Meeting on Monday 11 November 2013

Desert Island Discs at The Rotary Club of Roundhay

Desert Island Discs at The Rotary Club of Roundhay

The main event was Desert Island Discs, presented for the second year by Rhoda. By common consent, it went very well. This event depends for its success on Rotarians and guests volunteering to be castaways, confidentially letting me know in advance the piece of music chosen so I can load it onto an i-pod, and then introducing the music on the night. The contributions were all excellent, and I particularly enjoyed Derek’s recollection of his first kiss from a girl who was not his Mum sister or aunt, which was followed by Pat Boone singing Love Letters In The Sand. Rhoda’s choice was Barwick Green by Arthur Wood. This turned out to be some awful techno-pop rather than the theme tune from the Archers we were promised in Rhoda’s introduction. I blame the search engine on I-Tunes.

The most important part of the evening was the induction of Jean Clennell as a member. I was delighted to propose her and was blissfully unaware of the double entendre as I boasted of getting Jean in the club. She was accompanied by husband Paul Bishop, an ex student of Geoff Wain’s. Jean is the first member who I know of who has raised funds for the club before her induction: she organised a ‘wear your own clothes’ day at Roundhay School in October and has raised over £500 for the RI End Polio campaign.

President Carol reported that Rotary has responded to the Philippines typhoon disaster immediately by getting shelter boxes in. All the rotary boxes [aquabox, disaster box etc] are now under pressure and District is calling on clubs to give support. It was proposed and agreed that we immediately donate the £500 required for a shelterbox, and mentioned that we may use the Sainsbury’s collection on 7 December to raise more for this cause. Shirley has informed me today, Thursday, that the money has now gone out.

Two events for next week were announced: a breakfast meeting on Tuesday organised by White Rose at Leeds Arena and a presentation on Wednesday at Gipton Together. Carol has separately e-mailed details of those to members.

We still need to sell more tickets for the Quiz Night. A number of regular supporters are unable to attend this year, so bring your friends.

We were reminded to support the carol service on 6 December.

Bryan announced that we’ve been unsuccessful in booking a collection at Tesco’s next year, but we do have M&S on Saturday 19 April 2014.

Next week’s meeting is Water Aid [and I believe, Investment Club for those involved]

Cashier is John Tempest, and I’ve promised a cd of our Desert Island Choices as a raffle prize