Morpeth rotary club
Some club members went to the annual planning meeting of all of the Rotary clubs in the region at Sunderland in May.
The final stages of End Polio Now were discussed.
It is still officially endemic in three countries. In Nigeria, there have been no cases for nine months and only one was recorded in Afghanistan, but there have been 22 in north west Pakistan.
The discussions included action to support the people of Nepal following the recent earthquakes. This was in addition to the appeal already launched to help the victims of storm damage in Vanuatu (New Hebrides).
Morpeth Rotary has sent £250 to both appeals, with more to go to Nepal following a joint fund-raising curry night with the Lions.
Laurie Walker organised the Morpeth Rotary Spring Golf Tournament for the Ralph Bowey Trophy and Simon Foley is ensuring that the rota for Age Concern meals is covered, along with reserve help on standby.
The continuation of the Rotary collection at Morrisons took place during spring. A total of 24 Rotarians took part and more than £1,100 was raised.
This amount, added to the shorter three-day collection in November, gives a total for local charities of £2,519. Many thanks to Morrisons and the people of Morpeth and its surrounding villages.
The club helped with stewarding at the Morpeth Gathering and organised a book fair on a windy and rainy Saturday.
Rhona and Jim Dunn were away at an international Rotary event in Belfast, so the stall was operated by Peter Scott and his team. It raised £100 for a local charity.
Volunteer members were invited to collect for Marie Curie with Morpeth Lions members and Save the Children.
A charity steak and games night was held in April in aid of the Samaritans, the charity chosen by 2014/15 Morpeth Mayor Nic Best for his year in office, which he attended along with the Mayoress (Joan Howard).
A donation was made to the Women’s Refuge, some young people have been given help with international projects, £50 was sent to the Morpeth Sports Council and £50 was given to the Magistrates Court at Bedlington to support the annual mock trial experience for schoolchildren.
A surprise donation of a large chocolate rabbit by Gordon Bolton led to a raffle that raised £70 for Barnabas Safe and Sound. The winner, Jim Miller, said it had only just been eaten, but admitted that he had a lot of help from young relatives.
Plans for future fund-raising and fellowship activities include a car treasure hunt, a barbecue arranged by Michael Duffy (retired headteacher of King Edward VI School), country walks, a sponsored abseil by Rhona in the Lake District for the Great North Air Ambulance, a market stall at Morpeth in July and the annual photographic competition in October.
Rhona takes over as President of Morpeth Rotary Club in July and she is already focussing on a major project for November and December.
It is to set up a Tree of Light for Christmas 2015, which will allow people to think of and remember those they love by offering a charitable donation and adding a message that will go on the tree.
The message tag will be written out for them and placed on the tree, which will be on display at Sanderson Arcade over the Christmas period.