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May 2013 Springtime Update

Hope Valley 14 year old wins District 1220 RIBI Young Photographer Competition

250 words won't cover the highlights of the past three months of Rotary work in Hope Valley. But it's said that a picture's worth a 1,000 words, so we'll start with 14 year old Sam Davis, who lives in Hope Valley. Sam was the 'senior section winner' of the Rotary 1220 District Young Photographer Competition. Sam's portfolio was outstanding and it's clear that Sam, who's really talented, will win lots more competitions. What a picture; so good that it was judged to be the winning entry in the seniors section (14-17 year olds) of this year's District 1220 RIBI Young Photographer competition.   

Portfolio example winning entry 1 - "Eye Level"          

This was Hope Valley's first foray into the Young Photographer competition, and we knew that Sam Davis was in with a chance when Valley Rotarian PDG John Craike, who'd organised previous RIBI Young Photographer  competitions  at  a national level thought, when he saw 14 year old Sam's portfolio, that Sam was a potential winner. So young Sam will be able to add a District 1220 certificate and 50 prize to the certificate and 25 value prize awarded by our club to his photographic CV.

Portfolio example winning entry 2 - "Strong Stuff"     

Another successful 'win-win' Bridge Day

Every year Honorary Hope Valley Rotarian Judy Barker organises a Charity Bridge Day. This year the proceeds were earmarked for another local charity: Helen's Trust. 13 bridge teams competed for the team prize. Judy, aided by a cadre of Valley Rotarians, cooked a medley of hot and cold lunches and afternoon tea, with the hit of the day being Lemon Roulade. This was a win-win charity event - everyone enjoyed the fiercely fought competition, with Helen's Trust being 1,200 the richer.

Rotaract team earn cash for Weston Park's Teenage Cancer Unit

Cooking must be in Rotary blood, as a team of young Rotarians from our Hope Valley 'Rotaract Club' section, under the supervision of Rotarian restaurateur Karina Guarino, cooked snacks and sandwiches for our Quiz Night. The 400 they earned from food sales was donated to Helen Gentle from Weston Park's Teenage Cancer Unit at a club meeting in The Grouse Inn.

Rotaract and Rotarian members Emma, Karina, Brian, Angie & Sarah (from Carriages Restaurant in Newhaven and the Rotary Club of Hope Valley) with Helen Gentle (centre), from Weston Park Cancer Hospital.

Our 'Rotary Friendship Exchange' Canadian friends are here

You'll recall that last month I wrote about a group of Canadian Rotarians who were going to visit Hope Valley. Three Canadian couples decided to enter into our May 10th annual charity golf day at Sickleholme. We knew that the weather could be unpredictable, but it wasn't - as all 30 teams enjoyed predictably typical Hope Valley weather - a mixture of clouds, rain, wind and some blue skies. But we were surprised to note that these hardy Canadian mountain people found Sickleholme Golf Course to be tough on their legs and even tougher on their golfing skills. I'll tell you more about the golf day when the very substantial golf day proceeds, earmarked   for local charities have been calculated, audited and apportioned.

UK District 1220 and Canadian Rotarinas at RC Wirksworth' Aquabox Centre, where Aquabox pumps and other disaster aid materials are  boxed up. The Aquabox pump filters polluted non-potable water into clean drinking water.

Rotarians from near and far enjoy a feast of a meal at Andrew & Gill Campbell's house in Eyam.

Grande Prairie Rotarians Gerry, Linda, Vern & RoseAline at Chatsworth House

May 10 2013 Golf Day Canadian Rotarians at the first tee: Suresh, Sherry, Gerry & Vern

Ladies winning team: Helen Lilly, Jane Bramwell,  Alisma Clarke (Alison Nichol - not pictured)

Men's winning team: Josh Knibb, Harry Knib, Tom Knibb, Jeff Knibb

And finally, part of the Rotary Golf Day organising team: Brian Knox, Chris Kraushaar, Pres Allen Hutchinson. Pres Elect Andrew Campbell.  Someone asked if the photogrpah was taken on the "last of the summer wine" film set. If so which one's Compo?

Loss of a well loved and fine Rotarian - Ian Charles PHF

But all of our highlights over the past three months won't diminish the loss of a fine Hope Valley Rotarian - Ian Charles PHF, who died on March 25th. Ian was an astonishingly effective Rotarian, and was always kind, gentle and unassuming, with a wicked sense of humour. Ian was a prime-mover in organising collection and despatch of 100 bikes, to be converted into three wheeler wheelchair bikes for disabled in India and 500 bikes to help Africa children in remote villages get to school. His legacy lives on with this and many other projects he carried out with fellow Hope Valley Rotarians.