Completed meetings and events 2017-2018

President's Review of the Year

Tue 26th June 2018 Speaker Elizabeth Wortman - Review of the year. Host Brian Franklin

President Elizabeth gave her review of the year and was thanked by Brian Franklin for a successful term in office.
She then handed over to President Elect Tony, who in turn installed Pat Emmerson as President Elect & George Lomas as President Nominee

Tue 19th June 2018 Mrs Susan M Winfield. Host Tony Wortman

Mrs Winfield is the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear and came to tell us about her duties in this role.

Tue 12th June 2018 Business meeting

Club member heard about discussions at a previous council meeting

Tue 5th June 2018 Speaker Rtn Ian Wang. Host Dennis Heptinstall

Ian Wang and a fellow Rotarian from SR1 visited to tell us about the trip they did climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
Thirteen of them attempted this - a great effort indeed.

Tue 29th May 2018 Fellowship Meeting

With quite a number of our members on holiday, those not away are having a fellowship meeting.

Tue 22nd May 2018 Speaker Randle Oliver. Host John Lipscombe

Randle Oliver gave us a brief summary of some of the main events in his life, delivered in his usual amusing manner.


Major Anthony Tate, who spoke at Club Dinner, returned to tell us about the re-building of a part of Iraq after the war.

Tue 8th May 2018 Annual General Meeting

A review of what has happened from each committee and an opportunity to elect 6 members to council.

Tue 1st May 2018 Speaker. John Hutchinson

Our member John summarised the social troubles of our times and provoked a discussion on the causes of the current aggressive, confrontational behaviour, particularly amongst young people.

Tue 1st May 2018 Council Meeting

Discussions on future events

Tue 24th April 2018 Speaker Lynne Symonds. Host Pat Emmerson

Lynne visited again to up-date us on her charity in northern Ghana - the Wulugu Project. read more...

Tue 17th April 2018 Speaker. Host Allan Bailey

Allan had prepared a power point presentation of old Sunderland photographs, which brought back memories for many, especially President Elizabeth, who identified herself, aged 3, with mother and aunt and cousin on Seaburn beach.

Tue 10th April 2018 Business Meeting

Members were brought up to date with discussions at the council meeting the previous week.

Tue 3rd April 2018 Speaker Ray Stokes. Host John Lipscombe

Ray Stokes visited to tell us about the very important work of SSAFA for service personnel and families. read more...

Tue 3rd April 2018 Council at Marriott Hotel

Council members had a good discussion about events, including choosing some of the charities to which we will donate fund this Rotary year.

Tue 3rd April 2018 Council Meeting

Council members meet to discuss future plans.

Tue 27th March 2018 Speaker George Lomas. Host John Hutchinson

George Lomas gave a heartfelt talk on how the 'South' receives more government funding that the 'north' for project such as the London East West link, HS 2 etc. read more...

Sun 25th March 2018 Sunderland Special Olympics

A popular annual event which continues to gain support. read more...

Tue 20th March 2018 EVENING MEETING WITH PARTNERS AND FRIENDS. Speaker Jane Lowes. Host Pat Emmerson.

Our speaker was Jane Lowes, who told us about how she researched her book. read more...

Tue 13th March 2018 Meeting cancelled.

This allowed members to attend the funeral of Rotarian Charles Westerberg at 10.30 am at South Shields Crematorium and afterwards at the Sea Hotel.

Tue 6th March 2018 Business Meeting

Members were advised of discussions at the earlier council meeting.

Tue 6th March 2018 Council Meeting

Council members will be discussing club business.
President Elizabeth welcomes the guests

Mon 5th March 2018 CLUB DINNER

We had our annual Club Dinner at the Sea Hotel again, always an enjoyable occasion. The speaker was retired Army Major Anthony Tate talking about royal ceremonial parades. read more...

Tue 27th February 2018 Speaker Ray Stokes (SSAFA). Host John Lipscombe

Ray was unable to join us because of the inclement weather, but he will return at some future date.
Members enjoyed a fellowship meeting in stead.

Tue 20th February 2018 Speaker Thomas Chacko. Host Brian Franklin

Rotarian Thomas Chacko came to tell us about the Celebration of Engineering exhibition held last year and outline plans for the future.
This year the event is on 3rd and 4th October.

Tue 13th February 2018 Business meeting

Members were advised of discussions at a previous council meeting

Tue 6th February 2018 District Quiz. Host Peter Calvert.

We were up against strong opposition from Newcastle Rotary, so our team had to be on top form. After taking an early lead, we were eventually overtaken, so Newcastle Rotary were worthy winners.

Tue 6th February 2018 Council Meeting

Council will be discussing future events and club programme.

Tue 30th January 2018 Speaker Speaker Paul Keeley. Host Gordon Coxon

Paul is coming to tell us about Rotary tree planting schemes, both here and abroad.

Tue 23rd January 2018 BURNS NIGHT

A good number came to join us for a Burns Night celebration, with traditional meal followed by Ceilidh dancing to Redeswyre. read more...

Tue 23rd January 2018 Burns Night event.

See Event Page for full details and photographs

Tue 16th January 2018 Speaker Peter Barrigan. Host David Biermann

A talk about the charity 'Apostleship of the Sea' read more...

Tue 9th January 2018 Business Meeting

Members were advised of discussions at the previous Council meeting.

Tue 2nd January 2018 Fellowship Meeting

Members socialised following the holiday break.

Tue 2nd January 2018 Council Meeting

Discussions on future programme and events

Fri 22nd December 2017 - Sun 24th December 2017 Morrison's collections

The store has kindly agreed that we can collect again on Friday 22nd Dec and Sunday 24th Dec.

Tue 19th December 2017 Christmas Message. Speaker Rev'd Caroline Worsfold. Host Keith Higgin

We were pleased to welcome the Rev'd Canon Caroline Worsfold as our ' Christmas Message' speaker this year. Partners and friends are welcome to this meeting. read more...

Tue 12th December 2017 Fellowship.

In the absence of a speaker we had a Fellowship meeting. This enabled us to talk about our Christmas collections.

Sun 10th December 2017 - Sun 17th December 2017 Santa has been!

Santa was on his sleigh round the streets to find out what the children would like.
He did his best to visit all the promised streets, but the snow and frost did stop him in his tracks in some areas. read more...

Sat 9th December 2017 Kids Out event

15 children and five adults wil go to see the pantomime at the Royalty Theatre in Sunderland. 5 Rotarians will accompany them to buy the ice creams read more...

Tue 5th December 2017 Special General meeting

Next year's officers were appointed and the Annual Accounts to 30th June 2017 were approved. read more...

Tue 5th December 2017 Council Meeting

Discussions too place on future events.

Fri 1st December 2017 - Sun 3rd December 2017 Clay's Garden Centre collections

Members will be on duty at Clay's again. The company has kindly allowed us to collect in the store this year.

Tue 28th November 2017 Speaker Gordon Coxon. Host Allan Bailey

Gordon is giving a talk himself - details to follow.
President Elizabeth and husband Tony await the guests.

Sat 25th November 2017 President's Night Dinner Dance

President Elizabeth Wortman had her event at Seaburn Marriott Hotel this year, again. A most enjoyable night was had by over 50 guests. read more...

Tue 21st November 2017 Evening meeting with wives, husbands and friends.

Gabriel Petre and Ian Wang, were unable to attend.
Randle Oliver and the District Governor kept us amused instead.

Tue 14th November 2017 Speakers Len Ashurst and Malcolm Bramley. Host Randle Oliver.

Len brought his friend along and they gave us a duet of a talk about Brian Clough.

Tue 7th November 2017 Business Meeting

Members were brought up to date with discussions on future events.

Tue 7th November 2017 Council Meeting

Discussions took place on future events

Tue 31st October 2017 Speaker Nancy Revell. Host Dennis Heptinstall

The author gave a very interesting talk on her life and the books she has written.

Tue 24th October 2017 Speaker Peter Tracey. Host John McLoughlin

Peter visited to tell us about the fall of the Berlin Wall read more...

Tue 17th October 2017 Fellowship Meeting

Tony brought along a picture quiz and split us into 3 teams to compete.

Tue 10th October 2017 Business Meeting

Members will hear about discussions at the previous council meeting

Tue 3rd October 2017 Fellowship meeting

Not wishing to let us relax, Tony showed us a video of a performance by Bobby Thompson.

Tue 3rd October 2017 Council Meeting

Discussions on future events

Tue 26th September 2017 Speaker John Hutchinson. Host George Lomas

John gave us a detailed talk on the enquiry into the Concord accident which led to it being taken out of service.

Tue 19th September 2017 - Wed 19th July 2017 Evening Meeting with partners and friends. Speaker George Lobel. Host Tony Wortman.

George Lobel will tell us about his wartime experiences.

Tue 12th September 2017 Business Meeting

Members were updated with discussions at the previous council meeting.

Tue 5th September 2017 Speakers - our RYLA candidates. Host John Lipscombe

Courtney Hudson and Reece Monson came to tell us about their experiences at RYLA this year. read more...

Tue 5th September 2017 Council Meeting

Council plans programme for the future
Len and Tony with some of the guests

Wed 30th August 2017 Memory Cafe opening

Our new Memory Cafe had its opening session on 30th August at 2.00 pm and will continue on the last Wednesday afternoon of each month in the future. read more...

Tue 29th August 2017 Social meeting

In the absence of a speaker, Tony Wortman produced some song sheets that are to be used at the Memory Cafe. We had a sing-song which showed that there are few good singers in our club!!

Tue 22nd August 2017 Speaker David Hastings RNLI. Host Gordon Coxon

David came to update us with the activities of RNLI. read more...

Tue 15th August 2017 Business Meeting

Members were brought up to date with discussions at the recent council meeting.

Tue 8th August 2017 Speaker. District Governor Len Burns

Len came to tell us what is happening in the wider world of Rotary and to answer our questions. read more...

Tue 1st August 2017 Fellowship Meeting

Tony Wortman entertained with an amusing quiz.

Tue 1st August 2017 Council Meeting

Council members meet to discuss future events
A closely fought final

Sun 30th July 2017 Dragon Boat Race Day

Rotary again held a very successful Dragon Boat Race Day at Hetton Lyons Park. read more...

Tue 25th July 2017 Speaker. Host Peter Calvert

Tue 18th July 2017 Evening meeting with wives and friends. Speaker Phil Curtis. Host Allan Bailey

Phil returned to give us another of his fascinating talks on local history. read more...

Tue 11th July 2017 Speaker Lynne Symonds. Host Pat Emmerson.

Lynne is returning to bring us up to date with the Wulugu Project activities.

Tue 4th July 2017 Club Assembly

Members heard about plans for the coming 6 months.

Tue 4th July 2017 Council Meeting

Plans were made for activities during the next 6 months which were presented to Club Assembly that followed later.
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