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In this section are held items that appeared on the News page of the web site during Pam Posnett's year as President, largely relating to club events and activities.

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Young Designer
The Rotary clubs in Melton Mowbray held this year's Young Designer competition at Melton Vale MV16 college, where for the first time all of Melton's secondary schools were represented.

This is a competition for young entrepreneurs and inventors to showcase their design ideas and skills and also provides an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate the practical and commercial application of their designs.

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Visit to Leicester Warning Zone

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Warning Zone is the flagship project of Leicestershire & Rutland Crimebeat Ltd and was launched on 17th October 2006. Bringing together information and expertise from across the public and private sectors. WARNING ZONE combines vital messages in a single stimulating and memorable experience which helps to prepare youngsters aged 10 and 11 for increased independence and their transition into early adolescence.

Located on Frog Island in Leicester and open Monday to Friday, the core programme aims to foster an understanding of risk, consequence of actions, peer pressure and personal responsibility.

This is not wrapping children in cotton wool, rather presenting the plain and honest facts in a memorable and understandable way in order to encourage responsible behaviour and sound decision making while living full and active lives.

The Melton Belvoir Rotary Club has good contacts there and arranged a visit for their club on 18th June, inviting members of the Melton Rotary Club and the Melton Aurora Rotary Club.  It was a truly inspiring visit, and the visitors could well see how a visit here would enhance the appreciation by year 6 children of risks in their everyday lives, through the use of the very lifelike scenes set up in the Warning Zone.   All three clubs left with a determination to see how Rotary could support the Warning Zone's work for the children of Melton Mowbray.

For further information on the Warning Zone click here.

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Kids Out
The annual Kids Out day was held on 13th June 2012, when Rotary Clubs from around District 1070 took over 2,000 children to Wicksteed Park in Kettering for a day's fun and enjoyment. The Melton Mowbray club took 48 from St. Mary's school, along with several school teachers and helpers from the Rotary club. This was part of a nationwide day out, with some 540 clubs across Britain and Ireland taking part, with an estimated 25,000 children enjoying a day out. The club was pleased to receive excellent feedback. The school reported that the children were extremely well fed with lots of choices with their lunch and snacks. The supervision was great and all of the children had a wonderful time and were positively buzzing when they returned to school at the end of the day. The plastic capes kindly donated by Phil Bendall at Twinlakes came in very useful for the rides on the water splashes and log flumes, though fortunately weren't needed for the weather this year. The school thought that the package of the tee shirts, back packs, plastic capes and baseball caps was excellent.

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Club Visit to the Philippines, April/May 2012
A party of five from two District 1070 Rotary clubs spent two weeks in the Far East in April and May 2012, visiting Rotary clubs in the central Philippines.  And what an enjoyable, thought provoking and challenging time we had.  Four of the party were from the Melton Mowbray club (Joe Carrington, John Dehnel, Eric Hall and Kathryn Manderson, wife of club member Duncan.  The purpose of the visit was three-fold:
We were pleased to be joined by Pat Luckett from the Rotary Club of South Holland.  Pat kept the journal of the trip, and much of this account is courtesy of her - thank you!

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18th April
Our group flew out from Heathrow on Cathay Pacific. Unfortunately we were held up for 4 hours,  which gave us all a chance to relax over a pint!

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Some of us managed to sleep during the 11 hour flight even with the constant supply of refreshments on offer.
Breakfast was interesting.  John, Joe, Eric and Kathryn chose the traditional, where as I was adventurous choosing the traditional Chinese fish congee. Congee is a glutinous rice soup rather like Polycell.  Lots of flavour but an acquired taste and texture! Should have had traditional!

19th April
We had planned to have a 36 hour break in Hong Kong on the way to the Philippines to help get over any jet lag. We were met in HK by our Chinese guide Wong Wong and her daughter Michelle.  Wong Wong is a business contact of another Melton Rotarian, Alison Blythe.  Alison had planned to come with us until business commitments intervened.  Wong Wong and her family were good enough to look after us superbly even so.  Before starting our sight-seeing we had to store our luggage in the bus station. This took longer than we anticipated as we had no HK dollars and there were a number of Chinese students with the same idea! It all became quite fraught trying to close the locker doors.

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Wong Wong took us to a city centre restaurant for lunch. Obviously a favourite lunch spot for locals.  Wong Wong had already ordered an amazing meal consisting of at least 12 dishes.  She was proud to show off Hong Kong hospitality and cuisine. "Eat! Eat!"

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After lunch we took the bus to a fishermen's? village. Wong Wong had bought us Octopus cards, a bit like Oyster cards in London for the local transport, but these can also be used in some shops for small items including coffee and snacks.  The local market sold fish products including dried swim bladders, lungs and whole dried fish.  Although unfamiliar it did look appetising. We also tried sweet marzipan shortbread and peanut brittle.  We walked through the village in the pouring rain.

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The environment is changing and the fish is depleted. The village houses mostly the elderly. The young people go to the towns looking for work. A young shop keeper showed us around explaining the history of the village.

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The entire time (no exaggeration) that we were in Hong Kong it rained - just more heavily at some times than others.  We were soaked through - but this is Hong Kong! Humid and often wet.

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We took the underground and bus to our hotel. The YMCA!  Very spacious and well-appointed rooms.

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We meet for dinner with Wong Wong, her husband Alex and daughter Michelle. Another banquet! We see HK nightlife. Shops and late night markets and tables with fortune tellers each with different  props.  We found our own way back after our meal and found something else along the way! A  Rotary work of art.

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20th April

Our hosts took us to a Chinese greasy spoon for breakfast. White collar and manual workers eat cheaply side by side before work. A jug of boiling water to sterilize the cutlery and a roll of toilet paper to wipe the bowls are provided. Breakfast consisted of oodles of noodles topped with fried eggs, luncheon meat and beef sandwiches, chicken wings and roast pork. All washed down with strong coffee with evap milk. 

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Our dining room was a large space under the market, with several kitchens and dining areas. Health and Safety! What Health and Safety?

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The experience was novel but the food substantial and delicious.We took the ferry to HK Island. We planned to go to the top of the Peak but it was too misty and the rain was torrential. We managed the mid-level. We visited flower, bird and ornamental fish markets as well as IT shops. We took the MTR (underground) home but lost Kathryn when we came out of the station . We split up and started our search. On arriving back at the hotel we discovered she had been there all the time!

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Eric met up with his cousin while the rest of us were taken to a fish restaurant for dinner. The sea food was in tanks outside and we chose what we wanted. It was then prepared and served at our table.  Prawns, garlic steamed fish, razor clams with chili, lobster, some sort of gastropod, crab in egg sauce, fried fish, savoury rice and fish broth.  Freshly cooked and full of flavour.

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21st April
Eric has a crisis. He seems to have lost his wallet. After initial panic John settles his hotel bill and Eric cancels his cards. On the way to the airport he discovers his wallet and successfully cancels the cancellation of his cards. Phew! We say goodbye to HK.
We are met in Cebu in the Philippines. The journey to  the beach resort and dive school in Boljoon is at times, heart stopping! We meet out hosts Stu and Antoinette. We have an amazing meal and settle down to a good night's sleep.

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22nd April
Antoinette's elderly relative helps us to get breakfast sorted at 5.30am ready for whale-shark watching.
Magnificent creatures to watch at such close quarters. Krill is used as bait to get them to the surface. John and Joe dive and John takes amazing underwater pictures.  Suddenly the heavens opened and we got soaked racing for the shore.

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We spent the afternoon relaxing around the pool and enjoying our surroundings.

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23rd April
Traveled to Balicasag Island on one of the local 'banca' boats - basically overgrown wooden outrigger canoes, where we went snorkeling and diving. There was quite a strong swell so after a quick dip some of us decided to stay on board and enjoy the relaxation. Eric, Joe john and Stu took to the deep. Disembarking on our return was a little soggy for some of us. Kathryn got very wet when she was tangled in some ropes and then dropped in the water. A lot of spluttering! A great day though. 

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All the above was in preparation for the following days of quite heavy involvement with Rotary clubs and projects around the islands in the central Philippines.

24th April
On road to Cebu by 8 o?clock. Heavy traffic but interesting ride. Check in at Waterfront Hotel. Amazing views from bedroom window.
Lunch meeting with RC Cebu West with Pres. Lenton. A Classification talk on insurance from a new member! Go compare! Invited to a Circumcision Service at the Catholic Church on Sunday. Think we may pass on that one!

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While I head off the Reach Centre for children with autism, the rest of the team discuss medical supplies and equipment. John also speaks with Rotarian Maita about  a recent container of supplies, what was received and how has it been distributed.

Pat's visit to the REACH centre is to follow up her professional speciality and see what help we may be able to provide.  The REACH Centre is for children with autism, founded by Sandra Espina, the wife of a prominent Rotarian in Cebu. Sandra and her husband Yumi (Joseph) have a son, Zac, who has autism. Pat was struck by the limited space and resources, as well as the young inexperienced staff.

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She says: "I observed an hour long lesson with Lilybel counting drawn pictures on a sheet of paper. Lilybel was 17 and could read. The teacher was a nurse. The carer sat and had no input throughout. I suggested to Sandra that concrete things in the room could be used as an aid to counting and
 Lilybel could be tested by asking, "Bring me 6 stones from the box". I also suggested the carer could be making resources or participating in a game like Snakes and Ladders. As she was not a volunteer but was being paid! Sandra felt these were good ideas and started a list. There is so much to be done. I felt there was a lack of fun - the staff not the students and the young professionals seemed to follow rigid rules of working and behaviour. There is no doubt that they care and are working under extreme conditions.

"The education is one to one therapy with a range of professionals including nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and one or two teachers.

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"Yumi built this climbing frame as the children had nothing to do during break times. It was suggested that a small piece of land could be used for a vegetable patch or a sensory garden. He began to plan immediately where he could put the shed!"

Meanwhile John's team was trying to track down medical equipment that had already been sent out to the Philippines. Not sure where some of it was although by the end of the visit it had all been identified.
After we met up we went to a lunch meeting with Cebu Metro. The club put in their bid for Global Grant funding for a major sustainable project. Dengue Fever is a big issue here. We were also presented with an LED clockwork lamp designed by one of the members, but felt it looked too much like a bomb to risk trying to bring it back on the plane.

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After lunch we visited a Women's Refuge Centre who need funding to support the women who have no education or skills and find themselves in abusive situations with little help. The refuge was started by a lawyer who defended woman, won her case and was later shot dead outside her office. The centre provides legal aid, a six bed apartment for them to stay short term and IT and work skills so they can support themselves. They also provide mentoring. We were given wallets made from recycled paper and plastic. The women sell these. They were extremely well made.

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26th April
We explored Cebu on foot, visiting the Santo Nuncio Cathedral and a Taoist Temple.
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We later took the boat to Siquijor, were we spent the rest of the day exploring the beautiful Coco Grove Resort. An island paradise.

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27th April
We visited the hospital where only doctors are allowed to deliver babies. They are paid the equivalent of 500 but can do private work. This is not a reality as most people cannot afford private medical care. Pay is regulated across the Philippines. Lots of medical staff seek jobs in the cities or abroad and this causes problems for the smaller hospitals. Also the equipment they have to use in the hospital is outdated and often broken with no hope of repair.

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Mother and baby can stay overnight after the birth. The hammock between the beds is for the baby to sleep in.

We were taken to visit the Mayor who was seemed very political and wanted us to be aware that he was in control! He stated that didn't need money and became very defensive when the infrastructure was mentioned.

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We had a meeting at the hotel with Dave Lear, president of the Siquijor Rotary Club and his fellow Rotarians. There I met Josie who was a local elementary teacher. We visited her school and again it was the same problems, lack of space, trained teachers and resources.  However, Josie's campus had residential facilities for in-service training.

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28th April
The boys went diving and Kathryn and Pat had a lazy day on the beach discussing what they had observed and putting the world to rights, followed by a lazy lunch on the beach. That night we all had a party on the beach with more roast pig - two in fact.
The hotel cultural concert was amazing, showing us the culture through dance and song. The north of the Philippines seems more Spanish and the south leans towards the east.

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29th April
We caught an early boat to Bohol. There was welcome party waiting for us from Tagbilaran Club.
The lunch was not a scheduled Club meeting as it was Sunday but many members turned up regardless. They all enjoyed joke telling and community singing.
Again we were invited to attend a circumcision service!

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We visited a hospital to check whether equipment that had been sent out had arrived safely and was being used.  Kathryn found there were some problems with using ultrasound equipment and two ultrasound probes had gone missing, worth 10,000 each!  Later found (we believe) elsewhere on the island.  We took steps to retrieve them.

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We traveled up to Tubigon to meet with Grace Ocampo. John had a discussion with her about the missing equipment.
The meal was a potluck meal! Everyone brought a dish, and we were royally entertained. Someone had baked a cake decorated specially for us.

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This man is blind and sleeps outside the local health centre. They cook food for him. While we were there he was sitting curled up on a stool. He fell asleep and fell off the stool and lay motionless on the floor. Everyone rushed to help him. He has no home and cannot work.  An illustration of some of the impacts of the lack of any organised social care in the country.

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We visited a school campus where a water tank had been erected using new technology.  Eric and John were not so sure how sustainable this solution may be. The children outside are pumping water from a well.

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Our hotel that night was Monica's Midtown Inn. Basic but comfortable - apart from the rotating tap, sparking sockets and the fridge full of overheated drinks and melted chocolate!

John has some emails to send to try and track down the missing equipment.

30th April
Corned beef, scrambled egg and toast for breakfast accompanied by "3 in one coffee"! That's a packet containing coffee, dried milk powder and lots of sugar. The Philippines do have a problem with dental decay and high blood pressure due to the high levels of sugar and salt.

We traveled by boat to Leyte. We had an extra passenger on board - see picture!

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The trip was 4 hours and very cosy. We are met in Leyte by Jane Arenata, the Mayor's Chief Tourist Officer.

We travel in the Mayor's official car to St Bernard where in 2006 there was a massive landslide which completely wiped out a village killing all but 22 people. We saw sections of road being reinforced to safeguard future landslides.
Emelda Marcos has a scheme to encourage people to pay for a seedling, get a free t-shirt and get entered into a lottery.  The first winner was her nephew!

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We visited various Birthing Centres today to check on equipment.  Blood pressure equipment donated by our club was very conspicuous. Possibly for our benefit?

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Staff at the Gaum Clinic have tried hard to make a dilapidated building and poor facilities more endurable. Everywhere we went we saw projects which warranted Rotary funding. But there is only so much money. All projects need to be sustainable. 

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1st May
Travel from St Bernard to Mahaplag with Jane to visit the local attraction, the Agas-agas Bridge zip line.  Pat (perhaps sensibly) declined but the rest of us cannot resist to half-mile "flight"!

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We travel on to Mahaplag to meet up with Rotarians Allan and Desiree. As we go through the village we notice a house and garden decorated, we think for a wedding! It turns out to be our reception committee. They have spit roasted a pig and prepared a feast of traditional dishes, including lemon grass tea. Unfortunately a torrential rainstorm starts and we have to escape inside.
I talk to Desiree's mother about education. She is a retired school teacher. John, Joe Eric and Kathryn go up the hill to visit the water project!

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The mainstay of the forest economy is coconut harvesting. The word coconut is derived from the Spanish "cocos" which means grinning face. Every part of the coconut is used, so it is called "Tree of Life".

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Down came the rain. Although not far it was all uphill. Everyone comes back very wet and muddy.

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We return to Cebu by the late ferry

2nd May
Pat had a morning meeting with Sandra Espina to discuss what help is needed at the Reach Centre. John and Eric go to buy medical supplies needed immediately by health centres we have visited, and Kathryn and Joe head off to track down the missing ultrasound machine and probes - successfully.

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We meet up for lunch and decide to go back to the hotel and miss out on a planned visit to the Olango Island Bird Sanctuary. There is a lot to discuss over lunch and everyone is very tired.
We do go on a local sightseeing trip to visit the memorial to Lapu Lapu who killed Magellan after he tried to invade the Philippines. A few years after his death Spain succeeded and the country was ruled by them until its control waned in the mid-19th century.

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Later we are collected by Rotarian Lenton and taken to a Chinese restaurant to meet up with other Rotarians for a Chinese banquet. We were presented with a full size pull out banners complete with stands that they had copied from our bannerettes.

3rd May
Up at 4.00am for our flight to HK and home. We say goodbye to Cebu and the Philippines.
An amazing trip. A lot achieved but still more to do. An incredible mix of Rotary project work, leisure time in the tropical seas, fascinating culture, and so many wonderful people to meet - old friends and making new ones.
It was a humbling experience with memories which will remain with us for ever.

Will you be with us next time?

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Melton Aurora Charter Night

On Saturday (26th May 2012) several members form the Melton Rotary Club had an fun evening at our "daughter club"  Melton Aurora's Charter night and were one of the first to receive their new banner!  As it was a South Pacific themed evening we were dressed accordingly.  We were welcomed with a drink of fizz and neck garland and sat on a table named Tahiti.  We dined royally on a buffet supper provided by Fig Catering and were entertained by David Morris, Asst DG Garner Roberts and friends singing "There ain't nothing like a dame" and a chorus from Aurora singing "I am going to wash that man right out of my hair". There followed dancing to a 40's disco with lessons for those of us needing help! which was enjoyed by all.  They had a raffle and "Charity Auction for holidays" and the evening raised 2270  for their Romanian Charity and Club Funds.

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Well done Aurora and thank you to you all for a great evening and 1st year birthday party for the record books!!
 
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District Assembly, 2012

The annual District Assembly of clubs in Rotary District 1070 took place at Loughborough University on 12th April.  This event is the time when the district team are able to disseminate the ideas arising across the district and from Rotary internationally to all clubs.  All Rotarians in the district are invited; mostly the attendees are those members who will be active in running clubs, committees and projects in their clubs in the coming Rotary year.  The photos show that the event, while imparting lots of valuable information, is also an enjoyable day.
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President's Dinner, April 2012

An evening of fine dining took place in St Mary?s Church on Friday April 27th when 106 people sat down for dinner in St. Mary's Church in Melton.
 
The evening consisted of music played by George Simpson as people arrived for the dinner, followed by an interesting speech by Billy Ivory (Film and TV Script writer), followed by songs from classically trained Stephanie Edwards accompanied by Launde Abbey?s pianist Emily Walker.  Everyone was blown away by the food and the entertainment it was a fabulous night.

The auction carried out by our own auctioneer Ron Edwards raised 1000.  The three charities benefiting from this event are Melton Mencap, Melton Learning Hub and St Mary?s Church.  Yvonne Ywanczuk, David Cowell and Rev Kevin Ashby will all be invited to a lunch time meeting to receive their cheques.  A total of 3,765 was raised at this event.

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Charter Night, March 2012

On Monday March 19th 100 guests joined President Pam Posnett for her Charter Evening held at Scalford Hall.

The guest speaker was Padre Pat Aldred, Pat joined the Royal Army Chaplains Department in 1998 as a chaplain to the forces.  Pat has served in a variety of regiments from Infantry to Air Corps and the conflicts have included Bosnia Kosovo and Iraq.  Pat is currently Senior Chaplain to the Royal Engineers based in Chatham.  Last year he completed his Masters degree in Theology at Cardiff University and is about to be promoted as Brigade senior Chaplain 101 Logistics Brigade and Garrison Chaplain based in Aldershot.  Pat gave a very interesting speech where he talked about both the serious part and also the fun part about being a soldier.  He also spoke about their families and the role he plays with helping them when and if the need arises.  Pat also spoke about his own feelings when he has been deployed to foreign parts. It was a very interesting well-balanced speech.

President Pam was also please to award the trophy for "Rotarian of the Year" to Geoff Goodwin and to make a Paul Harris Award to Steve Jeal, both in recognition of their continuing and dedicated service to the club.

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Stroke Awareness Day, 28th April 2012

Many people are aware of the link between blood pressure and the risk of suffering a stroke.  Not many are aware of their own blood pressure though.  Anyone can have a raised blood pressure without realising it or suffering any obvious symptoms - until they have a stroke.  Many more will now be aware after the day in Melton and across the country where Rotarians invited people to have blood pressure tests and, if appropriate, a short talk with a health professional about the results.  

On  28th April Rotarians and supporters tested 168 people from around town.  Of these a staggering 30% had blood pressures high enough for them to be recommended to see their GPs within 28 days.  One was advised to see their GP within the coming week.

Just imagine the potential good Rotary have achieved on the day if you extrapolate this result across the country.
 

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Duck Race, Easter 2012
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Swimarathon, 11th March 2012

The Club had 5 swimmers involved in the recent Swimarathon, combining with the Aurora and Belvoir Clubs. Many other members were assisting with the District Semi-final of the Young Musician Competition. The whole event was organised by the Grantham Club, intending to break the World Record for numbers of swimmers swimming at exactly the same time, 12 noon to 1 p.m. GMT. The record was more than doubled with more than 5000 swimmers taking part.

The second object was to raise money for the Elimination of Polio. Again the event was very successful, with at least 50,000 being raised.

See more at

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N.B  Such was the enthusiasm and success of the project that it is intended to hold it again next year on February 23rd 2013 !!

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Shooting Competition, 2012
The annual shooting competition against the Rotary Club of Rutland took place this year on 14th March, hosted by the Holwell Rifle Club.  We are very grateful to them for their excellent hospitality, and for their skillful and friendly coaching of the participants.  Also to David Ward for his work in organising another successful event - successful in more ways than one for the Melton club.

The final results are in the attached spreadsheet, but the summary results are: - 
Well done to all who participated for another victory.

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Water to Mali
The Melton Mowbray club are pleased to have been able to support the installation of clean flowing water supplies to the village of Dinfara in Mali.  Long denied clean water, the villagers are now smiling when they turn on the taps feeding water from the new installation.

Dinfara is a remote village of about 80km from the capital city of Mali, Bamako.  It lacks access to drinkable water and health facilities.  Thanks to two Rotarians from the UK (Cumbria) and 1 from Mali who visited it in 2007 during the Timbuktu challenge epic rally, some cars were auctioned to raise money.  That money has funded building the 8-ward Eden Medical centre for the area. Water is needed here for clinical purposes, and also by the nearby school and consumption by the villagers. Looking for water was taking a great toll from the villagers who spent almost all day going to far-away streams to fetch water.  Since these waters are open they are prone to diseases.  As there are no health services nearby any outbreak of water-borne disease could be disastrous to the lives of the villagers.

The Rotarians from Cumbria and Mali designed a water project to drill, pump, store and distribute water. Potable drinking water was to be supplied from borehole to water reservoir of 10 cubic metres, and on to supply several water spigots around the village, the hospital centre and the school.  This project has new been completed, as can be seen from the pictures.
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The Melton Mowbray Rotary Club's involvement was in applying for a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation for the project on behalf of the Cumbrian clubs.  Because of the details of the set up of the pilot phase of the Foundation's Future Vision project the Cumbrian district (1190) was unable to apply for this themselves.  Through the immediate past 1070 District Governor Roger McDermott they made contact with the Melton club.  By passing their club monies to Melton and their District Designated Fund to district 1070, the Cumbrian clubs were then able to gain the funding from the Rotary Foundation and complete the project.  Rotarians in Melton completed the application forms and oversaw the project throughout, though the bulk of the work was done by Rotarians in districts 1190 and 9100! The Melton club are pleased to have been able to facilitate the completion of such a worthwhile project.

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Young Chef

Following their visit to Stapleford Park Country Hotel, where they had to rise to the challenge of working under the watchful eyes of head chef David Ellams, Lydia Swift of Long Field School and Tom Mallender of Belvoir High School took part in the Northern Rotary Young Chef District 1070 Final in Leicester, during January 2012. 

With an age range of 11 to 17 the standard at the Final was extremely high and all competitors worked confidently to produce tasty and very professional three course meals. 

Lydia?s meal, with a menu of curried parsnip and apple soup; filo pork with apricot stuffing and ratatouille and lime cheesecake cream on a biscuit base, won her the first place, a real achievement given that she was one of the youngest competitors.

Lydia will now represent Rotary District 1070 in the Regional Final to be held in Ilkeston on 24 March 2012.

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Chrismas Tree Festival, St Mary's Church

The 9th Christmas Tree Festival was a community event with over 200 organisations, schools and businesses taking part.  A total of 457 trees were on display for the 5 day festival which was visited by 6,500 paying adults and an equal number of children for whom admission was free.

The Parish Church feels that this is one of the greatest outreach events drawing so many from the town in participation and visitors.

The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray were joined this year by the new Aurora Club and many other Rotarians took part with their companies submitting a decorated tree.

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Melton Santa Fun Run - another great success
11th December saw the running of what is fast becoming a Melton tradition - the Melton Santa Fun Run.  This year 336 runners and walkers of ages 6 to 86 registered for the run.
The weather held fine, despite a gloomy forecast. Our healthy elf warmed everyone up beforehand with a fun exercise routine. We were pleased to have our MP Alan Duncan setting off the Santas for their 5km tour of the Melton Country Park. So far as we know, all completed the course, some running it (the first person to finish completing the course in 15 minutes 31 seconds), some taking a more leisurely walk.  But we hope and believe everyone had a great fun time.

The event has raised over 10,000 for local charities. 75% or more will go to charities chosen by the individual entrants. The remainder will go to support Melton Rotary Club's work supporting communities locally and overseas.

Many thanks are owed to the country park managers, the managers of the park cafe, all our sponsors, the many Rotarians who worked so hard on the day and over the weeks ahead of the event, but of course also to all those who joined us as runners or walkers for this fast-growing Melton event.

Next year's 
Melton Santa Fun Run will be on 9th December. Put it in your diaries now, and keep an eye on www.meltonsantafunrun.co.uk and Facebook for further information.

Some photos of the event are below, all from the professional photographers who were at the event - see www.grumpyjag.photoshelter.com for the originals of these and many more photos of individual entrants
. Mark Twittey has uploaded a gallery of photos onto the MeltonMowbrayPeople web site at this link.  Many more are on the home page rolling slide show.  And also on Facebook.

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Peace Fellow speaks to the club, and PeaceJam introduced
The club was fortunate to have one of this year's Rotary Peace Fellows from Bradford attending the club as our speaker on 5th December 2011. Paul Nyibek escaped from Sudan as a teenager, after witnessing horrors that no-one, let alone a child, should see.  He spoke movingly about his life; his experiences, his achievements; his ambitions; his visions.  His visit, which was introduced by District Peace Fellow co-ordinator Trevor Davies, gave the club a good insight into the Peace Fellowship programme of Rotary International.  It was also an opportunity for the peace and conflict resolution programme called PeaceJam to be introduced to the Rotarians and visitors.

Paul is studying at Bradford University under their Peace and Conflict Resolution programme.  An extract from his CV is as follows:
Paul NyibekPaul Nyibek is a scholar, a human right advocate, and a community organizer with intense commitment to global politics and peace and security issues. This commitment stems from his personal story and background. He has seen first-hand the dire consequences of lack of security and peace growing up in South Sudan. Many people were fleeing their homes due to the violent conflict when the lives of a ferryman and family of three whose boat had capsized while crossing the river depended on his swift action. Audaciously, he rose to the challenge despite the fact that he was just a child. This incident shaped his life and accounted for his long-time fascination with politics and war and peace issues.
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Some further information on Peace Fellowships and PeaceJam was given to all members and visitors.

How does The Rotary Foundation promote World Peace?

In April 1999 a plan was approved to establish centres in leading universities worldwide for studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. At present there are six such centres: University of Bradford in England,  Duke with North Carolina University, International Christian University in Japan, Universidad del Salvador in Argentina (applications for this centre will no longer be accepted after the 2010-2012 cohort) ,University of Queensland in Australia, and Uppsala, Sweden.

Candidates are put forward by Clubs to their District, which must approve the application. If approved, it is then forwarded to Rotary International which will select up to sixty people worldwide to participate in the programme each year.  Applicants undertake a Master?s Degree course and must show a commitment to the promotion of peace, goodwill, conflict resolution and world understanding.

In February 2005 a further programme was approved for a shorter course at the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Twice each year up to thirty participants are enrolled to undertake the three-month professional development Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.  This course is of a more practical rather than academic nature, with participants coming from occupations closely related to fields where study of conflict resolution would be particularly beneficial.

The Rotary Foundation funds the costs of these Fellowships, so that there is no cost to any District. To date over four hundred Fellows have taken part in the Master?s programme from over seventy five countries, and seventy Fellows from twenty nine different countries in the newer and shorter programme.


More recently a related programme for young people from 5 to 19 years of age has been set up:
PeaceJam

Peace Jam is an international peace education programme run through schools and youth groups that brings young people into direct contact with Nobel Peace Prize winners.  The goal of PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of young peacemakers to make themselves, their local communities and their world more peaceful.  It operates in several countries around the world.

The PeaceJam project is run from the University of Bradford by its Department of Peace Studies.  Several of the Rotary World Peace Scholars currently studying in Bradford are closely involved with the development of the PeaceJam project.

The curriculum helps the PeaceJam groups explore issues related to peace, violence, social justice and oppression.  The young people study the lives and work of 12 Nobel Peace Laureates and the strategies they use to address pressing global issues.  Participating young people create and implement their own PeaceJam Global Call to Action projects, becoming creative leaders who are committed to solving the most difficult problems facing our world.

Opportunities for Rotary and schools:
Contacts:
Local: John Dehnel, RC Melton Mowbray, 07774 231098, john@jdehnel.net
District: Trevor Davies, RC Brackley, 01869 810704, t.c.davies@reading.ac.uk

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Minor Sports

'The prospect of Minor Sports glories in 2011/12 was brought crashing to the ground on Tuesday evening 29th November 2011, at the refurbished skittle alley of the Carington Arms in Ashby Folville. The little fancied Rutland team literally destroyed the odds-on favourites of Melton within the first two legs of the competition, Rutland now progress to the next round.

The evening was one of excellent fellowship, brilliant banter along with the usual nervous performances.

A further rubbing of salt into our wounds occurred when our own 'Killer Legend' John Horn failed to take the monies in the 'killer' finale losing to Sue from the Rutland team, allowing her to take the 2.30 spoils back to Rutland. 

Fortunately the battle pains did not last long, summarised by the casual comment of: - ' I have known Sex last longer than this'.

The Melton team on paper looked outstanding, in experience second to none, in fitness a sight to behold, unbelievably focused, with a brilliant team spirit, what more could an 'interim Captain' have wished for before handing over to an 'interim, interim Captain?

Volunteers please.'

David Ward

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Houses of Parliament Visit
Our president Pam Posnett arranged an interesting and informative day to replace our normal club meeting on Monday 28th November 2012. Through her many political contacts she obtained an invitation for 38 members of the club and friends to visit the Houses of Parliament, something most had not had the opportunity to do, certainly in such style.  We were guided, with very knowledgeable employees from the HoP, around Westminster Hall and both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.  We all, I am sure, learned much about the history and current workings of our system of government.  The day culminated in tea on the terrace, attended by our MP, Alan Duncan.

Many thanks to Mr. Duncan for facilitating this visit, and to President Pam for her organising it so successfully.

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Young Chef Competition

Over two weeks in November 2011, Belvoir High School, Long Field School and John Ferneley College have taken part in the opening rounds of the Rotary Young Chef competition cooking and serving a healthy meal, suitable for two people, within the cost and time limits allowed.

 All three heats were hotly contested and the worthy winners were Lydia Swift at Long Field School,Tom Mallender at Belvoir High School and Hannah Digby at John Ferneley College.  All three will now attend the Masterclass generously provided by David Ellams at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel before competing in 
the Rotary District Finals in Leicester on January 21st.

 
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Youth Speaks Out
The local heat of the public-speaking competition organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray-Belvoir took place at Quorn Lodge Hotel on 16th November.

Youth Speaks is a team event and the teams from Catmose College in Oakham this year triumphed in both the intermediate and senior categories. Melton Mowbray Young Farmers were worthy runners-up. Topics discussed ranged from Can't Buy Me Love and The Amazing World of Pizza to snail racing and streaking.

The successful Catmose College teams comprised Timothy Rhys-Williams, Philippa Brown, Danny McKay, Talek Semmens, Isaac Costa and Timothy Pearse. Melton Young Farmers were represented by Archie Herrick, Charlotte Hammond, Rosie Cass, Sarah Lovegrove, Charlotte Perfect and Katherine Lovegrove. All  four teams will compete in the next round of the competition to be held on 17th and 24th January at MV16 in Melton.

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Halloween Night Club Meeting
Halloween night this year happened to be on a Monday, so the club meeting was set to be a spooky affair. Jenny and Gavin Howling dressed the hotel in true Halloween fashion with jack-o-lanterns, ghouls and ghostly beings of all sorts, low lighting, castle dungeon walls, complete with bats flying around. Our speaker was a gentleman officer from the 19th century who fascinated us with tales of his spooky and ghostly adventures. We all proved our inadequacies in our knowledge of the traditions of Halloween with a "spooky quiz" set by Ben Abbott.
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Many thanks are owed to Jenny and Gavin for a super evening at the Sysonby Knoll Hotel.

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District Governor Linda May visits the club

On 26th September 2011 we were pleased to welcome the district governor for the year, Linda May, at our weekly meeting.  Linda spoke eloquently about Rotary's theme for the year, "Reach within to Embrace Humanity".  We all join Rotary to make a difference to our communities, and this plea from Kalyan Banejee reinforces that wish.

Linda also talked through the themes of "family", "continuity" and "change" as a basis for our programmes and thinking within the club.

The eradication of polio continues to be the number one priority for Rotary, and we are close to completing the $200 million challenge set to us by Bill Gates in 2008. We have currently raised $185 million in Rotary world-wide since that date, and with the help of all clubs will achieve the $100m by the end of this Rotary year, in June 2012. Much as we would wish, polio will not have been eradicated by then, and the fight will go on.

Public relations remains a need for all clubs and Rotary overall, and Linda promoted some ideas to widen the scope of our PR.  This included news about the Young Citizen award and the publicity that brings us through the link with the BBC.  Our district's Young Citizen will feature at the district conference this coming weekend.

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Coping with Cancer - a presentation by Lucy Pugh

On 19th September 2011 our speaker was Lucy Pugh, from the Coping with Cancer Time Out Group in Melton.  This is a group operating in the Melton area for people with cancer or familes coping with someone with that disease.  Lucy writes:

"Free Complementary Therapies for anyone affected by Cancer.

Are you affected by cancer?  If so Coping with Cancer: Time Out, would like to help to support you. 

Time Out is a very relaxed and informal general cancer support where you can meet and chat to other patients and carers over a cup of tea.  

We have a separate tranquil space where you can enjoy complementary therapies such as Aromatherapy massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Reiki.

As a charitable organisation there is no charge for refreshments or therapies however donations are greatly appreciated. 

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month 10am-1pm at the Samworth Centre, 8 Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1AE

No need to Book, Just turn up!

For more information please contact Lucy Pugh on 0116 2230055 or e-mail timeout@c-w-c.org.uk"

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Flying Rotarians Go North


On 28th August 2011 the International Federation of Flying Rotarians met for the last of this year's Air Commodore's lunches, this time at Fife airport on the edge of Glenrothes town. Rotarians John Dehnel, James Wiggins and Geoff Goodwin flew up from Melton Mowbray up to join them, accompanied as in our previous flight by Chris Hall.  We met eight other Rotarians, including some from the Rotary Club of Glenrothes - not fliers, but the local club were kind enough to meet us for lunch.  One of their members took the afternoon to drive us up to the local conservation town of Falkland.  The town has an impressive James IV castle and many well-preserved historic buildings around the town square.  An very enjoyable diversion which also gave us the chance to see some of the Scottish countryside from ground level too.

Our route up to Fife we went across the mountains of Derbyshire and Yorkshire, over to the Lake District (where we caught a glimpse of Scafell Pike - the scene of the second our our Three Peaks climbs last year), then on to Carlisle.  At Carlisle we took a short stop to stretch our legs and swap around seats, then on to Fife.  The flight back was in one leg.  We were lucky enough to get permission to fly right over the centre of Edinburgh, and then set off to the coast at St. Abbes Head.  From there our route took us down the coast to south of Sunderland, inland to York, thence to the Humber and the Trent, over TwinLakes and Melton, to our base at Leicester airfield.

We're all looking forward to next Spring for yet more IFFR expeditions.
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Fund Raising Lamb Roast
On 28th August 2011 Alison Blythe opened up her home to the club for a barbie with a difference.  On behalf of the International committee Alison arranged for a whole lamb to be roasted on open coals, as the centrepiece for a truly enjoyable meal in the grounds of Tresylllian House, Melton.  About 35 members of the club and friends came along, to a largely sunny but not very warm day, to enjoy the food, drink and fellowship.  Relatives for Janet Shortland, visiting from Tasmania, even commented that the day beat even an Ozzie barbecue - a true measure of its success.  The event raised a significant sum of money towards the International project efforts of the Rotary Club.

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Many thanks are owed to Alison for her hospitality and all her hard work, supported by members of the international committee.

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Rotary Clubs thanked for support for Pyramid Project
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Flying Rotarians visit Wales
The International Federation of Flying Rotarians organised a fly-in to Welshpool on 27th July, and a good assortment of Rotarians and friends make the journey.  Two Rotarians from Melton Mowbray went, John Dehnel and Geoff Goodwin.  We were pleased to be joined by Chris Hall, who was one of the team that had made up the 3 Peaks Challenge walkers last year.  Partly because of our affinity (if that is the word!) for Snowdon after that challenge and more recent visits by Geoff and Chris, we decided to take a detour on the way to Welshpool.  We flew up to the north Welsh coast , along from Colwyn Bay to Llandudno and Bangor, then returned to Welshpool flying overhead Snowdon on the way.

Although the weather was overcast with low cloud when we left Leicester the forecast was for better conditions in Wales - and the met office did not let us down. By the time we crossed the border the sun came out, and we had a glorious flight around north Wales.  In Welshpool it was hot and sunny, making for a pleasant but sticky walk to the garden centre nearby to sample the fare at the cafe.

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Colwyn Bay and the Llandudno PeninsulaThe Conway RiverThe Conway RiverLlanfairfechan coast
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Chris at the controlsThe Welsh HillsSnowdonThe Pyg Track up to the summit
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The other easy way up - the rail stationThe IFFR crowd at lunchThe crew and the PA28 G-USSY

A good day out, and an example of some of the breadth of activities that Rotarians get up to!

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Eric Hall joins the club
A new member joined the Rotary Club on 4th July 2011, Eric Hall.  Eric is well know to several members, partly through long connections with Scouting in the town.  We we pleased to welcome Eric, shown here at his induction:
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Presidential Hand-Over
The formal hand-over of the Presidency of the club happened on 4th July 2011.  John Horn summarised what all in the club agreed had been a successful and enjoyable year.  We look forward to Pam Posnett continuing with the success engendered by John during his year as President.  Julia Hinde has taken on the role of President-elect, supporting Pam during the coming year.
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