What we did in President Davids Year 2012/13

Wed, Jul 3rd 2013 at 12:00 am - 12:00 am

What we did in President Davids Year 2012/13

GRAND DRAW 2013 (drawn 8th April)
1st Prize 200 Cash .... ticket 813 Purple ....claimed "Perm"
2nd Prize 50 Cash .... ticket 313 Yellow ..... "Storey"
3rd Prize 25 Cash .... ticket 729 Purple .... ."Dan"
David President 2012 with Nigel President 2011

Out with the old in with the new,
Luddite new President David left enjoying a drink
with 2011 President Nigel at District Handover.

Birstall Luddites Rotarian Keith Davison  is
the new District Governor 1040. 

New President David shakes the hand of outgoing President Nigel in Mondays Handover ceremony at Healds Hall.
President Elect Bill passes the Vice President chains of office to Debbie.
Welcome to Birstall stone sign.
Rotarian Ian Blamires has worked over the past few months to source funding, assistance and volunteers to actually do the building work for a "Welcome to Birstall" sign at a site adjacent to the Coach & Six traffic lights. This is one of the major gateways to Birstall village centre.
The sign celebrates Rotary and Joseph Priestley, probably the most famous son of Birstall, born in the town in 1733.

Rotarian Robert Jackson District Governor 2004/05.
Robert as part of the Administration committee is the club speaker finder.

The first speaker organised by Robert in President David Mullins year was Peter Warburton
who on Mon the 30th July gave a very interesting talk on Micro Loans.
Peter is the District Micro Loan co-ordinator in Rotary International District 1040.
Micro Loans give provision of a small loan to those who are too poor to have access to conventional financial services
Peter Warburton Link to District 1040 and Peters work with Micro Loans

Mon 6th August 2012.
Roberts next guest speaker was Rotarian Don Metcalfe.
Don gave a talk about his work in the Halifax depot, his national service and his life in Perrys motor dealership.

On Mon 20th Aug Roberts next club speaker was Jan Scrine who gave a talk about the
"Milestone Society"

David Jan and Robert

Jan giving her talk the "Milestone Society"
Jans talk about Milestones, finger-posts and boundary markers in Yorkshire together with their history was a very interesting insight into our Yorkshire past.

On the 3rd September Roberts next speaker was Keith Jeffery who gave a talk on
"Motoring since 1945"

Keith Jeffery left shaking hands with President David with Club Sec Andrew right
" Andrew Jeffery, a dealer principle with D M Keith Ltd, Skoda dealers to the gentry, spoke to us on Monday the 3rd of September on the "History of motoring since 1945".  His words and books were most interesting and especially to me who remembered many of the details of his talk, things like erratic vacuum powered Ford windscreen wipers ~ starting handles ~ semaphore indicators ~ carburettors which needed adjusting for richness of mixture ~ sparking plugs you had to adjust the "gap" of ~ decoking an engine, from the filth in the petrol, was a normal service item, automatic ~ forget it unless you were very rich.  Long gone firms with exotic names like ~ Lea Francis, Lanchester, Jowet [the local firm] with their Javelins & American cars who's plentiful chrome shone and rear fins threatened to slice anyone who touched with them.  President Dave may not have known about the early items, he does now, and thanked Andrew for a very illuminating talk." Robert

Mon 24th Sept Club Family night -

Robert introduced Maria Glott  who  visited Healds Hall to give Part2 of her talks on "Saltaire"
President David with Maria Maria talking with gathered Luddites and partners
Maria's Saltaire Part 2 talk gave a history of "Saltaire through to the present day".
Her talk led through Sir Titus Salt and Saltair village, The curse of Milner Fields and her appointment has Bradford's first Tourist Officer in 1990.
This led to the story of Bradford's first tourist and the success of tourism in Bradford and district.
Maria was proud of the World Heritage Site status and the great success of the
Saltaire Mill to the present day.

Monday 29th Oct Outside visit.
The Club visited Huddersfield Astronomical Societys Observatory
during their public open evening
Unfortunately the night sky was overcast and so we had a very interesting talk of the night sky, stars,planets and constellations with illustrations shown inside the dome of the Observatory.
The evening was finished off with a meal at the nearby public house the Sands House.
A display from the talk showing the Zodiac Star signs  
Rotarians inside the Dome listening to  the talk.

Mon 5th Nov
Bonfire Night Club outside visit to Black Bull Birstall

Black Bull Birstall - Early Luddites
sampling the Pie and Peas

Thanks to Ian and Joanne for organising the pie and peas plus Margart and Helen for the parkin dessert.  
Spectacular Fireworks Bonfire in Church grounds

Luddite Rotarian John Keen is taking part in the MOVEMBER charity appeal.
Johns moustache will grow all through November to raise money for the charity
whos aim is to raise vital funds and awareness for mens health, specifically prostrate cancer and testicular cancer.
.To conribute to Johns appeal email with your contribution.

Santa Sleigh 2012
Birstall Luddites fundraising through December.
Santa Sleigh Santa Bill

Santa Helpers "shaking the bucket"  

Mon 21st January
Joanna Catlow braved the snow to give the club a talk about
The Other Luddites"

Joanna talked about the 1812 rebellian riots, the "Croppers" and Rawfolds Mill Liversedge and to the Brontie novel Shirley.

A very interesting and clear talk of the story of the Luddites in West Yorkshire

Joanna pictured with President David and Luddite Speaker sec Robert .

Mon 5th Feb 2013          The Club welcomed speaker David Wood from the ABF Solders Charity.

David thanked the club being part of District 1040s 65000 contribution to Catterick to help wounded soldiers and their families recover from their injuries both physical and mental.
David talked about ABF "A Better Future" the Armys National Charity although Army it is Tri service.

President David thanks David Wood after his talk

Mon 11th Feb        Valentines Night
On Monday 11 Feb
the club held a Valentines evening.
Roberts speaker was
John Startin who gave a talk about his hobby Stained Glass.
President David thanks speaker John Startin.    

Mon 25th Feb 2013      The Club hosted the Seat of Knowledge Quiz.
President David presents the Seat of Knowledge to this years winners Skipton.
This years Quiz was run very ably by last years winners Horbury and Ossett Phoenix
Luddites team in the quiz

Mon 25th March             Speaker Max Jones         "Healds Hall Hotel"
Picture shows President David thanking Max for his talk at Healds Hall.

Max gave a talk on his career in the Hotel Hospitality and Catering and Healds Hall

Mon 25th March           New Member Induction
President David inducting Club new member Helen Wall into the Club.

Helen is no stranger to the club being wife to club member Colin.
The Club was tasked with organising walk marshals at two points along the
canal walk for the day.
Thanks to Jerry Wright for liaising our part of the overall walk.
Luddite marshals at the Spen Valley Greenway walk spur from the Calder and Hebble canal towpath.

GRAND DRAW 2013 (drawn 8th April)
On Mon 8th April the Club as an "outside visit" visited Robertos Restaurant in Batley for a charity meal..
The club took the opportunity to draw the 2013 Grand Draw.
Irene, Bills mum draws the first prize for the Grand Draw, President David supervising the draw.

Thanks to David Keeton and John Broadhead for organising the evening.

1st Prize 200 Cash .... ticket 813 Purple ....claimed "Perm"
2nd Prize 50 Cash .... ticket 313 Yellow ..... "Storey"
3rd Prize 25 Cash .... ticket 729 Purple .... ."Dan

Membership Committee Night
Mon 10th June President David outlined his ideas for new membership.
He organised the evening into brainstorming groups to form ideas to be taken forward by a new committee into the new Rotary year.
Birstall Luddite Rotarian
John MacKail District Development & Training Officer gave a talk and slides on Membership in Rotary.
During the evening Paul Cusworth paid his last visit to the club as Inner Nine Assistant Governor, his three year term shortly to end.
John after his Membership talk with  Assistant Governor Paul on right.
On the left Luddite Assistant Governor Elect Nigel who will shortly take over the Inner Nine leadership for the coming three years.

 The Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites was Chartered in 1988

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Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites are very pleased to have presented, for the 3rd year, all Year 6 Pupils at Brownhill C of E, Fieldhead, St Peters, St Patricks, Birstall County and Carlinghow Junior Schools.

Luddites 200 year Aniversary
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