Completed meetings and events 2019-2020

Tue 30th June 2020 Council meeting

To enable committee chairs to put forward their programme for the year prior to Club Assembly, in addition to usual business.
Some members gather round the pool table.

Tue 23rd June 2020 Speaker Denise Barna from Box Youth & Community Project

Denise visited on Zoom to give us an update on present activities. They have been extremely busy and the breadth of the work done was an eye opener to us. More details below, together with some pictures. read more...

Tue 16th June 2020 Meeting cancelled

Tue 9th June 2020 Speaker Laura Forbes from Grace House

Laura joined us on Zoom on 9th June to update us on the work of Grace House, particularly at the present time. They are normally very hands on with the children, but some things have had to be curtailed.

Tue 2nd June 2020 Meeting cancelled

Tue 2nd June 2020 Council Meeting by ZOOM

Council will have another Zoom meeting, which everyone was able to join on 5th May.

Tue 26th May 2020 Graham Wharton was speaker on Food Bank

Graham joined our Zoom meeting on 26th May to tell us about the Food Bank we have recently supported run by the Salvation Army in Southwick. He was able to walk us round the premises and we appreciated that it is an extensive, well organised operation. read more...

Tue 19th May 2020 Meeting cancelled

Tue 12th May 2020 Annual General Meeting by ZOOM

Officials and committee chairs have sent their reports for council meeting and to all the other members.
Nominations required for council membership.
President John will be hosting the Zoom meeting which will NOT be limited to 40 minutes.

Tue 5th May 2020 Meeting cancelled

Tue 5th May 2020 Council Meeting by ZOOM

This was a Zoom meeting hosted by President John. All officers and chairs sent in written reports which were received. The treasurer's proposal for subscription was put to members at the AGM and accepted.

Tue 28th April 2020 Meeting cancelled

Tue 21st April 2020 Meeting cancelled

Tue 14th April 2020 Meeting cancelled

Tue 7th April 2020 Meeting cancelled.

Tue 7th April 2020 Council Meeting

Can we have this by Zoom at the usual time?

Tue 7th April 2020 Council Meeting by ZOOM

Tue 31st March 2020 Meeting cancelled

Tue 24th March 2020 Meeting cancelled

Tue 17th March 2020 FUTURE MEETINGS

Meetings have been cancelled since 23rd March, but from 26th May we are to have fortnightly meetings on Zoom, usually with a speaker. read more...

Tue 10th March 2020 Business Meeting

Club members advised of discussions at previous council meeting

Tue 3rd March 2020 Speaker. John Hutchinson. Host George Lomas

John is going to give us a talk himself.

Tue 3rd March 2020 Council Meeting

Council members discuss future programme and events
President John with Fred Raffle

Mon 2nd March 2020 Club Dinner

Another enjoyable night was had at the Sea Hotel, South Shields. There was a three course meal with choices on the night.
The speaker was Fred Raffle, who has accompanied BBC commentators on Test match tours for many years. read more...

Tue 25th February 2020 Speakers Fiona Walker & Hannah Petheram

Fiona and Hannah gave us an excellent talk and presentation about the work of Rainbow Trust, outlining the important work they do working with families of children with problems. A very deserving charity.

Tue 18th February 2020 Speaker Jonathan Adams Host Pat Emmerson

Jonathan outlined the problems he encountered when working for the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel read more...

Tue 11th February 2020 Business Meeting

Members heard about discussions at previous council meeting

Tue 4th February 2020 Speaker Ger Fowler Host Gordon Coxon

The speaker came to tell us about his charity 'Veterans in Crisis' formed
to support former servicemen and women who find themselves in difficulties after leaving the services. The charity has acquired premises in Roker Ave. Very inspiring.

Tue 4th February 2020 Council Meeting

Council members discussed future programme and events

Tue 28th January 2020 Speaker Allan Bailey. Host Gordon Coxon

Allan showed us a couple of videos, one of a blind lady going for a walk with her guide dog; The second was compiled by Michael Gough of a visit to Prague.
We had Rabbi Sybil Sheridan as a guest.

Tue 21st January 2020 Speaker Fred Raffle. Host Peter Calvert

Peter brought Fred along again to tell us about his cricket commentating activities, particularly with England Test tours,of which he has done a lot. He is blind, but is able to give radio commentators a view on how their words describe events.

Tue 14th January 2020 Business Meeting

Club members hear about discussions at previous council meeting

Tue 7th January 2020 Speaker Derek Bage Host Allan Bailey

Derek showed us two videos that he had produced when a member of the video club, which members found very interesting.

Tue 7th January 2020 Council Meeting

Council discussed the future programme and events

Tue 31st December 2019 No Meeting

We do not meet on New Year's Eve

Tue 24th December 2019 NO MEETING

We do not meet on Christmas Eve
Rotarians with the winners

Thu 19th December 2019 Rotary Young Writer Competition

We had received 14 entries from Cleadon Church of England Academy, which had been judged by council members. Three members attended the whole school assembly to present the certificates and prizes for the first three winners. read more...

Thu 19th December 2019 - Fri 20th December 2019 Morrison's Store, Seaburn

The store manager kindly agreed that we might collect there again on 19th, 20th and 24th December, for which we are most grateful.
Canon Stuart Bain and President John

Tue 17th December 2019 Christmas Message from Canon Stuart Bain Host Keith Higgin

We were very pleased to welcome Stuart, Provost at Sunderland Minster, who told us about the history of the building, his work there especially with the Christian refugees, mostly from Syria, and delivered an appropriate Christmas Message. read more...

Fri 13th December 2019 - Sat 14th December 2019 Tesco's store collections

The manager kindly agreed that we could collect with Santa for a couple of days, the first time we have been at the store.

Tue 10th December 2019 Special General Meeting

Accounts for 30 June 2019 were received and officers appointed for next Rotary year, details of which are below. read more...
Santa on his Sleigh

Mon 9th December 2019 - Sun 22nd December 2019 Santa Sleigh collections in Seaburn, Fulwell and Roker

Santa visited the children again this year, on various dates between 9th and 22nd December.
Details of the dates and routes are listed below. He enjoyed seeing all the children and hearing of their wishes. read more...

Fri 6th December 2019 - Sun 8th December 2019 Clay's Garden Centre

The store again kindly agreed that we could collect there for 3 days.
The customers were as generous as ever, for which we are very grateful.

Tue 3rd December 2019 Speaker Rotarian Thomas Chacko. Host John Hutchinson

Thomas visited to tell us about the engineering events that he has organised during the last year and encourage us to support these events again in 2020.

Tue 3rd December 2019 Council Meeting

Members meet to plan future events

Tue 26th November 2019 Presentation of Michael Gough videos by Allan Bailey

Two more high quality videos were shown, following the enjoyment of the two seen the previous week.

Tue 19th November 2019 Speaker Ian Williamson. Host Brian Franklin

Ian Williamson was unable to join us, so Allan Bailey gave us 2 video presentations which had been compiled by Michael Gough. These were of Rome and Washington DC and both were excellent.
President John and Carol


A good night out was enjoyed by over 50 guests on 16th Nov 2019 at the Grand Hotel, Seaburn. Reception drinks and a three course dinner and coffee were followed by dancing to Cats Night Out. Everyone had a great time.

Tue 12th November 2019 Business Meeting

Members advised of discussion at previous council meeting
Santa and members at Sun FM

Mon 11th November 2019 Sun FM Toy Appeal launch

We helped the local radio station with their toy appeal launch by providing our Santa Sleigh as a background for photographs with their supporters.

Tue 5th November 2019 Speaker Laura Forbes (Grace House) Host Pat Emmerson

Laura came to bring us up to date with events at Grace House and how things are working now. It continues to provide an excellent service to families who have a child with severe health problems, providing respite care.

Tue 5th November 2019 Council Meeting

Council members meet to discuss future events

Tue 29th October 2019 Speaker Gordon Coxon. Host Allan Bailey.

Gordon will give us another of his talks.

Thu 24th October 2019 World Polio Day exhibition

Seaburn Club took the lead in manning the display in The Bridges to mark the day. We received support from Michael Gough (Houghton) with the video presentation in the morning and 2 members of Cleadon Rotary, who also did a two hour slot.

Tue 22nd October 2019 Speaker Sophie Travers (RYLA candidate) Host Peter Calvert

Sophie is coming to tell us about her experiences on the RYLA course in August.

Tue 15th October 2019 Speaker Allan Bailey. Host Gordon Coxon

Allan showed us a power point presentation relating to concave acoustic mirrors erected during the first world war which detected enemy aircraft. These were eventually overtaken by radar, but many are still preserved along the east and south coasts.

Tue 8th October 2019 Business Meeting

Members advised of discussion at previous council meeting
President John and Carol

Fri 4th October 2019 - Sun 6th October 2019 District Conference in Skipton

A great time was had by the four couples from our club and the 200+ people who attended. Good food, good fellowship and good speakers all weekend.

Tue 1st October 2019 Speaker Tracy Hassan from Age Concern. Host John McLoughlin

Tracy came to tell us about the organisation's work in Sunderland area.
It is very active in a wide range of services to older people and there are several areas where there can be mutually beneficial exchange of information and ideas.

Tue 1st October 2019 Council Meeting

Council members met to plan future events.

Fri 27th September 2019 Dame Dorothy Street School Bench

The club has contributed towards the cost of a bench to be placed in the school grounds, which has now been installed.

Tue 24th September 2019 EVENING MEETING Speaker Tony Edwards Host Tony Wortman

Partners and friends were invited to this evening meeting.
Tony told us about his early career and life in TV and radio as a producer and director. He had many amusing tales to recount.

Tue 17th September 2019 Speaker George Lomas. Host John Hutchinson.

Rotarian George told us about some of his boyhood hobbies, including collecting cigarette packets, of which he had a very extensive range all neatly stored in three books which we enjoyed seeing.
Ready for the walk

Fri 13th September 2019 - Sun 15th September 2019 Lakes Weekend

Sixteen members and friends went to the Lakes for our annual weekend. Gordon had organised our stay at the Damson Dene Hotel, along with the good weather and the walks. read more...

Tue 10th September 2019 Business Meeting

Members updated on previous council meeting discussions

Tue 3rd September 2019 Speaker David Mills. Host Peter Calvert

David is a member of the Sunderland Orchestra and came to tell us about all its activities, including concerts at its home venue and other premises around the area. It was formed in 1999 and is still going strong, despite a changing membership. read more...

Tue 3rd September 2019 Council Meeting

Council members met to plan future activities
Guests ready for the meal

Sat 31st August 2019 Rotary Garden Party

The club held a Garden Party social event and to raise money for its Benevolent Fund. Tickets were £10.00 each. There was a substantial hot buffet and a selection of desserts.
A raffle was held and drinks were available. A surplus of £528 was made. read more...

Tue 27th August 2019 Speaker Rotarian Josey George. Host Dennis Heptinstall.

Despite problems with his power point and video, Josey was able to give us an update on the Rotary Jaipur Limb project, for which he is now the District representative. A very worthy cause which certainly deserves support.

Tue 20th August 2019 Speaker Rtn Randle Oliver. Host Brian Franklin

Randle gave a talk about his war experiences in his own inimitable style

Tue 13th August 2019 Business Meeting

Members advised of discussions at previous council meeting

Tue 6th August 2019 Speaker Lynne Symonds. Host Pat Emmerson

Lynne came again to update us on her Wulugu Project in northern Ghana, where she is now chief of 3 different tribes covering 3 million people. The project continues to provide schools and to work with women to educate them and bring them out of slavery.

Tue 30th July 2019 Quiz Host Peter Calvert

As our speaker had had a fall he was unable to join us. Instead, Peter entertained us with a very hard quiz.

Tue 23rd July 2019 Speaker Kath Rooney. Host Brian Franklin.

Having recently retired from her voluntary work with Sunderland Special Olympics, Kath came to tell us about the scope of the work with which she has been involved for many years.

Tue 16th July 2019 EVENING MEETING Speaker Michael Gough Host Elizabeth Wortman

Michael returned and gave us two of his presentations, both of which had been winners in different competitions.

Mon 15th July 2019 - Fri 19th July 2019 Dictionary Presentations

Dictionaries have been presented to all Year 6 leavers at St Benet's, Redby, Seaburn Dene and Dame Dorothy Street primary schools. read more...
President John submits his Assembly Plan to AG Keith Peacock

Tue 9th July 2019 Club Assembly with AG Keith Peacock

The President presented the programme for the year on behalf of Committee Chairs.

Tue 2nd July 2019 Fellowship Meeting - Quiz by Tony

Tony provided us with one of his quizzes, to eveyone's amusement.

Tue 2nd July 2019 Council Meeting

Members of council met to plan the programme for the next 6 months.
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