Kendal People's Cafe

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 15th October was Gillian Cowburn who gave a presentation on her involvement with the ‘Kendal People’s Café’. She explained the objects and aims of the charity and how it all began about 18 months ago. 

The café, which is based in ‘The Foyer', on Blackhall Road receives waste food from various sources in and around Kendal which is made into meals which are then served to customers .  The customers then ‘Pay as they Can’ which may be nothing or they can give a donation they can afford. 

The charity now receives food from many supermarkets, wholesalers and food outlets to which they are extremely grateful.  The charity only provides meals for the needy but saves good food from being dumped into landfill - a win/win situation.

Rotary Peace Scholars

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 1st October was one of their own members, Angie Biggs, who gave a presentation detailing the role of Rotary Peace Scholars.

There are only six universities worldwide offering Peace Fellowships on ‘Peace and Conflict Resolution (Australia, England, Japan, Sweden and Thailand and USA).  The Department of Peace Studies at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees and is one of the most popular. 

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.

Amasango School in South Africa

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The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 24th September were Linda Ngamlama and Martin Coombs.  Linda is the Principal at ‘Amasango’ School in Grahamstown, South Africa and Martin is a trustee and volunteer. 

They gave a presentation telling the story of the school and how it caters for the extreme poor.  As a special, needs school, it provides an education which encompasses the normal curriculum as well as many other vocational and non-vocational subjects.

The children (called learners) are given porridge and bread, peanut butter and jam for breakfast and provided with a cooked meal at lunchtime. (More info at www.amasango.org.uk)

Trevor Monkman

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 13th August was Trevor Monkman, one of our own members, who gave his ‘Job Talk’ telling us about his working life prior to retirement.

Starting work in 1950 and following his National Service in the RAF servicing Vulcan bombers and Canberra aircraft, he went to work as an electrical engineer in a number of companies including GEC, North Eastern Electric Board and British Steel eventually ending in charge of high voltage equipment, up to 66,000kv, at the Redcar iron works.

Call My Bluff

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The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 3rd September were three of their own members, Trevor Hughes, Tim Keegan and Ruth Otway who presented their own version of ‘Call My Bluff’ which used mystery objects rather than obscure words.

They gave three different definitions of the objects of which only one was true. There was a prize for the Rotarian who got the most correct answers.

President Ken Gibson presented a cheque for the amount recently collected on behalf of Child Bereavement.

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.