A year at AK Rotary Club

July 2018 - July 2019 A Great Year "Thank You" Everyone!

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For our last month in the Rotary year we met Caroline Gunning, the new Centre Manager at Ambleside Parish Centre. Having only been in post for a few months Caroline has various ideas and ambitions for the centre. We heard about her career background and her various roles over the years with community based organisations, which should stand her in good stead for her new role at the centre. Caroline has been very involved with rural Scout Troops and The Calvert Trust, not to mention a finalist in the Cumbria Woman of the Year.

This year we have held various ‘open meeting’s which have proved very popular with members of the public. This month the Wesley Room at Ambleside Parish Centre was full to hear Steve Watt's presentation ‘Setting the Pace’.  Steve is a runner, a fundraiser and a storyteller. He talked about, his time in the army, his various jobs but it is running that is his real passion. Steve had wanted to climb the world's biggest mountain since he was a child. He made it to Everest on his 60th with his brother, but the pair were caught up in the avalanche which killed 16 Sherpa.  However, not deterred in 2016 he returned to compete in the Everest Marathon - not only compete but Steve became the first person in the world with a pacemaker to complete arguably the toughest marathon in the world. A great evening!

We were pleased to welcome our Assistant Governor Peter Smith to our club assembly on June 18th and to outline our plans for the coming Rotary Year under the leadership of Charles Flanagan.

A number of members also attended Ambleside Rotary Club’s excellent Charter Evening at The Salutation Hotel. As our mother club they were celebrating their 55th Charter.

On Saturday June 22nd 160 members of the public voluteered to have their blood pressure checked as part of Rotary's Stroke Awareness. Many thanks to Colin Fell for his organisation of the day, together with LAMRT, University of Cumbria Paramedic Students and our own nurses from the club, and those who helped with manning the stall.

To finish our Rotary Year we held our usual changeover at Brathay Church Hall, where members and friends enjoyed a delicious Jacobs Join Supper. As a small club in a small town it is quite astounding what we have achieved over the last 12 months. Our members have a positive ‘Can Do’ attitude and the friendship and fun of the club is always commented on by those who meet us.

Well done AK – take a bow!