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Exmoor Rotary: Club News 2002-3

Stroke Awareness Day - 5th April 2003

"A stroke is one way of finding out if you have a high blood pressure. We know a better way"

This was a national event carried out by Rotary Clubs all over the country, associated with The Stroke Association. We set up centres in both Bampton and Dulverton and advertised where to go for a free blood-pressure test.

54 people dropped in to the Community Hall in Bampton, and some of these were advised that they had above recommended levels, and should consult their doctor who would advise treatment. Those shown in the photographs had exemplary low readings! 116 people dropped in at Dulverton, giving a total number of tests organised by our club as 170!

Our thanks to the nurses involved.

Father Christmas 2003

Father Christmas and his sleigh (playing a delightful selection of carols and Christmas music) visited Dulverton, Brushford, Bampton, and Shillingford - not always in the most delightful weather.

A RECORD £1062 WAS RAISED FOR LOCAL CHARITIES - a big thank you to all those who gave so generously.

Thanks too for the hospitality and sustenance given to Santa and his elves!

More pictures here.

Visit to the Children's Hospice South West

On 18th November 2002, a group of eight representatives of the club visited the Children's Hospice South West near Barnstaple, with whom we have close ties - the majority of the money we raise each year goes to this charity. We were all very impressed by the quality of the care offered, and it was a moving and uplifting experience.

For more information and photos, check our Charities page.

Visit by District Governor Mike Hurren
(and Induction of New Member Don Hemming)

On Tuesday 12th November 2002, the club was visited at its lunchtime meeting by Mike Hurren, District Governor of our Rotary area. This coincided with the induction of a new member, Don Hemming: on the right Bill Airy is introducing Don to membership of the club.

Below, the deed is done! Don shakes hands with the President, Tony Trigg, and then with the DG.

The new member is introduced to the club.

The DG spoke to the club about a number of topics upon which he wanted us to concentrate during the forthcoming year. These involved a number of international and more local projects:

  • Water Aid for Tanzania

  • Stroke Awareness initiative in April 2003 - increasing awareness across the UK of the dangers of high blood pressure

  • Pairing with Rotary District 3350 in Bangkok, Thailand - a team from this district plans to go to Thailand in May 2003.

  • Polio Plus - the elimination of polio worldwide by a target date of 2005. This has been on-going over a number of years, and nearly all countries are now polio-free, a remarkable achievement.

These illustrate the truly international nature of Rotary, and the philosophy behind this year's key phrase "Sowing the Seeds of Love".

For more information on charities supported by the club, see our Charities section.



Don is congratulated by the DG

RC of Exmoor receives Presidential Citation from Rotary International

In recognition of a very successful twelve months the Rotary Club of Exmoor was awarded a Presidential Citation by Rotary International President Richard D King. The Citation was presented to Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Exmoor, Paul Beck by Immediate Past District Governor Alistair Gill at a the Club's meeting on 16th July 2002.

The Rotary Club of Exmoor has received a prestigious award - a Presidential Citation from the President of Rotary International, Richard D King, based in the United States. The award is for the Rotary year 2001-2 and includes a citation for the President for that year - Paul Beck from Winsford.

The citation was presented to the Club on the 16th July at the Courtyard in Bampton by the District Governor 2001-2, Alister Gill, who also presented a bronze eagle lapel pin to Paul Beck (See photograph). Alister Gill commented that he was very proud of the Exmoor Club which had had a very successful year and thoroughly deserved the award which was rarely given.

During an extremely busy year the Exmoor Club has run two sponsored walks on Exmoor raising well over £10,000 for the Children's Hospice Southwest and a further £1000 plus for AIDS orphans in Botswana. A separate Youth Challenge based in Dulverton enabled 410 young people from the age of 10 - from some 40 schools throughout Somerset and Devon - to complete a challenging moor walk of 16-18miles. Two swimathons were also run by the Club raising money for local schools. Amongst many other activities, the Club also organized local heats of a schools Public Speaking competition, senior citizens' outings, concerts, book fairs, an essay competition and Father Christmas collecting tours of Bampton and Dulverton areas in aid of local charities. An informative and very active web-site was also set up including photographs of the Club's events.

The Club had increased its' membership by 25 per cent including the induction of two lady members for the first time. "All in all a real achievement for the Exmoor Club", commented Paul Beck, "clearly demonstrating the Rotary motto of Service before Self whilst playing a real part in the local community".

Paul Beck





On Tuesday 16th July 2002 the Rotary Club of Exmoor received a visit from Steve Ivy IPP of the Rotary Club of OKC Heartland, Oklahoma City, USA.

Steve exchanged pennants with President Tony Trigg with a pennant from the RC of OKC Heartland and brought greetings from his fellow Rotarians. The OKC Club has some 27 members, at least half of which are ladies. Steve was in the UK on holiday.