Lunchtime meeting notes – 7th February 2017

Acting President:  Chris Bloomfield
Duty Host:  Lynne Raymer
Cashiers: Oliver Lister and Alan Whitehouse
Members: 18
Guests: None

Non-apologies: 2


Presidents introduction

Welcome to the speaker meeting. President Patrick was not able to attend and Chris Bloomfield took his place.

Welcome to Guests: None

Greeting from other clubs: None

TOL evening: Went very well. Rowing club was suitable venue. Food was good. Great networking opportunity. Compliments to main organizers John Darby and Chris Bloomfield.

Fashion show at PHHS (interact), Friday 10th February, 7 pm, £3, tickets at the door. Fun event to go to.

Twinning weekend: 19-21 May 2017, The Netherlands.

Rotary Foundation dinner: 17th February. 7.00 for 7.30 start, £16.50 per head. Some places still available. Sign up (with partners) latest on Friday 10th of February. Can use some donation of prizes for the raffle (contact Joyce Davey).

Skittles: Victory!

Friends of Rotary: Leaflets are now available. Please spread the news and hand out the leaflets to prospect Friends.

Today’s speaker: Lynne Raymer - Job talk

Lynne was born in Eastbourne and then moved as a child to Southend. A-Level Math and physics. First job at the post office developing software for the telephone exchange. Met Garth, got married and moved to the Vale of Evesham. Decided to change career and became a teacher in Math and Computers. Started at Pershore High school and went through the changes from the first computer at the school (first in Worcestershire), BBC computers and eventually laptops, wifi etc. Got involved in trips to Interlaken, Duke of Edinburgh award etc. A teacher needs to be able communicate their passion for a subject to the student and give them the confidence that they can do it. Worked from 2006 as National Strategy Consultant on ICT curriculum development before retiring in 2010.

The objective in retirement is to never be bored: member of the Parish Council, involved with the Pershore Foodbank project, garden, Rotary, ….. Started the foodbank in 2014. Why? Because there is a need! There are even homeless people in Pershore now. Also tries to get the local infrastructure for broadband improved. Lynne might end up with the strongest signal in the village!

Lynne became a member of the Rotary club of Bredon in 2010.  Concerts to raise money for Parkinson’s. Quizzes to raise money. Selling tea and cakes at the open garden event. Jazz and chips event. Lots of fundraising activities.

Chris thanked Lynne for her job talk. It is clear that it is a job for all of us to make sure that Lynne is never bored!

Lynne also talked about ‘Rory the robot’. We will consider this as a potential cause for our fundraising event in July.

Next meeting: Lunch meeting on Tuesday 14th February 2017. Duty host for this meeting is Chris Bloomfield. Business meeting - Foundation, but we will try to get a representative of ‘Rory the Robot’ to give a presentation.

Club council, 14th of February at 7pm

Social Club events:

Foundation celebration meal at Raphael’s Restaurant. Friday 17th February 2017 @ 7pm. £16.50 per head.

Birthdays: David Cartwright and Len Boudier.

AOB: None

Meeting ended at 13.55pm