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."

5 July 2018   Be the Inspiration – District Governor Cheryle Berry MBE

Club were treated to a very balanced and inspiring presentation by the new District Governor Cheryle. She mentioned her visit to San Diego with 530 other Club Presidents with this year’s theme of “Be the Inspiration”.

She pondered the question: What would the World be without Rotary? In a much poorer situation, as it is human nature to expect “others” to do ‘things’…but they don’t!

Rotary has a legacy of Service, with 5 fundamental pillars: 1.Membership (both recruitment and retention)            2. Inspiring the next generation         3. Humanitarian Service         4. Raise the profile of Rotary 5. Say “Well done” via various awards

She talked a little about her own patch in Clay Cross, a challenged area, but one that she is very proud of (Those who have least often give the most generously) Personally she has worked with destitute children in India for the last 8 years and is currently trying to raise £17k for a building, equipment and training with District 3211 in Kerala.  She has run 15 London marathons and one in New York raising money and plans to do The Robin Hood half marathon in September to raise funds for Maggie’s Centre.  She has worked with St. John’s Ambulance for some years and has a project to put First Aiders on every street corner in collaboration with other organisations like paramedics with The Community Save a Life Scheme. It is in the process of being produced by The Virtual College, an on-line learning system, already with 3 million learners.  It’s due to be launched in October and will be a free app for the mobile phone and we were given a PowerPoint presentation indicating how the system worked with a Theory module, a game and an assessment.

She congratulated our Club with the first Rota Kids team to be formed within the District and requested that we promote her vision in The Community Save a Life Scheme.        AR

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

26 July 2018 Up close and personal with Emett – Terry Rodgers

A cheque presentation was made to Graham Allen, Chair of the Belvoir Wassailers for all their Charity work and entertainment in the Vale. Gerry also received a £200 cheque for The Memory Café from the priest in Cotgrave, in appreciation of all the valuable work done by Gerry & her team.

On to our main speaker, Terry who is blind and he gave us an insight into what that is like and in particular, with regard to his faithful guide dog Emett, an eight year old male black Labrador retriever cross. Emett is named after Rowland Emett who designed and built the famous water clock in the Victoria Centre in Nottingham. There are 5000 Guide dogs in the UK, all bred at Leamington Spa, but trained at 5 Training Centres around the UK and costing about £60k each to train. There are ‘puppy walkers’ used to do some of the early training to get the puppies used to the urban environment with noises, people and traffic that they will have to work in. The guide dogs are trained to go to the toilet on command, as well as eating on command; they have to know the difference between ‘left’ and ‘right’.  Even after getting the ‘phone call’ to say he would be getting a guide dog, it was trained by his handlers in Nottingham, then Radcliffe, where Terry lives, so that Emett was familiar with the surroundings he would be working in, followed by 2 weeks where they both stayed in a Hotel in Nottingham, for further ‘bonding’!

Emett never barks, he may snore or make noises when asleep, but they walk together about 3 or 4 miles per day and has been on 5 cruises with Terry and his wife. Terry speaks to a number of clubs and organisations as an ambassador for Guide Dogs for the Blind, whilst having limited sight has many drawbacks, other than the obvious, the one advantage in Terry’s case is that it has brought Emett into his life for some six years now and it is obvious that both parties enjoy each other’s company very much. Guide dogs tend to be retired after 6 to 8 years, so Terry is hoping his wife can have him as a pet and he can be trained again for a new guide dog.

What an inspiring talk and President Trevor presented Terry with a cheque, which will go to the Guide Dogs Association.


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.

Gordon Marsh


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