AT the club’s meeting on October 4, members were very pleased to welcome our speaker Joshua (Josh) Hall
AT the club’s meeting on October 4, members were very pleased to welcome our speaker Joshua (Josh) Hall, whom the club had sponsored to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards course held at the Rhos-y-Gwaliau outdoor education centre near Lake Bala in North Wales.
Josh, who is currently serving as a police community support officer with Thames Valley Police, gave a very entertaining and informative talk on his experiences.
He explained how the course had helped him overcome a long-held nervousness of heights and gave him increased self-confidence, as was evidenced by the confident manner in which he gave his talk (notwithstanding that a technical glitch deprived him of his carefully prepared presentation).
Mark Harling, who is an inspector with the same police force, proposed the vote of thanks.
It is intended for the club to sponsor an extra candidate for the course next year thanks to the recent donation to the club from the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation, a charitable trust set up in memory of the former Henley mayor at his request.
Peter Thompson reported how he had rowed with Naomi Riches, a gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympics in London, on part of her recent record row along the length of the River Thames from Lechlade to Gravesend.
Other members of the club encouraged her from secretary Phil Fletcher’s boat. Members agreed unanimously to make a donation to Naomi’s chosen charity, IN-vision.
The club also welcomed Katy Goody, from the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires, who gave details of the Rotary district conference to be held in Bournemouth from March 24 to 26, where she will be stage manager.
At the meeting on October 11, the terrible conditions in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew were discussed.
The club decided to make a contribution of £500 from its International Fund to the Water Survival Box charity to help alleviate the problems of providing potable water to those who have lost virtually everything.
Working through the aid agency Humanity First, Water Survival Box will provide a rapid response for families who have no safe access to water and who have lost their homes and possessions.