Club News 2017 - 2018
On Thursday evening 22 June Llandeilo Rotary Club met for the first time at their new venue the Plough Hotel at Rhosmaen. Since the club was founded in 1967
there have only been two previous venues the Cawdor Hotel and the White Hart Inn both in Llandeilo.
The occasion was the Handover Dinner when outgoing club President Rob Donaldson handed over the Presidency to Richard Hughes. Richard is no stranger to the position having been President on two other occasions in 2006-2007 and 2012-2013.
Prior to dinner, outgoing President Rob gave a brief resume of his year in office and this was followed by President Richard whose 87 year old father was present having traveled down from the Wirral, Cheshire.
Richard welcomed two new members that the club inherited from Ammanford Rotary Club, Howard Beynon and Alun Davies.
Richard informed Rotarians that his year was special in that 2017-2018 was the 50th Anniversary of the club and that he was going to support Children's Charities and undertake a number of fundraising events to include the ever popular Ploughman's Lunch.
Richard is a seasoned charity campaigner and a major supporter to the Rotary Club over the past year has been the Co-Op in Llandeilo. Their generosity has enabled the club to continue to support Autistic swimming at Pantglas and to send students from Ysgol Bro Dinefwr to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
One of Richard's main aims is to increase the membership of the club in order that more resources can be put into supporting local and Welsh causes.
Newly elected Senior Vice President Martin Peake and Junior Vice President Colin Jenkins Councillor and previous Mayor of Llandeilo Fawr Town Council were welcomed.
Later at dinner the President welcomed Rotarians, their wives and partners, Ladies of Inner Wheel and guests including recently elected Mayor of Llandeilo Fawr Town Council Councillor Eifion Davies. A raffle to finish the evening raised £185 towards a children's charity in the Philippines supported by the ladies of Inner Wheel.
PHOTO- Rotary members standing and seated left to right President Richard Hughes and Immediate Past President Rob Donaldson.
On Friday, 14 July Llandeilo Rotary Club presented a cheque for £500 to Amanda Jenkins and Jeremy Hewitt representing the RVS at Maes Elfryn Hall, Llandeilo.
Marie James was delighted to have been presented with a £700 donation towards NAS Carmarthenshire Branch activities from Llandeilo Rotary Club, from their successful Co-op Community Fund Application.
These funds will be used for the NAS Carmarthenshire branch cinema visits, their Christmas party and purchasing children’s meals at their Pant Glas swimming sessions
Marie James thanked the Coop Community Fund as well as the Members of Llandeilo Rotary Club for their continued & long standing support to NAS Carmarthenshire Branch.
Llandeilo Rotary have supported swimming sessions at Pantglas Hall since 2002 & in addition to having made contributions over the years to a number of the Carmarthenshire Branch Activities. . Llandeilo Rotary would like to thank all the people in the Llandeilo Area who have contributed to the Coop Community Fund and Llandeilo Coop which made this donation possible . The picture shows Junior Vice Colin Jenkins, past President Rob Donaldson Marie James from the NAS Carmarthenshire and President Richard Hughes. The presentation took place at the Plough Rhosmaen on Oct
Llandeilo Rotary were delighted to present the Luke Somerfield Trust with a cheque of £700 from their successful Coop Community Fund Application . These funds will be used to make sure that local children are made aware of the dangers associated with water activities . The picture shows President Richard Hughes presenting the cheque to Luke’s parents David and Kim . Llandeilo Rotary would like to thank all the people in the Llandeilo Area who have contributed to the Coop Community Fund and Llandeilo Coop which made this donation possible . This presentation also took place at the Plough Rhosmaen on the 5th OCtober
Pictured left to right – Brian Thompson, Junior Vice Colin Jenkins, Capt . Andy Icheon, President Richard Hughes , CCP Marc Allen , Ken Griffiths and Alun Davies
On the 30th Oct Llandeilo Rotary visited Wales Air Ambulance at their headquarters in Llanelli . Richard Hughes President of Llandeilo Rotary presented a cheque of £1500 to Wales Air Ambulance . Richard was deputising for Past President Rob Donaldson who had raised the funds during his year as president but unfortunately could not be present . He thanked Rob, members of Llandeilo Rotary , their wives/partners , Llandeilo Inner Wheel and friends of the club for raising the funds throughout the year .The club would like to thank Rotarian Alun Davies for organising the visit and both Capt.Mark Icheon and CCP Andy Marc Allen for explaining the operation of the helicopters and details of the medical equipment used to save lives throughout Wales . Currently the budget for running Wales Air Ambulance is £8 million pounds per year which is put to good use in saving lives and treating people with serious injuries
Maggie Hughes presenting President Richard with the 50 years of membership certificate at the Clubs combined Christmas Meal and 50th Anniversary Celebration . Below are pictures of some people at the event . I apologise for not including everyone as some pics were blurred or not very flattering . I would appreciate it if members will forward pics to me so I can improve the content - Thanks Richard
Left to Right below is James Crichton- Smith Guest Speaker, Eifion Davies Mayor of Llandeilo with his partner Helen , President Richard Hughes, District Governor Maggie Hughes, Llandeilo Inner Wheel Sec Jeanette Hughes and Sonia Beynon President of Llandeilo Inner Wheel
Pics of the Evening
District Governor Maggie Hughes and next to Maggie is James Crichton-Smith our guest speaker - health correspondent for ITV Wales