District Governor's Visit

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 22nd October was Mary Bradley, the Rotary District Governor for the North West who came to talk to the club about their achievements in the previous year and highlighted the aims and challenges for the year ahead.

The push to complete Polio Eradication will continue now that we are so close to finishing the project.

Mary’s own project is to support the ‘ShelterBox’ charity and a cheque was given to her to purchase one immediately.

Kendal People's Cafe

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 15th October was Gillian Cowburn who gave a presentation on her involvement with the ‘Kendal People’s Café’. She explained the objects and aims of the charity and how it all began about 18 months ago. 

The café, which is based in ‘The Foyer', on Blackhall Road receives waste food from various sources in and around Kendal which is made into meals which are then served to customers .  The customers then ‘Pay as they Can’ which may be nothing or they can give a donation they can afford. 

The charity now receives food from many supermarkets, wholesalers and food outlets to which they are extremely grateful.  The charity only provides meals for the needy but saves good food from being dumped into landfill - a win/win situation.

Rotary Peace Scholars

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 1st October was one of their own members, Angie Biggs, who gave a presentation detailing the role of Rotary Peace Scholars.

There are only six universities worldwide offering Peace Fellowships on ‘Peace and Conflict Resolution (Australia, England, Japan, Sweden and Thailand and USA).  The Department of Peace Studies at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees and is one of the most popular. 

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.