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THE club wel­comed Dorothy Dix, the founder of the ‘Cre­at­ing Bet­ter Fu­tures’ char­ity, was wel­comed as Guest Speaker at the din­ner of Jor­dan’s Ro­tary Club, held at the Bea­cons­field Golf Club.

Ro­tar­i­ans and guests heard about Dorothy’s child­hood in Zim­babwe, and the help she and her sin­gle mother re­ceived from Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s char­ity arm, en­abling her to re­ceive an ed­u­ca­tion, and later at­tend uni­ver­sity.

Dorothy spoke mov­ingly about the chal­lenges that ex­ist – es­pe­cially in Africa – for chil­dren to be ed­u­cated and re­ceive a good up­bring­ing, en­abling them – in turn – to re­pay so­ci­ety for the help re­ceived, as Dorothy is do­ing with her char­ity.

Based in Read­ing, Dorothy’s char­ity – ‘Cre­at­ing Bet­ter Fu­tures’ was founded in 2012 and cur­rently pro­vides 135 or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren with di­rect ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion.

Ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 chil­dren are sup­ported through weekly feed­ing pro­grammes ,with over 100,000 meals served to date.

A £15 do­na­tion sup­ports a child’s ed­u­ca­tion, food and ac­com­mo­da­tion – the schools are of­ten three to six hours’ walk away from their vil­lages.

Jor­dans Ro­tary Club will be mak­ing a do­na­tion to the char­ity.

Ro­tary Clubs through­out the world sup­port a wide range of char­i­ties, and work in their lo­cal com­mu­nity through­out the year.

Jor­dans Ro­tary Club is cur­rently col­lect­ing for Nepal, and will be giv­ing its an­nual Af­ter­noon

Tea for older res­i­dents in Seer Green.

The club has named a lo­cal girl – Char­lotte Wells, 18, of Stoke Po­ges as their nom­i­nee for the an­nual UK-wide Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Award (RYLA) and Char­lotte will be at­tend­ing a spe­cial week’s course in Snow­do­nia in July.

With a wide range of guest speak­ers, Jor­dans Ro­tary meets weekly on Mon­day evenings, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween The Wood­lands Cen­tre in Seer Green, and Bea­cons­field Golf Club, while their usual ‘home’ at the Bell­house Ho­tel, Bea­cons­field, is be­ing re-fur­bished as a Crowne Plaza Ho­tel.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found on the club’s web­site – Ro­tary Club of Jor­dans & Dis­trict

CHILTERN AND DIS­TRICT HARD OF HEAR­ING CLUB, for­merly Amer­sham & Che­sham Hard of Hear­ing Club,

THE Bud­ding Bal­le­rina talk by Ann Chap­man.

The evening started with Kate We­ber wel­com­ing ev­ery­one in­clud­ing a new mem­ber to the group. She greeted Ann who most mem­bers know from her pre­vi­ous vis­its to us.

Ann started by say­ing she had sev­eral pho­tos of her­self as a young girl when she first started on what was to be a won­der­ful ca­reer for a short time.

At the age of 11 she won a schol­ar­ship to the Royal Academy of Ballet and had to at­tend twice a week trav­el­ing up to Lon­don.

Her mother was ex­tremely keen for her to go, trav­el­ling with her.

Ann can re­mem­ber her mother say­ing to her ‘she would be danc­ing for her as she once dreamed she would’.

Then at the age of 16 as she was just about to take her O lev­els she was whisked away to full time ballet school how­ever she still man­aged to achieve four 0 lev­els.

At the ballet school they did ev­ery­thing danc­ing, singing, drama and theatre. The very best high­light whilst she was a stu­dent there was at one pro­duc­tion Mar­got Fonteyn came and danced. Ann dis­closed she was ac­tu­ally on the door sell­ing tick­ets that par­tic­u­lar night.

Ann then passed around sev­eral of her old ballet shoes and said how of­ten bal­leri­nas came off the stage with bleed­ing toes. They were al­lowed six pairs of shoes per term. At the age of 17 her mum said she needed a job... so she went for an in­ter­view and au­di­tion in Swe­den.

Ann was suc­cess­ful and joined the Gothen­burg Ballet com­pany it was ex­tremely hard, living in a dif­fer­ent coun­try not know­ing any­one at first and work­ing six days out of seven.

No time to do any sight­see­ing just prac­tice and per­for­mances. Ann stayed there for a cou­ple of years ini­tially as a stu­dent dancer but also as an un­der­study for other parts.

The com­pany per­formed op­eras and mu­si­cals but all in Swedish!

In her sec­ond week the young cou­ple she was stay­ing with de­cided they would only speak in Swedish to her so a real crash course in learn­ing an­other lan­guage, which was ac­tu­ally very help­ful although hard work.

The ballet com­pany had a large in­ter­na­tional cast which Ann found stim­u­lat­ing as she be­came used to ev­ery­one and many dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

There were sev­eral English dancers as the train­ing in Eng­land was very highly rated so gave her a great ad­van­tage.

Whilst in Swe­den Ann par­tic­i­pated in mu­si­cal’s as well be­cause she had done some tap danc­ing pre­vi­ously.

The com­pany were in­volved in a schools ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme where she took part in a ballet based on Mozart’s mu­sic which was per­formed to a wide va­ri­ety of schools.

At the age of 20 Ann de­cided that she would give up her ca­reer in ballet she de­cided she would rather stop when she was a good bal­le­rina and de­vi­ate into an­other ca­reer, although to this day she does still miss her ballet.

At this point we stopped for re­fresh­ments, raf­fle and an up­date on mem­bers news.

Af­ter the break Anne an­swered one or two ques­tions from the mem­bers and then she danced for us it was beau­ti­ful and it was ob­vi­ous she is still an ac­com­plished dancer.

Kate thanked Ann and ev­ery­one said how they had en­joyed the evening.

For more de­tails phone Kate We­ber on 01494 773359.

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