Rotary Club of Cober Valley Helston
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- President Steve welcomed club members and friends – Rtn Stephen Lay, Kim Hemsworth, Joash Curnow, Steve Hastings, Christine Hastings and speaker Rtn Norman Proctor
Thought for the day – Barbara
Whenever you complain about something negative in your world, you reinforce your connection with that negativity. Your complaint can actually focus your energy toward perpetuating and empowering whatever you’re complaining about.
A much better strategy is to come up with a positive alternative, and then to act on it. Instead of merely reinforcing what is wrong, you have an opportunity to change the situation for the better.
Complaints, because of their negative nature, are usually met with some degree of defensiveness. Positive alternatives, on the other hand, will naturally be met with cooperation and appreciation.
The next time you have the urge to complain, stop and ask yourself what it is you really want. Do you simply want to complain or do you want to do something that will improve the situation?
Somewhere within each complaint is a genuine desire to improve the situation, but the complaint itself is never enough to do that. So skip beyond the complaint and use your efforts and resources to truly make a positive difference.
Make the choice not to aggravate a bad situation with your complaints. Choose instead to transform it with your positive thoughts, ideas and actions.
— Ralph Marston
- District Quiz – As we are only allowed one official team need to decide who that will be. George, Paul, Carol K & Becky with John H coming along as a reserve. Quiz is on THURSDAY 2nd at the Premier Inn Carnon Downs. Spectators are welcome
- Youth Speaks – 1st February at 4 pm -Parc Eglos School. As many members as possible to come along please. George & Steve will be time keepers. Members will be needed as meet & greeters. Carol would like help with a certificate design. It was decided not to have trophies this year but to present book tokens.
- Meeting 1st Feb. Food arrangements – Carol K will email members to organise who brings what food. Any members who would like to go along immediately after Youth Speaks will be welcome, otherwise normal meeting times.
- SODIT – more emails had been circulating about the possible merger of 1290 with Devon. Steve has seen an excellent response from H-L who had discussed this in more detail. He would send this to Sue for circulation along with the email received today from Ken Sharp. Norman Proctor explained that 1290 had begun as a District to match the number of groups in Australia and that because of the ever increasing costs of administration there would have to be some changes made across the Rotary world.
- Ebay – Rachael report there being a few items on there and that we have a 10 items for sale limit at present with a maximum amount of £600 raised per month, this because we are new sellers on ebay. Members are encouraged to look at the ebay pages.
- Steve thanked Carol & Stephen for their invitation to St Austell and hoped members would take this opportunity.
- Scatter week – members will make their own arrangements with clubs they wish to visit.
- Just one or two subs still due, RIBI subs have now been paid over. Ian mentioned that perhaps this was the wrong time of the year for a new members evening as none of those invited had been able to attend but we are pleased to welcome Steve & Chris.
- Ian thought it was still worth showing the Shelterbox Schools DVD as existing members would find it enjoyable, For more info www.youngshelterbox.co.uk
Norman Proctor then gave us an enjoyable talk about how he became involved in Rotary 30 years ago and his work with Shelterbox and the Jaipur Limb project. Norman finished up with a short clip of ‘Who packs your parachute’ (for those who didn’t manage to read it all you can find the words here http://www.axpow.org/stories-whopacksyourparachute.htm )
Ian thanked Norman for coming along to talk to us tonight as part of our rotary education and for showing us how club Rotarians can move up to lofty height, how 1 dollar can be made into 4 dollars and showing us some of the excellent work rotary does. Steve presented Norman with our club attendance/donation card.
Norman ended his night with a very funny poem by Pam Ayres – ‘They should have asked my husband’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4oydSZTAns
· Truro Presidents night – Sue to circulate details
· Caroline had added her token and was passing the key ring over to Glenda
· Jo – thanked Wheal Dream for making us welcome tonight, it had been a nice meal and a very pleasant evening.
· George – JoLe Rider – he and Ron will be delivering more bikes next Tuesday from Shelterbox & Cambridge using the Rotary van.
Rotary Toast – ‘Rotary working internationally through out the word’