My Life in Farming

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Fred Martin

The speaker at Kendal Rotary on 17th July was one of their own members, Past President Fred Martin, who gave a talk entitled “My Life in Farming”. He gave a very interesting and humorous account of his career in farming in the Lythe valley. 

He starting working with his father as a boy when they had only one tractor and eight horses. How things have changed since those days, and he then highlighted the progress made over the decades right up to the present day and how his son has now taken over the business and is continuing the family tradition of farming.

The YMCA

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John Cronin

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 10th July was John Cronin from the YMCA who gave a presentation on the work done by the YMCA Camp on Windermere.  

He outlined the ethos and aims of the organisation and the plans in re-developing the Lakeside camp. The local organisation of the YMCA only took control of the site in 2008 and commenced a scheme costing £15,000,000 to totally transform it.

It is to be a three phase project with the first phase, costing £6,700,000  due for completion later this year.

 

An Outstanding Member is Honoured

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This week was the inauguration of the new President of The Rotary Club of Kendal. He is Rotarian Digby Gunson who has been a member for 29 years.

The retiring President is Peter Smith who was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to the community.

Cousin Nellie

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 12th June was one of their own members who gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘Cousin Nellie’. Whilst researching his family tree, he came across cousin Nellie and started doing some research into her life.

What a fascinating person she was! Marring an Indian gentleman, she moved to India where both her husband and herself became involved in Indian politics, in particular the Congress Party. Her husband became Mayor of Calcutta and both became very well respected.

The International Citizen Service in Burkina Faso

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 22nd May was Indus Hill who had spent three month in Burkina Faso working with the International Citizen Service. Burkina Faso is a relatively small landlocked country in west Africa (about the size of New Zealand), with a population of about 16.3 million.

She, along with other volunteers, worked on a project empowering women, children and the disabled in an otherwise male dominated society by awareness training, local health and contraception education and teaching English and French to the local populace along with other similar projcts.

I.C.S International Service in Ghana

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 6th May was Yasmin Azarya who came to the club in January to talk about a three months project working with the I.C.S International Service in Ghana.

She has now returned and came to describe her experiences whilst over there. The International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime, UK government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds. She travelled to Ghana, based near the town of Tamale in the north of the country, and helped with Ghanaian volunteers on a number of projects.

The whole experience was very rewarding and she is planning to continue the work to help fundraise to provide a clean water supply for the village..