Charter Night - CANCELLED, but held electronically by Zoom

Thu, Apr 30th 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

To be held at The Nottinghamshire Golf Club

Our 30th Charter was held "on-line", in a virtual conference style which 27 members 'attended' on screen, as can be seen by the picture & including District Governoer David Hood.

Maggie & Jane had sent out the Charter Agenda and once the 27 had joined Jane's Zoom meeting, away we went.:

Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club

30th Celebration Charter


Venue - Lounge/Kitchen/Bedroom

Zoom 7.00pm

Clapping for Captain Tom 8.00pm

Dress Code 

Black Tie/Cocktail Dresses/Lounge Suits/Casual or PJ’s

(however you feel comfortable)         Welcome

Presidents Jane & Maggie

Welcome Visitors

Mike Twells


Drinks and Snacks       Few words from President Jane
When Maggie and I were invited to join Rotary 13 years ago as foot soldiers, we didn’t think for one moment that we would ever be suitable candidates to stand as joint presidents of our club.

Well, here we are on our 30th Anniversary feeling proud and very honoured.

We have faced many challenges on our journey but as you can see we still remain close friends.

Friendship being the key word for us within our club, because with friendship comes support, and with support you can Build bridges and “Make a Difference.”

In our club we have an extremely diligent core of volunteers who put their hearts and souls into every aspect of the club. We would like to thank each and every one of you for all the support and the fun that we have had this year.  Not forgetting our non-Rotary volunteers/ spouses who we would especially like to thank for without them our club wouldn’t be the same.

This year we have once again accomplished all we set out to achieve within the Community, In Youth and Internationally.

Not forgetting our fundraising team and club collectively, we have been able to support our chosen local and Rotary Charities.

And now in the most difficult of times we are finding new ways to communicate to keep the spirit of Rotary alive until we can meet once again.

We hope that in time the Rolling screen of all our achievements over the past 30 yrs can be shared with everyone as it epitomizes what our club is all about.

Special thanks go to all our Committee Chairs, David, David, Chris & Stan & also to Roy, Anne, Gordon, & to Derek for stepping in as our SVP at such short notice. 

 Few words from President Maggie
Well what a year it has been and what a strange end to our year during COVID 19

When we took on the role as joint presidents, we wanted to ensure not only our commitment to serve Rotary but to also have fun and fellowship within the club.

We have both been honoured to be your joint presidents.

We have taken on many challenges but with guidance and the amazing support we have had from all of our members we hope that we have both as joint presidents served Rotary and achieved everything, we set out to do in our Rotary year.


Some hard decisions had to be made during our year as joint presidents and some testing moments with tears and laughter but with your support, my partner in crime and my BFF we hope that we served not only you but Rotary on a whole

We have survived, we are still speaking and we have even jointly come out in sympathy with each other, me with my foot operation and on crutches and Jane with her broken shoulder in a sling but we did say we come as a pair and do most things together.

We have really appreciated you all embracing some of our crazy ideas on social evenings, going way back to our Christmas Rotary meal.  Who would have thought Trevor that you would have ended up dressing as a goose and laying an egg or asking our members to make silly elephants out of playdough and wearing a pair of ladies tights plopping a potato in a cup, Allen Richmond to name one.


It’s a shame that our year is ending during this turbulent time, we were so looking forward to our 30th Celebration Charter at the Nottingham Golf and Country Club but we hope tonight will make up for it.

The next few months until we handover our presidential role will be a strange time for all of us but we are an inspirational Club with a positive attitude and great fellowship and we know this spirit and fellowship will continue. We will keep communicating with you all and as long as we keep communicating together, we will survive.

We mustn’t forget the incredible work of our NHS and pay tribute to people like Captain Tom and so many more and spare a thought for all of the lives lost during this awful COVID 19 pandemic.

Jane and l would like to take this opportunity to wish our upcoming president Derek good luck in your year and we hope you all keep safe and well until we meet again. 

The Loyal Toast

Presidents Jane of Maggie

 Toast to Rotary International       President Elect Derek Goodacre
Thank you Madam Presidents, Fellow Rotarians, Rotary guests and friends In terms of Rotary International, Service Clubs seem to have become less popular during the more recent affluent years. But Rotary is just as necessary today as it was when it was first introduced. Wars, civil unrest, natural disasters, water shortages and worldwide health issues continue to be a challenge for Service Clubs and in particular Rotary. You are part of over 1.2million Rotarians in over 35,000 clubs, in 534 Districts, in 210 Countries. When I say you are members of the world wide fellowship of Rotary International, I mean it literally. Rotarians from across the world have combined to eradicate Polio; are involved in - Promoting peace; Fighting disease; Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; Saving mothers and children; Supporting education; Growing local economies. Rotarians love a challenge. To quote our founder Paul Harris at the RI Convention in Havana Cuba: “Rotary International Stands; Why and how? Because it is grounded not on fear, rivalry, and suspicion, but on the eternal and indestructible rocks of friendliness, tolerance, and usefulness". We are proud to be a part of Rotary International. Please join me with a toast to Rotary International.

Toast to The Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club    From District Governor Vale of Belvoir Charter


Joint Presidents, honoured guests and fellow Rotarians may I thank Vale of Belvoir Rotary for inviting me to attend your virtual Charter tonight.

 This must be a first for our District and I could not be happier in accepting the Zoom invite from the 2 lassies!

 These have been difficult times for everyone and I am proud of how you and many clubs have adapted to these conditions. As you know Rotary International saves so many lives around the world and we have changed for the better through Rotary. We are now seeing how Rotary Connects the World, all be it electronically at the moment. Our Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President, Donna Wallbank, asked me to relay her good wishes to you coupled with the greetings from our own District 1220. In fact I spoke with Donna yesterday at our Governing Council meeting who also wanted to compliment District 1220 for their work in the District Strategic Review, Rotary Engaging Chamber project and the current Rotary4foodbanks

 Congratulations on celebrating your 30th anniversary and I wish to mark this milestone by wishing you a very happy Rotary birthday. I must say that’s about the same age as us all tonight. Keep thinking positively!

 Your Mother Club Bingham must be proud of their daughter club’s achievements be it in the local community and internationally.

 Your involvement in local projects speak for themselves:

For example:

 Art and Craft Fair

Raised £3000 which was split between Air Ambulance and First Responders

Soup n’ Pudding Social evening
For fun and fellowship - we held a Soup n’ Pudding evening which also involved a games night. Members took part in a ‘Generation Game’ of making elephants out of play dough, novelty aprons, quiz and ‘Plop the Potato’ game which was hilarious all good fun and they took part in great spirit.

 Vales Got Talent our 10th Anniversary November 2019

This was our 10th anniversary of holding this event bringing many talents of young and old in the community to showcase their talents.

 Santa Float in the community and East Bridgford Garden Centre

We raised and amazing total £8,774.01 which is up £922.26 compared to last year.

The club also invested in a new Santa Float and Rudolph and separate funds were raised at our Murder Mystery evening to pay for the new float.

Burns Night Social evening

We held a bi annual Burns night which again was a great social event 

 Murder Mystery 

Members of club very bravely took part in a play showcasing our acting skills (or not) to entertain the club and guests. The intention of the evening was to raise funds for paying for the new sleigh and Rudolph which was very successful and entertaining, raising £925

 Memory Café

Continues to thrive with full entertainment monthly 

 Community Fundraising

Friary Homeless Project - Support for the Friary with Clothes Sale and tombola 
Dove Cottage Hospice – purchased wheelchair accessible outdoor furniture which was donated form VOB club
QMC Donation of a cheque for £1,550 to the CBTRC at QMC (Queens Medical Centre) to purchase a Qubit Fluorometer, which measures microscopic samples of DNA and RNA

Junior Art Competition
Rota Kids - 
Support for our two clubs at Robert Miles and East Bridgford C of E Academy is ongoing. Both schools have a programme of what they wish to do and meetings attended. 

Rota Kids Award – Cheryle Berry Rota Kids Award
Cheryle was District Governor when we managed to get our 1st Rota kids Club in the District at Robert Miles school, Bingham Allen Richmond (our club member) did a presentation to a District Meeting out lining how we had achieved this milestone.

 You certainly punch above your weight so to speak.

 More recently and as a result of Covid-19 you have donated to:

 £250 donated to Rosie May Foundation to help running the Tuc Tuc serving the community delivering meals and groceries to the elderly and vulnerable.

 £250 donation Rushcliffe Community Voluntary Service providing meals to homeless.

 Thank you for your continued support for our own charity, Foundation and as you know we now have a GBI supported District wide project Rotary4foodbanks

 Now if that does not impress you there is always such International projects such as:

 Fishtail Continued support for Rajan Achaya and Krishna Acharya our sponsored students now in sixth form. 

  Polio EradicationRadcliffe on Trent Junior School fully supported the planting of 4000 bulbs in Radcliffe on Trent

 Child Aid Uganda – 

Solar Lamps continue to support CHAU which are given to vulnerable families

Girls Latrines - The securing of a £1000 donation from Rushcliffe Club and a successful District Grant application to fund the construction of 2 Girls Latrines.

Natural Disaster Relief Donation of £500 to ShelterBox in response to the devastation in The Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian made. No further demands this year yet. 

 Heartfelt thanks for all you do proving that you Vale of Belvoir Rotary Connects the World.

 Can I ask all guests and visiting Rotarians to lie back in front of their electronic gizmos and toast Vale of Belvoir Rotary coupled with Birthday greetings.

 DG David Hood – 30th April 2020

Response by

Presidents Jane of Maggie

who will toast our Visitors and Guests

Entertainment (David V & Vera Lynn sang we'll meet again!

The Rotary Toast

Presidents Jane and Maggie

'point of order Derek' presented a picture of bouquets that were on their way to J & M

Goodnight and safe journey home !!! But before you go, here's our link to the video we produced for the occasion, celebrating 30 years of The Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club

'What We Do' Main Pages:

This is a monthly meeting open to visitors from Bingham, Radcliffe, Cotgrave and all villages in surrounding area.


This committee are involved in planning now we can raise funds for our chosen charities


It's here that you can read what we've been up to in the last few months. For more information on our work in the local community, with our young people and internationally please access "what we do" section of this web site.


And then there were two....


We have now successfully run this event for 10 years. Full reports of each year are available under this main page


If you like what we do as an organisation and are interested in volunteering with us, keeping up to date with our plans and future events then why not consider signing up as a friend of our Rotary Club


Chris Netherwood is the chair of this committee


Our International Committee is involved with Polio Plus - a Rotary initiative to eradicate Polio, World-wide; Sand dams; Aqua Boxes; Shelter Boxes; Collecting used spectacles, and many other projects


Here you can read about the many meetings we've had during our formation as a Rotary Club. The early years are a little short on detail...