Busy period for Morpeth Rotary

Photo contest winner Simon Foley, left, receives his prize from Ken Stait.
Photo contest winner Simon Foley, left, receives his prize from Ken Stait.
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The club’s annual photograph contest had seven members competing to a tight finish, with Simon Foley coming out as overall winner.

The themes were castles, the Wansbeck and the sky and the prize silver tankard was awarded by Ken Stait, who runs Stait Photography in Morpeth. He had come straight from a commission to take photos to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines, but was still impressed by the youthful vigour of Rotary members.

Rhona Dunn outlined the programme for club activities. Morpeth Rotary will take part in the Rothbury Christmas Tree Festival, support will be offered for the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, there will again be a charity fund-raising bookstall and there will be a joint fund-raising banquet with the Lions.

New lady member Ann Thompson held a very successful social event at her home that raised £481 towards a ShelterBox. This box – full of emergency supplies – will be sent to a disaster area as requested by the UN and other relief agencies.

The main fund-raising event of the year starts tomorrow, with a week of collecting at Morrisons organised by Dr Paul Crook.

A series of visits to inform members about what is going on in the area will start with the Anarchy Brewery and there are plans to offer support to King Edward VI School and to get involved in presenting the annual KEVI Rotary Music Award.

The club is to give continuing international support to the local man who heads up a charity school educating and caring for street children in Bogota, Colombia, and it has agreed to give a donation to a young lady who aims to develop herself and help with projects on a visit to Brazil.

Plenty of sporting action is ahead – including a golf competition, carpet bowls, darts and snooker – and there will be a treasure hunt and card games with pie and peas.

Alex Swailes, the Morpeth Gadgy, and other members lead the regional Rotary Caravan Fellowship that recently had a rally at Belford of 35 caravans from all over the UK.

The club has been invited to a Vietnamese evening by Alnwick Rotary to raise money for the End Polio Now campaign.

Members continue to inform the club with their specialist knowledge, skills and expertise such as recent talks by Michael Duffy on George Orwell and his books Animal Farm and 1984, and by Simon Foley on kite making and flying. In addition, George Brown has used his wonderful, mature singing voice to produce a CD for members and friends that raised £170 for charity.

Rhona also reported on the Rotary District conference at Harrogate where delegates found out about the Betty’s of Harrogate tea room, farming, a West Yorkshire archaeology hoard and an impressive new meningitis charity.

The best contribution to the conference was a brilliant presentation by the young people of Alnwick, who are supporting the Rotary Club with impressive community activities and fund-raising through a RotaKids Club.