Happy New Year !
December 29th 2008
No meeting. Next meeting resumes on January 5th 2009
December 22nd 2008
Annual Xmas Dinner with Ladies and Guests Click here for photos and report.
December 15th 2008
No speaker but plenty of banter over various topics.
December 10th 2008
The Annual Christmas carol Service at Christchurch, Deneside was a great success with a full house attendance. Organised by the 3 local Rotary clubs, the evening program consisted of various carols and hymns, sung and played by the local schools brass band and the choir of Priory Junior school.. Excellent solo songs were sung by 14 year old Chloe Symeou. Master of ceremonies was, this year, Hugh Wiltshire from the Gorleston Rotary club. The collection at the end of a splendid evening was £370. This was donated to The Little Acorns unit at Gorleston.
December 8th 2008
At this Monday's meeting, one of our former members, Tony Reeve, was presented with the "winners trophy" as winner of the Corporate Duck race in the clubs annual charity " Duck race held at end of September.
The speakers on the same day were Carl and Julie Harding who run the Newtown Youth Club, an organisation to which the Haven club recently made a donation to help them provide a Christmas present for each of their under privileged members. The club was formed about 14 years ago by the late Ray Higgleton, a former Borough Councillor, and has gone from strength to strength, especially over the last 8 years when Carl and Julie promised to keep the facility alive. With anti social behaviour problems and certain values not being taught at home, the Youth Club works closely with the Police , local Authorities and Children's Organisations departments in the area, and there is a resulting 41% cut in the anti social behaviour problems.
The membership is now over 200, ages ranging from 8 to 25 years old. They meet on Mondays in an old disused ship container under Jellicoe bridge, and caters for young people from the northern area of the borough, many having anti social problems.
The aim of the club is to have their own eco friendly building of unique design and plans are in place for a start in the foreseeable future provided funds can be found. Our members listened with interest to the progress Carl and Julie had made and their plans and ideas for the future, and the Haven Rotary club will take a keen interest in their work and progress.
Next Monday there will be no speaker but a short business meeting when recommendations for next years Club officers will be put to the membership. It will also give the members a chance to air their views on the running and organisation of the Club and the direction it should go in the future.
The Ladies Annual Christmas Dinner will be held at The Burlington Hotel on Monday 22nd December, 7:30 for 8;00pm and is now fully subscribed.
Photos by Alan Spinks
Mike Self introduces his guests from Newtown Youth Club President Robert hands Tony Reeve the unique tankard as winner of Corporate race.
December 1st 2008
November 24th 2008
November 17th 2008
Business Meeting. Also a prize presentation to the runners up in the Duck Race 2008.
Richard Delf, Chairman of International Committee, pleased at the success of this years event and presenting special unique runners up prize to Proprietors, David and Trish Cole of WINTERTON VALLEY ESTATES. Race sponsored by PKF Great Yarmouth.
November 10th 2008
As we had no speaker this week, after the usual reports and business, an impromptu quiz was held, Secretary Terry providing the questions and answers . Plenty of noise and banter for a good fellowship meeting !
November 3rd 2008
At this Monday’s meeting, was a chance to “ Meet a New Member”.
Peter Gethin was introduced in to the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary club at the end of July.
Canon Michael Woods conducted an in-depth interview with Peter to allow the members to get to know his background both personally and as a Rotarian.
Peter came from Lichfield in Staffordshire and went to the University in Cardiff where he studied mathematics. While there he joined the University Air Squadron and with his interest in flying was able to go to RAF Cranwell for officer training.
His first job was with Cable and Wireless as a data network Engineer from where he moved to Colchester in the Department of engineering.
In 1983 he started his first business which after being successful was sold to The Robert Maxwell Corporation after 3 years, and he then became an Executive of that Organisation. However with his knowledge of computer software, he was instrumental in getting libraries into the computer age and this work took him overseas to many of their offices in Europe, Middle East and South Africa.
His love of Norfolk brought him and his wife Margaret, back to the County to live. His love of sailing as a pastime would bring him to Norfolk 4 or 5 times a year over many years before his retirement.
Peter joined Rotary in 1989 and was a founder member of the Rotary club of Brookmans Park and Potters Bar , District 1260. He felt Rotary afforded him the opportunity to put something back into the community and was a challenging avenue of service. He was President of his club in 1993/1994 having served on most of the committees both in his own club and that of District 1260. He was District Conference Registrar on 2 occasions, a most demanding task for any District officer. He hosted Group Study Exchange Members from USA, West Africa and Japan. He organised his Club’s Annual quiz night for 10 years and acted as Quizmaster as well as organising club events such as Annual fireworks parties, Barn dances and Hogg Roasts , Music evenings and the Quiz nights.
Bill Cooke thanked Michael Woods for his humorous interview and welcomed Peter in to the club where he knew he would be a great asset with his organisational abilities and Rotary experience.
President Robert gave an update of the rewarding night last Saturday at the Ocean Room with Rick Wakeman and The Elvis Presley Tribute band, The Blue Sueders.
£10000 would go to the Palliative Care East Appeal.
October 27th 2008
October 20th 2008
October 13th 2008
October 6th 2008
September 29th 2008
September 22nd 2008
Business Meeting. Welcomed Bill the Tailor from Thailand.
September 15th 2008
Wayne Newbury-Lee was the guest speaker at Great Yarmouth Haven's Rotary meeting on Monday. Wayne was a specialist in the Power Regeneration business with the massive worldwide Company General Electric.
He covered a variety of factors by which energy was produced but his speciality was with Gas turbines. His job took him as an advisor to most of the European countries. For power generation ,Gas was considered to be the most efficient as it was cheaper than coal, wind and nuclear and the emissions to the environment were much lower. It also took less time to build a gas turbine station, about 2 years. Solar powered plants were much more evident in Southern Europe such as Spain and Portugal but these countries were not as quick as other countries such as the UK to follow directives for more efficiency and less emissions. Gas was a very reliable product, efficient and low emissions. Many challenges were driving the Technology in the Industry, ultimately leading to higher efficiency and more diverse solutions for the next generation or two. Coal was still a great source of energy and Poland and Russia were still exporting the largest amount although the calorific content was not as high as that produced in ,say Yorkshire or Wales. Asia was now seeing a greater demand for energy especially India and China. For the future , General Electric was continually looking to solve the energy solutions , trying to balance the sensibility of the environment and the ever increasing demand for energy. Wayne presented a most interesting talk with illustrations and provoked a considerable discussion for the members. He was introduced by Bill Cooke.
A reminder to all of the 9th Annual Duck Race which takes place this Sunday September 21st at The Waterways, Great Yarmouth..admission free.
September 8th 2008
Local police representative Gary Pettingell made a return visit to the Club last Monday lunchtime to tell members about a pioneering initiative in Great Yarmouth. After successfully introducing a gambling self-exclusion programme for those with a gambling problem, a new programme, the first of its kind in the world, is slowly being launched to help people with a similar problem related to alcohol. He stressed that all relevant agencies (e.g. licensees, the media, families, support groups, etc) would need to work together as a team to support individuals who wish to exclude themselves from premises selling alcohol. The programme uses computer-based data and details of the scheme can be accessed by anyone searching under the "Count me out" umbrella. The level of questioning by members suggested that the scheme may well face a few teething problems in gaining general acceptance and support.
Rotarian Norman Bailey reminded members that there was only one meeting left prior to the Club's Duck Olympics at the Water Gardens on 21st September. The support of all members is needed to make the event as successful as previous Duck Race Events.
Next week's speaker will be introduced by Rotarian Bill Cooke.
September 1st 2008
Members were entertained by a very interesting talk given by Michael Jernigan, a retired Intelligence officer with the U.S.Department of state located at Molesworth in Northamptonshire. Born in Texas he has lived in Britain with his English born wife since 1999. His carreer spanned many aspects including a counter Intelligence Analyst, ten years in the U.S. Marines including service in Vietnam plus 13 years in the American Army during which time he met General Colin Powell who he considered to be a great leader and never heard an unkind word spoken against him by any soldier. Tracing his family history he discovered relatives living in Norfolk way back in 1634 and although the the name of Jernigan is now almost extinct in England, there are families by that name in every state in America. Michael Jernigan was introduced by Canon Michael Woods who met him and his wife while on Territorial Army duty earlier in the year.
Next Mondays speaker will be PC Gary Pettingell who will be introduced by John Wiseman. During the meeting Past President Ian Thomson presented the 2007- 2008 "Rotarian of the Year" award to Michael Woods.
Members are reminded to return their completed Duck Race cards and money to Norman Bailey as soon as possible as the event will be held on Sunday 21st September at the Waterways.
The recent Club Golf Tournament was won by John Clark.
The Club's Charity Casino Night will be held on Friday 3rd October, details to follow next Monday.
August 25th 2008
Bank Holiday.... No meeting.
18th August 2008
Last week several club members and their wives enjoyed a night at Southwold
Theatre which was organised by Rotarian Bert Collins who introduced this
week’s guest speaker Thomasz Kozlowski .
Thomasz is the Director of Development for 1st East which is a
private company working in partnership with a range of public sector authorities
and other agencies to assist in the regeneration of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft
.. This PowerPoint presentation gave the members a chance to see the development
proposals for the Great Yarmouth area namely Runham Broad, Breydon Reach, Ice
11th August 2008
At this week’s meeting Rotarian Bob Grimmer was spared the personal interview
that some new members agree to participate in and elected to undertake his own
presentation. Bob was approached by
a friend to help out with the Yarmouth Maritime Festival on 2000 and still
remains an active player is this annual event.
During the very first festival Bob was offered the chance to visit the
4th August 2008
Business Meeting. Click here for Minutes of Council meeting and approvals.
28th July 2008
Rotarian Derrick Garwood introduced this week’s speaker Reg Nichols who is a retired engineer undertaking voluntary work for the charity ‘REMAP’. Reg explained the work of his charity which builds specialist equipment for disabled people. The charity ‘REMAP’ is a very unique organisation working through a nationwide network of dedicated volunteers who make and modify equipment for people with special needs. These inspiring people use their ingenuity and skills by helping people to achieve much-desired independence in some aspect of their lives, or to enjoy leisure opportunities previously closed to them. Reg explained that many pieces of the specialist equipment are tailor-made with parts that are given free or modifying their own equipment. There is no doubt that Reg is a very inventive individual and admitted that on many occasions no real skills are required just some logical thinking that can resolve the problem. These volunteers make a great deal of difference giving their time and expertise to improve the lives of others making sure that the equipment provided does the job it is intended to do. This is a unique charity with 85 divisions with in the
21st July 2008
A return visit of Mr Derek George after about 7 years was the guest speaker. His talk was a fascinating history of shipping in the Yarmouth area of 2 centuries ago and the effect this had on the formation of a Caister Lifeboat service.
Around 1807 about 3000 ships and boats would pass by Great Yarmouth in either direction. The main involvement of these boats would have been the transport of coal from the North down to London. The loading would have taken about 3 weeks and it would have been a 2 to 3 month round trip. Naturally with so many vessels in the area there were many collisions and the loss of life was horrendous. This led to the formation of Beach Companies along the coast line and hence the attention of forming rescue services. In the Lowestoft area Mr Robert Sparrow of the sparrows Nest who was a wealthy man launched an appeal for funds for a lifeboat. Horatio Nelson was one of the first to contribute with 5 guineas... within in one year enough cash was raised and a lifeboat was delivered. To encourage the launches Mr Sparrow offered the crew or Company, 1 guinea per person during the day and 1 and half guineas for night time.It soon became clear to all the villages along the coast to have their own lifeboat...Sheringham, Cromer and about £150 needed to be raised. This was an enormous achievement in those days to have funded a lifeboat. In 1810 saw the launch of the Norfolk Preservation of Lives and it was in 1845 that Caister Beach Company was put under pressure to become part of that organisation. The RNLI had already been formed and in 1857 and 1858 the RNLI took over the running of the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts.
Mr George completed his most interesting and fascinating talk by bringing the Club up to date on the present Caister life boats. The present Caister Life boat , the latest one made in Holland
is the most technical and fastest boat in Great Britain with a range of 100 nautical miles. It is launched about 16 times a year and costs about £150000 per year to operate. It remains the only independant rescue lifeboat in Great Britain. Michael Woods thanked Derek for his most interesting talk.
14th July 2008
Rotarian Graham Plant introduced this week’s speaker Tim Howard.
Tim is a local government employee and his presentation centred on his
7th July 2008
1st July 2008
Bill Cooke and Alan Spinks represented the club in the RIBI National Golf Tournament run each year by the Sutton in Ashfield Rotary Club.
We were drawn away against Cambridge Rutherford Rotary Club. The match was played at Gog Magog Golf Club. After a tight finish we finally lost 2&1. However we had a great meal and evening with our opponents after the 19th hole !
30th June 2008
Today no guest speaker but there was an induction by President Ian of 3 new members into our Rotary Club.
Richard Fiddy..... Classification...Retired Financial advisor.
Bob Grimmer...... Classification...Building Contractor.
Peter Gethin........ Classification...Retired Computer Software.
Each new member had a few words of how they would enjoy the fellowship and Rotary activities of our Club.
The 3 new members listening intently. Richard Fiddy receives his welcome from Ian.
Bob Grimmer welcomed into the Club. Peter Gethin welcomed as new member.
23rd June 2008
On Thursday 19th June a total of 20 Rotarians and friends attended Potters Leisure Resort at Hopton for a fun packed evening including Clay Pigeon Shooting, Target Shooting and Archery. Brain Potter and all his staff and helpers made this a very enjoyable evening raising funds for the Foundation Committee. Rotarian Alan Spinks achieved most points overall and other participants were awarded prizes for their winning scores.
Monday the club’s guest speaker was Roger Larwood who was introduced by Alan
Carman. Roger presentation was
about the history of the Woodfordes Brewery.
Ray Ashworth worked in banking way back in the 1980’s and due to his
passion for good tasting beers he was involved in assessing beers throughout the
local area.. Whilst conducting
these assessments a colleague who was also involved in this process tasted one
of Ray’s home brewed beers and he was so impressed that he persuaded Ray to
consider starting his own business. At
first he was reluctant to take this change of career but later decided to take
up the challenge and moved into an industrial unit in Drayton near
16th June 2008
At this years annual Club Assembly ’chaired by Vice President elect Mike Erskine who welcomed special guest Assistant District Governor Brian Hunter a member of the Lowestoft Rotary Club. Brian was given the opportunity to hear the Chairman’s reports from the various committees. Mike Self will be heading the Vocational Committee having taken over from Des Sadler. This meeting gave each of the committees the opportunity to inform the members about their aims and objectives together with details of fund raising events for the next 12 months. The very popular Duck Race will once again take place on Sunday 21st September. Brian Hunter then addressed the members complementing them on the increase in membership within the last 12 months and all their hard work in raising funds for good causes. Brian then gave an overview of his vision for the Rotary year ahead and the importance of working with unity throughout the district and nationally. President elect Robert Parker thanked Brian for attending the lunch and expressed his determination to continue strengthening the club with service and fellowship at the forefront of his presidency.
Rotarian Richard Delf is organising a day at Newmarket Races and all members are reminded that those wishing to attend should place their names on the list as soon as possible.
The Club Charter Night will take place on Friday 27th June.
The guest speaker at next Monday’s luncheon will be Roger Larwood from Woodfordes Brewery.
9th June 2008
Several weeks ago members of the Rotary Group Study Exchange came to the club to
talk about their selection process and expectations for their trip to
2nd June 2008
On Sunday 1st June Club members, family and friends enjoyed a fund raising boat trip aboard the ‘Southern Comfort’ at Horning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. The outing was in memory of Rotarian Geoff Denton who will always be remembered with much affection. This event was once again well supported by the members and the total amount raised on the day was over £1000.
At Monday’s meeting Rotarian John Tomalin introduced John Parker who is the
Regional Fundraising Manager for the Charity ‘DebRA’.
This organisation supports individuals and families affected by
Epidermolysis Bullosa which is a rare genetic condition which causes the skin to
blister and shear at the slightest friction or even spontaneously.
There is at least 5000 people living with this devastating condition
This was an illness very close to John Tomalin's heart as one of his relatives Daisy May aged 3 suffers from EB and therefore has first hand experience of this condition. John Parker then ran a short video showing several young children with the condition and for those members who had little or no knowledge of the illness they were left in no doubt the pain and continued suffering that the worst cases have to endure. At this point the club members reflected on the presentation and with a very sombre atmosphere Monty Spandler gave the votes of thanks.
There will be a presentation next Monday by some of the GSE team who
26th May 2008
No Meeting.... May Bank Holiday.
19th May 2008
Brian Pottter addressed the members and commented on a recent meeting with the Dean of Norwich and mentioned to him that he knew Canon Michael Woods. The Dean explained that when Michael completed an application form he was required to attach a photograph that should have been a true likeness of him, but as humour is part of Michael’s personality he attached a photograph of an animal. Despite this Michael was still appointed and to this day one is not quite sure which picture remains on file.
It is always a delight when one of the member’s talks about their personal interests and it was Rotarian John Westgate whose presentation gave the members a glimpse of .his passion for stamps. John has been involved in this hobby for several years and was one of those collectors who took an in-depth interest in ‘Smiler’ Stamps which were introduced by the Post Office way back in 1989. They were classified as greeting stamps and soon became popular amongst collectors who saw an opportunity to obtain what would be a limited addition. John has already spoken to the members about his hobby but this time dedicated his time to this part of his collection and this gave the members a much better understanding of this particular issue. Since the first introduction of the stamps there have been numerous sheets launched by the Post Office including the ‘Generic’, ‘Personalized,’ Themed and Business Customised stamps which gave individual companies a chance to display their company logo. John then handed copies of these sheets so the members could examine the makeup and layout of the stamps especially those bearing the pictures of the past players from the Norwich City Football Club. This was an interesting presentation from a member who clearly revels in the hunt for stamps to add to his collection and has no doubt given him many hours of satisfaction. Junior Vice President Michael Erskine thanked John for sharing his interest with members.
The Car Rally takes place on Thursday 5th June and organiser Wally Ladmore requests that any members who have not yet signed up to this fund raising evening should do so by contacting him as soon as possible.
12th May 2008
Visit of Mayor Paul Garrod.
Click here for report & photos.
On Tuesday 6th May four club members attended a dinner at the Maids Head Hotel Norwich to meet 5 team members of the Group Study Exchange from
After the Bank Holiday recess the club was once again in full swing with the Mayor Paul Garrod accompanied by his wife Lisa addressing the club members. This was a special occasion as Paul was now at the end of his year in office but would be undertaking duties as the Deputy Mayor. Paul spoke about his sadness with regards to the death of the former Mayor Sue Robinson and his civic pride in accepting this position. He highlighted some of visits he had made during his year in office totalling well over 400 to local clubs organisations and various groups, all providing important services throughout the borough. Paul certainly had a very busy schedule and was proud to represent this town which is very dear to his heart. He is an hotelier and has strong links with the Caister Lifeboat, and is certainly well known within the town. He talked about the Maritime Festival, the Out Harbour Project and his involvement with the visit to Great Yarmouth by the Royal Anglian Regiment which will have lasting memories for him and his wife. During Paul’s year his objective was to raise money for local causes and his initial target was well exceeded by the generosity of the local community. Club President Ian Thomson presented Paul with a donation of £500 for one of his chosen charities and thanked him for addressing the members. Rotarian John Westgate will be arranging a speaker for next Monday’s meeting.
5th May 2008
No Meeting. Bank Holiday
28th April 2008
Business Meeting. Click here for topics discussed at Council.
21st April 2008
Rotarian George Ermini and his guest Kevin Whitbread addressed the members in
relation to their participation in the Cannonball 8000 car rally which was
first launched in 2003. This
event took place over 4 days in September 2007 with 130 cars taking part
together with 260 drivers, travelling through
Members are reminded that the gourmet evening organised by Des Sadler
will take place at the Ambitions Restaurant at the
At next Monday’s meeting the club will be dealing with business matters.
14th April 2008
Sculptress Julia Cake, famous world-wide for her stone and marble creations was guest speaker today.
Local sculptress Julia Cake working with diamond cutting tool on Italian marble. She spent her formative years in Monaco before completing her education in Florida. Her first piece was completed at the tender age of 16 and she acknowledged the support that she received at the beginning of her career. Members were given the opportunity to view some of her finished pieces alongside the tools that were used to make them and specimens of marble in their raw form. Describing some of the techniques employed in her work, she commented that her inspiration for a piece of work often came from examining the marble prior to working it and then enhancing the qualities found there. A short video of some finished pieces completed the talk.
Next week's speaker will be Rotarian George Ermini, who will recount some of the experiences he gained from his participation in the Cannonball Run.
8th April 2008
On Tuesday 17 Club Members and several guests visited the Jaguar Car Plant at Castle Bromwich where the new Jaguar XF saloon is produced. This was a most interesting tour to a plant where many years ago it was built to manufacture the Submarine Spitfire for World War Two.
7th April 2008
At a packed lunchtime meeting the club welcomed several visitors and guests and this week’s speaker was Jude Richardson a volunteer with the Samaritans. This organisation operates from their Yarmouth Offices in North Quay. There are about 40 volunteers offering a listening service which include landline, text and personal visits. Jude admitted that many people just need to talk about their problems in situations where the family unit may have broken down or they have personnel issues that may be affecting them mentally and emotionally. The Samaritans are a National organisation but each local branch must raise their own funds under individual Charity Status. Jude admitted that with the ever increasing use of the internet they were currently undertaken training to accommodate such technology within their means of response. It costs around £12.000 each year to operate this service and fund raising is a continuous process with no financial help from local and central government. President Ian Thomson thanked Jude for attending the meeting and acknowledged all the hard work undertaken by all the volunteers and wished them well with their current refurbishment programme.
Members are reminded that it is the President’s Ladies Night this coming Friday and it will be held at the Burlington Hotel 7pm for 7 30pm.
31st March 2008
The members were entertained by a very interesting illustrated presentation by the local well-known artist and potter, Ernie Childs. He told of the beginnings of his enterprise to the present day. He has produced over 300 different design commerative mugs for various organisations and occasions, both in this country and abroad. The attention to detail that goes into the production of each design and the hours of work needed to achieve the finished product was most impressive. He also gave illustrations of his exceptional artistic talent both as a sculptor and and as a painter and went on to describe the variety of natural products he obtains to provide materials for his work.
The vote of thanks was given by John Wiseman. Next Mondays speaker will be a representative from The Samaritans.
A good number of members and friends will be travelling to Birmingham on Tuesday 8th April to visit the Jaguar Car Factory. Coach will leave The Burlington Hotel at 8.00am sharp.
President Ian and his wife Frances will host the Presidents Ladies Night Dinner and dance at the Burlington Hotel on the following Friday 11th April. 7.00 for 7.30 pm.
24th March 2008
No Meeting.....Easter Monday Holiday.
17th March 2008
10th March 2008
Rotary member Leslie Seabert addressed the club at its Monday lunchtime meeting and presented his cultural experience in relation to a recent visit to the
At next Monday’s meeting the club will be dealing with business matters.
3rd March 2008
Rotarian Norman Bailey introduced his speaker today. He was well known local Estate agent Charles Bycroft. Charles gave a very interesting and amusing account of his career in the business of selling houses and gave his interpretation of which way he thought the housing market would go in the near future. Rotarian TC Harry thanked Charles for his enlightening talk.
25th February 2008
Rotarian Michael Mizen from the Thorpe St Andrew Rotary Club was this week’s speaker and his subject was the first day of the battle of the
18th February 2008
Today was a special Tri-Club meeting when members came from The Yarmouth RC and The Gorleston RC to join with The Haven members.
Our special guest was Sarah Jayne Lumley who is one of the 1080 GSE team to visit Australia next month. She and our own Team Leader PP. Mike Butcher gave a shortened presentation of their proposed talks and PowerPoint show, which they will present on their visit to South Australia.
President Ian thanks Sarah Jayne and Mike for their presentation.
11th February 2008
Junior Vice President Mike Erskine welcomed new member Peter Howkins to the Club. Rotarian Terry Ashbourne (Secretary) introduced speaker Ian Semmons who is the Chairman of the Charity ‘Action on Pain’. Several years ago Ian intervened in a street robbery and ultimately paid the price which resulted in injuries that would see him in hospital for several weeks. During his long period of rehabilitation he would have to endure long sessions of physiotherapy that would help him to regain movement but he would have to live with the pain from his injuries. It was while he was on this journey that he realised that little or no advice or help to those suffering from chronic pain was available within the National Health Service and decided to form an organisation that would help sufferers and their families. In 1998 the group was formed from the family home and several years later they became a registered charity. With volunteers manning the helpline they provide support, advice and encouragement to those directly and indirectly affected by pain, self help groups and specially developed publications. They also wanted to raise the profile of pain with local, national and international governments and organisations, in order that everybody affected by pain gets early access to effective care and support wherever they live. As the group receive no state funding they rely on donations from a variety of sources and continue to lobby central government for financial help. Ian speaks at many conferences and sits on various specialist committees that allow him the opportunity to spread the word on this very important service. Rotarian Robert Lovick thanked Ian for addressing the members and commended him on his brave intervention that would sadly change his life for ever. He wished him well with the project.
Members are reminded that next week will be a lunchtime meeting with Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Rotary Clubs. Teams are still required for the Foundation Quiz Night on Thursday 28th March.
4th February 2008
Rotarian George Ermini brought two guests to this week’s meeting namely Natalie Smith and his guest speaker Simon Lee. It soon became obvious that the members would not be disappointed with this witty and lively presentation. After a rebellious youth Simon joined the Army in 1991 and after a period of training he was deployed to Bosnia ,. He admitted that no training could equip you for real life situations in conflict zones. After a 7 month tour of duty he returned to the UK to take up a commission which saw him return to Bosnia, still remaining with the Worcester and Sherwood Forester Regiment. To remain with the regiment meant a great deal to him, as this was his fathers regiment. Now a commanding officer with the Warrior Infantry Fighting Unit he outlined some of the horrific situations that confronted him during the troubles. Many of the memories will remain with him for ever and this brought home to all the members just what kind of problems confronted the troops. Having returned to the UK, he undertakes specialist training and was appointed to Protection Duties which saw him working with John Major and members of the Royal Family. In 1998 he leaves the Army and continues personal protection work with many celebrities namely ‘Bono of the band ‘U2’ and ‘Sting’.
He continues his globe trotting experiences when he undertakes work with several business entrepreneurs and admitted that this was job satisfaction at it's best. Rotarian Mike Butcher thanked Simon for sharing some of his experiences with the members.
28th January 2008
The Business meeting was very well attended. The committees , Secretary and Treasurer all gave their reports and updated the members on various topics.
It was agreed that we would support the Tri-Club and complete 15 Aqua boxes per Club, and that the boxes would be collected and returned free of charge by Simon Cooper of the Gorleston Club.
John Burroughs was recommended and selected as the new Junior Vice President.
Michael Woods was given leave of absence from the next few meetings.
21st January 2008
Club member Peter Bondi was this week’s speaker and he talked about the conception and development of Budget Hotels within the UK. At a packed meeting Peter embarked on a very humorous and interesting presentation impressively given without the aid of notes. His family managed the Star Hotel Great Yarmouth for many years and with his knowledge and experience of the business he was soon approached to manage his own hotel. A major challenge came in the mid 1970’s when he took on the management of a hotel in Gatwick, which was then operated by the Grand Metropolitan Group. After a period of time Peter managed to turn the hotel’s fortunes around and increased capacity at the hotel, and as a result of this success he went on to manage other hotels thereby increasing his personal portfolio. This journey took him to Liverpool in 1978 and then later back to London in 1982 where after two years he joined a French owned budget hotel company called Hotel Ibis as their UK Operations Director. The introduction of these European low budget hotels was a new concept in the UK and soon drew much interest from other competitors and this was the birth of the low budget accommodation that is widely available today. Peter talked about the requirement to improve his limited knowledge of French and how he was required to attend a two week intensive course in Paris that was undoubtedly a key element to this position. Peter’s use of the French language during his talk gave a distinctive European flavour and was well received by all the members. Once again further challenges confronted Peter and with all his knowledge and expertise he eventually built up his own successful business partnership that still keeps him busy on a daily basis. Rotarian Alan Spinks thanked Peter for a most uplifting and memorable talk.
At next weeks meeting the club will be dealing with business matters.
14th January 2008
On the evening of Monday 7th Rotarian Mike Muskett organised a fund raising event at the Great Yarmouth Greyhound Stadium and with the raffle a grand total of £1654.00 was raised to help numerous good causes.
At this week’s meeting the club welcomed District Governor Duncan Howlett who covers 77 Rotary Clubs in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk parts of Cambridgeshire Essex and Hertfordshire. During the past year Rotary has raised many thousand of pounds for various projects including Barnardo’s and Wheelchairs (to the third world), in addition to supporting many other charities and organisations favoured by individual clubs. Duncan talked about his time as District Governor and the importance of keeping the membership vibrant whilst always encouraging new members to join and making sure that the clubs retain as many of its members as possible. He felt that it was necessary to encourage young people to join who would make sure that the clubs continued to thrive. With the number of members decreasing within Great Britain and Northern Ireland there could be a possibility that in the future we could be part of the European network and therefore lose our UK identity. Duncan also talked about the Rotary International initiatives including Water Projects, Literacy, Health and Education and the family of Rotary in general. He mentioned the importance of home grown initiatives including the support for Cancer Charities both local and nationwide. He covered the work of Foundation and the importance of encouraging clubs to join together to embark on larger projects which would make the workload easier. After some lively questions from the floor President Ian Thomson thanked the District Governor for speaking to the members.
Members are reminded of the forthcoming Club Quiz Night which will be held on the evening of Thursday 28th February. Entry forms can be obtained from Leslie Seabert and Wally Ladmore
7th January 2008
Colin Tomlinson from the Maritime Coastguard Agency was the main speaker at the first 2008 lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. After giving a brief outline of the history and the structure of the organisation, he told members that the three prime concerns were safety of life at sea, safety of ships and cleaner seas. They pursued these objectives through a mixture of surveying, enforcement and maritime search and rescue. He stressed that the two rescue centres in the Eastern area at Great Yarmouth and Bridlington no longer has lookouts, but used modern technology for their search and rescue activities, citing the ability to triangulate mobile phone calls. Once an incident is discovered, their responsibility is to coordinate foreshore, cliffs and out at sea rescues, with responsibility for some inland waterways being added over time. There are a number of resources at their disposal including the RNLI, standby vessels and volunteer boats. Rescue helicopters are provided mainly by the RAF. He also praised the assistance regularly offered by the gas industry via fast recovery boats. During the summertime, the main problems occur on holiday beaches and, consequently, they work closely with local lifeguards.
President Ian Thomson advised members that the Greyhound Evening would commence at 6.30 p.m. and not 7.30 p.m.
Next Monday, members can look forward to the visit of the District Governor.