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
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.
Another successful 'win-win' Bridge Day
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
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
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,
for local charities have been
calculated, audited and apportioned.
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.