Rotary Peace Scholars

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

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)

Call My Bluff

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.