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Rotary President Handover

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On the 2nd July the Inauguration of the new President of Kendal Rotary Club took place with the existing President, Digby Gunson, handing over the reins to the new incoming President, Ken Gibson.  Following a very successful year overseen by Digby, Ken intends to carry on the good work of Rotary in both the local area and Internationally.  Rotary’s project to eradicate polio worldwide, since its inception in 1979, is almost at an end with only a few cases occurring in 2017-18.

Digby Gunson & Ken Gibson

The handover

The Kendal Club intends to carry on the many initiatives for the South Lakes area such as a ‘Kids Out day for Sandgate School, a ‘Youth Speaks’ competition for schools, a ‘Young Technology’ tournament, sending two students to the ‘Rotary Youth Leadership Award’ scheme and fund raising for the many requests the club receives from local charities as well as responding to International disasters by sending ‘Shelter Boxes’ and ‘AquaBoxes’ to affected countries. Our commitment to helping a small village in Nepal following the devastating earthquakes recently by providing funding for necessary projects will continue.

Charity Auction at 1818 Auctioneers

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On 18th June, Instead of the normal meeting, we recently had a visit to 1818 Auctioneers where we were given a guided tour followed a chance to sit in one of their auctions. 

Rotarians had kindly donated objects to be sold, with the proceeds to go to at least two Rotary charities. 1818 had very generously agreed not to charge any commission on those items and the magnificent sum of over £1100 was raised. This was followed by lunch at the Crooklands Hotel.

Rotary Peace Scholar from Guatemala

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 4th June was Gabriela Ribera who is currently a Rotary Peace Scholar studying for a Master’s Degree at Bradford University. Gabriela, who is from Guatemala, is a lawyer and is focusing her Peace Fellowship on human rights, justice, conflict resolution and corruption which is endemic in her county.

She has worked with a number of international agencies including the UN and has had success in tackling the treatment and discrimination against women.

The Great North Air Ambulance

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 21st May was Kerry Steel from the Great North Air Ambulance who gave a presentation highlighting its work and aims.

The Service covers all of Cumbria, the north east and across Yorkshire to the east coast as far south as York. As a charity, it is funded by itself with no government support and last year it raised over six million pounds to keep the helicopters in the air. 

It provides an invaluable service employing full time paramedics, doctors and consultants who over the years saved many lives.

Airplanes on Windermere

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 14th May was Ian Gee from the Lakes Flying Company Ltd., who gave a fascinating presentation entitled ‘Airplanes on Windermere. 

He detailed the life of one of Kendal’s unsung heroes, Edward Wakefield who was a true pioneer in the field of hydro-airplanes. Edward, a one-time Mayor of Kendal, helped in the development of airplanes which could take off and land on water when, at that time, people thought it was impossible. 

Currently a replica of Wakefield’s first plane ,’Waterbird’, is being built and has successfully taken off and flown  from land with a water take off coming soon.