Ware Wheel November 2014 Ware Rotary Club’s Monthly Bulletin Ware Rotary Club meets at Wodson Park, Ware, Herts. (01920 487091) every Wednesday at 12.45pm (except where a fifth Wednesday occurs in the month when the meeting is at 7.30pm) The Rotary International Theme 2014/2015 If you would like more information about Ware Rotary Club please contact the Club Secretary whose details are on the inside of this cover or visit our website at www.warerotary.co.uk WARE ROTARY Year 2014/2015 President Roger Green 138 High Street, Watton at Stone, Herts. SG14 3RZ. Home 01920 464309 Joint Hon.Secs. Roy Lester, 94 Kingsway, Ware, SG12 0QJ Nick Evans, 4 Warren Way, Digswell, AL6 0DH Roy Home 01920 464235 Hon.Treasurer Robert Boulton 28 Postwood Green, Hertford Heath, Herts. SG13 7QJ Home 01992 537855 Business 01992 446316 Club Council Alan Thomas John Seager Barrie Hozier John Love Denise Newman Nigel Collins Committee Chairmen Communications – Alan Thomas Membership – Stuart Storey Foundation – Robert Browning Social – Jeff Kenyon Youth – Barrie Hozier International – Roy Lester Community & Vocational – Julian Bishopp Editor Alan Thomas 15 Rolleston Close Ware, Herts. SG12 0BZ B 01920 469211 E-MAIL [email protected] Ware Wheel Year 70 ‘Volume 442’ Ware Rotary Club’s Monthly Bulletin From the Editor Alan Thomas Firstly my thanks to Adam for Editing and producing last month’s edition. As a Club we may be low on numbers at the moment but when it comes to ‘Events’ this really does bring out the best in our members. By the time you read this, another Ware Fireworks will have taken place in collaboration with the other Ware Clubs and the Ware Club members will have played a full part in the organisation of the whole thing, preparation, participation and picking litter (see what I did?). Also items are pouring in for what I know will be a very well supported Dickensian Evening. When we do things we are good at it so let us do as much as we can. Alan PLEASE NOTE The next edition of the Ware Wheel will be the Christmas Edition, which will be distributed on 17th December. Copy please to ALAN THOMAS by 10th December. [email protected] PLEASE SEND YOUR COPY BY E-MAIL IF POSSIBLE. Remember one page is approximately 275 words and should be on A4 paper with Font Sizes 14 to 20 in ‘Word’ Format and pictures ideally as JPEG’s. 2 Roger’s Rambling’s Before I “Ramble” in this month's Wheel I would like to thank Adam for editing our October edition. I must admit to reading The Wheel from back to front and only glanced at the front where I wrongly assumed that the photograph was that of a young Alan! After that my very efficient “secretary” promptly filed it away into the box marked “Rotary”. When Alan T first entitled my page as “Roger's Ramblings” I felt that they should be humorous or profound. However I find it difficult to think of anything and am only glad that I did not “take up the cloth” as I would have found it impossible to produce a different sermon each week. I can but try to find something to say. As I am writing this I am spending half term just outside Hastings with Christine, together with our son Jonathan and his family, Emer and grandsons Aodhan and Cormac. We are staying in a very pleasant lodge about four miles inland from Hastings and the reason that I mention this is that as is usual these days all the beds have duvets. Now, I'm not against duvets but why are even the so called Summer varieties so thick? Unless we are sharing a double duvet I invariably find myself, in the early hours, removing the duvet from its cover and spending the rest of the night with that alone to keep me warm. If you ever visit the Royal Yacht in Leith you will be advised, as you pass a certain cabin, that “You will notice that the Queen does not do duvets.” Good on her! Yours, in Rotary, Roger 3 OCTOBER EVENING MEETING Our first evening meeting at Wodson Park and weren’t we well served. A meal of excellent roast lamb with vegetables and those fantastic roasties, followed by the autumn fruit crumble and custard, who could ask for more? (well Robert Boulton I suppose). About 40 Rotarians and guests were then splendidly entertained by eight of President Roger’s male voice choir called the ‘Octones’, and very good they were too. All in all an excellent evening of fellowship. Alan T On Wednesday 4th November Ahmed, guest of Dilip, talked to the club about his practice as a Physiotherapist in Hoe Lane, Ware. He took over the practice from Mrs Maureen Everett about five years ago and has now developed it to include massage, reflexology, Pilates, psychology, exercise, podiatry and classes to improve walking and running techniques.. In face he described it as a “Wellness” clinic involving any approach to regaining or maintaining fitness. The vote of thanks was given by Robert Browning. John Love won the Swindle (out of five coins left) – again !! 4 From - President, Rotary International GARY C.K. HUANG President 2014-15 November 2014 Four months into this year of working to Light Up Rotary, I am more excited about Rotary than ever before. I've been to 22 countries, visited dozens of cities, and met thousands of Rotarians. I've seen amazing projects and been inspired over and over again by the terrific work Rotarians do all over the world. And I've been privileged to be part of all kinds of Rotary events, from club meetings to Rotary institutes, from Rotary Days to Foundation dinners. Every event is memorable. I feel especially honored when I am invited to share in club celebrations. To me, taking part in a Rotary club celebration as Rotary International president is like being invited to a family event as an honored guest. Indeed, Rotary is the biggest family in the world. You could say that Rotary is built of service: Each project is another brick in the big building that is Rotary. If our service forms the bricks, then there is no question that friendship is the mortar that holds those bricks together. I see this every day, but nowhere more clearly than at some of the most special Rotary club events: their centennial celebrations. Being president of Rotary International in its 110th year, I've been lucky to take part in a number of these. It is natural, when visiting long-serving clubs, to want to know what their secret is – because I have always noticed that the longest-serving clubs are also some of the most productive. They are large, they are active, and they do great work. Not only that, but they have a great time doing it. Of course, that is their secret: In Rotary, strong friendships and great service go hand in hand. When we enjoy our work, we want to do it. We want to work harder, and we want to work better. We look forward to Rotary meetings. Even when our lives are busy, we make Rotary a priority – because we want to see our friends, and we want to serve. That is why Rotary is still here, after more than 109 years. In Chinese, we say: 如果人生没有朋友，就等于没有太阳. A life without a friend is a life without sun. Our Rotary friendships give light to our lives, and it is Rotary friendship – as well as service – that lets us Light Up Rotary. 5 Geoff Vigus--- A Rotarian Through and Through. Some people come into our lives, who make a lasting impact, and Geoff Vigus has been one of those! I was very fortunate to stay with Geoff and Thelma in 1977at Westmill Farm as Rotary Youth Exchange student from Down Under New Zealand. Straight away, I was made to feel very welcome and was treated very much like one of the family. I was also fortunate to be hosted by two other Rotary families that year ,Guy and Jenny Horlock and the late John and Jenny Royce, all of whom I am very grateful for allowing me to become part of their families and share many happy times. Geoff had many endearing qualities and took to heart all that Rotary stood for, so that all he did re-enforced the Rotary Way. He often talked about the FourWay Test as being pivotal in his thinking and good deeds. He was always very fair, considering all points of view before make the right decision. I do remember enormous discussions being held each morning before the work day began, with Johnny or whoever needed to be consulted outside his office. And-when the decision was made there was no turning back because it was right, of good sense to all concerned and no time needed to be wasted! It is the third of these four virtues that I believe Geoff shone at, the most, and he did exceedingly well, with his Dear wife, Thelma. In welcoming people into their home at Westmill, they certainly exceeded the boundaries of --- Will it build goodwill and better friendships? ---Yes, the gardens at Westmill held many a garden party, the barn was always ablaze with fund- raising parties for charities and Thelma’s typewriter went clickety clack for any correspondence that was duly required. If during our time on this planet we encourage goodwill amongst others then we leave a good mark. For Geoff that has also meant going beyond England's fine shores. When I mentioned to my daughter that Geoff had passed away she said,” Mum, Mr. Vigus always had a big smile and was kind to me." Geoff and Thelma often came out to New Zealand and made many friends along the way, too. And so today, my Best Wishes go to all his family, and you gathered here to remember Geoffrey Vigus as an outstanding and compelling man, who loved and served people in all walks of life, with integrity and reverence in the most compelling way that one should. Fondest Love Linda Fraser (nee Mayne). 6 7 Our future energy supplies A rather depleted lunchtime meeting on 24th September heard Dr Bob Thurlby, our own District Environmental Officer and currently president of Hitchin Mimram Club, discuss the subject or our future energy sources. His power point presentation for fracking provided an introduction to the subject and the myths and miss – information surrounding this and other current energy sources open to us were touched upon. The technical process involved in extracting gas and oil from shale rocks deep in the earth’s crust were clearly depicted and the map of the UK showing the potential areas for fracking highlighted how extensive these areas were. Progress in developing the exploitation of this energy in the UK has been slow, partly due to the vociferous environmental lobby and their claims of earthquakes recorded in the initial fracking operation in Lancashire, but lesson had been learned from this. The stories of flames and gas from kitchen water taps in the USA were proved to be faults in the domestic plumbing system. Yes the initial sites used for setting up the installations will not be pretty but will be considerably reduced once the operations are under way. After all oil and gas is already being extracted in the Purbeck area of Dorset and alongside the M25 near Dorking. . Moving on to other sources of energy Dr Thurlby was rather disparaging about the economic value of wind turbines and amount of time they were unproductive either because of lack of wind or too much wind. Solar power in our climatic zone was also questionable as a reliable source of energy and is, like wind power, highly subsidised by the present government. There was much more scope for hydro power in the UK. The use of Archimedes screws to harness water power is only now being recognised. Local schemes such as a village in Yorkshire being provided with most of its power from its streams or the power supplied to Windsor Castle from the River Thames could have considerable potential if there was the will to develop it. We only have to look at the proposed Hertford Castle hydro scheme to witness the lack of progress. The use of tidal and wave technology is being studied in the UK but progress seem slow. A thoroughly interesting talk full of common sense and without even a mention of global warming or climate change John Love 8 OTHER ROTARY EVENTS PUT THEM IN YOUR DIARY!!!! 2014 05 21 2015 20 20 – 22 10 25 16 21 DEC Dickensian Evening DEC Santa Collection – Watton-at-Stone FEB RIBI Assembly MAR District Conference – ST. Albans APR APR MAY JUN RIBI Conference – Belfast Lend-a-hand Day Blood Pressure Awareness Day Strawberry Tea RIBI Conference - Belfast 10 – 12 April 2015 Join our Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland President Peter King in Belfast, April 10th – 12th 2015, for a fantastic Rotary Conference full of fun, fellowship and inspirational speakers. The conference is a great way to meet new people from across the isles, as well as hear from supported projects and gain a better understanding of this incredible organisation. With amazing guest speakers and fabulous evening entertainment, there is plenty for everyone. The award-winning Belfast Waterfront is the venue of choice. Firmly established as one of the world’s leading conference centres, the Belfast Waterfront is located around 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre and is within easy reach of many accommodation options and restaurants, although with the fantastic dinner and entertainment functions on offer during the Conference you will not have to look far. Belfast Waterfront is an ideal location with excellent facilities which will provide comfort for Rotary Conference attendees and will deliver a perfect home for the House of Friendship. There will be a delightful mixture of functions and entertainment to suit everyone. Discover the Titanic story as never before at the newly developed Titanic Belfast exhibition, enjoy a free tour of the majestic Belfast City Hall and explore all that Belfast has to offer by turning your Conference weekend into an extended city break. 9 Club Meetings and Members Duties Date Club Meetings Host/Grace/VOT 5 NOV Dilip Shukla Robert Browning 12 NOV Business meeting Frank Vincent 19 NOV Roy Lester David Willis 26 NOV Reg Harman – Railways in New England Teddy Bedford 3 DEC Scott Findlay Julian Bishopp 10 DEC Business meeting Robert Boulton 17 DEC Christmas Meal Social 07 JAN Joe Peters Nigel Collins 14 JAN Business meeting Scott Findlay 21 JAN Mike Tucker Debbie Hodge 28 JAN Julian Bishopp Guy Horlock 2014 Host, Grace and Vote of Thanks Please remember! It is YOUR responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to fulfil your commitment. IF IT IS YOUR TURN TO CARRY OUT THIS DUTY You should additionally write a short article on the speaker and subject for the ‘Wheel’. Please carry out your duty promptly and efficiently. Thank you. 10 Dickensian Evening Friday 5th December ROTARY CLUB OF WARE Grand Tombola *Prizes Wanted* Bottles, Jars, Vouchers, Toys and Games, Toiletries, Un-wanted gifts, Craft items, etc. etc. Items to Alan Thomas asap. Thanks. 11 Mark Prisk, honorary member and local MP, prompted us to consider our future lives. 100 years is now regularly achievable and the growth in numbers of the 65 years plus age group is now three times that of the remainder (who will finance their pensions?). The old model of 45 years work, followed by 10 years retirement is now well out of date. There is a vital need to plan for health care and save more for pensions when working. A backlog of housing shortage needs addressing and consideration given to its suitability for the elderly. Location should be near the centre of towns, not at the edge, as at present, so they can become an integral part of the community. The type of health care (preferably in the home) should be considered too. Food for thought here, both at the local and national level. Alan Mills NEWS FROM INNER WHEEL Dear Friends in Rotary, Eight of us attended the District 26 Rally in Milton Keynes. Both the service and the lunch took place in the impressive “Christ the Cornerstone” Church in the centre of the town. (Very convenient for a little retail therapy!) Our Association President, Thelma Pacsoo, made sure that she spoke to every member there. It was a very friendly occasion. At our last dinner meeting we were entertained by Ian Torrance, who brought along a collection of “bygone” items for us to identify. We managed to work out what most of them were, though a couple were not familiar. Some suggestions caused much hilarity! The choir continues to prepare for the District choir competition. Pauline, our new conductor, says that we are improving!! Future events include the District Committee meeting in Dunstable on the 19th November and our Bridge Tea at the Priory on November 21st. Our District Chairman, Jill Russell, will be attending our next Dinner meeting. Jill Hall October 31st 2014 12 13 Well, it amused me:I'm reading “Lake Wobegon Days” by Garrison Keillor , a delightful book that I first heard some time ago being read on the B.B.C. Recently, whilst browsing in a second hand bookshop I happened to find a copy and the following is a little extract that amused me. Two young boys are discussing the accidental deaths of two friends in the past and God's part in their accidents;“It was an accident, God didn’t make it happen, God doesn't go around murdering people,” Jim said. I explained that, maybe so, but God knows everything that will happen, He has known every single thing since time began, and everything that happens is part of God's plan. “Does He know that I'm about to hit you?” Jim said. “Everything.” “What if I change my mind at the last minute and didn't?” “He knows everything.” Jim believed that God sort of generally watched over the world but didn't try to oversee every single detail. He said that for example, when you're born you could be born American or Chinese or Russian or African, depending. In heaven are millions of souls lined up waiting to be born, and when it's your turn, you go down a chute like a gumball to whoever put the money in the slot. You were born to your parents because, right at the moment when they Did It, you were the next in line. Two seconds later and you could have been a feeb. Or a Communist. “It's just pure luck we're American,” he said. Roger G. Vice President Julian receiving his ribbon of office from President Roger 14 District 1260 is the Distant Host District for Amelia Christine CHARLES , a Rotary Peace Fellow, from the USA, who is studying at the Bradford Peace Centre. Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Holyoke, Massachusetts, D7890 Language proficiency: English, French, Arabic, Spanish Academic background: BA in Interdisciplinary Studies She writes - After graduating university I spent 4 months traveling through West Africa learning traditional dance from Ghana, Mali, and Guinea. I then accepted an English teaching position in Sudan, where I taught literature and drama at a public Islamic university in Khartoum. I had intended to leave Sudan after my contract ended, but instead remained in Khartoum to support the establishment of a public library and Sudanese cultural center. Shortly thereafter I accepted a position as financial development manager in a Sudanese human development organization working in human rights, youth and governance, and cultural development. I have been living between Khartoum, Sudan and our regional office in Kampala, Uganda for five years, and have had the pleasure of traveling to many other countries in the region. Most recently I have also provided direct technical and management assistance for projects such as "Addressing Sexual Violence in Darfur with Transitional Justice," "Defending Human Rights Defenders in Sudan with a Special Emphasis on Women," and "Building Capacity for Conflict Mitigation in Sudan." After completing this course at Bradford, I intend to pursue a career working in conflict and post-conflict settings in the Middle East and Africa, in the sectors of governance, human rights, and community development. Thematically, identity and religion are important factors in representation and access to rights and resources in these regions, and I am interested in the impact of political Islam in post-conflict development. I met her at the Bradford Peace Conference in October, she is a sparky intelligent young lady, and we hope she will be able to attend District Conference next March. Debbie Hodge 15 Fifth Wednesday Meeting. I returned to Rotary after six week absents, mainly taking a holiday with part of our family who have lived in California for 14 years, to attend the fifth Wednesday meeting accompanied by Anne and two non-Rotarian guests, Sue and Mike Redman, whom we have known for very many years. It was a very good evening, well attended with good food and entertainment from the “Oct-Tones”, a male harmony group that included President Roger. I was delighted to be presented with my President’s Elect gong and greatly appreciate the support of the Club. Whilst in California I was able to attend a lunchtime meeting and present our banner to the Rotary Club of Lafayette, a small town east of San Francisco on the inside of San Francisco Bay. The Club is traditional Rotary founded in 1946, now with about 50 members and meets at lunchtime. I was made very welcome and returned with their banner that I presented to President Roger. Zone Meeting. I attended a Zone Meeting of our local clubs on the 30th. October that was well attended. I will report in detail when I have the minutes of the meeting. Julian 16 17 PRESIDENTS OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF WARE T.G.Leech A.H.Andrew W.A.L.Jackson P.G.Davenport L.G.Southall T.H.Burgess S.E.Hornsby P.M.Davies H.O.Smith D.Garland F.O.Clark E.K.Samways R.C.Richardson R.H.Saunders G.W.Horlock G.Vigus F.J.Brown F.G.Willis D.G.Davies R.Charvill R.J.Browning J.A.G.Royce D.G.Davies B.E.Isaac E.Uttridge M.J.Tucker G.W.Horlock A.K Thomas S.Findlay D.Kemp J.Bishopp Nick Evans Denise Newman Jenny Versey Sue Meischke 1945/6/7 1947/48 1949/50 1951/52 1953/54 1955/56 1957/58 1959/60 1961/62 1963/64 1965/66 1967/68 1969/70 1971/72 1973/74 1975/76 1977/78 1979/80 1981/82 1983/84 1985/86 1987/88 1989/90 1991/92 1993/94 1995/96 1997/98 1999/2000 2001/02 2003/04 2005/06 2007/08 2009/10 2011/12 2013/14 J.W.Colville J.W.Davis E.O.Bird R.F.Burgess R.T.Jennings C.E.K.J.Toms F.H.L.Warren J.W.Chapman A.H.Wells G.W.Smeed J.E.Moore R.W.Jenkins D.W.Lee H.S.Timmons C.A.Castlo G.M.Phillipson B.C.Lee K.W.Andrew A.T.Johnson G.V.Hale L.F.Gazeley A.R.Swan P.D.R.Adams G.J.Walker J.Glendinning F.Vincent P.R.Heydon N.D. Collins Claude Scott R. Lester Debbie Hodge A.Mills B.Hozier E.F.Bedford 1947/48 1948/49 1950/5 1952/53 1954/55 1956/57 1958/59 1960/61 1962/63 1964/65 1966/67 1968/69 1970/71 1972/73 1974/75 1976/77 1978/79 1980/81 1982/83 1984/85 1986/87 1988/89 1990/91 1992/93 1994/95 1996/97 1998/99 2000/01 2002/03 2004/05 2006/07 2008/09 2010/11 2012/13 Current President – Roger Green PAST DISTRICT GOVERNORS F.J.Brown Debbie Hodge 1982/83 2012/13 R.J.Browning 1991/92 Rotary’s Four Way Test Of the things we say or do Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better relationships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? The Object of Rotary is …. To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster : The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, High ethical standards in business and the professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all occupations and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society, The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life, And the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
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