June started as May left off with several members of the Rotary Club of Retford on a walking break in Alnmouth, Northumberland. Yet most people made it back in time for a working meeting in committees on Monday 3rd June.
Assistant District Governor Richard Lewis (from the Rotary Club of Market Rasen) presided over the club assembly on Monday 10th June. This is where the incoming team gives its plans for the next Rotary year beginning in July.
The following Monday, Lauren from East Midlands Carers Trust and Business addressed the club about young carers; these selfless young people between seven and 17 who look after disabled parents. There are 65 known young carers in Bassetlaw and very likely far more that the authorities do not know about. Money was raised for them at last year’s Swimathon.
The following day, a group of Rotarians, partners and friends made off down to Dunston Hall, Norwich, for a golf break organised by past president Gordon Muir. Violent storms caused a re-arrangement to the programme, but the planned three rounds of golf were achieved. Golf course: very good, company: excellent, dining room service: well, enough said!
The two main recipients of this year’s Swimathon are the Chatsfield Cancer Suite, DRI and Rossington Hall Riding for the Disabled. At the end of year partners’ evening on Monday 24th June, Swimathon organisers, Rotarians Richard and Ros Cable, presented representatives from both organisations with cheques for £3,500. The speaker for the meeting was Rick Brand. With the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower coming up next year, his topic of ‘The Pilgrim Christians’ was most appropriate.
On the last day of the Rotary year, Monday 30th June, six lady Rotarians, president elect Judith Longden, past president Linda Cadman, past president Geraldine Matthews, Teresa Critchley, Marjorie Crookes, Kate Firth, Sally Ogle, Emma Thompson and Christine Thorpe participated in the Walk for Life in Clumber Park and raised between them £2,225 for Cancer Research UK.