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!

The Importance of Landscape Design

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Noel FarrerThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 1st June was Noel Farrer who is the current President of the Landscape Institute and a Member of the National Design Panel.

He gave a very lively presentation on his role in the organisation and his thoughts on the landscape  and its effect on the environment along with social and economic needs. 

He outlined his ideas on how the needs for housing in Kendal could be met, particularly with the use of town centre brown-field sites.

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.