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By Bryan Carpenter - Posted on 28 August 2015

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Welcome to the first newsletter of this new Rotary year.


I think we have had a good start. We started the year by welcoming two new members who

already have brought some additional zest and humour to the club. Let’s hope we can build on this and welcome some more new members this year.

Thank you to David Saunders and Bryan Carpenter for running the first two meetings ofthe year whilst I was in Canada. I understand the speakers Jim Willis organised were very interesting and thought provoking. John Wall followed with what I am told was a very clever

quiz, glad I missed that then (no seriously thanks John).

On my way back to Toronto, Liz and I stopped at a park in a place called Orillia and this was our view.

We then came across a large gazebo like structure which was full of people having a picnic lunch. It turns out this was a meeting of the Rotary Club of Orillia, Ontario. It was there annual family day so there were several generations present. We were welcomed with

open arms and although they had just eaten they insisted we sat down and enjoyed the remnants of their picnic, which was still plentiful and welcomed by two hungry travellers.

By chance I had one of our Rotary banners in the boot of the car so a presentation of the banner was in order to the President of the Orillia Rotary club Tony Telford.  After lunch they insisted I went across the park to see their train, yes a Rotary Club owns a train.

They use it most weekends and make a significant sum each year for their charities. Do you think we would be allowed one in Arrow Valley Park?

The annual skittles match was well attended and once again we won! Due to the keenly priced fish and chips and low hire cost we made a small

surplus of £70.David and Judi Strain kindly hosted our BBQ and

David Saunders provided an extra gas barbecue.

Unfortunately the shelf between the two BBQs was a little unsteady and a tray of beef burgers, chicken and chops hit the ground. By this time most people had been fed except for our hosts and myself. Anyway a bit of dirt never hurt anyone (so said my mother) but I didn’t believe that and washed all the food clean.

We raised £293 for foundation. Thank you to all of those who attended and those who helped with the BBQ. A special thanks to David and

Judie who donated all the food. We have received a cheque for £300 for our marshalling work at the Stratford marathon. I believe the event will take place next year on

Sunday 24th April 2016, so please put this date in your diary. We need 6 people to help for a

couple of hours. Bob Stimpson organised a great tour of the airport facilities at Gloucester and the Jet Age Museum.

Some of us were very pleased when the flying was cancelled due to high winds. Especially when we saw what we would be flying in – and this was the larger plane!!

The Control Tower was not as busy as Birmingham Airport but still very interesting. The best job seemed to be the firemen who I understand their highlight of the week was

cutting the grass!!

The Jet Age museum was very interesting and a great history lesson, well worth another visit. The flight simulator was a real eye opener a bit different from what we see today. I don’t think any of expected to find one of the first Motor Scooters in the world in an aircraft Museum (Unibus produced by the GloucesterAircraft Company in 1920) . It’s such a shame it was reinvented more successfully by Piaggio and Innocenti some 26 years later.

To many of us the evening was rounded off by the visit of two Apache helicopters who dropped in for refuelling.

The talk given to the club by the two First Responders was also eye opening, to think sometimes there is only one ambulance and one para-medic car available in Redditch most

evenings. They certainly seemed a dedicated pair of people and I think we should look to see how we can support their organisation in the future.

Last weekend was the Morton Stanley Fair.

This was the first outing for our new Pull-up which stood up well to the rain and wind once it

was tied to a pole.

Interest in our stand was slow but a few interested people were given information packs and hopefully they may contact us in the future. The Saturday afternoon was very hot but we did

get caught in a couple of heavy showers.

Sunday was a different story, it rained for the first two hours and many of the stall holders gave up and went home. Redditch Clubs bottle stall did a roaring trade when they reduced the ticket price from 4 tickets for a pound to 10 tickets for a pound, even then all I won from 30 tickets was a bottle of water. They made £836 for their chosen charity St Basils and were quite pleased with the fair. Perhaps we can come up with a money making stall for next year (ideas please).

I will be visiting the Redditch Club on September 14th so any ideas before then would be helpful. This week we are off to Accord Housing in Walsall to see how system built houses are constructed, should be a good visit.

Gardeners Question Time

We are just over a week away from our Gardeners Question Time at Redditch Town Hall (Friday 4th September at 7.30pm - £6 a ticket). We could do with around 80-100 people at this event, so far we have sold a handful of tickets. Please encourage your friend to come along and let Robert Rainbow know how many tickets you require.

Facebook Reminder

I am going to close ‘The Friends of Kingfisher Rotary’ Facebook page in the next couple of

months and concentrate on the ‘Rotary Club of Redditch Kingfisher’ Facebook pages instead which Yvonne has spent considerable time in organising. Please start using it and invite your

friends. If we could all get 10 friends to join our Facebook page that would be another 160 people. If we get people interested in our club at the Gardeners question Time then the meeting on September 15th could be an open meeting for prospective members, failing that we will use it as an opportunity to discuss our strategy for gaining new members this year.

The meeting on 29th September is entitled ‘Basic Education and Literacy’ which is the Rotary theme for the month. Is anyone willing to lead this session? There is a lot of information

on the site and other internet sites.


Diary Dates for the next two months

Date Event Venue

1st Sept No Meeting – bank holiday

8th Sept Visit to Purity Brewery

15th Sept Open evening for new members or Southcrest

22nd Sept Visit by DG Paul Jaspal, this should be a good night as Paul is a most

entertaining and charismatic DG. Southcrest

29th Sept Rotary theme – Basic Education and Literacy. Southcrest

The Bathtub Test

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was, which

defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalised.

"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub "

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No." said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"