Evening Meeting

Tue, Jul 20th 2021 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Rotary Club of Whitehaven Club meeting: 7PM on 20.7.21

God grant that in partaking of this food we may be mindful of those who go hungry and so strengthen our purpose that by our daily deeds of service the day may be brought nearer when no one shall want for food or fellowship. Amen.

Speaker: Joint meeting with Whitehaven Castle to discuss the Harbour Project. Members of Whitehaven Castle will join us by Zoom at 8PM.

This section of the meeting will be chaired by Lynn Stalker [Whitehaven Castle]. If Lynn has difficulty with the Zoom connection, then Ronnie Proudfoot [Whitehaven] will deputise.  There will be presentations from the Planning committee and from the Publicity and Information committee.

This meeting is mainly for review and catch- up but we may have some decisions to make.

The meeting took place via Zoom. Minutes were recorded by Glynis and will be with you asap. We need your permission for The Harbour Project to hold details of your name, telephone number and email address. I will email you separately about this.

Future meetings will be held monthly. Whitehaven Castle will host the meeting on the 19th of August.

Technically it was a success but the microphone on my laptop did not pick up sound more than six feet away.  Unfortunately, I had not thought about this. This made communication from our meeting to the Zoom participants difficult. Lynn Stalker and Tony Parker have recommended that future meetings are either live or via Zoom. However, we may find that some members will not join a Zoom meeting. I have a plug in multidirectional external microphone which will pick up sounds from our meeting and which may solve this problem. I suggest that we try this at our meeting in September before we make a final decision here.

Vote of thanks: None

Number attending: IR Hill, D Hope, JR Kennedy, T Milburn, AJ Parker, AC Payne, R Proudfoot, MB Reid, G Southward, TF Stout.

Hon. Member Attending: I Southward

Apologies: T Dalzell, DN Dixon, A Johnston, D Saxon, RA Stout, F Todhunter, IL Watson, D Whitfield-Bott, DM Whitfield-Bott

Hon. Members: D Brownrigg, R Carling, I Southward, M Starkie

Birthdays: Donald Brownrigg on the 21st.

Guests: Members of Whitehaven Castle by Zoom.

Visits to other clubs: Ronnie Proudfoot attended Whitehaven Castle on the 15th to host the Zoo meeting and the given a presentation on Modern Slavery in Cumbria.

President’s Announcements: None

Secretary’s Announcements:

The latest GB&I Service news has been emailed to members.

Member’s Announcements:

John Kennedy asked whether our donations to the food bank would continue now that the Covid restrictions are being lifted. Treasure Tom Milburn answered that it was up to the individual concerned. To date, we have given £1650 to the food bank and £240 to the Calvert Trust.

Mike Reid reported that our Race nights had raised £129 and that, in addition, Frank Todhunter had donated £50. This money will go to Foundation.

This month’s photographic competition topic is Beach Photography.  If you have not entered before, have a go! Members of Whitehaven Castle club have been invited to enter.

The bottle draw for April 2020 was won by Ian Watson with ticket number 14. The bottle draw will resume.

Next week’s speaker: TBA


NB. There will be a club council meeting at 12 noon on Monday 26.7.21

The Chasers Investment club will meet tomorrow at 7.30PM at the Chase Hotel.

Meals: The cost of meals at the Chase has risen to £8.50 for soup and sandwiches at lunchtime and to £16 for soup and a main course in the evening. No choice is offered in the evening.  No discussion took place beforehand about the rise.  I will be discussing this with Vicky to see if we can have a salad as an alternative and will let you know in due course.

Report on Absent Members: No report.

Fellowship Officer: DFO Mike told two tales. The first illustrated that the standards of service are reassuringly unchanged. The second was about St Peter’s doomed efforts to answer a young couple’s concerns about their future.

Final toast: 21.06

'What We Do' Main Pages:

Rotarians Tony Tait [Whitehaven Castle] and Ronnie Proudfoot [Whitehaven] renovating bollards which will be placed in the main promenade.

This is a programme devised by our daughter club Whitehaven Castle; It is an example of Rotary in Action and has the strap line "Environmental Pride". The object is to tidy up the signs, bollards etc in Whitehaven Harbour.

Rotarians Alan Booth, Whitehaven Castle, Ian Watson, Whitehaven and Robin Leslie, Whitehaven Castle.

An update on this 3 year project to tidy up the harbour at Whitehaven and improve the environment. To date we have refurbished 21 metal bollards, 100 feet of metal railings and have cleaned signage and other metal furniture.


Our activities were severely constrained during this period. However, we did maintain our giving: NORTH CUMBRIA FOOD BANK £1410 CALVERT TRUST £1270

David and Dorothy tending the garden

A small memorial garden in the grounds of St Nicholas' Garden, Whitehaven


A summary of our membership status.

President Tony Parker at the planting.

Together with our colleagues from the Rotary Club of Whitehaven Castle we planted 4,000 purple crocus corms at Whitehaven Harbour. We are hopeful that our 30+ year programme to rid the world of this disease is nearing its end. Thanks for your support.


This is a programme devised by our daughter club Whitehaven Castle; It is an example of Rotary in Action and has the strap line "Environmental Pride". The object is to tidy up the signs, bollards etc in Whitehaven Harbour.


A summary of our membership status.

David Whitfield-Bott organising the raffle

Members of RC Whitehaven and friends raise £300 for Hospice at Home West Cumbria by selling refreshments and raffle prizes at the Egremont Farmer's Market on Friday 15th October 2021


The Club has many sporting activities.