Despite losing a meeting day because of the Easter break, the Rotary Club of Retford still had a full programme in April. This included a very interesting talk by David Brocklehurst on behalf of the charity Medical Detection Dogs. He came with Alice. Alice is a Golden Retriever and an Ambassador Dog for the charity. The acute canine sense of smell is utilised to assist in managing several medical conditions including the detection of cancers.
President Eddie McGarvey, Chairman of the Percy Laws Memorial Fund (PLMF), and Rotarian Andrew Avery, along with several other members went along to the St Giles Coffee Shop located in the Cornerstone Cafe in Bridgegate and presented them with a cheque towards the purchase of a coffee machine. The money being donated by the PLMF. The coffee shop provides valuable work experience for the pupils and is well worth a visit.
The 10-pin bowlers progressed to the final of the Rotary District competition. They beat Hucknall in the semi-final and go on to play Long Eaton Dawnbreakers in the final.
On Sunday 28th, several members gathered in the town and helped in the Bassetlaw District Council litter picking programme. Several locations were targeted, but especially along the sides of the A638 at Whitehouses.
The following day the club held its AGM. As well as documenting what had occurred over the last twelve months, it enabled President Elect Judith Longden to advise of her team leaders for the year beginning in July. Past President Malcolm Dolby was also awarded this year’s Peter Jervis Cup for his contribution to the Swimathon since it began in the 1980s.