Left to Right: Mike Gill President, Rosemary Donnan, Past president Jim DonnanRosemary and Jim Donnan chair the Emley African Educational Project which has brought a new school to children in Mzambweni in Kenya. Their efforts over the years has enabled the building of 8 new classrooms, a library, headmasters study and teachers room together with improved cooking and recreational facilities. A new toilet block was installed last year and as a continuance of this President Mike of Phoenix Rotary was pleased to make a donation to Jim and Rosemary for the providing of clean running water and the installation of a septic tank.

Clean water and a good education will together enhance the lives of these young children.

 

Visit: http://www.emleyafricanschools.co.uk

Left to Right: Mike Gill Phoenix President, Karen Townend Olympic Torch Bearer, Michael Robb Event OrganiserKaren Townend visited Horbury & Ossett Phoenix on a special Ladies Evening organised by club member Mike Robb. Members and guests were surprised by the Chariots of Fire theme tune as Karen entered the room wearing her Olympic Games uniform and carrying the Olympic Torch.

Karen is from a well known Wakefield sporting family and has herself achieved excellence in swimming and netball and is now a keen golfer. Karen has worked in the NHS for many years and is currently a Practice Nurse.

Karen gave a very emotive talk on the lead up to the big day and her experiences as she carried the Olympic Torch through Wakefield towards the Chantry Bridge surrounded by cheering crowds and the well organised Olympic Support Team

 

Karen will be visiting Phoenix again in November at our Sporting Supper

1040 District Governor Keith Davison summed it up in his blog:

“Great night last night, Thursday, with RC Horbury and Ossett Phoenix at the Kirklees Light Railway at Clayton West near Huddersfield. http://www.kirkleeslightrailway.com/

Opportunity to have a guided tour round the Workshops and the Royal Mail Sorting Carriage both very interesting.

However the highlight of the evening was the chance to make a small boys dream come true and drive a steam train. Great fun only half a mile up the track and back again but still felt like taking the Flying Scotsman from London to Edinburgh!!!! Well you can dream can’t you!!! J

Thanks to President Mike and the entire Club but in particular Bob who made the whole evening possible.

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President Mike Gill's turn!

The 2012 Rotary Navigation Walk was held on Sunday 1st April. It was a beautiful, sunny Spring day and another fabulously successful day. We had over 350 pre-registered walkers and quite a few extra walkers who registered on the day.

As sponsorship money comes in we will update you here on progress and let you know when and where presentations will be made to the four hospices.

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Navigation Walkers pictured enjoying a well deserved reward after their walk to the Leggers Inn, Mill Street East, Dewsbury are: Lynne Stainthorpe, Robert Gosling, Liz Kennedy and Steven Kennedy.

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Here's a link to a slideshow provided by Phoenix Rotary: Link

Here's a link to an article and slideshow provided by The Halifax Courier: Link

On Friday 23rd March several willing and able volunteers from Phoenix Rotary Club helped with the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal collection at Asda's Wakefield Store. You couldn't really miss these attractive little flowers! Hard to believe they are all pillars of the community!

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good-citizens-awardCLICK PIC TO ENLARGEOpening remarks of Community Service Chairman Jack Reynolds:

Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club are keen to recognise community service in all its various forms. People like those we are honouring tonight may not have called their service The Big Society but that is just what they have been contributing to for a long time and without any political recognition or connotations. They are Good Citizens and the bedrock of our communities.

P1260030 On Thursday 26th January, HOPRC held its annual Youth Speaks competition at Heath Cottage Hotel in Dewsbury for the George Owen trophy.  Two local high schools, Horbury School and Ossett Academy sent teams to make presentations on the topic "Are your parents your best role model?"  Both teams put forward some challenging views about who they might look up to and why.
P1260027 The Ossett team of Oli Lloyd, Carley Green and Lauren Cotterill,  supported by teachers Rachael Thompson and Jo Standbury, came out on top, narrowly beating the Horbury trio of Josh Mellard, Michael Brown and Tamsin Scott.  The Horbury staff , Ibby Brown and Kim Voyce, were rightly proud of their team, for the quality of their argument and presentational skills but it is  the Ossett team that will take their presentation to the Rotary District Final in Fulford on 8th March.

Roger Parkinson, President of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club with Rachel Exley of the Alzheimer's SocietyAt the meeting of the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix on Thursday 27th October, members were given a presentation by Rachel Exley, Community Fundraiser for the Alzheimer

Lance Corporal Sophie Maynard with Immediate Past President Mike Bradley and on the left Sophie's Dad David Maynard who is also Vice President this yearRoyal Marines Band Service Lance Corporal Sophie Maynard gave us a fascinating insight into the role of MERT in the rapid and safe evacuation and treatment of wounded soldiers in Afghanistan.

The delivery of medical care to injured soldiers in Afghanistan is considered to be the best ever provided to deployed forces. The number of soldiers that have survived life-threatening injuries is the best in recorded history and testament to the expertise of the medical staff involved.

Before beginning an operation Commanders make plans, including what needs to be done if a soldier becomes unwell or injured. If a soldier is injured, the priority is to make the situation safe. This might mean defeating the enemy or moving the casualty to safety. Once safe, the casualty will receive treatment from a Buddy, Team Medic, CMT or RMO. Initial treatment is to stop bleeding and maintain the airway.

When a helicopter is needed

An assessment of the soldier's condition is made and if additional care is needed a request for assistance is made. The request for assistance is made by giving the casualty's location, nature of injury and priority for treatment. The information is quickly analysed and a response issued. If injuries are life-threatening, a helicopter will be launched. If the casualty is close to the hospital, an ambulance will be sent. If a helicopter is launched it might be necessary to move the casualty so that it can land safely. The helicopter medical team, also called a Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), will then fly the casualty to the hospital. They use two Chinooks one on call one on standby; these are large enough to allow Advanced Life Support treatment to continue whilst in flight. The MERT will also call the hospital with details of the casualty's injuries so they can prepare.

Carr Lodge Park Rock Garden

 

This Summer has seen the fruition of many months of hard work to transform what once was a very untidy and overgrown area into a sea of flowers within the rock garden adjacent to the Carr Lodge Mansion House.

The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix worked in collaboration with the local Council and the Probation Services Community Payback Team.

This is a perfect example of what can be achieved by team work.