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NEW MALDEN ROTARY CLUB
                    MONTHLY MAGAZINE
                            JANUARY 2019

                            PRESIDENT ROGER’S
                              RUMINATIONS

          A very happy new year to all our readers
                       As   you will realise, the Editor has cracked the whip and this
                       newsletter is being written in that wonderful period between
                       recovering from Christmas over-indulgence and preparing for the
                       next round on New Year’s Eve. So if the text contains grievous
                       spelling errors or omissions, or the syntax is missing, then blame it
                       on the Season. Thank you Editor, too, for an excruciating collection
                       of Christmas jokes in the last Bulletin – wonderful, so many so
                       awful that they deserve repeating. But, since Christmas is over, we
                       won’t!

Our Rotary festive season started with a magnificent switching on of the Christmas lights
in the High Street. ‘Magnificent’ because nothing went wrong! The lights all came on (well
                                 one stuttered slightly), Rudolph looked at his best having
                                 scrubbed up beautifully and the rubber ‘runners’ on the
                                 sleigh didn’t blow. Santa and the Mayor all reached St
                                 George’s Square safely to find a snug cabin awaiting in
                                 which they could greet the families queuing up to see
                                 them. And, Mother Nature smiled benignly on us all.
                                 The impression I had too was that it all took place in front
                                 of one of the largest crowds we’ve seen in the High Street
                                 for some while. Congratulations to everyone, from the
                                 lamp-post minders to the New Malden Fortnight teams
                                 and especially to Peter Hope
whose dogged telephone calls to Kier and RBK did much to ensure
that we had no ‘illumination malfunction’ of the sort that plagued us
all last year.

Our run up to Christmas also has a serious side – fundraising for
local charities. Here, regrettably, Mother Nature turned her face
away and Santa and his helpers had to endure some pretty wet
evenings and Saturdays. Again, though, we were blessed with a
good selection of Rotarians and friends who turned out – some at
very short notice – to support Santa around the streets and on the
High Street. The end result? We managed to raise over £8.000 for
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our charities.    A nice start to the New Year. Congratulations to all who
participated, especially organiser Peter Skinley who was out every night and
day, come rain (mostly) or shine.

Christmas is also a time of carols and readings and I was pleased to have the
opportunity, through the kind invitation of Kingston Rotary’s President, to listen to
the choir at Staywell’s Raleigh House in New Malden. The choir, made up of
Staywell attendees, was created as a Christmas initiative and the enthusiasm of
the members – many of whom had never sung before – was infectious.
Kingston Rotary sponsored the choir’s creation and training and should feel very
happy with the result.

                        It was also real pleasure to follow in to footsteps of
                        previous Club presidents and read the first lesson at the
                        special service at the Methodist Church on Sunday
                        afternoon. The Church was decked out with a number of
                        Christmas trees – one for each of the Church’s charities,
                        including one for Rotary, and looked extremely
                        welcoming. A thoroughly enjoyable start to the final run
                        up to Christmas.

                        Finally, any Rumination would not be complete without a
                        reference to the Club’s own Christmas party, this year
                        overseen by John Meredith. The 2018 party featured two
                        new additions – a ‘secret Santa’, the suggestion of
                        member Sally-Anne Shelton; and a ‘sensory quiz’
devised and run by member Graham Thompson. I hope the new additions
added to the overall enjoyment – perhaps permanent
additions in future years? Thank you to both Graham and
Sally-Anne.

Like previous years, of course, no Club Christmas party
would be complete without the ‘Twelve Days of
Christmas’, sung as always by a glee club assembled on
the night by John Hicks. Despite John’s best efforts, it
has to be said that ‘sung’ is a term which can only be
applied loosely in this case.     As always the Club’s
rendition was unique.       The ‘Twelve Days’ was first
published in 1789, with the version we know today from
1909 by the composer Frederic Austin. That was twenty
years before the formation of our New Malden Club. It’s
safe to say that had our Club been the first to sing Mr Austin’s composition, the
‘Twelve Days’ would most likely have never become the national favourite it is
today.

A very good time was had by all, though, with more than a large helping of
bonhomie. So now it is time to pack away the considerable achievements of
2018 and it is off to 2019 - and back to business.

To all Club members, have a most enjoyable New Year’s Eve and then a year
ahead to remember.

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NEWS FROM OUR
                          INNER WHEEL CLUB
                            President 2018/19
                          Janet Albert Richards

                 I began the month by welcoming 17 members of Inner Wheel to
                 lunch at our house. To say this is a squeeze is a bit of an
                 understatement but it makes for lively conversation and much
                 laughter. I think it was enjoyed by all and we added another £160
                 to our donation in January to the Blood Runners. We have also
                 chosen to decorate our Christmas Tree in the Methodist Church for
                 the Blood Runners. I must admit that I was a bit taken aback to
                 find that somehow we had been given prime position at the centre
                 of the altar. We definitely connected to our “inner child” when
                 making the decorations of bottles of blood, hearts, lungs and
motorbikes!
Several members also attended the Mary Preston Carol Concert on the 5th
December.       This is a delightful evening featuring local schools and dance
organisations. We enjoyed singing, ballet dancing and a very good ensemble from
Hampton School together with a brilliant piano soloist. The event is run by Bobby
Child and monies contribute towards community events and providing holidays for
disadvantaged children. We were able to help by providing the refreshments for the
interval.
We also had our own Christmas party on the 11th December. It was extremely nice
to have a choice for the main meal and many people opted for the non traditional
salmon which was absolutely delicious with its mixed herb crust. Moira, took up the
challenge, once again, to organise the event and we were entertained with games
and readings by Jose. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Several Inner Wheelers also attended the Rotary Christmas Party on the 17th and
after an excellent meal took part in “guess the number of objects”, secret Santa and
the traditional singing. A really great evening.
Together with Roger, we attended A Service of Lessons and
Carols at New Malden Methodist Church and we both read a
lesson. Although I worried about the reading, I definitely
had the easier task as I had a far shorter reading than
Roger! The service was well attended and denotes, for me,
the real start of Christmas, especially with all the beautifully
decorated trees and all the familiar carols.
Happy Christmas and more importantly a Happy and
Healthy 2019.

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Message from Fund Raising
A very big “THANK YOU” to all who helped with the collections. Through your
efforts in the miserable weather this year and the static and donations being
down, the mobile went some way to make up the difference.
We collected the princely sum of £8000.00,, which is £500.00 down on last year.
Again, thank you all for the help and good humour during the mobile and static
collections.

                         SNIGGER SECTION

•    A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better
     boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."

•    A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six
     year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?" "I
     wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied. "Just say what you
     hear Mum say," the wife answered. The daughter bowed her head and
     said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

•    If you come across a hot man who is mature, smart, humble, educated,
     financially loaded, passionate and patient and who is great at fixing
     things around the house, is not materialistic, who is a great lover and is
     attentive to his partner's needs..................... rest assured in the
     knowledge that the joint you have just smoked is of superior quality!

•    What´s the stupidest animal in the jungle? The polar bear.

•    I am in a good place right now. Not emotionally. I am in the off-licence.

•    Common sense is like deodorant. Those who need it don’t use it.

•    Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.

•    Even duct tape can't fix stupid ... but it can muffle the sound!

•    A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music
     will follow..

•    My wife and I have an agreement – I admit wrong and she always agrees.

•    It is called the mother-tongue because fathers rarely have a chance to
     talk.

•    I was taught to respect my elders. It's just getting harder to find them.

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14th David Powers
1911 – Roald Amundsen's South Pole expedition makes landfall on the eastern edge
       of the Ross Ice Shelf.
83 BC– Mark Antony, Roman general and politician was born.

26th Ken Albert Richards
1905 – The world's largest diamond ever, the Cullinan weighing 3,106.75 carats
       (0.621350 kg), is found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.
1963 – José Mourinho, Portuguese footballer and manager was born.

29th Tony Chalk
1571 – The Royal Exchange opens in London
1910 – Django Reinhardt, Belgian guitarist and composer was born.

                           DUTY OFFICER ROTA
              PAY DESK                        ADMIN 1               ADMIN 2/3

Jan 7    Eva Croucher                  Ken albert -
         Peter Skinley                   Richards
14       Eva Croucher                  Nick Higgins
         Peter Skinley
21       Eva Croucher                  John House           Peter Hope
         Peter Skinley
28       Eva Croucher                  Brian Garlick        Jeff Reardon
         Peter Skinley
Feb 4    Robin Linnecar                Tony Townsend
         Tim Woodcock

                         CLUB DINNER MENUS
              Fish & Chips
     Jan 7
                                                        Chocolate mousse
              Sausages& Mash
        14
                                             Bakewell tart & Ice cream
              Steak & mushroom pie
         21
                                                            Crème brulee
              Roast Baked Gammon
         28
                              Apple Crumble & Ice cream

     Feb 4    To be decided

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CLUB EVENTS ROTARY YEAR 18 /19

                            2019
JANUARY
7 Committees
14 Council
19 Inner Wheel coffee morning.
21 Speaker ; Lydia Clark , Royal Marsden Hospital
25 Inner Wheel : Tapas Evening.
28 Speaker: Alan Vincent, Codes and Code breaking

FEBRUARY
4 Committees
11 Business meeting followed by Council
18 Speaker : Dick Elsey - Golden age of Comedy on the
    Wireless.
 25 tba

MARCH
4 Committees
11 Council
18 Speaker TBA
25 Speaker TBA

APRIL
1 Committees
6 District Council meeting—Reigate
8 Council
15 Speaker
22 No meeting – Bank Holiday
29 Partners evening. Speaker Chris Abbot “From Punch to
   War horse. A world of puppets.

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