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.

Tom Hewitt's Job Talk

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 27th March was Tom Hewitt, our newest member, who gave his ‘Job Talk’.

He outlined his career in the Police Force in Cumbria up to his retirement, which ranged from postings to Maryport, Temple Sowerby, Keswick  and Kendal (and others) and he told us many of his fascinating and humorous experiences while serving there

Malaria and other mosquito borne diseases

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 20th March was Dr. Soonu Verghese from the Rotary Club of Penrith, who gave an illustrated presentation on Mosquito borne diseases, and in particular Malaria.

He is currently trying to set up a programme in Tanzania aimed at the prevention of this deadly disease. In Tanzania someone dies every 60 seconds from malaria and he outlined the ways in which it can be combated by the use of several preventative measures.

In many cases sufferers can be cured and there is a vaccine although not that effective as of yet. Prevention is by far the best option.

Beekeeping in Ethiopia

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 13th March was David Friend of the Rotary Club of Millom.  He gave an illustrated presentation on the latest Rotary initiative, ‘Beekeeping in Ethiopia’ in conjunction with the charity, ‘Bees for Development’, which aims to provide money to allow up to 100 young Ethiopians to be trained in bee management.

They will make their own hives locally which will then provide an income for themselves and their families.  This introduction of bees will be self-supporting when up and running and is a bonus to farming and the local economy. 

David is hoping to raise £15,000 which will then be eligible for a global grant from Rotary.

The Yards of Kendal

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The speakers at Rotary Club of Kendal's meeting on 27th February were our own Trevor Hughes and Pat Hovey of Kendal Civic Society. They previewed their new forthcoming publication, ‘The Yards of Kendal’, with a fascinating talk about the history of this key element of our town.

We heard about the development of the yards from burgage plots - they had nothing to do with invading Scots! We now know the size of an acre too: you can expect to see Rotarians pacing out the 22 yards between each one! 

Today's talk focussed on Highgate's yards and we look forward to hearing about Stricklandgate and Kirkland in the next exciting instalment.