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District Governor Peter visits Valley Rotarians

Fine weather and a fair wind propelled District 1220's Governor from his club in Bretby to Hope Valley on 16th October. President Andrew and Valley Rotarians warmly welcomed DG Peter - our official District Governor's visit for the new Rotary Year.

District Governor Peter Moralee, resplendent in his DG's regalia, presents President Andrew Campbell with a Rotary International banner signifying this year's theme of 'Engage Rotary - Change Lives'.

  Below this paragraph you'll see a picture of DG Peter, taken when he visited our club in 2012. That evening, members of Edale Mountain Rescue (EMR) dined with us prior to receiving a 3,000.00 cheque.  EMR are entirely reliant on donations to help them save the lives of anyone who needs assistance when in the Peak District. Dr. Neil Chapman, had described how EMR rescue those injured on our mountains and fells. Then with a twinkle in his eye Neil suggested that District Governor Peter would make an ideal 'rescue candidate'. 

Yes - it really was DG(E) Peter , when he was 'rescued' in 2012 by the busiest mountain rescue team in the UK

Valley Rotarians are committed to helping EMR. Thus the 1,100 cheque President Andrew handed to EMR at our Peak Challenge Trophy Quiz Night on 27th September will help to keep those who visit the Peak District safe and secure in the knowledge that there are volunteers ready to rescue them 24/7, if they have an accident (or there's a medical emergency).

DG Peter gave an inspirational speech about Rotary, and told members that we are 'nearly there' with our World-wide Polio Eradication Programme. Peter gave the good news that our partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is secure for another five years. Thus with Rotary International's Polio Plus project, there's good reason to believe that polio will be wholly eradicated!

Peter also told us about a Rotary Club in Derby, as Rotarians there plan to give a Raspberry Pi computer to every schoolchild in Derby - a really innovative way to teach youngsters software and electronic engineering skills.

DG Peter relaxing, prior to 'singing for his dinner', when he enthused Valley Rotarians with an inspiration speech on the many facets of Rotary, and the way 1.2 million Rotarians change lives, for the better, for millions spread throughout all five continents.

DG Peter promised to return in the spring with his wife Carol, so that they could both enjoy the fellowship of our friendly club, whilst they enjoy the views of the open countryside from our meeting room in the Grouse Inn. When you look out onto the High Peak landscape from our meeting room, there's not a house to be seen. There's a good reason for this - there isn't a house for miles! We await Peter & Carol's visit with pleasure - we'll ensure that Sally cooks them one of her 'Famous Grouse' pies.