District Chairman of the Membership Committee

Mary BradleyThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 16th February was Mary Bradley, the District Chairman of the Membership Committee, who gave a presentation on the challenges of maintaining and increasing membership of both local and national Rotary clubs.

We are very good at recruiting new members but sometimes struggle to keep them.  She gave us her thought on how to address this problem and how we can stimulate clubs to accept the changing face of Rotary and continue to attract new members.

A history of Bowness on Windermere

John CampbellThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 2nd February was John Campbell who has recently retired back to the area.

He has just completed writing a history of Bowness on Windermere with a view to having it published in the near future. Although born in Kendal he spent most of his childhood in Bowness and has always had a keen interest in its history and how it has changed over the centuries. 

He illustrated his talk with many photographs dating from the 1890s to the present day and painted a fascinating picture of the ‘only town in the Lake District which actually sits alongside the water’.

RYPEN report

Josh Miles Karlo Hine and TeacherThe speakers at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 19th January were Karlo Hine and Josh Miles from Kirkbie Kendal School who gave a presentation of their experiences whilst attending the ‘Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment’ at the Castleheads Outdoor Centre last year.

They described their programme during the week long course and how they benefited from taking part in the many and varied projects and meeting with many other boys and girls from all around the county.

They both felt that they had gained in confidence and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

My Life, My Decision

Ruth ForsythThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 26th January was Ruth Forsyth from Age UK.  She gave a presentation entitled ‘My Life, My Decision’ in which she explained how ‘Age UK’ can provide free support to help you understand your choices and to plan ahead for your future treatment and care.

She outlined the process of making an ‘Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment’ (sometimes known as a 'living will'). This can contain any information you feel is important for others to know, such as your food preferences, religious beliefs or daily routine. It helps people involved in your care to understand what is important to you if you cannot speak for yourself.

Kendal Rotarians Trek to Nepal

Philip Hoyle and Ray Wood, members of the Rotary Club of Kendal, have just returned from three weeks in Nepal where they visited the village of Khiraule, in a remote part of the Solu Khumbu (Everest region).   The trip represents the culmination of two and a half years of work and co-operation, locally and internationally, to raise nearly £25,000 to fund a major redevelopment project at the village school to include: a water sanitation scheme; the building new classrooms and refitting existing ones; and the delivery of new teaching aids and sports equipment.

Khiraule is the home village of Lhakpa Sherpa who, with his wife Pat, lives, in the summer months, in Barbon, near Casterton. The village has a population of approximately 400, mostly small-scale farmers, of whom about 90 are children who attend the local school.  To reach the village, the party of 10 trekkers, mostly local residents, had to walk for 4 days each way from and to the regional airport of Phaplu - walks that included both descents and ascents of around 1,000 metres and required sleeping under canvass, sometimes at height of nearly 3,000 metres, when the temperature dropped to around -7 degrees.