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 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 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.
The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 6th May was Yasmin Azarya who came to the club in January to talk about a three months project working with the I.C.S International Service in Ghana.
She has now returned and came to describe her experiences whilst over there. The International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime, UK government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds. She travelled to Ghana, based near the town of Tamale in the north of the country, and helped with Ghanaian volunteers on a number of projects.
The whole experience was very rewarding and she is planning to continue the work to help fundraise to provide a clean water supply for the village..