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Our dear friend and fellow Rotarian Brian Betts passed away on Thurs 24 Feb 05. The Club members pass on their condolences to his wife Jill and family.

All the members have many impressions of Brian - echoing feelings such as - "one of life's gentlemen" (George Tyler)... "a great and lovely gentleman, we will miss him dearly both in the club and personally very much indeed" (George Rivas).... "In a very short time I have lost two very dear friends who were very close both inside and outside of Rotary" (Peter Booth).

Brian's photos here were taken at Henley Regatta (1998), a club social event which he supported regularly.

Brian was a founder member of the Club and its  president in 1997-98, immediately after Guru. Guru's impressions include: an untiring man... non-stop talker on a variety of subjects ... had plenty of anecdotes...was a young Conservative and very friendly...grew orchids in his home... very generous and would treat the entire club at his home with Chili Con Carne...got the Xmas float going with the trailer ... lent his car even when he was not around... mechanical engineer who ventured into importing spring steel, winches etc from Scandinavia ... the wedding party of Brian and Jill ... enjoyable travel with him to conferences and District meetings ... enjoyed curry and red wine ...Dr Alan Morris (Guru's current GP) saved Brian's life many years ago by referring him to the right specialist at the right time... he and Tony Shaw actually contested for the President's post ...and so on. On a lighter note, he would bring on a smile any time the club members recall Tabards or the strong Garden Gloves that fell of a lorry. [27 Feb 05]

6 Aug 1938 -
24 Feb 2005


Damien Hook (son of Tricia and our club's Rotarian Peter Hook) gave a talk on Animation. He explained the techniques involved in planning and production of animated films with a pre-Xmas TV advertisement for Anchor Whipped Cream. [21 Feb 05]


Club members had insight into how people with partial sight see things, and the devices that are available to help the affected people. Maureen Reeves from the Bucks Association of Blind and Partially Sighted is seen here demonstrating a level indicator that sounds an alarm at the right time. Their annual budget is around £500k.  More info at www.bucksblind.co.uk [14 Feb 05]  

Songs from the Heart – musical entertainment in aid of Scanappeal was held at High Wycombe Swan Theatre on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Sunday 13 Feb 05 at 7:30 pm. Thanks to the efforts of so many ... the event raised nearly £2,700 including the bucket collection at the end of the evening. Click here for a pictorial report.

 

 

 

Club member Guru Guruswamy gave a talk on Cuba - following a short tour of the country in summer 2004. [7 Feb 05]

     

On behalf of NSPCC, Jane Harries collected the cheques from President Gavin Plews. Over £7,000 were raised via sponsored Cycle Ride - London to John O'Groats. She said, "... you have raised a phenomenal amount for NSPCC...it will help us do wonders for local projects...". [31 Jan 05]
Full details of the cycle ride (20 July to 5 Aug 2004) are on this website.
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Geoff Burnett entertained the Club with stunning photographs of many local spots. The show was accompanied with music. His labour of love was clearly evident in the show - and an inspiration for budding photographers. The twin projectors seen here were part of the equipment he brought along. [24 Jan 05] 

 


Brains of Great Missenden Club are runners up in the District Quiz on 19 Jan 05. They simply obeyed Club's strict instructions to avoid winning the event as the winning club will have to organise next year's quiz! L to R: John Coats, Steve Gill, Mike Rainford and Alan Maizels. [Jan 05]


Trading Standards Officer, Graeme Preston, from Bucks outlined the current role of his department. They are becoming more proactive in addition to their enforcement work. He touched on a wide range of subjects - faulty goods/services, rogue traders, doorstep sellers, misleading pricing or adverts etc. His office can be contacted at Aylesbury 01296 383212. They have a website as well. [17 Jan 2005]

 


Gavin Plews presents Paul Harris Fellowhip to Alan Maizels. Gavin said, "...to recognise your contribution to the workings of this club over many years. I can guess that you've now got fewer hairs on your head than you had before Christmas, and the words "music system" spring immediately to mind. But that's not all. You (were) volunteered to take over the Treasurary ..., and continue to work slavishly to bring it in control. Your personal standards are extremely high, as witnessed in your year as President..." [10 Jan 2005]
 

  Consultant radiologist from Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Dr Phil Savage, gave insights into a range of medical scanners. They included MRI (magnetic resonance imaging of brain), carotid doppler (to check arteries in the neck area), echo cardiograms etc. Cardio vascular ailments cause more deaths than cancer. He also outlined some typical causes leading to such ailments. The subject of scanners was topical in view of the club's support for the scanners over the years and particularly the special concert organised for 13 Feb 04. He thanked the club for the support. Scanners have helped at least 1 in 7 people in Bucks. [10 Jan 2005]

Tsunami in SE Asia struck on the Boxing  day [26 Dec 2004]. Quite apart from any contributions that individual members may have given directly, the Club has donated £500 towards medicines for victims in Sri Lanka. The money was channeled through two doctors in Aylesbury, Jane and Peter Edwards. They were originally scheduled to go but arrangements are in place to deliver via Rotary Club of Colombo. [Jan 05]

Xmas - Collection at Tesco in Amersham: Thanks to the generosity of Tesco staff and customers. The club members raised £3,543 in front of the stores on a couple of days before Xmas. We were £200 up on previous year. [Jan 05]

 

 

Xmas Float: For diary / route of Xmas Float / money raised in each area,  click here. Many thanks to the generosity of the local people - in 2004, we raised £3,756 (compared to £3,738 in 2003). [Dec/Jan 05]

 

Rather sad news ... David May, president of our club in 1992-93, passed away on 8 Dec 04. Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Rosemary and family. David left our club when he moved to Wales. It was during his term that our club applied for a successful matching grant for an ambulance to India. [Dec 04]

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^ ^^Club members Tony Shaw (left) and Ian Bampton showing the banners of rotary clubs they visited at two different ends of the world -one to Nevis and the other to Taipei [Nov 04]

 

^^ Speaker from National Trust (left) talking to Gavin Plews, the president. As a shepherd of NT, Howard Horne gave an interesting and amusing account of his work.They manange 30,000 acres in Chiltern alone.[22 Nov 04]

 

Wheel Ale to celebrate 100 years of Rotary: The club sampled the 'wheel ale' - a Brainchild of Rtn Frank Taylor of Hatfield Club. Members could order. [8 Nov 04]

 

Shoe Boxes - another record collection: George Rivas reported that we managed to deliver 1,200 shoe boxes this year. While the total number is less than usual for our club, it is an outstanding achievement nationally. The boxes are destined for Iash, a place that Brian Betts visited with a group of pupils from Prestwood Lodge a few years ago. [8 Nov 04]

 

Wheel Ale to celebrate 100 years of Rotary: The club sampled the 'wheel ale' - a Brainchild of Rtn Frank Taylor of Hatfield Club. Members could order. [8 Nov 04]

 

Shoe Boxes - another record collection: George Rivas reported that we managed to deliver 1,200 shoe boxes this year. While the total number is less than usual for our club, it is an outstanding achievement nationally. The boxes are destined for Iash, a place that Brian Betts visited with a group of pupils from Prestwood Lodge a few years ago. [8 Nov 04]

 

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A popular speaker from Russia, L Selezneva, revisited the club. She gave her impressions of Britain - and we shouldn't be grumbling about our cold and winter at all! She made us realise how fortunate we all are living in Britain. [1 Nov 04]

<<-- New member of the club - John Coates, introduced by Hon. Rotarian Paul Glover. John is engaged in technical translation and he is ex RAF.

 

 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Ted Dracott on 21 Juy 04. He was a dear friend and president of our club during 1987-88.[23 July 04].  Click here for a brief synopsis by Peter Booth. 

   

 

Alan Maizels finished his term as President on a very successful note. He received the RI President's citation for well balanced achievements during the year in several avenues of Rotary. He thanked all the club members. [July 04]

 

Dr Challoner's School girls visit Mvumi: Marina Leslie-Wujastyk described her experience at the school and how she and others helped them in organising the library, gave tips on teaching in general and in use of computers. Alex Nicholson-Evans is due to go out there shortly, having hosted a Tanzanian pupil at her home. Our club is engaged ia Matching Grant programme with support from other Rotary Clubs in the UK. [2 Feb 04]

 

Climbing Mount Everest: David Pierce-Jones, son of our Honorary Rtn Anne-Pierce Jones, gave an account of how he reached the peak in summer of 2003. It was his child-hood ambition and he became the 39th British person to do it. What an achievement! [19 Jan 04] 

 

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Expedition to Ecuador: Will Wood, a pupil of Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, shared his experience in that country and outlined how they helped a local school as well with some sports facilities. The club had contributed a nominal sum to Will's journey. [12 Jan 04]

 

Map of Ecuador

Xmas in Spain: Guru Guruswamy, a member of the Club, covered the subject and provided samples of typical sweets and Cava. [5 Jan 04]