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

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Presidential Citation for 2012-2013
On 24th June, our last meeting of the 2012-13 Rotary year, we were pleased to have our Assistant Governor, Garner Roberts, visit us.  He took the opportunity to present to President Julia Hinde the RI President Sakuji Tanaka's Presidential Citation for the achievements of the club over the past year.  The photograph shows Garner presenting the award to President Julia.

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Kids Out 2013
On Friday 14th June we took 39 children from the Grove Primary School to Twinlakes Theme Park.

The excited children and three staff arrived for the park opening and spent 5 hours on the rides both inside and out. They were accompanied by 12 members of the Melton Mowbray Rotary Club.
A picnic lunch was provided and enjoyed by all and our thanks go to those who donated packs of crisps, sweets and drinks.

The huge advantage over Wickstead Park is the short travelling time, the indoor rides and play spaces, and the lack of queues at rides, which enabled the children and some Rotarians to fully enjoy themselves

A large vote of thanks must go to Rotarian Phil Bendall and his staff for making us so welcome and being so flexible with the rides, opening up the ones that the children wanted to go on.

A most successful day, one to be repeated in 2014, hopefully, with other local Rotary Clubs.

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Young Designer 2013
This year's Young Designer Competition on 5th June at the MV 16 school went exceptionally well with entrants from all local schools, John Ferneley, Long Field, Belvoir, and MV 16 for the Post 16 section.
 
Entries were very varied, ranging from an electronic reaction timer (car safety device), through mechanical toys to a Carp fishing rod stand, all designs well thought out and supported by extensive design studies and construction criteria - a great credit to the teaching staff of the schools involved and to the entrants themselves.
 
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The judges, Mick Hirst, Jim Schofield, Tony Pick and David Ward, representing the joint Youth Committee of Melton and Melton Belvoir Rotary Clubs, had a very challenging but greatly rewarding task in studying the finished products and trying to select winners from the high standard of work presented.

The event was brilliantly organised, and results presented by David Wilson, Head of Design within the modern MV 16 complex.
 
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Young Designer Competition - Rotary District Final

Our local Young Designer Competition winner Ryan Miller nominated by the joint Young Generations Committee, competed very professionally against very strong designs at the Rotary District Final held at the Kettering Buccleuch Academy on Saturday 22nd June, but unfortunately did not manage to secure one of the top three spots for his design.

Ryan however received a certificate to validate his achievement in reaching the District Final.

Ryan had set up his Space Saving Guitar Amplifier stand complete with his guitar for showcasing his work, his presentation was supported by his father, by David Wilson from MV 16, and by Mic Hirst from joint Young Generations committee.

Congratulations to Ryan for progressing to this stage, unfortunately our second nomination to the District final, Joe Pope, who designed a flexible multi rod Carp fishing stand, could not compete due to other commitments.

The District winning designs were:- 1st  A portable shelter for use in parks, 2nd Dressmaking design, 3rd a gadget designed to remove the tag from ?Helicoils? (an engineering thread repair technique), this gadget has now been modified and adopted by the patentees of ?Helicoils?.

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Young Writer 2013
Jointly with the Belvoir Club we have encouraged students from Belvoir High School. John Ferneley and Long Field to take part in the annual District Competition for Young Writers. Maggie Saunders of the Belvoir Club organized the involvement of Primary Schools.

The task was to write a letter to any individual or organisation 0n the theme of Peace, and the entries revealed plenty of imagination. In the Senior section there were 4 entries from Belvoir H.S., 2 from John Ferneley and 2 from Long Field. The local winner was Charlotte Fowler, 2nd was Olivia Parry, both from Belvoir H.S. Their entries went forward to a very competitive District Final.

In the Intermediate section there were 7 entries fom John Ferneley, 6 from Long Field. The local winner was Poppy Comerford from Long Field, with Aliyah Mae Williams-Ridgeway of John
Ferneley second. Again both their entries went forward to the District Final.

The Rotary Clubs were pleased with the support and encouragement given to the competitors by the teachers in the schools, as for all the Youth Competitions, Young Chef, Youth Speaks and Young
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Club Assembly 2013
At this year's Club Assembly on 3rd June, in-coming President Diana Osborne and her team presented to the club the programme for the coming year.  Details are in the Members' Section.

The photo shows Assistant Governor John Saunders presenting Diana with her pin badge signifying the theme for the coming year, "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".

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The Great Melton Duck Race
This year's race was held again at TwinLakes Park. The race was held under a blue sky and was surprisingly warm. About 50 spectators watched the race which was won by Duck 224 with 378 second and 321 third.  The winning owners of the Duck Race numbers came from Leicester, East Goscote, Coventry, Skegness and Loughborough.  
2065 ducks were sold. Thank you to all our supporters and congratulations to the winners.

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Many thanks to Phil Bendall and his staff at TwinLakes for allowing us sell the ducks over the Easter fortnight, and assisting us in running the race on the last Sunday of the Easter week.

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Youth Speaks
A team from Catmose School in Oakham represented the Melton Rotary Club at Youth Speaks in March 2013.  They spoke really well, and in the final came second (beating into third place the team that had triumphed over them in the semi-finals!)
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Young Musician
The Young Musician competition for 2013 was again hotly contested, with some stunning perfomances from children of all ages performing on a wide range of instruments.

The winners for the semi-final at John Ferneley School were:
    Senior Solo Vocal,                         Robert Willimas  -    Market Harborough
    Senior Solo Instrumental,               Frances Gibson, Oboe    -    Ashby de la Zouch
    Senior Ensemble Insturmental       Jack Pilcher-May, Bryony Wong, Chris Packwood, Brass Trio -  Market Harborough

The Melton Theatre was the venue on 10th March for the District 1070 final.

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Charter Night

The celebration of our 85th year as a Rotary Club came on the 18th March, led by our president for this year, Julia Hinde.  We were pleased to have so many guests from all over the district, including the Lord Lieutenant of Leicester, Jennifer the Lady Gretton, the mayor of Melton Mowbray, John Illingworth, and our own District Governor Chris Chew.  We were particularly pleased to have a large contingent from the Melton Interact club join us for the evening. Diana Osborne, Chris Chew and Julia Hinde make excellent speeches in proposing the usual toasts.  Our speaker replying on behalf of the guests was 
Sandra Miller, a RADA trained actor who now works extensively in the corporate sector providing mentoring, coaching, consultancy, training, facilitation and role-play.  She spoke amusingly and interestingly about her life as an actor and mentor/coach.  After the speeches, president Julia was pleased to present a Paul Harris Fellowship award to Joe Carrington, the Rotarian of the Year award to Alison Blythe, and a special award for 40 years' service to the club to Marshall Pobjoy.  Wendy Chew won the "guess the weight of the simnel cake" competition.  It was certainly an evening enjoyed by all.

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A Thought-Provoking lunchtime meeting

Our lunch time meeting on 25th February had a speaker with a thought-provoking topic:
Sajedah Patel spoke on 'Beating Bowel Cancer'.  Representing the Beating Bowel Cancer society she opened our eyes to the topic, the sorts of people the disease can affect (all of us!) and the symptoms to keep a particular lookout for.  As well as spreading this knowledge, in an aim to have more cases diagnosed at an early stage when it is still treatable, the society is also dedicated to supporting people diagnosed with the disease.  Further information is available at the society's web site, www.beatingbowelcancer.org/.

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Young Chef - Northern Finals Success

Following expert and effective coaching at Stapleford Park Country Hotel, provided by head chef David Ellams and his colleagues, Lydia Swift of Long Field Academy, Elizabeth Jones of Belvoir High School and Elizabeth Shaw of John Ferneley College took part in the challenging Northern Rotary Young Chef District 1070 Final in Leicester on Saturday February 2nd.  With an age range of 11 to 17 the standard of the final was extremely high and competitors from across the county worked diligently to produce tasty and very professional three course meals.  Elizabeth Jone's meal, with a menu of goats cheese tart; grilled sea bass and a delicious chocolate desert, won her the third place;- a tremendous achievement. This is the second consecutive year that a Melton young chef has been successful in the final stages.

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Young Chef - coaching at Stapleford Park

On December 10th the winners of the Young Chef heats enjoyed preparing for the District Final to be held in Leicester in early February. Under the expert guidance of David Ellams, head chef at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel, our three finalists each cooked a delicious three course meal.This was the first of two sessions, generously provided by David and his team. The pictures show Elizabeth Shaw, the John Ferneley winner; Elizabeth Jones, the Belvoir High winner and Lydia Swift, the winner of the Long Field heat for the second year in succession. Lydia went on to win the District event in February 2010 and is hoping to build on this achievement in 2013.

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Santa's Grotto - lunch at TwinLakes

For our last lunch meeting of 2012 the club plus several friends met at TwinLakes, for an informal fish and chips meal, then a visit to TwinLakes' new Santa's Grotto.  Owner (and member of our club) Phil Bendall has invested much time thought and spare cash into constructing a fabulous wonderland of elves, animals and Inuit hunters, all set in snowy and icy scenes.  Santa's train take the children and parents on a ride through all of this before dropping them off to visit Santa in his grotto.  Santa gives them a gold token to enable them to choose any of the great selection of presents, for children up to 12 years old, from his store.  The additional innovation, of breakfast with Santa, has already been sold out for this season.  Santa will be back next year, we are promised.

It's a marvelous innovation for the park and the region.  We congratulate Phil on his initiative and wish him well in that and his many other activities at the park.  Under his leadership TwinLakes park has grown to be a major employer in Melton, and now brings tourists from a long way outside the town.

It also happened to be Phil's birthday, so the traditional song and cake with candle were part of the day.  Thanks and Happy Birthday Phil.
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Christmas Dinner 2012

This year's Christmas dinner was held at the Grange Alpine Restaurant, a new venue for the club which proved excellent for a friendly and enjoyable night out.  About 50 members, friends and family attended. Roast turkey and Christmas pud were the favoured menu choices, with alternatives for those saving themselves for later in the week. After dinner James and Pam Wiggins held a quiz with a distinctly Christmas theme - challenging questions which sorted out two teams with 11/20 and several teams scoring just half marks.  The tie break decided the winners of the chocolates.  Then we were excellently entertained by "Raised in Song", six of the singers from "Choir Invisible", who have toured extensively including as The Desmond & Leah Tutu Peace Choir UK.

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Santa Fun Run 2012

Another great day was had by all.  Fun all round was the order of the day.  336 entrants took part in the run and walk, raising over 9,000 for local charities and good causes. We'd be pleased to hear of any notable stories or good causes that everyone was supporting.

1st overall         No 295              Andrew Larrington                15 mins 44sec, running to raise funds for the Animal Defence Centre

2nd                    No 199              Jonathan Oxbrough               16 : 01

3rd                     No 132              Jim Hatherley                         16 : 11

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                          No  36                Nicola Clay                              time uncertain

First child         No 253              Sophie Norwood                      time not known

We hope we have the names right.  These guys were all puffed out and could hardly breathe let alone spell their names.
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                    She was totally crackered but could still raise a big smile.

About a quarter of the entrants were 12 or under, so well done to all of you.  Also to the runner with the baby in a papoose and the trousers that kept falling down.  The youngest entrant had to be the bump, at minus 5 weeks, as in Bret, Betty and Bump.  We had 2 disability scooters and countless buggies, so we hope the diversions did not cause too much problem.  We only found our last week that the council would be repairing some of the footpaths over this time!  Bob the dog, owned by Kirsten Scotland won the best dressed dog show.

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Next year's event will be on 8th December 2013.  Get those new diaries out now!

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Visit to Donna Nook Seal Colony

Thursday 22nd November 2012

In the Lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the men of the North Lands sit by their great log fires tell tales of ..... the intrepid seal hunters (cameras only!) from Melton Mowbray!

Fifteen fearless souls met up on the south-eastern edge of Lincolnshire (at Grantham) to head north towards the cold and bleak shores of the North Sea.  Their objective was the R.A.F. bombing range at Donna Nook which, quite surprisingly, is probably the best place in the whole of the UK to see Grey Seals being born.

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We left Grantham and headed up towards Sleaford and then on to Tattershall and Conningsby. (Unfortunately with no time to visit the Castle or the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight). From there we headed north to Horncastle where we (well, most of us) stopped for some light refreshment.  Unfortunately, two of the cars (one being driven by William ?Damon? Hill and the other navigated by John ?Cape? Horn) missed the rendezvous and ended up in Louth. After the break we (well, most of us) continued north towards Louth where we crossed the Greenwich Meridian and headed on into the Eastern Hemisphere and the coast.

Finally we arrived at North Somercoates and headed out to the car park at Donna Nook where, miraculously, everyone met up.  Once we were together we started the ?long and arduous? trek (of almost 50 yards) over the sea bank to spot our first seals.

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Normally seal spotting is a bit of a hit and miss affair.  Well, not if you visit Donna Nook in the last three weeks of November or early in December.  This is when the seals head ashore and up the beach to have their pups.  A couple of days before we arrived the head count was 439 bulls, 1087 cows & 951 pups .  That?s nearly 2,500 seals, the majority of which are less than 100 yards away from you!

An observation path follows a ?double? fence along the sand dunes for about a mile.  The fence is there to protect the humans NOT the seals!

Everybody was amazed to see how close the seals were - just look at the photos!.

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Many of the pups were only days, if not hours old, and lay right next to the fence along with their mothers.  We saw them suckling, being caressed and comforted or just sleeping. Unfortunately, no births whilst we were there.

We were very lucky with the weather, although it was very cold and threatened to turn to rain. So, after about two hours we all headed back to the car park where most people had a hot drink before setting off home.

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The return journey was to be via Lincoln with a ?Tea Shop? break at Wragby.  However, having just left the coast to head inland one of our intrepid group suffered a rather deflating experience!  Unfortunately, since Volvo did not design a spare wheel into this particular vehicle, he and his passengers had to wait for the RAC to come out and solve the problem. The rest of us, in true Rotary spirit, left them to it and continued on to the Tea Shop!!!

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... we had a great time with a lot of Rotary fellowship, a trip to the seaside and one of the best wildlife experiences in the UK.
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Asubun Project at Long Field School
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Four Year 11 students (Victoria Egner, Bethan Scott, Molly Hunt & Max Leah (a fifth member Olivia Parry was involved in the first year has now moved school) are completing the AS Extended Project qualification a year earlier than usual. They have decided to work as a group and create an enterprise toolkit for students in the Teso region of Uganda (main aim = guide Ugandan students in how to set up a small scale business). The group created their own brand and name, ?Asubun? this translates to ?create? or ?We make ourselves? in the local Iteso language. The project completes in May 2013 after two years work.

The group aimed to raise funds so that the enterprise toolkits could be sent to Uganda along with a small micro-grant of 10 (this will buy substantial start up resources in Uganda). The main aim was to give students in Uganda the chance to start their own business and provide them with the skills to improve their life and that of their family. The group works closely with the Long Field?s link school in Uganda, The Ngora High School. The group have raised enough funds to pay a teacher to act as a coordinator for the project in Uganda. As a consequence of this link, it became clear that Ngora High School desperately needed additional ICT equipment also.

Part of the promotion of the initiative was to present the vision to the Rotary Club of Melton and outline what the project required. As a consequence, the Rotary Club generously donated 200, masses of school stationery and 13 computers.

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The students have raised well over 1000 for the project so far with almost 50 students in Uganda receiving the toolkits to start their enterprise ideas.

Sincere thanks to all the members of the Rotary Club for their kind donations and support of this unique collaborative venture.

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Social Sciences Curriculum Director, Long Field Academy, Melton Mowbray

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My Olympic Dream
About 50 club members, family and friends gathered at the Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby to hear an engaging talk by Chris Knight (a Rotarian from Ashby) about his Olympic Dream - his involvement in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, 2012.

Chris applied to be a part of the activity in early October 2011, and received confirmation he would be part of the Fife County team in January 2012.  From then on he was in
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Bill Hill, who organised the event, said: "As a social event I thought it was a success and I hope you and your guests enjoyed the evening. The raffle raised a super 185 and a small surplus from the ticket sales made a grand total of 230 which will be allocated to the Osprey Migration Project."

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Youth Speaks - Clean Sweep for Catmose

The Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Mowbray Belvoir staged the annual public-speaking competition, Youth Speaks, on Wednesday 14th November at Quorn Lodge Hotel. The hotly contested competition was won by teams from Catmose College in both the intermediate and senior categories.

Topics included the Paralympic vision , modern languages provision in today's schools, the regrettable decline of school music, as well as talks on the pros and cons of social media and the world of electronic gadgets.

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The competition usually attracts interest from the Melton borough's schools. However this year none entered and it is now down to Catmose College to represent the Melton Rotary clubs in the next round of this national competition which will take place in January 2013.

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Spice Club Night, October 2012
The fantastic successes and the remaining challenge of Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio world-wide were highlighted at the club's international dinner in October.  The dinner was held at the Spice Club in Melton, and supported by a small but select band of members, plus some welcome visitors from the Melton Belvoir club and two Hong Kong students from Students International school in Melton.  Thank you to Uzzal and his staff at the Spice Club for hosting us so well.

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The success Rotary and our partners have achieved towards polio eradication is best illustrated by the massive reduction in cases of polio world-wide.  1000 children per day
(350,000 in the year) were catching polio when Rotary took up the challenge in 1985  to eradicate the disease across the world.  This year so far (up to October) fewer than 200 children have succumbed in the whole year.  The world map, largely painted red when the 125 countries with endemic polio are highlighted,  now only glows red in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  But it is essential we finish the job.  An outbreak in Tagikistan in 2010 sharply shocked us all after years when the country had been free of the disease.  As they had given up on doing routine vaccinations, one case grew within  a couple of months until nearly 500 children were paralysed by polio. Polio is such an infective disease that, unless we completely eradicate it from the world, every child worldwide will continue to have to be vaccinated for ever - at enormous financial and logistical cost which could be spent on reducing other diseases such as malaria and AIDS, as well as imposing on-going unnecessary trauma on children.

Our event raised a good sum to donate towards both paying for the vaccinations, and also publicising the on-going problem.  The nature of this problem was illustrated when people in the restaurant began asking, "What is polio?"  We have fortunately been free of polio for so long now in the UK that the disease is largely unknown among younger generations. That does not minimise the horror of children paralysed for life from this entirely preventable disease.  We are  so close, we must finish the job.

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District Quiz, October 2012
The Rotary District 1070 inter-club quiz was run on 18th October.  Both our teams performed well. Team A, Jenny Foreman, Linda Moore, Mike Rowe and David Ward were very consistent, averaging more than 50% over 5 challenging rounds. Team B, Richard Abbott, Adrienne Holland, John Horn and John Redwood were more erratic, losing ground early through knowing little about the Oscars.  They recovered well, however,  by scoring 9 in Round 4 on "Balls", inspired by John R?s  abstruse cricketing knowledge. Now in equal top spot, even dreaming of a place in the final, they struggled in Round 5 and fell back to joint third. Ashby Castle A ran out as worthy winners with 32 points.

Thanks to all who took part in a very entertaining evening, efficiently managed by Robert Bracegirdle and Eddie Pearson, to whom we were most grateful.

John Horn

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Young Chef - Opening Rounds of 2012-13 event

Over the first two weeks of October students at Belvoir High School, Long Field Academy and John Ferneley College have taken part in the opening rounds of the Rotary Young Chef competition. In this competition the young people are required to cook and serve 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, Lizzie Jones at Belvoir High School and Elizabeth Shaw at John Ferneley College. All three will now attend a Masterclass generously provided by David Ellams at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel before competing in the Rotary District Finals in Leicester at the end of January 2013.

The photographs show some of the contestants and their entries.
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Minor Sports, Minor Triumph
17 members and friends of the club met at the Marquis of Granby in Waltham to attempt to overcome the might of the Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club in early October. The only sense in which we triumphed was in having a great social night.  We won the first round, but then our captain allowed all sorts of physical distractions (massages and removal of clothing being just some of those) to overcome our focus on the main business of the night.

We wish Grantham Kesteven good luck in the remainder of the competition.

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District Conference in Telford
Nine members of the club and partners enjoyed a weekend in Telford at the Rotary District Conference, also hearing a series of stimulating presentations on several charities  supported by Rotary and many aspects of our work in our communities.

The weekend began with a "Best of British" supper and "Last Night of the Proms with the Jackfield Brass Band and the Hadley Male Voice Choir.  Patriotic dress and Union Flags (mostly the correct way up!) were in abundance.
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The Saturday morning opened with the Drum Cafe band.  We all (750 of us) had African-style drums on our seats on arrival, and in a fascinating half-hour were shown how to play a variety of rhythms and notes, in a fairly well co-ordinated way.  Great fun, and a real example of leadership and teamwork.
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Chris Chew, our District Governor then opened the event, and indeed led it superbly throughout.  He was followed by RIBI President John Minhinick talking about current developments in Rotary in Britain and Ireland, Rotaract, from Inner Wheel, and then our neighbouring club, Grantham, publicising their fantastic Trade Aid project.
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After the break Canine Partners showed us the way their dogs can help the daily lives of the disabled.  As always, their dogs really caught the audience's imaginations.  We then heard a moving expose of Hope and Homes for Children, especially a talk from a young lad Oggi Tomic, who escaped from Serbia during the recent war-torn times.
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The afternoon gave everyone a chance to see the delights of the Telford area, including Ironbridge and the natural environment around the Wrekin.  The club presidents took part in the Rotaract Challenge (harder than it looks) and raised 1160 for 'Hope and Homes for Children' and 'Calvert Trust' in doing so.

Saturday night was party night, with a black tie dinner and ball.
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Sunday morning began with a "Time for Reflection", with readings on aspects of peace from four belief systems (Jewish, Humanitarian, Muslim and Christian).  A series of short videos featuring the humanitarian work of the Rotary Foundation were followed by demonstrations of Vocation in Action: RYLA (Rotary Young Leadership Award) and Remap - Rotarians using their vocational skills to help less-able people with simple everyday tasks.  The team who took part in the recent VTT (vocational training team) visit to Kenya, working with three special needs schools in Thika, showed us all the value of this new Rotary Foundation programme.

We were entertained by Matt Harvey, the poet and broadcaster, who read several of his poems.  Our final speaker of the conference was  Michael Portillo, giving us a glimpse of his political life and his more recent work as a broadcaster and documentary film presenter.  He is a patron of DEBRA, an organisation supporting those with a severe skin disfunction called epidermolysis bullosa (EB).

Many of Rotary's activities and the charities supported  by Rotary were on display in the House of Friendship:
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In all a stimulating and enjoyable weekend, well led by our president Julia.

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Philippines: Leyte Water Project
The Rotary Clubs of Melton Mowbray and Banilad Metro (in Cebu, Philippines) have begun a process to supply clean water to a community in the mountains in central Southern Leyte, a province of the Philippines.  The village is Cuatro de Agosto, near Mahaplag, circled in green in the map below.
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A small party from the club visited The Philippines in April/May 2012 to assess several potential projects for our club's support, and chose this one as the proposal most likely to have a high and sustainable impact on the community.  Joe Carrington, John Dehnel, Eric Hall, Kathryn Manderson (wife of Rotarian Duncan), accompanied by Pat Luckett  from the South Holland club, made up the party.  The project has been proposed by the Rotary Club of Banilad Metro, a club in Cebu, and supported by the Rotary clubs in Maasin and Ormoc, both in South Leyte.  Allan Limas and Des Gahi are the main contacts in the Banilad club.  Allan is known to some of the club, as he was the leader of the GSE team that visited district 1070 with a GSE team from the Visayas in 2010.  Des can be seen in some of the pictures from our visit below.

The project is described in more detail in the proposal linked here.  This is very much a preliminary proposal,  Much work has to be done before the project can be firmed up, including:
In any case, as district 3860 is not a pilot district  under the Future Vision of The Rotary Foundation and it is proposed to apply for a Global Grant from the Foundation for this project, we would not be able to submit an application until July 2013.  In any case it will take some while for the clubs to raise the initial money towards the project.  Preliminary studies will start now, with a longer time frame to completion in mind.  It is envisaged that the Melton Rotary club will contribute about US$10,000 to this project.  We hope to obtain grants from The Rotary Foundation of about $35,000, both from the World Fund and the districts' own Foundation funds.

Some pictures from the May 2012 visit:
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Copra and dessicated coconut production in the hills near the springJohn helps out
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A Summer to Remember
(and for once I'm not talking about the 2012 Olympics)

The Club welcomed Sally Crewe, RYLA delegate, and Izzy Cocker, RYE participant, to the meeting on 3 September to give an account of their experiences over the summer on these two youth projects. Their placements were sponsored by the club.

Sally, a former Interactor and frequent visitor the club spent 8 days at Grafham Water in July  taking part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award scheme. Set up to train young leaders, this intensive residential course put the class of 2012 through its paces with daily tasks and challenges designed to develop leadership, team work and personal growth and development.  They undertook  activities ranging from raft-building, sailing and trekking to ?Apprentice?-style tasks and presentations. It wasn't all work though. The group gelled really well and had lots of fun and laughs along the way. Sally found the experience extremely beneficial and rewarding, developing new skills which took her out of her comfort zone, as well as giving her the opportunity to hone those vital skills of leadership and team work. Sally returns to Leeds University shortly to complete her final year of study.

Izzy took part in the camps/tours strand of Rotary Youth Exchange and travelled to San Diego in California in July. This was the first time the club has supported this particular Rotary youth initiative. After a presentation at her school, Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School, Izzy applied through the District Officer for a place at the prestigious San Diego music camp. She was interviewed by members of the club and produced an audition tape of her viola-playing. Hearing that she had been accepted, Izzy said, was one of the best days of her life. She spent three marvellous weeks in San Diego, hosted by a Rotarian family, enjoying their hospitality and the opportunity to learn about the American way of life.
The music camp attracted talented young musicians from all over the world and they came together, through Rotary, to play together at the San Diego Bilbao Park. Practice sessions took place every morning, with recitals and concerts at the end of camp. Izzy also enjoyed visiting down town San Diego, Hollywood, a beach barbecue, surfing and canoeing. To conclude her visit to our club Izzy treated us by playing her viola. Her achievements are all the more remarkable as she has just turned 16.

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District Governor's Visit
Mid-August saw our new District Governor, Chris Chew, visit our club on his marathon round of visiting all 88 clubs in the district early in "his" year.  He spoken eloquently about the theme for the year of Peace Through Service, amplifying its meaning and reminding us it does not just mean peace as opposed to war, but also more local factors such as minimising school bullying or the right to enjoy a quiet family life. Our president Julia regretted missing the visit, but was away on her honeymoon - an allowed excuse!  The photo shows our President-elect Diana Osborne greeting Chris.
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Lamb Roast
An enjoyable summer party was hosted by Alison Blythe at Tresillian House in ealry August.  29 members and friends attended, enjoyed good company and a great tasting spit-roast lamb.
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Ospreys at Rutland Water
Bill Hill aranged two visits in July and August to the Lyndon Nature Reserve at Rutland Water to visit the Osprey nesting site.  Ospreys have successfully bred there since their relocation from Scotland some years ago.

The link with our club, apart from the fascinationg story of the birds and their migrations to and from the west coast of Africa every year, is that we are developing a project to link primary schools along the route, creating an  interest in the birds and the environment in general among school children in the UK, continental Europe and Africa.  We aim to provide computers and associated equipment so the children can talk to each otheron line and devlop better understanding of each other and their ways of life.

Over the two visits 30 members of the club, 20 older students from the Melton International School, and about 50 other interested people have visited the nature reserve. Some pictures of the second visit are below:
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For more information on the osprey project visit the Rutland Water Nature Reserve site at www.ospreys.org.uk.    

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Rotary Stars
Rotary Stars is an award offered by the Rotary Clubs in Melton Mowbray to all local primary schools, taken up this year by ten schools.

Rotary Stars is a new venture to the Melton Mowbray Rotary Clubs.  The project is part of the youth committee activities,and is run by Penny Hancox and Dennis Hurst.  The aim of the award is to recognise a pupil in primary school, who, in the opinion of the staff has consistently demonstrated such attributes as good citizenship, endeavour and helpful behaviour.  We stipulate to schools that the award is not for academic achievement or sporting skills. The parameters of the award are entirely with the school, and the presentation to one pupil per school takes place in June or July.The child is presented with a .ROTARY STAR certificate,accompanied by a badge and a book token bought by the clubs from Melton Book Shop.  We hope to begin work in the autumn on involving more schools, to improve and increase our relationship for the future of Rotary.

It is a worthwhile project because, whereas the majority of Rotary youth projects / competitions cater predominantly for gifted and talented children, the ?Rotary Stars? project is open and suitable for all children irrespective of age, talent or academic ability.

 
The pictures show 11 year old Mim Roberts of Asfordby Hill Primary School being awarded the 2012 Rotary Stars certificate on 2nd July by Rotary Club president Julia Hinde for "her constant endeavours in school and the community":

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