District Conference 2015
DG Terry with Key Steward and Immediate Past President Jill Clark of Alnwick Rotary Club
Friday evening - A relaxing buffet dinner ...
Something's amusing Len Burns!
DG Terry with David Conway and his wife - from the Berwick Club
A serious moment for MPRC Chairman Len Burns and PR Officer John McLoughlin
DG Terry presenting the Golf Trophy to team winners Paul Airey and Brian Cooper from Halifax - guests from Terry's old Club in Halifax
Saturday morning - Sergeant-at-Arms Ken Moore (RC Alnwick) brings the meeting to order ...
... and DG Terry gets things started.
Inner Wheel District Chairman Margaret Compton (Crook)
gives greetings from Inner Wheel to Conference
RI Representative Lynne Marshall (PDG District 1210) bringing RI President Ravi's message to conference
Key Note speaker Rob Williamson (Chief Executive - North East Community Foundation)
Key Note Speaker David Haworth (Executive Director - Mary's Meals)
Guest District Governor Paul Jaspall from District 1060, inducted DG Terry's brother Chris Long into Rotary
A serious moment in the House of Friendship
Jaqui Molyneux (chairman of the District Rotary Foundation committee) promoting the Polio Bears
Another charity represented in the House of Friendship
Key note speaker Dan Smith (Author). Dan is the judge of the District's Young Writer Competition and son of Rotarians Elaine & Graham Smith from Alnwick Rotary Club
After his year as DG (2013/14) Dave Sadler and his wife Anne went off to India to take part in the National Immunisation Day. He told us of this amazing experience ...
... and was suitably rewarded
Key note speaker Ken Robertshaw, Past District Governor District 1040 giving his story of his fund raising trip down the entire length of the Mississippi River
Saturday – Gala Evening.
David Haworth from Mary's Meals with his wife Deborah and DG Terry
I'm sure it was not all about drinking ...
DG Terry welcomes guests to the Gala Dinner
Pauline Crow, President-Elect of RC Durham is welcomed by DG Terry - and that's Judy Morris, Secretary of the Durham Club in the background. (Sorry - I just had to include this one - EC)
Stewart Atkin, another member of the Durham Club is welcomed by DG Terry
Two Past DGs - Jean Thompson and Dave Sadler
There's Stewart again - where did he get that tie ...
DG Terry and his wife Marion take the floor for the first dance
From the winning bidders' table in the auction for the 5 litre bottle of wine - Paul Airey (from RC Halifax) and the DG's son-in-law Paul Kirk (from Northumberland)
DG Terry telling Conference that the raffle on Saturday evening raised £3,875 for End Polio Now
Thought for the Day from DG Terry's wife Marion (Past President Alnwick Rotary Club)
Prof. Joy Palmer-Cooper PHF - member of Alnwick Rotary Club. Joy is the Chairman of the charity Project Sri Lanka and presented DG Terry with a cheque for £5,000 to kick start his District Project to raise funds for the Handicapped Centre in Kandy, Sri L
Key Note Speaker Sir Roger Singleton CBE worked with children's author J.K.Rowling and Bryan Ellis (President Alnwick Rotary Club) to establish Lumos 10 years ago. Lumos works to end the systematic institutionalisation of children
Rotakids from Alnwick ...
... gave us an update on their various activities, including fund-raising
And IPDG Jean Thompson presented the Rotakids President with a Rotary Citation in recognition of their efforts
All the Rotakids stated why they were members and what it meant to them individually
Robert Hartness was presented with The District Environment Trophy - for the Barnard Castle Club's Veg-Out at Barney project
Past President George Scott (Seahouses Rotary Club) collecting the best Conference Attendance award
Guest District Governor Paul Jaspall from District 1060, inducted PDG Dave Sadler's wife Anne into Rotary
Conference Committee Chairman Les Fay (RC Blyth) with his wife Norma, receiving a gift in recognition of his many years' service in this role
DG Terry & Marion receiving a gift from Rotary International's Representative Lynne Marshall
Final Key Note speaker - Chief Executive Peregrine Solly from the Children's Foundation gave a 3D presentation on the Foundation's "pain distraction" techniques used in the RVI, Newcastle. This sent all the delegates home with a smile on their faces ...
... after wearing strange spectacles ...
... to enjoy the amazing 3D presentation
DG Terry thanking Rtn. John Mayes for another flawless contribution to the audio-visual experience of Conference
DG Terry thanking Conference Registrar Pat Pickersgill for her sterling work before and during Conference
Marion presenting Barbara Broadbelt (RC Durham Elvet) with a thank you gift for all her support to DG Terry over the last 15 months
And then it was all over ... DG Terry and Marion bring the event to a suitable conclusion.
Another weekend of fun, friendship, enlightenment and motivation ...
Another great weekend - enjoy the slide-show above (with thanks to Michael Gough of the Houghton le Spring Club for the photos).
During the Conference we heard presentations from the following charities (click on a logo to go their website).
Incoming Conference Committee Chairman PDG Dave Sadler has provided a detailed report of the conference proceedings. Click HERE to read it.
It's worth noting that David Haworth (the keynote speaker from Mary's Meals) won the 5 litre bottle of wine in Friday's raffle and re-donated it to be raffled on Saturday evening - it then raised another £650! David has a sponsor who is match funding all Marys Meal's donations in October so the amount raised (after gift aid from the bidders) was worth a staggering £1,468! Then, as noted in the slide-show, the raffle on Saturday evening raised £3,875 for End Polio Now, due to first and second prizes being given back for the fund and the Gates Foundation's triple funding. -- Amazing!