Club News 2015- 2016
Reports on speakers at Club meetings and Events
10.06.2016 Llandeilo Rotary Ploughman's Lunch
12.05.2016 Shelter Box
Rtn Dilwyn Williams relates family business to Llandeilo Rotary
10.06.2016 Ploughman's Lunch
On Friday, 10th June Llandeilo Rotary Club will hold their annual Ploughman's Lunch at the Civic Hall in Llandeilo. President Ken Griffith is no stranger to this major charitable fund raising event having been President in 2009-2010. The Ploughman's Lunch brings together the people of Llandeilo and surrounds together to raise monies for Llandeilo Rotary Club's chosen charities. This year President Ken has chosen Cancer Research Wales and Ty Hafan and the proceeds of this event will go entirely to these two charities. The afternoon will be opened by the Mayor of Llandeilo, Town Councillor Colin Jenkins followed by an address by President Ken.
5.5.2016 Rtn Dilwyn Williams, Guest Speaker
On Thursday evening 5 May Rotarian Dilwyn Williams was the guest speaker at his club Llandeilo Rotary. Dilwyn chose to speak about the family business Williams Brothers of Nantgaredig founded by his father in 1926 as coal merchants. Dilwyn's talk incorporated a lot of humour when he mentioned that his father was 26 years older than his mother and recalled that he saw his father as a battery chicken that fancied a free range hen! The William's family including Mr Williams senior, Dilwyn and his brother John rapidly expanded their business that progressed when Dilwyn's father bought him a lorry at 17 years of age.Taking his driving test Dilwyn failed the first time but passed on his second attempt. The examiner was a Harry Kybett who told the young Dilwyn following his failed attempt, "Mr Williams you have to anticipate what's coming round the corner". This saying stuck with Dilwyn for the rest of his business life. The business continued to grow and the family began to sell the heavier side of building materials including bricks, lime and stones.The market was changing and customers wanted coal supplied in bags and carried into their coal houses.To diversify, the business also went into the cement business buying two concrete mixers and hiring these to farmers who wanted to undertake their own work.At the same time the company obtained an agency with Aberthaw Cement.However Dilwyn remarked that the money was in the coal. By now Williams Brothers were selling 18-24 tons of coal per day in bags. To illustrate the physical work this entailed Dilwyn brought his own coal shovel with him suitably engraved.
27.02.2016 St David's Day comes early for Llandeilo Rotary Club
Llandeilo Rotary Club celebrated St David's Day early at the White Hart, Llandeilo on Friday evening 26 February. President Ken Griffiths organised the evening at the White Hart, Llandeilo that was well attended by Rotarians, their wives and Ladies of Inner Wheel including President Karen Davies of Ammanford Club.
Gordon's working life started with a 6 year stint in the banking world. As Gordon put it he escaped from banking and trained as a teacher. In 1983 he entered the world of politics and stood as a candidate in the election in Coventry South East achieving 25% of the total vote and supported by such distinguished figures as Paddy Ashdown and Charles Kennedy. Gordon's interest of music was however the love of his life and he was later invited to join the Music Exam's Board when attending the Guildhall School of Music in London.He was then involved in the marking of exams for the next 20 years.This took him to the Far East where he worked in many countries including Borneo and Malaysia.Eventually he worked his way to becoming Chief Examiner.This career spanned 41 years as an examiner for Guildhall and Trinity and took him all over the world to countries as diverse as Spain, Ireland,Thailand, Hong Kong, USA and New Zealand.Gordon commented that the Malaysian and Chinese students were very talented and very competative and many of the mainly girl students passed their exams with distinctions.
Gordon also mentioned that on one occasion returning to reexamine some of the students a number of years later in Malaysia they still recognised him and brought him presents not as a bribe but for luck and to welcome him back to their country.
To conclude, Gordon has now retired from being a Music Examiner at 75 years of age and has now embarked on what he referred to as a "new life".
Past President Brian Carroll gave the vote of thanks and wished Gordon an interesting career ahead following his year as Mayor.
President Ken Griffiths, Mayor Gordon Kilby and Past President Brian Carroll.
07.01.2016 Llandeilo Rotary Club presents cheque and welcomes new member
Llandeilo Rotary Club had a full evening when on Thursday, 7th January they presented one of their charities with a cheque and a little later welcomed a new member.
Following a Grand Concert held at St Teilo's Church, Llandeilo on October 17th to raise funds for Ty Cymorth Hospice Appeal a cheque for £1,050 was presented by President Ken Griffiths to David Harris representing Ty Cymorth. David, a Rotarian of 25 years, is both the Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the Trustees for the appeal thanked Rotarians for their efforts in particular Past President Kevin Sivyer who arranged the venue and the artists for the evening.
David went on to say that Llandeilo Rotary was not the strongest but was one of the most dedicated clubs in Wales.He also remarked that the raising of funds for charities generally has become more difficult and that this amount would be put to good use and would benefit children and their families in the future.Rotarian Kevin responded and mentioned that he was arranging another charity concert for next year.
The evening finished with Past President Kevin Sivyer introducing the new member, who he nominated to the club, the Mayor of Llandeilo and Councillor Gordon Kilby.Gordon a professional musician and a lover of Gilbert and Sullivan musicals recalled that he first came to the club in June 2015 when elected Mayor.Mayors of Llandeilo are automatically asked by the club to become honorary members.However Gordon with his interest in Rotary desired from the onset to become a full member and assured Rotarians that he would serve the club and adhere to the Rotary motto "Service above Self".
David Harris receiving a cheque from President Ken Griffiths with Rotarian Kevin Sivyer.
Mayor and Councillor Gordon Kilby, President Ken Griffiths with Rotarian Kevin Sivyer.
19.11.2015 Presentations to Charities
On Thursday, 19th November Immediate Past President Michael Taylor presented cheques on behalf of Llandeilo Rotary Club to Marie James representing the National Autistic Society and to Bethan Palfrey representing Parkinson's UK.Michael who was President of the club 2014-2015 supported both of the charities during his year as both have special and personal meanings to him. The evening was started by Bethan who informed her audience that she had only just started in her position some 8 weeks ago and stressed that every hour someone is diagnosed as having Parkinson's in the UK.Bethan said that the cheque for £2000 would be used to fund research and the various therapies that her charity undertakes. Marie thanked Rotarians for their efforts in supporting her charity in particular Richard Hughes who over the years has provided the facility of swimming lessons at Pant Glas, Llanfynydd for Autistic children with their families. Marie said the cheque would go towards continuing this facility and many other activities in the future.Finally President Ken Griffith thanked both Bethan and Marie for their kind words.
President Ken Griffith, Bethan Palfrey, Past President Richard Hughes, Marie James and Immediate Past President Michael Taylor.
15.11.2015 Llandeilo Osteopath is Rotary guest
On Thursday, 5th November Llandeilo Rotary Club welcomed their guest speaker David Rodway who entertained members of the club with an illustrated talk on Osteopathy. David who graduated from the School of Osteopathy in 1979 and now, practices in Llandeilo gave his audience a history of Osteopathy that had its origins in the American state of Missouri in the 1860's.A certain Andrew Taylor a county Doctor began practicing and in those days David informed us the only painkillers were Alcohol, Mercury, Caffeine, Digitalis, Cocaine and very little else. Dr Taylor saw Osteopathy as engineers for the body and drew a parallel of the human body as to the workings of a steam locomotive in those early days. David related that Osteopathy became recognised in Kirksville USA in the 1870's and his illustrations showed a stark contrast between the original building to the state of the art building that houses the profession in the 21st Century. He recalled that the profession was set up in Britain in 1910 by Dr Martin Littlejohn then at Buckingham Gate in London before moving near to the Elephant and Castle. In Wales the representation is at Swansea University. David finalised his talk by informing his audience that the treatment involves no equipment and is hands on only and that every patient is different and the pain of his patients is more often than not caused from another part of the body and not from the source. The evening finished with a host of questions with some Rotarians hinting at a personal diagnosis! Past President delivered the vote of thanks and mentioned that his only tenuous link with Osteopathy is through his daughter who is a Physiotherapist. Senior Vice President Martin Peake and David Rodway.
17.10.2015 Wynne Evans and supporting artistes feature as Llandeilo Rotary Club hold 'Voices for Hospices' Concert
On Saturday evening 17th October Llandeilo Rotary Club hosted a Grand Concert
'Voices for Hospices' on behalf of the Ty Cymorth Hospice Appeal.The concert was held at St Teilo's Church, Llandeilo and arranged by Past President of the club Kevin Sivyer.The two hour concert featured an array of artistes including well known Welsh tenor Wynne Evans a Carmarthen boy and regular presenter on BBC Radio Wales and Classic FM, Cor Meibion Clwb Rygbi Treforys(Morriston Rugby Club Male Voice Choir), numbering over 70 choristers, who have toured Europe and represented Wales in 2012 at the huge 10 day Inter-Celtique Festival in Brittany, L'Attitude an acoustic guitar duo whose work has regularly been featured on various BBC stations and Sarah Osborn an accomplished flautist who has played in the Annual Flute Festival/Masterclass in Switzerland for many years and is a member of the Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band. The President for the evening was Thomas Lloyd OBE, DL, FSA who spoke about his love for Carmarthenshire returning to his family home in Cwrt Henri after many years absence and his support for Ty Cymorth. Compere for the evening was Rotarian John Walford OBE. Representatives of Ty Cymorth, the Mayor of Llandeilo and Councillors were present and the evening was a great success with an audience from all parts of the county present. The evening ended with a rendering of Cwm Rhondda, in both Welsh and English, the adopted anthem of Llandeilo Rotary Club.
To quote one person following the rendering, 'If we had sung like that earlier
in the rugby at Twickenham we would have easily beaten South Africa'!
Following the evening in excess of £1,000 was raised and this will be donated
towards the Ty Cymorth Hospice Appeal.
Wynne Evans in concert.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) speaker addresses Llandeilo Rotary Club
Earlier this month Llandeilo Rotary Club hosted their RYLA candidate Eirian Jones of Ysgol Bro Dinefwr to outline her experiences following her Rotary Youth Leadership Award week at Storey Arms in the Brecon Beacons sponsored by the club. Eirian, accompanied by her mother Delyth, gave a very frank and interesting account and related that the course had improved her leadership skills, taught her to be more organised and to trust her fellow students. At the start of the course Eirian informed her audience that it had taken a while for everyone to settle but once the various teams had been arranged out of the 30 plus participants then everyone started to relax and enjoy themselves. Eirian was in the A team and who was nicknamed "Shotgun". The week
involved caving, canoeing, rock climbing, sailing and adventure walking. Eirian led the caving adventure for her team and related that on one occasion a ledge called "Dead Man's Ledge" was temporarily renamed "Fluffy Bunny Ledge" by her in order to give her fellow team members courage. As a result all her colleagues sailed through the course and the name change obviously worked!
At the end of her talk Eirian presented Rotary President Ken Griffiths with a photo album of the week's course to help other RYLA candidates in the years ahead. This is the first occasion that such a presentation has been received. Numerous questions followed and the vote of thanks was proposed by Junior Vice President Martin Peake.
Sen Vice President Martin Peake, Eirian Jones, Mrs Jones, President ken Griffiths
20.08.2015 FfionHaf talk on Memingitis Now
On Thursday evening, 20th August Llandeilo Rotary Club entertained their guest speaker Ffion Hâf of Meningitis Now. Ffion was welcomed by Past President David Owen and the evening was of special interest to David as he lost his sister a few years ago to Meningitis. Ffion informed her audience that Meningitis is made up of two major groups Bacterial and Viral strains, of which the bacterial strain is the most serious. She added that some 500,000 people in Britain have had Meningitis with 4,000 people every year contracting the serious bacterial form and twice as many people contracting the viral form. Ffion gave some statistics in that there are three age groups at rick. They are 0-6 years of age who are most at risk, followed by 15-24 years old and finally the over 55’s. The disease is very widespread in young students. This due to the fact of their close contact during working and socialising and leading to the stress that occurs leading up to and during their examinations. This is part of ongoing research. Ffion said that viral Meningitis is the most common form but the least understood and that with the viral form most people will not realise they have the infection but it is usually not life threatening. She went on to add that with the bacterial form 1 in 10 people carry the bacteria in the nose or back of the throat but this is kept in check by the body. This incidence increases to a 3 in 10 incidence in young people. Ffion went on to say that the picture is improving with a vaccination for bacterial Meningitis having saved thousands of lives and that ongoing funding research over the past 25 years has resulted in a vaccine being available for babies under the age 4 months. To sum up Ffion, who in Meningitis circles is known as “Miss Wales”, gave her audience an idea of the services provided by Meningitis Now including Home visits, Nurse led Helplines, Counselling, Family days, financial support, Specialist Wheel chairs and Home adaptations and monies given for headstones etc.:Following numerous questions Past President Richard Hughes proposed the vote of thanks.
Past President Richard Hughes, President Ken Griffiths, Ffion Hâf and Senior Vice President Martin Peake.
30.07.2015 Rotarian's daughter speaks to Llandeilo Rotary Club
On Thursday, 30th July Llandeilo Rotary Club welcomed their guest speaker Jenny Donaldson daughter of Biddy and Rotarian Robert Donaldson of Salem who spokeabout her recent holiday
in the Central American country of Costa Rica. Jenny,who works for Natural England based in Taunton, Somerset, has a Degree in Environmental Conservation and chose Costa Rica as it is one of the most biodiversity hotspots on Earth. Jenny gave her audience some facts on thecountry that is situated between Nicaragua and Panama with a population of 4.5million and abolished its military
and army in 1948.She described the country ashaving wonderful scenery and wildlife with 6 distinctive weather zones , no real Winter and average temperatures of between 20-30 Centigrade with an average of12 hours sunshine per day. The country has 5% of the world's biodiversity withover 800 species of bird, 9,000 species of plant, 34,000 species of insect, 380reptiles and amphibians and 205 species of mammal.Over 25% of the country'slandmass is devoted to National Parks and the main exports are fruits, coffee,sugar, cocoa and cattle. The only downside Jenny added was the number of activevolcanoes of which there are seven out of a total of 122 volcanic formations. Inaddition there are between two and forty earthquakes on average everymonth.Jenny's talk
prompted a lot of questions from an appreciative audience andthe vote of thanks was delivered by Rotarian John Hastings.
Past President Rob Donaldson, Biddy Donaldson, President Ken Griffiths,Jenny Donaldson, Senior Vice President Martin Peake & Rotarian John Hastings.
25.06.2015 Rotary Club greets new President for 2015
On Thursday, 25th June Llandeilo Rotary Club met at the White Hart, Llandeilo
and held a special dinner in order to welcome their new President Ken Griffiths.
The event was well attended by some forty Rotarians, Ladies from Inner Wheel and guests with Dr Margaret Evans, retired Chair person of Inner Wheel, amongst the guests.Outgoing President Michael Taylor gave a summary of his year in office and handed over to President Ken who is no stranger to the post having been President in 2009-2010. President Ken informed his audience that his chosen charities would be Marie Curie Cancer Research and Ty Cymorth Children's Hospice at Glangwili Hospital. Ken also confirmed that the traditional Ploughman's Lunch would be held in 2016 and Rotary Community Service Awards to local people would be presented during that event.
Senior Vice President Martin Peake, Past President of Ammanford Alun Davies, President of Inner Wheel Karen Davies, Marjut Griffiths, President Ken Griffiths, BerylTaylor and Immediate Past President Michael Taylor.
Back Row - David Owen, George Fleming, Nigel Haines, Dilwyn Williams, John Walford, John Hastings, Rob Donaldson.
Front row - Sec. Basil Forrester, Im Past Pres. Mike Taylor, President Ken Griffiths, Sen Vice, Martin Peake, Treas. Brian Carroll, Richard Hughes.