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                      The Rotary Club of Sevenoaks
                      Vol. 4 December 2009

The President

     Another busy month-----6th Form practice interviews at Walthamstowe Hall School,
presentation of cheques to House representatives at Sevenoaks Preparatory School, a visit
from Euan Eddie our District Governor (who reiterated his intention of entering a District
team in next years Cyclo Sportive), fascinating talks on Wine Making in a French Village and
Ron‟s memories from “1949”. In addition, John Berwick and I attended a meeting in Ashford
on Foundation, the Children in Need “clowns” collected £3,200 over two days, Tony has
received the first nomination for a Young Achievers award , a group of six raided Roubaix
Est on Monday, 7th December, ten went to the Highways Agency at Godstone on the 8th.
     We are a Club working together as one team but if I may nominate one person as
“Rotarian of the Month” then Gordon gets the (figurative) bottle of Champagne for his hard
work in effecting the transfer of the Clubs bank accounts and associated work of the
Treasurer-----many thanks from all of us.

     Don‟t forget, we have our usual Christmas Party in 16th December, organised by John
Berwick. Also, I hope to see many of you, plus your wives/partners, on 23rd December for the
very informal drinks and nibbles in the bar for a Christmas social get together.

    In case I don‟t see you---HAPPY CHRISTMAS from Bill and Jan

     The following payment have been approved by the Board
     £50 donation to Liberty
     £250 to Cumbria Flood Relief Fund. Cheques payable to Rotary District 1190.
     £268 to Sevenoaks School as rental of Aisher Hall
     £300 to Rockdale
     £5000 to be distributed from Cyclo a/c in the usual proportions .
     £250 to Sevenoaks Arts Festival
     Proceeds of Golf Day to Age Concern and CAB equally with 15% to our Charity a/c


 JANE EAST (Wally Hall) wrote:
        “Thank you so much for motivating the troops and delivering the interview
course for us again this year. I do appreciate the enthusiasm with which you embrace

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your task and the helpful comments that you give to the girls. Next year will come
around all too quickly and I hope we will meet again then.”

The RAILWAY CHILDREN CHARITY thanked us for our donation particularly
mentioning Ray Gulliver for bringing the charity to our attention and commenting that:
         “There are so many charitable causes in the world to day that it makes us
even more grateful that you have chosen to donate to Railway Children. On behalf of
the children that are abandoned and alone, thank you!”

After the practice interviews at Bradbourne JULIA GRANT wrote and thanked us and
promised that she would obtain feedback and let us have the results. They have now
arrived and show that the interviewees rated the experience highly.
        “My interviewers were very very kind, gave me a warm welcome and helped
me to see my weaknesses and how to improve. They made you feel proud and
confident with yourself.”
            (Fuller report including our own feed back, next month.)

We have agreed that our three-year sponsorship of the YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE
YEAR COMPETITION (Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival) will end in 2010. Margaret
Holman (Festival Secretary) has asked that thanks be conveyed to all Club Members
for their support and Ray, who has been closely involved with this project, reminds us
that the end of sponsorship does not mean that we will not continue to support the
Festival with car parking!

The President has received a request from MACINTYRE HOUSE - situated in
Dartford Road - for assistance with the development of some raised flower beds for
the house’s nine tenants with have learning disabilities. Ken Marsden and I will be
exploring the possibilities for our involvement with the Staff.

JENNY HEALEY gave us a delightful account of her Tall Ships experience supported
by a powerpoint presentation with video clips and a hand-out. Her enthusiasm for the
opportunity to “break new boundaries” was evident and although the weather was
generally quiet she described the voyage as “one big rolling day!” She also said and

       “I am very thankful to the Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary Club for this trip and
hope that others will get the opportunity to enjoy this unique experience”

Jonathan Cason (Assistant Head at Bradbourne), who also joined us for the evening,
confirmed that the school had noticed the benefits that Jenny had secured.

Hopefully in 2010 we can enable others to benefit in the same way.

CHRIS MYERS sent the Club a Christmas Card showing him enjoying the snow and
with the message:
            “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – Love Christopher”

Christmas Greetings

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"All good wishes to our friends in Rotary. We are sorry not to be able to join you
at the Christmas Festivities, but all being well we will be leaving the UK for
warmer climes on 16 December. Looking forward to next year's Quiz of Quizzes
and hoping that the Club will support it yet again!
Douglas and Beth MacIldowie"

'Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year to you all.
Ken and Mary

Jean and Jack would like to wish all Sevenoaks Amherst Rotarians and their families a very
HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a healthy, prosperous New Year

Christmas greetings to all from Val & Ray.
We will increase our donation to Crisis at Christmas to cover.,

We both wish you all an enjoyable Christmas & all the very best for 2010. It has been a real
privilege to have been a small part of a hugely successful Rotary 2009 year. Edward & Janet

Alan and Jeanne send seasons greetings to all their Rotary and Inner Wheel friends. In lieu of
cards they are again sending a donation to The Friends of Valence School.


"Christmas is coming
And the goose is getting fat
But I'm sending you no cards
I've put my penny in the old man's hat.
Ron Adams"

Service Above Self
I am delighted to be able to tell you that Past District Governor Himansu Basu (Northfleet wit
Ebbsfleet) has been selected by the Rotary International Board of Directors to receive the
2009-10 Service above Self Award. The award is Rotary‟s highest honour and recognises
Rotarians who truly embody Rotary‟s motto of „Service above Self‟. Only a maximum of 150
Rotarians each year receive the Award. I am sure that you will join with me in congratulating
Himansu and in acknowledging the Rotary service he has given to his club, to District 1120
and to Rotary the World Over.

The honour is marked by the award of a Plaque which will be presented to Himansu later in
the Rotary year at an appropriate District event.

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Euan Eddie
District Governor

Aims and Objects

At the last Business Meeting the Club briefly discussed reducing the length of the
Aims and Objects following a suggestion made by the District Governor when he
visited us.
I suggest the following wording
'The Objects of Rotary are to encourage and foster the ideals of service in
Fellowship, Ethics, Service and International Relationships.'
Let me know wh
at you think and in particular a somewhat more relevant word than Fellowshi

Ken (A)

History Lesson
YEAR 1981

 1. Prince Charles got married
  2. Liverpool crowned Champions of Europe
  3. Australia lost the Ashes
  4. Pope Died

  YEAR 2005

  1. Prince Charles got married (again)
  2. Liverpool crowned Champions of Europe (again)
  3. Australia lost the Ashes (again)
  4. Pope Died

  Moral of the Story - In future, if Prince Charles decides to re-marry...... Please warn the


Be Warned!

I have just been warned of a scam that is being used at the moment. It is started
through the post and I thought it may be relevant both to the offices and to anyone
Christmas shopping.

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It has been confirmed by Royal Mail, and The Trading Standards Office are making people
aware of the following
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service)
suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on
0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number).
DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.
If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been
billed £315 for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239


Inner Wheel

President Caroline and all members of Sevenoaks Amherst Inner Wheel sends wishes
to all Rotarians and their families for a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous
New year.

On the 11th November the Inner Wheel club had their big day out. President Carolyn had
arranged a visit to 10 Downing Street to celebrate our 25th anniversary of our inauguration.
This was a couple of years late for us although the request was put in, in plenty of time. As
we all know sometimes things in Government do not always go to schedule. However, after a
snack in the newly refurbished St Martin in the Fields crypt (which we had all heard about
from Rotarian Jane‟s brother a few months ago) the majority of our party took a stroll along
Whitehall with all the other tourists to No 10.
We were, of course on schedule for our passport control and scanning of our handbags and
ourselves. We were welcomed by two gentlemen, when we arrived who took our coats and
we were already feeling like we had come for tea to very posh relations. Within a few
minutes of being told that we could not go into the cabinet rooms as the Prime Minister‟s
question time had been moved and they were in discussion – the front door opened and in
walked Gordon Brown who shook our hands and welcomed us to No 10 and wished us an
enjoyable visit. I think whatever your party allegiance not everyone gets to shake hands with
the Prime Minister so we were all delighted.

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We were escorted up the famous staircase where all the Prime Ministers photos were
hanging. Into four beautiful rooms; the Small dining room, now used for breakfast
meetings, the Pillared room called because of the pillars in the room, furnished with
chairs worth £25,000 each, and we were allowed to sit on them.

 The White Drawing room where the Prime Minister meets Heads of State, of course some of
our party were delighted to be told they were sitting the chair that the President of Egypt
would be using that very evening and the Terracotta room which is where the desk used by
Pitt the younger wrote to Napoleon with an ultimatum, Asquith wrote to the Kaiser Wilhelm
II of Germany and Chamberlain wrote to Hitler before the Second World War. There were
some wonderful paintings owned by the State and items that were of historical interest.
As we left we had our picture taken by a Daily Mail photographer which included some of
your Rotarians who accompanied our party. We then visited the Cenotaph to look at all the
wreaths that had been laid on Sunday including Rotary International.
I could continue to write about our day out, but if you speak to any of the Inner Wheel
members you will soon find out we all had a wonderful memorable day out. We look forward
to many more.



England Expects (subject to „elf and safety)
Nelson: "Order the signal, Hardy."
Hardy: "Aye, aye sir."
Nelson: "Hold on, that's not what I dictated to Flags. What's the meaning of this?"

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Hardy: "Sorry sir?"
Nelson (reading aloud): "' England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of
race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability.' - What gobbledegook is
Hardy: "Admiralty policy, I'm afraid, sir. We're an equal
 opportunities employer now. We had the devil's own job getting '
England ' past the censors, lest it be considered racist."
Nelson: "Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco."
Hardy: "Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working
Nelson: "In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the mainbrace to steel the men
before battle."
Hardy: "The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. Its part of the Government's policy on
binge drinking."
Nelson: "Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we'd better get on with it ............ full speed
Hardy: "I think you'll find that there's a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water."
Nelson: "Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must
advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow's nest please."
Hardy: "That won't be possible, sir."
Nelson: "What?"
Hardy: "Health and Safety have closed the crow's nest, sir. No harness; and they said that
rope ladders don't meet regulations. They won't let anyone up there until a proper scaffolding
can be erected."
Nelson: "Then get me the ship's carpenter without delay, Hardy."
Hardy: "He's busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck Admiral."
Nelson: "Wheelchair access? I've never heard anything so absurd."
Hardy: "Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a
barrier-free environment for the differently abled."
Nelson: "Differently abled? I've only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention
of the word. I didn't rise to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card."
Hardy: "Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under represented in
 the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency." Nelson: "Whatever next? Give me full
sail. The salt spray beckons."
Hardy: "A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and safety won't let the crew up the
rigging without hard hats. And they don't want anyone breathing in too much salt - haven't
you seen the adverts?"
Nelson: "I've never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to
engage the enemy."
Hardy: "The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral."
Nelson: "What? This is mutiny!"
Hardy: "It's not that, sir. It's just that they're afraid of being charged with murder if they
actually kill anyone. There's a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like
Nelson: "Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?"
Hardy: "Actually, sir, we're not."
Nelson: "We're not?"
Hardy: "No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to
the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn't even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit
with a claim for compensation."

Nelson: "But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil."
Hardy: "I wouldn't let the ship's diversity co-ordinator hear you saying that sir. You'll be up
on disciplinary report.

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Nelson: "You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your King."
Hardy: "Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your
Kevlar vest; it's the rules. It could save your life"
Nelson: "Don't tell me - health and safety. Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?"
Hardy: As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there's a ban on corporal punishment."
Nelson: "What about sodomy?"
Hardy: "I believe that is now legal, sir.

"Nelson: "In that case............................... kiss me, Hardy.



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