Global Sight Solutions – 28th Oct 2019

Global Sight Solutions is a registered charity whose aim is to provide free eye care and eye surgery to the very poor in the developing world.

There are estimated to be as many as 650 million people worldwide who, due to poverty, are just too poor to access the necessary medical solutions for themselves.

Of that number around 50 million fall within a category often known as the avoidably, or preventably, blind.

The vast majority of these 50 million people are in need of what is invariably a straight-forward cataract operation.

We consider that the following points indicate Global Sight Solutions to be an efficiently run, financially prudent Charity which provides a sustainable humanitarian aid programme.

1/ GSS is administered by volunteers and therefore running costs are minimal. See ‘Costs’

2/ The business plan of GSS is simply that every hospital must generate its own income, such that, a few years after opening, it becomes financially freestanding. ​Each hospital employs its own staff, from cleaner to eye surgeon. It is therefore not reliant upon transient medical experts from either the country in question or from abroad.

3/ All equipment purchased is new and sourced in the country of use. All these items have both maintenance contracts and insurance, which significantly assists in the calculation of accurate hospitals overheads.

4/ GSS does not support other enterprises, but will fund the training of new surgeons at third party facilities providing the trainees pre-commit to GSS hospitals at the end of their education.

5/ Each hospital is run by a separate Hospital Charitable Trust which is controlled by the managing Rotarians.

6/ Funding is supported by Grants from Rotary’s charity, The Rotary Foundation, the third largest charity in the world, which typically increases donations to GSS by 500%.

7/ The Rotary Foundation operates a strict and transparent Grant process which ensures that every £ is accounted for thereby reassuring donors of the efficacy of the programme.

8/ GSS believes it is unique in the provision of free eye care to the poor, by virtue of the partnerships it forms with the managing Rotarians.

Rotarian Mike Griffiths – a member of Oswestry Rotary club, addressed members on the work of GSS since it’s formation (Eye Camps) as a Rotary Charity – Rtn Clive Crofts – International Chair of F & H Rotary gave a vote of thanks.

President Jim Reid, Mike Griffiths and Rtn. Clive Crofts

presenting Mike with a cheque for £250.

Technology Tournament – October 2019

What a Wind-Up

Students from three North Wales High Schools took on a tricky challenge to design and build a crane in less than four hours. The designs included a small electric motor to wind up a magnet with a ‘dummy’  drum of nuclear waste.

Rotarians from 4 clubs- Flint and Holywell, Mold, North Wirral and Deeside gave their engineering insights to help the next generation crack the problem. Coleg Cambria also provided almost a dozen Airbus apprentices to act as judges and role models to help the students achieve success.  The winners in all 3 age groups were Flint High School and so they swept the board.

Next year, the competition will take place at Neston High school, a state of the art educational facility on the Wirral. We wish our Welsh schools lots of luck in showing other budding engineers in England how Welsh young engineers measure up.

Our thanks to Coleg Cambria (who may well be opening their doors to a primary school competition next October), Airbus students and colleague Rotarians.

St Brigids’


Thanks to Airbus:

and our Rotarian colleagues:

Blood Bikes – 11th November 2019

Note the date – not only a moments silence to recognise those who have fallen in conflict but a day to thank those who devote their time voluntarily to saving lives – Blood Banks Wales.



Blood Bikes Wales are a Welsh charity based in Wales, providing a completely free courier service to the NHS, delivering blood supplies, plasma, documents and other items all across Wales.

The service is free of charge and operates between 7pm on Friday evening until midnight on Monday morning including bank holidays & even Christmas day!

At Blood Bikes Wales riders and supporters gear up to provide a completely free courier service for the NHS, relying solely on volunteers and donations to offer this service. This is not possible without amazing volunteers and public support.

                 442 VOLUNTEERS                   264 RIDERS

                     6 TRUSTS      14,037 DELIVERIES

Incredible statistics.

Members were addressed by Tim (the rider) and Sheila (the talker) – an insight into the valuable service given by volunteers – a cheque in the sum of £450 – which covers the insurance cost of a bike for one year – was presented by President Elect Gareth Owen.


President Elect Gareth Owen, Tim and Sheila Brown


Buddi the bike – named after the founders dog!!


The entertainer – 23rd Sept 2019

Barry Williams – a ‘treading the boards’ entertainer addressed members at the Monday meeting.

An acrobatic artist of 40 years standing started performing at the age of six with his brother and tutor, followed by a duo act with his brother and finally with his wife – his career terminated by a fall during his act whilst in Singapore.

Barry had performed in most of the major cities and continents of the world – an interesting, humorous and illuminating life story of clubs, theatres, strip joints and other unmentionable venues – very funny.

Pres. Jim Reid & Barry Williams

Pant Du, Pen y Groes, Gwynedd – 16th Sept 2019

Ten members enjoyed a pleasant evening – incredible sunset – at Pant Du – a family run vineyard and orchard established in 2007 producing wine, cider, apple juice, honey and spring water – in N Wales – can you believe it!!!

Apple trees – 18 acres over 1000 trees and 9 acres of vines – our host Richard Huws conducted an interesting tour of the estate followed by a sampling session of wines and cider completing our visit with a sumptuous meal.

Well worth a visit – fabulous views across Snowdonia.

The evening was arranged by Rtn. Ed Davies to whom members extended thanks.




Peru etc – Sept. 9th 2019

Honorary member Edwin Hughes addressed the members on his recent ‘farming’ ‘educational’ trip to South America – the majority of time spent in the Andes and Peru – a very interesting power point presentation of an unforgettable experience.

Prior to his address Edwin presented the Club with a cheque from the Vintage Tractor Society in lieu of members support in marshalling their annual tractor run – our thanks for their support of Rotary.

A vote of thanks was given by the President.

Jim & Edwin

Save the Children – John Roberts – August 19th 2019

John Roberts an ambassador for Save the Children addressed members

President Jim Reid & guest speaker John Roberts

TO QUOTE:   “WHAT WE DO – In the UK and around the world we make sure children are safe and healthy. We support them to learn, grow and become who they want to be”.

Save the Children do this through elements of service including hunger, health, emergency situations, education, child poverty and protection throughout the world.

To quote “Save the Children’s work is only possible thanks to our 5 million supporters in the UK and their amazing commitment – from wearing a Christmas jumper to running our local shops to organising fundraising events.”

Their web site gives an interesting insight into the aims of the society and the history of the organisation

Our thanks to John for an interesting insight into Save the Children