Till and Glendale Rotary Club

The meeting of Till and Glendale Rotary Club began with an introduction of our guests from Alnwick and Seahouses Rotary Clubs.

A review of the coffee morning in Wooler at the end of August showed more than £260 had been raised.

Its success was due to the hard work of all those who helped with preparations, the members and friends who assisted on stalls and serving refreshments, and to all those who supported the event on the day, thank-you.

Our guest speaker was Kelvin Rushworth from Seahouses.

He described his experiences of attending various Rotary International Conventions at venues as diverse as Birmingham and Bangkok.

These included sitting next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a Rotary Peace Symposium and hearing Ban Ki-moon (United Nations Secretary General) speak about the importance of Rotary in building peace and good relationships within the world.

Marion Long, president of Alnwick RC, invited us to join them in a 100 club to help raise funds. She also offered us the opportunity to sponsor a RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) place for a school Alnwick Rotary Club are working with.

We were reminded of the date for the charity bag-pack in Alnwick on December 22, which we are grateful to Alnwick to be able to help with.

Handing over cheques for the past year’s fund-raising activities and considering ideas for future fund-raising occupied members of Till & Glendale Rotary Club during their most recent meeting.

Those present at the meeting to receive donations were Debbie Allan, from HospiceCare North Northumberland, and members of Lowick in Bloom, John White, Robert O’Rourke and Anne Waite.

Debbie spoke about how their workload has changed, with more younger people needing their care, and the way the hospice is organised enables them to be flexible in meeting such needs as they arise.

Robert thanked all those who have helped them achieve another Gold Award this year, particularly in view of the difficult weather.

The work of Lowick in Bloom is not limited to the floral displays around the village but includes improving amenities within the village and co-ordinating assistance for some of the more vulnerable members of the village community.

Other organisations which have benefited from our fund-raising activities this year include: Shelterbox, which delivers emergency equipment to people affected by disaster worldwide; the Arthur Rank Centre, which provides support for rural communities; and Canine Partners, which trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

It was noted, with thanks, that the Citizenship Award trophies for Glendale Middle School and Berwick Middle School, presented to a pupil nominated by the schools, were engraved free of charge by Shoecare, on Hide Hill, Berwick.

Today’s will be another business meeting, and will include arrangements for a coffee morning in Wooler on October 27.