Bull 77 paged.pmd by yaofenji


									          INNER WHEEL CELEBRATES                              ALL DRESSED UP FOR CHARITY
      The venue for the IW December meeting was                                                                                   Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Hoddesdon
a change from George IV at Great Amwell. One of            The Treasurer of the Over 60s Club, herself in
the recently joined Inner Wheel members, Mimosa        her eighties, is an eager knitter and produces the
                                                                                                                                   • Club Number 19256 • Chartered 1947 •
Thomas-Bassir invited the entire club to her home      most beautiful dolls clothes. June Edington has                             • District 1260 • Charity Number 270925 •
to share in a pre-Christmas get-together. Some of      recently completed the “Little Bo Peep” complete
the refreshments had a distinctly Nigerian flavour,    with knitted hat and boots, while one of her friends,                                  Service Above Self
coming straight from Mimosa’s kitchen; others had      namely Bernard Wooster was responsible for the
been prepared by various IW members.                   extremely fine knitwear on the Barbie doll. As a           Issue Number 77 ~        March 2010     ~ Personal copy for:
   Both of the two joint Presidents, Millie Skelton    member of the Craft Group at the Over 60s Club in
and Trish Waddington, are here depicted in the         Hoddesdon, Bernard is used to being surrounded            JOHN NEIGHBOUR’S LONG SERVICE AWARD
photo by Glenys Lardi as they cut the cake together.   by admiring ladies who marvel at his delicate                                                                               FORTHCOMING EVENTS
    The cake was made by Joan Duley and                stitches. He patiently explains that it was his sister                                                          Tuesday 16th March - ESSAY COMPETITION
was thoroughly enjoyed by all!                         who taught him needlecraft which he still enjoys.                                                               Results of the winning entries will be announced in
                                                                                                                                                                       Hoddesdon Library with parents and teachers on
                                                                                                                                                                       hand to congratulate the young writers who will be
                                                                                                                                                                       representing nine local junior schools.
                                                                                                                                                                       Saturday 20th March - 50th Anniversary of our
                                                                                                                                                                       twin club in Sweden, Torsås-Bergvara - where we
                                                                                                                                                                       hope to be represented by Eric Cockman and PDG
                                                                                                                                                                       Meirion Morris - “Skol!”
                                                                                                                                                                       Thursday 25th March - EASTER DINNER
                                                                                                                                                                          We shall once again host about 300 elderly and
                                                                                                                                                                       frail people in Broxbourne Civic Hall. It is planned
                                                                                                                                                                       that pupils from Sheredes School and Hailey Hall
                                                                                                                                                                       School are to help serve the food as well as assist
                                                                                                                                                                       people in wheelchairs to get to their places.
                                                                                                                     At our Christmas Lunch at Brickendon, Monday      26-28 March - RIBI ASSEMBLY, Birmingham
                                                                                                                 21st December, in the absence of the President,           An opportunity to see Rotarians gathered from
                                                                                                                 President-Elect Eric Beard gave a Rotary Long         all corners of these islands in an enlarged version
                                                                                                                 Service Award to John Neighbour.                      of the District Conference.
                                                                                                                     John Neighbour joined the club when Tom Sell
                                                                                                                 was President, in 1984, and became Chairman of        Monday 12th April - “D-Day” by Andrew
   The other new member of Hoddesdon Inner                                                                                                                               Preparing for our visit, Andrew Hambling will give
                                                                                                                 the International Service Committee in 1986.
Wheel is connected with Hoddesdon Rotary                                                                                                                               an extended talk.
                                                          Both these dolls, and dozens of others in recent           For his next appointment as a Club Officer he
through her stalwart effort shortly before Christ-
                                                       times, have been donated for sale at the Isabel           became Treasurer for six years in 1994 then he        16-18 April - RIBI Conference, Bournemouth
mas, encouraging family and friends to fill Rotary
                                                       Hospice Shop in Bishop’s Stortford.                       chaired the Vocational Committee for a year. John
Shoeboxes.                                                                                                                                                             Thursday 22nd April - THE NORMANDY TRIP
                                                          Any Rotary members, family or friends, who may         became Vice-President in 2000.
   Sally Burke came to lunch at the Civic Hall on                                                                                                                         Coach party, led by Andrew Hambling, to D-Day
                                                       have unwanted items of clothing or household                  Following his year as President, 2001-2002,
the day when Colin Kidby, our District Shoebox                                                                                                                         landing beaches and the Bayeux tapestry. Names
                                                       goods in good condition, which they are prepared          John became Club Secretary and he continues to
specialist, came to talk to the club.                                                                                                                                  are on a waiting list in case any of the listed party
                                                       to donate for sale in the shop, are invited to tell the   act as Deputy Secretary when John Hiscock, our
   When Colin collected over one hundred                                                                                                                               finds it impossible to travel. A report will appear in
                                                       Editor who will be glad to provide full details.          current Hon. Sec., is away.
Shoeboxes, these included a high percentage for                                                                                                                        our next issue, so photos emailed to the Editor,
                                                          Selling small items is the usual routine, but when         John has been the driving force behind many of
which Sally had been personally responsible.                                                                                                                           and comments, will be most welcome.
                                                       recently a member of our Rotary club offered a            the visits arranged by the Vocational Committee; it
   We congratulate Inner Wheel on gaining three                                                                                                                        21-23 May - 1260 District Conference, Bath
                                                       chaise longue it was a challenge not to be resisted.      has been his enthusiasm which made possible the
new members during recent months and wish them
                                                          By displaying a photo of the chaise in the shop,       trip to Lloyds of London, and the Whitechapel Bell    Wednesday 26th May “What’s My Line”
continued success.
                                                       and acquiring a sample of the cover material, a           Foundry, to Southend on a Thames barge, and              A fun session at The Broxbourne School.
   The IW Club Correspondent, Cherryl Browning,
                                                       buyer was found and The Isabel Hospice has there-         many other interesting outings.
had little to report because, as she commented in
                                                       fore benefited by a substantial sum.                          On some of these occasions John has snapped       GENTLEMEN . . . EARLY ENTRY FOR DIARIES
her email, the recent weather caused cancellation
                                                          It should be stressed that, in general, electrical     a sequence of informative photos which readers        Thursday 4th November 2010 our annual
of Hoddesdon Inner Wheel Day celebration - it was
                                                       goods are not required but as long as items (large        of this Bulletin have enjoyed seeing. Thank you       CELEBRITY DINNER - Broxbourne Civic Hall
snowed off. Other clubs suffered similarly.
                                                       or small) are in good condition they can be turned        John, for all you have done - and continue to do -    A tremendous evening is being planned, in the
   Help from Inner Wheel will be appreciated at
                                                       into cash and so benefit Isabel Hospice.                  for our club..                                        mean time tell your friends, neighbours and family
the Rotary Easter Dinner on Thursday 25th March.
                                                                                                                                                                       the date - and ask them to keep it clear.
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         PRESIDENT DAVE BONDY SAYS .                                    ABSENT FRIENDS                            THE BEST BANKER STORY OF ALL TIME...                                RETIRED PEOPLE SHOPPING

    Now that we have entered the New Year and a            JESS LITCHFIELD has regretfully decided that              The Salvation Army realised that it had never              Yesterday I was at my local Co-Op buying a large
new decade, I am in the last six months of my           his “age and infirmity” prevent him from attending       received a donation from the city’s most successful         bag of Purina dog food for my loyal pet and was in
year as President. It certainly is true that time       club meetings in future. He welcomes visitors to         banker. So a Salvation Army volunteer made an               the checkout queue when a woman behind me
                                                                                                                 appointment to see the banker in his lavish office.
passes very quickly. It doesn’t seem like five          his comfortable home at Broad Oak Manor, Please                                                                      asked if I had a dog.
                                                                                                                     The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, “‘Our
minutes since I was inducted as President by            phone to confirm arrangements: 01992 557160                                                                             What did she think I had, an elephant? So, since
                                                                                                                 research shows that even though your annual income
Rtn Neil Haynes.                                           GERALD COOKSON who was also born in                   is over one million pounds, you don’t give a single penny   I’m retired and have little to do, on impulse I told
    Since our last bulletin we have held our            1918 has said he can no longer attend club meet-         to charity. Wouldn’t you like to give something back to     her that no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the
Charter Dinner the highlight of which must be the       ings. We were glad to see him at Brickendon re-          your community through the Salvation Army?”                 Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn’t,
presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship to             cently at the Past Presidents’ Dinner when he                The banker thought for a moment and said, ‘“First,      because I ended up in hospital last time, but that
Rtn Lindsay Jones. Our District Governor,               seemed in very good form.                                did your research also show you that my mother is dying     I’d lost 2 stones before I woke up in intensive care
Sandy Aked-Walker found time in her busy                   RON MAYHEW is now restored to mobility and            after a long, painful illness and has huge medical bills    with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and
schedule to join us, along with her husband             is again enjoying our meetings after a protracted        that are far beyond her ability to pay?’”                   IVs in both arms.
David, and make the presentation.                       time in hospital, followed by a spell recuperating.      Embarrassed, the Salvation Army volunteer mumbled,             I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet
    We have continued to enjoy some excellent           Good to have you back with us, Ron! Sadly we             “‘Uh... no, I didn’t know that.”                            and that the way that it works is to load your pockets
                                                                                                                     “Secondly,”’ says the banker, “‘did it show that my
speakers at our lunchtime meetings and                  learn that Liz is now the one suffering illness and                                                                  with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every
                                                                                                                 brother, a disabled veteran of the Afghan war is now
Rtn Jeff Ryan has done a superb job this year.          we wish her a swift recovery.                                                                                        time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally
                                                                                                                 blind, confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support
    Our perambulation of the boundaries of the             TOMMY KNIGHT has been making good                     his wife and six children?”                                 complete so it works well and I was going to try it
old Hoddesdon UDC was damp but enjoyed by               progress following his operation and the initial prob-       The stricken volunteer began to stammer an apology,     again.
all. Again DG Sandy joined us and we can say            lems he suffered immediately afterwards. He is           but was cut off again.                                         (I have to mention here that practically everyone
that we celebrated Rotary Day in a most                 now at home and we are looking forward to seeing             “Thirdly,”’ the banker said, “‘did your research also   in the queue was now enthralled with my story.)
memorable fashion. Rtn Neil Haynes’                     Tommy back with us shortly.                              show you that my sister’s husband died in a dreadful           Horrified, she asked me if I ended up in intensive
organisation, ably assisted by Rtn Stuart                  BILL STATHAM had several days in hospital in          car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage         care because the dog food poisoned me. I told
Bambridge, was much admired and appreciated.            Harlow after falling downstairs at his home at the       and the burden of supporting three children, one of         her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter’s
    We now look forward to our Boxing Dinner            end of January. He severely damaged tendons              whom is disabled and another who has learning               bottom and a car hit us both.
and to the International trip to the D-Day              and suffered much pain although he did not break         disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?”            I thought the guy behind her was going to have
                                                                                                                     Completely beaten, the humiliated Salvation Army
beaches of Normandy in April. We also have the          any bones. He was held in hospital with a weighty                                                                    a heart attack he was laughing so hard.
                                                                                                                 volunteer said, “‘I’m so sorry. I had no idea.’”
presentation of prizes for the essay competition        cast on his leg for a week, making it impossible to                                                                     I’m now banned from the Co-op.
                                                                                                                     And then the banker said, ‘“So, if I don’t give any
this month, the photographic competition and, of        move, and is now immobilized at home.                    money to them, what makes you think I’d give any to
course, the Technology Tournament fast                     MEIRION MORRIS gives every appearance of              you?”                                                       Sending this to me by e-mail, our younger daughter,
approaching. The Easter Dinner is almost upon           being in rude health after his heart operations and      (With apologies to generous, unselfish bankers              Helena, warns us to watch what we ask retired
us and it is marvellous to see the whole club           continues to rush about in a manner guaranteed           everywhere.)                                                people. They have all the time in the world to think
pulling together for these events.                      to upset his medical advisers.                           Borrowed from Amwell Spring December 2009                   of daft things to say by way of reply.
    It won’t be long now until I hand over to
Rtn Eric Beard and I am sure that he will enjoy
as much support as I have. I am sure that he will                                                                                                          THE OBJECT OF ROTARY
have a great year!                                                        MORNING SEX
                                                           She was standing in the kitchen, preparing our            is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and,
                                                        usual soft-boiled eggs and toast for breakfast,              in particular, to encourage and foster . . .
           NOTICE FROM INNER WHEEL                      wearing only the ‘T’ shirt that she normally slept in.           the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, high ethical standards in
                via ROSEMARY RYAN                          As I walked in, almost awake, she turned to me            business and the professions,
    “Yorkshire Tea” won many Rotary friends in          and said softly, ‘You’ve got to make love to me                  the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying of each
    2005 with special fund-raising terms - now          this very moment!                                            Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
    there’s a new scheme based on collecting the           My eyes lit up and I thought, ‘I am either still
                                                                                                                         the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community
    barcodes from packs of tea bags.                    dreaming or this is my lucky day!’
                                                        Not wanting to lose the moment, I embraced her               life, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world
          Ten “credits” earn £1 towards a wheel-                                                                     fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
    chair (£75 via Rotary Wheelchair Foundation).       and then gave it my all; right there in the kitchen.
          So when you buy packs of Yorkshire Tea           Afterwards, she said ‘Thanks’ and returned to
                                                        the stove, her T-shirt still around her neck.                                        THE FOUR WAY TEST OF THINGS WE SAY OR DO
    snip off the barcode and let Rosemary add it
    to her collection. In next to no time she will be      Happy, but a little puzzled, I asked: ‘What was
                                                        that all about?’                                                                      Is it the truth?               Is it fair to all concerned?
    able to provide a much-needed wheelchair!                                                                                                 Will it build goodwill and better relationships?
                                                        She explained: ‘The egg timer’s broken.’                                              Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

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   Pupils from Hailey Hall School headed Down                 Sorry it has taken me a while to write, but I just
                                                                                                                       The weather forecasters were right! The day
Under for the race of a lifetime. It is the latest craze   wanted to tell you about the lovely time I had on        chosen for Beating the Bounds, Feb 28th, continu-
to give daredevil participants a huge adrenaline rush      the day you arranged for me at Orion Publishing          ous rain fell, but the indomitable spirit typical of
– racing space-age tricycle ‘pods’ at high speed.          Group in London.                                         Rotary inspired a fearless band to step out in their
                                                              I had lots of fun hearing about how the different     varied wet weather gear to face the elements.
                                                           parts of publishing work. First we went into Nina’s         Ian Orton from Broxbourne Borough Council
                                                           office and had a drink and some croissants. Then the      was among the first to reach the Lido Car Park,
                                                           first thing I heard about was the process that Orion      where the entrance was already flooded, and the
                                                           goes through to get from a manuscript to possibly        puddles became steadily deeper as the morning
                                                           publishing the book. I now realise how hard it is to     proceeded.
                                                           actually get your book published because only about         By the appointed start time there were a few more
                                                           4 in a year are published! I am still going to try and   walkers than marshals and at 9.30 the photographer
                                                           maybe get a book published when I’m older!               from the Mercury lined up the company for a group
                                                              The next thing I heard about was how the books        photo which you should see next week.
                                                           get published in different countries and turned into        Lindsay Jones says: “Ten minutes before the ap-
                                                           CDs, Tapes and more. I was surprised to find out that     pointed time I arrived at my marshalling station near
      Teachers and pupils at Hailey Hall School                                                                     the Great Amwell roundabout. As I drove up I was
                                                           even in places like America where they speak the
looking forward to their Australia trip.                                                                            aware of a small bedraggled, huddled figure dressed
                                                           same language, the book still has to be translated
                                                                                                                    in all weather clothing, under an umbrella but still
   Our help was much appreciated and four lads             because they spell certain words differently!                                                                                                                         START          Wheelchairs

                                                                                                                    frantically trying to crawl into a leafless hedge to get                                                     9.30 am in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                or buggies at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Owner’s risk

came to tell the Club about their trip on 22nd                After that someone came in to talk about how                                                                                                                      Car Park of
                                                                                                                    some shelter from the driving rain and arctic winds.                                                     Broxbourne Lido
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No wheelchairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                or buggies

Feb. We were shown some pictures of the “car”              Orion advertise their books using posters and going         Meirion had dropped Jasmine off a few minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and follow the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              route clockwise

pedal powered and attractively decorated which             to visit schools to talk about the books they are        earlier and of course needed the comfortable, heated,
competed with nearly 100 others.                           publishing.                                              four wheel drive car for his own use – quite rightly so       Holy Cross Hill

   Teams come together from all parts of Australia            Finally Nina came in to talk to me about how          of course, we chaps must look after ourselves.
but Hailey’s Comets were the only team from UK             they plan to publish the books and then she talked          Having parked the car I invited Jasmine Morris to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Organised by
this year. In fact the eight of them made up the first      me through some of the books she had put in the          join me. I left the engine running, put the heated seats                      BROXBOURNE BOROUGH COUNCIL,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  THE ROTARY CLUB OF HODDESDON
Britons to take part in a special 24-hour race. The        goodie bag for me, two of them aren’t even out           on and fairly soon Jasmine’s uncontrollable shaking                           and THE HODDESDON SOCIETY
                                                                                                                                                                                         MP ‘04

event in Australia is challenging enough for anyone        yet. The first one, which I have just finished, is         and fits of shivering subsided and we sat in comfort
                                                           called ‘The Prince of Mist’. This is the one Nina has    waiting for the walkers.                                   This map was issued to potential walkers but it did
– but it is even more remarkable for these 15 and
                                                           asked me to do a review on. The other one was               Eventually I poured a coffee, which Chris had           not prevent some from exploring a different path
16-year-olds because they have special needs,
                                                           the third in a series by one of my favourite authors,    provided for us together with a piece of lemon drizzle     through the woods. It is unfortunate that so much
with conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome and                                                                     cake, and we watched the elements doing their
                                                           Liz Kessler.                                                                                                        rain had fallen overnight, and continued to teem
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.                                                                            worst. Then shock, horror we saw some strange
                                                              After that, the taxi whizzed us round to the                                                                     almost without a pause - but some intrepid walkers
   The trip was a life-changing experience for the                                                                  troglodyte figures appearing over the skyline. As they
                                                           Museum of London where I went to Caroline                                                                           battled through to the finish. No surprise that there
pupils, many of whom have never travelled abroad                                                                    approached we realised that this must be our walkers
                                                           Lawrence’s talk and then got her to sign one of her                                                                 were no onlookers!
before.                                                                                                             and we had to get out of the car into the rain and the
                                                           books that Orion gave to me.
   They needed to raise £20,000 to pay for flights                                                                   wind and guide them across the road. It must have
                                                              I had a fantastic time and I want to thank everyone
and insurance – generous help from Mail on                                                                          taken several minutes to do this but what an imposition
                                                           at the Rotary club and also at Orion for organizing
Sunday readers and other donors (including our                                                                      to put on marshals!
                                                           the day.
Club) enabled the trip to go ahead.                                                                                    We then went back to Eric Cockman’s and had a
                                                              We didn’t take                                        large scotch. What a morning!
   The team took it in turns to race their one-man
                                                           many photos on
‘pod’, complete with lights and a speedometer, at          the day. Here is
speeds of up to 37mph around a Tarmac track for            one of Caroline                                                                           ST DAVID’S DAY
24 hours starting at 1.30 pm on a Saturday.                Lawrence, author                                                                       Meirion dazzled us
   The team of eight – plus two reserves and four          of the Roman                                                                           with his dragon shirt
school staff – competed against dozens of other            Mystery series,                                                                        while John Neighbour’s
schools in the RACV Energy Breakthrough race in            signing a copy of                                                                      friend David Emery
Maryborough, Victoria, last November.                      one of her books                                                                       was clearly delighted to
   Teacher Trish Turner, who organised the trip,           for me. THANK                                                                          win “Chase The Ace”.         Waiting for the walkers in the Lido Car Park, here
said: ‘When we told the boys they simply put their         YOU!!!          Ella                                                                   He was among several         you see The President, The Bulletin Editor and
heads in their hands as they could not believe it.         xxx                                                                                    visitors on 1st March        President-Elect, Eric Beard, sheltering from the
                                                                                                                                                  who came to hear An-         rain. The new style ‘high-viz’ jackets could not rise
     We had planned to include more photos of Hai-                                                                                                drew’s talk about Ag-        to the challenge of circumnavigating the President’s
     ley’s Comets but they did not arrive. Ed.                                                                                                    incourt.                     girth, even with “XL” on the label. Photo “Fis-
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      FLAG FLYING FOR CHESHUNT SEA                                 FLYING IN THE BLACKOUT
                                                                                                                                                        MARQUETRY BY ALLA KOSAREVSKAYA
                 CADETS                                    On 14 December, Dennis Sharp spoke on the                                                        and other professional artists
                                                       subject of why we should mind our Ps and Qs.
                                                       Dennis’s story started in 1940 when a Wellington
                                                       bomber returning from a raid over Germany suffered
                                                       the loss of its compass in an electric storm. The UK
                                                       was under complete blackout, they had no idea where
                                                       they were. Eventually they saw a lit airfield and
                                                       although they couldn’t raise the operations tower, they
                                                       lined up with considerable relief and came into land
                                                       but it was strange how rough the surface was and
                                                       they were even more surprised when they went
                                                       through a hedge and stopped in a deep valley. They
                                                       then realised that they had landed at a dummy airfield,
                                                       four miles from North Weald which had been set up
                                                       specifically to fool the Luftwaffe.                          TWO EXAMPLES OF HIS OWN MARQUETRY
                                                           It turned out that most sector airfields all had decoy   EXHIBITED BY JOHN HISCOCK
                                                       airfields nearby. This particular one was on Nazeing
                                                       Common. There was a complete department of the
                                                       War Office called Colonel Turner’s Department
                                                       responsible for decoys and Colonel Turner turned to
                                                       Shepperton Film Studios and professional set builders
                                                       to set up the decoys. A field would be equipped with
                                                       full working flare paths and landing lights, together
                                                       with all the necessary building lights, all run by a few
         Ernie Havis challenged us as a club when      men from an underground bunker. These decoy
    he spoke on 4th January, particularly any          airfields were referred to as K sites. They had to be
                                                       clearly visible during daylight and had to look
    members with influence on the local Coun-
                                                       absolutely authentic to fool the German spy planes
                                                       which were constantly overflying the country at high
         Ernie was himself a street kid in the 1930s
                                                       altitude. All of them would be photographed by the
    and knows the problems at first hand. Of
                                                       Germans and then relayed back to headquarters.
    course, the problems are now much greater.
                                                           The airfields were permanently manned and the
         Ernie believes a common sense ap-
                                                       fake aircraft and vehicles were moved round every
    proach can help and is very much in favour
                                                       day to give them authenticity.
    of stronger legislation; Government and po-
                                                           The decoy lights could be phased so that they
    lice initiatives fail.
                                                       could be blacked out in sequence simulating an
         Ernie has been President of the Sea Cadets
                                                       aircraft taxiing past them. Hooded searchlights
    since 2001 and has had the pleasure of dealing
                                                       mimicked taxiing aircraft, Lord Haw Haw the traitor,
    with a group of well disciplined, courteous and
                                                       actually broadcast to Germany about Nazeing Airfield
    dedicated children. The existing club house is
                                                       but it still lasted until 1941.
    in terrible condition and in any event is now
                                                           Even towns and cities were partially mocked up
    needed by Cheshunt School, on whose land
                                                       by creating fires and explosives, shining lights on
    it is situated. The decision was therefore taken
                                                       dummy walls and using other lighting devices so that
    to build a new clubhouse which would
                                                       when the German bombers came over, they would                                                                   Imagine the intricate
    accommodate the present group of sea cadets
                                                       think that there had been an earlier raid and would                                                             care and patience
    and, hopefully encourage more kids off the
                                                       bomb the site of the fires. Until the information was                                                           required to place the
                                                       leaked to the Germans, 50% of airfield bombs                                                                    leaves, feathers or
         A site has been obtained in Albury Ride,
                                                       dropped by the Luftwaffe were actually on decoys.                                                               shades of skin tone,
    Cheshunt, but the whole project is at present
                                                           The site in Nazeing is now listed and remains a
    bogged down in red tape and in spite of                                                                                                                            all effects that are
                                                       testimony to the importance that these dummy
    everything being in place to proceed delays
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           18 January 2010 John Hiscock on INTARSIA, PARQUETRY AND MARQUETRY                                                           NEXT STOP BORNEO                                            SHIP BROKER
                                                                                                                             At the meeting on 7th December, Rebecca Yule            Our speaker on 11 January was Bill Northrop
                                                                                                                          from John Warner School brought some of the            who spoke on the life of a Chartered Shipbroker.
                                                                                                                          members of her team who went to Kenya in August            Bill has been a Fellow of the Institute of
                                                                                                                          2009 on a community project, partially sponsored       Chartered Shipbrokers for over 30 years and it is
                                                                                                                          by our Rotary Club.                                    clearly a fairly exclusive organisation as there are
                                                                                                                             The team of six came to the Club and gave a         only about 3,000 members worldwide.
                                                                                                                          presentation on behalf of all 21 members of the            Shipbroking is a 365 day a year job, 24 hours a
                                                                                                                          Sixth Form and illustrated their visit with a series   day. As brokers are intermediaries they live on the
                                                                                                                          of slides of which here is a selection.                information and interaction between owners and
                                                                                                                                                                                 operators, cargo movements - and cargo includes
                                                                                                                                                                                 passengers. Clearly with ships all over the globe,
                                                                                                                                                                                 time zones give rise to the 24-hour day.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Charter Parties are where the business is carried
                                                                                                                                                                                 out and historically a contract would be torn into
                                                                                                                                                                                 two after signature, half being given to the merchant
                                                                                                                                                                                 and half to the ship’s captain.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Nowadays a broker will see a deal through to
    Marquetry may be described as painting in wood.       art in pictures, containers, furniture and decorative                                                                  the final delivery of the cargo and because they
For as long as I can remember I have loved its infinite   objects like pencil boxes. One of these Is the lovely                                                                  are dealers on behalf of the parties involved, a great
variety of colour texture and grain and the many ways     34 year old Russian American Alla Kosarevskaya                                                                         deal of social networking goes on with lunches most
it feels.                                                 whose pictures have genuine warmth and vitality that                                                                   days, inevitably involving a fair amount of alcoholic
    Three similar decorative formats are:                 seems to reach out from the woods she uses.
                                                              The UK Marquetry Society, set up in 1952, has a
                                                                                                                                                                                 consumption while business is being discussed. It
INLAY or INTARSIA - where the solid surface of one
material like wood or marble is cut out to receive        very informative web site and active membership                                                                        sounds a rotten job but I suppose somebody has
pieces of another material, forming a pattern or          who exchange expert advice and take part in regular                                                                    to do it!
picture within the surface. This format is thought to     competitions. I am not in that class, strictly a hobbyist,:                                                                The market is split down into various sectors
have originated in the Islamic world, reached Europe      I may spend 40 hours on a picture and could never                                                                      including dry cargo, bulk cargo (which includes
through Sicily and was perfected in Siena and N Italy     charge enough to make a living.                                                                                        grain, coal and iron) liquid cargo and containers.
in the 15th and 16th centuries                                My tools of trade are
                                                                                                                                                                                 There are also specialist brokers who will deal only
                                                          • Veneers from the hundreds of varieties from plain
MARQUETRY - creates pictures on top of the                natural colours of pale birch and beech through to darkest                                                             in tugs or tankers or any other specialised sector
surface of a wooden carcase (baseboard, box, table,       Macassar ebony and Indian Mahogany. I take advantage                                                                   of the market. While on the subject of tankers, Bill
objet d’art) by fitting together selected pieces of       of the whorls in Birdseye maple and walnut, the sand                                                                   told us that there are over 70,000 tankers in the
wood veneer. This format took the place of intarsia       dune effects of Sweet chestnut, the tiny knots in Masur                                                                world.
from around 1620 (though John tends to do it              birch and swirls in yew.                                                                                                   Brokers also cover buying, selling and building
around 05.30).                                            • A scalpel with 10A surgical blades that can slice off                                                                of new ships and some even do ‘paper trading’
                                                          the edge of a finger in the blink of an eye - believe me!          Their work involved helping with school building
                                                          • Sandpaper or wire wool                                        extremely hard manually as everything had to be        which is a bit like the futures market on the Stock
PARQUETRY - geometric shapes of tiles, trelliswork
or basket-weave in furniture and (parquet) floors         • Friction polish or varnish                                    done by hand and all water had to be pumped or         Exchange.
    Craftsman Stuart King believes earliest evidence      • Hot sand for dipping edges where graduated shade              carried to the site.                                       1744 saw the start of the Baltic Exchange and
is a casket with ivory designs set in bitumen depicting   on a veneer is needed.
                                                                                                                             They were also involved with work with goats        as is often the case with business institutions it
royal and daily life in Mesopotamia (the cradle of                                                                                                                               started in a local tavern. The Baltic Exchange was
civilisation) around 2600 BC.                                 Text books advocate a Windows Technique where two           and elephants, including clearing around an
                                                                                                                                                                                 the last trading floor in London outside Lloyds but
    Ulysses mentions it in Homer’s Odyssey and John       veneers are taped together and a shape cut so that when         elephant watering hole and worming the goats,
                                                          separated one will fit into the other like jigsaw.
                                                                                                                                                                                 sadly was blown up by the IRA and although the
thought some Rotarians may recollect Pliny the Elder                                                                         They did not describe their visit as a holiday
mentioning the quality of maple, box, holly, palm,        I prefer to stick down my base shape (say a field or sky                                                               building has gone the Baltic Exchange is still going
                                                                                                                          because they only had one real day off during the
elder root and poplar.                                    or house wall) cut the next shape I want (a tree,                                                                      strong, with about 500 members.
                                                                                                                          three weeks they were in the country, but they still
    Today there is a thriving marquetry industry in       mountain or window), put it on top of the first piece, cut                                                                 The Institute of Shipbrokers regulates its
Sorrento though sadly youngsters are drifting away        round it and then fit one into the other. It requires careful   managed to find time to climb Mount Kenya.             members and also controls the training of brokers.
from traditional craftsmanship.                           chess-like planning of the order in which you cut and fit          In 2011 the team is hoping to go to Borneo on a     It is a widely respected Institute.
    The European zenith for marquetry was late 17 th      successive pieces to create the overall picture.                similar project.                                           As for the future, attempts have been made to
and early 18th century when Louis XIV commissioned            I have been making marquetry pictures for over a
                                                          quarter of a century, for my own home and as gifts. I                                                                  replace brokers and do everything electronically
Versailles furniture from the celebrated Charles
Boulle. In UK the use of veneers was restrained until     made Mary a large sewing box and covered the top in                                                                    but so far this has not proved successful because
1689 when William of Orange and his wife Mary             a picture of mountains lake and sailing boats. Our                                                                     human contact is so vital in the broking business.
introduced skilled marquetry artisans to make fine        apartment in Portugal has a marquetry nameplate. I                                                                     ‘Our word, our bond’ is the Institute’s motto and
long carriage clocks and other furniture of which         find marquetry very therapeutic - calming, relaxing and                                                                this is the proud boast of shipbrokers worldwide.
many examples remain.              Today there are        a hands-on tonic for a tired brain. However, it is easy to                                                                 Thanks to Lindsay Jones for this report which
professionals who make a living using advanced            become engrossed and reclusive so I do not indulge my
                                                          love of wood very often.
                                                                                                                                                                                 delicately refrained from saying our speaker was
techniques to produce superb marquetry works of
                                                                                                                                                                                 short in stature, but of worldwide knowledge.
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    HAILEYBURY’S NEW MASTER ON 1st FEB                  Finally, the Master said that inspite of all the      A SHAGGY RABBIT STORY from John Hiscock                   THE SHAGGY PARROT - Courtesy of Hiscock
   At our meeting on 1 February, the speaker was     pressure on pupils children should still be children,                                                                Sid received a parrot as a gift but Polly had a
                                                     failure should be tolerated and most importantly           Rabbit hops into a pub and asks: ‘Please barman,
Joe Davis, the Master of Haileybury who spoke on                                                             may I have a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie’   bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every
aspects of education,                                children on leaving should be well balanced.                                                                      word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious
                                                                                                                The barman is amazed, but gives the rabbit a pint
   The Master was born in Harlech in North Wales,                                                            of beer and a ham and cheese toastie. Rabbit drinks       and laced with profanity.
went to school in Brecon and then did a history                                                              the beer, eats the toastie, and leaves.                      Sid tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude
degree at St John’s College, Cambridge. After                                                                   The following night Rabbit returns and again           by consistently saying only polite words, playing
graduating he stayed on for another year in order                                                            asks for a pint and a ham and cheese toastie.             soft music and anything else he could think of to
to get a Rugby Blue as scrum half but unfortunately                                                             The barman, now intrigued by the rabbit and the        clean up the bird’s vocabulary. Finally, Sid was
in the interim two international scrumhalves came                                                            extra drinkers in the pub (word gets round), gives        fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled
there first. He eventually got his blue but as a centre.                                                     the rabbit the pint and the toastie. Rabbit consumes      back. Sid shook the parrot and the parrot got
   Joe’s love of rugby enabled him to play not just                                                          them and leaves.                                          angrier and even ruder.
for Cambridge but also for London Welsh and                                                                     The next night, the pub is packed. In walks the           Sid, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed
although he had initially no wish to be a teacher he                                                         rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a ham and
                                                                                                                                                                       the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few
                                                                                                             cheese toastie, please barman.’
ended up teaching history at Tonbridge School for                                                                                                                      minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and
                                                                                                                The crowd is hushed as the barman gives the
fourteen years before moving to Sutton Valance Andrew Hambling, who gave the vote of thanks to                                                                         screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet.
                                                         Joe Davis, Master of Haileybury, and Dave Bondy.    rabbit his pint and toastie, and then bursts into
and then coming to Haileybury last September.                                                                applause as the rabbit wolfs them down.                   Not a peep was heard for over a minute.
   One of his first impressions of Haileybury was                                                               The next night, it’s standing room only in the            Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, Sid opened
gained while standing in a lunch queue when a 14                                                             pub. Coaches are bringing crowds of patrons.              the freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped out
year old in front of him turned around and asked him           L E T T E R F R O M AT H L E T E L A U R A    The barman is making more money in one week               onto Sid’s outstretched arms and said:
how he was getting on and was he settling in all right. Dear All,                                            than he did all last year. Then in walks the rabbit          “I believe I may have offended you with my rude
The Master was impressed by this approach which I would like to give you an update for the end of            and says: ‘A pint of beer and a ham and cheese            language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for
was natural and confident as well as being courteous. the year so you know what I am doing at the            toastie, please barman.’                                  my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend
   He reflected that if (a few years ago) he had moment. I am now studying at Loughborough                      The barman says: ‘I’m sorry rabbit, old mate,          to do everything I can to correct my rude and
been the fourteen year-old, he would have stared College doing a course on Sports Coaching. The              old mucker, but we are right out of them ham and          unforgivable behaviour.”
at the floor and prayed that the Master would not work is really interesting and I enjoy going out           cheese toasties..’                                           Sid was stunned at the change in the bird’s
talk to him.                                                                                                    The rabbit looks aghast. The crowd is hushed           attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what
                                                          into the local schools and working with the
   Haileybury is obviously very keen to achieve a children, although we did get thrown in at the             to a whisper, when the barman clears his throat           had made such a dramatic change in his behaviour,
high standard of academic success but also wants deep end! It is great to be able to pass on some            nervously and says, ‘But we do have a very nice
                                                                                                                                                                       the bird spoke very softly and asked, “May I enquire
                                                                                                             cheese and onion toastie.’
to instil a spirit of enquiry and aspiration and knowledge to the young children and they are                                                                          what the turkey did?”
                                                                                                                The rabbit looks him in the eye and says, ‘Are
encourage social skills, teamwork skills and usually very enthusiastic.
                                                                                                             you sure I will like it?’ The barman, with a smile
leadership. They also believe it is important for My training is going well. I am living on the              says, ‘Do you think that I would let down one of my          “During a recent password audit, it was found
parents to give children the right values including university campus and that is also where I train         best friends? I know you’ll love it.’                     that a certain blonde girl was using the following
integrity and sympathy.                                   which is handy. I train with Nick Dakin up here       ’Ok’, says the rabbit, ‘I’ll have a pint of beer and   password:
   For a campus school a degree of containment but Dave Rice is still involved with some aspects             a cheese and onion toastie.’ The pub erupts with              “Mickey - Minnie - Pluto - Huey - Louie -
is inevitable but the school does stress the too. Dave went to a relay squad day in Slough                   glee, as the rabbit quaffs the beer and guzzles the           Dewey - Donald - Goofy - Sacramento”
importance of community relations and every with me recently, which I was invited to attend for              toastie. He then waves to the crowd and leaves....        When questioned as to why such a long password,
Wednesday 50 or 60 VI Formers go out into the the UKA junior 4x100m relay squad.                             NEVER TO RETURN!!                                         she said she was told that it had to be at least eight
community to help in any way that they can. The I am now well into my winter training it was quite              One year later, the barman (who has only served        characters long and include at least one capital.
school also supports a youth trust in Uganda hard the first couple of weeks getting used to a                four drinks tonight, three of them his) calls time.
where they are involved with a village and different training programme and group. There                        Cleaning down the now empty bar, he sees a               Complaint letters received by the Council:
provides financial and practical help. The school are about 14 in the group and we get on well so            small white form, floating above the bar.
                                                                                                                                                                       * He’s got this huge tool that vibrates the whole
gives almost £10,000 per year to charities and in training is good. It is colder up here than in                ‘Who are you?’ he asks. ‘I am the ghost of the
                                                                                                             rabbit that used to frequent your public house.’                  house and I just can’t take it any more.
this respect it was interesting that the Hertfordshire so I am pleased with the extra                                                                                  * It’s the dog mess I find hard to swallow.
                                                                                                                The barman says, ‘I remember you. You made
Baccalaureate requires one hundred hours of layers when training! I am hoping to go to the                                                                             * I want some repairs done to my cooker as it
                                                                                                             me famous. You would come in every night and
social responsibility as part of the curriculum.          warm weather training camp at Easter, not sure                                                                       has backfired and burnt my knob off.
                                                                                                             have a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie.
   The charitable status of the school has many where it will be yet but a couple of the                     Crowds came to see you. The barman said, ‘I               * My lavatory seat is cracked. Where do I stand?
imposed responsibilities and some 110% possibilities were America or South Africa.                           remember, on your last night we didn’t have any           * The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the
bursaries are offered, equating to between 4% and I hope to do a couple of indoor races over the             ham and cheese toasties. You had cheese and                       children until it is cleared.
5% of the annual turnover. Numerous rules and next few months and will keep you informed of                  onion instead. But you never came back. What              * This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is
regulations have to be complied with and at the my progress throughout the winter.                           happened?’                                                        broke and we cannot get BBC2.
last inspection Haileybury passed with flying Best wishes to all in Rotary for 2010                             ’I DIED’ - said the rabbit. - ’NO!’ said the barman.   * I want to complain that my father hurt his ankle
colours.                                                  Laura Wake                                         ‘What from?’ After a short pause, the rabbit said: .              badly when he put his foot in the hole in his
                                                                                                             . “Mixin’-me-toasties”.                                           back passage.
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     ROTARY SHELTERBOXES IN HAITI AND IN SERVICE WITHIN HOURS OF THE EARTHQUAKE                                                        THE ROTARY CLUB OF RUSHDEN HIGHAM                                        DISTRICT QUIZ
                                                                                                                                       “When three friends, Miranda, Claire and Steve,             Bill Duley organised our two teams, both did
                                                                                                                                    found themselves at a loose end on weekday nights          creditably, avoiding responsibility for organising
                                                                                                                                    they decided, as thirtysomethings are prone to do,         next year’s event. The result of the quiz:
                                                                                                                                    to go clubbing. But it wasn’t the hip-hop and alcopop             Hitchin 186 points, Hatfield 184, Amwell 182.
                                                                                                                                    scene they had in mind.                                           Hoddesdon 1st were fourth with 178 points.
                                                                                                                                       “The threesome from Northamptonshire, looking           That team included: John Glover, Roger Lee,
                                                                                                                                    beyond the traditional culture of young adulthood,         John Neighbour and Chris Waddington.
                                                                                                                                    took a firm grip on their sense of social responsibility       Our “Second” team came lower down in the
                                                                                                                                    and founded a Rotary Club of their own.                    results table, and wish to remain anonymous, but
                                                                                                                                       “As UK Rotarians step up a campaign to                  let’s make the record complete: Andrew Hambling,
                                                                                                                                    increase regional membership, the youthful                 Peter Haynes, John Hiscock and Jeff Ryan. All
                                                                                                                                    Rotary Club of Rushden Higham, now over 20                 had an exciting evening and good fun as well. This
                                                                                                                                    strong and growing, is a glimmer of hope for a             year each member of Amwell “First” team even
                                                                                                                                    service organisation which has been wallowing              won a bottle of wine for their efforts.
                                                                                                                                    in predictions of its own demise.”
                                                                                                                                       ‘The New Rotarians’ is the title of an article
                                                                                                                                                                                                   THE HODDESDON ROTARY 200 CLUB
                                                                                                                                    in the Jan 2010 issue of SAGA magazine (see
                                                                                                                                    page76) and it’s interesting reading for us                   Roger Abraham asked the President during
                                                                                                                                       Author Maurice Weaver was a Daily Telegraph             lunch on January 25th to select winners, using the
                                                                                                                                    journalist and is President of The Rotary Club of          numbered balls hidden in a sack; these Members
                                                                                                                                    Walton-on-Thames.                                          of 200 Club were awarded prizes as listed below.
                                                                                                                                       The article runs to three pages, so it’s too long       PRIZE WINNERS JANUARY 2010
                                                                                                                                    for inclusion here - but it merits our attention and
                                                                                                                                    I suggest you make an effort to get hold of a copy.
                                                                                                                                       Here are some more extracts . . . .                     NAME                NUMBER              AMOUNT

                                                                                                                                        “Worthy and proud as Rotary undoubtedly is,            Joan Duley          150                 £330.00
                                                                                                                                    it is hardly cool and RIBI has been stunned by a           Alan Chapman        185                 £165.00
                                                                                                                                    warning from David Bryant, its 49-year-old head            Mrs ME Feldon       137                 £100.00
                                                                                                                                    of marketing, that unless decisive action is taken -       Ronald Cooper       190                 £50.00
                                                                                                                                    and taken quickly — the outlook is decidedly bleak.        Jennifer Merton     174                 £20.00
                                                                                                                                    Bryant, a former advertising executive, speaks             Alan Wiffen          51                 £20.00
                                                                                                                                    bluntly of a ‘demographic time-bomb’ as the years          Paul Leadley        112                 £20.00
                                                                                                                                    take their toll and younger people shun the                Peter Leigh         132                 £20.00
    Nearly 100 tonnes of additional aid was flown to Haiti         John Leach, Head of Operations for ShelterBox, said:             movement. Promoting a new recruitment                      Ron Mayhew           68                 £20.00
this week as thousands of people who lost their homes          ‘The need in Haiti is massive. Our team in Port au Prince is         programme, he exhorts: ‘Unless we act to reverse           Martin Shepherd     186                 £20.00
in the devastating earthquake are being given the chance       working with Dutch marines to ensure the safe and effective          this trend now, RIBI will very probably not survive        Jo Fisher            39                 £20.00
to start rebuilding their lives in Rotary ShelterBox tents.    delivery of disaster relief tents and hundreds of these are          beyond 2025, if it lasts that long’.Against such a         Andrew Shepherd     188                 £20.00
    Emergency shelter for more than 20,000 people is           already being used in four locations.
                                                                                                                                    background it is not difficult to understand why            Mary Hiscock        93                 £20.00
now in Port au Prince with small camps already set up.             ‘Distribution of aid by our highly-trained ShelterBox
                                                               Response Team members is underway but the need for                   the emergence of lively new clubs such as the              JM Gray             193                 £20.00
    Hundreds more ShelterBoxes containing relief tents
and other life-saving supplies are being sent to the city      emergency shelter is still desperate.’                               branch in the twin Midland market towns of                                             TOTAL       £845.00
in the next few days from Miami, Curaçao and France,               Speaking from Bernard Mews Hospital in Freres, a suburb          Rushden and Higham Ferrers is viewed by
                                                               of Port au Prince, ShelterBox Response Team member Wayne             Rotary’s leadership as so significant.                     ROGER ABRAHAM COMMENTS:
meaning another 11,000 people will be given emergency
shelter.                                                       Robinson (US) said: ‘Right outside the hospital there have               “The club’s three founders, Miranda Barley,
    On 29th January, ShelterBox chartered a 747 aircraft       been hundreds of people who have been lying in the sidewalks,        Claire Mercer and Steve Wilkins, have demonstrated             This is the fourth quarterly draw in the 7th year
with 1,800 boxes to fly from Stansted Airport to the           on the streets and in blankets right on the ground in unbelievable   that it is possible to drive a wedge through Rotary’s      of the operation of the Club.
Dominican Republic, to be taken overland to Haiti.             conditions. They are bleeding, they have missing limbs and                                                                          There were 132 entrants in this draw with a total
                                                                                                                                    time-hardened facade of middle-aged male
It is the second flight chartered by the international         there are even women giving birth.                                                                                              prize payout of £845.00
                                                                   ‘We felt this was a good use of the initial boxes that we        dominance, and in doing so they have provided the
disaster relief charity for the Haiti response after a plane                                                                                                                                       The 200 Club is an important part of the
loaded with 700 Rotary ShelterBoxes and 100 tents flew         had here on the ground and we’ll be bringing more here and           organisation with a banner to rally behind.
                                                               using them as a transitional point to get people out of the              “Their faces appear on promotional DVDs and            Charitable Income of Hoddesdon Rotary Club and
out of Newquay Airport last week. ShelterBox Response
Team members Jane Nash and Gary McCafferty travelled           elements while they are waiting for treatment at the hospital.       in recruitment leaflets aimed at giving impetus to         to the continuation of the charitable work of the
overland from Santa Domingo with an aid convoy to              Buildings have crashed down all around us here and people            a membership-boosting strategy, launched in the            Club
ensure the ShelterBoxes reached Port au Prince.                are just waiting and waiting to get in here for medical services.’   East Midlands last October and aimed at (in                    On behalf of the Rotary Club a big thank you to
                                                                                                                                    Bryant ’s words) ‘changing people’s outdated               all contributors and hope that you will continue to
           NOTE: Hoddesdon Rotary Club has provided three ShelterBoxes this year at £450 each.                                      perceptions’ of the Rotary movement.                       support us and be successful in future draws.
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                                                                                                             It was a focal point of the Charter Evening when
                                                                                                          our President rose to make a speech.
                                                                                                          “PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIPS were established
                                                                                                          in 1957 in memory of Rotary’s Founder, initially to
                                                                                                          recognise substantial dollar contributions by
                                                                                                          individuals to the various worldwide educational,
                                                                                                          peace and humanitarian programmes of Rotary
                                                                                                          Foundation, our global Charity.
                                                                                                          · “Donation of $1000 entitled the donor to a Paul
                                                                                                          Harris Fellowship Award. Back then, this could
                                                                                                          save the lives of 3000 children through
The President with the DG and her husband.                                                                immunisation or provide several African villages       The Paul Harris Fellowship Certificate as well as
                                                                                                          with water.                                            the lapel badge worn with pride by all Paul Harris
                                                                                                          · “By 2007-08 The Rotary Foundation’s total            Fellows were both presented by Sandy, the 1260
                                                      Before Peter Garside gives his talk “700 Years of   revenue from all Clubs was $201.4 million and          District Governor.
                                                      Hoddesdon Pubs” he and his wife Sue, take the       around 87% was spent on humanitarian projects
                                                      opportunity to relax at the President’s table.      including Polio Plus
                                                                                                          · “In this country the practice evolved that Paul      By this point Dave Bondy had reached the point
                                                                                                          Harris awards should be reserved solely for those      when it was time to explain:
                                                                                                          who have provided outstanding service – whether           ”I am of course describing Lindsay Jones and
                                                                                                          local national or international. UK Rotary Clubs       it gives me pride and pleasure to invite him
                                                                                                          regard the Fellowship as a truly prestigious award     forward to receive his Paul Harris Fellowship
                                                                                                          that must be earned not simply purchased.”             this Charter Evening”.
The illustrious names of golfers on the wall must                                                            Tonight I wish to honour just such a member
inspire all wannabees among the diners.                                                                   of our Club, Dave Bondy announced . . .
                                                                                                             At this point, seated nearby, your Editor could
                                                                                                          see Lindsay with his usual flourish putting his pen
                                                                                                          to work as Dave was saying
                                                                                                          · “He was born on 17 July 1936, and joined Rotary
                                                                                                          29 years ago in November 1980”
                                                                                                             Lindsay’s inscrutable expression suddenly came
                                                                                                          alive as Dave continued:
                                                                                                          · “He was President of our Club in 1990-91
                                                                                                          · “In his earlier years he mastered the frustrations
                                                                                                          of Youth Speaks with his friend Tom Sell, and since
                                                                                                          then :
                                                                                                          Ø He has very effectively managed our Mercury
                                                                                                          and other PR coverage linking with Peter Lardi and
                                                                                                          the Club’s Bulletin
                                                                                                          Ø As Chief Steward for many years he has guided
                                                                                                          over 100 youngsters annually participating in our
                                                                                                          Technology Tournaments.                                   District Governor Sandy Aked-Walker was on
                                                                                                          Ø He has Judged and supported the annual Essay         hand accompanied by her husband, smartly attired
    Andrew is certainly entertaining Betty and Zena                                                       Competitions.                                          in his kilt.
                                                                                                                                                                    Lindsay Jones is seldom at a loss for words but,
                                                                                                          Ø This year he has been the prime mover and            that evening of our Charter Anniversary, Monday
                                                                                                          organiser of a highly successful Creative Writing      30th November 2009, he was for several moments
                                                                                                          Competition for over 400 local school pupils.          genuinely speechless.
                                                                                                          Ø Throughout his Rotary life he has approached a          He did recover his characteristic sang froid in
                                                                                                          huge number of events as a willing volunteer in a      time to express his thanks for this highly esteemed
                                                                                                          very quiet, modest and effective manner and with       Award which we may be sure he will be displaying
                                                                                                          a wicked sense of humour.                              in a place of honour.
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