The year of President Roger Frank (2006-07)
Greeting from Rotarian Roger Frank
President July 2006 - July 2007
The Upper Eden Rotary Club is currently in its 27th year and we still have five of our Founder Members serving and keeping up the proud Rotary motto "SERVICE ABOVE SELF". The Club prides itself on its friendly relaxed atmosphere at its Tuesday evening weekly meetings held at the Black Bull Inn at Nateby , Kirkby Stephen. We offer a good Supper, an interesting programme and good conversation to all visitors. Guests and visiting Rotarians are made very welcome so please feel free to join us.
Events July 2006 - July 2007
Hog Roast and Disco
On Saturday 15th July 2006 members and guests were treated to a wonderful evening of fellowship at Flitholme Farm, courtesy of Fred and Judith Hayllar. Admission was free but guests were asked to contribute £10 each towards the Great North Air Ambulance appeal and other charities supported by Rotary. The event raised almost £1,000.
In late July we had a joint evening meeting with the Rotary Clubs of Wenslydale and Settle at the Moorcock Inn in the Mallerstang Valley. There was a display of vintage cars owned by Rotarians followed by a buffet supper and fine fellowship.
Clay Pigeon Shoot
On 8th August 2006 Upper Eden organised a Clay Pigeon shoot and BBQ Supper at the home farm of PP Fred Hayllar and his wife Judith. Rotarians from Appleby and Barnard Castle Clubs were invited to join in the fun. President Roger arrived in his newly acquired Ice Cream van. The ladies team, pictured on this page, did all the hard work to provide a most enjoyable supper even after PP's Peter Cartmell and Ray Thornton had shrivelled the bacon and burghers.
Included Judie Dobson who was instrumental in raising funds and organising the refurbishment of the Cheogh centre in Brough which is now the town’s showpiece Youth Centre with a function room available to town groups for Bridge and other events. Then we had local man Martin Bell who for the past 14 years has worked in the British Antarctic Survey Support team. Martin showed numerous slides which clearly depicted the beautiful but relatively hostile environment in which the team work. Another local lady Moira Gaine gave an overview of her work within Age Concern where she is involved in the organising of shops and Day Centres throughout the Upper Eden valley.
Yomp sponsors present cheques
Once again local businesses rose to the occasion and donated sufficient funds to cover the total costs involved in the organisation and set-up for this year’s Yomp. Messrs T R Handley & Sons, a major haulage contractor based at Crosby Garrett, and The Kendal Cumbria Scaffolding Company, based in Kendal and owned and operated by members of the well known Bowman family of Kirkby Stephen, are shown on this page presenting cheques for £1,000 each to President Roger Frank of the Upper Eden Club. President Roger expressed his thanks on behalf of the Club and to all of the 600 or so people involved in the event and said that support of this nature by local businesses is essential to the success of the Yomp and means that the Club can donate to charities all of the money raised from entry fees and individual Yomper’s donations from their sponsorships. The major Charities that will benefit from this year’s event are Eden Children’s Hospice, Barnado’s UK and Thandi Friends Project Africa.
Medicins Sans Frontieres – UK
The Rotary Club made arrangements for an illustrated talk to be given by retired Kirkby Stephen Doctor, Dr Carl Hallam on the subject of the work of Medecins Sans Frontieres which Dr Hallam has supported for over two years by working directly with the victims of catastrophes in Indonesia and Africa. On Friday evening 20th October in Kirkby Stephen Grammar School main hall Dr Hallam enthralled his audience of over three hundred people with a description of the work he has done in a Tsunami decimated area of Indonesia and in the Darfur section of Sudan.
Dr Carl Hallam continued his drive to make people aware of the work that MSF carries out throughout those areas of the world that have been devastated by natural disasters or by human forces in the aftermath of major conflicts. Dr Hallam enlarged on the report printed in the local press the previous week,with a visual presentation and talk which covered the whole scope of the work of MSF from the time of arrival of Doctors , Nurses and Technicians in the stricken area through to the setting up of hospitals , health centres , mobile clinics, vaccination centres together with the essential fresh water and sanitation services.
MSF also establish nutrition centres for those people who are badly undernourished , they distribute basic supplies of food , blankets and mosquito nets and ensure that the human and material wastes are properly dealt with to prevent epidemics of cholera and typhoid etc. Dr Hallam explained the continuous needs of MSF in terms of skilled volunteers and said they are always ready to welcome fully skilled GMC registered Doctors along with qualified nursing staff and medical students who are prepared to work in unstable environments and who will help train local people to a standard where they can operate on-site services with the minimum of supervision.
Anyone who would consider undertaking such work can obtain further information from www.uk.msf.org or by Telephone 020 7404 6600 and Fax 020 7404 4466. The Rotary Club of Upper Eden thanked all those who attended the presentation and so generously supported this worthy cause helping to raise over £2000 by the purchase of tickets and by their generous donations at the conclusion of the show.
Our meeting night on 31st October was turned into a “Special Event” with Members and Partners coming along in Fancy Dress suited to the Halloween. President Roger dressed as a Wizard and with his wife Carola in Witches costume set the tone for the top table. Unfortunately PP Fred Hayllar’s wife Judith was stopped en route by two police warlocks and fined for riding her broomstick without a rear light and for carrying an unauthorised passenger ( Fred ).
The evening was also a cause for celebration in that we had the pleasure of inducting two new Members. They maintained their decorum in view of the serious commitment they were making but we have to admit there were some roars of laughter when “The Wizard” was doing his stuff. The new Members Ivor Allonby and Lawrence Cowin were accompanied by their wives and a guest and in the early part of the evening they must have been having some grave doubts about what they were letting their spouses in for or should we say – out for !!
It was a splendid evening of fellowship for the Club and their guests and we are looking forward with interest to the plans for the Christmas celebrations – Will the President appear as a Fairy in Tutu with his magic wand again working wonders, who will be wearing Fred’s V pill tie ? Will the Assistant President wear a Santa mask? Pictured are the main group of Witches, Wizards, Devils and things that went bump on the night plus a shot of Chief Wizard & his Witch !!
Once again with the kind permission of our local Co-op superstore we were allowed to set up our table near the main entrance to sell raffle tickets for our Christmas Draw. Winning tickets will be drawn during the switching on of the Christmas Illuminations in Market Square in December. The proceeds from the raffle will help to provide some Christmas cheer for our local older citizens. Here you see Past President Peter Davy and Elizabeth his wife on duty and well wrapped up against the cool draughts.
District Governor in Hot Water
Governor District 1190 Rotarian Adrian Hughes recently paid an official visit to the Rotary Club of Appleby where shortly after finishing his evening meal and mandatory speech he was kidnapped and trussed up ready for the pot by Rotarians John Taylor of the Appleby Club and President Roger Frank of the Upper Eden Club. These two intrepid adventurers are making preparations for a January start on a charity drive across the Sahara and through Timbuktu to their final destination, Bamako , the capital of Mali, the worlds fourth poorest Country.
This is an inaugural event into unchartered territory with the potential risk of bandits and cannibalism and John & Roger considered that the head man DG Adrian would be the number one choice for sacrifice in the cooking pot especially due to the enhanced figure he has gained from all his ceremonial dining since taking office. Due to the DG’s other commitments John & Roger have finally settled on taking a photograph of the DG with them which will be handed over to any bandits they encounter with an IOU. Our adventurers will be travelling the 5,000 or so miles in a pink Ice Cream van created from a written off Transit. This was acquired from a N Shields scrap yard with a mere 210,000 miles on the clock and virtually no floor. Visits to other scrap yards and trading on the good nature of the people of the Northern Counties enabled John & Roger to bring the vehicle up to first class running order and have even managed a valid MOT certificate. They have rebuilt the unit with a hand painted finish in a brilliant eye-catching shade of pink with bright yellow wheels and a white top.
Blazoned across the front are the product name “Mr. Drippy” and the firm’s name BOFS (no prizes for guessing what it stands for), Rotary Logo on the sides and sponsors details on the rear. With its large frontal ice cream cone (made from a road cone and a football) the van is certainly eye-catching to say the least. Good contact has been made with the six Rotary Clubs in Mali and the van will be carrying equipment suggested by the Mali Clubs including 11 hand cranked sewing machines with needles and a supply of cotton bobbins which will each help sustain a full family, plus pens and pencils for the local schools and toys and clothes for orphanages. The one way, Paris- Dakar style challenge will involve around 20 vehicles and due to the impeccable reputation of Rotary the “un-organisers” have accepted John and Roger’s proposal that all the vehicles that actually arrive at the destination, are donated to the local Mali Rotary Clubs for sale by auction. It is envisaged that this will raise enough money to finance the drilling of several urgently needed village wells in addition to supplying an outlying school with desks and chairs and other essentials.
We are hoping they will eventually return from Mali, possibly setting a new record on the return journey, for the farthest distance travelled by ox cart and we will be giving you the full story of their adventures sometime next April Rotarians Roger & John were given a rousing send off from Appleby on Thursday 11th January’07 by District Governor Adrian , the Lord Mayor of Appleby and a host of well wishers. They are scheduled to arrive in Bamako , Mali on 3 February’07 and we are following their daily progress on the websites: www.plymouth-banjul.co.uk. Our intrepid Rotarian team are shown under the heading “BOFS” – please don’t ask why !!!
The Rotary Club of Upper Eden had a change from the usual black tie & partygown style of changeover night with a BBQ evening with partners at the home of President Roger Frank & his wife Carola. A special feature of the evening was the background music created by an electronically powered organ which had been built by Roger's brother and after a hearty meal and a glass or two of wine we had the Changeover ceremony.
President Roger spoke of his year in office and said he was very pleased to report that with the support of the Club all of the objectives set for the year had been attained. He went on to thank each Committee and the Club Officers for their efforts in ensuring that the Club met or exceeded targets in all areas throughout the year and maintained the Club's reputation as a particularly active unit within Rotary and the local Community. President Roger reported that the results of his own trip in the Ice Cream van on the Bamako Rally had resulted in £17,500 being made available for the Mali Rotary Clubs to use to best advantage in their areas.
The big surprise of the evening was the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship award to Past President Fred Hayllar. Fred joined the club almost 25 years ago and was President in 1992/93.He has taken on most of the posts in the Club and he and his wife, Judith, regularly open Flitholme Home Farm to host Barn Dances, Hog Roasts and Clay Pigeon Shoots to raise funds for the Club's charity account. Fred is a stalwart of the Club turning out to give enthusiastic support to all of our events.
PP Fred was taken totally by surprise and thanked the Club for the award before being helped back to his seat !!
Retiring President Roger then welcomed incoming President Philip Jones and presented him with the Presidents jewel. In turn President Philip welcomed into office Assistant President Roger Jacobs and gave a Past Presidents badge to PP Roger Frank.