Countering Domestic Abuse and Modern Day Slavery

Andy Carter & Val AyresThe speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 22nd July were Andy Carter and Val Ayres from the Rotary Club of Cockermouth who gave a presentation on ‘The Cockermouth Conferences’. The 2019 Conference was run by Cockermouth Rotary Club in partnership with ‘Churches Together’ and the topic discussed was ‘Countering Domestic Abuse and Modern Day Slavery’, which involved all the relevant agencies. Domestic abuse is one of the most common crimes committed and is largely hidden under the radar and is rarely reported to the police. The club are keen to have similar conferences throughout the county to raise awareness of the problem and to seek ways to prevent abuse continuing.

Angie Biggs & Peter SmithAt the same meeting, President Peter W D Smith presented Angie Biggs with a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of all her work for Youth Activities over many years, and in particular the Youth Speaks Competition which she has organised so well. Now that she is leaving the area, it was felt that she needed the award as an expression of our thanks and hope she will keep visiting us in the future.

International Citizen Service in Bangledesh

Zoe WatsonThe speaker at Kendal Rotary Club on 15th July was Zoe Watson who gave a presentation featuring her trip to Bangladesh.

Zoe had been on a 10 week detachment to the town of Monglia in Bangladesh with the ‘International Citizen Service’ part of the Voluntary Service Oversees organisation.

She described her time living with a local family and highlighted the various projects she took part in which included some community projects, a Disaster Management Training seminar with the local fire service and the introduction of a Mushroom Cultivation Scheme to help poverty in this depressed area of the country.

New President Installed

New presidentThe new President for Kendal Rotary was installed recently and retiring President, Ken Gibson, handed over the reins to Rotarian Peter W. D Smith.

He intends to continue the many projects already underway and in particular Rotary’s final push to eradicate polio and the club’s continuing commitment to help a town in Nepal who suffered badly in recent earthquakes.