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                        ROTARY CLUB



                 84th Year – Club No. 237

                President: David Woolrich

               BULLETIN –December 2010

Meetings held each Monday, 6 for 6-15pm, Quality Grand Hotel, Hanley
    Fellowship Meeting on 5th Monday of the month, 7 for 7-15pm.

President                           David Woolrich
Senior Vice-President               Russell Bates
Junior Vice-President               Carl Moss
Hon. Secretary                      David Stewart
Hon. Treasurer                      Tony Marsh

Committee Chairmen

Membership Service                  Russell Bates
Community & Vocational Service      Bill Morgan
Youth Activities Service            Roger Whittaker
International Service               Mike Frewer
Rotary Foundation                   Geoff Hillman
Bulletin Editor                     David Stewart


To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy
enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:-

First.    The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for

Second.   High ethical standards in business and professions; the
          recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and
          the dignifying of each Rotarian‟s occupation as an opportunity
          to serve society.

Third.    The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian‟s
          personal, business and community life.

Fourth.   The advancement of international understanding, goodwill
          and peace through a world fellowship of business and
          professional persons united in the ideal of service.


   1)       Is it the truth?
   2)       Is it fair to all concerned?
   3)       Will it build goodwill and better relationships?
   4)       Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Welcome to the Christmas edition. Many
thanks to all our contributors from our two
Presidents to Kath„s amusing tale of a night
spent in utter confusion and of course our
President‟s lady‟s Christmas Quiz for you all to
get your brains around.
Best wishes for Christmas & for 2011.

Editor David.

                              PRESIDENT’s LETTER

                                    What a month!

                                  I‟ve just sat down to make a note of all the things that
                                  have happened since my last missive and I now think the
                                  title should be changed to „What in one Month?

                                  I have to say that during the last month there have been
                                  times when I‟ve felt that I‟ve been wrung out and hung
                                  out to dry like my friend on the left.

I recall that I left you with the last entry being for Tuesday 19th October with some plans
for the next week.

Monday 25th was a bright crisp morning and a „Pride of
Presidents‟ met up at Trentham Gardens to have a photo shoot on
the piece of ground where the following week 24,000 crocus
corms were to planted. As you can see I had my minders with me
(you might notice only one of us had wellies (you‟ll never guess
what the spell check did with that word) on and a shovel!). David
Cameron isn‟t the only one with a personal photographer but
mine isn‟t paid for on the civil list.

Straight after the photo shoot Roger and I met with Mike Walker the Estate Manager at
Trentham Gardens to discuss the potential of Rotary and Trentham Gardens holding a joint
fireworks display in November 2011. The talks were very fruitful and it was felt that there
was the basis to take the discussions further at a later date.

Later on Monday 25th October was the Club‟s Special General Meeting where the next
Rotary year‟s executive team were voted in. That will be Russell Bates as President (2011-
12) Elect, Carl Moss as SVP (President 2012-13) and Bill Morgan as JVP (President 2013-
14), Tony Marsh as Hon. Treasurer and I bet you can‟t guess who will be Hon. Secretary!
A good strong team to continue the Club‟s tradition of Service above Self.

This is where the best laid plans etc hit the fan when the „First Lady‟ decided to test out the
NHS on the Friday and even checked out the operating theatre on the Sunday morning. Just
to make sure she got her money‟s worth she carried out an audit on the catering and
accommodation until the Wednesday. Dereth is now making a slow painful recovery.

I have to say that both Dereth and I have been absolutely staggered by the amount of get
well cards, beautiful bouquets of flowers, phone calls, emails and lots of other enquiries
from our very good friends from Rotary and Inner Wheel amongst so many others. It is at
times like these that you find out who your true friends are and we feel that we have some
of the best friends anyone could wish for. “Thank You” hardly seems to cover what we
feel for all you have done for Dereth (and me) but it comes sincerely from the bottom of
our hearts,

Monday 1st November was a fleeting visit from myself to update the Club on Dereth‟s
progress and grab a bite to eat on my way to the hospital to visit Dereth. After that I
dropped SVP Russell right in it hosting Malcolm Hawksworth who had come to talk to the
Club about the Titanic Brewery in Burslem. There‟s a lot to be said for a baptism of fire
I‟m told. Well done Russell.

Thursday 4th had been booked for a tour of the Titanic Brewery followed by a buffet at the
Bull‟s Head. 19 of the Club and their friends braved the elements and put themselves out to
uphold the best traditions of the Club, forcing down samples of various brews to get into
the spirit of the occasion you understand. I am told that the tour went very well and that the
guide „knew his stuff‟ and kept the „visitors‟ in line. Dereth insisted that I go but it would
have been totally wrong to leave her on her own, after her coming out of hospital the day
before, to sample the local tradesman‟s wares. So there you are then, I organise it, it costs
me ten quid and I didn‟t even get a sniff of the bar maids apron. I did however get a
certificate to testify that I can, had and did organise a **** up in a brewery!

Monday 8th was the date that the District Governor Glyn Johnson had chosen for his visit
to the Club. Glyn has been and is very busy in the district though appears to be enjoying
his year greatly.

Sunday 14th was Remembrance Day and the Club remembered the fallen at Hanley by SVP
Russell and JVP Carl. Roger and I represented the Club at the Cenotaph in Stoke.

Monday 15th was a Business and Council meeting. These are some of the best attended and
lively meetings we have with everyone contributing to the Club‟s plans and general

Wednesday 17th I was summoned to the Lord Mayor‟s Parlour to pick up contributions to
the Christmas Project. Lord Mayor Denver Tolley, one of our Honorary Members said he
had been trying to get to a Club meeting for ages but his diary just keeps getting filled up
though he too is enjoying his year. As it was he managed to spare me 10 minutes before he
was entertained by the Mow Cop Players in the parlour.

Thursday 18th Tunstall Club and ourselves descended on Newcastle Rugby Club to play
our first round in the District Darts competition. 20 of us played, watched, encouraged and
generally barracked the games. Surprise or should I say shock came after our Captain
suggested when we were 2 -1 down that one more loss and we wouldn‟t have to worry
where the next match was to be played, this obviously had the desired effect as the digit
was well and truly extracted and we WON by 4 games to 2. This was fellowship at its best.
And to put the icing on the cake, so to speak, the catering staff donated the takings for the
night to our Charity account, a wonderful surprise.

Saturday 20th Roger and I were at Newcastle Rugby Club again, this time for Roger to
complete a project started in his year, namely presenting 8 First Aid Kits to the Rugby
Club as a thank you for all the times that they have played host to our events.

Monday 22nd brought Jean Ball the City Centre Manager to give us a presentation and to
answer questions. There was a great deal on the agenda when the country ran out of cash
so a good number of projects have been put on the back burner. Another project hit the
buffers when the developer hit the wall, financially speaking, so the last bit of the Ring
Road will have to wait a little longer. However the Bus Station development is well
underway and is planned to be completed in autumn 2012 when the plan is to have a
flagship department store as the cornerstone of the development. I have to say that Jean
was given something of a rough ride with some questions and statements well outside of
her sphere of influence but she gave a good account of herself and we could see that she
would be able to hold her own in the bear pit that is local politics. By the way I have it
good authority that she was not to blame for the sinking of the Mary Rose or the S.S.
Titanic, (she seemed to be blamed for everything else that had gone wrong, wherever and

Thursday 25th David Stewart and I went to District Council at Penkridge and Cap‟n Ted
took a team to play snooker in the District competition, after he had finally got a date from
Kidsgrove Club at the last minute. Suffice it to say that we needn‟t worry about travelling
to Ludlow in the depths of winter to play the next round. Phew!

Monday 29th and of 23 of us trekked to Hartshill for a joint meeting with Stoke South Club.
After a good meal we were regaled with gardening and philosophy from the Head
Gardener from Shugborough Hall. The knowledge and passion of Joe Hawkins shone
through and his love for his chosen profession was clear to see. Another good fellowship

Tuesday 30th Lynne Marshall and I met with the Quality Hotel Manager to finalise
arrangements for the Bon Voyage Rally of the GSE Team (heading for the Caribbean the
following weekend) on Monday 14th March and then their Welcome Home Rally for
Friday 6th May – yes that‟s right we‟re hosting them both, so please put the dates in your

Then it was off to join Roger and Russell at Trentham Gardens for a mid afternoon
meeting with Bill Deeker from Pains Fireworks and Mike Walker the Estate Manager and
Keely the events co-ordinator from Trentham Gardens for further discussions about the
potential Rotary/Trentham Gardens Fireworks display in November 2011. The discussions
around the table were going well when someone, I shall mention no names, suggested that
we should have a walk around the potential display area. It was „flippin‟ freezin‟ even the
geese, that were standing around a hole they had made in the snow covered, iced over lake,
to get some water, were huddled together for warmth! Anyway the beautiful garden and
lake area was scouted for places to set the fireworks off from and where the audience could
view the display from and what else could be included in the mix on the night. The results
of the discussions when we got back into the warmth and had thawed out were very
promising and we are currently awaiting feedback from Trentham before moving forward.

Then it was off to Hanley to pick up the Prize Draw tickets from Webberley‟s, which had
run late this year for a number of reasons, so that they could go into the post the following

The planned visit to the ATC later that evening was cancelled after the Wing Commander
sent a text to say he wouldn‟t be attending, due I guess to the weather, so we will wait until
he can attend before I go along to present the Young Trier‟s Award. To say that I was
relieved at not having to go out again in that weather has to be the understatement of the

The 50,000 crocus we purchased have all been planted, not all by us thank goodness, let‟s
hope for a big show of bloom in February. The 24,000 that Trentham Gardens planted for
us and the other 10 Rotary Clubs who joined us have now been joined by 250,000 daffodils
and 250,000 of some other type of bulb (may have been snowdrops, I forget).

As I said at the beginning of this report a very busy but very enjoyable month with quite a
lot achieved and even more planned.

Enough for now, I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas.

President David


Hello again,

Since my last letter, at our November meeting, we once again did a list
of cars because of the new parking programme at the Quality Hotel;
they had lost the previous month‟s list! We had a good meeting and our
speaker talked to us about the History of Buttons which turned out to
be very interesting.
The day after I went away for a week but was horrified to learn on my
return that six of our ladies, had received parking fines from the people
responsible for the Hotel parking. The hotel has after lots of pressure
from Margaret assured us in writing that this would not be taken any
further. It made us realise that our decision to leave the Hotel was the
right one and as of January we will be meeting at the Upper House in
On the 29th we attended the joint meeting with Stoke South, the Food
was good and the talk from the head gardener of Shugborough Hall was
excellent, although quite lengthy. It was lovely to see President David‟s
wife Dereth, who although still recuperating looked quite well, and we
hope continues with her recovery at great speed. It was a well
attended meeting even though the weather conditions were not too
Our December meeting was again very well attended and 25 of our 30
members managed to get to Marylyn and Geoff‟s in Stone, even in the
adverse weather conditions. It was -10 when I drove from Trentham to
Stone. Val Cooke arrived from Wrexham and said that it was better
there than here, our District Chairman also made it, having done a
detour via Trentham, having put Margaret and Bill‟s post code in her
Satnav. She had travelled from Walsall. The meeting was as good as
our December Meetings always are good fellowship and as usual a good
spread, Christmas Cards were exchanged, the money raised from the
raffle and the Christmas card donation is going to The Mercy Ships.
I am looking forward to our visit and meal at Shugborough, next week.
Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and
Prosperous New Year, from myself and all of the ladies of the Inner
Wheel Club of Stoke-on-Trent.

Val (M).


Strictly Bagpipe
It takes a lot to drag me out on a cold wet November Saturday
especially if it means I miss the delights of star ship Widdecome and the
tuneless timeless noise that is Wagner however when the Stewarts
come a calling one has little choice.
Arriving on the Moat House car park we were greeted by more sets of
exposed hairy knees than any hotel would normally confess to. Into the
Ball room we went and entered a world of tartan, sporrans, knee socks
and bagpipes. Glen Coe in the middle of Hanley........
The occasion was the North Staffordshire Caledonian Society Ball which,
despite having no known connection to Scotland....although I do now
work for a very Scottish sounding company so possibly could have been
there by default......we had cordially been invited to by our very
Scottish host Mr Stewart.
Unfortunately our host was not suitably attired in full regalia however
not to worry Celia did have a Stewart Tartan sash and David made a
token gesture with his bow tie. It was left to Robbie to hold up the
Rotary end...which apparently is much easier to do in a kilt!!!!!
Following a Scottish grace announced by the president ( who for
reasons which have yet to be explained is German) we enjoyed our
meal - trust Ted to spot the deliberate mistake on the menu and bag
himself wine...not for the first time apparently. No sooner were the
plates cleared and coffee supped than the bagpipes chimed up and the
band were announcing the dancing... no shuffling round the floor to a
dodgy dj and dimmed lighting for this bunch...oh no full on Scottish
dancing with swirling skirts and little black pumps with laces that go all
the way up your leg.. this was for real!
Although for most of the dances it was left to Celia to push and poke
the rest of us in the general direction of the rest of the crowd I don‟t
think we stepped on too many toes and by all accounts did not disgrace
ourselves although we did chicken out of the progressive stripping the
willow...we know our limitations!!
It‟s surprising how many of our local medics hail from “north of the
border” and had there been a major incident on the dance floor....
(which there could have been if the young lady on table one had run
once more for the bar!) every eventuality would have been covered as
most of north staffs surgeons, nurses, consultants and dentists were at
the ball....oh and of course the odd retired banker!
With tired feet and indigestion (don‟t do an 8some reel after smoked
mackerel!) the evening came all too soon to an end with Auld Lang
Syne - we knew that bit Celia!! Thanks for inviting us and can we have
lessons before Burns Night in how to do Scottish!!
Kathryn MacWhittaker.

Laughter Time
                                   Granny's Sunday Drive

              Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers,
               a State Trooper sees a car puttering along at 22 mph. He thinks to
              himself, "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turns
                              on his lights and pulls the driver over.

           Approaching the car, he notices that there are five elderly ladies in the
            car, wide-eyed and white as ghosts. The driver, obviously confused
           says to him, "Officer, I don't understand, I was doing the speed limit!
                              What seems to be the problem?"

            "Ma'am," the officer replies, "you weren't speeding, but you should
           know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to
                                       other drivers."

             "Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit
           exactly twenty-two miles an hour!" the old woman says a bit proudly.

           The State Trooper, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that 22
         was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman
                 grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

         "But before I let you go, Ma'am, I have to ask are the other ladies OK?
       These women seem awfully shaken and they haven't muttered a single peep
                             this whole time," the officer asks.

        "Oh, they'll probably be fine in a minute, officer. We just got off Route 119."



           SANTA PAWS




from Dereth


                    A Christmas Story for people having a bad day:

When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the
regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth
and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to
the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he
went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the
liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds
of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the
mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and
there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a
beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.


What do these letters stand for?

     SI C

Bottle of wine if all 30 are correct. if more than 1 winner - names go in a hat.
Answers to Dereth ASAP (Also at
Have Fun.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas from Mr President & Mrs D.


DATES COMING UP                 (Why don’t you make sure that they are in
                                                     your diary?)
December 18th          Club Collection at Tesco‟s
December 23rd          Jt. Collection with Stoke South @ Sainsbury‟s
January 1st            New Year‟s Day Walk + Left-over Picnic Lunch
January 12th           District Quiz Round 2 @ Willenhall
February 20th          Fund Raiser Stall at Trentham Gardens (Sunday)
February 25th          Jt.Charter/Rotary Night with Burslem Club at
                               The Banqueting Suite, Port Vale FC
March 4th/6th          Club Bristol Weekend-away
March 8th              District Council, Penkridge
March 15th             District Quiz Round 3
April 1st            New Club Eccleshall Mercia Charter Night
May 6th              GSE Team Welcome Home from the Caribbean
May 7th              District Assembly
May 25th             District Council, Penkridge
June 8th             District Quiz Final
Sept 30th/Oct 23rd   Ambassadorial Scholars Link Weekend
October 14th/16th    District Conference, Chester Racecourse
October 12th/14th    District Conference, Torquay

(Please note that the Speaker‟s Host has to arrange for a speaker or do
it themselves and if you are not going to be available on the date
specified it is your responsibility to arrange for a substitute.)

2010                 Speaker’s Host                 Speaker
December 27th        No Meeting
January 3rd          No Meeting
January 10th         Group Committee Meetings
January 17th         Club Business Meeting
January 24th         Mike Frewer   Jeremy Johnson, Dist.Int.Chairman
January 31st         Pres.David Woolrich Fellowship Eve @ La Favorita
February 7th         Geoff Hillman Richard Green, Dist.Foundation Ch’n
February 14th        Charles Freeman
February 21st        Club Business Meeting
April 18th           Club AGM
 June 13th           Club Assembly
June 27th            Valedictory & Handover

           Deadline for Submission           Issue Dates
                     of Articles
2011         Friday 11th February            Monday 21st February
             Friday   1st April              Monday 11th April

         & A HAPPY NEW YEAR


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