Annual Charter Night 2015

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R.I. President Gary Huang
2014 - 2015
Front row: Tricia Stewart: Rylstone & District Women's Institute, Mayoress of Kendal: Alison Clare, President of The Rotary Club of Kendal: Ruth Otway PHF, President of The Inner Wheel Club of Kendal: Janet Hughes, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria: Claire Hensman
Back row: Mayor of Kendal: Coun Tom Clare, Governor Rotary District 1190: Roger Mason PHF, Pres. Elect of the Rotary Club of Kendal: Rev. Martin Jayne, Vice President of Kendal & District Lions Club: Jim Briggs, Rtn Alan Radcliffe, Rtn Tim M. Keegan PHF, Toastmaster: Richard Mathews

On Wednesday 22 April 2015 the Rotary Club of Kendal celebrated 90 years since it received its Charter from Rotary International on 25 April 1925.  Formed by the Rotary Club of Newcastle-upon-Tyne it was visited by Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International in the 1930's.  In the 1940's it formed its first 'daughter club' - Windermere, helped in setting up Kendal Inner Wheel Club and club members played a key part in setting up the Lads Club in Kendal.  Over the years it has been instrumental in setting up the first Abbeyfield Home in Kendal, two Probus Clubs, a second 'daughter club' - Kendal South Westmorland, and in establishing the Life Education Service in Cumbria.

On the international front we have been involved in mentoring a Japanese Ambassadorial Scholar, club members have led four Group Study Exchanges to the USA, twice to South Africa and most recently to India.  We have responded to global disasters, collecting £42,000  to fund Shelterboxes following the Indian Ocean Tsunami. In recent years we have led a project to support a school in Khiraule, a small village high in the Himalayas in Nepal.

The evening was attended by 206 guests, visitors and club members with their spouses and partners. Toasts were proposed to Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Kendal and to the guests.  The response on behalf of the guests was given by Tricia Stewart from the Rylstone & District Women's Institute.  Tricia is one of the leading members of the 'Calendar Girls' who through their legendary calendar and subsequent film have raised over £4 million for leukaemia research.  Her inside story of how the project came to be, and how it went global was hilarious and heart warming.

Memory lane - 1982 to 1984

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Ray FieldingStan OConnorThe speakers at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 16th March were two of the Past Presidents, Stan O’Connor (1982-83) and Ray Fielding (1983-84) who gave a talk on reminisces of their time in office.

Both had spent their year organising and working on numerous projects, not least of which was ‘Students Week’ which involved hosting, for about a week, many students from abroad and showing them Kendal and the Lake District. Over a number of years they entertained  over 300 students from 100 different countries.

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.

More of Ken's Tales

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Ken ThwaitesThe speaker at the meeting of Rotary Club of Kendal on 30th March was Ken Thwaites, one of their own members, who gave another talk on his experiences whilst serving in the Royal Marines and the Cumbria Police Force.

He regaled us with stories, both serious and humorous, about the many incidents he encountered whilst on duty. These ranged from things that happened in British Guiana to ones whilst patrolling Lake Windermere as Lake Warden. 

He finished by giving the following quote; two things in life are certain – one is you are born and two is you die! The bit in the middle is the interesting bit!