President's New Year
For many years Club presidents entertained
members and their wives to Christmas drinks some time in December. But the
trend is to delay this popular event until after Christmas when things are a
bit less hectic.
This year President Roger Sawyers
with Wendy and family helpers provided a fine spread and endless drinks at
Age Concern room in Clair Hall Haywards Heath on Sunday 4 January. As ever, a
great social occasion enjoyed by
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This year the Burns
Supper, now apparently a virtually regular feature in the Club calendar, had
special significance falling 250 years after the birth of Scotland's very own
Robert Burns, and its celebration on 27 January coincided with the visit of
Evans, Governor of District 1250.
Pictured left, Bill
Cormie begins his address to the Haggis, following The Selkirk Grace (also
known as 'Burns's Grace at Kirkcudbright') rendered by fellow Scotsman Jimmy
Below left, Bill pursues his theme with vigour
then (below right) gets fully into his stride confident, masterly but
totally unintelligible haranguing the miserable Sassenach
But in actual fact members present
enjoyed the spectacle as evidenced below, centre.
pity, some said, our other real Scot Chris Kinnear on holiday in
Thailand at the time missed such a cultural treat, not to mention the
whisky of course.
the evening District Governor Pat Evans
responded on behalf of the Lassies to the toast proposed by Alan
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Mystery Club Speaker
Past President Ken Walker is having a
cull of old books, photos and other treasures, bringing in its wake memories
events in years long gone by.
such old photo which has come to light is this one of a younger Geoff Dew
explaining the finer points of something or other to an attentive Rotary
Who remembers where or when?
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Memories of a Prime
Sir Clive and the
Guest speaker at the first Ladies'
evening on 31 March was former top civil servant Sir Clive Whitmore. Sir
was the Prime Minister's first Principal Private Secretary when Mrs Thatcher
took office after the 1979 General Election.
painted an intriguing picture of life at No. 10 under the dynamic leadership
the country's first woman prime minister, and it soon became clear that his
in those days was relentlessly demanding and pretty
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Years, 500th Supper
Alec Landauer & Sue
hosted the 500th Supper Club supper party, entertaining guests David Brann
& Jane and John Goodrich & Jill on 18 April.
Supper Club for members and wives started in 1994, and since then on three
occasions each year hosts have entertained two other couples to supper.
Initially there were 32 couples, and of those 20 couples remain in the Supper
Club after 15 years of wining and dining together (modestly of course).
Altogether over the years 40 couples have taken part from time to
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Cruising down the river ...
Out of 57
passengers cruising down the River Danube on River Cloud 2 at the beginning
of May, no fewer
than six were Rotarians: three from the States, two from Germany and just one
All met one morning for a Rotary breakfast meeting
counted as a club attendance!) after which the Cuckfield & Lindfield
banner was exchanged with one presented by Gail Winterstella, President-elect
of the Rotary club of Spring Lake Brielle, New Jersey.
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Club's 25th Charter Anniversary
was celebrated with lunch and
at the Queen's Hall Cuckfield on Saturday 23 May
above are members and guests enjoying pre-lunch drinks in the garden,
Lulu-special lunch in the main hall, the presidential welcome by Roger
greetings from the President of the Inner wheel Club, Norma
and "The best of John Betjeman" performed by Lance
who spoke at the lunch were District Governor Pat Evans, and Tim French on
behalf of the guests.
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shone gloriously for Lindfield Village
Day on 30 May
and the Club was on display as usual with its now
an increasingly popular attraction on Lindfield
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Annual Charity Golf Day
record number of 23
teams with 92 players took part in the Annual Charity Golf Day at Haywards
Heath Golf Club on a fine day in the first week of June.
President-elect Chris Bosker with "The Masters," winners of the overall team
prize. (lower left) Chris presents a magnum of Champagne to Avril
Plowright who got a hole in one on the seventh. The prize was kindly donated
by Orange Square. Instead of the customary "drinks all round" Avril donated a
substantial sum to Headway Hurstwood Park.
(lower right, with Chris
Bosker and Peter Stevenson) Geoff Hopkins and Bob Kernohan who were both
nearest the pin in two shots on the 18th. They each received a quality bottle
of Rioja donated by Jaime Wallden of Mansell
100th International Convention 2009
The 100th International Convention took place at Birmingham on
20-25 June 2009. Past Presidents Cameron Sharp and Malcolm Wykes along with
Carole and Barbara represented Cuckfield & Lindfield among the 16,000
Rotarians and guests attending this major event.
It was the third Convention they had attended together, having
been also at the Conventions in Barcelona in 2002 and at Copenhagen in 2006.
For the Webmaster it was his 10th Convention, the first one 25 years ago at
gathering, also held in Birmingham.
plenary sessions were held in the NEC complex (pictured above),
below are the International President D K Lee and his wife arriving with the
of Birmingham at the opening of the House of Friendship, and the Band of the
Coldstream Guards who took part in the opening entertainment
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One of the guest speakers at the Convention was the actress and
UNICEF goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow (left), who delivered a keynote
address during the third plenary session.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who called Rotary the heart and
soul of the worldwide polio eradication effort and pledged the UN's continued
cooperation and support.
One of the traditional
highlights of the Convention is the evening of Home Hospitality, when local
clubs entertain visiting Rotarians and guests. For this, our Cuckfield &
Lindfield party were given a splendid tour of Birmingham's fine Council House
and Art Gallery, followed by a convivial supper in the Banqueting
A great Convention, and one we all thoroughly
On the last Tuesday in June
Roger Sawyers handed the presidency of the Club over to Chris Bosker.
During the evening Roger gave an impressive presentation on the
Club's achievements and activities during the previous twelve
Swing Concert at The
In October the Club presented a Swing Band Concert
at The Hub (part of the Central Sussex College) in Haywards
Performers were the Haywards Heath Concert Brass, the Arias
Quintet, the Wayward Chiefs and the Shades of Jazz Big Band (featuring the
Club's own virtuoso David Wilson of Horsted Keynes, the one on the keyboard
the back). The event raised £1500 for Streetmate and other Rotary
Past Presidents' Lunch
The sixth Past Presidents' lunch was
held on 28 November in the Old School Cuckfield, arranged this time by
Hands. And Lulu once again did the
Club members visit
joint project in Nepal
November 2009 Alan Hancock, Mike Kirk and David Wilson (HK) visited the
project funded by the Rotary Clubs of Cuckfield & Lindfield
(England), KarlstadtArnstein (Germany) and Charumati (Kathmandu),
together with matching grants from The Rotary Foundation.
The project consists of a bio-gas generator which
converts cow dung into cooking gas toilets and a shower for the school
and for the new health centre, solar power for the school and a small
hydro-electric generator in a mountain stream to provide power for the health
centre and some of the village.
The three were welcomed
by 300 children at the headquarters of the project partner, Umbrella
Organisation Nepal (UON), which rescued the children from desperate
circumstances in orphanages and housed, fed and schooled them in seven houses
in Kathmandu. The project was in the remote village of Gurje where it is
eventually hoped to move UON.
After a further welcome by the 110 children and staff at Gurje,
the visitors were invited to serve the children their midday meal, before
shown round all aspects of the project, to the accompaniment of music from a
local brass band. Finally a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the official
commissioning of the project.
Rotarians then took a few days' holiday exploring Nepal before returning to
attend a meeting of the Rotary Club of Charumati. The following evening they
were entertained by the Club to dinner at a traditional Nepalese