In October, we were delighted to welcome speaker Gordon McCorkindale representing Kidney Kids, Scotland to the club.
He spoke eloquently and passionately about the plight of children who are required to have regular dialysis which can involve them in long, tiring journeys, twice a week to the few hospitals in Scotland with the necessary equipment.
Gordon is on a quest to raise funds to buy a number of the latest 'portable' versions of dialysis machines, although these are still very expensive. But placing just one machine in the various small communities across Scotland can make such a difference to the children. Dialysis can be performed overnight, manged by parents, and the children can carry on their daytime schooling unaffected.
Other excellent initiatives included cartoon style books to teach the children about their condition, and how to deal with it, without causing upset.
All in all, the club members were very impressed by the initiatives and hope to support Kidney Kids Scotland in the future.
We were delighted to receive Rotarian visitors Greg & Kathleen Boswell all the way from Sedalia, Missouri USA. They were our speakers for the last meeting before our summer (!) holidays and explained about their amazing project to celebrate the great cattle drives from Texas up to Sedalia, one of the key transport crossing points in the centre of the USA.
A set of amazing brass sculptures of cowboys, cattle, dogs etc. were commissioned and now stand proudly in the site of the Missouri State Fair. All thanks to the efforts of local Rotarians.
Their enthusiasm for the project was catching as was one of their reasons for choosing to visit Eastwood Rotary Club - the old TV series "Rawhide" (remember 'Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'... move 'em up, move 'em on... keep them doggies rollin' etc etc) was the programme that made Clint Eastwood a star. Yes, Eastwood...
We have an open invitation to Sedalia, Missouri anytime. Who's up for it?
We were delighted to be contacted by our recent visitor from France, William Rakotomalala, who sent us these wonderful pictures from Senegal.
William is a member of an E-Club, a virtual Rotary Club that meets online. More details at http://www.rotaryeclub9220.org
Meantime, William writes:
"Greetings from Senegal for a wonderful stay also, attached are some pics. The same environment and atmosphere we have in Madagascar.
Now is the mango season, so abundant and cheap, which we can't actually see that much and afford in Europe!"