A Career in Hotels and Catering

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 4th January was one of its own members, Past President John Chew, who gave a talk detailing his career in the catering and hotel industry.

Born in Worcestershire, and following his National Service, he worked in many parts of the country and eventually ended up as the owner of the Blue Bell Hotel at Heversham from which he has been retired for over 24 years although he still lives in the village.

The Ghana Project of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 18th January was Roger Franks, Past President of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden. 

Roger is noted for tackling unusual projects for his club, most noteworthy being his expedition across the Sahara desert in an old ice cream van on route to Bamako, the capital of Mali, laden with sewing machines and various supplies.

His latest exploits, in 2015, saw him, along with a doctor friend, taking suitcases loaded with medical supplies and equipment to the village of Ankoma in Ghana where he spent a few weeks helping the local population. He has since planned his next venture which is to fund the provision of two toilet blocks, at a cost of £1500 each, for the local school which currently has none.

Antarctica

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 30th November was Nick Cox, who gave a fascinating and humorous illustrated account of his experiences living and working in Antarctica. 

He began by giving a brief history of both the Arctic and Antarctica and how Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton created an indelible legacy for polar travel. Having spent some years living on the driest place on earth - there is more rainfall in the Sahara – and with temperatures well below freezing he gave first hand examples of the dangers involved, including polar bears, gale force winds and crevasses to name but a few.

Isan – the unknown, up-country ‘real’ Thailand

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The speaker at the Rotary Club of Kendal on 23rd November was Martin Allinson from the Rotary Club of Nakhon Khon Kaen International from Isan (North Eastern Thailand).

This is a new club only formed 18 months ago and he gave an illustrated talk on “Isan – the unknown, up-country ‘real’ Thailand”.

He described the people, geography, industry and agriculture of this part of Thailand and of his life working and living there for the past 20 years. Thailand has a population of 68 million and has a land area bigger than France and they are totally self-sufficient in food.

Donation to local Child Bereavement charity

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Tina Sudlow & Jeff PimblettBob TalbotAt the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 9th November, following a street collection, a cheque for £436.72 was  presented to Tina Sudlow from Child Bereavement, a local charity supported by the club. She gave us an update on how the charity is progressing and where the money is spent and how it benefits their clients.

The main speaker was one of our own members, Robert Talbot, who gave a talk on his career in teaching, particularly his time at Queen Katherine School, (formally Longlands Boys School). Now retired, he reminisced with amusing tales of his many experiences and the characters he came across.