Trevor Monkman

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.

The British Association for Immediate Care

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 6th August were Dr Daniel Alberts and Dr Douglas Davies who came to enlighten the club about BASICS (The British Association for Immediate Care).

It began in 1977 and is now country wide and works in conjunction with the Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance and these two doctors are in the process of establishing a local version of the charity. 

They currently have nine volunteer doctors and a number of paramedics on their books who can be called to help at road traffic accidents. The charity is self-funded and is currently looking for help in non-clinical roles.

Barrow's Boys and other Polar Explorers

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 30th July was Professor Brian Wilson who gave a lecture entitled ‘Barrow’s Boys and other Polar Explorers’.

The talk, as its name implies, told the story of Sir John Barrow and other famous explorers who were determined to find ‘The North West Passage’. They were all unsuccessful and in many cases it cost them their lives, although the first passage, which took three years to complete, was finally done by the famous explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole.