Club Meeting

Fri 24th July 2020 at 12.00 - 13.00

This a full club meeting by ZOOM. WE are hoping that Nicola Goodall of Knysna Education Trust will be joining this meeting to brief us about the training programme we are supporting.

Foundation & International-Paul Hunt

As we start to look to the future and return to our more traditional form of meeting you will be aware that we are making a start by introducing speakers via Zoom.  One of the first will be Nicola Goodall who is the Development Director of the Knysna Education Trust (KET).  We are currently providing bursaries for four students who are training to become early years teachers.  She has been invited to join our Zoom meeting on the 24th July and we also hope we may get a chance to meet one or more students.  

 

In the meantime, this is the latest update from South Africa.  While some of the political indecision making may sound familiar it also highlights how fortunate we are to have an education system free at the point of delivery.

 

It certainly has been a challenging time.  The rules applied in the lockdown have mostly been confusing – and I have to say have affected the rich and poor alike – it has been the confusion and sometimes illogical things which have been most challenging to deal with. 

 

"As things stand currently, the biggest challenge is getting the schools re-opened, this has been a very mixed up process.  The Early Childhood sector (Pre-schools and day cares-) are still closed -and a number of these sites are facing financial collapse as they are mostly reliant on school fee income.

The other big crises is of course, feeding – the many young children who rely on the meal a day they get at preschool, no longer have access to this; KET have started an emergency feeding programme to support this” 

 

  • Fifteen years ago though the company I was working for went through a merger and
    some of us were made redundant. Three of us set up our own company to provide
    design services (electronics, software, product design etc). This went well for a
    number of years and we wanted to generate our own products. Our first effort was a
    GPS trailer tracker…that didn’t go too well as the big boys came in so it was low
    price and a lot of aggravation (calls in the middle of the night to see if we could find a
    trailer load of tobacco). Anyway, we got out of that and started making a piece of
    GPS test equipment which was low volumes, complex, and a high sales price, which
    as a small company suited us much better. Last year we sold the business and I am
    now free to roam the world (or not as the case may be).
    During my second time at Uni I met my future wife Theresa and we have two
    daughters who live in Leeds and Manchester…except when COVID 19 struck they
    came home!
    I’ve played squash for many years and would now, if Dallington were open. Spent 20
    years in the Territorial Army (Royal Engineers) rising to a sufficiently high rank that
    the ‘exciting’ stuff was not jumping out of helicopters or blowing things up but writing
    risk assessments. At that stage I gave up and took up a new hobby, sailing. I’ve
    been doing this now for 15 years or so and am an RYA senior instructor and run all
    the training up at Hollowell Sailing Club.
    It appears I now have a new job in Web design!
    Editor
    This issue is a huge document, I have yet to find out if it is possible to ‘send’!
    Clive has undertaken a ‘new look’ of the Club’s website please enter and take a look
    for yourself. We have during lockdown found ways to bolster our charitable fund
    reserves but, this has in the main been from Rotarians. This is not ideal. Rotary is
    there to do good deeds and to be a conduit for raising funds from outside the club
    and then directing them to good causes. The website now enables anyone to
    donate. Please share this with your friends and neighbours and indeed the public at
    large.


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  • Incoming President-Ian Chacksfield
    Club Assembly 12th June 2020 at 12.00
    I’m delighted to propose my ideas for the approaching new year. To begin with, I
    would like to explain how I have structured the club for the coming year.
    I have combined membership and publicity because with our new way of operating I
    expect this to be a positive source of new members. Social media I see as the
    future. We intend to bring in a new category of membership in July for families. This
    new arrangement has been cleared with District and Robin will give further details in
    due course. The big advantage, I see, of this new category is that we can invite
    working couples to join our club after a taster session with a zoom speaker for
    example. The objective is, obviously, to increase membership and reduce the age
    profile. We’ve tried twilight and the traditional way of attracting new members – it is
    time for a new approach!
    The speaker coordinator - Roger Fountain - is now part of the social committee as I
    consider finding good speakers as a joint effort.
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    The other officers not on the council, include; Andrew as webmaster, Michele as
    Facebook control, Brian as almoner, Martin as reception control, Malcom as
    risk/safety officer and Paul as attendance officer.
    At the start of lockdown, I was concerned about how this would affect my year. I had
    negative feelings and was concerned about taking on the responsibility. However,
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    JulyRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR SpeakerRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR12pm on zoom
    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Friday, 7
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    AugustRRRRRRRRRRRR 3X8 or 4X7 “lunches”RRRRR 12pm
    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Friday, 21
    st
    AugustRRRRRRRRRR SpeakerRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR 12pm on zoom
    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Friday, 4
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    SeptemberRRR 3X8 or 4X7 “lunches”RRRRR 12pm
    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Friday, 18
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    SeptemberR District Conference
    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Or, more likelyRR SpeakerRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR 12pm
    By “lunches” I mean a mini meeting with or without lunch depending on the weather
    and lockdown.R On zoom or at members’ houses.R The participants will change for
    each meeting.
    By “Speaker” I mean a full club meeting with either a speaker, quiz, DW interview or
    such like.
    Finally, this is a very difficult time and one where we need to find ways in which to
    adapt in this new environment. Being President of the club is a great honour and a
    year one should enjoy and find rewarding. Our major objective is keeping the club
    together and we must find the best way to do this while observing any restrictions
    placed on us. The health and wellbeing of club members must be of paramount
    importance.
    Profile No. 2-Clive-de-la Fuente
    Born in Birkenhead in the very early 60’s I achieved both my ambitions of losing a
    Scouse accent and getting away in the early eighties by going to Nottingham
    University. I always preferred numbers to Arts so did a civil engineering degree, only
    to find that the maths didn’t contain many numbers anymore but lots of letters and
    integrals. So, on leaving I became a Land Surveyor (lots of numbers) and an
    outdoors life. My first job I was set up to go and map the world. Found out that the
    world had already been mapped and was made redundant after just 12 weeks.
    Fortunately, at that time they were building oil rigs in two halves in different bays
    around Scotland. So, I spent some time in very large cans making sure that one half
    fitted with the other when they were brought together out to sea.
    Not too long after that another recession hit, and a fortuitous meeting on a visit to
    Nottingham saw me take up a PhD on a little-known topic called GPS. At that time, I
    had to track satellites at 3 am, as there were only 4 available. The rest of my career
    has been centred around GPS mainly on the sales, business development and
    product marketing side of things. I’ve been involved in GPS for Land Survey (mm
    accuracy from satellites 24,000 km away), navigation and telecommunications
    (timing of telecoms networks to sub nanosecond accuracy) and even pushed forward
    the integration of GPS in phones.