New District Governor
District Governor’s official visit
Members of the Club were pleased that the newly-installed Rotary District (1285) Governor had chosen Sandbach for his first official visit. He was, though, no stranger to them: Rtn Eric Cowcill being a member of the Sandbach club. Eric joined in 1985 and has served as its president on two occasions:1992 and 2008.
Eric has been a loyal and hardworking member of the club for over 30 years. His particular interest has been in promoting Youth Service and he has been instrumental in helping to create RotaKids clubs at 3 local primary schools and an Interact Club based at the High School. As Youth Officer for the Rotary District he has encouraged young people to take part in Rotary competitions like Youth Speaks and Youth Makes Music and organised international exchanges. He is well respected by his fellow club members who wished him well in his extensive duties over the next year.
In his talk to the club last week, the District Governor reminded members that this year's Rotary theme is "Rotary: Making a Difference" and said that, through Rotary, we are all able to do that. He said that many projects at home and abroad were only achievable through effective collaboration, working with other organisations towards a common aim and in many ways helping to save lives, improve health, give people a better standard of living and education and create opportunities to better themselves.
He said that what Rotary clubs have in common is the accent on sustainability - sticking with a project and seeing it through. As an example, he referred to Rotary's involvement with the fight against polio which had been reduced from 400,000 cases worldwide per year in the mid 1980s to just 6 this year.
Rtn. John Higgins (Publicity Officer)
The Rotary Club of Sandbach has a Hovey at the helm, once more, for the coming Rotary year.
President Dave Lewis handed over to Richard Hovey at the meeting on 5th July. This is the second time that Richard has been the president of the club but also his father was president in 1979 and his grandfather was the founder president in 1945.
President Dave said that his year had been a very busy one as he had tried to get involved in as many of the club's activities as possible. The had been wide- ranging but the thing which stood out for him, he said, was the way in which the members had worked together and the support and loyalty which they had given him.
President Richard reminded members that the Rotary theme for the year is "Rotary: Making a Difference" and hoped that the many activities planned would be tested against that motto. He said that as well as supporting international projects like End Polio Now and working on local, practical projects, any fundraising would be directed to supporting three charities which he had put forward: St Luke's Hospice; Water Aid and Macmillan Nurses.
At the end of the proceedings, as he brought the meeting to order by striking the bell on the table, he was reminded that his grandfather had presented the bell to the club on its formation in 1945, having been made from materials available at the time: an ex-ARP brass hand bell and some carved timbers rescued from St Mary's Parish Church.
Rtn. John Higgins (Publicity Officer)
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