Rotary Club of Watton & District

Archive 2009 

29 NOVEMBER 2009

left: President Richard sells the first tombola straws to Pam; stall-maker Charles.

Right: VP Mike and George watch the
Smokehouse blues Band pass by

We  made 250 for Rotary charities

Remembrance Sunday
 8th November 2009

Rotarian Gary Palmer, Immediate Past President and a Training Officer for the RBL,
laid a wreath on behalf of the Watton Rotary Club.
The Parade Commander was Rotarian Pat Murphy.
12th Nov
Charlie Davis tells the Club about planning for his gap year working for THE PROJECT TRUST
teaching in GUYANA
From 28 Aug to 9th Sept,
two couples from Watton Rotary,
 with another couple from Broadlands Rotary, were in New South Wales, Australia, for a Friendship Exchange.

Here the group is seen with the Irene Jones,  Governor Rotary District 9700.
Our 55th Charter Night Dinner was held in the Queen's Hall on 9th October.
At our meeting of 6th August, Paul Weatherill continued the Water Aid theme by 'fining' everyone present!
Although several members were away at a Gilbert & Sullivan event, our numbers were boosted with some of our ladies helping to entertain guests from New Zealand. Hugh & Jeanette Lovelock live at Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty on the east coast of North Island. As ITHFers, they were staying with Martin & Helen (who had visited them in NZ in 2006). Hugh spoke about kiwi fruit and explained the origins of the name of his Rotary Club: Whakatane (pronounced Farkartani).


The Inner Wheel Barbecue was held at Charles's
and Heather's on 28th July.

It was a "joint" meeting with Watton Rotary

Excellent venue,
Excellent facility

 On 2 July, District Governor John Samuel paid us an Official Visit,
the first of his year in office.
At the meeting, Paul Chubbock was inducted as a full member of the Club, having had 'honorary' status for some years.
With President Richard, Paul is shown here with his father Ivan.
Inside & Out
14 June

Bottle Stall and demonstration ShelterBox Display.

Over 250 raised for Rotary Charities.


Vocational Awards
On 11th June We made our annual Vocational Awards.
Gail Adcock, far left, managed the Wayland Hall Luncheon Club for 10 years until her recent retirement, received the individual cup.
Rtn Paul Weatherill
gave the eulogy.

The Watton Festival Committee won the group award. The cup and certificate were received by Heather Graham, committee member, and John Kerr, Chairman, on behalf of the group.

Rtn Vernon Brodie, a past member of the committee, gave the citation.

Young Designer Awards 2009
On 4th June, as part of our Youth Opportunities Programme, awards were made to 3 Year 11 students
of  Wayland Community High School.
Shown, left to right are:
Bekka Page (2nd prize), President Richard,
Holly Cranmer (3rd prize), and Alan Dawson who was the 1st prize winner.

The students were accompanied at our meeting by Teacher Sam Fleming and School Technician Graham Hayden.
The judges, Rtns Andrew Barwood and Rod Riley, also highly commended 4 ruuners-up:
Brendan Hall, Michelle Coogans,
Kirsty Hibbs and Edwin Barton

Rtn Paul Weatherill is taking a demonstration Shelter Box around the local schools. This visit was to Caston Primary School where a pupil emerges from inspecting the tent. Rtn Peter Semlyen (right) assisted.

The 4th "JAZZ at the QUEENS HALL" on 13th March. featured 'DixieMix' - a sextet recently formed by Simon Nelson. It was good to welcome Chris Wigley (ex the now defunct 'Just Jazz') on trombone, and also reeds player Pete Oxborough, who was a stand-in for the evening. A superb evening of vibrant and brilliantly played jazz, which raised over 400 for Rotary Charities. DixieMix are booked for our next "Jazz at the Queens Hall" on 2nd October.

We were delighted to have had a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from America studying at the UEA to address us at our 29 Jan meeting.
Seen here exchanging banners with club president Richard Akister, Catherine Creme comes from Lancaster, she is a graduate of Dickinson College, Carlisle, and is sponsored through the Rotary Club of Carlisle Sunrise. Situated in the State of Pennsylvania, Lancaster is some 80 miles to the west of Philadelphia; Carlisle a further 60 miles.

 Rotary International has some
 400 students in universities
 worldwide sponsored through its Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships Programme

2009 is off to a flying start!

Our New President, Richard Akister, congratulates  Dr Mike Harvey, having handed over the vice-president's ribbon of office.

For many years, through SOS villages, we have helped to support an orphan in Kenya. We have now signed off our previous long term charge, Caroline Morra, aged 24 (see archives), and have now 'adopted' a young boy. We share this support with other Rotary Clubs and organisations and hope our association with David Mboya will be a long and fruitful one.

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