However, on Wednesday 6th June 2022, we started to have occasional meetings in person at the Bingley Arms, Bardsey, Leeds LS17 (our old venue) for lunch (1.00pm) and hope to alternate with Zoom meetings in the future, on an ad hoc basis, provided it is safe to do so (Covid-19). It is good to see old friends face to face rather than on a computer screen.
Please email for details of the next meeting venue/time/day etc. if required:
Website address: www.leeds-elmete.rotary1040.orgRegistered Charity Number 1033420
We are a very small Club of 12 Members (4 of whom are Honorary members). Like many Rotary Clubs we are growing old together (our average age is in the low/mid 80’s of years!) and are not in a position to do what we have in the past. It is unlikely that we will attract new members, but our resolve is to continue for as long as we can, helping others where and when we can, in the true spirit of Rotary – “Service above Self”.
|Dogs for Good (Assistance Dogs)||£200|
|Dictionaries for Life (Local Schools)||£140|
|Wheatfields Hospice (Sue Ryder)||£100|
|Lifestraws (Clean drinking water)||£25|
|Leeds Jewish Housing Association – grants to residents)||£300|
|Leeds Hospital Charity and MND Appeal (Rob Burrow)||£200|
|Safe house for vulnerable women, Mumbai, India||£200|
|Street Angels (help on the drug scene etc)||£200|
|Rotary Polio Plus appeal (Foundation)||£200|
|Rotary District 1040 Ukraine Appeal||£200|
|MAF (Mission Aviation Foundation)||£100|
|Rotary’s Aquabox (Flood/disaster relief)||£750|
|Ireland Wood School (special needs pupils) – equipment||£600|
|Kentmere Community Centre (summer activities for children)||£700|
|East Leeds FoodBank/Parish Larder St Richards Church||£2300|
|(+ donated goods and gifts)|
This year - for the first time - the Presidency will be shared. Rotarians Brendan Carey (L) and Peter Whelan (R) - seen above when they were presented with their Paul Harris Fellowships by Immediate Past-President Martyn Phillips in the last Rotary year. Both have been President of the club before. Brendan will do the first half of the year and Peter the second. Both are retired Doctors who had very successful Consultant careers in Leeds (in Radiology and Urological Surgery respectively). We wish them every success in this shared role.
St Richard's Church (see picture) in the Parish of Seacroft in Leeds
June 2022 Report from Rtn Neale Lucas,(who volunteers at the Church each week): "An update following my shift. Lis (manager) gave me figures for June: 694 people were fed".
Information from the Team Meeting:- While Dave still collects food from Tesco Mon pm and goes searching on Tues am, stocks are now an issue. What is now happening is that the entire Parish Larder Stock is being cleaned out each week. They are buying key items each week - UHT milk is becoming a big issue. Local supermarkets are restricting the number of purchases of some items.
They are researching the idea of having experts on pertinent subjects to be available in the hall to advise while customers are waiting.
Good relationship with LS14 Cafe on the parade of shops opposite the church - collected about 15 tins of spaghetti hoops from them yesterday morning. Neale.
May 2022. Some Statistics from the Administrator: In 2021, 4940 individuals were given food. To end of April 2022, 2632 people were fed - an increase of approx. 50% c.f. the first 4 months of 2021.
(The Trussel Trust gives advice on how to obtain help form various agencies. Of late an increase in the need for help/advice with the cost of domestic fuel has been noted.)
A number of our members plan to continue to help out at two local schools by hearing children read once a week when they will be allowed back into school in the autunm of 2022. We have also donated much needed Usborne illustrated dictionaries to one school. (See above).
This Reading initiative started in September 2013, and is proving to be a very valuable and rewarding experience for the students, the schools and the Rotarians involved.
We meet on Thursdays at 7.00 pm. by Zoom.(No meeting on two Thursdays around Christmas) We meet Virtually on Thursday evenings by Zoom now, with occassional luches at the Bingley Arms, Bardsey, Leeds LS17, on an ad-hoc basis.
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