Baywatch for May – Edited by John and Jillian Clemison

RYLA opportunity

Babbacombe & St Marychurch President Sian Doyle is again promoting this year’s Rotary Young Leadership Awards (RYLA), which runs from May 30 to June 6.

Senior RYLA is a residential course organised by Rotarians which is designed to inspire candidates to be the best they can be; it promotes self-belief, personal accountability, organisation and teamwork.

     Based in Dartmeet, the course uses local resources to provide high quality personal development. It’s open to people between the ages of 18 and 30 and is an ideal opportunity for companies who wish to develop staff or for individuals who wish to explore and increase their knowledge and confidence.

  Thanks to the generosity of Rotarians, world class speakers and instructors, the course costs only £695, covering all board, meals, equipment and a final night dinner. To find out more, contact


‘Whodunit?’ thrills seniors

Preston Rotary Club this year took charge of the Seniors’ charity night at Toads, sponsored by the Bay clubs, where the audience was treated to a gripping psychological thriller called “Trap for a Lonely Man”, at the Little Theatre in Torquay (April 13).

    The play, about a man who has apparently lost his wife and is rapidly losing his mind, was much enjoyed by the audience, particularly the twist in the end, which sparked much comment as the 164 Seniors left the auditorium.

    Preston were particularly grateful to the scores of volunteer drivers from the seven clubs involved, who collected the guests from their homes and returned them afterwards (as well as distributing free ice-creams at the interval), not to mention the cast of Toads, for whom this was a dress rehearsal, and who were thanked by Yvonne Childs, Preston’s President, who also welcomed the vice-chair of Torbay Council Jane Barnaby and her consort, to the performance.


Meanwhile, the same club donated £640 to Shelterbox after a collection at the Morrison’s store in Paignton.

     Preston also helped again this year with the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal in March. According to President Yvonne Childs, the Great Daffodil Appeal has helped raise substantial funds each year for Marie Curie since it began in 1986. She said: “Their nurses are there when we need them most and we are proud to be able to help them in their work. Customers of Morrison’s were very generous in their support. From comments we received while collecting, people are so pleased to support the work of Marie Curie and many have had relatives and friends who have been cared for by their nurses.”

Pedalling uphill

Chris Sumner, President of Paignton Rotary, has discovered he’s got a mountain to climb if he’s going to achieve his dream of funding a multi-Parametric MRI Scanner for Torbay Hospital to assist in diagnosis of prostate cancer.

     He managed to get all the Bay clubs together to organise a Rotary Ride event at the Velopark at Clennon Valley Torbay Leisure Centre, near Goodrington (Saturday, June 15, 10 am to 4pm), to coincide with the National Event, Rotary Ride, which is being promoted by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.

     Now, Torbay Times can reveal, he’s just found out that the price of the machine is £110,000. The Torbay Prostate Support Association, which will gain the proceeds of the Rotary Ride event in Paignton, has so far raised just £61,000, and so Chris’s target is a staggering £50,000.

     A Just Giving page has been set up and sponsorship forms have been made available to all Rotary Clubs. The Velopark is for cyclists, but static bikes will be available in gazebos for those who prefer. Jonathan Edgoose, of Tormohun Rotary, has been designated chief marshal by the organising committee, and he’ll be looking for volunteers to make sure that the event runs smoothly.  You can find out more from



Dartmouth President’s Night

Three Presidents from Bay clubs turned up at President’s Night in Dartmouth (April 5), as well as District Governor Graham Carey.

   In all, there was good fellowship, beautifully presented and delicious food from Dartmouth Fine Foods, a splendid venue in the Flavel and lovely table settings by Jilly Judd.

  Among those presented with prizes were the editor of Dartboard, the club newsletter, plus 15 Rotarians who received a long-service award – including 45 years for David Morehen and 60 years for Derek Scorer.