Fifth new member to join this year

The photo shows Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club president Joe Guerin welcoming Dave Whittaker as the newest member of the club.

Dave Whittaker becomes the fifth new member to join Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club this year. Dave is Assistant Vice Principal at Kings Academy, Middlesbrough. Dave has been involved in fund raising activities over many years and his enthusiasm, leadership ability and experience will be a great benefit for the club.

Yatton House Episode 4


The photo shows the Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club volunteers on their fourth visit to Yatton House this time to replace raised garden wooden surrounds and start to level the land. The Chairman of Yatton House and incoming President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, Dave Jackson, is keen to start the horticultural business to give the disabled members attending Yatton House the chance to get involved in gardening and running a small business. It was a hot day but the team enjoyed the work on the raised gardens.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotart Club and friends visit MIMA

Members of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club and friends visited MIMA the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and were hosted by the Assistant Curator, Giles Maffet . The visitors were shown a very interesting exhibition by the artist Stephen Willats who examines connections between personal narratives and social conditions. In the exhibition he highlights five local people who are charity workers or involved in voluntary organisations. The second exhibition was about asylum seekers and economic migrants and the terrible conditions they live through which sometimes results in death. The exhibition was provocative and thought provoking. The final exhibition was a more traditional art gallery with many paintings by artists such as L S Lowry , ceramics and sculptures. The visit was completed with a meal in the MIMA café.

Photos show members of the club and friends during the visit.


SIRIUS presents at Guest Speaker Evening


Asher Haynes presenting at Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club.

Asher Haynes a geologist employed by SIRIUS gave a presentation to Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club on the new Polyhalite mine being constructed below the North Yorkshire Moors. Asher was one of the first students sponsored by SIRIUS during his geology degree at Durham University and has been one of the full time geology team since graduating three years ago . Asher gave an excellent presentation explaining the geology of the area which resulted in the poyhalite seam being laid down due to evaporation of the sea over millions of years creating a seam up to 75 meters deep extending out across the North Sea. He also explained the plans to help local communities and the National Park.
When the mine is fully operational it will employ 1000 people on site and 1500 additional jobs locally and produce 20 million tonnes of Polyhalite every year. This is a world beating product which will help fertilise poor land and has already achieved orders from China and Brazil.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club AGM


The photo shows the new team for 2017/18 with the incoming president, David Jackson, third from the right.

The AGM covered all the club activities and highlights included the membership growth in the club which by May 2017 will have 5 additional members and a potential lady member and the first associate member. The calibre and experience of these new members will bring extra drive and capability to the club.
Charitable donations during the year amounted to over £19,000 with in excess of £11,000 being donated to the Presidents charity Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery. An extremely successful concert at Yarm School raised £10,800 towards the Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery appeal.

Club members were involved organising the Chernobyl children’s day, father Christmas float collections , raising funds for a project in Tanzania and raffles at events to raise further charity funding.

There were many visits and guest speakers during the year all details can be seen on the web page.

The president thanked all the members for their contribution during the year.



The house built on love and chocolate

Guest speaker, Glennis Whyte is a National Trust volunteer and an experienced guide at Treasurers House and Goddard’s house in York.The photo shows an interior shot of Goddard House in York an arts and crafts house built in 1927 for Noel and Kathleen Terry of the famed chocolate manufacturing family. Terry’s was founded in 1767 but in 1993 it was taken over by Kraft foods. Noel became Chairman of Terry’s in 1960 and served in that capacity for 10 years. The main claim to fame is the chocolate orange which has been popular for many years. The house was designated a world heritage site in 1983. The house has many excellent rooms with period furniture and also has beautiful gardens.




Prostate Cancer donation



The photo shows Joe Guerin, President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club presenting the cheque to David Chadwick

Consultant Urologist at James Cook University Hospital, David Chadwick, attended the Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club meeting and was presented with a cheque for £10,825 which represents the proceeds of the charity concert ” Up on the roof” featuring Brian Dales and his group “Sweet baby James” . David thanked the club for the fantastic amount collected and said it would be spent on consultant training to further extend the prostate cancer surgical capability of the newest member of our team.

Alistair Hudson talks MIMA

The photos show  MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Alistair Hudson Director of MIMA presented his views on art and how MIMA is being reshaped to be fit for the 21 st Century. His presentation to Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club was thought provoking and incredibly informative.
Alastair showed how Art has been used by society for thousands of years to develop the community of interest and inspire generations. The main point Alastair made was the importance of Art in the community demonstrated all over the world not just by sculptures or pictures but by a communal desire to create and enjoy the results either by display or by sale of the art produced and returning the proceeds to the local community. Alistair explained that art is not just commercial art produced by a relatively small number of famous artist’s it is a global phenomenon generated at all levels in society. Eric Johnson, member of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary club thanked Alistair for an excellent presentation.

From Russia with Love



Members and guests at the presentation


Market in St Petersburg. Some daily basic foods were very different to the UK


Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club were delighted to welcome Dr Catherine Reid, Curate at St Francis of Assisi Church Ingleby Barwick. Catherine spent 4 years in St Petersburg, Russia, studying for a PhD and completed this all in Russian !! Catherine gave an excellent presentation of her time in this very grand city. The talk ranged over her experience in the Russian education system , friendships made and the wonderful food in many restaurants and from some excellent shops. Catherine made the point that the people she met really liked the English for their understated approach to life and felt very safe during her time there. David Jackson a club member thanked Catherine for the excellent presentation and all members and guests enthusiastically applauded. David noted that Catharine had said that as a young girl she had competed in debating and public speaking competitions organised by Rotary and that she felt that this was an enormous help in her speaking development.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club. Oh what a night !!

“Up on the roof ” at Yarm School Alexandra Auditorium last night was fantastic. Brian Dales and his group Sweet Baby James played the songs of Carole King and James Taylor to an almost full house with around 650 people attending the concert in aid of Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery. Joe Guerin , President of Erimus Rotary Club thanked the main sponsors Alastair Powell of The Keys in Darlington and Yarm and AV Dawson who contributed through the Philanthropic Society and also the staff of Cleveland Cable who raised £500 through internal raffles and Stockton Rotary who contributed £250. Joe mentioned that through the generous support of the sponsors and all the people attending on the night an amount in excess of £10,000 has been raised for prostate cancer robotic surgery at James Cook University Hospital. Dave Chadwick, consultant Urologist at the hospital thanked the sponsors and Rotary clubs involved and explained the way in which the new surgical techniques are significantly improving results in surgery.
The music was great . the audience enjoyed the tunes and “My ears were ringing the next morning” Ah, is that a title for a new song !!