Tuesday 14th June 2016
The Club today took a trip into the deepest, darkest parts of the Curraghs between Sulby and Ballaugh. "Guided", we use that term loosely given the "Guide" was basing his knowledge on a "trip out there once", by Vice-President Carlo Tramontana, we embarked on a hopeful tour of the well trodden paths.
What we didn't expect was to actually see a Wallaby. In fairness to the Wallaby, it probably didn't expect to see a group of Rotarians staring at it as it quietly went about its dinner. However, less than 2 minutes in, this was the situation which faced both parties.
Seemingly transfixed, the Clubs silence was shattered by a Rotarian urging the stragglers (2 minutes in, does that even count?) to hurry up. Fortunately, the offending voice came from a Rotarian who is also a local resident, so the Wallaby just shrugged and stood his ground.
The remainder of the trip was not as Wallaby filled and our over enthusiasm was metered somewhat. However, given the trail we followed, which was more Vietnam Jungle than Island Marshland, we were pleased to get back to the bus in one piece!
A well earned dinner followed at the Sulby Glen Hotel and the members finished the evening tired from the fresh air!
Turns out Carlo is a lucky charm to the Wallabies.
Visit to Rushen & Western Mann
Tuesday 24th May 2016
The annual return visit to our Southern neighbours turned out to be a revenge visit for the stripping financially of those Rotarians who came North in 2015.
Fortunately, bearing the brunt (other than PE Marc who wasn't even present at the last dinner) were PP Terry Grove who coordinated the previous event and our very own "Dick Turpin", Ronnie Doyle.
Tuesday 26th April 2016
This evening, we were joined by Bill Dale who spoke to us about the excellent work that the Beach Buddies do on the Island.
We’ve all seen the bins, now we know exactly what the Charity does and why it does it.
We were also pleased to be able to support the Charity by the purchase of 2 bins for the North Promenade in Ramsey.
Of course, no meeting would be complete without a picture of PP Grant enjoying the speakers!
All Island Rotary Quiz
Thursday 14th April 2016
The Club entered a team into the Quiz as we do annually. However, this time, we won!
It should be noted that the addition to the Club this year of Claudio Mazzone might have had a distinct effect as very little support was provided by President Chris or Vice-President Carlo.
The photograph to the right was sent to President-Elect Marc who was stuck in Manchester airport awaiting a flight back to the Island. It was, at the time, a joke designed to make him think they had won. Just going to prove the little knowledge that President Chris had, it turned out they were well ahead in the points!
No pressure for next year then!
History of St John Ambulance
Tuesday 8th March 2016
Great to have guest speaker Phil Bennett from St. John Ambulance back again.
This evening, Phil had his normal hat on to give us a very detailed and interesting history of the St John Ambulance Organisation. From its inception right through to the present day.
The principles are the same but the activities are definitely more impressive!
Friday 4th March 2016
The Charter night of President Chris Blatcher was an entertaining and enjoyable evening hosted at Ramsey Golf Club with guest speaker and past President of Rushen & Western Mann, Brian Coole.
All of the speeches were well received and Brian chose his topics carefully but entertained everyone present.
The Club was also able to honour the latest PHF recipient, PP Peter Hooson-Owen who received his award for services to Foundation and International.
Rotary Day & RIBI Presidential Visit
Tuesday 23rd February
Today is the 111th Anniversary of Rotary and we were lucky enough to welcome the President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, Peter Davey to the Club for dinner.
President Peter had toured the Island for the "Purple day", where landmarks including our very own Swing Bridge are lit up with purple lights in support of the Rotary "End Polio Now" cause.
We were interested to hear from the head of RIBI on his hopes for Rotary here on the Island and the wider world.
Tuesday 9th February 2015
This evening we were joined by Dave Llewellyn, Secretary of Royal British Legion.
He drove a camper van from IOM to Gallipolli last year to lay wreaths upon behalf of IOM Government, British Legion & Ramsey Town Commissioners.
Dave gave an excellent speech and we wish him all the luck in making sure he has enough camera batteries next time!
Visit to the Isle of Man Met Office
Tuesday 26th January 2016
The Club ironically braved the weather on a cold January evening when we visited Ronaldsway to be educated by Adrian Cowin of the Met Office.
We were given a guided tour of the facility, which boasts some impressive tech and were also given details of changes in the local weather systems which are lending themselves to supporting the findings of Global Warming.
Festive Club Dinner
Tuesday 22nd December 2015
Members joined together on the last Tuesday before Christmas to celebrate another year of work for the community and fellowship between one another.
An excellent 2 course meal was put on by Ken and his team at the Harbour Bistro and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, behaving rather well in the comfort of the downstairs restaurant.
After dinner, many of the members retired to the bar for some lively discussion and to spend some time with the Bistro team who have provided such good service over the year.
The now regular Presidential Pulling took place during the evening and not a drop was spilled.
This has been a very well attended and enjoyed event, so will make another appearance next year!
Isle of Man First Responders
Tuesday 10th November 2015
This evening, we were joined by Phil Bennett of St John Ambulance who spoke to us last minute about the First Responders.
Phil explained the Community First Responders project and gave us first hand details of how important the service is given the restricted budgets for the Isle of Man Paramedic Service.
This is an incredibly important service provided by these individuals on a voluntary basis. They even pay their own fuel costs!!
We were also joined by our Rotary colleagues from Onchan Rotary Club.
President Chris was also please to present, on behalf of CTH Insurance and Tower Insurance, 2 cheques to support the service.
Isle of Man Motor Museum Visit
Tuesday, 27th October 2015
20 members of the Club visiting the recently opened “Isle of Man Motor Museum” at Jurby.
We were treated to a guided tour by the incredibly knowledgeable and talented Nick who captivated the group with his explanations of the vehicles on show.
From original British Cars to some genuinely oversized American models, the Museum had it all, including its own “in-house” workshop where we were able to see future exhibits taking shape.
We were only in for an hour and a half but you could easily lose a day in the huge structure looking more closely at the variety of vehicles on show.
There was even an opportunity for the members to board an original Greyhound Coach. Then, Dennis Cunningham gave us a surprising piece of information in that the upholstery for the Greyhounds all came from a factory in Britain!
After the Tour, we retired to the Guard House Cafe and were very well treated to an excellent meal by Bill and his team.
The evening was another excellent Fellowship evening.
For some, the evening was rounded off with a quick refreshment stop at the Grosvenor in Andreas in the company of landlord, Mr Gaines.
9th October 2015
The Club held a Magic Show by the Magicians of Mann. The sum of £400 was raised for Rotary Charities.
During the performance the Magicians competed for a competition which was judged by President Chris, President Ruth Bithell of the Inner Wheel Club of Ramsey and PP Terry Groves.
The winner of the trophy was Colin Boardman.
Airport Control Tower Visit
Tuesday, 22nd September 2015
The Club attended a tour of the Air Traffic Control Centre at Ronaldsway Airport. The Tour was given by the Director of Airports and Ports, Ann Reynolds and was an incredibly detailed insight to what our Island deals with daily.
From the 360° view from the top of the Tower, to the accurate tracking of aircraft via the Radar in the lower levels, the newly built Tower showed why it’s worth the money.
We were fortunate enough to watch from the Control room, the Belfast and Gloucester Citywing flights land in pleasant conditions.
Later we watched the Liverpool and Manchester Flybe flights and the largest scheduled aircraft, the Easyjet from Gatwick show their movements on Radar.
After the tour, we had a fantastic dinner courtesy of Jenny and her team at the Whitestone.
Well educated, happy and stuffed, we returned to the North.
Our thanks have been sent to Ann Reynolds and her ATC Team, Jenny and her Team at the Whitestone and also the Children’s Centre for the use of their Minibus.
Niarbyl at Sunset
Tuesday 14th July 2015
A small number of Club members took the opportunity to reflect on the success of the Funday with a trip down to Dalby and the restaurant at Niarbyl.
The food was excellent, the company equally so. A fantastic evening of Fellowship was rounded off with an incredible sunset which impressed all who were lucky enough to see it.
Sunday 12th July 2015
The now annual Sunday Funday was back on a glorious Sunday in the Mooragh Park and President Chris took full advantage of the weather to entertain the visitors with his skill at Donkey whispering (see right).
Once again everyone who attended the day (and we're talking thousands rather than hundreds), had a great day.
In the process, the Rotary Club and attending charities raised valuable funds for their respective projects.
It's a great example of what Rotary does in the Community.