Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club

   

             President 2017- 2018 Philip Hunt.  

Meets every Monday at 1.00pm.  (not Bank Holidays ) at The Imperial Hotel, North Drive, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. NR30 1EQ   Tel. No. 01493 842000

Please note....on some historical pages on this website the old venue address will still be seen.

                                                                                                                                                          


    

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23rd December 2002 

Last Monday’s lunchtime entertainment consisted of a Christmas Miscellany introduced by Rotarian Michael Woods. Members recited a variety of poems, adages, anecdotes and other literary devices with a seasonal relevance. Among them were Rotarians David Bluck, Norman Bailey and Brian Johnston.

Honorary Secretary Tony King reported that the collection at the recent Joint Rotary Clubs Carols Evening had raised £273.

Community Services Committee Chairman, Rotarian Monty Spandler, told members of an appeal he had received from the local Open Door organisation, which provides hot meals for those who are experiencing difficult circumstances. Funding is being sought for the period over Christmas and the New Year and it was agreed to make a donation of £100.

Members should kindly note that there will be no meeting on 30th December. The next meeting will take place on Monday 6th January at the usual time and venue. The guest speaker will be Race Course manager, Katharine Self.

 

16th December 2002 

Last Monday’s Ladies Christmas Dinner went off with something of a bang for the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. With a record number in attendance, members, their ladies and guests enjoyed the usual high standard of cuisine before settling back for the evening’s entertainment. Among the guests of honour, and accompanied by his wife, was the Mayor, Councillor John Hudson, who spoke entertainingly about his close working relationship with the three local Rotary Clubs throughout his Mayoral Year and recounted a number of amusing anecdotes.

Joining compère David Bluck for the homespun entertainment were Norman “Bing Crosby” Bailey and his wife Hazel, Pam Erskine, Bridget Delf and Ted Witton, with Des Sadler supporting with his usual valuable accompaniment.

Next Monday sees a return to the normal lunchtime meeting and Rotarian Michael Woods will be providing a Christmas Miscellany. Race Course manager, Katharine Self, will be the main speaker on 30th December.

9th December 2002 

The meeting of 2nd December was a business meeting for Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club and Rotarian Monty Spandler, Community Services Committee Chairman, told members that he had received an appeal from St. Paul’s Toddlers Group. A sum of £100, set aside for the Toddlers Christmas party, had been stolen from the group and an approach had been made for help. Members agreed to replace the amount in full, to ensure that the party could go ahead. He confirmed that a cheque for over £3,000 had been forwarded to staff at the James Paget Hospital, who were hoping to have the new incubator installed before Christmas. A Bowling Evening will be held in the New Year to raise additional funds for charity. He thanked all members for helping with the transport of senior citizens to the Asda Christmas Shopping Evenings on 2nd & 3rd December.

After allocating £1,328 to various charities earlier in the year, International Committee Chairman, Rotarian Norman Bailey recommended that a further £2,600, raised from this year’s Duck Race, should be distributed to five different charities. The members present supported him. He confirmed that he was still accepting used postage stamps, which are then forwarded to a charitable organisation for use in fund-raising activities.

Foundation Committee Chairman, Rotarian Les Seabert, announced the 30th January as the date of the Quiz Night. It will be held at the Burlington Hotel and commence at 7.30 p.m. The Rotary campaign for Polio Eradication is President Mike Butcher’s main project for the year and the club will make a donation of £1,000. This can be multiplied four-fold, thanks to support from other organisations. His committee plan to hold a Car Rally on 29th May.

Local solicitor, Lorna Anderson was the main speaker on 9th December and told members of some of the differences between English and Scottish Law. Whilst some aspects of law such as Employment, Taxation and Company law were similar, most other types of law were different, with criminal law in Scotland being based on case law rather than statute. Juries in Scotland consist of 15 jurors, who can come to one of three verdicts with the addiction of a “not proven” verdict. She also explained some of the differences relating to Divorce, Wills and Conveyancing.

President Mike Butcher presented trophies to representatives of Virgin Travel, Marine Lodge and T.V. Palmer, who sponsored the first three ducks in the Club’s Corporate Duck Race in September.

Rotarian Aleyn Jordan reported to members that the Club’s quiz team had won the 2nd round of the District Quiz, which should be sufficient to ensure a seeding in the nest round.

The Ladies Christmas Dinner takes place next Monday (7.30 p.m.). Those who turn up lunchtime will have a long wait.

 

1st December 2002

Last Monday’s lunchtime meeting was a business meeting for Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. After allocating £1,328 to various charities earlier in the year, International Committee Chairman, Rotarian Norman Bailey recommended that a further £2,600, raised from this year’s Duck Race, should be distributed to five different charities. The members present supported him. He confirmed that he was still accepting used postage stamps, which are then forwarded to a charitable organisation for use in fund-raising activities.

Rotarian Monty Spandler, Community Services Committee Chairman, told members that he had received an appeal from St. Paul’s Toddlers Group. A sum of £100, set aside for the Toddlers Christmas party, had been stolen from the group and an approach had been made for help. Members agreed to replace the amount in full, to ensure that the party could go ahead. He confirmed the arrangements for transporting Senior Citizens to the Asda Christmas Shopping Evenings on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd December. He confirmed that a cheque for over £3,000 had been forwarded to staff at the James Paget Hospital, who were hoping to have the new incubator installed before Christmas. A Bowling Evening will be held in the New Year to raise additional funds for charity.

Foundation Committee Chairman, Rotarian Les Seabert, announced the 30th January as the date of the Quiz Night. It will be held at the Burlington Hotel and commence at 7.30 p.m. The Rotary campaign for Polio Eradication is President Mike Butcher’s main project for the year and the club will make a donation of £1,000. This can be multiplied four-fold, thanks to support from other organisations. His committee plan to hold a Car Rally on 29th May.

Rotarian Aleyn Jordan reminded members that the Club’s quiz team would be representing the Club in the second round of the District Quiz on 5th December and confirmed that supporters would be welcome.

Next week’s speaker, Lorna Anderson, will be introduced by Rotarian Derrick Garwood.

 

11th November 2002 

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, members were thoroughly entertained by the Michael Woods Comedy Show. A focus interview with newer member, Rotarian Brian Howard, provided great hilarity and also revealed details of his early life in Hertfordshire. Summer holidays in Great Yarmouth led to an application for a job in the oil industry and he now manages his own international company. He has been a member of Great Yarmouth Council for two years and has an interest in archaeology.

 

Honorary Secretary, Rotarian Tony King, suggested that members should consult with their wives in the near future to determine attendance at the Joint Rotary Carol Evening on Wednesday 11th December and the Ladies Christmas Dinner on Monday, 16th December.

 

Next week’s speaker will be Harry Day, who will be speaking about the Young Citizens Guild.

 

28th October 2002

There was no speaker at last Monday’s meeting, but Rotarian Ken Ward masterminded a somewhat noisy member’s quiz.

Rotarian Ken Ward reported that the Club’s Quiz team took part in the first round of the District Quiz and came joint second. The total points scored in the three preliminary rounds will determine progress to the quarterfinals.

Next week’s speaker, Bruno Peek, will be introduced by Rotarian Michael Muskett.

 

21st October 2002

 

The Paul Harris Fellowship Award was the subject of a debate at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. As a result of the efforts of members over the years on behalf of the Rotary Foundation, the Club can, if it so chooses, nominate a number of its members to receive the award. Members of the Club had previously decided that they did not wish to do so. After a serious and vigorous debate, it was decided that the status quo should be maintained.

The Club Quiz team, consisting of Rotarians Tony King, Ken Ward and John Westgate, took part in the first round of the District Quiz on Monday evening and came joint second. The total points scored in the three preliminary rounds will determine progress to the quarterfinals.

Next week, there will be no speaker, as a Members Quiz will be organised by Rotarian Ken Ward.

 

14th October 2002

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, Rotarian Wally Ladmore reminded members of the importance of the Rotary Foundation within the Rotary organisation. Started in 1917, it is the main charity for Rotary International. It has two main funds. The permanent fund receives income mainly from legacies and gifts and uses part of its interest income for funding the annual programme. The annual programme fund receives income form three main sources – subscriptions, Paul Harris Awards and interest. In 2001, it funded projects totaling $60m, excluding PolioPlus. $48 came mainly from subscriptions and $12m from interest. In funding such diverse projects as Ambassadorial Scholars, PolioPlus and the Group Study Exchange Scheme, it operates on a three-year rolling programme. For this reason, an additional $275m will be needed this year to achieve the Rotary aim of Polio eradication from the face of the earth by 2005. A final push is now needed to eliminate Polio in the 10 countries where it still exists. With matching grants from the Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation, Rotary will need to find another $80m this year. 2005 is, coincidentally, the centenary year of Rotary and the eradication of Polio will be a fitting memorial.

President Mike Butcher drew the attention of members to the forthcoming Greyhound Evening on Wednesday, 20th November at the Caister Road Stadium. The £12.50 entry fee includes a buffet meal.

Next week, there will be no speaker, but the Club will conduct a debate on the Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.

 

23rd September 2002

 

Rotarian Terry Ashbourne was the speaker at this meeting of the Haven Club. To link in with the Duck Race that took place the day before at the Waterways on Great Yarmouth seafront, he gave an illustrated talk about this delightful leisure amenity.  Constructed in 1928 by the unemployed of the town, it has continued over the decades to provide holidaymakers and locals alike with somewhere peaceful to relax away from the main amusement areas of the town. The talk ended with some pictures of the nighttime illuminations which could be seen at their best in the late 1950s.

Rotarian Norman Bailey gave some of the results of the Duck Race itself and thanked all the sponsors and helpers who made the day so successful.  A fuller report will follow at the next meeting.  Next week's speaker will be Gerry Mobbs.

 

16th September 2002

 

Entertainment was the order of the day at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. Looking like neither Roy Plomley nor Sue Lawley, Rotarian Ken Ward invited Rotarian Des Sadler to divulge his choice of Scroby Island Discs and his reasons for choosing them. With a diverse choice of music taking in George Gershwin, Kenny Ball, Eva Cassidy and Bizet amongst others, he provided members with a highly enjoyable musical fillip for the day.

President Mike Butcher gave a brief report on his week’s participation helping on one of the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s ships. He was acting as a supporter to a local candidate for the scheme that the Haven Club agreed to sponsor some time ago.

Rotarian Norman Bailey reminded all members that they should return all entry cards and sponsorship sums for the Great Jubilee Duck Race to him prior to the event, which takes place in the Waterways on North Drive at 2 p.m. on this coming Sunday, 22nd September.

Next week’s speaker will be Rotarian Terry Ashbourne, who will be giving an illustrated talk on the Waterways

 

9th September 2002

 

Rotarian George Ermini was the main speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. Giving a brief résumé of his life to date, he went on to describe how he built up his business to become one of the town’s premier car dealers. Starting in quite humble premises in Sidegate Road in Runham, the company gradually expanded and eventually became one of the first to locate on the Gapton Hall Trading estate, a position it still enjoys. He pointed out that the different models on offer at any one time and the range of colours available gives buyers a choice of a car that runs into several thousand variations. Acknowledging that, despite recent price reductions, there is still price incompatibility between prices in this country and abroad, he felt that the motor industry faces a bleak future in the long term. Attractive deals on new cars have detrimentally affected the second hand car market and the price margin on new cars is insufficient to sustain the current number of independent dealers.

  Rotarian Bill Cooke reported on another success for the Club’s Golf team, who are now through to the final of the District Plate.

Next week, Rotarian Ken Ward will be conducting a Focus Interview with his subject, Rotarian Des Sadler.

 

2nd September 2002

 

After the Bank Holiday break, the Club’s programme resumed with a visit from Rotarian Tim Chandler, District Officer for Youth Activities. He confined his talk to three main Rotary topics:

1. The Rotary Youth speaks competition, which is open to teams of three from all schools in

    the district in the 14-16 and 17-18 age groups.

2. The Learning for Living Programme, started by the Temple Foundation. This deals

    mainly with ethical and moral considerations .

3. The Rotary Youth Leadership Award for young people between the ages of 18-26. The

    programme helps to develop leadership skills and abilities.

Rotarian John Hovell reported on the Haven Club Golf Championship, which, this year was won by Rotarian Ian Tilley. Rotarian Bill Cooke was runner-up.

Next week’s speaker will be introduced by Rotarian Mike Erskine.

 

19th August 2002

 

At last Monday’s business meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club Community Services Chairman, Rotarian Monty Spandler, sought assistance in transporting a candidate for the Jubilee Sailing Trust down to Southampton. The Club’s earlier decision to underwrite the cost of an incubator for the James Paget Hospital will require a financial commitment for most of the £4,000 cost. This year’s Christmas Shopping Evenings at Asda have been arranged for 2nd & 3rd December and the Greyhound Evening has been fixed for 20th November.

Rotarian Leslie Seabert, Foundation Committee Chairman, reported that full support is planned for the visit of the GSE team and search for an Ambassadorial Scholar. It is hoped to raise a sum of £30 per member for the Rotary Foundation. His committee will also assume responsibility for this year’s Car Rally. He paid tribute to Rotarian Norman Bailey, who has organised it for the last seven years. Enthusiastic backing will be given to President Mike Butcher’s adopted project for Polio Eradication.

The main content of the International Committee Report concerned the forthcoming Jubilee Duck Race on 22nd September. Committee Chairman, Rotarian Norman Bailey, reported the purchase of a further 1400 ducks. A link with the local press has also been established to raise money for Hope and Homes for Children.

Vocational Services Committee Chairman, Rotarian Mike Erskine, appealed to members of his committee to ensure attendance at an important District meeting.

Senior Vice-President John Clark listed the social and sporting activities penciled in for the current Rotary Year. President Mike Butcher is to investigate the possibility of a Gourmet Evening and Rotarian John Westgate is developing a Judge and Jury Evening as a temporary replacement for the Stock Exchange Evening. Cricket matches and a London Theatre visit are also included in the schedule.

Next week’s speaker will be the District Youth Officer, Rotarian Tim Chandler.

 

12th August 2002

 

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, President Mike Butcher welcomed visiting Rotarians from the Lowestoft and Lowestoft East Point clubs. The main speaker for the day was Noel Cashford, MBE who spoke about his wartime experiences in Bomb Disposal. He told members that he arrived in Bomb Disposal by accident having been assigned to special duties because of his poor eyesight. Describing some of the incidents he encountered, the types of bombs used and the methods employed to disarm them, his use of illustrations and sound effects made light of the dangerous nature of his job.

Members should note that the Club Golf Competition takes place at Caister Golf Club on Thursday, 22nd August.

There will be no speaker at next Monday’s meeting as it is a business meeting.

 

5th August 2002

 

Rotarian Mark Little, Assistant District Governor – East, was the speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. His illustrated talk was about child slavery in India and he painted a very grim picture. Despite being illegal in every country in the world, there are more slaves, an estimated 27 million, than every before. However, today’s slaves differ from those of the past in that they are relatively cheap (£30 or £40 compared to a comparative £40,000) and the majority are children. Many are exploited in factories in Africa and Asia. In Bihar State alone, more than 5,000 children have gone missing, mostly to the carpet-making industry. There is evidence that most are stolen, imprisoned and beaten severely.

 

He went on to describe some of the charitable work that has been undertaken to rescue and rehabilitate some of the children and he hopes that much more can be done.

 

Later in the meeting, members were joined by some of the club-sponsored children from Chernobyl and they were introduced by President Mike Butcher.

 

Rotarian Wally Ladmore reported a further cricket success. After a comfortable victory against a Critophs eleven, the Haven team went on to beat a team from Gorleston Rotary Club, again, quite comfortably. Rotarian Bill Cooke reported progress, by the Club’s golf team, to the final of the District Plate competition after a 3-0 win in the semi-final.

 

Next week’s speaker, introduced by Rotarian Geoff Denton, will be Noel Cashford, MBE.

 

24th July 2002

 

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, President Mike Butcher welcomed a visiting golf team from the North Walsham Rotary Club who were due to play Haven’s golf team later in the day.

Reporting back to members, Rotarian Terry Ashbourne gave a brief talk about the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, one of the charities that the Club supports. As a prelude to the arrival of this year’s group of children, he travelled to the Minsk area earlier this year to meet up with organizers and families in Byelorussia. He painted a vivid and thought-provoking picture of the difficulties of coping with the ongoing and catastrophic effects of radiation. These difficulties will continue for many generations of children. The ten children who arrived in Great Yarmouth on Sunday will benefit both emotionally and physically from the opportunity to stay in a clean, fresh environment and eat wholesome, uncontaminated food. In the four weeks they are here, in addition to English lessons, there is also a full programme of social and educational activities, with visits to both dentist and optician.

Next week there will be a Literary Lunch organised by Rotarian Ken Ward.

 

26th June 2002

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, Norwich Stockbroker Richard Larner talked about the performance of the Stock Market. Tracing recent market movements since 1997, he commented that a bear market of two years duration is a relatively long one, but predicted that it could possibly last a little longer. He explained that the main reason for the poor performance was the movement of funds by the major investors from equities into property and bonds. However, he was optimistic for next year, with a forecast that an anticipated rise in interest rates together with a slowdown of the economy should be good for the Stock market.

Rotarian Bill Cooke reported on a good and successful ‘Kids Out’ Day at Pleasurewood Hills and received the support of members in providing some assistance to Breydon Middle School.

The Club’s Charter Night takes place this Friday (28th) at the Imperial Hotel at 7.30 p.m.

Next week there is no speaker as the Presidential Hand-over takes place.

 

19th June 2002

At the Club Assembly of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club on 10th June, President-Elect Mike Butcher welcomed Rotarian Mark Little, incoming Assistant District Governor-East and told members that he hoped to follow the example of previous Club Presidents and maintain the standards set by them. His main project for the year would be to support the continuing Rotary programme to eradicate Polio. In 1986, there were 300,000 reported cases in 120 countries. Last year, there were 350 reported cases in just 10 countries. It was also his wish for the Club to get involved in the Rotary National Blood Pressure Testing day.

 

Introducing the International Committee programme for the year, Chairman, Rotarian Norman Bailey, expressed his hope that the Club would be able to match last year’s charitable donations of £8792 and had set a money-raising target of £5,000 for this year’s Jubilee Duck Race in September. Foundation Committee Chairman, Rotarian Leslie Seabert, told members that his committee would be continuing with the normal fund-raising activities and looked forward to welcoming the GSE visiting team in October. Rotarian Monty Spandler, Community Services Committee Chairman, listed some of the Committee’s projects including Asda Christmas Shopping, Kids Out, Jubilee Sailing Trust and use of the Rotary Club’s caravan at Southwold. He reiterated the Club’s support for the purchase of a TB Alert incubator for the James Paget Hospital and assistance for Breydon Middle School. The main money-raising projects would be the Greyhound Racing Evening and 10-pin Bowling at Potters Leisure Centre. Rotarian Mike Erskine took the view that his Vocational Committee should be the conscience of the Club and reminded members of the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”. This year will see an attempt to create a database for the many skills and talents within the Club. Responding, Rotarian Mark Little detailed his Rotary background and told members that he was aware that the Haven Club was a healthy and thriving club from the Club’s web site. He paid tribute to the Club for leading the District in its donations to the Rotary Foundation. The incoming District Governor is requesting support for Water Aid and also for Stroke Awareness day on 5th April, 2003. He welcomes ideas for a Rotary Centenary Year Project in 2005.

 

During their lunchtime meeting of 17th June, members learned that the Club’s Quiz team had failed to get through the semi-finals of the District Quiz by just two points.

 

Roberta Lovick, founder of the Louisa Hamilton Cancer Help Centre Trust, was welcomed to the meeting by President Ted Witton who presented her with a cheque for £200. The money had been raised by the Club’s third Stock Exchange Evening in April.

 

Rotarian Richard Delf was the main speaker of the day and gave a humorous account of his attempts to become part owner of a racehorse and attempted to explain the intricacies of the very complicated system used for classifying races.

 

The Club’s Charter Night takes place at the Imperial Hotel on Friday, 28th June at 7.30 p.m. Next week’s speaker will be introduced by Rotarian John Clark.

28th May 2002

On Monday, 27th May, the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club were entertained by Rotarian Aleyn Jordan, who gave a talk entitled “Three Years Before The Mast” about his service with the Merchant Navy. After a brief summary of his training at HMS Worcester and Cutty Sark in the early 1950’s, he went on to relate anecdotes about life at sea. Describing it as 95% boredom and 5% undiluted panic, he painted a vivid picture of the everyday life of ordinary sailors. With an obvious soft spot for the stevedores of Australia, his travels also talk him to such far-flung places as the Java Sea, New Zealand, India and the U.S.A. “Sly-grogging” and “6 o’ clock swilling” were just two of the colourful phrases used to illustrate his talk.

This year’s Car Rally on Thursday, 30th May was to the high standard usually set by Rotarian Norman Bailey and was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants, with the combined efforts of Rotarians Alan Carman and John Clark coming out top on the evening.

The next social event will be the Joint Council Dinner at the Filby Bridge Restaurant on Friday, 7th June at 7.30 p.m.

Last Monday was a Bank Holiday and there was no meeting. The Club Assembly takes place next Monday and will set the scene for the new Rotary Year commencing 1st July.

21st May 2002

Last Monday lunchtime, International Committee Chairman, Rotarian Norman Bailey, introduced a moving video about Hope and Homes for Children. The organisation was set up by Mark Cook, and his wife Carol, after he resigned his commission as a Colonel in the British army with the specific goal of rebuilding the lives of orphaned and abandoned children in areas of war and disaster. The centres are run and maintained by local people, recognising local customs and traditions, monitored by local Rotarians and now extend right across Eastern Europe and Africa.

Members were reminded that next Monday is the cut-off date for reservations for this year’s Car Rally on Thursday, 30th May. Departures will be from the Co-op car park at Martham between 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.

Rotarian Ken Ward reported a successful negotiation by the Haven Quiz Team of the District’s competition quarterfinals last Thursday. They go through to the semi-finals, which will be held on the 11th June, the same day as the final, at Northwold.

A number of members responded to Rotarian Bill Cooke’s appeal for volunteers to help with Kids Out at Pleasurewood Hills on 12th June. As in previous years, the Club will be hosting approximately 100 young people.

Honorary Secretary, Rotarian Tony King, is now taking reservations for the Joint Council Dinner at the Filby Bridge Restaurant on Friday 7th June.

 

14th May 2002

It was a full house for Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting as visitors from the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Clubs joined members for a visit of the Group Study Exchange Team from Maryland, USA. Haven Club President Ted Witton warmly welcomed all visitors before introducing Team Leader, Barry Thompson, who briefly described their home state of Maryland and emphasised its many similarities with East Anglia. The Team are spending about 6 weeks in the area and were at the midpoint of their visit. The four members of the team, C.D. Glin, Carole Molloy, Jenny Lynn Plummer-Walker and Martin E. Lippy, introduced themselves and described their background before sharing their impressions of this country and relating some of the incidents that have occurred during their visit. Prior to the meeting, the Team were given a conducted tour of the town by Rotarian Charles Lewis.

International Committee Chairman, Rotarian Norman Bailey, asked members to make early reservations for this year’s Car Rally on 30th May, which will depart from Martham between 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.

There are two social events in June, with the Joint Council Dinner at the Filby Bridge Restaurant on Friday 7th June and the Club’s Charter Anniversary Dinner at the Imperial Hotel on Friday 28th June.

President Ted Witton gave a brief report of the Walking Weekend at Southwold, which was enjoyed by all participants, despite some inclement weather.

2002 Group Study Exchange Team, Central MD & Washington, D C.

USA District 7620 & England District 1080

29th April 2002

At last Monday’s business meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, Community Services Committee spokesman, Rotarian Monty Spandler, advised members that a request for help and advice from Breydon Middle School was currently being investigated. A proposal to make a donation to the Suzanna Pont appeal was approved. A request by the James Paget Hospital for a Carbon Dioxide Incubator to help with TB diagnosis received a positive response and it is hoped that other local Rotary Clubs will make it a joint project. A caravan at Southwold has been booked for 31st August to provide a holiday for a disadvantaged family. An update of a similar project with the Jubilee Sailing trust was provided. This year’s Kids Out Day will be on 12th June at Pleasurewood Hills.

International Committee Chairman, Rotarian Norman Bailey, advised members that donations to various international charity projects in the current year totalled £8,792. He supplied further details about the Great Jubilee Duck Races and Bottle race, which take place on 22nd September at the Water Gardens. This year’s Car Rally on 30th May will depart from Martham between 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.

Rotarian Ken Ward gave a brief report on the progress of the Clubs Quiz team, which has to travel to Downham Market for the quarterfinal later this month.

The Club received a brief report of a successful Jubilee Stock Exchange that took place on Wednesday 24th April. It raised nearly £200 for its nominated charity, The Louise Hamilton Cancer Help Centre Trust.

Honorary Secretary, Rotarian Tony King, gave final details of the President’s Ladies Night at the Burlington Hotel on Friday 3rd May at 7.30 p.m. The next social event is the Walking Weekend at the Randolph Hotel, Reydon over the weekend of 10th/11th May, followed by the Car Rally on 30th May. Further social activities include the Joint Council Dinner at the Filby Bridge Restaurant on Friday 7th June and the Club’s Charter Anniversary Dinner at the Imperial Hotel on Friday 28th June.

There will be no meeting next Monday, as it is a Bank Holiday. A Group Study Exchange team from Washington D.C, Maryland will visit the Club on 13th May.

 

22nd April 2002

Non-stop laughter was the order of the day when ex-police officer Ronnie Hanton addressed the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club at last Monday’s meeting. Employing a wide variety of anecdotes that he acquired during his professional career, his quick-fire tempo provided a thoroughly entertaining lunchtime meeting.

Honorary Secretary, Rotarian Tony King, prompted members to make their final reservations for the President’s Ladies Night at the Burlington Hotel on Friday 3rd May at 7.30 p.m. Other forthcoming social activities include the Walking Weekend at the Randolph Hotel, Reydon over the weekend of 10th/11th May, the Car Rally on 30th May, the Joint Council Dinner at the Filby Bridge Restaurant on Friday 7th June and the Club’s Charter Anniversary Dinner at the Imperial Hotel on Friday 28th June. Final details of the Club’s Stock Exchange Evening were also provided.

On Tuesday evening, the Club’s quiz team, ably captained by Rotarian Ken Ward, had a comfortable win over a team from the Cromer and Sheringham Club and now progress to the quarterfinals.

There will be no speaker next Monday, as it is both a business meeting and the Club’s Annual general Meeting.

25th March 2002

Renny Henderson, of the RSPB, was the main speaker at last Monday’s meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. Beginning with the logistics of the organisation, which has a million members, 1,000 employees, 9,000 volunteers and 160 reserves, he went on to describe its main functions. It is a science-based group that has to manage its own nature reserves, campaign for wildlife protection, keep members informed and recruit new members. He affirmed the importance of the RSPB to East Anglia, not only for the birds and other wildlife that are under threat, but also for the economic income it generates for the tourist industry. He drew attention to four reserves in the area at Berney Marshes, Breydon Water, Strumpshaw Fen and Surlingham Church Marsh before focussing on three local sites. North Beach, which hosts Ringed Plovers as well as the largest colony of Little Terns in the UK, has seen the number of nests increase from 55 to 265 in the past four years. The harbour mouth is an important area for gulls and a large number of migrant birds are also found in Yarmouth cemetery.

 

There is no meeting next Monday, which is a bank holiday. Rotarian Mike Muskett will introduce the speaker for 8th April

18th March 2002

At last Monday’s business meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, Community Services Committee Chairman, Rotarian Bill Cooke, reported on a number of projects in progress. These included TB Alert and sponsorship for the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Profits for the 10-pin Bowling Evening are to go to the Club’s Benevolent Fund. This year’s late night Christmas Shopping at Asda is to continue on the same basis established in the past.

Rotarian Norman Bailey, Chairman of International Committee, confirmed the completion and despatch of the recent emergency box. He proposed that £500 should be donated to Hope and Homes and this was supported and agreed by members. The Great Jubilee Duck Race on 22nd September will now include a bottle race, which is being sponsored by Robinsons Soft Drinks. He reminded members of the Car Rally, which is to take place on 30th May.

Senior Vice-President, Rotarian Mike Butcher, thanked Rotarian TC Harry for his continued maintenance of the Club’s new web site and reminded members of three social events later in the year. The President’s Ladies Night will take place on Friday 3rd May at the Burlington Hotel, the Joint Council Meeting will take place at Filby Bridge on 7th June and the Club’s Charter Night has been fixed for 28th June.

 

Honorary Secretary, Rotarian Tony King, drew the attention of members to the Jubilee Stock Exchange evening to be held at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 24th April at the Burlington Hotel.

 

Next week’s speaker is from the RSPB.

11th March 2002

Local Reed-cutter, Eric Edwards, was the guest speaker at last Monday’s meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. With a good display of the tools of his trade, he described each in turn and demonstrated the manner in which it was put to use. In a fascinating talk about reed-cutting, marsh and dyke tools, he gave an insight into a way of life that is fast disappearing. He compared the quality of Norfolk reed with that of imported Polish and Turkish reed and also displayed some sedge cuttings. He stressed the importance of his work, not only for the provision of roofing materials, but also to keep the broads a safe and healthy habitat for wild life. One of the main problems is attracting young people to carry on with this type of work. Honorary Secretary, Rotarian Tony King, circulated details of the Jubilee Stock Exchange evening to be held at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 24th April at the Burlington Hotel.

There is no speaker next week as it is a Business Meeting.

4th March 2002

On Monday, one of the Club’s newer members, Rotarian Bert Collins, was the subject of a focus interview by Rotarian Michael Woods. In answering a series of unusual and sometimes surreal questions, members learnt of his local upbringing and the development of his football and boxing skills during his National Service days in Oswestry, Woolwich and Wiltshire. Returning to work in the local area, he was at one time General Manager of the Assembly Rooms. His passion for politics is reflected in the amount of time he devotes to the town and a council membership stretching over 26 years was recognised in his elevation to the town’s leading citizen last year. Both he and his wife are keen theatregoers. Honorary Secretary, Rotarian Tony King, reminded members that this month’s Council Meeting had been postponed until Thursday, 14th March. The time (7.30 p.m.) and the venue (Horse and Groom, Rollesby) remain unchanged. Next week’s speaker will be local Reed-cutter and Thatcher, Eric Edwards.

26th February 2002

Last Monday lunchtime, the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club were privileged to listen to a talk by Major Reeder about his experiences during the early part of the last war. He drew attention to the complete lack of preparation, in terms of both equipment and attitude, and paid tribute to the many unsung heroes of the war such as firemen, female ambulance-drivers, bomb disposal units and ships’ engine-room crews. Commenting on the amount of good fortune that had accompanied him throughout the war, he ended with some anecdotes about the withdrawal from Dunkirk.

President Ted Witton announced to members that the Walking Weekend has been fixed for the weekend of 10th/11th May and reservations have been made at the accommodation base in Reydon.

The evening meeting due to be held next week has been postponed and the Club will revert to its normal lunchtime meeting arrangements.

19th February 2002

Last Monday’s Club Quiz eventually produced a result, albeit a surprise one. Rotarian Ken Ward had the unenviable task of organising it and fully earned the thanks of members. At the end of proceedings, he reported that the Club’s quiz team were leading the local section of the District Quiz after the first round.

President Ted Witton advised members that the date of the President’s Ladies Night had been moved to Friday 3rd May to avoid clashing with the Civic Ball.

The date of the next Club Council meeting has also been rearranged and will now take place at 7.30 p.m on Thursday 14th March at the Horse and Groom, Rollesby. Members will be advised of details of the following Business meeting

Next week’s speaker, Major Reeder, will be introduced by Rotarian Ian Thomson.

12th February 2002

Last Monday, the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club who had not visited the Club’s website were given the opportunity to visit it firsthand when Webmaster, Rotarian TC Harry, gave them a conducted tour. Using the homepage as the starting point, members visited each of the other pages in turn to learn about the development of the site and future plans for it. The site not only gives information about the Haven Club, but also lists meetings and contact details for other local clubs. With links to both the national and international Rotary websites, the site proved its value the previous week by attracting a visitor Rotarian Brig Narayanaswamy from the Rotary Club of Tiruchirapalli, India.

On Monday evening, Rotarians Ken Ward, Aleyn Jordan and John Westgate represented the Haven Club in the first of a three-round District Quiz at Oulton Broad and performed well.

At next week’s, Rotarian Ken Ward will be testing the knowledge of his fellow-members when he will be organizing a club quiz.

5th February 2002

The members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club were treated to what was probably the most humorous talk in the Club’s history when they were entertained by Oulton Broad resident Charlie Smithers. Charlie, born in London’s East End, has been a regular performer TV performer, most notably in the quick-fire comedy routine programme “The Comedians”. The jokes came fast and plenty from all over the country when he recounted some of the stories from his professional career and the people he worked with. Tommy Cooper was a particular favourite and a remarkable impression illustrated his additional skills. Charlie received the highest accolade when his fellow colleagues in The Grand Order of Water Rats elected him King Rat.

Community Services Chairman, Rotarian Bill Cooke, announced that one vacancy remains for the 10-pin Bowling Evening on 17th February. Anyone interested should contact him direct.

Next week’s meeting will be a little bit different when members will be given a live tour of the Club’s new website at www.havenrotary.org.uk.

 28th January 2002

Scroby Island Discs put Rotarian Charles Lewis in the spotlight at last Monday’s meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club.  With only occasional prompting from Rotarian Ken Ward, he revealed and explained a diverse selection of the kind of music that had been part of his life. Both The Beatles and rock music featured in his early life in Liverpool. Classical music and World/Folk music were also prominent influences. With customary originality, an excerpt from a CD recorded by his daughter was also enjoyed by fellow members.

Next week’s speaker will be introduced by Rotarian Brian Potter.

21st January 2002

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, members took swift action to alleviate the tragic circumstances in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In response to a proposal by International Committee Chairman, Rotarian Norman Bailey, 4 Aquaboxes are to be sent to the area. These boxes are used as water sterilisation units after the emergency contents have been removed. Additionally, two shelter boxes are to be forwarded to Afghanistan in response to international appeals. Rotary’s own Foundation Charity will also benefit from additional contributions of £8 per club member. This year’s duck race is to be called The Great Jubilee Duck race.

Community Services Committee Chairman, Rotarian Bill Cooke, received the support of members for a donation of £50 to the Red Cross in appreciation of their help at the Asda Christmas Shopping Evenings. Following the theft of two wheel chairs during the course of the evenings, a new wheel chair is to be purchased and donated to DIAL. A donation of £250 to GFS Platform for use with their crèche was also agreed.

Next Monday sees the return of Scroby Island Discs when Rotarian Ken Ward will be chatting to Rotarian Charles Lewis to determine his tastes in music.

17th January 2002

Rotarian Barry Jarvis, of the Gorleston Club and Co-ordinator of Crossroads was the speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. He briefly described the process of making an application for a Lottery Grant after outlining the history and main activities of the organisation, which provides support for the carers of disabled people. The main function is to provide trained care attendants to give careers a brief respite from their non-stop care activities. Currently, 26 care attendants provide help to in excess of 350 people on a weekly basis. Eleven different projects are in operation and include Bath Assistance, Short Breaks, a contract with the Alzheimer's Society, a Heart Club, a Saturday Club for Autistic Children and a Tuesday morning for Hyper-active young people. A service is provided to escort disabled children and training is also given to parents of children with attention related disorders.

Community Services Committee Chairman, Rotarian Bill Cooke, gave further details of this year’s 10-Pin Bowls Evening, which has been arranged for Sunday, 17th February. As places are strictly limited, members are advised to indicate their attendance without delay.

The Club Website is now up and running and not only provides details about the club and its officers, but also gives details of meeting times and venues of other local clubs. Those wishing to visit the site will find it at www.havenrotary.org.uk. The Website Master is Dr T.C. Harry.

8th January 2002
The members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club resumed their post-Christmas holiday programme last Monday with a Talk by Dr David Adams, a local Rotarian from the Gorleston Club. In a very humorous address he recounted some of the amusing incidents he had experienced during his medical career in this country and Canada. 
Community Services Committee Chairman, Rotarian Bill Cooke, advised members that this year’s 10-Pin Bowls Evening has been arranged for Sunday, 17th February and more details will be provided at the next meeting. Members are invited to a Club Council Meeting which will be held at the Horse and Groom, Rollesby on Thursday, 17th January at 7.30 p.m.
Next Monday’s speaker will be introduced by Rotarian Brian Nichol.      

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