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WELCOME TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF COVENTRY

Serving the community of Coventry and further afield

WE MEET AT MONDAY LUNCHTIME
LOCATION

Coventry and North
Warwickshire Sports Club
Binley Road
Coventry, CV3 1HB

TIME

12.30 - 2.00pm

FREQUENCY

Every Monday,
except bank holidays.

A WORD FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Robert Villette

I have been involved with Rotary for four years now and was honoured to become the President of the Rotary Club of Coventry 2017-2018 and receive the President's chain of office.
What is Rotary? Well, it's not a secret organisation, it's not a religious organisation and it's not a political organisation. At the 'top' level we are a worldwide organisation with over 1.2 million members spread across 200 countries and geographical areas.
Here in the UK there are over 1,800 clubs consisting of more than 50,000 men and women from all walks of life. Clubs are based in local communities where members meet on a regular basis to enjoy friendship, networking and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others. We utilise the skills, expertise and dedication of our members to help improve the lives of people in communities both at home and abroad.
We are an active club, both within the local community and across the globe with connections to schools and Sea Cadets locally and through associations with other Rotary Clubs internationally in Scotsburgh SA and Volgograd in Russia. Hopefully this year will see us twinning with the Vaslui Club in Romania.
We support many good causes locally, nationally, and internationally. This can be through either financial help or by giving our time. The pages of our website will give you more of an insight into what we do and what we are about.
If you like what we do and feel the time is right to 'give a little back' please get in contact with us or come along to lunch where you will be given a warm welcome by all.

LATEST NEWS FROM ROTARY

Club Meeting Monday 22nd January 2018

by Bill Parkinson

Following the singing of The Grace, President Robert opened the meeting by reminding members about the upcoming Peace Conference, the Foundation Dinner and the evening meeting next Monday at the Manor Hotel in Meriden at which cheques will be presented to several charities. Anyone planning on attending the evening meeting must let Robert know by email no later than Thursday.

This Friday the Youth Speaks debating competition takes place at Bablake School, starting at 6:30. This annual event gives young people from secondary school in Coventry the opportunity to showcase their confidence in public speaking. This is a chance to see the talents on many of our students speak and debate so confidently. Well worth attending.

The speaker for the day was John Wetherby who spoke on the work of Tools for Self Reliance - Practical help for practical people. 

The charity was formed about 48 years ago in Portsmouth and today there are 40 volunteer groups in the UK. Coventry and Warwickshire Tools for Self Reliance are a friendly group who meet on a Tuesday at Grace Academy Workshops, Potters Green from 3:30 - 6:30.





      The charity collects and restores pre-used  tools which are then made into kits which can be used in developing African countries.

        Courses and training in using tools and becoming proficient in a trade are given in 6 African countries: Ghana, Sierra Leon, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi. Training is given in building, carpentry, blacksmithing, electrical engineering, auto-mechanics and tailoring. These courses enable trainees to earn a sustainable living.

        Training courses last approximately a year and trainees not only learn a trade but also become more proficient in numeracy and literacy. Between 2500 and 3000 people are given help each year.

        President Robert presented John with a cheque to help with the work of the charity.





                  Eric Michael Pittaway
                  10th June 1927 - 17th November 2017


                  Members of this Club were deeply saddened by the passing of Michael Pittaway on 17th November. He was an active member of our noisy luncheon table and no doubt a source of humour which was attributed to this band of stalwarts.
                  After 53 years' service to Rotary his life held many facets of achievement. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004 and was President of the Club in 1996 and in between was actively involved in many events organised by the Club ad its committees.
                  Many members may not know of the great professional service he gave as a veterinary surgeon to the City of Coventry and Warwickshire and as an active magistrate on the Coventry Bench.
                  Many people would mention his cheerful character both in his private and professional life where he was able to encourage others to reach their full potential in life. This permeated into his practice and those he came across in the many charitable fields in which he was involved. 

                  His wide knowledge had been developed from his love of the countryside, of music, sailing, farming and shooting. In his time he had written poems and had exhibited his paintings in the Royal Show at Stoneleigh. In later life, with Heather his wife, he had an interest unload maps and had collected enough to open a gallery in Eastgate, Warwick.

                  Above all, of course, he was better known as a veterinary surgeon and a former President of the Royal College described Michael as 'a man ahead of his time.'  He was above all a great innovator and showed the way in developing veterinary practice for a generation of veterinary surgeons in the 1960s.

                  Locally he joined his practice in 1951 when his main clients were British Rail and Co-op. They had over 1,000 horses which had to be inspected regularly. However, they were soon replaced by mechanical vehicles. Work with small animals was at that time limited so he transferred his attention to a large number of small mixed farms surrounding Coventry. His senior partner, Colonel Dale, whose successor, Rupert Knight, quite soon emigrated to Canada which left Michael as sole partner. He had to rethink the future of the practice which faced a changing world. The standards he wrote at the time formed the basis of the first standards of the British Veterinary Hospitals Association. He became closely involved at national level with the BVA in London which involved the setting up of the BSAVA. He created one of the first practice laboratories for the analysis of samples which extended into a service to neighbouring practices and then widened to a national service. He developed a series of satellite surgeries from Nuneaton to Kenilworth and across Coventry which at one time numbered eight surgeries. His aim was to have neighbourhood surgeries within walking distance of his clients. Michael started one of the earliest 24 hour on call services with veterinary ambulance drivers. He became well known locally as Radio Vet when on Thursday mornings for some 20 years he had a session on Mercia Sound.


                  Michael had great belief in the city in which he was born and where he was baptised in the old cathedral. His father was a sideman in the cathedral.

                  He was a protégée of Sir Sidney Nicholson, founder of the Royal School of Music, which whom he would stay during holidays. He regularly sang in the Three Choirs Festival at Glouster, Hereford and Worcester. His profound love of classical music was nurtured from his childhood. He played the organ at St Michaels in the village of Warmington for over 20 years and enjoyed the community there, regularly attending the church with his family. The service at St Nicholas, Kenilworth on Friday 8th December, was taken by Canon Richard Cooke in fond remembrance of Warrmington.

                  Mike will be remembered for his ready smile, sense of humour and his generosity throughout his life.

                  John Hartley


                  Kim Rees receives the Paul Harris Fellowship Award


                  At the Christmas Lunch on Monday 18th December, much to her surprise, Kim Rees was presented with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship. In her usual modest way she was delighted to accept the award.
                  Before Kim Rees came to Coventry, Kim was living near to Newark in Nottinghamshire. David, her late husband, was a Rotarian in the Newark Rotary Club and also Head of Science at Hills High School when he also became Rotary District Governor of District 1220 in 1996/97. Together they regularly supported local charities with garden parties and coffee mornings, a practice that continues in their new residence in Coventry.


                  They moved to Coventry about 17 years ago when David resumed his membership in Coventry. Team Rees continued their support of many charities and in particular our local Paralympic athlete Kare Adenegan, in her successful quest to become part of the Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she became a medalist in three events, winning one silver and two bronze medals.
                  Sadly, David, a member of this club, passed away in 2016 and Kim decided to continue their good work helping to raise money for various charities.

                  John Hartley


                  Interact President Kennedy Receives its Charter


                  On Thursday 12th January the Club was proud to charter its very first Interact Club. The event took place at President Kennedy School and was attended by President Kevin and other club members. There were approximately 40 Interact members present as well as members of the teaching staff. A teacher, Brian Finlayson, gave a word of welcome and then President Kevin spoke. He spoke about Rotary's work at both local and international levels. He then read out a letter of welcome from RIBI President Eve Conway. He then presented the charter certificate to Brian who accepted on behalf of the Interacters. 


                  The president then presented the interacters with their lapel badges and welcomed them to the world wide family of Rotary. The formalities concluded, the President then invited questions. There were several, the most memorable being after the Polio Plus campaign had been explained, 'What is Polio?' 
                  Everyone present then tucked into the buffet that the club had provided. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm not only of the children, but their teachers as well. It might have taken us 97 years, but it was a very successful launch.

                  Brian Winstanley

                  WHAT IS ROTARY?

                  The Rotary movement consists of men and women who want to help: young children here in Coventry and overseas; those who need a helping hand here in the UK; those faced with natural disasters overseas.

                  Rotary initiated the Polio plus campaign in 1984 when there were hundreds of thousands of cases worldwide. This year there were just 343.

                  Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects both locally, nationally and internationally. For more information see “Rotary at a glance”.

                  Each member enjoys business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate and having a great deal of fun at the same time!

                  Find out more details about Rotary at Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, and also, with a world view, at Rotary International

                  THE ROTARY CLUB OF COVENTRY CALENDAR 2017

                  THIS CALENDAR COMBINES SPEAKERS, DOOR STEWARD'S AND SPEAKER'S HOST

                  Henceforth it has been decided that the duties of both the Steward and the Visitor's Book shall be combined. Members are reminded that it rests with them as individuals to arrange for a substitute and then to notify the Secretary. The change should be recorded by deleting the printed name and writing the amended name on the list on the notice board.

                  Monday 8th January

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Ros Thomas

                  Speaker:

                  President - Club discussion on Membership

                  Speaker's Host:
                  Ian Talbot

                  Monday 15th January

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Philip Hodgson

                  Speaker:

                  Sarah Stallard - Slimming Word

                  Speaker's Host:
                  John Hartley

                  Monday 22nd January

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  David Cule

                  Speaker:

                  Michael Fetherstone-Dilke - Maxstone Castle TBC

                  Speaker's Host:

                  Bob Hall

                  Monday 29th January

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Jeffrey Rowe

                  Speaker: 

                  Evening Meeting at the Manor Hotel, Meriden

                  Speaker's Host:

                  Pru Porretta

                  Monday 5th February

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Terry Bond

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:
                  Ray Thomspon

                  Monday 12th February

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Roma Hawthorne

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:
                  David Kershaw

                  Monday 19th February

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  John Hartley

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:

                  Sen Bogahalandra

                  Monday 26th February

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Tim Sawdon

                  Speaker: 


                  Speaker's Host:

                  Jeffrey Rowe

                  Monday 5th March

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  David Davies

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:
                  Ken Holmes

                  Monday 12th March

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Judy Ryan

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:
                  Serena Calder

                  Monday 19th March

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Michael Hammon

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:

                  Tim Sawdon

                  Monday 26th March

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Ken Holmes

                  Speaker: 


                  Speaker's Host:

                  Robert Pargetter

                  Monday 9th April

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Sen Bogahalanda

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:
                  Rod Drew

                  Monday 16th April

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Geoffrey Jackson

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:
                  Victor Keene

                  Monday 23rd April

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Ray Thompson

                  Speaker:

                  AGM

                  Speaker's Host:


                  Monday 30th April

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Keith Chapman

                  Speaker: 


                  Speaker's Host:

                  David Kershaw

                  Monday 14th May

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  David Joyce

                  Speaker:

                  Club Assembly

                  Speaker's Host:

                  Monday 21st May

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Robert Pargetter

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:
                  David Cule

                  Monday 4th June

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Martin Cooper

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:

                  Roma Hawthorne

                  Monday 11th June

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Kevin Vaughan

                  Speaker: 


                  Speaker's Host:

                  Phil Hodgson

                  Monday 18th June

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Bob Townsend

                  Speaker:


                  Speaker's Host:
                  Tim Sawdon

                  Monday 25th June

                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                  Bill Parkinson

                  Speaker:

                  Handover

                  Speaker's Host:

                  FURTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

                  26th January - Youth Speaks Intermediate round at Bablake School

                  29th January - Evening Meeting at the Manor Hotel, Meriden @ 18:30- 19:00

                  2nd February - Youth Speaks Intermediate round at Bablake School

                  24th February - Presidential Peace Building Conference @ Ricoh Arena

                  28th February - Foundation Dinner at Coventry Golf Club

                  3rd March - Youth Speaks - District Final Arden Hotel, Coventry Road, B92 0EH

                  14th March - District Council

                  19th March - Finance Meeting after Club Meeting

                  26th March - Evening Meeting at the Manor Hotel, Meriden @ 19:00 - 19:30

                  6-8th April - RIBI Conference at Torquay

                  16th April - Council remind club chairs of Club Assembly

                  23rd April - AGM No speaker

                  25th April - Inner Wheel coffee morning at the home of Beryl Sarram @ 10:30

                  14th May - Club Assembly - no speaker

                  28th May - Bank Holiday

                  14th June - Inner Wheel, Presidents tea at the home of Mary Maginniss @ 2:30 pm

                  25th June - Handover

                  1st July - District Handover at Warwickshire Cricket Club, Edgbaston, Birmingham 

                  2nd July - Inner Wheel Handover meeting at the Royal Court Hotel @ 11:00 for 11:30

                  19th - 21st October - District Conference - Southport








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                  Here are some of our latest events

                  TREASURE HUNT

                  On Friday 28th Rotary members had the pleasure of taking part in the Treasure Hunt which was once again ably organised by Past President Ray Thompson. So popular was the event that there was a waiting list to take part! Members pitted their wits against Ray's devilish clues to find the answers. In the end 'Team Bond' managed to pip everyone to the winning post. Keith Chapman has reported the event in poetic style!! Hope there will be more odes in the future.

                  A Friday Night in Allesley

                  At the Rainbow Inn in Allesley Rotarians did meet.
                  We came there for a purpose - our annual walking treat.
                  The Treasure Hunt, devised by Ray, commenced from this location,
                  requiring skill and knowledge too, with careful observation.

                  As we set off along the path the rain was light but steady,
                  though some remained in dry surrounds with liquid comforts ready.
                  But as we walked the rain grew fierce, and clues were hard to find,
                  with KBO we pressed right on, though some grew faint of mind.

                  At last some golden words appeared within the instructions neat:
                  'Now cross the road and make return' - a dignified retreat!
                  And so we did - the second lap more tricky than the first.
                  The rain it eased, but not the clues - some of them got worse!

                  At last, in drizzle faint, the welcome Rainbow came in sight.
                  There was a choice to carry on - but that would take all night.
                  So welcome food and drink were there, along with friends and fun.
                  The fish and chips are wholesome - when they eventually come!

                  The Peter Harris trophy shield was well and truly won.
                  The soggy sheets were analysed to find what we had done.
                  The usual gang of spritely youths had carried off the prize,
                  alongside those more senior, who role was to advise.

                  And so we thank Nelly and Ray for such a jolly night
                  of fun and fellowship and guile, which turned out quite all right.
                  But next year just a little ask, and please don't get upset -
                  for easier clues, and earnest prayers - that it will not be WET!

                  Keith Chapman

                  A VISIT TO HERBERT MEDIA

                  On Friday 7th July, members of the Vocational Service Committee visited the Herbert Museum by invitation and were treated to an excellent introduction to the work of Herbert Media by Kerrie Suteu, Creative Media Officer and Simon Wellman, Film-maker & Trainer, both highly qualified in their respective fields of education and training. 

                  Herbert Media is an established body within the Museum, with a specialised media team which enjoys the use of a professional digital recording studio, broadcast-standard video production equipment and the necessary incidental facilities to enable the full use of the array of equipment. It has an outreach of fundamental importance for school children and students in Coventry; primarily from the special schools and colleges in the City such as Hereward College and Baginton Fields.

                  The experience afforded by Herbert Media to these young people can be life-changing, turning any one of them from an introvert, uncertain and socially-unresponsive individual into an outgoing, confident person with an awareness of personal capabilities. The great majority of those who have passed through Herbert Media have gone on to lead successful, independent lives in their chosen careers in art and architecture, design, film-making and theatre. All this comes from a dedicated team of just four people.

                  We had the pleasure of being guided by Kerrie and Simon through the different media components and who spoke with evident enthusiasm of their roles in the work of Herbert Media. It was quite a revelation for all of us, visiting club members, who had known little or nothing of that work which was so clearly explained to us.

                  David Cule


                  Rotary Design & Technology Exhibition 2017

                  What an exciting display of talent which the public were able to view at Coventry Transport Museum between 19th and 24th of June.
                  On show were examples of Coventry Schools' teenagers work which demonstrated their imagination and skills from our 22 secondary schools including Bablake and King Henry VIII. Their teachers have inspired them to produce stunning products such as, farm equipment; prosthetic limbs; sophisticated lighting; elegant textiles e.g. dresses for both theatre and High Street; engineering design producing a CNC cutting machine; a real aeroplane built and successfully flight tested (the aeroplane was too large to be on display); a fully functioning workshop bench; architectural models; promotional displays for movies, toys and games; furniture and storage units; water sports i.e. a wake boarding control and sports equipment.
                  All these and many other items were made to GCSE and A Level standard and some Key Stage 3 work was produced at Finham in support of the 2020 Educational Charity.
                  The range and quality was both professional and wide ranging and had to be viewed to see the extraordinary skills both in the preparation and making of these products.

                  A Level James Aitken - Multi-purpose Workbench (Ernesford Grange Community Academy)

                  GCSE Archie Payne - Phone Docking Station (King Henry VIII School)





                  The effect on the public was reflected in comments placed in the visitors book such as - stunning; fabulous; brilliant; what talented young people; an excellent and superb exhibition by very talented local students; wonderful; amazing; etc.
                  We could not have produced such a successful show without the help and support from the five Rotary Clubs; Sarah Hayball of Coventry Transport Museum; Sam Rooke, Assistant Head President Kennedy Academy; Clare Webster, D and T teacher Blue Coat Academy; students and teachers from the 21 participating secondary schools; the organising committee; the Methodist Central Hall Coventry; corporate sponsors and Henley College Coventry and Rotaract.
                  Finally the public, schools and students fully appreciated that the exhibition and awards evening were located at the Coventry Transport Museum and The Methodist Central Hall and many thanks to them.
                  Each of the five Rotary Clubs judged a selection of exhibits to select winners. Here are some pictures of the winners chosen by our Club.

                  Jeff Rowe

                  A Level Aryan Malakzi - Carabow - Archery Storage Carousel (King Henry VIII School)

                  GCSE Ben Greenhow - Phone Docking Station (Coundon Court School)

                  A Level Emma Coxon - Modern Lighting (Coundon Court School)


                  GCSE Esnes Parsons - Art Nouveau Inspired Lighting (Barrs Hill School)


                  Intermediate Youth Speaks
                  On 27th January our Club organised the first heat of Intermediate Youth Speaks at Bablake School.

                  This year's event was notable in that for the first time there were eight schools competing: Bablake, Barr Hill, Bishop Ullathorne, Coundon Court, Heart of England, President Kennedy, Seva School, and Whitley Abbey.

                  Last year's National Finalists, President Kennedy School, were the first with their presentation, setting such a high standard that they could not be caught. Being the winners they go on to compete in the Area Final at Bablake School of 4th March. At times it is difficult to believe that these young people are 11- 13 years old, such is the quality of their performance.

                  Many people came together to make the evening a success but a special thanks to Master of Ceremonies PP Terry Bond who soldiered on despite a severe attack of trench foot and Rotarian Bill Parkinson who stepped in at the last moment to be one of the judges.


                  Brian Winstanley













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