Ray's July President's Newsletter

Here's the first of Ray's newsletters for his year as president


JULY has been typically busy for my first month as the club's president.

Our Rotarians usually keep their feet firmly on the ground but two of my recent predecessors, Bobbie Heavens and Luke Conod, put aside that well-known adage to help out the Hereford Academy Interact Club, with which we have an important association. Bobbie and Luke strapped on their safety harnesses to take part in a sponsored abseil at the school, helping to raise money for local charities, some of which formed a handsome cheque for £1,000 which the Interact club members were able to hand over to St Michael's Hospice.

As usual, we have had some interesting and entertaining meetings this month.

There were a lot of memories brought back for several of us when Bobby and Paul Morris, Heather and Phil Gorringe and Luke Conod led the way in a picture-laden resume of the trip made by club members to Cambodia earlier in the year. Poor Bobbie Heavens, who was so ill during the trip, looked as if she could have done without some of those memories!

A large group visited the new Hereford Records Office in Rotherwas where we could see how the county's historical documents are so well looked after by the dedicated and well-informed staff. If you want to know anything about the history of our county then that should be the second stop on your list. Clearly, as we had reinforced in the month's final meeting, the go-to man when it comes to Hereford's history is our own Derek Foxton, who brought along a number of pictures from his remarkable archive to share with us as he gave us a wonderfully informative talk on the development of modern Hereford.

Of course, it's not just meetings which fill up the list of the club activities. District Governor Alan Hudson and his wife Anne joined in with the annual treasure hunt where seven cars took part and Richard and Heather Hammonds emerged as winners after a tie-break. Apparently the tie-breaker was a cheese and tomato pizza. No, I don't know either... This was followed by the summer barbecue and auction at the home of Rick and Carole Shallcross where 33 members and guests attended with more than £750 raised by the day's events. Our petanque players have also been showing their skills with a welcome, and comprehensive, 11-2 win over Monmouth. And the regular International meal this month was a feast of fun for fans of Indian cuisine.

There's plenty coming up in the near future with the nights about to start drawing in.

Katie Farmer is organising an Alzheimer's Walk, about which there will be more details forthcoming shortly.

A definite date for your diaries is November 24, when there will be a club race night which Rob Soutar and Kevin Hewison are organising.

And we're still looking for people to come on the club's weekend away to Liverpool at the beginning of November - a fantastic city with so much to see.