April to June 2010
THE CLUB'S recent car boot sale made a profit of £850 which will go to Rotary charities. The event was held at West Bretton on one of the fields farmed by president-elect Philip Platts. The next car boot will be on August 8.
One of the concerts in Rotary's Wakefield Arts Festival 2010 was held at the New Brookhouse Club on Barnsley Road in May when Wakefield-born singer-songwriter Rosie Doonan took the stage.
Friday's classical concert at St Helen's Church, Sandal, was also voted a great success. It featured Amie Owen on the guitar, Rachel McCall on the violin and tenor Peter Morgan.
As part of the festival, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen appeared last night (June 10) at the Theatre Royal. The next event is a concert at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School on Saturday, July 10, when one of the main attractions will be West Yorkshire Police Band.
DICTIONARIES FOR SCHOOLS
THE Wakefield club has provided more than 300 illustrated dictionaries to ten primary and junior schools in the city.
The scheme is part of the Dictionary 4 Life project, which is backed nationally by Rotary clubs across the UK.
This is the third year the club has bought dictionaries, which have been delivered by community service chairman Peter Clarke and David Pickover, one of his committee members.
The books each comprise more than a thousand illustrations, 10,000 entries and 20,000 definitions in full colour and are specially designed to help children explore the written word. This in turn helps develop literary understanding.
Peter said: ‘Our committee selects the schools and then offers them to the literacy co-ordinator at each school free of charge. There's never been a refusal!'
Twenty per cent of adults in Britain have literacy levels below the average for 11-year-olds and these dictionaries are designed to encourage reading and understanding by children from the age of nine.
Peter added: ‘They are also very useful when the child has English as a second language.'
The club also supports the Right to Read programme and has a team of volunteers helping with literacy work in local primary schools.
ROTARIANS who acted as marshals at the Scouts' annual St George's Day parade in Wakefield earned their reward when the club received a cheque for its chosen charity, the Forget-me-Not Trust.
Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts Andrew Gallivan, son of Wakefield club member Peter Gallivan, handed president elect Philip Platts a cheque for £476, money raised by individual scout groups and from the public on the day of the parade.
The Trust, which is being supported by the club in various ways, has been set up to provide a children's hospice for West Yorkshire.
An evening of presentations at the club meeting on May 13 began with the award of a Paul Harris Fellowship to Foundation committee chairman Guy Cliff and his wife Betty as grateful acknowledgement of the hospitality they have given to Rotary overseas scholars.
This was Guy's second Paul Harris award. In 2001 he became the first club member, other than former presidents, to receive a fellowship, on that occasion for his work with Wakefield Rotaract Club and the ambassadorial scholarship programme.
Making the award, club president Sue Parkin paid tribute to the way in which Guy and Betty had made their home available over the past 30 years, during which time many of their student visitors had become firm friends, still maintaining contact today.
On the same night Mary Peace (standing, right), of Ossett, was welcomed into the club as a new member. Previously in hospital administration and with a strong track record of voluntary work, she was introduced by Peter Rhodes who described her as ‘a pearl to be treasured'.
Cynthia Kirkbright placed the winning bid in the silent auction for the picture painted by Yorkshire water colourist Les Packham during a demonstration at the club's May Bank Holiday art exhibition at QEGS. She was a guest of the club when she was invited to receive the painting from Les himself, watched by club members including Canon Roger Cressey, chairman of the exhibition organising committee.
The Long, Long Trail
CHILDREN at a Wakefield school have saved 1,100 lives with trails of copper coins.
The students, all from Sandal Endowed School, set up the trails in aid of Rotary's Thanks for Life project, which aims to eradicate polio around the world. They raised a total of £220, with Class 4S well ahead of the rest of the field with a trail 77.5 metres long.
The money - all in bags - was handed over to Wakefield club president Sue Parkin by deputy head David Kaye at a special school assembly on April 26. Mr Kaye set the children a final challenge: to work out how many lives would be saved as a result of their efforts with each vaccination costing 20p. The result - 1,100 - made this ‘very special', said president Sue.
Among those watching the presentation were Rotarian Martin Perry, one of the school's governors, and Colin Moran, chairman of the Wakefield club's youth activities committee and its Thanks for Life group.
PHOTO CAPTION Children of Sandal Endowed School's Class 4c hand over the bags of copper to Wakefield club president Sue Parkin. Seated with her are (from left) Rotarian Colin Moran, deputy head David Kaye, and Rotarian and school governor Martin Perry. Class teacher Fran Slimon is at the back.
REPORTS from committee chairmen at the annual meeting on today showed that the club had another busy and fruitful year. Activities ranged from Christmas food parcels for the elderly to Shelter Boxes for earthquake victims, from dictionaries for junior school leavers to support for young people on Outward Bound courses.
President Sue Parkin said the programme showed club was the most active and progressive in the Yorkshire district.
Reports were presented by Peter Clarke (community service), William Smith (international), Roland Mold (vocational), Richard Edge (ways and means), Guy Cliff (foundation), Peter Rhodes (membership), Colin Moran (youth activities) and Geoff North (communications).
President for the Rotary year 2010-2011, which starts in July, will be Philip Platts, supported by president-elect William Smith. Nick Castle will continue as secretary while Peter Gallivan takes over from John Harrison as treasurer.
Members of club council will be Stuart Livesey, Michael Townsend, Richard Edge, Guy Cliff, Peter Clarke and Alister McKinlay. Committee chairman remain unchanged apart from vocational where Stuart Livesey will succeed Roland Mold