Dignity in Dementia

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The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 17th June were Lesley Gill and Diane Smillie from, ‘Dignity in Dementia’, a non-profit making organisation whose aim is Enhancing Dignity in Dementia across Cumbria & North Lancashire of which there are over 8000 sufferers in Cumbria alone.

Their approach is to inform, support and inspire family carers and others. They do this through their ‘Feelings First’ approach to dementia care. They believe that by connecting to the way the person is likely to be feeling at any one time, it can help them to become more content and improve their wellbeing, which in turn then helps the wellbeing of the carer.

Further information can be obtained from www.dignityindementia.org

New President Installed

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New presidentThe new President for Kendal Rotary was installed recently and retiring President, Ken Gibson, handed over the reins to Rotarian Peter W. D Smith.

He intends to continue the many projects already underway and in particular Rotary’s final push to eradicate polio and the club’s continuing commitment to help a town in Nepal who suffered badly in recent earthquakes.

International Citizen Service in Bangledesh

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Zoe WatsonThe speaker at Kendal Rotary Club on 15th July was Zoe Watson who gave a presentation featuring her trip to Bangladesh.

Zoe had been on a 10 week detachment to the town of Monglia in Bangladesh with the ‘International Citizen Service’ part of the Voluntary Service Oversees organisation.

She described her time living with a local family and highlighted the various projects she took part in which included some community projects, a Disaster Management Training seminar with the local fire service and the introduction of a Mushroom Cultivation Scheme to help poverty in this depressed area of the country.

Countering Domestic Abuse and Modern Day Slavery

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Andy Carter & Val AyresThe speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 22nd July were Andy Carter and Val Ayres from the Rotary Club of Cockermouth who gave a presentation on ‘The Cockermouth Conferences’. The 2019 Conference was run by Cockermouth Rotary Club in partnership with ‘Churches Together’ and the topic discussed was ‘Countering Domestic Abuse and Modern Day Slavery’, which involved all the relevant agencies. Domestic abuse is one of the most common crimes committed and is largely hidden under the radar and is rarely reported to the police. The club are keen to have similar conferences throughout the county to raise awareness of the problem and to seek ways to prevent abuse continuing.

Angie Biggs & Peter SmithAt the same meeting, President Peter W D Smith presented Angie Biggs with a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of all her work for Youth Activities over many years, and in particular the Youth Speaks Competition which she has organised so well. Now that she is leaving the area, it was felt that she needed the award as an expression of our thanks and hope she will keep visiting us in the future.

Boxes of Hope

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Nicola SteadmanThe speaker at the recent meeting of Kendal Rotary was Nicola Steadman, a volunteer for the charity, ’Boxes of Hope, Cumbria’ who gave a presentation on the work of the Charity.

‘Boxes of Hope’ are a local charity which organises and assembles shoeboxes full of toys, sweets, stationery, hats, scarfs, gloves and similar items, to be sent to Romania.

With five Trustees and 100 volunteers, last year they sent 9363 boxes which are hand delivered by the volunteers to the Transylvania area of the country for distribution to the poorer villages. Whilst there, they look for other ways to help them such as supplying blankets and other community based projects. More information can be found at www.boxesofhopecumbria.co.uk.

A Cumbrian Quiz

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Peter A. SmithThe speaker at Kendal Rotary Club on 12th August was past President Peter A Smith who entertained us with a Cumbrian Quiz. We all thought we knew a lot about our County – how wrong we were!

Peter W.D. Smith The brain taxing quiz challenged all of us, even born and bred Cumbrians and the things we thought we knew, we often didn’t! The best score was 16 out of the 25 questions with many not even achieving double figures, are we ashamed or what?

At this same meeting the club were delighted to present club member and Past District Governor, Alan Dodds with a Sapphire Paul Harris Award for his continuing support for Rotary over many years.