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Bill Mann Trophy Golf Day David S reports The event was held at York Golf Club (Strensall) on August 18th. The weather was fine and the course in good condition. Bill's daughter Sheila Royce (Guest of Honour) and her husband Brian presented the Trophy and Prizes. 15 golfers took part in the competition from York -Vikings - Ainsty. 39 attended the evening meal which was excellent. The winner was Steve Cluderay (ainsty) with Mike Harrison (Vikings) as runner-up. The event was well attended in both the golf and evening meal with good fun and fellowship.  

Sheila Royce, Steve Cluderay, David Sweeney 18 Aug 2019 Convivial Fellowship Meal after Bill Mann Trophy G

Bowls Night Mike M reports On August 27th a great night was enjoyed by 34 Rotarians & partners, at the Railway Institute Bowling Club. Organised by the Fellowship Committee, and blessed with a dry evening,the bowls tournament provided great fellowship, fun, and cut throat competition. Eventual winners, shown (left) receiving their prizes from our resident bowls "expert" Mike Miller, were Brian Houghton, Diane Roworth, and Shelagh Salter. Afterwards, 10 non-playing partners  joined in for a healthy and tasty feast of pie,peas & chips, followed by apple pie or gateau.  Acknowledging the clamour for a repeat event next year, Mike thanked David & Celia Impey for their help on the night.and expressed our appreciation to the volunteers at the club for their hospitality and assistance.

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Farewell and Bon Voyage to Taelor Eileen reports  "A Great example of what Rotary is all about"..So said Rotarian Mary Lumley as a group of us held a farewell bash last week for Grant Scholar Taelor Lewis who returns home to California on 30th August. It turned out almost to be an all-female affair, as Presidents Ian were unable to join us. Taelor has been studying for a LLM in Human Rights and International Law at the University of York; her focus has been on Women, Citizenship and Conflict. She was sponsored by RC Pleasanton North in California and her Scholarship is a fine example of how The Rotary Foundation works to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. Everyone in RCoY has been impressed with Taelor’s work ethic, willingness to serve and dedication to helping refugees, especially women. She has attended various events when study allowed and, together with her visiting family, enjoyed our Charity Walk at Terrington in April. On August 23rd, Taelor joined us for her final Rotary Lunch. We wish her all the very best as she takes the next steps in her career which we are sure will be successful. It has been our pleasure to host Taelor.


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St Leonard's Hospice update Janet reports On August 30th our speaker was Emma Johnson, Chief Executive of St Leonard’s Hospice. Emma was born and grew up in York and her career progressed from Staff Nurse, Sister and Matron to Directorate Manager.  In 2012 she was appointed Director of Clinical Services at St Leonard’s Hospice. She was made Chief Executive in February 2019. Emma’s presentation explained the strategic vision for the next 3 to 5 years, focussed on 4 key areas – Patients, Partnerships, People and Pounds (income and finances). This means increasing bed numbers (currently 20), developing community services further, increasing access to the day services in the Hospice Sunflower Centre, and working collaboratively with partners. Emma pointed out that recruitment in healthcare is tough and the need would be to respond to the changing demands of generations, particularly in respect of volunteering.  No longer would people take on a volunteer role for 10, 20, 30 years. The Hospice is in a stable position but faces a deficit budget in the coming year. But thanks to careful housekeeping over the years and more especially the support of the community, especially through events such as the Dragon Boat Event, it was possible to plan for a future best suited to the population. (St Leonard’s was the Rotary Nominated Charity for our July 2019 Dragon Boat Challenge)

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Mind Your Mates David W reports Our speakers on September 6th were Holly Bilton and Laura Grove from York Mind, explaining their new programme "Mind Your Mates", launching this month.  The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of how to help people we think may be experiencing Mental Health Issues. Many of us may not identify that friends, people we know or work colleagues are having difficulties and if we do, we do not know how to help. Laura, spoke passionately about this campaign, sfrom her personal experience. She hopes to generate assistance and support which was not available to her early when it was first needed. It is a well-known that the earlier Mental ill-health can be identified and treated, the better. How Can We Help?  Sign up to the MindYourMates Campaign. There is no cost and each week until 10th October you will receive an information pack via E-mail, containing top tips, case studies and practical guides for how to help someone else. Or share the information  on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



Through Rain and Shine We were out in force again (and with impactful Rotary branding) at St Crux on September 11th; running the ladies accessories and home produce stalls, "high Quality" goods, books and bric-a-brac, and of course the immaculately-run Cafe staffed by the Rotary crew in eye-catching matching Rotary outfits!  It was a successful day (c.£1200 raised for local charities) despite the mixed weather, with heavy rain til mid-morning, but then a warm sunny day.... making fundraising a fun and pleasant experience for all!  Thank you to Diana and her team for once again putting Rotary on the York map and doing so much to raise funds for local York charities.



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Make your Play-List! Our speaker on September 13th was Elizabeth Brewer, about Playlist for Life, a charity was founded by Sally Magnusson after the death of her mother, Mamie, who suffered from dementia. Sally found that if her mother listened to certain music, it improved her mood.  The charity is now established to help people to make the playlists and use them to best advantage.  The music needs to be associated with specific happy memories in order to create a flashback to a happy event and evoke feelings of well-being. With much audience participation ("Which song brings back specially poignant memories for you?") she held everyone's attention and her talk was much appreciated by all.

"Friends" raise money for Shelterbox  Our "Friends of York Rotary" group held a Barbeque event on Sunday September 15th at the Novotel, in aid of international disaster aid charity Shelterbox. 25 attended and enjoyed a fabulous spread (thank to Julie!), the social chat - and a fiendish quiz - as well as examining the Shelterbox contents and family tent that was erected on the Novotel terrace.  A total of £130 was raised for the Rotary-associated charity that does such amazing work in devastated areas all over the world - most recently in the Bahamas.


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Also at our meeting was "Friend of York Rotary" guest Leah Bull, from Altzheimer's Society, who had a special interest in Elizabeth's subject and is pictured chatting with her afterwards

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