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Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ announces his presidential theme 'Rotary Serving Humanity.'

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.

Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.

After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.

“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”

Last year’s milestones leave just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus still circulates. Polio would be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

When that moment arrives, it’s “tremendously important” that Rotary is ready for it, said Germ. “We need to be sure that we are recognized for that success, and leverage that success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more ambitious service in the decades to come.”

Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.

“People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.

Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”

He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”

Visit to Jim Davidson

There was a very successful visit to see our old pal Jim Davidson, who is settling in to his new surroundings at the Eastbourne Home on Whitley Bay sea front. Jim was over the moon to see such a gathering and I am sure that he is looking forward to our further visits. The staff made us extremely welcome and served up a splendid afternoon tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes. We also are looking forward to our next visit.

District Governor visits Tynemouth

District Governor Terry Long, Alnwick Rotary Club, (centre) is photographed with Tynemouth President Archie McGlynn (left) and club secretary David Milligan (right) on the occasion of his visit to the Tynemouth club on 6th August 2015.

 

After a short club presentation on promoting membership into the Club and reminding members why they were part of the Rotary movement, the District Governor gave an inspiring talk.

 

He outlined his background and went on to talk about the impressive work that Rotary does internationally and about which we should all be proud as we have all contributed in our small ways to these achievements. He also outlined the theme of the new Rotary International president, K. R. 'Ravi' Ravindran, 'Be A Gift To The World'.

Tynemouth RNLI cheque presentation

Tuesday 5th May saw the presentation of a £1,000 cheque to Tynemouth RNLI. President David Milligan handed over the cheque with members of Tynemouth Rotary and the Tynemouth RNLI crew in attendance. After the presentation, the lifeboat crew gave the Club members attending a short taste of  a training exercise aboard the lifeboat. Members then retired to the newly opened heritage centre for a lunchtime refreshment. Photos below.

Tynemouth Rotarian Godfrey Weir headlines St Lucia Top News story

Apostles, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John unearthed by Tynemouth Rotarian Godfrey Weir, presently undertaking work as a volunteer with People and Places

CLUB HELPS ASDA CUSTOMERS SUPPORT DEMENTIA CARE

The Club carried out a collection at the ASDA hypermarket store, Whitley Road, Benton,  for the Alzheimers Society (Dementia Care) and thanks to the generosity of customers a wonderful total of £457.53 was raised.
 
Dementia is a subject close to a lot of peoples thoughts and the generosity of the ASDA shoppers far exceeded expectations. Grateful thanks to ASDA Customer Services department, who were very helpful in arranging the visit and also Alzheimers Services in North Tyneside's Dementia Care who provided posters and collecting bucket wrap arounds. A very enjoyable collection for a very worthy cause.

Co-op collection raises £275 for RNLI

Kay Connelly with sons, Murphy and Francis, who supported the collection flanked by Tynemouth Rotarians Aidan Ridley and Godfrey Weir.

 

£275 was raised for Tynemouth RNLI by holding a collection outside the Co-op store in the town's Front Street and once again we have been delighted with the response from the public and also the support of the staff of the store.

 

Living so close to the sea we are all aware of the good work done by the lifeboatmen and are proud of the volunteers who give up their free time. They depend entirely on donations from the public which enables them to man the lifeboat when it is called out in all kinds of weather.

TVLB celebrations

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade held a breeches buoy demonstration on Saturday, 23 August as part of its 150th Anniversary celebrations. The Club was invited along as one of the Brigade's special guests in recognition of our continuing support of more than 30-years. Full report here.

World War 1 Commemoration

The President represented the Club at Hexham Abbey on Sunday 3rd August - details here.

Grace House, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Godfrey’s efforts rewarded

Tynemouth Rotarian Godfrey Weir came back from his volunteering stint at Grace House School, Siem Reap, Cambodia and was determined to do what little further he could for them on his return to Tynemouth. With the backing of his club, a generous donation from Whitley Bay Rotary Club and through his own personal efforts a donation of £1,000 has now been possible to allow those running the school to continue the good work. By any standards this is a remarkable achievement.

 

Well done, Godfrey.

 

For more information go to http:\\www.gracehousecambodia.org

 

The photo shows President David Wilkinson (left) of the Whitley Bay Rotary Club presenting a cheque for £250 to Godfrey at a recent meeting of their club.

A19 near Peterlee: car accident while Minister of Transport speaks on camera

The man from the ministry was just explaining why he didn't consider a notorious blackspot dangerous. But his firm words: 'I will not accept that this is a highly dangerous road' were interrupted by three cars piling up behind him. Jim Davidson from the Ministry of Transport carried on talking as first a blue estate car in the background ran off the road and up a steep grassy slope, followed by a screeech of brakes as a second car, swerving to avoid the estate, smashed in to the back of another vehicle. The whole scene was captured on TV and broadcast to millions of ITN early evening news viewers. Mr Davidson's crash course took place when he visited the A19 near Peterlee, Durham.

Presentation to Tynemouth RNLI

President Murray Shand and several Club members attended at the Lifeboat House of Tynemouth RNLI when a cheque for £336 was presented being the proceeds of the recent supermarket collection at Sainsbury's, Whitley Bay. The Club members then adjourned to a nearby restaurant at the Fish Quay for a very pleasant evening of fellowship.

Presentation to                          Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade

Past-President Murray Shand gets rigged up in one of the new dry suits of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade acquired with the help of a cheque for £900, the proceeds of the Club's Shanty Night held at the Brigade's Watch House each year.

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