Amasango School in South Africa

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 24th September were Linda Ngamlama and Martin Coombs.  Linda is the Principal at ‘Amasango’ School in Grahamstown, South Africa and Martin is a trustee and volunteer. 

They gave a presentation telling the story of the school and how it caters for the extreme poor.  As a special, needs school, it provides an education which encompasses the normal curriculum as well as many other vocational and non-vocational subjects.

The children (called learners) are given porridge and bread, peanut butter and jam for breakfast and provided with a cooked meal at lunchtime. (More info at www.amasango.org.uk)

Call My Bluff

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 3rd September were three of their own members, Trevor Hughes, Tim Keegan and Ruth Otway who presented their own version of ‘Call My Bluff’ which used mystery objects rather than obscure words.

They gave three different definitions of the objects of which only one was true. There was a prize for the Rotarian who got the most correct answers.

President Ken Gibson presented a cheque for the amount recently collected on behalf of Child Bereavement.

Trevor Monkman

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 13th August was Trevor Monkman, one of our own members, who gave his ‘Job Talk’ telling us about his working life prior to retirement.

Starting work in 1950 and following his National Service in the RAF servicing Vulcan bombers and Canberra aircraft, he went to work as an electrical engineer in a number of companies including GEC, North Eastern Electric Board and British Steel eventually ending in charge of high voltage equipment, up to 66,000kv, at the Redcar iron works.