High Suffolk 2012
8, 9, 10 June 2012
Highlights of the programme include
- Champagne Reception at the Novotel Hotel.
- Buffet Dinner and our famous Camel Racing evening!
- RIC meeting in historic church of St Peters-by-the-Waterfront
- Visit to the medieval village of Lavenham
- Guided tour around the historic town of Bury St Edmunds
- Gala Dinner and folk dancing at Woolverstone Hall
- Farewell brunch (optional Full English Breakfast !)
A summary of the the programme for the weekend (subject to change!) is given below.
Friday 8th June
– Stansted Airport
– Harwich International port,
– Ipswich railway station
see “Current discussion topics”, below.
14:00 – 17:00 Registration at hotel
18:00 Welcome drinks at Hotel
19:00 Buffet dinner at hotel. including – camel racing !
Saturday 9th June
09:15 RIC meeting in the historic church of St Peters-by-the-Waterfront. See agenda, below (partners attend or free time)
11:00 Depart Novotel by coach.
11.45 Arrive Lavenham.
13:00 Depart Lavenham. Packed lunch on coach
13:30 Arrive Bury St Edmunds. Optional guided visits to
Town or Brewery.
16:00 Depart Bury St. Edmunds. Afternoon tea on coach
17:00 Arrive Novotel.
18:15 Depart by coach for evening function at Woolverstone Hall
– Dinner (Lounge suit)
– Folk Dancing (“Ceilidh”)
23:30 Depart Woolverstone Hall
Sunday 10th June
10:00 Brunch at hotel
Closing speeches, etc
12:00 Guests depart
9 June 2012
RIC Annual General Meeting
9 June, 2012
St Peters by the Waterfront, Ipswich, UK
Opening of the meeting by the President of RC of High Suffolk
David Love, President 2011-2012
President David warmly welcomed all Rotarians and partners to the ancient town of Ipswich.
Delegates were also welcomed by the Mayor of Ipswich, Cllr Mary Blake. She thanked delegates for visiting Ipswich, and described how the town was building on its historical agricultural and industrial roots to become a modern and exciting town with the waterfront and university area as a key attraction.
Calling the RIC-Clubs and ratification of presence
Harry Standley, High Suffolk RIC-Coordinator called the presence of the participating clubs:
RC Paris Le Vesinet,
RC Nieuwkoop and
Approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting
The minutes of the RIC AGM Leipzig 2011 were approved unanimously.
Annual Report of Member Clubs
- High-Suffolk. David Love said the RCHS was small but still achieved a tremendous amount. Over £2,000 had been raised for local children’s charities, a horse “ride out” event had raised funds and the club continued to maintain gardens at a local old people’s home. Increasing membership remained a priority.
- Rotselaar. Edward Vleminckx said that the club had redone its web site. The Mayor was an honorary member and promoted the principals of Rotary. There were 46 members, including 6 females, with an average age of 54. They had donated 23,000 euro to local, national and international charities last year. He thanked Patrick Billet for his great service to the RIC.
- Paris Le Vesinet. Heinz Zillgens said their membership was now 29. They organized a festival of illusion and visual arts and had raised 11,000 euro with a further 14, 000 euro raised by a wine and food fair, with two other clubs, and donated to “Water Without Borders”. They had formed two scholarships for students and held a dictation contest in secondary schools. The annual visit to Rotselaar had been held plus an informal visit to Lille. They celebrated their 35th anniversary in May – and still had one founding member.
- Leipzig. Peter Krakow said they had 60 members. They had organised a schools project rewarding outstanding students. They had a broadening of the horizon project with companies around Leipzig. They sold sparkling wine to raise funds. They made an annual trip to Portugal and had also visited Ireland this year.
- Niewkoop. The current president was unable to attend and sent apologies. They currently had 32 members and were trying to attract younger members and more women. Fund raising events had achieved over 17,000 euro. They had supported a clean water project in South Africa with help from matching grants, a sports academy for young people and a local hospice.
- Lublin. The club had 35 members, an increase of 2. A wide range of activities were organised. With a matching grant they had contributed 20,000 euro to the Lublin association for disabled children, contributing medical and specialist technical equipment. They sponsored the Lublin International Violin competition. They had engaged in an international youth exchange with the USA. There had been common events with clubs in the Ukraine.
Report on the joint project of RIC 2011 – Rotary Club of Leipzig
Bernhard v. d. Decken and Bernd v. Bieler reported on the agricultural projects of Forikolo in Sierra Leone. The main challenges in Sierra Leone are to restore the food supply, reconstruction of essential public services and stimulating economic growth to reduce poverty and to create jobs. During this period Forikolo was able with the support of the Rotary Club of Leipzig to implement the following projects: animals, vegetable cultivation, rice cultivation, tree planting and food preservation:
- The project has shown that adjacent grasslands and water resources provide sufficient food for all kinds of animals and can therefore be operated very efficiently for animal breeding. The goal to improve the diet of the village population and to improve the income situation of farmers has been achieved. The poultry farm has great potential with free-range chickens free to forage for food themselves. It also contributes to the prevention of communicable diseases.
- The implementation of vegetable cultivation/market gardening in the project village shas contributed to a significant improvement in the nutrition and in comesituation. During the project period different vegetables such as pepper, okra, eggplant, cassava, cucumber, have been cultivated and harvested. This project is also helpful to make people more independent. Women in particular are to carry out the project in a position to live independently, to send their children to school and buy school materials.
- ForikoloeV with support started to cultivate. The rice is growing both in the highlands and in the wetland sand can be cultivated all year round, because sufficient water is available. Between 100and 150acres (~ 250-350ha) are now cultivated.
- Tree ssuch as Mango, coconut, cocoa, cashew, have been planted. With the cooperation with local people an extension of tree planting is intended.
- Workshops where people learn how food can be preserved contribute to a sustainable improvement in the nutritional status of people in the project area of Loko Masama and Kaffu Bullom. Due to the conservation of crop surpluses, and the expansion of vegetable cultivation and the planting of trees, people can improve their ownf ood supply and income situation by offering canned products in local markets off season and thus achieve higher prices. Many goods such as glasses and bottles, cookers, mixers, household gloves and other necessary equipment have been purchased in Freetownand transported to the village. The materials were purchased in order to conserve in particular mangos in Apriland May, the main harvest season, in large quantities. First workshops were carried out by the Agricultural Project Manager in cooperation with some women from the villages. These workshops were very successful as the women were very excited and interested and showed their willingnessto participate in the conservation of fruits during harvest time. Additional farmland was prepared forlarge-scale planting of bananas, mangoes and pineapple. Some mangos were canned whole. The other mangoes, bananas and pineapples were first processed by mixerto a pulp and then canned. Also some banana and pineapple were dried and then stored in glass jars. To ensure the glasses kept safely a small existing warehouse was enlarged and a storage system in the form of storageshelves installed.
- The ultimate goal of all the agricultural projects was that the students as early as possible acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge about farming and agriculture. To support this goal the schools in this region were given specific training materials related to agricultural studies and gardening tools and seeds
Proposal for the joint Project of RIC 2012 by RC High Suffolk
Chris Sharpe said “The Banyan Tree” in Kerala, South India would be the 2012 project. The Banyan Tree was a small charity based in Suffolk working in Kerala, Southern India. It was secular and non political and supported poor and disadvantaged families without distinction of caste, creed or race. The proposed project was the construction of a Tuition Unit within a Community Centre to be build in the village of Idinjar, Kerala, for the benefit of “low caste” and tribal peoples with limited opportunities for work and education.
The total estimated cost of the Idinjar Centre was £40,000, with James Hopkins (a Suffolk based developer) and his wife Selina raising the majority of the funds. The RIC contribution of at least 6,000 euro will be associated with the (top floor) Tuition Centre (total estimated cost £12,000). He said Even if the full £12,000 was not raised by RCHS, the Idinjar Tuition Centre would still be associated with Rotary and the RIC clubs.
The project was approved by the assembly unanimously.
Future Shape of RIC Meetings
It was agreed that all Clubs would nominate a representative from, who, together with the RIC coordinator, would review the RIC format, and produce a proposal for a revised format, by the end of 2012, in time to implement a “new approach” (if needed) in 2014. Nominations should be sent to Patrick Billiet. As arrangements were well advanced, the RIC meeting in 2013 would be on the established format.
Election of new RIC coordinator
Patrick Billiet said after contact with all clubs Marc Loos from RC Le Vesinet had agreed to be the next RIC coordinator. His election was agreed unanimously.
David Love paid tribute to the magnificent service Patrick had contributed in the very best traditions of Rotary.
Organising Club for RIC 2013: RC Le Vesinet
Emmanuelle VINCENT, President elect 2012/2013 and RC Le Vésinet invited the RIC to meet in Paris in 2013. The meeting would be from 24-26 May and based in an hotel in Paris. Visits would include Montmartre, Champs Elysées / Avenue Montaigne, Musée d’Orsay, the Opera and a Surprise ! The RIC AGM would be at the Belgian Embassy.
She then presented proposals for the 2013 project in Afghanistan. This was in a non Future Vision Pan District, hence not eligible for a Matching Grant but ROSHAN, the 1st Mobile operator, has offered to double the contribution from RIC. There were two options she invited members to individually vote on :
- Option 1 – Scholarships for girls : Aschiana Association
- Option 2 – Open heart surgery for children at FMIC, Kabul
A vote was taken with 23 votes for Option 1 and 4 votes for Option 2 and accordingly Option 1 – Scholarships for girls : Aschiana Association will be proposed as the project to the 2013 RIC AGM.
Invitation for RIC 2014
The invitation to host the 2014 RIC from RC Nieuwkoop was unanimously agreed.
The RIC banner was handed over to the RC Le Vesinet.
Social project High Suffolk 2012
Rotary Club of High Suffolk
International Project 2012-13
Banyan Tree Tuition Unit
Idinjar, Kerala, India
Proposal for use of RIC funds for 2012-13
To be considered at the RIC Meeting to be held on 9th June, 2012.
In Rotary Year 2012-13, The Rotary Club of High Suffolk propose to support the Friends of the Banyan Tree(www.thebanyantree.org.uk), a Suffolk based charity which addresses the needs of extremely poor and disadvantaged families in Kerala, Southern India.
The Banyan Tree charity was selected after a visit by a member of RCHS, who saw at first hand the direct impact that they were having on the lives of families in the largely undeveloped villages of the region. The charity focuses on helping people, particularly women and children, to raise their economic status, though training and employment; education; help with housing; and advice on nutrition and health.
With the support of RCHS and a number of respected companies and individuals from Suffolk and beyond, the charity will build and equip a new Community Centre in the village of Idinjar, Kerala which will provide educational, medical, social and employment facilities.
RIC funding will be the foundation on which we will base a wider fund-raising effort, including an Indian Evening Fund Raising Dinner and a Prize Draw. RCHS hope to raise up to £12,000 which will fund a Tuition Unit in the Community Centre.
By supporting this project, Rotary and RIC will be doing much to help the people of a deprived area become more self-reliant, and better able to support themselves and others, through better education and improved vocational and professional skills.
We believe that this is entirely in keeping with Rotary values.
High Suffolk 2012