March 2nd. 2020
After the Rotary lunch, the Committees met to discuss and prepare for Club Council meeting of March 10th.
February 24th 2020
Stephen Brindley from the Great Yarmouth Rotary Club talked of their club's involvement with Santa's Grotto and the Breakfast and tea sessions at Palmers / Beales over the pre- Xmas dates.
Gifts for the children were ordered from Andersons of Thetford and originally these were in 5 age groups but lastly they had ordered Unisex gift wrapped as this involved less stock. They presently had plenty of stock left over.
There were difficulties due to the on/off situation with the take over of Palmers but on the whole , with advertising the good work of Rotary, the 100's of children were kept happy by the atmosphere within the Grotto.Usually there would be one Father Xmas and 2 Elves on duty and each session was about 3 hours. Charge for grotto was £4.00 per child and the Breakfast & Tea sessions were £9.95 which the Rotary Club had £5.00 for their charities.
The Haven Club would discuss the outcome at its next Club Council meeting.
Following Stephen's talk George Ermini introduced Emma Roache who the Club in previous months had given her £500 for her work. Emma thanked the club for this and briefly told of how the donation had helped young vulnerable people in our local community.
February 17th 2020
Our speaker was unable to attend today so after lunch there was an informal discussion covering the state of The Waterways water clarity, Paul Harris Awards and Ladies in Rotary.
February 10th 2020
Andrew Fitchett, Editor in Chief of The Yarmouth Mercury. Lowestoft Journal and The Beccles & Bungay Journal, was our guest speaker. Introduced by President Malcolm, Andrew talked of the present situation of the local papers and how things had changed with a great deal of the work done at central HQ of the EDP. There were now les staff than previous years and a lot more emphasis was on the online edition of the Journals.
Andrew answered many direct questions from members and would endeavour to report projects and news of our charity work within the local community..
February 3rd 2020
Today Bob Price gave a fascinating and enthralling talk of a day in his life he and most of us will never forget. The day September 11th 2001. The terrorist attack on America .Bob recalled in vivid detail his experience and emotions as he was at that time staying in his property in Florida. He therefore had a close insight in to how the American people reacted to the incredible news and events of that day and after.
This was the first time ever an attack against America had happened on the mainland, and never to be forgotten.
After many questions and observations from members, Bob was thanked by President Malcolm.
January 20th 2020
This week the club was presented with a most interesting talk by Terry Kelsey about the work of a Game Keeper. The work starts in March when the birdís eggs are collected and carefully looked after until sometime in June when the young birds are released in the woods to mature.
The gamekeeperís role is to ensure the birds reach maturity by protecting them from predatory animals particularly foxes. A particular difficulty is the presence of deer that will clear the woodland area of all vegetation making it impossible for the birds to live and thrive. Gamekeepers are now equipped with night vision glasses with rifles also fitted with sights that can enable clear vision at night. They are also fitted with silencers to enable deer to be killed humanely.
At the start of the shooting season on average some 14-16 beaters are employed to drive the birds forward. Injured birds are collected quickly after the start to reduce unnecessary suffering. Gamekeepers are now equipped with radio telephones to enable them to keep in touch with beaters and shooters. The gamekeeper is responsible for all arrangements and maintenance of safety.
A vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Keith Futter.
January 13th 2020
Unfortunately Leslie's speakers called off at the last moment, but in stepped John Westgate with a little quiz.
This proves that the members are short on knowledge as few questions were answered correctly. Tony King thanked John for his contribution as quizmaster.
January 6th 2020
A " Break-Out" Committee session after the lunch was complete.
December 30th 2019