Club Bulletin for August 2018

The Club Bulletin for August 2018

                         THE ROTARY CLUB OF CHELTENHAM NORTH

                                                  BULLETIN AUGUST 2018

President Beth – Members Satisfaction Survey

The Member Satisfaction Survey, which I issued in early May 2018, focused on day-to-day experiences in our Rotary Club and was intendes to gather opinions and generate ideas which might guide improvements.

I received 22 replies from the 43 recipients of the survey [some members were on leave of absence], which might suggest that more than half of our members are perfectly satisfied with the status quo. Let us hope that this is the case.

Analysis of the answers indicated the following:-


Overall everyone was satisfied with their club membership (3 were somewhat satisfied)

All but one were proud of their club.


The majority agreed that club meetings were a good use of their time; club members cared about each other and were doing a good job in involving new members. Two members disagreed with the statement that our Club reflected the demographic profile of business, professional and community leaders in our area.

There was also consensus (2 members dissented) that the Club actively sought to involve all members in projects and activities according to their interests, skills and availability and that the amount of fundraising was appropriate.

Comments and Suggestions

On a positive note it has been remarked that within the District, Cheltenham North is well respected for its large membership and activities and its large and successful fundraising programme.

However, some Club members suggested that ‘we seek to involve all members, but without complete success’. This might be attributable to the fact that the average age of our members is 75,

Other comments were:

‘Are many of our members treating the Club as a ‘Dining Club’ in which they do some fundraising?

‘All members need to be reminded that service is a prime requirement of a Rotary member’

‘At present we do not run an ‘ongoing’ Community Service project within Cheltenham or Gloucestershire’

One member thought that 3 major charities were sufficient.


Aspects of our fortnightly meetings rated good to excellent as far as length, time for socialising, variety of programme topics and speakers, location and meeting time and day were concerned.

A few gave ‘Rotary International update frequency’ and ‘quality of meals’ only a fair response as did one or two, surprisingly, to ‘variety of programme topics and speakers’.

Other comments and suggestions were:

‘Our present location is very good and centrally located to satisfy the membership’s distribution.’

However the present arrangement at The New Club was considered not entirely satisfactory. We must acknowledge that it has been difficult to find a better alternative which satisfies our dining, speaker presentation and Partner’s Evening requirements.

‘The meals vary in quality, some being very poor and need to be improved for the price paid.’

It was suggested that ‘splitting the meeting between two locations in the New Club gave some members the opportunuty to slip away after the meal.

It is difficult to know how to resolve this issue because the shape of the dining room is not conducive to lectures, the New Club staff need to clear the tables and the projection equipment is installed upstairs.

It was suggested that we need to make more use of our speaker system for club reports and for those whose voices do not project well.

‘Attendance at the last Partner’s Evening at The Pudding Club was not well attended’. Can we blame the distance to the venue or were we distancing ourselves from the calories!


Here there was overwhelming agreement that the total number of International Service projects was just right but many suggested that we need to increase the number of community projects.

Comments and Suggestions

‘As we have given much financial support to overseas projects in Zambia and Nepal, it would be be good to hear of their appreciation for this help directly from overseas contacts.

‘Since it is clear that younger Rotarians wish to do things for the community, we might well look at what the other Cheltenham Clubs are doing, with a view to joining forces’.


The majority of members either fully agreed or agreed with slight reservations that our Club was communicating with and listening to members, seeking input and ideas and acting on them. They were also comfortable with the pace of change within the Club.

Comments and Suggestions

The development of the Club Website was lauded but members need to be encouraged to use it more often to keep abreast of Club news and developments.

Members should also be encouraged to suggest ideas to the various committees so that they can feel more involved in decision making.

‘Allocation of funds to Community/International committees each year should involve more members in the spending process’.

It was suggested that there should be regular reports from Council on all matters.


The majority either agreed or somewhat agreed that they felt welcome in the Club and were given opportunities to use their talents and skills.

Almost all thought the Rotary experience worth the money and time spent.

The feeling that they made a difference to the community and to the world was slightly less positive.


Most agreed or somewhat agreed (with a few sitting on the fence) as to whether they invited friends, family colleagues or prospective members to Club events.

Almost all agreed that they participated in club events, projects and programmes.

Comments and Suggestions

‘Members need to be aware of people with whom they come into contact, with a view to enticing them into Rotary.

‘Personal contact is the main way to recruit members and spending money on advertising is a waste of time’

When Richard Purdon was District Governor, there was an opportunity for members to drive him to all the regional clubs. There they gained an insight into the modus operandi and atmosphere of each club they visited. R.C.C.N. compared very favourably with many clubs and was found to be far more progressive.


Club dues were considered to be ‘just right’

However the vote was evenly split when considering the cost of the meal at The New Club.

Comments and Suggestions

In response to the question concerning “Requests for donations for service projects” one member stated:

‘The Club is very generous and supports many projects large and small. Donations are made by way of the Club rather than by individuals but many bear the costs involved with their projects /charities and absorb these costs without reimbursement’

In response to the question concerning “Requests for contributions to Rotary Foundation” one member stated:

‘As members we realise the value of supporting the Rotary Foundation. However, work conducted by members has exposed a money mountain where delaying tactics in allocating funds to projects/causes has been an issue. The U.S. Management Committee seems reluctant to acknowledge this and still requests donations to continue their international projects. Such issues need to be resolved.’

Boules (Petanque ) – A surprise at Sunrise - Nigel Gilhead

The D1100 league is well under way, we have played one match and have the next four scheduled. Sunrise plays in Prestbury, so we fielded a scratch team; Steve, Tony, Richard and Nigel, and we won. We then had a very good pub supper in the garden. This could be taken as an auspicious start to this season.

Our scheduled matches are:

August 9th 6pm Home vs Cleeve Vale, then to the Sandford Park Ale House

August 15th 6pm Away vs Evesham, then to Jacksons Bar in the Northwick Hotel

August 23rd 6pm Home vs North Cotswolds, then to the Sandford park Alehouse

Sept 13th 6pm Away vs Tewkesbury at Gotherington, then, I hope, to The Shutters

We need volunteers for all those events, at best I have three members who have said they are available. A team is four players, so I will email asking if you are available.

Visit to British Motor Museum – Michael Rouse

On the 25th July 2018, a party of 18 Rotarians were entertained by a welcome from “David” an enthusiastic well-informed volunteer guide to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire. Formerly known as the Heritage Motor Centre, it opened in 1993 and tells the story of British Motor Cars and the industry that grew up to produce them from 1890’s to the present day. In February 2016, the Museum was reopened with several improved displays together with a Multi-million-pound Collections Centre to house the British Motor Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.

In the Welcome Gallery we were introduced to some rare exhibits, 1876 Smith and Starley Coventry lever tricycle, 1896 Wolseley Autocar Number One, 1897 Daimler Grafton Phaeton, the oldest Coventry built Daimler, 1925 MG “Old Number One”, 1948 Land Rover Series 1, 1959 Morris Mini-Minor first production model, 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

coupe, 2002 Rolls Royce Phantom costing £250,000. From these iconic British Cars, we were informed about the derailed history of British Motoring Companies and how the experience of motoring had changed radically with new car technology, improved roads and changing fashions.

We were escorted around the Museum exhibits of Design and Concepts, Jaguar Cars, Sports Cars, Land Rovers highlighting the 1953 Land Rover Series 1 Royal Ceremonial vehicle used by the Queen on her six-month Commonwealth Tour after her Coronation. Then a marvellous Collection of Austin and Morris Cars from 1923 to 1938.

After lunch we were escorted to the new Collections Centre by a knowledgeable volunteer. An additional 220 Cars could be explored together with an opportunity to view the workings of the Restoration Workshop from a viewing balcony. A few models caught my attention, two Wolseley Vintage Cars driven in the London to Brighton Race, a 1998 Jaguar XKR “James Bond” car used in the film “Die Another Day”, a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 litre used by Pippa Middleton following her wedding, a 1991 Jaguar XJ220 Production Cars, 202 Jaguar XJ8 all-aluminium construction fully polished, a 1987 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Cabriolet used by Princess Diana, a 1951 Austin A30 Seven (this model was my first second-hand car costing £150 which I used throughout my days as a medical student and even travelled to Cornwall for our Honeymoon 50 years ago) , a 1972 Rover P5B used by Prime Minister Harold Wilson followed by James Callaghan, Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher before it was retired in 1983, finally a 1974 Rover P5B used by the Queen.

What a marvellous visit, greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the few Rotary Members who attended.

Dartmouth – Andrew Worthington

A reminder that t0ihe Dartmouth dates are Monday September 24 to Thursday 27 and that Gill & I spent a few days down there in July checking out some new walks. The road along Slapton Sands closed due to the Winter storms caused some concern but I shall be preparing an itinerary and maps etc.

Dates for your diary

Sunday 5 August 12.30 – 1600 1st Garden Party at the Keenans in aid of Solar Lights

Tuesday 14 August 10.30 – 1500 Young Carers BBQ! At the Keenans

Thursday 16 August 18.30 – 21.00 Club meeting plus guest speaker Chris Firth, District Secretary and District Governor Nominee will give his thoughts on GDPR

Host: Andrew Worthington

Thursday 30 August 12.30 – 1600 2nd Garden Party at the Keenans

Monday 3 September 19.30 – 21.30 Rotary District Area 5 Meeting at the White Hart Inn, High Street, Winchcombe,GL54 5LJ 19.00 for 19.30

Thursday 6 September 18.30 – 21.00 Club Meeting – details to be advised

Thursday 20 September 18.30 – 21.00 Club Meeting with Guest Speaker Matt Rudman who will talk on ‘Motivation on Sport and Business.

Host: TBA

Monday 24 September – Thursday 27 September – Visit to Dartmouth

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