St George's Day celebration

Wed 17th April 2019 at 18.30 - 20.00

Saint George's Day is the feast day of Saint George as celebrated by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint.

Julie with her son and PE Brian

PRESIDENT Elect Brian Boyd led the charge at The Rotary Club of Furness weekly meeting in honour of Saint George's Day.

The colour red and roast beef were the order of the day as he revealed the international appeal of the Turkish-born patron saint. 

Brian said that England could not claim sole ownership of Saint George, but we did have William Shakespeare. And he went on to quote the famous speech from Henry V: Cry God for Harry, England and St George.
While April 23 marks the saint's death, it is also acknowledged as Shakespeare's birthday, a date the playwright
shares with Rotarian Jan Kirkham!     

 Sister-in-law Julie Kirkham was speaker host, introducing her son Rob Glasgow who next month leads a group of student volunteers to Thailand. Raised in Barrow, Rob has recently gained a Sport Business
Management BA at Leeds Beckett University where he is currently employed while completing his MA.

He and 12 students will spend three weeks in Khao Lak, Phang Nga teaching English to classes of 30 children aged five to 16.
The volunteers will also spend time at an orphanage called Home and Life, originally established following the 2004 tsunami, to help with maintenance and gardening.

Rob said that back in 2008 Leeds Beckett volunteers travelled to the Tsunami Volunteer Centre to help with construction work as well as teaching English. The strong demand for English teaching remained and TVC handed over to another organisation Volunteer Teacher Thailand.

Rob said the volunteers had held several fund-raising events with the Yorkshire 3-peak challenge to come. He said that the project would help his personal development in leadership, resilience, team building and experience of other cultures.

The stirring nature of the meeting was completed by Peter Garwood, who highlighted the true spirit of Rotary at the Rise Up Against Hunger event in Grange.

Some 20 members attended the meeting at Barrow Golf club with several others at the Kendal Rotary club charter.  

Reported by Rtn Graham Dixon