The Lake District Park Authority

John FarmerThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 20th July was one of their own members, Rotarian John Farmer, who has been a member of The Lake District Park Authority for about a year.

It is made up of 20 members from various bodies, County Council, District Councils, Parish Councils, and others, and he explained about how he was selected as a Parish Council representative. He then further explained how the Authority works and itemised the various committees and their functions and responsibilities.

He finished by discussing the current state of their bid to gain World Heritage status and how this would benefit the area.

Visit of DG Arthur Jones

DG Arthur JonesAlan FlemingThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 13th July was the new District Governor from the Rotary Club of Carnforth.

He gave a presentation detailing both his and Rotary International’s aims and challenges for the year ahead as well as promoting the District Festival of Rotary to be held in Southport next March. An impressive line-up of speakers include broadcaster and journalist, John McCarthy and Tricia Stewart, the original ‘Calendar Girl’ from Rylstone & District WI.

At the same meeting the club welcomed our new member, Alan Fleming (right) who lives in Kendal.  Alan has transferred in from the Rotary Club of Carnforth.

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.

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.



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.