Service Above Self
Rotary Club of Taunton
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President Elect’s Jottings November and December 2016 At our first meeting in November Rotarian David Welch, a member of the Crewkerne District Club and the Chairman of the Halcon One Team, brought us encouraging news about events and initiatives on the Halcon Estate, but stressed the need for more volunteers to help manage the project. The SGM the following week unanimously appointed Peter Nott to succeed Nigel Moyle as Club Treasurer and David Lewis to continue as Secretary. Tony Cox was confirmed as Vice President. President’s Question Time followed, an opportunity for Club Members to voice their opinions. Fourth Tuesday evening meetings were hotly discussed. The President stated that our present arrangements would continue till at least the end of June 2017. Saturday 12th November was a red letter day. In the morning Terry Stirzaker planted 1000 purple crocus corms in Vivary Park to commemorate the sterling work of Rotary International in its fight against polio. Terry’s artistry in designing the Rotary wheel was much appreciated by those present. Well done, Terry. In the evening at the Temple Methodist Church our well attended music concert came to fruition. The Rivertones Harmony Chorus, the New Horizon Singers and our three highly talented young soloists, Eyra Norman and Ellen and Gregory Steward, provided us with a feast of good singing. Thanks to Ian Ramus for his help with securing sponsorship, ensuring that the programme was accurate and for compering the concert. Thanks to members of Inner Wheel for their help with interval drinks and eats and very many thanks to all Rotarians who sold tickets and attended on the evening. Front of House support from Jill Ramus, Lillian Priest, John Palmer, Tony Murray, Peter Nott, Alan Reeve and David Lewis was much appreciated, as was the help of Joanna and Ian Rossiter, who organise the day to day running of events at Temple. The concert raised £3200 for Compass Disability and Reminiscence Learning. The Taunton Male Voice Choir is already booked for November 2017. On the 15th November Andy Punter, Senior Fundraiser South West of Cancer Research UK, talked to us on the importance of embracing the use of social media to advertise our Rotary Club, particularly emphasising Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The good news is that our External Communications team, Adrian Prior-Sankey (i/c), Peter Nott and Tony Cox, is up and running. Please pass on to the team news and pictures of the latest good deeds for publication on social media and in the press. The following week Simon Cross came to explain his involvement in a 1000 kilometre charity cycle ride in Vietnam and Cambodia in December to raise funds and awareness of the need for the earliest possible diagnosis of brain tumours in children and adults . He will return to us in the New Year to report on the success of the venture. The Fifth Tuesday saw the return of Matthew Dietz, Chaplain of Taunton School, to tell us more of his life changing experiences in a talk entitled ‘From Basra to Boarding School’. After university at Cambridge he served in the army before joining a company in the city, but in 2003 he was recalled by the army to serve in Iraq, where he received his calling to serve as a minister of the church. The Christmas Party for silver surfers took place at Queens College on Thursday 1st December. Fellow Rotarians helped with transport, provided prizes for the raffle and served drinks, while Inner Wheel organised and served the food. Tony Cox was the life and soul of the party as always and Terry Stirzaker was an excellent organiser of the event. Alan Reeve, David Lewis and Chris Cutting joined me at the December District Forum held in Glastonbury. As always, there were new ideas on recruitment, including a short video on Rotary which is aimed at non Rotarians and which will be available to our club shortly. There were also inspiring talks on Rotary help for Nepal and on the Sherborne Castles Club’s very successful Classic Cars Show, which raised £50,000 for charity in the summer. December 6th was an extra SGM for Nigel Moyle to present the Club’s accounts, kindly audited by Alan Reeve. Members listened closely and put a number of pertinent questions to Nigel, which he answered admirably by taking us systematically through all the figures. The accounts were duly approved by members. Santas’ Run for Charity in the centre of Taunton, in aid of Children’s Hospice South West, was stewarded successfully in Goodland Gardens by 15 of our members, guided by Bob Greenwood’s meticulous planning, on a dampish but balmy December evening. We enjoyed some Christmas cheer in Brazz afterwards. The final meeting on December 13th – the week beginning 19th was a Scatter Week and the next fell in the Christmas Holiday period- was a jolly good Christmas Lunch, at which Tony Cox, Ian Ramus, Terry Stirzaker, David Lewis and Adrian Prior-Sankey gave us a modern day take on Christmas, which was written for radio by Tony himself, and we recognised the hard work throughout the year of all the staff at the Race course. Please remember our Christmas Collections, organised by Nigel Handbury, on 22nd and 23rd December. Enjoy Christmas and bring your New Year resolutions to our meeting on January 3rd. Roger Priest 13th December 2016 Dates for the diary 3rd January Talk on the Court Leet by John White, Lord of the Manor 11th January Youth Speaks at Huishes 21st January Official opening of Compass Disability Well Being Centre 31st January Speaker Mark Coray, antique furniture restorer. 16th February Inner Wheel charity bridge day at Oake village Hall 6th March Visit to Children’s Hospice South West in Barnstaple