HEROES HONOURED: In his introduction as the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Seahouses and District, past president and Paul Harris Fellow Kelvin Rushworth reminded members that Heroes was the 2012 theme of the Seahouses Festival to be held in June.
His own hero was Gladys Aylward, the missionary in China whom many members had seen featured in the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.
As a youth leader, Kelvin had met Gladys at a Methodist conference in Bradford and been motivated by her inspirational story.
Six Bees was the title of his talk.
Brazil was the 2012 destination for four non-Rotarian young professionals from the North East through the Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Programme.
Kelvin had been responsible for their recruitment and selection from a wide field of high-quality applicants.
Bangkok was an exciting new destination for Kelvin in May, when he was to represent the Rotary Club at the 2012 Rotary International Convention.
He showed a lively DVD in which current Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee introduced the highlights of the convention and of Thailand, the land of a thousand smiles.
Birmingham was a much more immediate destination, as Kelvin was to attend An Audience with the Presidents when he would meet incoming Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka from the Rotary Club of Yashio in Japan and incoming President of Rotary Internationmal in Great Britain and Ireland John Minhinick from the Rotary Club of Burntisland and Kinghorn in Scotland.
Bournemouth was to be an April 2012 destination for Kelvin when he would attend the Annual Conference of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and act as Voting Delegate for the Rotary Club of Seahouses and District at a lengthy business session.
He felt that contributions by Sir Terry Wogan and Pam Rhodes would be slightly more interesting and he was looking forward to the live television presentations of the Rotary Young Citizen Awards.
Bulgaria would be twinned with the North East for the final Group Study Exchange Programme in 2012-2013, after almost 50 years during which thousands of young professionals had enjoyed vocational and cultural exchanges across the world.
Kelvin expressed the hope that the Rotary Club of Seahouses and District would volunteer to be one of the hosts for the incoming GSE Team from Bulgaria in September.
Bukhara, one of the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan, was featured by Kelvin in honour of Rotary Club guest Laziz Nurmuhammedov from Bukhara.
Laziz was celebrating his 24th birthday and visiting the UK for the first time to improve his English before continuing his career in hotels and tourism in Uzbekistan.
Prior to the usual hearty supper at the The Olde Ship Hotel, Laziz chanted the Islamic thanks for food in Arabic and Past President Chris Turner intoned a more familiar Grace in English.
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