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  • President inspects Maldi Tof-Tof during another busy week

    Three visits to Bradford city centre this week (I keep discovering more great things about this place):

    Thanks to Carolyn's connections (she designed their logo), I was invited to the first birthday party of the Bradford Whistling Woods International Film school, celebrating their partnership with the world's largest Bollywood film company based in Mumbai. I was most impressed by the department, historic building, and the students' work. I was privileged to be given 5 minutes to tell the assembled crowd about Rotary, Robin Naylor's canoe challenge for Aquabox and I took the opportunity to thank the film school for so generously paying for the printing of our promotional leaflets.

    Then lunch with the RC of Bradford when Prof Nicola Stonehouse from Leeds Uni was the guest speaker. She is researching a safer Polio vaccine but did not have time to tell us about it as her PhD student, Palumi, gave us a very eloquent insight into how the vaccines are planned and given in Nigeria - not an easy task but so vital not to miss any children. I should love to be part of that some time in the future.

    And, finally, lunch at Bradford University Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (my raffle prize from the Crocus Cancer Appeal lunch at the Dubrovnic) with Prof Laurence Patterson, Dr Chris Sutton and Denise Taz who is co-ordinating the appeal, accompanied by our PE Robert Morphet and President of Bradford Bronte, Richard Henton-Jones. Thank you to both who came during their working day and spent two hours networking and looking round Prof's department, seeing the current mass spectrometer which was state of the art when purchased 8 years ago but is already old technology despite the amazing work it still does!

    Keighley featured twice in my schedule:

    A very pleasant evening at the Rugby Club at RC Keighley's 80th Charter, honoured to give a toast to the club, sitting with President Alan Hickman, our ADG, Mike Bamford our District Governor Elect, Rod Walmsley and Major Anne Read, Salvation Army's Anti-Trafficking Response Co-ordinator who spoke about people trafficking unbelievably going on in the UK.

    I spent a most enlightening and inspiring day, under the expert guidance of Vic, helping at the Bradford Area Rotary Technology Tournament at Keighley Leisure Centre. About 14 teams of young people aged 10 and 18 from 9 of the Bradford schools entered this competition and had to devise a means of powered transport across a ravine on a rope to deliver a package at the far side and return without falling into the Ravine! The accompanying teachers told me how much they value this event as it gives the pupils a chance to think 'outside the box' and apply their DT knowledge and skills to the task presented to them in a way they cannot do in the confines of lessons. The youngest team - 4 girls from Clockhouse, came first in their category! (I am awaiting Ken's photos of this. Meanwhile, see Bradford West's first "selfie" on our Facebook page!)

    Contact The Elderly this month was an outing to Sandal Farm Restaurant, a chance to show our guests where Bradford West meets every week. Mr Barry and his team put on a super afternoon tea while serving all day Sunday lunches to the general public - a first for him, he says.

    The Rotary Aire Valley Challenge meetings continue. Excitement mounts as Robin 's challenge is now only 96 days away - see the countdown clock at

    And another clock is counting down - two weeks to handover, Robert!

    But, even as I near the end of my year, new and exciting things are happening. A few of us from the club met with some non-rotarians to brainstorm ideas about what would attract young, working people to a Satellite Group. I came away enthused and encouraged, and reminded what a powerful vehicle Rotary is for making and developing meaningful friendships with like-minded individuals who want to work together in the community.

    It bodes well for our future!


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