Completed meetings and events 2023-2024

Alan Share gives his talk

Tue 11th June 2024 Speaker Alan Share Host John McLoughlin

Rotarian Alan Share from Sunderland visited, supported by 6 Sunderland members, to tell us about his experiences as owner of SCS and Governor of a Special School.
Our group at the entrance to the factory

Sat 8th June 2024 Nissan Car Visit

Members and friends enjoyed an excellent and most interesting visit to the car plant with a detailed description of production provided by Gordon Smith.

Tue 4th June 2024 Business Meeting

Plans for future events were discussed and progressed
President Elizabeth welcomes Corporate Member Charlotte

Tue 28th May 2024 Speaker Derek Potter. Host John Shield

Derek gave us a slide presentation outlining the history of the Suez Canal area from early times almost to present day.
We also welcomed our first Corporate Member Charlotte Harms from Grand Hotel. read more...

Tue 21st May 2024 Membership Meeting

Membership chairman Tony gave details of his proposals for increasing membership, both individual and corporate as well as becoming involved in other groups within our area with mutual interests. read more...
Guests and singer

Fri 17th May 2024 Memory Cafe at Whitburn Community Library

The Memory Cafe continues to increase steadily for those living with dementia and their carers/family. Varied activities and entertainment are offered and the Cafe is open on third Friday of each month from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at Whitburn Library.

Tue 14th May 2024 Speaker Carol McKay Host Phil Herdson

Carol returned to tell us more about her career and the engagement that her students have with local community groups, from which the 1973 Brochure about Sunderland AFC FA Cup was produced, including many photographs.
Members and friends at Arbeia Fort

Fri 10th May 2024 Arbeia Roman Fort

Following a talk at the club several members and colleagues visited for guided tour by Sue Balmer, which was very informative and much enjoyed.

Tue 7th May 2024 Annual General Meeting

This formal meeting received reports from officials and committee chairmen on the work during the year, including the 9 month accounts. Officers and council members for next Rotary year were elected. read more...

Tue 30th April 2024 Speaker George Lomas Host John Hutchinson

Our own member George spoke and opened a debate on the public finances.
A group at the event

Mon 29th April 2024 Coffee Morning for End Polio Now

Members of the public were invited to this event, which raised over £300 towards ending polio throughout the world. read more...

Tue 23rd April 2024 Fellowship Meeting

With many apologies, we are having a Fellowship meeting

Tue 16th April 2024 Speaker Richard Beck Host Gordon Coxon

Richard is in charge of Fulwell Community library and outlined all that had taken place since the committee of volunteers took over. There is much happening and it is very much a community hub.

Tue 9th April 2024 Speaker Chichi Host Tony Wortman

Chichi came back to tell us about an exhibition that her group is organising at Beacon of Light to show a little of the culture of Nigeria.

Tue 2nd April 2024 Business Meeting

Tue 26th March 2024 Speaker Sue Balmer Host John Shield

Sue gave us a very interesting talk on Arbeia Fort at South Shields, including a lot of the history of the area. She is willing to give us a guided tour if we wish.

Tue 19th March 2024 Speaker Host Tony Wortman

Speaker being arranged.

Tue 12th March 2024 Business Meeting

Members discussed future events.

Tue 5th March 2024 Speaker Samantha Dobson. Host Phil Herdson.

Samantha told us about her charitable work with the homeless and helping people with health issues into work, to make them financially independent. She has also set up a business supplying coffee from socially ethical sources and sold via the website.
Our group of visitors

Wed 28th February 2024 Visit to Sunderland University

WE had a very interesting visit to the communications department and heard all about the student studies as well as seeing all the wonderful photographic equipment that they are able to use.

Tue 27th February 2024 Fellowship Meeting

We continued our discussions on matters raised at our previous business meeting.

Tue 20th February 2024 Speaker Linda Bristow Host John Lipscombe

Linda is on the local committee for Cancer Research UK and told us about her work.
She was accompanied by Nicky McKenna the employed Fund raiser in the North East. read more...

Tue 13th February 2024 Business Meeting

Members discussed future events

Tue 6th February 2024 Business Meeting

Members discuss future events

Tue 30th January 2024 Meeting cancelled

The hotel is having work carried out and asked us to cancel

Tue 23rd January 2024 Speaker John Hutchinson. Host George Lomas

John completed his previous talk by telling us about various health problems that he suffered following retirement.

Tue 16th January 2024 Speaker John Hutchinson. Host George Lomas

John provided us with another interesting talk, which he will complete next week.

Sat 13th January 2024 - Sat 2nd March 2024 SPONSORED SLIM

Everybody returned to weigh out and were pleased with their achievement. They were also successful in obtaining sponsors and the event raised £700.00 which has been donated to Cancer Research UK for their research work in Newcastle. read more...

Tue 9th January 2024 Business Meeting

Members will plan for events during the second half of the Rotary Year.

Tue 2nd January 2024 NO Meeting

Tue 26th December 2023 NO Meeting

Tue 19th December 2023 Speaker Duncan Woods Host Keith Higgin

Duncan is the Pastor at Trinity Church, Sunderland and came to deliver our Christmas Message. The meeting was very well attended and his very relevant talk much enjoyed.

Tue 12th December 2023 Speaker Tony Edwards Host Peter Calvert

Tony returned to tell us about his experiences in undertaking the training to obtain a private pilot's licence.
Santa ready to set off on his rounds

Sun 10th December 2023 - Sun 17th December 2023 Santa Sleigh visits

Santa visited Alston Crescent area on Sunday 10th December; Side Cliff Road area on Wednesday 13th December; South Bents on Sunday 17th December. The weather was kind and the parents were generous. We hope the children enjoyed Santa's visit. read more...

Fri 8th December 2023 - Sun 10th December 2023 Collections at Morrison's Supermarket

The store kindly offered to allow us to collect during these three weekend dates, for which we are most grateful. The public were most generous which allowed us to boost our charity account for distribution in the New Year.
Phil Herdson on duty at the stall

Wed 6th December 2023 City Hall Market

We took a stall at the City Hall market event to sell our Christmas Cards.
Phil Herdson is pictured manning the stall for the session.

Tue 5th December 2023 Special General Meeting

The Annual Accounts to 30th June 2023 were presented and officials were appointed for the Rotary Year 2024/2025.

Tue 28th November 2023 Speaker Gordon Bacon. Host John McLoughlin

Gordon gave us an interesting talk.

Tue 21st November 2023 Speaker Brian Hastings Host John Shield

Brian Hastings joined us and gave a very interesting talk.

Fri 17th November 2023 - Sat 18th November 2023 Collection at Clays Garden Centre

We were allowed to collect again this year, over the weekend, for which we were most grateful. We had a successful time and enjoyed meeting lots of generous people.

Tue 14th November 2023 Speaker DGE Joy Palmer-Cooper Host Tony Wortman

Joy gave us an interesting and most helpful talk on gaining corporate members, which our membership committee will certainly follow up.
President, organiser and winner

Fri 10th November 2023 A Swinging 60's Evening

An Evening of great music by CATS NIGHT OUT and virtuoso guitarist John Wilkinson. £15.00 including supper. Prizes for best 60's outfit.
Terrific night, enjoyed by all. We raised over £600.00 for our Benevolent Fund.

Tue 7th November 2023 Business Meeting

We had a full business meeting to finalise details of Christmas collections and Santa Sleigh routes.

Tue 31st October 2023 Fellowship Meeting

We had a discussion on up-coming events.

Tue 24th October 2023 NO MEETING TODAY

We are having our Coffee Morning for World Polio Day at the Grand Hotel from 10.30 am. so have cancelled our usual lunchtime meeting.

Tue 24th October 2023 World Polio Day Coffee Morning

The Grand Hotel let us host this charity coffee morning in the restaurant. Rotarians, friends and guests attended. A raffle was held during the morning. The sum of £175.00 was raised, plus a donation of £75.00 from Sunderland Rotary.
The time for eradication of polio is near, with only Afghanistan and Pakistan not yet clear of the wild polio virus.
Rotary wants to complete the project that started in 1985 to rid the world of polio.

Tue 24th October 2023 Coffee Morning for End Polio Now

Drop into the Grand Hotel, Seaburn to enjoy a coffee, scone or cake and make a donation to this charity on World Polio Day. All Welcome!!!

Tue 17th October 2023 Speaker Michael Gough Host John Hutchinson

Michael is returning to give us another of his interesting presentations
Phil delivers his talk

Tue 10th October 2023 Speaker Phil Herdson Host John Shield

Phil gave us a fascinating talk on his interest in railways, which developed from an early age following his father's interest.

Tue 3rd October 2023 Business/Council Meeting

Members discussed and planned future events, including an End Polio Now function and the 60's Evening.
Christmas collections were also discussed.

Tue 26th September 2023 Speaker Chichi Host Pat Emmerson

Chichi has finished her degree course and came to tell us about the work her group 'Wellconnect Community' is doing with immigrants in the community

Tue 19th September 2023 Fellowship Meeting

In the absence of a speaker, members enjoyed fellowship along with some finalising of future plans

Tue 12th September 2023 Business Meeting

Members discussed future events.
Mayor addresses the club members

Tue 5th September 2023 Speaker Her Worship the Mayor Councillor Dorothy Trueman

The Mayor was accompanied by her husband and Consort Councillor Harry Trueman, who had been Mayor previously. We were told about her particular charities - 'Special Lionesses' and 'Hug in a Bag' as well as all the visits they had made so far.
Past President John receives RI Presidential Citation from D G Steve Rose

Tue 29th August 2023 Speaker D G Steve Rose Host John Lipscombe

D G Steve visited to present us with our Presidential Citation for having completed the necessary objectives as evidenced on Rotary Club Central.
He also talked about D G objectives for the current year.

Tue 22nd August 2023 Speaker Tony Edwards. Tony Wortman

Rotarian Tony Edwards from Durham returned to give us another of his talks.

Tue 15th August 2023 Speaker John Shield

John had another quiz for us, but of a different type.

Tue 8th August 2023 Speaker John McLoughlin

John gave us the benefit of a quiz he had devised and presented the winner Phil Herdson with a prize.

Tue 1st August 2023 Business/Council Meeting

Members discussed future plans

Tue 25th July 2023 Speaker Tony Edwards Host John Lipscombe

Durham Rotarian Tony, well known to us, spoke about the various jobs he had had during his working life, including amusing incidents that had occurred in many of them.
The group during the visit

Thu 20th July 2023 Visit to National; Glass Centre

A group of Rotarians, wives and friends visited the Glass Centre, having a talk about the history before seeing a demonstration of the making of a beautiful, coloured bowl. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Tue 18th July 2023 Speaker Harvey Gordon from Box Project Host John Hutchinson

Harvey's talk was about 'volunteering' and we heard about various charitable work with which he had assisted. Of particular mention was the Box Project, which we support, where he has been involved for many years, initially as a young member.

Tue 11th July 2023 Speaker Liz Herdson. Host Phil Herdson

Phil's wife visited and gave us a most interesting talk on her work as a librarian in a variety of settings, a career which she had clearly enjoyed.

Tue 4th July 2023 Club Assembly

Committee chairmen presented proposals for activities during the year.
Our new Assistant Governor Stephen Slade was with us and was pleased with the variety of projects proposed.
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