Club Social Activities/ Ed Coyle - An Interactive Presentation
Mon 26th September 2011 at 12.00 am - 2.00 am
And now for something completely different......The meeting of 26 September was...was... well, different.
How do people who cannot speak or express themselves get what they want?
Following the measured process of a typical Rotary meeting, the guest speaker, Ed Coyle launched an interactive session to demonstrate how he helps certain people to advocate their own needs, even where they find it difficult to communicate or speak on their own behalf. It helps those who normally do not have much of a voice to comment on the services they receive from carers or institutions.
Rather than explain his work to a seated audience, Ed encouraged members to experience the process for themselves. Quite soon an uncertain group of Rotarians were touching, gesticulating and grunting in an effort to communicate without words. Members were encouraged to pair with someone whom they knew less well than others. And it was within this unusual, even uncomfortable arrangement that members began to understand the scale of the task facing those with significant daily challenges.
Ed's inspiration was drawn from the technique, "Open Space," which is also used in complex organisations to encourage employees to harness their energy, ideas and passion to improve things. The process is led, but is fundamentally unstructured and this can lead to spontaneity, the discovery of things in common and agreement. However it may also result in surprise, disagreement and withdrawal from the group.
Quite often people will talk privately about things that really matter but prefer not to show out in a larger group. Paradoxically what they really think could help to make things better but they keep their views and opinions closely controlled. Here was a process to release all of that.
It has to be said that some Rotarians were uncomfortable with much of this, others perhaps needed more time to see the point of it all. But overall members distinguished themselves by participating in something unfamiliar and which well and truly took them out of their comfort zone.
Nick Capron's Job Talk
His career took him to Rotherham then to the Falkland Islands where his role was to develop education after the military campaign.details
Crown Bowling Comptetion
President Malcolm leading from the front in Penrith's victory over Upper Eden in the Crown green Bowls competition.details
6:00pm Dinner - Speaker John Shorter
Rotarian John Shorter with his presentation on Advanced Motoringdetails
6:00pm Dinner - Speaker Peter Markey Cumberland & Westmorland Yeomanry
Cumberland & Westmorland Yeomanrydetails
Penrith Triathlon 2012
Penrith Rotary entered two relay teams in the annual Penrith Triathlon Registered Sprint event held at the town’s sports centre on Sunday 26 August.details
Bishop of Penrith
Penrith Rotary Club were delighted to welcome as their guest speaker, the Bishop of Penrith, the Rt. Revd Robert Freeman at Monday’s meeting at the town’s George Hotel.details
Theatre and Dine Nov 2012
A group of Rotarians leaving the Theatre on the Lake Keswick after the matinee performance of Alan Ayckbourn's ' Bedroom Farce' Once again a fun afternoon was enjoyed in this most lovely of theatre locations.details
Visit from Penrith [Australia]
Jean Vranich and her husband Luciano from Penrith, Australia attended the annual general meeting of the club on 14th May 2012. They were very warmly welcomed by the club president Malcolm Boyd.details
Olympic Torch Parade
Olympic Torch Parade through Penrith 20th June 2012. Penrith Rotarians and partners were among the first to welcome the Olympic Torch into the town.details
Open Gardens Event
OPEN GARDEN EVENT at BEECHCROFT, SLEAGILL (CA10 3HD) and other gardens in Sleagill (By kind permission of Pat and Ray Russell) ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE - lunches/teas - cake stall - plant stall wine & pimms bar - raffledetails
Maz joins the Royal Navy
Former Penrith Rotarian Marianne Pelter embarks on a new career in the Royal Navydetails
Walk and Dine
15 members and partners enjoyed a walk around Shap today which included some local history and was followed by an excellent lunch in the King's Arms.details
Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust
Annie Mawson gave an informative presentation her Sunbeams Music Trust at Rotary guest nightdetails
Young Photographer Presentation
Presentation of prizes in this year's Young Photographer competitiondetails
Young Technology Tournament
It was an excellent day out and all three teams performed extremely well. The Senior team were outstanding and won the Advanced Technology Trophy. In all, 23 teams entered the Competition.details
Walk & Dine 29/03/2009
A 6 mile walk round Lowther Estate from Askham. 25 walked and 31 dined.details
Bev Risman awarded OBE in New Year Honours
Rugby Legend and Penrith Rotary member Bev Risman awarded OBE in New Year Honours for services to the game.details
Walk & Dine June 2012
Walk & Dine June 2012 A Rotary Walk and Dine via Lowther Castle and Wale started and finished at Hackthorpe followed by a superb lunch in the Lowther Castle restaurantdetails