Trekking in Nepal

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Robert SykesThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 17th February was Robert Sykes, one of our own members, who had not long ago attempted a 15 day trekking expedition to Nepal to climb one of the high passes.

Sadly the weather conditions there were very extreme, with high levels of snow which meant that the trek had to be re-routed for safety reasons. Nevertheless a height of 18,000 feet was achieved and he showed the club his photos of the expedition, and in particular, the spectacular ones of the Himalayas.

As part of the trip, Robert had raised a substantial amount of sponsorship which will be used, via the Rotary Club, for the benefit of the people of Nepal.

Defibrillators

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Mark EvansThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 10th February was Mark Evans, the Community Resuscitation Manager from the North West Ambulance Service.

He gave a brief history of the Service and then concentrated on the work of the Ambulance Service today and its role on community response.  He then, in more detail,  highlighted the use of defibrillators and the need for more to be provided in public spaces and  buildings and emphasised the point by showing how they are saving lives.

The Rotary Club of Kendal are now committing to purchasing at least one defibrillator for the town.

Paper for the Poppy Appeal

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Tony Parrini The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal  on 20th January was Past District Governor Tony Parrini from the Rotary Club of Carlisle South, who,  wearing another hat, gave a presentation on the work of ‘The British Legion’. 

He outlined the aims of the charity and its function of caring and looking after the welfare of ex armed service men and women and their families. Over 9.5 million people are eligible and around £1.7 million is spent every week in providing welfare.

The local connection with the Legion is that all the paper for the 40 million poppies distributed every year is made by Croppers’ paper mill in Burneside.

Solicitor's Tales

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 27th January was David Colllinson,  a retired legal advisor to the Kendal Magistrates court, who regaled us with ‘Solicitor’s Tales’.

He told us some of his many experiences, both humorous and tragic, whilst appearing in court over many years and knowing and working with many local magistrates.

He covered all types of crime ranging from minor ones right up to murder trials.

Saucy Postcards

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Alan BeaumontThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 9th December was Alan Beaumont who gave an illustrated presentation entitled ‘From Cradle to the Grave’ in which he detailed his interest in collecting old saucy postcards.

He showed us a selection which covered all aspects of life from childhood to old age, many of which in today’s society were politically incorrect. Seaside humour has always been ‘close-to-the-knuckle’, but even today, these old postcards can still be amusing.