Cousin Nellie

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 12th June was one of their own members who gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘Cousin Nellie’. Whilst researching his family tree, he came across cousin Nellie and started doing some research into her life.

What a fascinating person she was! Marring an Indian gentleman, she moved to India where both her husband and herself became involved in Indian politics, in particular the Congress Party. Her husband became Mayor of Calcutta and both became very well respected.

The Inner Wheel Singers

The Rotary Club at their meeting of 15th May had a surprise appearance from the Inner Wheel Club Ladies who gave a performance of songs and invited everyone to join in.

The ladies were excellent and in tune but we are not sure if the Rotarians made an improvement to the choir.  Nevertheless, it was fun event and made a change from the usual speaker.  Fortunately we all knew the songs and you can’t beat the old ones!

The International Citizen Service in Burkina Faso

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 22nd May was Indus Hill who had spent three month in Burkina Faso working with the International Citizen Service. Burkina Faso is a relatively small landlocked country in west Africa (about the size of New Zealand), with a population of about 16.3 million.

She, along with other volunteers, worked on a project empowering women, children and the disabled in an otherwise male dominated society by awareness training, local health and contraception education and teaching English and French to the local populace along with other similar projcts.