Ripley 60s Live music night in aid of Penguin Club

In order to raise much needed funds for The Penguin Club, the Rotary Club of Ripley is lending a hand in organising a live music Sixties night.
The evening will take place on Friday 21. March 2014 at Lumb Farm, Marehay Ripley. 7-30pm start. The live music will be provided by local band “Thunderbird Four” playing both British and American Sixties Music. The cost of what I am sure will be a magnificent evening will be £12 per person which includes a bowl with roll of “Angies” home made stew.
Also on the evening there will be a giant raffle, and an auction. One of the donated auction lots is a Gallon bottle of whisky!!!

Entrance is by ticket only available from Owen J. Briggs. These can be ordered over the phone. Please try and give this event your best support. The Penguin Club is in need of Funds.
Thank You
Owen J. Briggs 07966 739047

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Rotary District 1220 – Shoulder to Shoulder with the Royal British Legion

Poppy Appeal 2013 – 45 clubs in District 1220 involved!

The Poppy Appeal is one of the most recognisable charity appeals and for every £1 raised 78p is spent on charitable activities. A staggering £1.6million per week is spent on health and welfare for families in need.

2013 is the third year that Rotary clubs in District 1220 have worked shoulder to shoulder with members of the Royal British Legion branches throughout our District on the Poppy Appeal. The idea for this worthwhile collaboration began in June 2011 after the Rotary Showcase in the centre of Nottingham when I had a meeting with the then Lord Mayor, Michael Wildgust, who asked for our help.
It was clear that the Nottingham City branch of the RBL had difficulties in covering large venues for two weeks with their dwindling and ageing membership and that there was great potential to increase revenue from the Poppy Appeal if extra manpower was available to cover collections at the major shopping centres and stores.

I decided initially to ask clubs in the Central and Trent groups for their help and we ran a pilot project in November 2011 which proved to be very helpful and successful. The RBL were delighted with Rotary’s involvement locally in Nottingham so I asked for support to make this an initiative across RIBI where the RBL needed our help and this was duly adopted. I had the opportunity to speak to a meeting of RBL Poppy Appeal co-ordinators from all over the UK in Birmingham and they were very enthusiastic about the liaison with Rotary. They were given Rotary contacts in every District and the Poppy Appeal results since have been phenomenal across RIBI with our help.

Firstly I will speak about Rotary involvement in central Nottingham, purely as I have been closely involved in the planning and execution of collections in four large venues for two weeks. Clubs in Central and Trent groups offered their services again and each club accepted responsibility to cover collections on their allocated dates. Some clubs have been involved with the Poppy Appeal for many years.

No doubt many readers of this article will know the difficulties we have in Rotary with our sleigh collection schedules so just imagine organising a rota for a total of 360 hours with two people on duty at all times over a two week period, a total of 720 hours to cover!

After endless emails and telephone calls the rota was complete and collections began on Saturday 26 October. In central Nottingham alone over 350 Rotarians, their families and friends took part in the collections and the feedback has been excellent. Everyone really enjoyed the experience again and it truly reflects the strength of the “Poppy Appeal” brand which is so well supported by the generous public. It also gave Rotarians wonderful opportunities to be highly visible, wear their club tabards and engage the public in talk about Rotary. Many leaflets were handed out and the awareness of Rotary has certainly been improved. No longer will Rotary be remembered just for our sleigh collections!

Turning to the rest of the District it is apparent that many clubs have been helping the RBL for many years and I had not realised that we have so many RBL members in our ranks as well. DGN Roger Summers has again been co-ordinating Rotary help in Derbyshire where needed and overall throughout District 1220 over 45 clubs have been very active with the Poppy Appeal this year.
All of this effort to fill the tins is not the end of the project as hundreds of tins have to be retrieved from other collection points, the proceeds counted and banked. At the time of writing the three central venues manned by Rotarians in Nottingham have passed £30,000 which is a record amount and a suburban, Sainsbury’s again manned by Rotarians, collected a staggering £8,350.
Figures for Derbyshire are not yet available, they are still counting. It takes weeks to finalise the collection total but we should be well up on last year’s figure. Rotary has really made a difference.

I wish to say a huge “thank you” to everyone who has willingly taken part throughout the District and given freely of their time. It has been wonderful to see so many Rotarians spending time together with a smile on their faces, chatting to the public and really enjoying the experience. The way that clubs and individuals have worked together has been inspirational.

At the RBL Ball recently I was surprised and delighted to be presented with a framed certificate awarded to Rotary District 1220 recognising the help and support given to the Poppy Appeal. I was even more surprised to receive a similar personal award but as I have said on previous occasions, none of this would have happened without the help and support of fellow Rotarians.

We are already planning next year’s Poppy Appeal and I am confident that Rotarians will once again be shoulder to shoulder with those RBL branches that need our help. Long may it continue as we support the largest charity that helps service personnel and their families!

Val Leivers

RBL Award DistrictVal RBL Award



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Val breaks through glass ceiling yet again!

Since starting life as a humble PE teacher, Valerie Leivers has become an iconic a beacon of hope for would-be women achievers in male dominated environments.

Her first success was promotion to Head of PE Faculty for both boys and girls – the first female in Nottinghamshire to achieve this.

Val went on to become Deputy Head at Redhill School in Arnold from where she retired due to spinal problems in 1998. After recuperation from four major spinal operations she returned to teaching male prisoners, initially as a volunteer, in Nottingham Prison. She was soon offered a contract and continued to teach literacy and numeracy plus Art for a further 5 years.

Since joining her local Rotary Club (Sherwood Sunrisers in Nottingham) some 19 years ago as a founder member, Val’s great desire to serve the community locally, nationally and internationally has blossomed. She has held many posts of responsibility, including all committee chairmanships, as well as serving as President during 2001 – 2002.

Not satisfied with that, Val went on to progress through numerous different positions, both within her Midlands based Rotary District and nationally. Val was hugely proud to serve as District Governor during 2010 – 2011, breaking no less than 58 years of male domination and becoming the first female to do so!

Val’s achievements within Rotary International have received recognition on many occasions (see below). However, her voluntary activities also extend to other walks of life, including schools and charitable work, both in the UK and abroad.

The crowning glory of Val’s illustrious track record of service is her most recent Rotary Award, “Service Above Self”, from Rotary International Directors for outstanding service, not only in Rotary service but in life in general. As Rotary’s highest honor for individual Rotarians, this award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. Val is the only third female to receive the award in the UK.

PDG Val Leivers receiving her Service Above Self award

PDG Val Leivers receiving her Service Above Self award

Val’s husband, Terry Leivers, comments, ‘Personally, I know exactly how Denis Thatcher felt!’

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Calling Paul Harris Fellows

DGE Peter Moralee, on behalf of District Governor David Ashley, invites Paul Harris Fellows and partners to the annual Paul Harris Lunch to be held on 24th March 2013.

The format will be as in previous years. An informal lunch followed by an address from the RIBI Vice President Peter King, on Rotary, the challenges, and the exciting developments being put in place to combat them.

The Lunch will be held on 24th March 2013 at the Novotel Hotel, just off the M1/A52 junction in Bastock Lane, Long Eaton.NG10 4EP. Tele: 0115 9465111

We need to gather at 12.00 midday to sit down for lunch at 12.30 prompt.

The lunch menu will be:

  • Broccoli & Stilton soup
  • Roast Loin of Pork In a Bramley apple & cider sauce Seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes
  • Lemon Tart With a raspberry coulis
  • Vegetarian Option available if requested at the time of booking!
  • Three Courses plus coffee & Mints @ £17.50pp

Please book using the form below and return it to Peter at his address in the District Directory, numbers are limited so an early return is recommended.

Many thanks!

2013 Annual Paul Harris Lunch

Attendees Booking Form

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