Ro­tary Round-up

Midweek Visiter - - Rotary Round Up -

THE District Con­fer­ence at­tracted Ro­tar­i­ans from many clubs – es­pe­cially from our lo­cal lubs.

South­port Me­ols was awarded The Best At­ten­dance at Con­fer­ence Tro­phy, con­grat­u­la­tions, it was well de­served.

Fri­day Night was a themed evening based on “Allo Allo” and it was hi­lar­i­ous.

Not only see­ing every­one in fancy dress but also the Kings­ley Play­ers who ran a fan­tas­tic play through­out the evening whilst we were at our own “Cafe Rene”.

Satur­day was the full day Con­fer­ence and many more Ro­tar­i­ans came for the day at £32 pp.

Cather­ine Tay­lor Yank and her husband Greg from Amer­ica came over to rep­re­sent the Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Pres­i­dent Ian Ris­ley. De­nis Spiller Pres­i­dent of Ro­tary in Great Bri­tain and Ire­land also came for the week­end and spoke to Con­fer­ence.

The first in­spi­ra­tional speaker was Jamie Andrew, a quadru­ple am­putee hav­ing no feet or hands fol­low­ing a climb­ing ac­ci­dent. He was out in the open for five days be­fore be­ing res­cued. Sadly both feet and hands were com­pletely frozen and had to be am­pu­tated.

He has through sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion re­gained his life, raised thou­sands for char­ity and is mar­ried now with three lovely daugh­ters.

Per Lind­strand came next, re­mark­able aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer.

He is also a pi­lot, pi­o­neer and ad­ven­turer with world-wide recog­ni­tion for his achieve­ments in break­ing through the bound­aries of lighter-than-air tech­nol­ogy.

He is par­tic­u­larly fa­mous for his record break­ing trans-oceanic bal­loon flights with Sir Richard Bran­son.

His talk was amus­ing and in­for­ma­tional.

Clive Knowles owner of the Bri­tish Iron­works Cen­tre near Oswestry, talked of his com­mu­nity work.

He is also keen to take on Na­tional ini­tia­tives The big­gest cam­paign to date is Save a Life, Sur­ren­der Your Knife, de­signed to raise aware­ness of the dev­as­ta­tion of knife crime.

The knives col­lected have been used to cre­ate the Knife An­gel, The Na­tional Mon­u­ment against Vi­o­lence and Ag­gres­sion.

Sarah New­combe, trea­surer of the newly formed Ro­tary Club of Bent­ley Cheshire spoke about how their new club works and the suc­cess it has been for young work­ing peo­ple. Ro­tary is still for all the fam­ily. Kris Ov­erend am­bas­sador for the Prince’s Trust spoke of how the Trust had helped him and how he had be­come an am­bas­sador.

Sir Mal­colm Walker CBE, the ex­ec­u­tive chair of Ice­land, is a fas­ci­nat­ing man who grew Ice­land from one shop in Oswestry in 1970.

He was chair­man and CEO for 30 years of ex­cep­tional growth.

Later in the af­ter­noon we heard from our own Ro­tar­ian Jean Best, who works with The Peace Cen­tre in Brad­ford en­cour­ag­ing Ro­tar­i­ans to work with Young Peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing peace­ful con­flict res­o­lu­tion strate­gies.

The new Ro­tary Peace Project skills based has launched, and our district is alos work­ing to­wards cre­at­ing School Peace Ad­vo­cates who de­velop their lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity to bring about more ser­vices in their schools, lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the world.

Jennifer Burlingame a Ro­taract mem­ber of the Univer­sity of Ch­ester, is also a mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Saugh­all, was in­vited to speak by our district gov­er­nor Beryl Cot­ton.

Ro­taract is for young peo­ple aged 18-30 and Ro­tary is for peo­ple over 18.

Then we heard from Ca­trin Pugh, a sur­vivor and am­bas­sador who suf­fered 96% burns in a coach crash in France in 2013.

She has worked tire­lessly to walk again, use her hands and try to re­gain a nor­mal life all with a smile upon her face.

Ca­trin has gone from be­ing a vic­tim to a sur­vivor and now a thriver, us­ing her own ex­pe­ri­ences to help and mo­ti­vate oth­ers.

To­mos Day our last speaker of the day had been awarded the Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Award.

He spoke of the in­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence he had done in Arthog Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre. This award is for 16-18 year olds. To­mos cur­rently works in the Ja­panese Em­bassy in London as a Per­sonal As­sis­tant to the Min­is­ter Plenipo­ten­tiary and hopes to work in Par­lia­ment in the near fu­ture.

He thanked Ro­tary for his great start through the award.

In the evening every­one ad­journed to en­joy a Gatsby-themed Gala Ball at the ho­tel.

Left, the Knife An­gel, rais­ing aware­ness of knife crime

Me­ols pres­i­dent Ged with award

Coura­geous speaker Ca­trin Pugh

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