Past District Governor Richard Green reaches the pinnacle of his Rotary career.

At last, my name is on the wall of a school toilet! It’s in a village called Duddenhalli, about 40 kms south of Bangalore in Southern India. It appears on a plaque, unveiled by me to mark the first of 6 new school toilets under a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project valued at $40000, to bring fresh water and sanitation to these schools in remote villages in accordance with one of the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus for grant funded projects..

The project is a joint venture between the Foundation/International committee of the Wolverhampton club and the Rotary club of Bangalore Peenya and it was my honour to be invited to attend the inauguration ceremony during a visit to India in May and June this year. I invited the head boy and girl of the school to help me to unveil the plaque and then President Savitha Suresh of the Peenya club and I duly cut the ribbon at the entrance door.

 

When the building work has been completed in all 6 schools it is estimated that we will have improved the well being and the quality of school life for over 2500 children.

New Honorary Life Membership Awarded

The President of The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton, Paul Lockley, today presented Past President David King with an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the club at his home. David became a member of the club in 1995 and has served as President and two terms as Club Secretary. His passion in Rotary was International work and he chaired this particular committee for many years whilst still finding time to edit and publish the club monthly magazine, Hub. David was particularly proud to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2006 and said today that this award had also made him very happy. The promise of all Rotarians is “Service above Self” and David has lived up to this every day of his Rotary life. Well done David, very well deserved.

Dragons Roar at Himley

The sun was shining and the crowds came!

The winning team- Hawkes Home Improvement- raising funds for the Sedgley Scorpions Junior Football Teama and Rotary Charities.

Himley Park was the scene of the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton’s 18th Dragon Boat Event. Thousands came along to see the spectacle of 18 teams of paddlers

on the Great Lake, while at the same time, raising thousands of pounds for their own chosen good cause, and at the same time, the Roatary Charitable Trust.

Its a superb team effort that makes this special event such a success with £360,000 being raised in the previous 17 years.

Third place team- Jonahs Arc from UTC

Much more about the event can be seen at http://www.rotarydragonboats.co.uk

 

A very Special Evening

Eighty-six Rotarians, partners and friends representing a large number of clubs assembled at Linden House on 13th March to celebrate Vocational Study Exchange (VSE) and the Michael Beetham Aircraft Restoration Centre (MB). Cormac Doyle, VSE team leader, introduced Maddie and Adam who presented aspects of their recent trip to Bangalore where they werevery well looked after by local Rotarians. They  visited factories with a technological gamut from ‘welding in flipflops’ to ‘lathes the size of this room’.  The cultural aspect of their two week visit was not neglected as several colour slides of temples , pilgrimage sites and a wedding attested. Maddie, Adam (and the absent Nicola) were inducted as Rotary  Alumni before it was the turn of several apprentices at the MB Centre to present themselves and their activities, including their visit to a similar group in Norway last year. Brian Bailey, Wolverhampton’s chairman of Youth and Community Service surveyed the many youth activities which we support before trainer Mick Shepherd introduced Daniel, Corey, Tom, Maddie again and Josh.  Their three year apprenticeship at Cosford  (combined with college courses) involves them in  marvellous aircraft restoration activity with transferable skills for their later careers. Josh Sault was awarded the George Sidebotham trophy (with instructions not to break it!)  but it was the view of us all that he was a peer amongst equals in this impressive group.Thanks to the staff of Linden House and the organisers for a very convivial evening. Stuart Williams.

Calling Wolverhampton Young Citizens

Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady has kick-started this year’s bid to find the city’s Young Citizen of the Year.
This year’s awards were officially launched at Wolves’ training ground Molineux, along with the Mayor, Councillors, Judges and a former winner.

Conor Coady said: “I am delighted to support these awards which recognises and celebrates young people who go the extra mile to help others.”

Organised by the city’s five Rotary clubs, in partnership with the Express & Star, Wolves, Waitrose and The Way Youth Zone, the awards are now in their fifth year. They recognise youngsters aged 14-19 who have made a significant contribution to the city and celebrate their achievements.

Anyone can nominate a young person who lives, goes to school or works within the borough of Wolverhampton. For more details about the award, plus entry forms, visit  www.wolverhamptonyoungcitizen.org.uk

Nomination forms are also available from the Civic Centre and Waitrose on Penn Road and entries are open until the end of May.

High Praise for the Wolverhampton Young Musician Competition.

Reprinted with permission, a letter from Mr.Pete Edwards from the Wolverhampton Music Education Hub to Rotarian and Past District Governor Richard Green who organised and hosted the event on Sunday 4th February……..

Hi Richard

Thank you so much for inviting me to be an adjudicator for the Rotary competition on Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed the event which is of such huge benefit to the youngsters taking part and hope my contribution met with your approval 😊. The organisation of the event was brilliant, your hosting skills are impeccable, and the youngsters performing were of course, wonderful.

Organiser Rchard Green with adjudciators Pete Edwards (left) and Simon Platford (right.)

Back in the day we used to have the annual Wolverhampton Music Festival which was several days of competition split into voice, speech, strings, brass, woodwind etc. and I can recall many afternoons spent at the civic hall performing (I still have my certificates and winners medals to prove it!) Those competitions were a fantastic opportunity to develop the performance skills and confidence of many youngsters, all of which were of use in their future careers (not just music of course)  So this Rotary event is a very important focus for budding instrumentalists and singers in the city today.

Sadly I didn’t get the opportunity to say publicly how much the music hub/service value the support the Rotary club provides for Music in the City,  particularly through events like this one and of course the Youth Orchestra tours etc. and how much opportunities like these continue to affect all who have taken part, not only at the time but by also developing contacts, establishing friendships etc. that last a lifetime.

I was at dinner at a friends house in Lapley the other week, sat next to a High Court judge, a successful local businessman, a teacher, a property developer, an engineer, a nurse, and my wife (civil servant), all of whom were from completely different backgrounds, all went to different schools, and all of whom I met at the Music school through the Orchestras some 45 years ago!

So the support of the Rotary club is tremendously important to the City (in all its’ guises, not just Music)

Thank you again and good luck in all your future endeavours, not least the regional event later in the year.

Pete

 

Pete Edwards

Curriculum Development Leader

Wolverhampton Music Education Hub

www.wolverhamptonmusichub.org.uk