When Dave Sadler visited the Rotary Club of Till & Glendale he introduced himself as the new District Governor of District 1030 (Rotary North-East District) for the year.
He described some of his heroes through his life and how one of them led him into joining Rotary.
For him, the essence of Rotary is: helping others in time of need without fanfare; getting on with doing things; and accepting that being human we don’t always get things right. Dave described how Rotarians are people who want to make a difference for others and collectively we can make a difference for many.
Following Dave’s visit, members of Till & Glendale were entertained and informed by a talk given by two members and a friend who had visited Israel earlier in the year. The talk covered a whistle-stop tour of the country, from the Golan Heights in the north to the Dead Sea and Masada in the south.
The highlight was the photographs showing lap quilts (made by members of Lowick Quilting Group) being given to Holocaust survivors who are now living in assisted-living facilities in Haifa.
The Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors is run by a local charity Yad Ezer L’Haver in partnership with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.
As well as providing accommodation for around 100 people, the care they receive takes into account both their physical and emotional needs, recognising that each one of them has a different, as well as, difficult story to tell. A little of their personal histories was shared with the club, including one lady who described the miracle of having German youth groups visit the home to help with renovations, something she had never imagined would be possible.
At an earlier meeting, Georgina Otley, of Lucker, who is studying medicine at Nottingham University, gave a vivid account of her trip to Kenya with the Kenya Orphan Project.
One of the many thought-provoking moments she shared was when she described the realisation that cameras they were taking photographs with cost more than the cost of building a basic house.