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."
15 November 2018 Welfare Britain - Myth or Reality - Ian Jones
Prior to the meal there was a £300 cheque presentation to Peter Purdy of Bingham Audio Magazine
Ian explained that he operates out of the Radcliffe Advice Centre (which has been there for 35 years) & the newer Bingham advice Centre, opening 8 years ago. He posed questions about who is the biggest burden on the benefit system. Not ‘fraud’, not ‘the unemployed’, but ‘pensioners’! Despite Rushcliffe being a fairly affluent area, it has a pensioner population around 33 %( with 66% in a small village, such as Cropwell Butler). He identified that pensions are part of “Universal Benefit”, but an entitlement, rather than a need, which started in 1910. At which time it was established for miners who became ‘out of work’, but they could only take it for 8 weeks & had to have a wife and dependents.
Now days the Job Seekers Allowance is £73.10/week and the individual has a contract with The Department of Work and Pensions, which expects them to seek a job at least 35 hours/week.
On EU immigration he explained that despite costing £2.6bn, they actually pay in Tax and NI £14.76bn
On Universal Credit in theory it is 6 benefits combined into one. Originally there were 48 different benefits, now it’s only 43! It came into being 3 weeks ago in this area, unfortunately it was never designed as a planned system, but has grown more like a ‘patchwork quilt’
A number of questions flowed which generally Ian managed to deal with. A very informative presentation, well delivered in a subject most of us new little about.
22 November 2018 Dingbats and quiz Roy Mortledge
There were 2 Community Grant presentations of £250 each to: 1. Kirsty Birch, a 14 year old who is going to a Girl Guide event in Hungary, next July for 10 days 2. Samuel Mark, a 17 year old who is at Brackenhurst studying Environmental and Wild Life. He is going to Cambodia in July to help build a school kitchen. His Mum also spoke to say that Sam had been entered for the Young Environmentalist of the Year.
We also had a brief presentation from Katie Oldham (President elect of the new Rushcliffe RC) on the Nottingham Showcase Event (Conference), taking place in Nottingham in May 2019 with the theme of Modern Slavery.