2018 - 19 Trevor's Year
on 28th June 2018 Trevor was handed over the "badge of office" and will lead our club for the following year.
28th June 2018 - Handover to Trevor was a brief, low key affair with none of the usual confusion - other than Trevor dropped his chain of office, Maggie & Jane looked bewildered when Trevor asked that they both join him to receive the regalia for Senior Vice president. The usual "photo call" took place and the meeting was closed at just after 8.30.
At the beginning of Trevor's year he said:
"Our New Year, will it be a good year? I hope so.
Ours is an innovative Club, we take on many challenges and help people in our Community and Internationally.
I hope our work with the Community continues, particularly the newly established RotaKids, with Robert Miles Primary School in Bingham. The School has an enthusiastic group of pupils who have shown they can come up with good ideas. We will support them, where they want us.
The Memory Café continues its work with those experiencing memory problems. It is good to have a strong group of Rotarians and family volunteers, who run and present monthly entertainment.
As I write this the detailed planning work for the 9th Vale’s Got Talent Show, has already begun. Each year the competitors astound us with their talents. Sponsors and advertisers in our Programme help fund the event, which also raises money for our Community and International work.
Our annual Charity Programme will shortly be confirmed. This year, more than ever, we will need to balance the effort required to raise Charity Funds and the Programmes of donations we can afford to support.
There are already procedural changes in hand to review how we assess the work of charities we may support. Ensuring that we introduce Conflict of Interest in the way we work will be important for now and in the future. There may be other new requirements to consider. Internally we have had to adopt new forms of working within our Club to ensure day-to-day management continues to run smoothly.
During the recent, visit by our new District Governor, Dr. Cheryle Berry, she recognised that we were an inspirational Club, and one which has a positive attitude. I know this spirit will continue.
Thanks to the Members of the Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club for their hard work."
12 July 2018Trabbi Travels – Steve Moses & Barbara Hastings
Steve started the presentation with Trabbi World, in Central Berlin, where he was first smitten to buy one, although Graham, an eccentric friend from the village of Youlgrave, Derbyshire had owned fifty of them!
His first purchase was acquired on eBay & he spent £500 on parts getting it roadworthy. He’s now on number 4, buying & selling along the way.
Trabant means ‘satellite or companion’ in German and was built from 1957 to 1990 in Zwickau, East Germany at the VEB Sachsenring Automobilewerke and 3 million have been manufactured over 3 decades. It has a steel unibody frame with panels made from recycled cotton waste, called Duroplast (which apparently appeals to the appetite of pigs and goats!)
However, the purpose of their presentation was about a charity John O’Groats to Land’s End journey they endured in what is classed by some as one of the world’s most unreliable, cramped & uncomfortable vehicles.(although one of our members compared it to the model T Ford, considering its time of production and durability)
They managed the journey of over 2000 miles (double distance: home>JOG; JOG >LE; LE > home) in 12 days, breaking their journey at Newcastle, Perth, J O’G, Fort William, Alloa, Bingham (home), Worcester, Bridgwater & Land’s End. They met a number of Trabant owners along the way (including ‘Swiss Phillip and his family, who camped in their tent, on top of their Trabant) and also had several Geocaching meetings. They raised £2200 for their 2 charities: Prostate Cancer UK & Asthma UK.
President Trevor presented them with additional cheques for their respective charities. AR
19 July 2018 Club Social - Mike Cox Quiz
2 August 2018-‘Tales from a Dairy Farmer’s Wife’Jane Barnes
Jane Barnes gave the Club a passionate and enlightening talk entitled ‘Tales from a Dairy Farmer’s Wife’. Jane and her Dairy Farmer husband, Mark, live and work at Southfields Farm in Somerby, Leicestershire. The farm is a dairy farm with an average herd size of 160 pedigree Ayrshire cows producing milk for the Long Clawson Dairy that produces the world famous Stilton Cheese. There are also two pedigree Ayrshire bulls (Billy Beaumont & Quaker), the proud fathers of some of the calves that enter the milking herd or if not sold on Facebook.
Facts and figures flowed, relating to their present set up and their plans for the new farm, as their son Harry has now qualified and committed to continuing for the next generation of dairy farmers with targets of1.2million litres and 230 cows. Jane was passionate that we all drink ‘Whole Milk’ at 4% fat content and said that using anything else was just helping the Supermarkets to make more money and able to sell other dairy products. Like other farmers Jane said that the long spell of dry weather was causing problems this year but because they had looked forward their crop of long stem maize would help as well as the ‘New Zealand’ type of grazing the grass. Jane said that she really wanted to tell the story of their life to as many people as she could and as well as her talks she is about to organise school visits to the farm to show children and their parents from viewing platforms where milk really comes from.
In conclusion Jane said that Dairy Farmers have so much to be positive about and quoted ‘It’s amazing that we get to wake up in the morning and actually produce food for people to eat’, a very uplifting and forward thinking presentation that Club members thoroughly enjoyed.
9 August 2018- A “pointless” Evening – Rob Gray
Rob entertained the members with a “pointless quiz” competition. He split us into 6 teams of 4 or 5 and posed various questions, ensuring a different team had 1st guess each time.
The questions ranged from “name a 5 letter word ending in ‘ump’”, to football teams with ‘United’ in their name, the currency of countries before the Euro was adopted. The object being to get the ‘lowest’ score, but if your answer didn’t appear on the list, 100 points was scored against the team.( although it was the 2010 game version, so anything in the last 8 years did not register!
There were some ‘interesting’ answers, but the eventual Winners were: Chris Netherwood, Chris Henley, Steve Lawes, Duncan Garment and David Valentine, what an array of intellectual brainpower, no wonder the other teams didn’t stand a chance!
Good fun evening and well organised as usual by Rob. AR
Thursday 23rd August
Yet another brilliant talk from Tony about Cambodia and Laos, which was enjoyed by Rotarians and partners. He travelled from the source of the Mekong River as far as Laos. His photography was, as always totally stunning and his memory of the places they visited was phenomenal.
20 September 2018 Ultimate the Sport Tom Styles
Before the main speaker, our honorary member. Head teacher Rob Gilbey, on his first visit, gave a brief outline of how, with the help of members of our Youth committee, we had started a Rota Kids club at Robert Miles School.
The Club was then treated to an excellent presentation from Tom Styles, a Bingham local, talking about the emerging sport of Ultimate Frisbee.
Tom has played Ultimate for many years, and now he also commentates on the sport at local, national and international levels, as well on TV. He has a passion for the sport which came over most eloquently in his talk to us.
He covered the history of the sport from its origin in 1938 by Fred Morrison to the Pluto Plates of 1955, using 'Frisbee' tin pie dishes, moving on to the use of 'Wham-O' plastic Frisbees right through to today's major competitions and world championships. Ed Headrick then formed the International Frisbee Association, as well as developing Disc Golf. Joel Silver, an American film producer wrote the first rules for Ultimate in 1968 in Columbia.
Tom explained how Ultimate is an all-inclusive sport, in that it can be played by all ages and all levels of fitness and in mixed teams. Amazingly, and quite uniquely, the game does not have any referees, relying on sportsmanship and self-discipline, to police the games which invokes a 'Spirit of the Game' to maintain fair play. He was part of the commentary team for the World Games in WROCLAW Poland 2017 and The World Flying Disc Federation in Cincinnati. Rob Gilbey now plans to introduce the sport in the 10 schools in their Trust.
An excellently delivered presentation which was very well received by all Club members. APC
11 October 2018 Mines Advisory Group - Graham Allen
25 October 2018 Newton – a 17th Century ‘Swinger’ - Alan Lievesley
On Thursday evening we were entertained and educated by Alan Lievesley a man immersed in the teaching and understandings of Isaac Newton’s scientific theories.
Alan is a retired science teacher and presently a volunteer at the National Trust Woolsthorpe Manor hands on science centre where he explains to the public Newton’s experiments and theories, commenting also on Newton’s famous 3 books, making up ‘Principia’. This includes his theory on gravity and the ‘inverse square law’. Although the concept of gravity was known about since Aristotle, who suggested that ‘ether’ was responsible, causing Newton to do experiments to prove ether was not the factor, using a hollow pendulum and different enclosed materials. He finally concluded that time (for a pendulum) = 2’pie’ square root of l/g
Alan’s enthusiasm was very obvious as he explained the movement of the pendulum starting with demonstrating the movement of the grandfather clock pendulum. He brought along his *magic pendulum” built by himself from 15 golf balls, wire and wood to show how a number of different length pendulums lines up and set in motion and follow through a timed pattern. This was first built by Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach.We were all amazed by the brilliance of this magic pendulum and his patience in building it. However I think a number of us were baffled by the mathematics involved, even with Alan’s ‘layman terms’ description.
In conclusion I am sure we were all in agreement that it was a great talk and demonstration and we need to follow this up with a visit to Woolsthorpe Manor when they reopen their refurbished premises next March.