July to September 2011
THE induction of the club's second husband-and-wife team has lifted membership to 60. Norman and Ann Roberts became Rotarians this evening when they were given their badges by club president, William Smith. The couple were proposed by Peter Rhodes.
Halifax-born Norman moved with his family from Lincolnshire to Wakefield in 1986.
The photograph shows president William Smith and Membership chairman Peter Rhodes with Norman & Ann at their induction.
Retired headteacher Sheila Wainwright was inducted into membership by club president William Smith this evening and was welcomed by the rest of the membership.
Rotarian John Daniel of the Huddersfield Pennine club later spoke to members about the humourous side of life in the police service.
BILL BAKER, a member of Leeds Elmete Rotary Club, stepped into the limelight at this evening's meeting at the New Brookhouse Club when he talked about one of his passions - the newly refurbished Leeds City Varieties. In his talk to members and their many guests he delved into the history of our music halls and spoke with enthusiasm about some of the stars of the past who had trodden the boards at what is now the UK's last surviving music hall.
Leeds City Varieties was being reopened this month after a £9.9m facelift funded by the city council and Heritage Lottery Fund. The opening gala fundraising night starring Ken Dodd, had long been sold out, said Bill, but there were plenty of attractions in store, including a series of the Good Old Days, which had been a popular television feature for 30 years.
AUSCHWITZ survivor Arek Hersh told members about his harrowing experiences as a Polish Jew and a young victim of the Nazi death camps where 61 of his extended family lost their lives.
Arek, who said he will never be able to forgive those who committed such atrocities, took away with him a £100 cheque for the charity he supports, the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre at Laxton in Nottinghamshire.
The Germans took Arek from camp to camp during which, although only a young boy, he witnessed some of history's worst crimes against humanity. He described how he saw the first gassings of Jews who were crowded into vans which then had exhaust fumes pumped into them.
As the defeat of the Nazis drew near, he and other prisoners from the Theresienstadt camp were forced into open-topped railway wagons which were then hauled around for a month in all weathers. Arek told how he survived by eating near-indigestible grass before being liberated - and treated well - by the Russians.
Arek, who was awarded an MBE in 2008 for voluntary service to holocaust education, now escorts parties of visitors to the Auschwitz camp, especially groups of young students. Proceeds from the sale of his book, A Detail of History, go to the holocaust centre.
The cheque was presented to Arek, a member of Leeds Elmete Rotary Club, by Wakefield club president William Smith, who gave a vote of thanks.