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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.

THE 3RD ROTARY FESTIVAL OF

Christmas Trees

Holy Trinity Church, Broadgate, Coventry

Wednesday 6th  - Sunday 31st December 2017
Tickets - £10 each / Children - FREE


      Following the success of the first two festivals, something magical is happening again with an amazing display of Christmas trees adorning the historic Holy Trinity Church Broadgate, commencing Wednesday 6th December until Sunday 31st December 2017.

      Rotarian Ken Holmes, Past President of the Rotary Club of Coventry, states “we all seek joy and share the wonder of Christmas and what better way to get into the mood than to visit Holy Trinity to see the full glory and beauty of the festival”.

      Rotary is organizing this festival in partnership with Holy Trinity Church, in support of Rotary charities.

      Past President Ken Holmes invites charities, organisations and business to provide and display a tree. For details please contact 024 7630 7539 or 07931 737298 or Email: ken.holmes@live.co.uk

      There is no charge to display a tree, although contributions of £10 will be requested if you wish to have a pop up banner alongside your tree.

      A prize will be awarded to the best School/Youth Organisation innovative tree, and a second prize for all other organisations/business. Each prize will be for £150.

      We are looking for 100 trees, so early response is important to secure your place.

      It will also be possible for small groups of singers or musicians to provide festive music (by prior booking) to add festive atmosphere to the occasion.

      As a climax to the festival, a grand concert will be given on Friday 8th December at 7.30pm. Choirs will include the City of Coventry Male Voice Choir, Spires Chorus Worldsong, and the Coventry Polish Choir Senza Nome. Tickets: adults £10, children free. Two free tickets will be given for each 8 tickets purchased.

                  ARE YOU A ROTARIAN BUSINESS AND WISH TO DISPLAY A TREE AT THE FESTIVAL?

                  Click the link and download the booking form!

                  Seven Rotarian business have already signed up!

                  SIGN ME UP!

                  LATEST NEWS FROM ROTARY

                  Club Meeting Monday 4th December

                  by Bill Parkinson

                  Following the singing of Grace, President Robert opened the meeting by reporting on his visit to the opening event of Santa's Sleigh. Martin Cooper had emailed a specially shot short video of the event which gave a real flavour of the evening.

                  Robert went on to remind members that The Festival of Christmas Trees at Holy Trinity Church was opening on Tuesday 5th December and there was to be a concert on Friday at the church.

                  The speaker for the day was Richard Hoare who spoke on George Singer and Coundon Court. Richard had developed his interest in Singer and the building during his many years at Coundon Court School as head of English.

                  Singer who has built up his business interests, first manufacturing bicycles and later motor cars in Coventry, was Mayor of Coventry from 1891 to 1894.



                      He bought 52 acres of land for £8800 and built Coundon Court in which he lived until his death at the house on 4th January 1891.

                        The three storey house of red brick with some stonework incorporated was built in 1891 being designed by Charles Grayhill. The house exterior is rather severe but the interior is heavily decorated on imposing style, with much elaborate woodwork.

                        There are many imposing door casings with elaborate brass fittings. Many of the original features can still be seen in the rooms including wonderful cornices and friezes.

                          Richard obviously had a deep seated love for the house in which he worked for so long and communicated that vividly in his talk. He was looking forward to the listing of the house in the near future which would offer much needed protection to so many of the special features he had spoken about.


                                  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 30th October

                                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                                  Bob Hall

                                  Speaker:

                                  Ian Harrabin -
                                  CDP

                                  Speaker's Host:
                                  Brian Hammond

                                  Monday 6th November

                                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                                  David Joyce

                                  Speaker:

                                  Tim Rees
                                  URC

                                  Speaker's Host:
                                  Bill Parkinson

                                  Monday 13th November

                                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                                  Robert Pargetter

                                  Speaker:

                                  Ann Jones - Internet Security

                                  Speaker's Host:

                                  David Cule

                                  Monday 20th November

                                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                                  Ros Thomas

                                  Speaker: 

                                  Special General Meeting

                                  Speaker's Host:

                                  SGM

                                  Monday 27th November

                                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                                  David Davies

                                  Speaker:

                                  District Governor -
                                  Charan Bunger MBE

                                  Speaker's Host:
                                  Robert Villette

                                  Monday 4th December

                                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                                  Philip Hodgson

                                  Speaker:

                                  Richard Hoare, George Singer and Coundon Court

                                  Speaker's Host:
                                  Jeffrey Rowe

                                  Monday 11th December

                                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                                  Terry Bond

                                  Speaker:

                                  Ian Harribin

                                  Speaker's Host:

                                  Serena Calder

                                  Monday 18th December

                                  Door Steward & Visitors' Book:
                                  Philip Hodgson

                                  Speaker: 

                                  Christmas Lunch

                                  Speaker's Host:

                                  Robert Villette

                                  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



                                  29th November - District Council at Tally-Ho Centre @ 18:30 - 19:00

                                  30th November - Inner Wheel Christmas table coffee morning at Mary Maginniss's Home @ 10:30am

                                  6th - 9th December -Festival of Trees

                                  13th December - Inner Wheel Christmas Meal, Stoneleigh Deer Park, 12:00hrs for a 12:30 start

                                  18th December - Christmas Lunch

                                  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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                                  NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

                                  Here you'll find our past newsletters. Simply click on the newsletter you wish to read and it will download the PDF file for you to read and/or print at your own pleasure.

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                                  ACTIVITIES

                                  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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