High Suffolk 2006
2, 3, 4, JUNE 2006
Dear Rotary Friends,
THE third RIC is approaching fast and here in High Suffolk we are all looking forward to a weekend of fun and fellowship.
We have 59 delegates coming from Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and Poland as well as most of our own members at various times over the weekend.
The programme for the weekend is below and we have suggested a dress code for the different days/times etc.
We all hope you have a smooth and trouble free journey to Suffolk.
Here is a summary of the events we have planned:
Arrival from early morning to late afternoon.
Shire Hall, Woodbridge.
You are all being accommodated in the lovely ancient market town of Woodbridge in the County of Suffolk-Home of Saxon kings, the area’s past is well documented and many ancient buildings – some now working museums – provide clues to the living and working history of Woodbridge’s earlier life as both a great ship building centre and busy port.
A centre for antiques, books – ancient and modern – and with some lovely art galleries you can window shop for hours. You can walk around the town, along the riverbank, across the heaths or down on the beach. This is a great area for bird watching too with lowland heaths, forests, fresh water and salt marshes, reed beds and shingle beaches – many protected for their special value as wildlife habitats – worth visiting at any time of the year.
The afternoon is free for you to discover Woodbridge for yourselves and for the Ladies to do some (window) shopping. There are members of RC High Suffolk available to help you if you wish.
18.00 Informal meet in the bar of The Bull Hotel
- We have a Harp and Flute recital with Thelma Owen and Duke Dobing in the historic Shire Hall
- Welcome dinner at The Bull Hotel, with a short speech after the Dinner by Mark Cooke, the founder of Hope & Homes for Children whose project we are supporting this year.
Dress for the evening: Smart Casual
After the speech the Bar will be open for as long as we all wish!
Dress for the daytime: Casual.
Evening: Formal evening dress or Lounge Suit.
09.00 Departure for an excursion into the Suffolk Countryside visiting
- The small market town of Framlingham and its Castle.
- A Coffee stop at The Old Mill House, which is the home of RC High Suffolk. It may be possible to visit the Old Windmill nearby if we have time.
- Drive through the countryside passing through pretty villages and a large country mansion house to
- Visit to a Farm based Dairy Milk processing plant and then onto
- South Elmham Hall and Minster for lunch at 13.30. After lunch we will have the annual RIC meeting in the Barn. Our partners will be given a conducted tour of the Hall and Minster if they wish.
16.00 Tea, before departure back to our hotels, arriving at 17.15.
19.00 Our coaches will take us back to the town of Framlingham where our Gala Dinner will take place. This Dinner is a black tie occasion, but don’t worry if you have not got one-we will still let you in!
There are no formal speeches at this Dinner.
After dinner we will stage some Camel racing, as the import licences for the Camels arrived in time for us to ship the camels from Egypt.
Coach back to Hotels. The bar will be open at the Crown Hotel as long as we wish.
0830-0930 Breakfast followed by a walking tour of Woodbridge including a visit to the famous old Tide Mill and the Suffolk Punch Museum. ( The Suffolk Punch is a famous breed of heavy working horse).
Informal get together until your departures.
3 June 2006
Rotary Club of High Suffolk
RIC Meeting 2 – 4 June 2006
High Suffolk (UK), Leipzig (Germany), Lublin (Poland), Nieuwkoop (The Netherlands), Rotselaar (Belgium) and Le Vesinet (France)
Rotarians and Partners travelled to the UK and were based at Hotels in Woodbridge, Suffolk. An informal meeting was held at the Bull Hotel at 6.00 pm attended by the delegates and members of the High Suffolk Club. This was followed by a flute and harp concert in the Shire Hall. After dinner, at the Bull Hotel, we returned to the Shire Hall for a presentation by Colonel Mark Cook, who is founder of Hope and Homes for Children: this to be the project that RIC will support in 2006/2007.
On Saturday, there was a tour of the Suffolk area, including a visit to the meeting place of the High Suffolk Rotary Club, a local dairy where a tasting of the homemade ice cream was most welcome. The tour terminated at South Elmham Hall, where lunch was served in the courtyard and the RIC meeting held within a converted barn at the hall, whilst accompanying guests toured the grounds and Hall.
On Saturday evening, a gala dinner was held at Framlingham College and attended by the District Governor of District 1080. An entertaining ‘Top and Tails’ competition was held and won by a member of the Le Vesinet Club. The evening finished with Camel Racing ‘a la’ High Suffolk style.
On Sunday, parties visited the Woodbridge Tide Mill and the Suffolk Horse Museum before departing.
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
Date – 3 June 2006
Location – South Elmham Hall, South Elmham, Suffolk
All clubs were represented
The Meeting was chaired by President Brian Hull of High Suffolk
President Brian Hull of High Suffolk welcomed all delegates to the meeting. Brian thanked Rotarians Harry Standley and Alan Cutting for their efforts in organising the weekend. He also thanked Leipzig for last year’s excellent weekend.
Minutes of the RIC Meeting held on 11 June 2005 in Leipzig were presented and adopted. There were no matters arising.
The RIC banner was formally presented to High Suffolk, to be held for 2006/2007, by the President of Leipzig.
RIC Project for 2005/2006
Past President Ingbert Blüthner of Leipzig presented each club president with a bound book funded by the RIC project of 2005/2006.
Reports from RIC clubs
5.1 Nieuwkoop – President Cora Honing reported:
- Membership had increased to 33 and a third are ladies.
- There had been increased attendance at weekly meetings.
- The annual jazz evening by the lake had moved to a new location and was to be held on the last weekend in August
- During the year, the club supported youth, including an art project and summer activity constructing timber huts.
- In forthcoming year, a local project for the provision of tearooms for the disabled would be supported. Internationally, there would be support for a project in Albania.
5.2 Rotselaar – President Staf Bergmans reported:
- There had been a further increase in the club’s membership to 42.
- Members of the club had been active in visiting fellow RIC members, including Nieuwkoop, Leipzig, Le Vesinet and Lublin.
- The club had been involved in five projects over the last year including a golf tournament with 100 players, a classical music concert, Christmas market together with the annual chocolate and port sales. However the major project was support for under privileged children in Russia and Belarus (victims of the Chernobyl disaster). The club was able to negotiate a matching grant from RI giving a total raised in the region of 62,500 US$.
5.3 Le Vesinet – President Gerard Spaggiari reported:
- Membership in the club stood at 28 with 1 lady member.
- Events during the year included the Annual Wine and Food Festival, which attracted 12,000 visitors. The Festival of Magic was held over two evenings with total attendances in the region of 1400. Surplus food collected from supermarkets of approximately 10 tons was distributed.
- Causes that have been supported were Polio Plus, purchase of car enabling disabled to get to work, student grants and Water Aid in Africa.
5.4 Leipzig – Past President Ingbert Blüthner reported:
- Membership continued to increase with the oldest member being 92 years.
- A member of the club has been appointed as District Governor. This is the third time the club would be providing the District Governor.
- Events during the year included an auction of presents that had been given to the club in the past, the annual Christmas collection and activities.
- A visit to the Nuremberg club was undertaken and old association was rekindled. The club members also visited Provence in France.
- A meeting was held with local Asian families to encourage friendship and business connection.
- Last year’s RIC project of mixing able and disabled children to produce a book was a great success. Each president of the RIC was presented with a copy.
- The project for the forthcoming year would be to help street children.
5.5 Lublin – President Dariusz Blaszczak reported:
- Membership now stood at 46 and the club was celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. It was the second club to be formed in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
- Projects for the year had included supporting an orphanage near Lublin, a hostel for single mothers and children and a local hospice. Support has also been given to a music school for disabled children.
- The club was to arrange a golf tournament and would hold an auction of paintings by a famous Polish artist. It was hoped that funds could be raised to purchase a pickup truck for the single mothers’ hostel. The club will be applying for a matching grant towards this cause.
5.6 High Suffolk – President Brian Hull reported:
- Two extra members had joined during the year giving a total of 20 members.
- The club had supported local and international projects throughout the year.
- Being a small club, a large amount of time has been spent in the planning and organisation of the RIC weekend.
- During the year, the club had a full re-appraisal of fund raising efforts and looked forward to increasing revenues in forthcoming years.
6 RIC Project 2006/2007
Rotarian Harry Standley from High Suffolk gave a brief resume on the RIC project for 2006/2007. This was to support Hope and Homes in Eastern Europe and Africa and followed on from the presentation given by Colonel Mark Cook on the Friday evening.
- The RIC project would support a house in Belarus.
- Funding would provide furniture for a new home.
The Meeting supported the project and agreed to proposals.
7 Continuing Support for Hope and Homes
Harry suggested that the Hope and Homes project should be considered on a continuing basis but at a much lower level of financial support. He suggested a sum in the region of 250 euros per annum per club.
Agreed to be discussed at the next RIC meeting and to be included in the agenda.
8 Amendment to RIC Rules
RC Rotselaar proposed an amendment to the RIC rules:
- Formal minutes of RIC AGM should be recorded.
- There should be an increase in reporting on the progress of the RIC shared project and use of member clubs’ donations.
Patrick Billiet requested that each club should consider above matters and submit comments that can be incorporated in the agenda for the RIC AGM 2007.
Action: Member clubs need to discuss and report prior to next AGM.
- Venue for RIC weekend and AGM2007/2008
Discussion was held on the venue and organising club for the next RIC.
The AGM approved the appointment of Le Vesinet as the organising club for 2007 with agreement of Nieuwkoop for 2008.
- Project for 2007
- President Elect gave an enthusiastic presentation of Le Vesinet proposals for the RIC weekend in 2007, including details of attractions in the locality. The theme of the visit would be discovery of the club combined with the interesting history of the area. Details of the visit are available on ric2007.org
- Details were given of Le Vesinet combined RIC project for 2007/2008. This would be supporting ‘Enfance Avenier’ in Ethiopia. The project will assist in the scheme to open a foster home for children awaiting adoption.
- Election of Co-ordinator for RIC
It was proposed by Rotarian Nick Corke (High Suffolk) that Rotarian Patrick Billiet of Rotselaar be appointed liaison officer for one year. This was seconded by Vice President Robert Norman (High Suffolk).
Meeting approved the appointment of Rotarian Patrick Billiet as liaison officer for 2006/2007.
Patrick was prepared to accept but only for the forth-coming year.
Rotarian Carol Garrett (High Suffolk) proposed that the appointment of liaison officer should be agreed annually.
Agenda for 2007 should include appointment of liaison officer.
President Brian Hull presented each attending Club President with a memento of the weekend and accepted gifts from the visiting clubs on behalf of High Suffolk.
- Date of Next Meeting
Le Vesinet in France would host the next Annual General Meeting on 2 June 2007.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 16:10 hours.
Social project High Suffolk 2006
Hope and Homes for Children is a registered charity working in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa.
Our head office is based in Wiltshire in the UK.
Our Mission is to give hope to the poorest children in the world – those who are orphaned, abandoned or vulnerable – by enabling them to grow up within the love of a family and the security of a home, so that they can fulfil their potential.
Our Vision is a world where every child feels loved
Imagine growing up not knowing what a family is, not having the sense of belonging, or the emotional support that being part of one provides. Families are a source of comfort, warmth and nurturing, protection and security. If children are denied this love and respect their chances in life are dramatically reduced.
At Hope and Homes for Children we believe that, above all else, every child should grow up within a caring family.
We work together with children, their families and communities across Central and Eastern Europe and Africa to ensure that children grow up in an environment where they have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We move children out of institutions into family-based care, help keep together families at risk of breakdown – due to the pressures of poverty, disease or conflict – and work to prevent child abandonment.
We work across Central and Eastern Europe and Africa. Our programmes vary from country to country, from closing orphanages in Europe to supporting AIDS orphans in Africa.
Belarus became an independent state following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The economic and political changes which followed led to a greater emphasis on economic, rather than social reform. This resulted in deepening poverty and severe hardship for a significant proportion of the population. Additionally, Belarus continues to suffer from the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, which affected nearly a quarter of the country’s entire landmass.
Poverty has put a lot of pressure on family life in Belarus and there are currently over 30,000 children without parental care.
Our work in Belarus
We have been working in Belarus since 2000 and initially established Small Family Homes for children in institutional care.
The Government is highly committed to reforming its child care system and we are working together to make this happen. As a result of this, we started our first deinstitutionalisation project in 2005, and the subsequent closure of the Pravye Most institution in 2007 marked a period of rapid progress in our work.
During this time, Belarusian childcare professionals used our methods and guidance to successfully close two further institutions and develop community based care services. Also in 2007, after we showcased our work at a national conference in Minsk, the Government of Belarus commissioned us to train all of their childcare professionals in our deinstitutionalisation method.
The country’s Government has now officially recognised us as the experts in deinstitutionalisation in Belarus. This is an important status that will enable us to tackle other pressing childcare issues, such as the institutionalisation of abandoned babies, and ensure that more children are able to grow up in families.