Speakers 2011 -2012 Rotary Year
We had an excellent talk from Rosie Richards at our meeting on Thursday 8th September 2011
The Club sponsored Rosie Richards from Rochdale who was successful at the age of 18 to be included in the Girl Guide Gold Expedition after competition from hundreds of Girl Guide applicants from across the UK.
Rosie and her five team mates flew from London to Buenos Aires and then from Buenos Aires to Santiago. They had many difficulties to overcome such as over booking by British Airways, lost luggage, riots, sleeping on hard floors and communications
However they managed to visit Santiago, Valparaiso, Coyhaique, Tomuco, La Serena and Rancagua in Chile working from a base in Santiago. They over came lack of suitable clothing for the cold weather in Antarctic and throughout they enjoyed the experiences and the people they met.
Rosie was in charge of the group’s first aid requirements but as the only member who spoke Spanish she became responsible for all interpretations and felt that the experience had changed her. She was now much more confident and at ease giving this talk to all the members of our Rotary Club who she thanked for their financial support which had enabled her to take part in the expedition.
Rosie now takes up a place at Durham University where she will read Spanish, French and Arabic. She says the experiences she had in Chile have convinced her that she would like to pursue a job as a translator once she has her degree. We are all sure that she will do well.
Rosie was thanked for her talk my member Rtn Derek Heywood
Hear Hear to Natalie!
President Joan and Rochdale Rotary club were given a ‘ear- thumping ‘talk at the Masonic last week by guest speaker Natalie Wilson (grand- daughter of Rotarian Anneliese Mcardle) about her work as an Audiologist. After a degree in marine biology ( dolphins have incredible hearing), with no openings beckoning, Natalie took up a career in audiology .This involves specialised training in all aspects of the ear-it’s anatomy, how deafness occurs and detailed knowledge of sound and it’s transmission and how this happens in the healthy and damaged ear.
Deafness is caused by many factors including congenital , childhood viruses and infections and extreme noise. Simplest and less worrying of all build up of ear wax-a natural product to protect the ear but does get stickier as we get older. There are around 10 million deaf or hearing impaired people in the UK many start losing hearing in their 50s.
Many people are not aware they are deaf until others around them notice they are not responding Often the first sign is difficulty hearing people talking when there is a background noise-this high tone deafness is picked up by special audiogram tests Natalie does routinely in her audiology work.
Natalie showed us a selection of the modern hearing aids-a far cry from the days of large bugles and whistling battery -draining large devices. Hearing aids now have the capacity to shut out background sound and are still being improved on (y)ear by (y)ear;they are remarkably portable and unobtrusive so wearers do not have to feel embarrassed wearing one.
Royal National Institute for the Deaf RNID is the largest UK charity and has recently changed it’s name to Action on Hearing Loss http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/
Deafness is an under-funded area of research and Natalie’s interesting talk encouraged members to consider this when deciding on a charity to support.
Kidney Research UK ‘s Carol Bonham speaks at Rotary Feb 23rd 2012
Kidney disease is a new subject for Rotary meetings and enthusiastic Carol Bonham described how the Charity Kidney Research UK funds over 90 research projects .These include Academic research into the genetic background and causes of kidney disease. Young researchers are the lifeblood of research and Ph D s are funded through University departments. Support is given to clinical trials of new treatments and trying to understand patients problems after being on dialysis and having a renal transplant. She gave a most interesting and revealing description of how time consuming and lifestyle damaging that dialysis can become .Even with transplants people still have to take long term anti rejection drugs some of which can damage the transplanted kidney
Carol mentioned the difficulties of patients getting a donor kidney with increasing numbers needing this life saving treatment .Donation of organs has been an opt-in situation by signing a donor card but there would be many more kidneys available if people only opted out if they were against the procedure.
Charitable donation to kidney research falls a long way behind cancer and heart disease and Carol emphasised how much is still to be discovered in the fight against kidney disease .All this together with moving accounts of young children on dialysis and a guest in the audience who has had a transplant recently spurred President Joan and the members to make instant donations. Carol was thanked by former renal physician and vice President Dr David Smithard for such a complete and accurate presentation of the subject.
To donate go to www.kidneyresearchuk.org
Medic Malawi talk at Rochdale Rotary
Stephen Drew -Former headmaster of Wrekin College, Wellington, Shropshire (1998 -2011) came to a visitors evening on the 2nd March at the Broadfield hotel.
He was guest of Old Wrekinian John Kay (John’s headmaster was Robert Dahl 23 years before Stephen) and spoke of his favourite Charity Medic Malawi (reg.charity no. 108812b). He is a member of breakfast Rotary Club of Shrewsbury Darwen - starts at 7 .15 am!
Recently retired but for years involved in the charity Stephen has taken over as fundraiser and publicist .He started taking young people from Wrekin School some years ago to witness and help out in a community school/orphanage/hospital in Chichewa ,a poor area in Malawi ,Africa. Stephen emphasised the relatively good political climate in this part of Africa but with few valuable resources (only 10% of population earn enough to pay taxes)
60% of population live on less than a pound a day; there are long periods of drought leading to starvation of children who can be cared for in the nutrition centre on site. Medical facilities and schooling is available
It was difficult to hold back the tears seeing a video of such poverty and the selfless devotion of many volunteers helping to keep people healthy against all odds.
Stephen continues to visit the area from his home in Shrewsbury and encouraged Rotary members to donate to
A JOB TALK by MAUREEN BARKER gave members insight into her life in Local Government building up her expertise in technical drawing and planning;very hands- on work before the advent of computor graphics and the internet.
Ann Stott in her Job talk described her turbulant energetic life as a Policewoman which brought every member to attention!
Dr Ravi Sharma described the difficulties Doctors have in being light hearted and laughing with their patients.We were reminded of research showing the benefits to health and Laughter Clubs are becoming the latest fashion! Humorous powerpoint slides gave members a good laugh!
Seb Lassandro a 20 year old student gave a detailed view of Gracie Field's life -video footage of her singing,a discussion of all her friends,husbands, wartime experiences and ultimate retirement and death on the isle of Capri-well done Seb!