Lunch Time Meeting

Tue, Nov 9th 2021 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Rotary Club of Whitehaven Club meeting: 12.30PM on 18.11.21

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: Business

Vote of thanks: None

Number attending: DN Dixon, IR Hill, D Hope, JR Kennedy, AJ Parker, AC Payne, R Proudfoot, G Southward, RA Stout, TF Stout, F Todhunter, IL Watson.

Apologies: Tom Dalzell, A Johnston, T Milburn, D Saxon, D Whitfield-Bott, DM Whitfield-Bott

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

Guests: None

Visits to other clubs: None

Birthdays: None

President’s Announcements:

1.     Business meeting following on from Club Council on 1.11.21

Please see the club council minutes for 1.11.21. There were three actions.

A] Request for assistance at the Paddle Board Meeting in 2022. Our offer of six members to help with car parking has been accepted. We have been provisionally allocated the car park at the Recreation ground. Spaces here will have been pre-booked on- line. Colin Fox will send us further details nearer the time.

B] Send a cow. This is a self-help charity for farmers in the third world; it is similar to Farm Africa. They have requested a donation. We have asked them to speak to us in person or by Zoom. We are waiting on a reply.

C] The Blue -Sky Project. This supports persons in Northumbria and Cumbria who are living with HIV. The local contact, Julie Ann Kelly has acknowledged our request for a speaker; we are waiting for her to contact us again.

2.     President Tony volunteering for AG in 2022-22025. Tony has expressed an interest. Mary Bradley has been informed of this and he is waiting for a reply.

3.     RI Director 2023-2025. The members present voted unanimously for Eve Conway.

4.     The club members agreed that we should undergo a Health Check. We will arrange this ASAP.

5.     President Tony will represent the club and will lay a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday Service on 14.11.21. Any members is welcome to join him.

Secretary’s Announcements: None

Member’s Announcements:

Mike Reid: Foundation Seminar.

Mike reported on this seminar which was on Zoom and lasted for 2.5 hours. Among the items discussed were Crocuses, Foundation grants; Sustaining members; Peace and conflict seminars. Mike was unimpressed.

Anthony Payne: Anthony mentioned an exhibition at the Florence Arts Centre. This is not linked to Rotary but might give members ideas for Christmas.

Next week’s Speaker: Anthony Payne. The Cumberland Peoples Panel on Climate Change.

A.O.B.: None

Absent Members: David Hope reports that Donald Brownrigg is well and hoped to attend one of our meetings.

FO Richard Stout was welcomed back by President Tony.

Fellowship Officer: DFO Mike told tales of a dinosaur with literary pretensions and of the bird man of bungee jumping.

Final toast: 13.28

'What We Do' Main Pages:

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

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.


The Club has many sporting activities.