Monday, 9 July 2012

At Ramshaw Lodge with Drone Valley 9th July

For anyone who was not aware, the Rotary Club of Drone Valley became homeless last week when their normal venue, The Talbot at Dronfield Woodhouse suddenly closed down.     Stepping in at the last minute, Rtn Jill Bethell, very kindly hosted the club at her home, Ramshaw Lodge at Unstone for tonight's meeting.

As well as members of the Club (including three of  their four joint presidents, Jane, Ann and Paul) one prosective new member and two other guests, myself and Gail, were also present. (Joint President Gill was cruising the Norwegian Fjords)  We sat down round Jill's dining table for an informal but lovely meal of chicken caserole, followed by two delicious home made cakes (Thanks to Rtn Denise Eardley for these)    Unfortunately Jill was not able to stay for the meeting, having been called away to an emergency meeting of St. John's Ambulance, in which she is deeply involved.

After a few club announcements, including reporting the award of the District  "Best Project" award for their involvement with local schools and the DARE project at The District Handover.  I added my congratulations on this achievement.

I then gave my talk  (you will have to come to a meeting to find out the details.) which was followed by numerous questions about Rotary and the attendance of Gail and myself  at the Rotary Assembly in January.

This club whilst small in numbers very much makes up for it in commitment and action.  They have a very full year of projects planned.   I wish them all the best for the forthcoming year.

Presidents Jane, Ann and Paul after the meeting

DG Dave with Prsesident Ann  and centrepiece - The Rotary Centenary Teapot

Members enjoying the fellowship
Thanks to Rtn Gail for driving me, to Rtn Jill for the use of her home for the meeting and President Jane for hosting us.

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