Bulletin 19 April 16

Notices

 President Ian welcomed us all and tonight’s guest Kath Forde

Mick O’Connor is custodian of the Vera Lynn concert tickets for the next two weeks while President Ian is on holiday.

President Ian also reported an update to our proposed joint venture with New Plymouth North Rotary in funding a Prostate Biopsy Machine for TDHB. The Club will also talk to the other clubs in our area to see if a cluster of funds can be raised


Soapbox

Tonight’s soap by Michael Archer was a celebration of the life of William Shakespeare in lieu of the 400th anniversary of his death on 23/04/16 which just also happens to be St. Georges Day. Shakespeare’s work is responsible for one in ten of all phrases in the English Dictionary and he can be described as the greatest writer the world has ever produced. The sad thing is that as language evolves, fewer & fewer students are reading his work.


Fines

Tonight’s fines by Wayne McCurdy were sparked by his historical lesson on Carrickfergus Castle in Northern Ireland which was besieged in turn by the Scots, English and French. The smell of blood was in the room when we were asked to separate ourselves by the origins of our ancestry; therefore only the luck of the Irish escaped a fine, namely, Wayne, President Ian, Alistair and Mick!


Guest Speaker

Tonight’s guest was Kath Forde, Chairperson of Kidsafe Taranaki Trust – founded by the late Alan Parsons in 1994 due to his concern on the rate of child injuries at that time. Kath reported that 88% of all children admitted to hospital with an injury were unintentional accidents. There are currently 8000 admissions per annum. The Trust focussed on the largest group of accidents with falls by children under 5 years being by far the largest. Their fall protection project has significantly reduced the amount of injuries for the under 5’s and is still falling. Keep up the good work!


Parting Thought

Our parting thought by Brian Milestone:-

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand”