Monday 11th August
Our member Raghu Das gave an interesting job talk at this meeting.
Raghu is Managing Director of Toro Motor Co, UK and he covers all area of the world except America. The company manufacture lawnmower and irrigation products and have manufacturing plants in the UK, Italy, Romania, China and Australia as well as having the European distribution centre in Belgium. It is celebrating it centenary year since starting manufacturing specialist lawnmowers in the USA and through acquisitions has expended into a $2 billion turnover company.
The company took over Hayter in the UK. Tom Hayter was the first person to develop the Rotary lawnmower in 1948 from a dustbin lid with a motor mounted onto the top. The UK factory still manufacture the Hayter product as well as some of the specialist Toro machines and employ 134 people.
The company’s major market is golf courses and sports areas and Raghu informed us that the UK with approx. 3000 golf courses has more than the combined total for Europe and is second in size to the USA with over 16000.
The irrigation products are mainly used in agriculture and specially manufactured to the customers’ crop requirements. The irrigation systems can be computer controlled by satellite and TORO can take responsibility for this by sensors in the ground feeding back information about moisture content of the soil to the monitoring system.
The company also support local communities and charities and encourage employees to give 40hrs of voluntary work to charities or projects per year.
Many interesting questions were asked by members which Raghu satisfactorily answered.
Raghu was thanked for his talk by Derek Davidson
John Tempest has obtained a plaque for the Sylvia Wright School for Deaf Children in Tamil Nadu, India. The plaque informs that the particular class room equipment was provided by the donations of Roundhay Rotary Club, District 1040 and RI.
Pantograph Services of Leeds kindly donated the plaque and we are grateful for their generosity.
The meeting on Monday 18th is a Scatter Night and is an opportunity to visit other clubs in the area.