Speaker meeting 9th November

Prior to the meeting, the Club presented a cheque for £1,000 to Ashbrook Junior School, Borrowash towards the Fitness for Children Circuit.

Past President Geoff with Miss Mel Julian and Lucy from the PFA

Adrian Perkins, President Tony Beenham and Steen Elgaard

The members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne were given two lively presentations by Steen Elgaard from the Hinnerup Rotary Klub who are twinned with Church Wilne and its own member Adrian Perkins who gave an update following his trip to build a Sand Dam in Kenya.

Steen gave background to both Denmark and his Club and continued by saying they were formed in 1984 and currently have 44 members and are in the Favrskov district which has a population of around 50,000.

He gave an overview of some of the club's activates which included a visit to the operating theatre in Aarhus, a summer grill and their Christmas lunch which starts at 4.00pm and finishes around 11pm. The club is involved each year with an Exchange student both in and out and this lasts for 12 months and recent links have been with Australia, Canada and the UK.

More recently they have given an award for "Entrepreneur of the Year" for a local company for something rather unique.

Church Wilne Rotary President Tony Beenham joined Steen last July in the annual Denmark to Paris charity bike ride known as "Team Rotary Favrskov 2015" which took 8 days to complete. They raised £52k this year of which £39k was donated to the Children's Heart Foundation.


Adrian then continued by updating the members on his July Sand Dam expedition under the heading of "Give a Dam".

The rainfall in Kenya is usually just for 2 weeks a year and without a Sand Dam or a form of terracing it is lost almost immediately.

A completed Sand Dam contains from 2 to 10 million litres of drinkable water and serves 1,200 citizens for the year. It is a permanent solution and creates a micro climate and the villages can set up tree nurseries which helps prevent soil erosion, make bricks, establish a fish farm which they can sell to supplement their income.

Adrian covered much of the work they completed along with the help of many locals during their week stay and several short films highlighted the difference the Sand Dam makes to the community and the surrounding areas.

The Club's vote of thanks was given by Geoff Smith who said he had great admiration for Adrian and thanked him for his excellent presentation and said he really had made a difference.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian John Astell at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


2nd November 2015

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