President Martin Takes Office

PP Ruth hands over to President Martin JayneAt the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 6th July 2015 Past President Ruth Otway handed the chain of office to incoming President Martin Jayne.

President Martin's remarks on taking office are reproduced in the July 'Stonecrossword' (newsletter) together with PP Ruth's review of her year.



The Importance of Landscape Design

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.

Memory lane - 1982 to 1984

Ray FieldingStan OConnorThe speakers at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 16th March were two of the Past Presidents, Stan O’Connor (1982-83) and Ray Fielding (1983-84) who gave a talk on reminisces of their time in office.

Both had spent their year organising and working on numerous projects, not least of which was ‘Students Week’ which involved hosting, for about a week, many students from abroad and showing them Kendal and the Lake District. Over a number of years they entertained  over 300 students from 100 different countries.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Robert SykesThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 11th May was one of our own members, Past President Robert Sykes, who gave a presentation about Alzheimer’s Disease.

He explained that there are two distinct organisations connected to the disease, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Alzheimer’s Research Society. He clarified exactly what each organisation does and how they work together.  

The aim is to find a cure and also ways of diagnosing the illness earlier.  Current research is very positive and it is hoped that a cure can be found in the not too distant future but it all depends on finding sufficient funding.

Our Trek to Khiraule, Nepal

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.

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