On the weekend of the 17, 18 and 19 of May our German Rotary Club from Meppen came to visit us for the weekend. They arrived at different times during the day and were met by the members from our club who were going to look after them.
On the Friday evening other members of our Club had dinner parties for the hosts and their guests and invited some club members to join them.
On Saturday morning a large group of Nonsuch members and the members from Meppen went to Chatham Maritime Museum to have a look round. On Saturday Evening a Dinner was held at Chipstead Golf Club where we all had an excellent meal of Lambs Shank followed by Trifle. After the meal the President of Meppen Rotary Club, Frank Thiel, presented our President with a cheque for 1000 Euros to go towards a charity which would be chosen by Nonsuch but with agreement of Meppen.
On Sunday the Meppen Club left to go back to their homes at different times during the day.
The Business Quizz was won this year by Vernal Pastures. They threw out a challenge by saying that they would be back next year to defend their win and prove they can do it again.
There was a very congenial atmosphere with an excellent meal supplied by Ian Hosking our very competant chef.
Jean is the one on the right of the picture holding the trophy.
We look forward to seeing all of those who took part this year coming back next year to challenge Jean and her team.
The Youth Speaks District final took place on 5 March 2013. Wilson’s school were in this final with five senior teams taking part. Unfortunately, they did not win, but it was very close and they came second.
Yet again Rosebery swimmers have raised a huge amount of money for Charity.
The Swimathon in November raised a total of £1,213.35. The ‘big cheque’ was presented to Mr Chris Hughes, President of the Rotary Club of Sutton Nonsuch, in the presence of Mr John Mitchell (Rosebery Governor and a Member of Sutton Nonsuch Rotary) and Mr Colin Kennedy (former President of Sutton Nonsuch Rotary)
Half of the money raised goes to The Rotary Club of Sutton Nonsuch who will be continuing to support their African School building project in Uganda. The other half of the money will be divided equally between Arthritis UK (nominated by year 8 student Emily Palmer) and our own African school project – Elizabeth House in Uganda.
All the monies are in and the total amount raised was £3150.98 of which £1702.99 went to Nonsuch Rotary Charity Account to be donated as needed throughout the year.
Well done and a big Thank You to everyone who participated in this event.
Nonsuch Rotary’s annual Swimathon will be held on Saturday 26 October 2013 at Epsom College , who have again offered the use of its superb 25 metre pool on the Epsom College Campus in College Road, Epsom. (Follow the Epsom College link above for directions).
Our Swimathon helps local organisations and charities to raise funds for their own purposes and or charities as well as supporting many Rotary charities. We have aways been well supported by local schools such as Rosebery School in Epsom and Nonsuch High School in Cheam and many teams from other venues but any local group/company/charity interested in raising funds for their own use or for a charity or their own use is welcome to enter one or more teams.
The idea is simple. Teams collect sponsorship from friends, relatives and supporters for a 30 minute sponsored swim. The proceeds from sponsorship are split 50/50 between the teams choice and many Rotary Charities.
- Nonsuch Rotary, under the leadership of Colin Kennedy who is the event organiser, provide all the documentation, including sponsorship and disclaimer forms, directions to Epsom College swimming pool and a certificate upon completion of the swim. Free refreshments are available to the swimmers following their swim. Refreshments can also be bought by the spectators.
Forms are available for download via the links below or contact Colin Kennedy for further information on 01737 243509 or email nonsuchswim@aol.
Download documentation for Swimathon 2013 here:
Sutton Nonsuch’s latest member, Gordon Thomas joined the club in January;
here being inducted by President Chris Hughes.
Gordon, a local writer, said he felt proud and privileged to have been
invited to join such an active club.
What is a Satellite Club ?
The concept of a “Satellite Club” was developed to provide an alternative approach to establish Rotary Clubs. The concept gives Clubs the opportunity to start up a small group with the ultimate intention of forming a new club in due course. It is also a means of involving prospective members in Rotary activities before any new club is chartered. A Satellite Club is anticipated to have a minimum of 6 members on inception.
The Host Club to the Satellite Club will be “The Rotary Club of Sutton Nonsuch” alternatively called Nonsuch Rotary. The Satellite Club will initially conduct its meetings on a weekly basis in a format of its own choosing and choose projects suitable for its members interests but in line with those of Rotary. Meetings can take place in a room in a local pub or in a coffee bar and are anticipated to last around 1 hour. Unlike existing Rotary Clubs a meal is not necessarily required, unless members so agree.
The Nonsuch representative on the Satellite Club, and who will mentor the Satellite Club’s, meetings will be John Goodhead e mail firstname.lastname@example.org . John will also advise on the financials at the appropriate times. Members of the Satellite Club will represent the population mix of the London Borough of Sutton in respect of gender, ethnicity and religion.
For further information please contact John at the above email address.
Possible Expansion of Rotary in Sutton
The satellite club would not mirror any existing Club, in that it would not necessarily have a meal coupled with all the current Rotary formalities but would be more informal. It would (depending on members preferences) meet in a local pub or coffee bar, it would meet on an evening at 7.30 or possibly on a Saturday at 11.00am.It would be project based but include the traditional Rotary basics of “Service above Self” and the 4 way test. Members would reflect the population of Sutton in gender ethnicity and age. The meetings were / are planned to be of 60 to 90 minutes in duration.
The preferred age group would be an average of 40, but no one would be excluded. However potential members who preferred the traditional Rotary meeting would be encouraged to visit one of the existing Clubs. The method of reaching such people is by Social Media (Facebook, Twitter), but this has proven to be more difficult than initially envisaged. Only 6 people are required to set up a satellite club.
Contact is now being made with Rotaract members, former members of Round Table and Ladies Circle, members of Leisure Clubs / Centres and advertising in colleges such as Carshalton College, SCOLA and Nescot by the more traditional method of telephone and e mail and personal contact.
It is planned (hoped!) that the new Satellite Club will commence meeting formally by mid year.
This project is being led by Rotarian John Goodhead email@example.com Telephone 020 8241 7811. Please contact John for further info
On Wednesday 9th January 2013 Nonsuch Rotary Club gave out £1100.00 to each of 4 local Charities namely:
Phab – Representative, Julia Giles - Web site: www phab.org.uk
Phab (Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied) was represented by Julia Giles, She explained that PHABs aim is to promote and encourage people of all abilities to come together on equal terms to achieve complete inclusion within the wider community. Some 80 youngsters meet on a Friday evening with some 20 volunteers (aged 15 to 18). Visits and events are arranged, this year the group went to the 2012 paralympics and the money we donated will go towards visits to High Ashurst.
Cry – Representative, Val Scott – Web site: www.c-r-y.org.uk.
CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young – was founded in 1955 to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to sudden death in those under 35 years of age. Based in Tadworth, their vision is to work with cardiologists and family doctors to promote and protect cardiac health in the young by establishing good practice and screening facilities. The need for this was brought into sharp focus when the 23 yr old footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a match against Tottenham this year.
Accepting the Club’s cheque on behalf of CRY, Val Scott pointed out that 8 people under 30 die every week from undiagnosed heart conditions. CRY screened 12,000 young people in 2012, and in Italy, where screening of young people is mandatory sudden death from heart failure has been reduced by 90%. The money donated by the club will go towards screening.
Sutton Foodbank – Representative, Mark Tomlinson – Web site: www.suttonfoodbank.org.uk
Sutton Food Bank, represented by Mark Tomlinson, provides a life changing service by giving free emergency food to people who struggle to put food on the table for a variety of reasons, for example, losing jobs, relationship breakdown, benefit delay, illness, bereavement, etc. Boxes of nutritionally balanced food are provided, and Mark told us that 1 in 6 people in this country do not have enough food and he contrasted this with the problem of obesity and overeating and the 18 million tons of food that goes into landfill, in this country, every year. 3 foodbanks are now opening in England every week.
Family Focus – Joy Scott - Web site: www.familyfocusonline.org.uk/
Family Focus is a unique group based in Sutton which provides support for parents with children under 5 who are having serious difficulties coping with parenthood because of a range of stressful circumstances. Joy Scott said the Club’s donation would help the work of Family Focus in supporting the parents by providing parenting courses and helping people with learning difficulties.
Sue Pennington, who had taken care of, and safeguarded the sleigh during 2012 received a cheque for £250 for her chosen charity. Without Sue’s support it was unlikely that we could have maintained and provided our sleigh which, along with the Santa Claus perched on top, was regarded by many (and not only children !) as being a highlight of our efforts.
The representatives of the Charities joined us for dinner at Chipstead Golf Club before being given a Cheque for the above amounts. They then gave us a short insight into the work that their charity supplies to the needy people of sutton.
This year we will be organising Music Evenings which will start on the 14th September.
The price will be £7.50 – £10.00 per person paid at the door.
There will be varied music to be notified for each evening from classical to pop to jazz. You can ask for any music you like to be played at a future date.
Book by email to make sure of a seat to John Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org.