Barrow's Boys and other Polar Explorers

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 30th July was Professor Brian Wilson who gave a lecture entitled ‘Barrow’s Boys and other Polar Explorers’.

The talk, as its name implies, told the story of Sir John Barrow and other famous explorers who were determined to find ‘The North West Passage’. They were all unsuccessful and in many cases it cost them their lives, although the first passage, which took three years to complete, was finally done by the famous explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole.

South Lakeland Mind

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 9th July was David Beuzeval, Chief Officer of ‘South Lakeland Mind’ who gave a talk outlining the work and ethos of the charity.

It is a sobering thought that one in four people will suffer from mental issues at some in time of their life. The charity, based in Stricklandgate House, with over 90 volunteers is self-funded and provides counselling, training and group activities for the 400+ clients currently on their books.

Rotary President Handover

On the 2nd July the Inauguration of the new President of Kendal Rotary Club took place with the existing President, Digby Gunson, handing over the reins to the new incoming President, Ken Gibson.  Following a very successful year overseen by Digby, Ken intends to carry on the good work of Rotary in both the local area and Internationally.  Rotary’s project to eradicate polio worldwide, since its inception in 1979, is almost at an end with only a few cases occurring in 2017-18.

Digby Gunson & Ken Gibson

The handover

The Kendal Club intends to carry on the many initiatives for the South Lakes area such as a ‘Kids Out day for Sandgate School, a ‘Youth Speaks’ competition for schools, a ‘Young Technology’ tournament, sending two students to the ‘Rotary Youth Leadership Award’ scheme and fund raising for the many requests the club receives from local charities as well as responding to International disasters by sending ‘Shelter Boxes’ and ‘AquaBoxes’ to affected countries. Our commitment to helping a small village in Nepal following the devastating earthquakes recently by providing funding for necessary projects will continue.