Club of Great Missenden
Archive 7: from 26 Sep 06
to 1 Mar 2007
The Club was well represented at the District Conference in Torquay. Click here for more pictures. [May 2007].
Dogs can smell cancer - according to a research team based in Amersham Hospital. The team have conducted controlled tests to prove it and are the first team in the world to establish it. Dermatologist Carolyn Willis (right) and dog trainer Claire Guest (left) gave an interesting account of the history and background to their Research. Tangle, the dog, gave a demonstration of its sniffing abilities. Apparently dogs are one million times more sensitive than humans in smelling. Experiments were made to smell cancer of bladder through urine samples.
They need more funds for research. John Coates, the senior vice-president of the Rotary Club of Great Missenden, aims to donate part of the funds raised through this year's Xmas float. The meeting was attended by Rotarians from the neighbouring Amersham and Aylesbury Clubs. [1 May 2007]
The Ladies Indulgence Evening held on 22 Mar 07 raised enough funds to pay for six wheelchairs to be delivered to a country in Africa. Many thanks to the generosity of all those who delivered the 'indulgence' and to those who showed an healthy appetite for it.
Photo on the Left: Anne
McDowell on the bed having a touch of Reflexology
Gavin Plews, a member of Rotary Club of Great Missenden, is leading a Group Study Exchange Team to Argentina . The Club held a farewell party for the team and it was attended by the District Governor Charles Chaney and members of other Rotary Clubs in the District as well as some of the family and friends of the Team members. Each of the team members did a presentation, partly in Spanish, outlining their background, where they come from, their profession, hobbies and interests and what they expect to gain out of their visit.
On the photo above, L to R: Kirsty Crombie-Smith, Sheila Chauhan, Gavin Plews (Team Leader), Su Bartlett and Liz Genever.
The Exchange Team from Argentina (District 4790) are expected to arrive in the UK on 8 May 2007. Their details are on their website www.resistenciacity.com.ar [23 Apr 07]
Russell Abel (right on both the pictures), a Rotary Scholar from our District, gave a superb account of his experience as a Rotary Scholar. It included his stint at the UN Security Council, G8 meetings, encounter with Putin and 'James Bond'. Russell not only excelled academically in an Australian University in International politics, but also he was voted as the best sportsman. He also organised events to raise awareness and raise money for the disadvantaged. After listening to him, one can no longer doubt the value and usefulness of the work of Rotary Foundation's Scholarship awards.
Photos: On the Left:
President Mike Rainford with Russell Abel.
The organisers of the Play in Prestwood (PiP) were presented with a cheque following various fund raising events held. Total contribution exceeds £7,000. The organisers are seen here with President Mike Rainford and his wife Pat Rainford (second from right). PiP's leader is Claire Moore, far right. [19 Apr 2007]
Richard Morris, the ex-headmaster of the Mvumi School in Africa, gave a passionate insight into the situation in Africa. In 1995 he left New Zealand to take up the challenge to open a school in Mvumi, Tanzania. A project concerning sanitation/toilet facility was completed with seed money from Great Missenden Rotary Club - and through them other Rotary Clubs and matching grants from Rotary Foundation. The value of the project was $38,313. He thanked the club members for their help. Further details available from the club member Gavin Plews. [12 Mar 2007]