5th Monday Dinner 30th April – Judy Theobald
Our next 5th Monday Dinner is on April 30th at the Concorde Club. All partners and guests are most welcome. Our guest speak is the highly entertaining and very humorous Judy Theobald.
Judy, who from a very young age had yearned to be a journalist, was instead pushed into work, ‘suitable for young women’ by her parents. She loathed secretarial college but as it proved to be a back door into her coveted profession she persevered. Indeed she did get a job with a newspaper and initially was very pleased. However the journalist opportunity did not arise, (women in those days could be sacked for becoming pregnant) so feeling trapped in her secretarial role, Judy decided to try other careers.
In 1970 she joined the police force, which was also a disaster, After 2 children and 2 divorces she joined a writing class. This was a wise move and she was soon offered a poetry column in a local paper. The column entitled ‘Life & other problems’ was the achievement she had always longed for and her clever and droll observations of daily life kept her employed for 23 years. During this time Judy wrote over 1200 poems.
At the grand old age of 37 Judy became a reporter! One of her stories even made the 6 o’clock news! Luckily for us she began giving talks and reading her hilarious poems for the W.I. She admits that initially it was a terrifying experience; we were seriously impressed with her easy, confident and chatty manner.
Eventually she became a sub-editor, a role she enjoyed, until leaving when her children had grown. After a short spell working at Rampton mental Health Hospital, she returned to journalism as Editor for Lincolnshire life magazine. She held this job for 8 years before moving South to spend time with her children and grandchildren.
A thoroughly entertaining speaker who had us laughing all evening. from:
Polio Dinner 26th March
Earlier this year Martin spent 10 days in India with a group of Rotarians from the UK who attended the National Polio Immunisation Day. Although India has been free from polio for 7 years, it is still essential that all the young children continue to be immunised. This is a massive undertaking and typically 170 million children, across the whole of India, are immunised over a two day period every year. It was an amazing experience and on Monday 26th March Martin is giving an after dinner talk on my experience. You, your partners and friends are most welcome to attend. Full details and menu choices here
1st Monday Meeting 5th March 2018 6 pm
We have organised a private Chocolate Indulgence Evening at Winchester Montezuma’s for all our members and anyone who is interested in learning more about Eastleigh Rotary Club. Cost will be around £12 each depending upon the number of people.
Come along and indulge in a real chocolate tasting, learn a little about Montezuma’s and how they make the wonderful stuff.
You will enjoy a glass of Prosecco or sparkling water on arrival followed by 60 minutes of chocolate tasting and chocolate chat with our knowledgeable team. You will taste about eight different chocolates during the evening, learning how to taste chocolate properly using your senses and comparing chocolates made with cocoa from around the world. And of course, it’s a chance to relax with friends over your favourite food!
All guests at the indulgence evenings will also enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases on the night but there is never any pressure to buy.
If you are interested just let us know and we will send the details.
Burns Night 26th January
For our 5th Monday dinner in January we will be celebrating Burns Night on the 26th. Tickets will be available for guests, in the middle of December for this very popular evening
November 19th – December 24th
We have a series of collections over the Christmas period where we need as much help as possible. There will be collections at:
The Swan Centre
Street Collections with Santa’s Train
Click here for the dates and times that we are collecting. If you are able to help please contact the Club Secretary.
Friday 3rd November will be Shoe Box packing day at St. Peter’s Church in Eastleigh. Meeting at 2 pm. Afterwards, volunteers are also required to help with the Nightingale School Eastleigh fireworks at 4:30 pm.
Remembrance Day Parade
The Parade will take place on Sunday 12th November. All are welcome to accompany Martin and other Rotarians when our wreath will be laid at the Eastleigh memorial. Assemble outside Mitchell Road car park at 10:00 am
Eastleigh Light Parade 18th November
We will be marshalling at the Switching on of the Lights in Eastleigh Town Centre starting at 16:00 hrs. If you would like to help please contact the Secretary of the Club