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..

The Inner Wheel Singers

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The Rotary Club at their meeting of 15th May had a surprise appearance from the Inner Wheel Club Ladies who gave a performance of songs and invited everyone to join in.

The ladies were excellent and in tune but we are not sure if the Rotarians made an improvement to the choir.  Nevertheless, it was fun event and made a change from the usual speaker.  Fortunately we all knew the songs and you can’t beat the old ones!

Well known Kendal Rotarian presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship

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At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal one of the Rotarians, Peter Marshall, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship (the founder of Rotary), for all his years of service to the club over 32 years and his ever present willingness to get involved with providing service to the community.

He can regularly be seen, in all types of weather, wielding a collecting bucket, helping at the County Show and raising money for many local and international charities. The Fellowship is in recognition of his outstanding dedication and commitment to Rotary and the people of Kendal.

Charter Night Celebrations

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The Club held its 92nd Charter Night at the Carus Green Golf Club on 26th April. Invited guests included the Chair of SLDC, Sylvia Emmott, the Mayor of Kendal, Stephen Coleman, the president of Kendal Inner Wheel, Jean Reynolds and Rotary Assistant District Governor, Richard Attenborough.

There were 110 Rotarians present which included many from other clubs around the district and also many Friends of Rotary. In his speech, the President, Peter Smith,  highlighted the achievements of the club during his year of office which culminated in the award of a ‘Paul Harris Fellowship’ to Rotarian Philip Hoyle who over the last few years had been responsible for co-ordinating a project to help the funding and refurbishing of a school in Khiraule, Nepal.  He has already raised over £30,000 to help this cause and the work is still continuing since the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal recently had badly affected the village.

Update on Bendrgg Trust

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Nick LileyThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 3rd April was Nick Liley from Bendrigg Lodge, who gave the club an update on the work and aims of the Bendriggg Trust.

Started in 1977, the centre now has over 60 bedrooms and caters for over 4000 disabled children every year providing lifeskills, adventure, broadening horizons, but above all having fun.  The centre manned by both full time staff and many volunteers, now has many on-site facilities including a climbing wall, indoor cave, zip wire and tube slide to name but a few.

Their latest project to build a new accommodation annex is due to open in May.