December 2014

On the 6th December Long Eaton Rotary Club had an evening's Musical Extravaganza at Trent College.  

Music was provided by the band of Derbyshire Army Cadet Force and the concert was attended by many Rotarians and their wives together with several Inner Wheel widows of Rotarians and other friends and neighbours. 

It was an excellent evening, welcoming Santa Claus and his friends.

On 1st December we had the Inner Wheel Christmas dinner at Trent Lock Golf Club.

Most members attended and it was a good conclusion to another year of activities within the Long Eaton Club.  

The Christmas meal is purely a social event and it gives us the chance to either swap cards or, for those who prefer to donate to charity rather than giving cards, we can wish each other a verbal Happy Christmas.

November 2014

Margaret Wilkinson is pictured on the left holding a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne from the Inner Wheel members to celebrate a special birthday.

It has become a tradition within the club to celebrate such birthdays.

On 22nd November Marion Stokes gave a superb presentation of flower arrangements at Sawley Community Centre.

The event was in aid of Treetops Hospice.  As well as the £5 entry fee we also raffled the flower arrangements at the end of the afternoon - and by the end of the day we had made over £400 for Treetops.

On 3rd November we hosted the District Chair at the Novotel in Long Eaton.

As most people know, when District Chair Rachel visits it is always a happy occasion.  This time she brought along a guest, Walter, who is an Derbyshire Air Ambulance bear.

But can anyone find Rachel in the picture? 

October 2014

LEIW International Officer, Marian Atkins, attended the Overseas Rally on 28th October with June Chaplin.  
The main speaker this year was Heather Thomas who talked about the Goboka Trust which supports projects in Rwanda.  It was an inspirational presentation.  More details of the organisations work can be found at The Goboka Rwanda Trust website.

On 24th October three members of the club attended the Melbourne Charter.

On 6th October, the LEIW monthly meeting at the Holiday Inn included a presentation from Paul Newsham who is a retired forensic science officer and spoke about biometrics - specifically, "There will never be another you". 

August 2014

Following the end of the year and the annual changeover of officers we make the annual donations from the charitable account.  This year we supported Treetops Hospice, Sopport Dogs, Aqua Box, Shelter Box, the Caanan Trust, Homestart, Macmillan Cancer Support and Happivale.

Earlier in the month, on 6th August, Ann Austin organised a visit to Melbourne Hall for the day.  We greatly enjoyed the house and gardens which date, in their current form, from the 17th Century and is currently the home of Lord Kerr.

July 2014

Each July the club officers change at the annual changeover event which is normally held at the home of the outgoing President.  

This year Margaret MacMorran stood down as President and was succeeded by Cheryl Browne, who had been Vice President for the previous year.

The other officers all were re-elected for a further year.  Claudia Jeffery remained as Secretary, Rowan Latimer as Treasurer, Cheryl Browne also remained as Club Correspondent and Marion Atkins  remained as Overseas Service Organiser.

April 2014

Some might see a trend emerging here - but there was a difference.  The cheese and wine party organised on the 11th April by Marion and Clive Atkins at their home was this time in aid of funds for Overseas charities.

Once again though, a very enjoyable event ensured that we also raised some funds for the overseas charities that we had decided to support this year. 

February 2014

In February we had a fundraising cheese and wine party at the home of Inner Wheel member Jean Bianchi.

The party was for Inner Wheel members, their Rotarian husbands and other invited friends.

As ever, particularly at our cheese and wine parties, a good time was had by all - and as importantly, funds were raised for our charitable account. 

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