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                  News Archive 12 - from 20 Mar 2008 to 30 June 2008
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John Coates (Left) hands-over the President's role to John Skrimshire

President John Skrimshire (right) with Terry Cann who takes on the role of the Senior Vice-President

The new Officers of the Rotary Club of Great Missenden with the club members (well ... most of them)...30 June 2008

On the hand-over night, President John Coates thanked all the members for their support during his Rotary Year. The Club's achievements have earned the Rotary International Presidential Citation which he received on the District Induction night held on 26 June 08. [30 June 2008]

Rotarian John Knight arranged for superb weather conditions for the Hog Roast and Barn Dance in his Road Farm on 28 June 2008 - just a week after the mid-summer night. Rotarian George Rivas and his team got most people on to the dance floor and there was a great deal of spirited dancing. The bar coped with the thirsty customers ... but alas, the pig was committed and there were only some bare bones left. Some came for the second helping of the crackling. There were raffle prizes and also prizes for the best dressed cow boy and cow girl. Many thanks to all those who planned, organised and supported the event. Some 1,000 were raised for Rotary supported Charities. [28 June 2008]

Update on Siyabonga Bus Project in South Africa: Message from John Versey, Chairman of Dist 1260 International Committee and lead organiser from the Rotary Club of Hertford Shires: "Thank you for your support for the Siyabonga Bus Project.  I am pleased to say that the Bus was presented to the Siyabonga Care Centre on the 23rd May. My wife and I were lucky enough to be there when the bus was presented as I had hoped. They were so pleased to receive it that the staff sang to us and then spontaneously danced around the bus.

The project has proved immensely successful and your generous gift has resulted in the local community also now providing better premises which are now viable as a result of the transport.  The government has now provided additional support so that the centre is expanding and some of the Rotarians and others locally are contributing to provide more buildings.  The centre is going from strength to strength." [26 June 2008]

Jane Jones from the Audiolgy Department of Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford outlined her work in Tanzania.

Interesting comparisons of population, number of doctors and consultants, and the number of deaf people were made. She has been leading a team to help severely / profoundly deaf children in Tanzania. Through Haddenham & District Rotary, they have set up vocational training (wood working, sewing etc) and provided cooking, dormitory and storage facilities. Her husband Peter Jones is the District International Chairman of District 1090.

She is also looking into the causes of deafness there - such as excessive quinine administered during early years. [16 June 2008]

Geraldine Bailey joins the Rotary Club of Great Missenden ... and President John Coates is full of smiles as he welcomes her. Geraldine's vocation is IT- Sales.  [June 2008]

Prestwood Village Hall celebrated its 80th anniversary in great style. Various organisations within the village were represented with a mixture of stalls (WI, Gardening Society, The Magic lanterns etc), live demonstration (self-defense) and entertainment (Prestwood Theatre Club and Taylor School of Dancing etc.). 


Over 700 people attended the event. Rotary Club of Great Missenden had a display together with a slide show on the Club's involvement in Prestwood covering participation in projects such as Play-in Prestwood and Spirit of Prestwood - and use of the Hall for quiz night, ferret racing etc. Photos by Rotarian Mike Rainford. [8 June 2008]

Steve Gill visits Rotary Club of Bangalore in India, accompanied by Guru's brother PDG Govindaraj [Top RHS corner in the photo]. On that day, there were three consultants in a panel discussing modern developments in joint replacements. There were also other visitors. The message form the President of Bangalore Club, Rtn Lal Bhatia, to Steve is reproduced below: 

"It was indeed a great pleasure to have you with us on Monday the 2nd June, 2008 during our weekly meeting.  I hope, you enjoyed our hospitality and friendship. Our members were pleased to receive/exchange flag of your club and are happy to extend our warm greetings to the President and members of your club. Whenever you are in Bangalore, please do visit us.  In the meanwhile, enclosed please find photographs for your records.
With warm personal regards
Lal Bhatia

Not surprisingly. Guru's brother commented on Steve's voracious appetite for Aloo Ghobi (an Indian potato preparation) at the Bangalore Golf Club later that evening. [2 June 2008]

Cyclone and its aftermath in Burma: Club members agreed to donate funds for one Rotary Shelterbox (490). Shelterbox volunteers were one of the first aid agencies to gain access into Burma, and many may have seen their green boxes being loaded / unloaded on the BBC TV news. Further details at Shelterbox website.

The funds were allocated mainly from the Club's Disaster Emergency Reserve, donations from the general public during at the display of Shelterbox at the 'Spirit of Prestwood' event on 5 May (see picture and news item below this), and some individual donations through some club members' contacts. Many thanks to all those who contributed. [19 May 2008]

Join us at HOG Roast & Barn Dance at Road Farm in Gt. Missenden, Sat 28 June, 7:30 ~10:30 pm.
Tickets only 12:50 each from Alan Jones (01494 863887) or Steve Gill (01494 763880). Click here for details.

Great Missenden Rotary Club members organised a Stroke Awareness session along with a display of Shelter Box at the 'Spirit of Prestwood' event on the Bank Holiday Monday, 5 May 2008, in Prestwood.

Jenny Plews and Dr Alan Morris (President of Chesham Rotary) measured the blood pressure of over 70 members of the public and offered advice. Pat Rainford helped in the registration of names. Click here for more info on stroke awareness.

Rotarian Gavin Plews set up a display of Rotary Shelter Box. Such boxes are delivered to help those in distress after an emergency such as an earthquake or cyclone. Each box has a tent and sleeping bags for ten people together with essential tools to survive for six months. They cost around 500 each. Further details at Shelterbox website. Rotarian George Rivas entertained the crowd. [ 5 May 2008]  

Sue Hewitt has been associated with Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for 25 years. 

It was founded just before the II World war, 69 years ago. She outlined the history and the important role they play in today's society.

Click here for details on Citizens Advice Bureau

[21 Apr 2008]

Alli Harmer of Iain Rennie Hospice at Home was presented with a cheque for around 4,500 - by President John Coates of Great Miisenden Rotary [Left] and Rotarian Nigel Blackburn of Misbourne Matins [Right]. The cheque is from the proceeds of the Hollywood Ball held at Stokenchuch on 8 Mar 2008 by the two Clubs jointly. [7 Apr 2008]

President John Coates (left) is delighted as Rotarian Terry Cann accepts the role of Junior Vice-President. The latter will become Senior-Vice President from the new Rotary Year starting in July 2008. [7 Apr 2008]

'Change is our Challenge' was the theme of Rotary District 1260 Conference held in Bournemouth during the week end 28-30 Mar 2008. 

President John Coates went on to the stage in a line-up of all the Presidents of the Clubs in the District. Several Club members and their wives - and Steve's mum were at the Conference. 

There were also photo opportunities during the Conference Dinner with...the RIBI President Alan Jagger ....

and the District Governor Brian Doggrell. [28-30 Mar 2008]