke about his job and duly encouraged the students to
take advantage of all university has to offer. (contributed
Youth Opportunities Committee staged the
local heat of the Youth Speaks competition at the end of November 2007
selected two teams from Melton Young Farmers to go forward to the
District semi-final in Loughborough in January. Topics ranged from
ethical trading to streaking and the teams gave the
adjudicators some tough decisions. David Ward posed the inevitable
The Young Farmers will face more challenging opposition in the next
round?.but they are good.
from the Melton Young
Farmers' Club then went on to represent our Club in the 2007-08 Youth
semi-finals held recently at Bourne
Grammar School. Whilst neither the intermediate nor the senior team got
to the final they performed very well and were a credit to their club.
The intermediate team spoke about a personal experience -
dancing at The Royal Albert Hall and the three 10-year olds from
Brownlow Primary School put on a confident and composed performance.
singled out by the adjudicator for their young age.
The senior team
spoke about streaking; not a personal experience this time.
Again they delivered their speech with great assurance and confidence
a valiant effort, the competition was too tough this year.
press release The
23rd February is "Rotary Day" - the anniversary of the founding of
Rotary. The following press release (written by David Ward
and Dennis Watts) was issued to let the people of Melton
Mowbray and the surrounding area know more of what the Rotary
supporting, and to thank them for their support for the club.
Club of Melton
Club of Melton Mowbray is
one of two Rotary Clubs
in the town, whose motto of ?Service above Self?
defines the basic principles
of this International organisation that encompasses some 1.2 million
over 200 countries.
a service organisation of business and professional
leaders their objectives are to help those in need, the
ill and the disabled, both locally and internationally.
The two local clubs have specific projects for their members
but also work closely together on many projects to optimise the
skills and effectiveness.
of the range of projects undertaken include: -
Education, the education of local children in good life
habits. Achieved by funding specialist trainers who visit local schools
to educate students in subjects such as anti-drugs, diet issues, and
deserving children for a day out at
Wickstead Park, with the provision of lunch, rides, transport, and
Awareness, organising free blood pressure tests in town
centre, working with Stoke Association and nurses from local surgeries
and hospitals. Advice is given at the time if there is a need to
consult with own doctor.
Food Parcels, providing a little Christmas cheer to deserving
elderly Meltonians, achieved by the generous donations of goods from
customers at local supermarkets prior to Christmas. The Rotary and
Lions Clubs work together to collect, sort, fund the purchase of
additional items, and then deliver the completed parcels within the
Hyacinths for blind, and partially sighted.
Musician competition with some 60/70 local musicians
competing in initial heat, for a place in future rounds, hopefully
leading on to the District final. The final involving some 400 young
musicians is held at Melton Theatre in April.
Speaks, youngsters competing in the use of their presentation
competitions of Young Chef and Young
Photographer, with good early responses from local youngster
Exchange, Rotary families and friends hosted two deserving
young people from Poland over a period of 8 weeks
Club, the formation, development and support of a Club for
14 ? 17yr olds, very active club of approx. 30 members,
potential Rotarians of the future.
International projects are focused on
Education, Health and
Livelihood, and have included such areas as: -
Year Bursary, 2 local students supported to
visit Africa and Nicaragua to enable them to spend their gap year
humanitarian work overseas, this project was co- funded by the Raynes
Aid, Shelter Boxes, and Mercy Ships, to
areas in drastic need following catastrophic incidents.
Pump, provided in Tanzania for a water
Extensivework in the Philippines where
it has been possible by working with local Rotary Clubs to multiply any
raised through International Rotary sources, in addition to targeting
at most deserving areas. A sample of projects: -
of Sewing Machines to a workers cooperative
Software, and cooking
equipment into schools.
the redundant hospital equipment from the Old Melton WarMemorial
Hospital, storing and shipping out to the Philippines for
reuse in their
Supplying Nubian Goats
into local communities for the
provision of milk, these
then breed and are further shared within the community.
In order to fund such a vast array of
projects, the Rotary
Club organises a wide range of events including Golf Days, Charity
Burns Night and Sportsmen?s Dinners, Concerts, and the Cycle
this year to be held on 15th
of these activities would be possible without the
support and generosity of the townsfolk of Melton Mowbray, for which
members of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray are extremely grateful.
Day" press release was accompanied by a further press release
describing the valuable alliance of Rotary with the Bill
GatesFoundation targeting the completion of the eradication of Polio
here to read this.
Melton Mowbray Rotary Club
Annual Shooting Competition
Dick Turpin Trophy - 2008
The annual small bore rifle
shooting competition between the Melton Mowbray and Rutland Rotary
the Dick Turpin Trophy did not take place this year
due to a the Rutland
Club?s inability to field a side.
However the event continued on 4th
March 2008 at the Holwell Rifle range, in order to establish a new club
champion, and have a fun evening.
The event being renamed The
Betty Turpin Competition with the Hotpots competing,
members, plus friends, took part supported by a team from the Holwell
results were as follows:-
Club Champion for 2008 ? Buffalo Bill Bendall with
a score of 95
for 2008, many times
past Champion ? Jesse Jim Green (93)
Animal shooting ? guest
Bob Skerrit (hole in wall gang) score of 46
-up Hair Trigger Hallam score
vet was not required, and
meat was taken off the menu.)
Number Card ? Jesse Jim
Green, score of 72, (just like bingo ? lucky)
The club had a wonderfully successful, and more importantly very
enjoyable season in the District Minor Sports competition.
this was a series of skittles matches, with a few other pub sports
Repots from the captain, Swiss Tony, follow: 27/11/07 beat Soar Valley
For those of you just waking; the dream continues, yes after a stunning
victory by the non league minnows Melton Mowbray
Over the semi professional Ashby Aces in the second round of the FA
(that's the prize) Minor Sports 2nd round.
Despite last minute withdrawals, prat - nav failure &
pitch the home team started the stronger & blew away the
overconfident star studded opposition in the first leg, the deeper
squad of Ashby & lack of substitutes for the Melton
saw the bigger side draw level in the second leg, but after tea things
were once again going Melton's way & after a well fought
tactically astute last leg, victory was secured, fittingly by the club
president with Ashby star player needing an unlikely 18 for victory.
Special mention must be given to the pint size whirlwind
scoring Melton & overall lady Margaret Morris with a superb 6
average, the less experienced & injured top male scorer John
with an average of 5 point something & the club President Pam
with her extensive injury list really shouldn't have been playing but
with typical fortitude & against the advise of the Physio she
the team through once again, not only with her natural flare on the
pitch but with the superb motivational talks that have become her
We await with eager anticipation the draw for the next round
surely Melton's fans now deserve a lucrative away draw against one of
the Premiership Giants.
But whilst we await the next round of the big cup adventure,
the mouthwatering prospect of the tired but upbeat senior team taking
on the young pretenders from the Vauxhall Conference Roteract league on
the 7th April (provisional date) at Ashby Folville, a word of warning:
The exuberant first team will have to be on their mettle to see the
This victory should also give the rather overlooked but
successful Hotshots team confidence for the upcoming Betty Turpin
competition against Oakham at Holwell dates to be confirmed.
Junior sports reporter,
Demons Semi Final
The Dream Lives On
Yes it's true, possibly buoyed by previous evening's walkover
core of the team in the Betty Turpin Hotpots competition the un-fancied
Melton Pedigrees under the leadership of an inexperienced &
woefully under qualified Captain march on into the finals of the
District Minor Sports Tournament.
Although last nights encounter with the canny De-Montfort
have gone either way, the Melton team were initially on the back foot
with the Decathlon type event they were unexpectedly confronted with
but with some subtle but ultimately inspired tactical team switches the
Captain forced an honorable draw from the frankly insulting minor-Minor
Sports in the early part of the evening, a suggestion of Tiddley Winks
would not have been a surprise.
Ultimately the opposition could delay & posture no
real competition began but not before a shock defection of three of
Melton's most consistent performers.
This shock was too much for the plucky Amateurs &
their heaviest defeat yet in the first leg of the competition proper,
this could have been the end for the Captain who was under tremendous
pressure from some of the more experienced & outspoken members
his team, for his apparent "laid back" approach, there was a definite
feeling of revolt in the air especially as the captain &
vices' usual excellent personal performances were once again
suffering due to the pressures of leadership.
But after some subtle but once again crucial motivational
individual members of his team by the Captain, Melton fought back in
the second leg: It must also be noted the Captains clever behind the
scenes negotiating for the return of Whirlwind Morris (after he found
some of De-Montfort's team hiding in the bar). Maybe also the over
confident professional outfit hadn't done their homework quite as
thoroughly as they should; we all know Melton are slow starters.
Whatever the reasons with virtually no support from his closest
advisors & mentors (who by this stage had virtually given up!)
second leg belonged to Melton.
The momentum was once again cleverly disrupted by the Demons
a halt for tea.
But they couldn't match the sheer tactical genius &
get out more of Melton's team & after a very controlled last
the Amateurs once again proved this game is not just about the big
money clubs & with the Presidents motto of "Losing is not an
option" ringing in their ears they came through 3 -- 2.
Special mention to the silky smooth Full Back Sasha Lord who
a seasons best performance on the scoreboard as well as the alley,
Centre John Dehnel who still recovering from surgery & against
advice of his doctors matched Sasha's top score for Melton . Also
praise to the two youngest members of the team the untried previously
uncapped wingers Tom & Hannah Green who were completely unfazed
the big stage & humbled their critics, the whole squad deserves
great deal of credit from the established pack to the exciting backs,
well done Melton & watch out Hinckley!
I must also mention that the turncoats, some of whom were
highest scorers, especially the much Fancied debutant Jenny Howling
have accepted the olive branch offered to them and will be seen in
Melton colours again...... the grass isn't always greener!
Next event the local derby Melton Pedigrees V's Melton
Carrington Arms Ashby Folville 07/04/08 will it be a confidence booster
or an error in judgment to be taking on these hungry youngsters at this
stage of the season?!!!
Junior Sports Reporter
The dream is...... fading!
The Academy trounced the Senior team in a frankly quite
at The Carrington Arms last night, even allowing for some of the Star
names not being present there was just no zip, no va va voom, no
inspiration last night & after losing the first leg (as usual)
& narrowly winning the second the Rotaract team, led
by there unflappable Captain were always in control over a hesitant,
lighthearted & quite honestly an unprofessional & under
prepared looking Senior team.
This loss does not bode well for next weeks Cup Final, but on
brighter note the club President looks like she has once again pulled
off quite a coup by "poaching" four of the best Rotaract players in a
typically audacious manner for the big match against Hinckley Hawks.
As an exciting aside to one of the worst performances of the
was of course the usual entertaining friction between Captain &
Vice Captain, it's probably a good job the former embittered Captain is
actually serving a one match ban for the final otherwise I could see
the flawed but progressive current Captain being ousted by the
President & even replaced by the outstanding female Acedemy
captain. Stranger things have happened!
James Whirlwind Wiggins & The Thunderbolt Theobolds
rays of sunshine in an otherwise desperate display of amateurism
farce. That said we must take nothing away from the rising stars of the
Acedemy so ably brought together by the ever impressive Morris camp
& it is to be hoped they are not lost to other clubs in the
The dream is over.......
On a gloomy April morning the report I didn't want to
Sometimes you just need that little bit of luck in this game ..... Just
a couple of your big names to perform....... Neither happened last
night as the unfancied & ultimately out gunned Melton team went
down to the giants of the premier league in a fairly competitive final
that the Hinckley Hawks were always in control of.
The almost Teutonic efficiency of the opposition quite
rattled the more casual attitude of the plucky amateurs who after
holding there own in the first half (unusual in itself) seemed to
crumble as the reality of their situation began to dawn on them, the
first time since non league status, longer ago than even the stand-in
Vice Captain could remember, they had reached the final, missing some
of there more influential players & under frankly laughable
Captaincy even their President could do nothing to stop the slide
through her tears could only watch forlornly on as one after the other
her players failed to deliver, whenever the opposition did make an
unexpected slip so did her team and from the middle of the second half
the result looked inevitable.
Without the pressure of the former Captain looming over him
Captain's personal performance improved but a lot of his more
adventurous signings failed to deliver with some notable exceptions,
the Horns for example proved there worth once again with a business
like performance, the Morris's brought there usual flair to the Final
but it wasn't enough, even their most consistent player Hawkeye John
Dehnel couldn't pull of his usual miracle missing a last minute chance
to level the match & the long season, injuries & lack
match experience finally took there toll, if only they could have kept
it all going for one more match! But life is full of regrets &
they can do now is hope something can be salvaged from the wreckage of
the season & build for next year. Will the current coaching set
get the support of incoming hard line management? This is the big
question. Will they give them more time? Is it time for a change? Have
your say, e-mail your opinions, remember it's your team your club, your
Well done Hinckley, hard luck Melton, here's hoping next
competition can be even half as exciting.
Cheers for now,
Depressed.... Swiss Tony
Junior Sports Reporter & Tea Boy
Captain Remains with full support of the board!!!!
Visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, April 2008
members of the club plus
one small guest took the opportunity of a fly-in to Yeovilton organised
by the International Federation of Flying Rotarians (IFFR)
in April. Yeovilton, although a MOD airfield, will accept
civilian flights during opening hours, and the IFFR had arranged for
about a dozen planes to fly in and for the assembled throng to spend
the day visiting the Fleet Air Arm museum there. John Dehnel,
Geoff Goodwin and Tony Lord, plus Tony's son Adam decided to
the party. It seemed a good way to celebrate Tony's birthday
well as for us all to have a fun day out.
Plans were nearly scuppered for us, as our arrival at
airfield was closely followed by a torrential rain storm and
accompanying thunder clouds - not much fun for flying in a light
aircraft. The same storm persuaded one other attendee from
Leicester to abandon his day out; a number of others from elsewhere
either abandoned or drove to Somerset. the latter was really
what we wanted, so we waited for about 45 minutes, by which time the
storm seemed to be blowing through. By the time we had
the plane the sun came out, and we had a delightful flight down to
Yeovilton passing over the Avon valley near Stratford, the Vale of
Evesham and the Mendips.
The museum has the largest collection of Naval
in Europe together with the first British built Concorde. The
museum's award-winning Aircraft Carrier Experience is where the museum
meets theatre. We were 'transported' by helicopter to the
flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. On board
Ark Royal, among a static display of fighter aircraft were two
enormous projection screens showing a Phantom strike fighter and a
Buccaneer fighter-bomber performing take offs and landings on the
carrier. There followed a guided tour around the various
activities that go to make up the life of a carrier in service - all
very well produced.
There was good a licensed restaurant (no alcohol for the
we met up with the other Rotarians who had made it to Yeovilton.
Outside, was a children's adventure playground (Tony claims he spent so
much time there only for Adam's benefit).
The flight home was uneventful, flying home by following the
channel up to the Severn Bridges, then along the Wye valley up to
Monmouth - absolutely lovely scenery all the way. One
the plane was less enthusiastic - the rigours of the day catching up
with him most of the way home (see photos).
to our twinned club Rotary Club of
Pam and husband James (President of Grantham Club), along with David
and Pam Ward, attended the Warsaw Wilanow Rotary Club over weekend of
9/12th May 2008 to attend their 13th Charter Dinner, and to see the
sights in Warsaw..
hospitality and fellowship shown by the host Club's members, and all
the visiting clubs, (Munich and Milan), was second to none.
President Ewa, and members of the Warsaw Club arranged for :-
welcome at the hotel with guided tour of Warsaw Old City, see photo of
team, followed by a dinner at a local Polish style
cuisine and restaurant, photo of Joergen Hansen holding food platter.
Also attended by 8 Italian Milan Club delegates. Including President
Eugenio Brigaglio from Milano Naviglio Grande San Carlo Rotary Club,
one of 37 in Milan.
meeting on Saturday to discuss joint International project, summary
Charter dinner/ball in the Raddison hotel, our hotel for the visit,
with endless sampling of Polish vodka's, see photo of Melton delegates
undertaking a sampling execise of Cranberry, Apple, Rose etc..etc..
vodka's until 3am. All passed (delegares), with flying colours and
attended breakfast before lunch was served.
meet with Camila and Anjia, the two Polish students who spent time in
Melton with our club members families, they send their best wishes.
evening another wonderful hosting by Arthur Masny and Margaret, this
time to a Mexican restaurant.
excellent trip full of fellowship, friendship, fun, food,
beverage and culture, a wonderful experience.
of the meeting regarding potential joint projects:
were representatives from Warsaw Wilanow, Milan Club (Milano Naviglio
Grande San Carlo), Munich Club and Melton Mowbray.
Lymphoma, to provide improved care and facilities for Polish Lymphoma
generally treatment pumps, and beds for improving conditions
date 6 radiotherapy pumps delivered on 28th Feb 08
present joint project with Milan Club, generated 4/5k Euros, but Milan
club presented cheque at charter dinner for 3k Euros, approx.?
of matching grants with four clubs participating.
committment from any visiting club until a formal project description
and plan prepared and distributed by Warsaw Club.
again when visiting clubs understand project details, objectives,
milestones and longer term committment
Three New Rotarians
Pam Wiggins President, with new members: Clive Watts, Diana Osborne,
and Gavin Howling.
members joined the
active and growing Melton Mowbray Rotary
Club on 9th June 2008. What made the Club so attractive to them was in
their own words: Clive has joined to meet and socialise with
professional people whilst playing his part in helping the less
fortunate; Diana wants to play a full part in the fellowship of the
Club and become more involved with Rotary?s humanitarian
projects, particularly those in the third world; whilst Gavin says,
"Rotary is an excellent way to meet people and to jointly work on
projects which will benefit the Community at large - from what I have
seen so far it is also fun!"
Pork Pies and Pot Holes
East Midlands CiCLE Challenge This
event on 16th June 2008 was well supported by enthusiast cyclists,
and families from far and wide, with the 180km ride setting off at
9:30, followed by the 100km at 10:00 and the family 30km at 10:30.
Collection (the bikes, I mean)
routes mainly followed the famous International CiCLE Classic race
with both on and off road sections, which allows enthusiastic cyclists
and the less energetic the opportunity, at their own pace, to
experience the unique terrain that makes the International CiCLE
Classic race so popular within Europe.
Many families as well as individuals entered the 30km cycle
with the sun shining really enjoyed the whole event, which
started with the spectacular Vintage Cycles, and the free refreshments
available for all entrants to the leisurely bike ride on a lazy
summer's day. There were three generations of one family who took part,
setting a new way to celebrate Fathers Day.
Over £1,500 was raised for local Rotary Charities. The event
become so popular and successful that it is now firmly in Melton
Mowbray Rotary Clubs annual calendar.
Well done to all those who took part, and a big thank you for
so much money for local Rotary Charities.
Box Appeal Many
will remember the terrible tragedy and loss of life in Burma in
May following Cyclone Nargis. The Rotary Shelter Box charity
sent over a thousand Shelter Boxes to Burma; the efforts of
Melton Rotary Clubs were to publicise the activity and raise
from the people of Melton to fund a small number of the boxes.
We were delighted with the support of the people of Melton,
the Melton Times, who donated over £1600 in
enough to purchase three Shelter Boxes. Each ShelterBox
provides shelter, cooking equipment, shovels, water
and other "rough living" essentials, and even a few books and
pencils for the children, enough for for 10 people, so over 30
survivors of the Cyclone Nargis disaster will soon have a temporary
home and support from equipment donated from Melton Mowbray.
An idea of the contents of a Shelter Box can be gained from
picture of the stall set up in the market square to publicise the cause.