Pages last updated on Wednesday 20th June 2018
THE ROTARY CLUB OF LEEDS ELMETE
We meet at The Bingley Arms, (The Oldest Inn in England!),
Church Lane, Bardsey, Leeds. LS17 9DR.
7.00 pm. for 7.30 pm., every Thursday (except two Thursdays around Christmas).
Our President for 2017-18 is Rotarian Peter Whelan. Peter is a retired Surgeon who worked at St James's University Hospital, Leeds (Jimmy's) as a Consultant Urologist until his recent retirement. This is Peter's second go at being President (previous term of office: 2002-03).
President Peter and Members will be delighted to welcome visiting Rotarians and guests to our meetings. (Please advise by phoning 0113 267 2925).
Our Club members have again filled three Aquaboxes in this Rotary year (2017-18). We have completed this number of boxes each year for a number of years now. The boxes are to be delivered to the Aquabox Depot in Derbyshire shortly.
Below is an extract of an email received by Aquabox with a quote from one of the recipients in Somalia of the boxes we sent in 2012: "When I was pregnant, I had worries to cloth my babe. We dont afford food most times so monies for cloths is hard to get. I thought the box was just for water and was happy when I found the towels and the clothes. I cried and hided them for after the delivery. This is the first time I ever had something new to wrap my baby in. My oldest son Ahmed will not leave the shelter without his new books and bag. He is too proud when he carries them with the other boys. Even me, I can share the cooking utensils with my neighbors. It feels like being home again. Truely these are blessings for all of us!"
Makes you feel good that the efforts of a few people in Yorkshire can have such an impact on the lives of people in need so far away!
Used Spectacles for Vision Aid Overseas.
UPDATE 1st June 2018:
So far 12 boxes of used specaclrs have been sent to VAO.
MORE USED SPECTACLES FOR VISION AID OVERSEAS
Immediate Past President Bill thought he was getting a big Christmas present from fellow Rotarian Arek when he arrived at the Club Chistmas party on 14th December, being presented with a big white plastic bag. He should not have got his hopes up so high!, but was delighted with the contents. Arek had collected some discarded, used spectacles from his optician earlier and gave them to Bill for onward transmission to Vision Aid Overseas. Bill parcels up the spectacles collected by members in boxes containg between 150 and 200 pairs each, and sends them to VAO via a local Optician. VAO recycles the specs, and the profits help with their work restoring vision to people abroad, especially in Africa. The money helps to train Optometrists, the performance of eye tests and the presciption of new spectacles (made locally). The Club has been supporting VAO in this way for over 20 years, and the last parcel sent off on 15th December was the 7th such in this Rotary year (July to June).To learn more about VAO visit www.visionaidoverseas.org or click on the link.
SCHOOLS' LITERACY PROGRAMME
A number of our members continue to help out at two local schools by hearing children read once a week. This initiative started in September 2013, and is proving to be a very valuable and rewarding experience for the students, the schools and the Rotarians involved.To read more about this initiative: Click Here.
Leeds Rotary Clubs Technology Tournament for Schools
The 2017 Technology Tournament for Schools was held on Tuesday 13th March 2018, at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds, and our Club was represented by a member as part of the of the Judging Teams, as well as helping with the organisation of the day.
A new record number of teams took part.
The nine Rotary Clubs in Leeds Area join forces to put on the Tournament.
Next Year's Event is scheduled for Tuesday 12th March 2019.
Once again, as in many previous years, a number of our members gave a donation to Lifestraws in lieu of sending Christmas cards to each other in 2017.
To read more about this life saving Rotary Project click HERE
OUR BULBS ARE COMING UP!
The bulbs we planted with the help of Bardsey Parish Council are begining to grow alongside those we planted last year (see lower down on this page) in the verge at the end of Woodacre Lane and outside the village School.Unfortunately Mr and Mrs Mole have been having a field day where we planted (well it is their field!), but hopefully there will be a nice show of purple flowers over the next few weeks.
CROCUS PLANTING 17th OCTOBER 2017
The day after the storms caused by the remnant of Hurricane Ophelia, 4 members of the Club and 4 members of Bardsey Parish Council braved the gusty wind and planted 4000 purple crocus corms on the grassed area at the end of Woodacre Lane, Bardsey. We had planted some there last year. A notice will be erected in the spring, when they start to flower, to tell people about this effort and Rotary's 'End Polio Now' Campaign. We have also given Bardsey Primary School 1000 bulbs to add to those we planted with the children's help at the school last year.
MOBILE FOLDING HOIST PURCHASED FOR IRELAND WOOD SCHOOL PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT
Leeds Elmete has had a good working relationship with Ireland Wood School in North Leeds for many years. This school accomodates children with special educational needs and integrates them into mainsteam. We work particularly with the physiotherapy department. To fulfil a need to reduce strain on carers, and to aid the comfortable transfer of children/young adults unable to stand safely, we purchased of a 'Birdie' Folding Mobile Hoist as illustrated in the picture, in May 2017. We are delighted to provide the funding for this eqipment, knowing it will be put to good use for the benefit of the staff and students.
PRESENTATION OF PHYSIO PRIZES AT IRELAND WOOD SCHOOL, 12th July 2017
It was, yet again, a great pleasure for 4 of our Rotarians, along with President Peter, to attend the afternoon Assembley at Ireland Wood School on 12th July 2017. We were reminded that we have being going, on an annual basis, for many years now to present prizes to the students judged to have made outstanding progress with their physiotherapy to help their mobility, while also making progress with their studies. We were also able to perform the 'official handover' of the hoist we purchased a couple of months ago. It is always a delight to see the children, how well behaved they are, and to see the pleasure on the faces of the winners of the awards.
The awards are named in memory of one of our past members, the late Jack Transport, who initiated the scheme.
Below is a photograph of 3 of the 4 successful students (the missing young lady was visiting the school she will be studing at next term on the day we attended), as well as a photo of Past President Bill and the hoist.
NEW PIGGY BANK FOR OUR MEETINGS
A teacher from Ireland Wood School attended one of our meetings recently to give us a talk about the School and how the children with Educational Special Needs are incorporated into the daily life of the school. A talk appreciated by all.
During the meeting, we had to pass around an empty sugar bowl, since 'The Pig of Good Fortune' had gone AWOL. The pig - a large orange piggybank - has been passed around at our meetings weekly for some time now. If a member has some good news, information, joke etc. to impart, a coin or two is then put in the pig. This raises a suprisingly large sum that the President is able to send to one or more chosen charities at Christmastime. Last year, Rotary's Polio Plus and Brain Cancer Research benifitted from the proceeds of the 'Pig.'
When we went to Ireland Wood to present the Physio Prizes in July, knowing we were bereft of a collecting vessel, the Teacher who had talked to us presented us with a ceramic Owl to replace the missing animal. So from now on 'Olly' the Owl of Good Fortune will do the collecting. Thanks Jane.
Our Club is one of very many clubs in Great Britain and Ireland currently using the RIBI website template, each club being required to make an ANNUAL payment of £50. This is raising approximately £60,000 for The Rotary Foundation each year!
Meetings and events happening soon
Thursday 28th June 19.30
Club Meeting NV
Thursday 5th July 19.00
Club Meeting MC
Thursday 12th July 19.00
Club Meeting BC
Thursday 19th July 19.00
Club Meeting LR
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