Last Sunday Rotary Club members and participants from all over the North East of England were at the Eston Sports Centre in Middlesbrough for the Rotary Northern games for the disabled. There were 230 participants competing in 15 different disciplines including archery, bowls, darts, volleyball, table cricket and outdoor cricket, football , swimming and frisbee. Walter Pattinson , organising committee chairman and member of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club opened the games at 10.00 am and thanked all the participants and helpers for attending. The day was a great example of people having fun and wanting to win. The games finished at 4.00 pm with the prize giving ceremony. A great day was had by all the contestants and helpers.
Members had a great evening enjoying the beer and visit around the Stockton on Tees brewery, “The Three Brothers Brewing Company “. Many different craft ales are brewed and the tour showed the process from grains to glass. Some strong brews were sampled by the club members and the buffet was excellent. Flavours included lemon and lime and chocolate The family run business is increasing capacity with extra fermenters and conditioning tanks.
The photo shows Joe Guerin presenting the chain of office to David Jackson
Joe Guerin has handed over to the new President, David Jackson. David thanked Joe and the outgoing team for an excellent year and outlined the plans for his year 2017/18 which included a variety of guest speakers, visits to businesses, charity events and many other entertaining evenings. Membership growth will be a key objective particularly after the previous year increase of 6 new members including the club’s first lady member.
The photo shows Julie, Mike Walton her sponsor on the right and Joe Guerin on the left.
Julie Connaughton became the first lady member of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club on Tuesday evening. Julie has had a varied career with recent positions including regional marketing consultant with Jaguar Land Rover and most recently the founder and editor of Gossip magazine which concentrates on fashion, lifestyle and motors. Joe Guerin , President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club welcomed Julie said that Julie brings significant expertise to the club which will help develop our capabilities and help membership growth.
Members, wives and friends enjoying the races
Eighty three members, wives and friends of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club attended a race night at Middlesbrough Golf Club, Brass Castle Lane, on Saturday night. Trevor Russell was the organiser for the night and provided all the races which included commentaries . Eight replays of horse races were televised and all races and horses had sponsors. Horse owners, whose horse won a race, won a bottle of wine. The punters who bet on the winning horse came away with amounts up to £6 . The Golf Club staff were fantastic in providing meals and serving many thirsty, well dressed, racegoers. Thanks to Rotarians, Bryan Sloper, Stuart Souter and Mike Overy for the excellent organisation of the event. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed lady and the best dressed man. The event was a great success with all present having great fun and raising £750 for Rotary Charities.
Members enjoying the Pimm’s, Pudding’s and Sun in the well manicured gardens.
Around 40 members ,wives and friends enjoyed a Pimm’s and Pudding evening at Judith and Neil Glover’s house in Great Broughton last Tuesday. A very impressive spread was laid on and the Pimm’s flowed freely. A great time was had by all including new members who had the chance to get to know members and enjoy the event. As well as having a great time the event raised £90 for Rotary charities.
Members of the four Rotary clubs on a boat trip on the lake near Groningen.
Eleven Rotarians and wives attended an international meeting in Groningen, Holland. We met members , friends and spouses from Groningen Rotary Club, Holland, Limburg Rotary Club, Germany and Inowroclaw Rotary Club, Poland. Social events included a museum trip, boating on a lake, mini golf and a visit to a farm where disabled people are helped by becoming involved in outdoor activities such as gardening. The four clubs agreed to support a project proposed by Groningen Rotary Club for the supply of equipment for prosthetic limb and gait analysis to a hospital in Indonesia. Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary club is contributing 1000 Euros to the initiative.
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.
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.
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.