Rotary Club of Newton Abbot (RCNA) founded in 1922 still has a thriving membership of over 60 men and women from a wide range of professions, businesses and organisations who all share a common interest in helping others. Each member enjoys business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate, learning new skills and joining in on social evenings with partners. With over 95 years of serving the local community, the club has raised and donated many thousands of pounds, shared skills and knowledge to charities and social organisations.
Inter-Club 'Teignbridge Challenge' update and look ahead
Teignmouth were our hosts for the second leg of the Teignbridge Rotary Challenge, only five of the six clubs were able to take part and Dartmoor Vale were very much missed.
With apt greeting from a young lady in a 'riding-a-frog' costume and themed room and table decorations, competitors and guests took their seats for an excellent carvery provided by Teignmouth Golf Club - with many adding the desserts as a bonus.
In the Frog Racing arena, Peter Taylor and his wife had clearly organised the racing element well. Each Rotary Team had 4 competitors and there were 5 races in the Teignbridge Challenge with the last race featuring the “best racer” from each Club.
Frogs were noisily coaxed across the dance floor and, while some people found it hard to get a grip, patience prevailed with Dawlish Water wining the first race of the evening with Newton Abbot in their wake. After the second race there was now a three-way tie for the lead with Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Ashburton all heading the field. By the end of the third race the hosts Teignmouth had taken a narrow lead over Newton Abbot and Dawlish Water. The last member of each team fought out the fourth race with Teignmouth strengthening their lead and Ashburton coming up to an outright second. The final race of the “best racers” was for double points and Teignmouth romped home.
A great evening was had by all and thanks must go to the organisers from the Teignmouth Club, who in addition to providing and training the frogs, ran the Tote for the evening and set the convivial tone! So after 2 of the 5 Teignbridge Rotary Challenges the positions in the league are as follows:
The next legs of the challenge are:
Wed 22nd January - Indoor Bowls hosted by Dawlish Water
Tue 31st March - Darts hosted by Ashbuck
Mon 6th April - Cars/Games (tbc) hosted by Dawlish
date tbc in May - 'Games Night' at Dartmoor Vale
Crocus Planting for End Polio campagin
RCNA's annual purple crocus planting at the end of September along the Avenue hit record numbers of bulbs planted by the committed (and well-dressed!) team - as many as 8,000 were planted this year.
Latest updates on the End Polio Now project (as of 19th Sept) indicate that there are just 2 polio endemic countries - Afghanistan and Pakistan, with just 16 and 62 cases this year respectively. Fantastic news also comes from Nigeria, with no reported cases for 3 years - the entire continent of Africa is now confirmed polio-free!
Inter-Club 'Teignbridge Challenge' kicks off
Beginning with a thrilling encounter of Golf Croquet, 5 local clubs are taking on a variety of sporting challenges over the next few months.
Golf Croquet is a somewhat simplified version of Croquet and for many it was a first foray into the sport.
Mixed teams of 4 competed 2-on-2 against each other club over the course of an enjoyable evening hosted warmly by Newton Abbot Croquet Club (http://www.newtonabbotcroquet.org.uk/). NARC members provided refreshments and raised funds with a successful raffle.
Dawlish Water were eventual winners, with Newton Abbot a close second.
Look out for updates on the next Teign Challenge event, to be hosted by Teignmouth Golf Club – Frog Racing!!
Presentation to Army Cadets
RCNA are pleased to be able to help the local Army Cadets by purchasing a laptop compter to assist in cadet training.
Community Chair of RCNA Tracey Cunningham made the presentation before the club meeting to Volunteer Trainer Roy Blunt.
New President Martin Smith PHF and his wife Jill, welcomed over 30 Rotarians and partners along to his house on a sunny Sunday afternoon as his first event of the Rotary Year.
They enjoyed Homemade Scones with copious amounts of clotted and fresh cream with plenty of debate on the long-standing dispute cream or jam first.
The highlight of the afternoon was being able surprise Club stalwart Alan Partridge PHF with a certificate of Honorary Club Membership. Alan has been a member for over 46 years serving the club in many roles more recently as Sergeant-At-Arms, keeping the meetings on time and advisor on club etiquette and procedure.
The Rotary year begins in July and at the old year’s final weekly meeting Club President Richard Morgan reported on the Club’s continued success. With the support of the Town, he was pleased to report that they had raised almost £20,000 which had enabled the Club to help and support charities, organisations and individuals across the local community. We had made a number of larger donations, he reported, though he was especially pleased that smaller donations to smaller organisations had proved so valuable, making for them a huge difference.
He also reported on the success of increased Club membership now standing at 42 with 1/3 women members. And it was just not adult membership. His final duty as President was to induct a further student member, extending across the age groups the Rotary ideal of “Service in the Community”.
Saying that the Club would be in very good hands in the coming year, he handed over the chain of office to the incoming President, Martin Smith – taking up the reins for the second time; Rotarian Phil Millichap becomes President Elect and Tracey Cunningham President Nominee.
Martin said that he hoped to build on the successes of earlier years and this year also extending the Club’s links with young people through schools, youth groups and organisations in order to investigate providing Rotary Club support. He hoped that Club membership would continue to rise not only through individuals joining but also with the number of companies and organisations wishing to become involved through the Club’s Corporate Membership scheme.
Rotary Twinning is Winning
was the Newton Abbot club’s year to make the annual exchange visit our to Vitré our twin club in
Brittany. The twinning is now in its 60th
year and the exchange visits take place in May each year.
This year the party of 16 Rotarians and partners crossed the channel to meet Rotarian friends and families for a busy but all too short weekend. At the formal lunchtime meeting both Club Presidents gave speeches outlining their Club’s activities over the previous year which, this year also meant the 60th year of the Vitrè club’s existence.
In May, the Rotary Club played host at Stover Golf Club to just over 100 golfers from across the County for the Club’s annual Spring Golf Competition. So popular is the well-organised golf competition that it is now in its 23 year.
Prizes were presented at the end of the day covering the various events during the day, but it’s also run to raise funds for Rotary charities and this year two were chosen to receive a cheque for £1,000 each.
The two local charities were Home Start Newton Abbot part of one of the UK’s leading family support charities especially aimed at the support of young families. Andy’s Man Club was the second charity and they are there to support especially young men and is aimed at halving the number of suicides in men under 45 – suicide being the main cause of death of men in that age group.
The club also held a raffle for the golfers and they were generous in buying tickets, and as a result, a smaller donation of £500 was handed to Newton Crisis Aid, aimed at providing relief for refugees and those suffering as a result of natural or other disasters.
Winding up the busy day, Club President, Richard Morgan, said that these charities provided valuable support in our community and running such a golf day was the perfect win / win situation; the golfers had a great day and the charities gained so much in order to help fund their important work.
Walking Rugby a rousing success
20 Rotarian would-be rugby players gathered at the Newton Abbot Rugby ground to see a demonstration on walking rugby. A new tri- initiative between Devon Rugby Union, Active Devon and the Newton Abbot Rugby club.
The goal is to get the over 55’s back into exercise, not limited to male only players and some leeway on the age is allowed.
After a demonstration by Exeter based ‘Fossils’ walking rugby team and a short warm up, 4 teams were formed and a half hour of fun and exercise took place. It took a while for the players to understand the ‘no tackling or running’ element, offside rules etc. but by the end of the session everybody understood what it was all about, and much hilarity ensued.
The players retiring to an excellent buffet and a social drink in the clubhouse with some partners and friends, told tales off spectacular tries and mis-haps. Everybody agreed that it was good fun and the hope for another go later in the year. Three of the local Rotary clubs took part Totnes, Dartmoor Vale and Newton Abbot.
President-Elect of Newton Abbot Martin Smith commentated “ It was around 50 years since I last played rugby – the more sedate speed did not dilute my memories of the enjoyment of playing the game, I can certainly recommend walking rugby, my main activity is now golf, so it was great to do something different – albeit I found some long forgotten muscles the following morning!”
Rotary Club President Richard Morgan, thanked the Fossils team from the Topsham RFC, Brian Smith of NARFC and Rob Masters for organising the event.
More details about Walking Rugby can be found on the Devon Rugby website or contact local co-ordinator Mike Brook.
Members of the Fossil Team with Richard Morgan (RCNA) and Brian Smith (NARFC)
Meetings and events happening soon
Tuesday 17th December 18.00
Christmas Dinner event - Partners Welcome
Dainton, booking required
Tuesday 24th December 18.00
No meeting tonight Rotarians are putting out the mince pies for Santa and a Carrot for Rudolph
Tuesday 31st December 18.00
Happy New Year
Rotarians are preparing for another year of Service Above Self
Tuesday 7th January 18.00
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