District Governor Amanda Watkins
Terry Cann welcomed Amanda to the meeting on Monday 11th October for a
questions and answer session which was received by all present. Wives
and Hon. Members had been invited to this meeting and visitors from
other Clubs were also welcomed.Amanda outlined her hopes for the
coming year and explained that her focus would be on recruitment and
participation on a larger scale within the Rotary family. She
emphasised, however, that this didn't mean Clubs should over-stretch
themselves as this could have an adverse affect on the whole project.
the 2012 Olympics - with Ray Payne
Rtn John Fairclough introduced Ray Payne to the Club he sang his
praises and when told that his past
projects had included the Sydney Opera House and the Centre Pompidou
in Paris the intake of breath from the meeting could be felt.
belongs to the Chesham
Club and, as our speaker, gave
a mind blowing presentation on his work as head of construction
strategy and logistics of the Olympic Park. He said his personal remit
was being responsible for making the site work and emphasised that his
team of 9,000 had made it possible to achieve; the transformation of a
largely derelict huge site, intersected by rivers and railway lines,
into an Olympic village and 11 venues with top sporting facilities. He
was obviously delighted to announce that his part of the project had
come in ahead of time and under budget.
appeared very amused that he must have been doing something
right as he had an unexpected telephone call inviting him to be,
out, one of the key players on the Olympic project, firstly as head of
to Hon. Member Patsy Booth
meeting on 27th September, the opportunity was also taken to welcome Patsy Booth (The widow of
the late Peter Booth) as an Hon. Member and present
Winifred Mitchell (Widow of
David Mitchell) and Norika Dyett (widow of John Dyett) have also
recently been invited to become Hon. Members.
was obvious that Ray relished challenges, which was fortunate as the
challenges on the London site included having to dig out land
contaminated by arsenic, cadmium and unexploded ordnance, the
unwelcome legacies of Victorian industry and bombsite rubble.
there was flooding, some of it tidal but as in all walks of life,
experience counted together with knowing that you had very
competent people on the job.
of his regrets is that the waterways were not used to capacity but he
fully understood the reluctance of the contractors although he felt
that three options made a difference and London
2012 the only project in the country to use road, water and rail to
move goods onto site.
Olympic Park infrastructure included 28 new bridges and 18km (11
miles) of highway in an area within a 13km
(more than eight miles). At a total cost of £9.3 billion, the
development has proved a point. He had set out to demonstrate that
huge projects could be built on time and to budget this had been
achieved, consequently he was nearing his journey’s end
. Click here for Olympics
With me little bit of
Along the promenade I walk.
Having heard Rotarian Alan Maizels
report on his recki of Scarborough and its hotels, President Terry Cann
can't wait to get there next June to replace the rock - never mind the
of Rotarian Brian Barnett as
Junior Vice President 2010/2011
Induction of Rotarian
Roger Young Sept. 2010
Monday 13th September 2010 we relived our speaker
Steve Parson and
his son Laurence’s
holiday of a lifetime from their purchase of a Ford Mustang in
the USA in 2007 to the end of their drive along Route 66, or as
John Steinbeck called it in
The Grapes of Wrath,
“The Mother Road”. Running between Chicago and Los Angeles
this legendary old road passes through the heart of the United
States on a 2,400-mile diagonal
trip that takes in some of the country's most archetypal
roadside scenes. Today, 85 percent
remains drivable. Although there have been casualties with the
passage of time, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stand is still serving
up cones in St. Louis (vouched for by our likely lads);
Stanton, Missouri's Meramec Caverns still gives tours; and a
night can be spent in a 30 by 16 foot concrete wigwam at the
Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona. From late 1950 Route 66 was
bypassed by high-speed Interstate highways until finally
decommissioned and made a historic route in 1984. During the
Depression many farm families made their way west along Route 66
to California and after
World War II a similar exodus took
place but this time expressing their upward mobility going
for improved careers/jobs in California so Route 66 became
the route from the dust to sun bowl. Although ‘super highways’
have been built upon many stretches of the two-lane Route 66 and
there is no alternative but to use these, there is still
excitement, romance and inspiration following the Route resulting
in songs like Bobby Troup’s ‘Get You’re Kicks on Route 66’
which was sung by Nat King Cole and the Rolling Stones and the
1960's TV series 1960’s TV series ‘Route 66’ and Pixar’s
animated film Cars.
Here we are again!
and friends wait in eager anticipation
A mind blowing experience. Just up Rotarians' sleeves.
Rotarians joined Ian
Keable for his one man show combining
sleight of hand with sleight of mind. Hilariously funny one moment
with his dry wit and audience participation, and completely baffling
the next. He entertained
us with his wit, repartee and good natured interaction with the
audience, and with his sleight of hand magic and mind reading Skills.
Another opportunity for
renewing old and some new friendships.
and for my next trick
26th August 2010
meeting with Chesham at Chartridge Golf Club at 7:30 pm
Chennai GSE Team's Presentation.
Competition at Missenden Abbey on 19th July 2010
the winner is ...
the 'drop of a hat' or 'swing of a club' Rotarians love to have fun and
socialise. The Larder Trophy held on 8th July 2010 at Weston Turville
Golf Club was a good excuse and golfers and none golfers joined
for pre drinks and a celebratory dinner
Margaret Larder (second
from left) presented the Trophy and prizes to the winners. If you
weren't there you missed a great evening - and the golf was good too!
8th July 2010
Trophy at Weston Turville Golf Club on 8 July 2010 ...
Rotarians and non-Rotarians welcome to take part. Non-golfers can join
in for dinner. Click
here for details.
Contact Rotarian Ed
Whymark for further information. Tel: 01494 866276 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Brehm of ROPE
[Relief for Oppressed people Everywhere] gave an update on their
organisation's aims and objectives with examples of the way in
which they help communities around the world. All of the public's
contribution goes to help people at the end point as
administration costs are covered by a different charity, 'Friends
Some of the members
remember a couple of speakers we have had from Rope over the years and
recall contributing to a water distribution project in Ghana. The
person dealing with it in Ghana was a Rotarian who was also a Rope
Holder. [28 June 2010]
Good News... Rotary
Club of Bombay with whom we have been associated with in
supplying of copies of 'Dictionaries For Life' have won five awards,
including 'Special Innovation in
Literary Award' which is the highest award conferred by Rotary
International. Other awards include: Four Avenues of
Literacy Service Recognition, The Vocational Character Literacy
Award, The Zone Literacy Award and The Area Literacy Award.
||We have sent them
messages of congratulations noting that we only played a very
small part in their overall project of 'Bhavishya Yaan - A
mission for a brighter future'. Click
here to see background to our project with them.
Night on 28 May 2010: Members of Great Missenden Rotary and
their guests enjoyed an evening's entertainment by The Keep
Clear Jazz Band, a comedian (in addition to our own Brian
Barnett) and a fun Table quiz ... all centred around the theme
of 'A hint of the 20's'.
There was an
international flavour ... with visitors from Argentina, S Africa
and Australia. Photo on the right: President Terry Cann and his
wife Barbara, courtesy of Rtn. Eduardo Molino of Argentina.
MS Centre in Wendover & other Rotary supported Charities.
[28 May 2010]
Organ, an Honorary Rotarian from a club in Thailand, outlined
his club's efforts to provide safe drinking water for Thai
He is from the Rotary Club of
Jomtien-Pattaya. Many of the club members are ex-pats. He showed
slides of the 'before' and 'after' conditions in schools. They
are looking for financial support as average cost per
installation is £1,000. Only £2.50 will cover one pupil's ten
years of schooling. Contact Chris Gibbins, overseas fund
[24 May 2010]
Conference in Bath 21-23 May 2010: Several members and their wives
attended the District Conference. They had a great time, and the
organiser Rtn Alan Jones deserves all the credit for laying on excellent
sunshine as well. Click
here for some more photos. [23