Club visit by John Evans of the Sunderland Trust

Posted on October 28, 2019 by Jon

At last week’s evening meeting of the Pembroke Rotary Club held at the Helm , Pembroke Dock members were given an extremely interesting and informative talk by historian John Evans of the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust.

John Highlighted many of the aviation personalities who contributed to the RAF’s story at Pembroke Dock over nearly 30 years. He illustrated with photographs of airmen and airwomen including Arthur ‘Bomber” Harris and highly decorated Sunderland pilot Les Baveystock, and those from many nations. John also recounted how the Sunderland Trust had developed heritage initiatives leading up to the opening of the town’s Heritage Centre by The Queen in 2014. The Sunderland Trust is one of the local charities which has benefitted considerably from the Rotary Raffle in recent years.

John was thanked by President Gavin Lloyd who commented on his wealth of information and his extreme commitment to the Trust, ensuring that the memories of aviation in Pembroke Dock are remembered.

Rotary Ride in India – raises $75,000+

Assistant Governor Mary and husband Huw received a great welcome at Pembroke Rotary recently when they came to give a presentation on the Rotary Ride in India in January. 2400km were covered in a trip that lasted 14 days between Mumbai to Mangalore.
This is the third year the event has taken place raising more than $75,000 for the Rotary Foundation in India.
Mary and Huw visited 5 Rotary Districts and 15 Rotary Clubs whilst riding with 25 Rotarians from all across the Globe. They were from Canada, India Switzerland, Norway Australia, Tasmania, England and of course Mary and Huw from Wales.

Whilst out there they visited many schools and hospital projects and this resulted in them raising £1200 for the schools they visited.
Ironically Mary’s great Uncle gave money to start an orphanage when he was in the Indian Army in the early 1900s. They had some wonderful photos from this period which was their inspiration for visiting India.

Rotary presence at the Pembroke Show

We had a really good day at the Pembroke Show in Lamphey.   Resplendent in new yellow Rotary T shirts club members manned our stand which highlighted Shelterbox (disaster relief) and entertained the crowds with our games Wine or Water and Splat the Rat.  Community Raffle tickets were on sale as were a collection of books to browse through.   Good fun and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Shelterbox – what is it?

Started by a Rotary club, Shelterbox is now a charitable organisation in its own right delivering immediate relief to disaster areas around the world.

The box contains the essentials families need to begin rebuilding their lives after disaster.  Rotary clubs around the country react quickly to disasters around the world by buying a Shelterbox which is then sent to the area in need.   Items inside the box include a tent, a stove and a variety of tools and materials to help families survive in difficult circumstances.  Pembroke Rotary has its own Shelterbox which was on display at the Pembroke Show.   Visitors could go inside the tent and see for themselves the comprehensive list of items that get sent out.

Shelterbox tent and list of essential items contained in the box.

RYLA Update

Unfortunately in the end, only two of our RYLA candidates were able to go to the Storey Arms Outward Bound Centre near Brecon this year.  The amazing weather added to the memorable experiences near Pen y Fan where the RYLA instructors delivered the week’s tasks honing leadership skills by using the activities as a base.  At the end of the week all the young people were on a high having made new friends and overcome some personal  challenges.  RYLA is the most expensive Youth initiative that the Rotary clubs fund and it is so worth it, year on year.

New Rotary Year

At its Handover Meeting in July President Robert McLaren welcomed Gavin Lloyd as the new President for the Rotary year of 2019/20.   Gavin thanked Robert for his year in office and said  “It is a great privilege and a challenge to be president of Pembroke Rotary Club. I hope to make the Club more visible in the community and to make sure that we publicise the good work we do locally as well a supporting International Aid”.

Gavin then inducted two new members into the Club – Lisa Ladner and Kathryn Lloyd taking the membership up to 30 active members.

July is also Handover time for our Rotary District – the new District Governor is Peter Hamilton; RIBI (Rotary in Britain & Ireland) – the new RIBI President is Donna Walbank from Brynmawr and finally in the US the new Rotary International President is Mark Daniel Malony from Alabama.

Four Ysgol Harri Tudur students for RYLA

Rotary strongly encourages personal development for all young people and Pembroke Rotary supports the ‘Rotary Young Leaders Awards’ (RYLA) course which develops confidence, social awareness and leadership skills.    Outdoor activities, problem solving challenges and social activities make for a demanding but rewarding week and by the end new friendships will have been forged and personal aspirations met or exceeded.

All the young people without fail say that they will never forget the experience so we are looking forward to hearing back from the young people this year about their adventures.

Fantastic “Last Night at the Proms” concert at Folly Farm

Our last fundraiser was “A Night at the Proms” concert by the CPO (Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra) at Folly Farm on the 6th April.

Our Club has been bringing this musical opportunity performed by the CPO to the people of Pembrokeshire for over 15 years.   This great musical event is always  appreciated and enjoyed by an loyal and enthusiastic audience who once had a fantastic evening out.

Youth Initiative – Technical Tournament

New this year is the Technical Tournament competition. Eight schools with 28 teams of all ages met at Pembrokeshire College on the 28th March. The brief was to design and build a crane to travel a set distance to pick up a container and then return to the start.

Teams were assessed on teamwork, their idea development, portfolio, manufacture and design and finally how well their design worked!