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RCBN Welcomes Florida Guests

In October The Rotary Club of Bournemouth North welcomed Rotarians Tom and Susan Zisk from the Rotary Club of the Gulf Beaches in Florida, USA.

Tom and Susan Zisk from the Rotary Club of the Gulf Beaches in Florida

By the wonders of modern technology Tom and Susan were able to join our meeting using Zoom and although 4,500 miles away it was just as though they were here in Britain, apart from the sunshine that we could see through their window and the fact that they were enjoying a very pleasant 89˚F. A little different to the UK at the end of October.

Tom and Susan were invited to join as Guest Speakers at our fellowship meeting by Rotarian John Spurgeon. John and his wife Robbie first met Tom and Susan when travelling in the US in 2016 and decided to try to visit a Rotary Club along the way. Tom was President of the Gulf Beaches Club at the time and he and Susan made them so welcome that they have remained friend and kept in contact ever since.

Tom and Susan talked about life in the Sunshine State during the current Covid Crisis and how they are adapting to living with the pandemic. They also spoke about the work that Rotary is doing in the Community at the present time and gave a little insight into how Rotary clubs in the area are structured and provide help where needed.

Past President John Spurgeon was welcomed by President Tom Zisk at the Rotary Club of the Gulf Beaches in 2016

This was an excellent opportunity to make contact with a Rotary Club in another country and to learn from each other how we can all work together to make the world a better place.

Tom and Susan fielded a number of questions from our members during and after their talk and a Vote of Thanks was proposed by Rotarian David Scott.

Over £700 raised for Macmillan Caring Locally

A fine sunny day, the wonderfully generous public and the usual determination of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North all helped to raise over £700 for Macmillan Caring Locally, who are based in Christchurch.

Due to the Corona Virus Epidemic so many of the Annual Macmillan Coffee Mornings fell by the wayside this year and so not to be beaten President Roger suggested that we set up on a site available to him along the promenade at Branksome, offering free tea or coffee to people enjoying a walk in the sun and inviting them to make a voluntary donation to Macmillan Caring Locally in return.

The generosity of the public proved to be amazing as so many have had reason to be grateful for the work that Macmillan have done over the years and hopefully will continue to do in the future. We never know what is around the corner.

Over 100 free cups of coffee and tea were served but that only tells a part of the story as many passers by gave generous donations without availing themselves of our refreshments.

A representative of Macmillan Caring Locally joined us for the day with collection buckets and banners which helped to draw people in.

After a very rewarding day President Roger thanked all the helpers, John & Robbie, Perry & Ruth, Stan & Dorothy, Chris and Karen and Steve. Roger also thanked all those Rotarians who donated the ingredients and lent the equipment which went to make the day such a great success.

Presidential Handover with a Difference

The Rotary Club of Bournemouth North carried out its annual Handover Meeting in a novel manner in July of this year by way of a virtual Zoom meeting with an excellent attendance of club members.

The event featured a video recording of the presentation of the Officers Insignia, which was held earlier that day in the garden of John and Sue Slade.

Outgoing President Graham Green passed the official Chain of Office to incoming President Roger Deas whilst keeping 2 meters apart at all times.

Both President Elect John Slade (for 2021-22) and President Nominee Peter Avis (for 2022-23) were also presented with their regalia of office and all were welcomed by the club to their positions.

Left to Right: President Elect John Slade, Immediate Past President Graham Green, President Nominee Peter Avis and new President Club Roger Deas

Fortunately, it was a bright sunny day.


While we are in lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic there are so many things that we are unable to do during these unusual times. Whatever the new normal will look like is anyone’s guess. However, members of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North are still trying to do what they can as you would expect, keeping in touch with the Charities and other good causes in the area that we normally support, albeit from a distance.

Since lockdown began the Club are pleased to announce that we have been able to support the following –


BNRC have been a regular supporter of the Kinson Food Bank over a number of years and we are pleased to have been able to donate the sum of £322 to help purchase essential supplies that will compliment the very generous gifts made by the general public each week. This will make a total of £1,000 that the club have been able to contribute during the past year. During a time of increased demand, the food bank has been finding it particularly difficult due to many of the regular volunteers having to self-isolate or go into shielding due to age or underlying health problems.


The Dorset Children’s Foundation is a very special charity supporting children who have serious difficulties and problems. The amazing support provided by DCF is just fantastic and Bournemouth North Rotary Club have been proud supporters for a number of years. We are therefore especially pleased to have donated a further sum of £500 at this time. This is a particularly critical time for DCF as none of the 3 charity shops that they are so dependent on have been able to open during lockdown.

President Graham Green and Rotarian Anne present the Cheque to the Dorset Children’s Foundation


Following the very successful Robbie Williams Tribute night organised by the Bournemouth North Rotary Club in March at the Village Hotel, the club are pleased to have donated the sum of £525 to the Macmillan Caring Locally Charity based at Christchurch Hospital. Once again this is an amazing Charity that the club have been supporting for a number of years and we are proud to have been able to continue our support during these difficult times.


Ramesh Lal the proprietor of KC Opticians, 1553, Wimborne Road, Kinson has for some time been supporting a charity based at the Girdihar Eye Institute in Kerala, India where cataract operations can be carried out on the poor for a cost of £10. When you consider that a private cataract operation in the UK would cost in excess of £1000 this is fantastically good value.  Ramesh drew the attention of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North to the support he was giving to this eye hospital and the Rotarians were able to support him with a donation of £100, this will provide sight to ten people in Kerala completely changing their life chances.

President Graham presents the cheque to Ramesh Lal for the Giridhar Eye Institute

2020 Kinson Fete and Donkey Derby Cancelled due to Coronavirus

With great reluctance, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the club has had to take the difficult decision not to proceed with the Kinson May Day Fete and Donkey Derby this year.

Although much of the planning was already complete, circumstances entirely beyond our control has meant that this years event could not go ahead. Following Government guidelines the club had no alternative to but to pull the plug.

We sincerely hope that we can look forward to better times in 2021 and being able to carry on with the show as usual.


Danny Lowry had the room rocking with his “Robbie Williams Tribute Show” at the Village Hotel on Friday 6th March.

Young and not so young attended the event and enjoyed a two course meal followed by the excellent show put on by Danny. No matter what their age everyone was up dancing until the very last number not forgetting Danny’s encore demanded by the guests.

The room was flooded with music and colour as he performed many of Robbie Williams hits made famous over the years.

This was the 18th Fundraising Event organised by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North over the past 10 years having raised tens of thousands of pounds for local Charities and good causes.

Funds raised at this even will be donated to Macmillan Caring Locally based at Christchurch Hospital.

BNRC Present 2 Cheques to get the new year off to a good start

New Year’s Eve 2019 saw President Graham Green present a cheque for £1,000 to the Bournemouth Hospital Charity. Accompanied by Rotarians Sue Slade, Anne Green and John Spurgeon Graham presented the cheque to Karen Smith of BHC in the Dementia Garden at the hospital.

The money was raised at the recent Elton John Tribute Night held at the Village Hotel, Bournemouth and will go towards improving the decor of the day rooms/areas in wards specialising in care for patients suffering from dementia and associated problems.

President Graham presented a cheque for £1,000 to Karen Smith of the Bournemouth Hospital Charity

A second cheque for £500 was presented to the Dorset Children’s Foundation to support an amazing little boy called Harri who is suffering with Cerebral Palsy (CP) to pay for a specialised stroller which will make a big difference to both him and his family in their everyday lives.

The cheque was presented to Louise Hands-Heathfield of DCF in their Southbourne Charity Shop by Rotarians Stan Webb and John Spurgeon and was money raised at the recent Golf in the Dark Tournament held at Queen’s Park Golf Club in November.

Rotarians Stan Webb and John Spurgeon present a cheque for £500 to Louise Hands-Heathfield of the Dorset Children’s Foundation


A great night was had by all at the Elton John Tribute Dinner Dance held at the Village hotel, Bournemouth on October 29th. Over 100 members, partners and guests danced the night away to the authentic sound of Gary Setterfield and his Elton John tribute performance.

Gary Setterfield at the piano during his Elton John Tribute Show

Preceded by a two course dinner, over 100 guests were treated to the great hits of Elton John including Crocodile Rock, Candle in the Wind, Sacrifice, I’m Still Standing, Don’t go Breaking My Heart, Benny and the Jets, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down and many others.

Gary Setterfield had everyone up dancing to Elton John’s Greatest hits

Organised by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North, all profits raised on the night will be donated to local Charities including the Principal Charity for the night which is the Bournemouth Hospital Charity supporting people with Dementia. Special guests included Maureen Todd, Public Governor of Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals together with her husband David.

Rotarians Stan Webb and John Spurgeon with guests Maureen & David Todd and Karen Smith form the Bournemouth Hospital Charity

This was the 17th event of its kind organised by the Club having raised many thousand of pounds for Rotary and other local charities over the past 10 years.

2019 Golf in the Dark

36 Golfers took to the bracing night air at the 2019 “Golf in the Dark” tournament at Queen’s Park Golf Club on Thursday 7th November. The event which was organised by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North was a great success and over £600 was raised for Local Charities.

Winning Team “Dawns Lawns” receive their trophies from BNRC President Graham Green

9 teams of four entered this year playing 5 holes of golf under a moonlit sky but otherwise in the dark using glowing balls. Illuminated coloured markers were strategically placed around the course indicating the fairways, bunkers and greens.

Members of the Rotary Club ably assisted by partners, family and friends helped to guide the players round the course and managed the event which included a welcome bowl of soup and a hot meal following play.

Nick Holt of "Light Relief" receives his "Nearest the Pin" Trophy from BNRC President Graham
Nick Hall of “Light Relief” receives the winners Trophy for “Nearest The Pin”

The winners of this year’s event were Dawns Lawns who tied with Richard Stalley Associates but were awarded the winners trophies on the countback method. In Third place were Light Relief skippered by David Fuller who have supported the event since its inception over 20 years go.

The “Nearest the Pin” Trophy was awarded to Nick Hall from the Light Relief Team.


Rotarians Sue Slade and John Spurgeon have presented a cheque for £1,000 to the MS Society Bournemouth to go towards installing a CCTV System at the Osborne Centre, West Parley.

Rotarians Sue Slade & John Spurgeon present cheque to MS Centre Chairman Rod Slip and President Alan Lindsay

The system is urgently needed following a series of thefts from their Mini Bus Fleet while parked overnight at the Centre in Church Lane. Thieves have stolen the catalytic converters from the vehicles which has rendered them unusable until they can be replaced. Not only is there the expense if replacing the units which of course means an increase in insurance premiums but it also has a big affect on then centre users who are unable to get there for essential treatment and care.

The increase additional costs incurred by these thefts and the expense of installing a CCTV System is something that the centre can really do without as all of their costs have to be covered by fundraising and charitable donations as they are completely self-funding.

The donation made by the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North was raised at a Michael Bublé Tribute Dinner Dance held at the Village Hotel in Bournemouth during March which was attended by over 100 guests. This was the 16th event of this type held by the Rotary Club during the past 10 years which have raised over £30,000 for local organisations.