Our Trek to Khiraule, Nepal

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Ray Wood and Philip HoyleThe speakers at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 2nd March were two of our own members, Philip Hoyle and Ray Wood. Last November they travelled to Nepal and trekked to the remote village of Khiiraule.

Over the past three years the Rotary Club has been raising funds to facilitate a new school there as well as providing equipment and teaching aids. This trip was the culmination of the project and Philip and Ray took with them sports equipment and ‘goody bags’ for all the children.

The presentation told the story of their trip and the fantastic welcome they received by the villagers and the people of Nepal. A once in a lifetime achievement.

Fifteen to One

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David OatesThe speaker at the  meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 23rd February was one of their own members, David Oates, who gave a presentation on his recent appearance on ‘Fifteen to One’.

He explained how it came about following a dare from his daughter to appear on the programme. A challenge like that cannot be ignored, so he applied and was lucky enough to be accepted.

He travelled to Glasgow and recorded three programmes, and to coin his own phrase, ‘he was rubbish’, although he did find the experience very enjoyable and entertaining.

District Chairman of the Membership Committee

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Mary BradleyThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 16th February was Mary Bradley, the District Chairman of the Membership Committee, who gave a presentation on the challenges of maintaining and increasing membership of both local and national Rotary clubs.

We are very good at recruiting new members but sometimes struggle to keep them.  She gave us her thought on how to address this problem and how we can stimulate clubs to accept the changing face of Rotary and continue to attract new members.

A history of Bowness on Windermere

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John CampbellThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 2nd February was John Campbell who has recently retired back to the area.

He has just completed writing a history of Bowness on Windermere with a view to having it published in the near future. Although born in Kendal he spent most of his childhood in Bowness and has always had a keen interest in its history and how it has changed over the centuries. 

He illustrated his talk with many photographs dating from the 1890s to the present day and painted a fascinating picture of the ‘only town in the Lake District which actually sits alongside the water’.

My Life, My Decision

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Ruth ForsythThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 26th January was Ruth Forsyth from Age UK.  She gave a presentation entitled ‘My Life, My Decision’ in which she explained how ‘Age UK’ can provide free support to help you understand your choices and to plan ahead for your future treatment and care.

She outlined the process of making an ‘Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment’ (sometimes known as a 'living will'). This can contain any information you feel is important for others to know, such as your food preferences, religious beliefs or daily routine. It helps people involved in your care to understand what is important to you if you cannot speak for yourself.