One of our members on the Front Line
“Volunteering is not just for lockdown”
The pandemic has brought out the altruistic side of many of us and now Rotary is urging people to continue their kindness, saying volunteering is not just for lockdown. It will have a vital role to play in the new normal world too.
In fact, people may need help and support more than ever once the current crisis is over, given the damage to the economy and the inevitable impact on employment along with spiralling issues around mental health and loneliness after the prolonged lack of physical contact with friends and family.
What’s been happening at your Rotary club?
Many of our members have had to be extra careful during lockdown so we have been unable to get out and about raising funds and doing community work. We have carried on an active “virtual” life as can be seen below.
Just look at our programme and if you like the look of something then contact us to arrange a visit (Currently using Zoom) – no need to join or make any commitment. You will be welcomed and if you like it then come again!
Wed 5th August – Committees. At last some Rotary which was more than a social event! Our committees have met and ideas are coming forward for what we can do in the current state of lockdown! We hope to have a fundraising event by having a Pirate Festival in September – the usual scarecrows will all be pirates! Obviously we cannot have crowds but at least we can be seen to be out and about. Lots to plan and do!
Wed 29th July – A talk on Alan Turing by Neil Sheldon. Neil first came across Turing when studying philosophy and logic at university and has had an interest ever since. This memorable talk impressed all – both Neil and Turing!
Wed 22nd July – Changes in our lifetime. Several members gave brief talks on things that had changed in their lifetime: cars, photography, food and more. The picture below relates to changes in the classroom.
Wed 15th July – A great evening playing “Would I lie to you?” It turns out the club has some great liars!!! No, he did not climb Kilamanjaro, no he did not beat Steve Davies at snooker. Fooled most of us.
Wed 8th July – David Poppit gave a talk on the history of The Christie Hospital. His vast experience of many roles in this and other hospitals shone through this informative and humorous presentation.
Wed 1st July – The handover meeting where outgoing President Michael passed the chain (literally) to incoming President Harry.
Wed 24th June – Ron Malabon ran an entertaining quiz. The subject matters were very varied as were the difficulty levels. Fittingly Michael got the highest score on his last meeting as President.
Wed 17th June – Robert Lewis gave a talk about his own career, and voiced some strong views about the care system today.
Wed 10th June – Michael Vlasto gave an insightful and revealing talk about our lifeboat service – the RNLI. His in depth knowledge and obvious passion shone through.
Wed 3rd June – A truly innovative socially distanced wine and cheese tasting! With real wine and real cheese prepared and delivered to our houses in time for a Zoom meeting in which our wine expert, Sarah, led us through a fun evening, including a cheese tasting interlude and quiz run by Sue. Great!
Wed 27th May – Professor Nigel Linge gave an informative and entertaining talk on “Our Wireless World”. He covered the history from the earliest pioneers, right up to 5G smartphones and the Internet of Things. Fascinating stuff superbly presented.
Wed 20th May – We had a talk from a friend from Kasese, Uganda. Farouq updated us about the floods, other events and the amazing work Rotary and others are doing on the ground. Farouq himself is in the UK, being unable to return to Uganda due to closed borders.
Wed 13th May – Maggie organised a “mystery objects” event. Members submitted photos of things from their homes which were obscure and had to be guessed or which had an interesting history. Great fun and quite revealing. Some of the object are shown below.
Wed 6th May – Ashok gave his “about me” talk. He has led an interesting life, travelling widely and with a large range of interests and hobbies. The photo below is from his “work in Uganda and India” talk at Ladybridge Club in January.
Wed 29th Apr – One of our members is a consultant on a Covid 19 ward. He gave a fascinating insight on “the front line”. The meeting was well attended, with up to 32 screens and nearly 40 people, including guests from USA, Bulgaria, another local club and several past members as well as some members’ spouses.
Wed 22nd Apr – We were joined by two past members (Caroline and Gordon) for an interesting PowerPoint presentation by Frank Galvin on the restoration of Elizabeth Gaskell’s house.
Wed 15th Apr – As usual (how quickly zoom has become usual!), we met by Zoom and this time had a three round quiz using pictures and “secrets facts” about our members. Good fun all round.
Sun 12th Apr – The Rotary Easter Bunny was out and social distancing!
Wed 8th April – Our first “proper” Guest Speaker at a Zoom meeting! Chrissie Gibson from The Samaritans gave us an excellent PowerPoint show explaining the background and work of the organisation. Lots of questions, well answered. It was easy to forget that we were all in different places.
Wed 1st April – Now settling in to our Zoom meetings! We had another surprise guest, Gill, also a former member. For this meeting we brought photos from past times which made us happy. Members displayed their pictures and talked through why they represented happy memories. Michael’s picture below showed his family together on a cruise ship a few months after his wife had been very seriously ill in hospital.
Wed 25th Mar – Our second Zoom meeting went much better and we had a special guest, Tony, a former member now living in Shropshire. We approved a small emergency committee and discussed various ways forward in this strange situation. One member described it a “the highlight of the week”. PS: We don’t normally dress up formally, but we had missed our President’s Night and Fashion Show!
Wed 18th Mar – We had our first “virtual” meeting using Zoom teleconferencing. 22 members joined the meeting and, although we stumbled a bit, it was good to stay in contact. We will certainly do it again and improve our methodology.
Wed 11th Mar – Rob, a club member, gave his “this is me” talk. His career was amazingly varied, covering many aspects of national and local importance.
Fri 6th Mar – Theatre evening at CHADS. A quote: “ We would like to thank all concerned with organising the Club visit to CHADS tonight. We thoroughly enjoyed the superbly acted and very humorous play and the food afterwards was just superb.” Over 100 went.
Wed 4th Mar – Committees. Another evening of planning. Lots of talk about Coronavirus and the possible impacts.
Wed 26th Feb – Pete, one of our members, told us about various trading strategies and the essentials of trading plans and techniques in an illuminating talk entitled “How to make a small fortune on the markets”
Wed 19th Feb – A group of 27 members and partners tried out Shaam, the new Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurant in Bramhall. We were well looked after and enjoyed excellent food. Many of us will become regulars!
Sat 15th Feb – One of our members and his wife put on a “Pie Lunch” in aid of Blood Bikes. Nearly 40 people attended and enjoyed good food, good wine and good company all in aid of a good cause. Over £500 was raised.
Wed 12th Feb – Susan McCormack, founder of charity MODE, came and told us about its work with mental health issues ranging from schoolchildren to military veterans.
Wed 5th Feb – Committees and Blood Bikes presentation. We had a lively committee night and also presented a cheque for £1000 to Blood Bikes Manchester. Carol and Alan were there from Blood Bikes and gave an interesting and informative short update on what the charity is doing.
Wed 29th Jan – Float Quiz. Santa’s float toured local streets for 16 nights in December. Each night a local good cause provided a team of collectors and tonight everyone came together for the traditional quiz to celebrate, and to receive donations to their funds.
Mon 27th Jan – Youth Speaks at The Deanwater. We sponsored a team from Bramhall High School in Rotary’s annual Youth Speaks competition. In front of a sizeable audience the girls spoke on the subject “The Impact of Meat Production on our Planet”. They did really well and we are all very proud of them.
Wed 22 Jan – One of our members, Ashok, gave a most interesting talk on his medical voluntary work in India and Uganda.
Wed 15 Jan 2020 – Janet and Summer from Bramhall High School came along to tell us about the trip made by 29 pupils to Borneo. They worked and played hard in tough conditions, including “real” jungle, working on various projects. Their toil included beach cleanups, lots and lots of concrete mixing and laying, and making eco bricks from concrete and recycled plastic then building walls with them. It was enough to make us believe in today’s young people.
Wed 8 Jan – Committees. A new year, 9 new members, lots of work to be done and lots of fun to be had.
Sun 29 Dec 2019 – President’s drinks. Around 50 people attended this annual tradition, where the President hosts a drinks and nibbles party.
Nov 30th to Dec 17th – Santa’s float has been out and about in the evenings and also at Bramall Hall and the Fir Rd market. Record amounts have been raised and hundreds of children have had their special moments with Santa (not to mention a dog and a couple of young ladies in their 80s!)
17th Nov to 22nd Dec – Collections at Notcutts Woodford Garden Centre. We rattled our cans and collected money for Bloodbikes and The Samaritans. Two fantastic causes.
Fri 13 Dec – Our Xmas party. A great evening at Bramall Park Golf Club. Good food, good wine, good company and two members received surprise Paul Harris Fellowship awards.
Wed 4 Dec – Committees. A fairly quiet evening, just finishing touches for our Santa float and collections. Next stop – the Xmas party!
Wed 27 Nov – A great example of real efforts by young people to help other young people. Helen, from Beacon Counselling, presented the achievements and aspirations of a group of young people who are helping others with mental health issues. Katie, one of the young people, spoke well on what she hopes to achieve going forward. We also inducted a new member.
Mon 25 Nov – Sweet packing. 2,000 bags were packed with 6,000 sweet bars. That should be enough for all the children who come to see Santa on his Float as he tours the local streets. Santa himself dropped in to help the Rotary elves.
Wed 20 Nov – Wine tasting. Under Sarah’s expert tutelage we enjoyed a wine tasting of seven European wines. One of our members was awarded our highest honour, a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Fri 15 Nov – Another walk – this one at Werneth Low. Beautiful scenery throughout. Pictures at the war memorial.
Thurs 14 Nov – Fashion show at Silk Road restaurant in Bramhall, clothes by Modiste, raising funds for the North West Air Ambulance. We will donate £1,000.
Wed 13 Nov – The Dragons’ Den winners return. The top three winning charities from our Dragons’ Den event came along to give us an update on how they are progressing and how their winnings have helped.
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