Cardiff St.David's Rotary Club

Chartered 18th October 1983
District 1150


Membership information
Uganda/Rotary Doctor Bank

Rotarians help out homestart


HomeStart, one of the UKs leading family support charities, has recently relocated one of its office from Loudoun Square in Cardiff Bay to St.Mellons. To leave the offices in the best possible condition, a team from the Rotary Club of Cardiff St.Davids volunteered to redecorate the suite of office previously occupied by HomeStart Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown.

The team, made up of ten members members and partners, including President Rosemary James, spent two days preparing and decorating the six rooms comprising the offices.

HomeStart Cardiff scheme manager, Judith John said " I'm delighted by the result, the offices look brilliant. The funds saved will greatly help HomeStart provide support to families in Cardiff."

Redecorating homestart

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Rotary supports the Wisp judo competition

The Rotary Club of Cardiff St.Davids was delighted to sponsor the WISP Annual Judo Competition, held on Saturday 8th July at the St.Mellons Community Centre.

This years annual competition saw over 60 competitors of all ages and abilities participating. With 11 coaches volunteering, and the help of the community, it was a fantastic day. Parents, and local resisdents, are involved in the sessions, some as volunteers on the mats, others helping to set up and remove the mats, plus other roles needed to make it all happen.

WISP is a fully inclusive Judo Club, with no segregation in classes, and youngsters range from 4 to 18 years of age. It is based at the St.Mellons Community Centre and provides judo sessions for all in the community, including those with disabilities. WISP Judo is supported by the governing body of judo and Sport Cardiff, of which it has just become a 'super club' in the City.

The enthusiasm and excitement from the children taking part, especially those with disabilities, was tremendous, and it was so good to see the community of St.Mellons coming together in such a positive way.


Handover 2017 ... Rosemary takes the Chair

Cardiff St Davids Rotary Club held this year's Handover Dinner at St Mellons Golf Club, where Rosemary James MBE took over the Presidency from Geoff Morgans, whilst Ann Budd and David Jones took on the roles of President Elect and President Nominee respectively.

Amongst the many guests were Presidents elect and friends from other Cardiff clubs, including Cardiff Rotary Club's incoming President, George Mercer, who will be leading the celebrations for his Club's centenary year.

Actor, Lee Lloyd, provided the entertainment by bringing Dickensian characters to life and giving an insight of Dickensian times. All of which contributed to a very pleasant evening.

President Rosemary with husband William

President Rosemary with husband William

Rotary Charity Lunch


This years Charity lunch was attended by 130 Rotarians and guests at the superb New House Hotel at Thornhill. With a starter of spiced carrot and lentil soup, a roast crown of turkey, and not to mention a few glasses of wine! everyone was soon into the Xmas spirit.
After lunch special guest Martyn Williams took part in a question and answer session, led by Rotarian John Griffiths, and gave an interesting and amusing insight into the rugby world.
To finish President Rosemary thanked everyone for coming and for contributing to a very successful fundraiser. The event raised over £2000, all of which goes to local charities.
Picured below are President Rosemary and Martyn Williams. For more photographs please go to our photos page.

President Rosemary with Martyn Williams





Handover 2016

The 30th June saw Mazins Presidency come to an end and our new President Geoff Morgans take over the reins. Some 60 members and guests met at the Park Inn for dinner and a formal handover.

Geoff joined us from Farnham Weyside in 2012, albeit his wife Janice had been in our Club since 2004, and was President in 2014/5. Speaking after the dinner Geoff congratulated Mazin and his team on an excellent year, and promised to maintain the same level of fun, fund raising, fellowship and service during his year.

Mazin recieves jewel from Geoff

Outgoing President Mazin recieves his Past Presidents Jewel
from our new President Geoff Morgans.


President Mazin inducted another new member at our St.Davids dinner at Radyr Golf Club.
Mark Williams had been a member previously and had been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for the work that he had done. The pressure of work had taken him away from the club and the assembled company were delighted to see him return.

Mark inducted by Mazin

St David's Celebrates St.David

A great time was had by all when the Club celebrated St.Davids day at Radyr Golf Club. The entertainment was by the Operabelles, Fiona Harrison and Claire Hampton who sang popular opera songs and mingled with the audience before during and after dinner, to everyones delight.

Founder member David Richards joined in the fun and sang in perfect harmony.

David and the Belles


Mazin becomes our President

Over 60 Rotarians and guests met at the St.Mellons Hotel on the 9th July, where outgoing President, Janice, formally handed over to our new President, Mazin Alfaham. Speaking after his installation he congratulated Janice on the sucesses of her team during the year, and outlined his plans for the coming twelve months.

He was keen for it to be a year of fun, fellowship and service, building on the sucesses of the past, and looking to create new links to the business community in St.Mellons.

Presdent Mazin

Major donations to Homestart

Cardiff St.Davids Rotary have made a major donation to Homestart in St.Mellons. The cheque for £5000 was handed over by President Stuart to Homestart Chairman Glenda Porter at a dinner in St.Mellons on Thursday evening.

The contribution from Rotary was matched by a similar sum from Cardiff Round Table, enabling Homestart to continue to support families in the St.Mellons area.

Cheque presentation homestart

Invitation ... A night at the races ... 1 May

We are again running a race night at St.Mellons Hotel ... not with films but with Rotarians and a big dice ... it starts on the 1 May at 7pm!

Guests are welcome and tickets are £20 .. which includes a two course dinner.

race night

Ambassadorial Scholar

Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club have the pleasure this year of providing support for an Ambassadorial Sholar from Japan. Nobuhiko Kojima (NOBU) is spending a year at Cardiff University studying for a Masters Degree in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy.

Pictured here is Nobu with the President of Cardiff St.Davids Rotary, Stuart and his wife Christine.

Ambassadorial Scholr NOBU with President Stuart.

Santa to be at Pugh's Garden Village

After many years of running the Xmas grotto at a garden centre in St.Mellons, the Rotary Club of Cardiff St.Davids is set to run the grotto at Pugh's Garden Centre in Radyr, and Santa has agreed to come from the 16th of November!

Work is already underway on the construction of the grotto, and Stuart Castledine, President of the Rotary Club, expressed his delight at what promises to be the best grotto ever.

Set in a garden village Pugh's not only has the tradtional range of plants and garden features, but also a whole range of other shops offering everything from sporting equipment and crafts, to a farm shop, clothing retailers nad aquatics. It promises to be a great trip out for all of the family!

For more details on Pugh's Garden Village click here ..

Cardiff St.Davids wins first round of quiz

In a tense battle the quiz team from Cardiff St.Davids have beaten Cardiff Bay Rotary Club in the first round of the District quiz, winning on the very last round!

The brilliant team of Chris Dale, John Griffiths and Geoff Morgans will now go on to compete with Cardiff Rotary Club in November

Rotary and Round Table help Homestart

Cardiff Round Table and Rotary have jointly agreed a programme of ongoing support for Homestart in Cardiff East in the sum of £15000 each.

Homestart is an independent registered charity that supports struggling families in the communities of St.Mellons,Trowbridge, Rumney and Llanrumney, by recruiting and training volunteers to help local families who need support.

Cardiff Round Table raised their share from the fabulous 'Sparks in the Park' firework display in Coopers field each November, the Rotary club have raised theirs through the Christmas Grotto in Blooms Garden Centre. So if you have supported either of theses events you have helped!

cheques presented to homestart

Rotary Kids Out

What a fantastic day for the kids! Nearly 200 children from the six schools in St.Mellons were treated to a day of history and adventure at the Rhondda Heritage Park, as part of the Rotary Kids Out Day.

This is an annual event supported nationally by Rotary where kids have an opportuntiy to experience something different. For the children in St.Mellons, Cardiff St.Davids Rotary enabled them to experience the South Wales heritage of mining.

They took part in a shot firing, got their faces covered in dust, enjoyed the adventure park and had a good lunch.

The Rotarians enjoyed it as well!

kids taking part in the shot firing!

Charter night ... Just like that!

Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club celebrated it's 29th Charter, on the 18th October, with an after dinner talk by Chris Bleach of the Tommy Cooper Society.

A great evening with lots of fun and audience participation, it went just like that! Pictured here introducing Chris is our President Di, who has clearly got into the magic of the evening!

President Di introduces Chris Bleach

President Di takes the Reins

The end of June saw the end of one Presidency and the start of a new one. After a sucessful year Bob Budd handed over responsibility for the club to our new President Di Griffiths.

Di had placed origami cranes on each of the tables as a reminder of the theme, adopted by RI President Sakuji Tanaka "Peace through Service". The crane is a peace emblem in Japan, and Di went on to explain that although different people view peace in different ways, it is when people work together to achieve a common goal for the good of all, that our priorities change. That through service we come closer to people and learn that everyone of us has something to give.

Di made particular note of the smiling faces that she had seen at Rotary Kids Out, the Christmas Grotto and at Buluba School in Uganda when members of the club had visited.

Smiling faces make everyone feel happier and we are sure that Di will achieve that for us this year!

bo hands over to Di


The 737 Challenge

Comments of 'the best night ever’ were heard around the room, when Richard Parks talked about his 737 challenge.

Forced to give up his International Rugby career through injury, Richard set out to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents, and visit the three Poles (Everest also counts as a pole) in order to raise £1 million for the cancer charity, Marie Curie.

In a record seven months he completed the Challenge, and became the first person to complete this amazing adventure in the same calendar year. His talk, after dinner in the St.Mellons Hotel, was illustrated with slides and video clips.

Storm bound in Antarctica, late to summit Everest and falling into a crevasse were just part of the spell binding story of planning, training and action. His modest stories of hazardous and physically demanding days, of despair and achievement were inspirational, and resulted in a standing ovation.

The dinner, organised by Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club, raised over £2500 for Marie Curie and attracted over 100 people.

If you would like to know more about the challenge or support Richard’s fund raising efforts, you can do so via his web site:  

Cheque presentation to Marie Curie


Rotary Charity Lunch

Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club held its annual Charity lunch on Friday 2nd December. With over 120 guests, many of them regular attendees, President Bob explained how the cash raised last year had been spent.

All went on good causes at home and abroad. Particular attention was paid to the contribution to Rotary Doctor Bank, Buluba School in Uganda, and, at home, the St.Mellons Community Centre, Kids Out and help to the local schools.

Guests enjoyed a three course lunch of melon, followed by Christmas dinner, Christmas pudding and cheese and biscuits.

The guest speaker was Adger Brown and he had everyone rolling in their seats for the best part of an hour.

President Bob thanks the guests

President Bob thanked Rotarians and guests for their support and told the assembled company that the event had raised over £4500 for charity

Bob takes over

New President of Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Bob Budd was invested with his chain of office on the 30th June by his predecessor Dr.Arthur Knight. Referring to the sucess of Arthur's year, President Bob set out to build on past sucessses and create new opportunities, particulary with the clubs links with Mencap and the primary schools in St.Mellons.

Arthiur hands over to Bob

For more photos click the link: more handover photos


Dinner with a Difference

Over 50 guests attended a dinner with a difference at Spiros Fine Dining venue in Roath at the end of March. The difference was that the dinner was cooked and served by 8 youngsters from St.Mellons aged between 13 and 15.

Chef Spiro had trained his protegees over four two hour sessions in food hygiene, preparation and service to enable them to prepare and serve a three course meal to Rotarians and distinguished guests including the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Dianne Rees and Councillor Freda Salway.

Congratulating the young team on an excellent meal and superb service, the President of Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club, Dr.Arthur Knight, wished them well for the future.

Thanking Spiro for his tireless efforts in running the training programme for a fourth year, Dr.Knight presented Spiro with the highest Rotary honour, a Paul Harris fellowship.

One of the trainees, Chanelle, said that the experience had been well worth while and that she hoped to start working in the Industry later this year.

dinner with a difference


Cardiff Rotarians Organise Charity Lunch

Rotarians from Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club organised a charity lunch at St.Mellons Hotel to raise funds for the charities they support.

Club President Dr.Arthur Knight, pictured below with his wife Ann, explained that the funds would be used to assist with projects in the St.Mellons Community, including the Community Centre Summer Programme, the Primary Schools, Homestart and Kid's out. On the international front Rotary Doctor Bank, Shelterbox and the Rotary Foundation would be supported.

Well over 100 people attended to enjoy an excellent 3 course dinner and the magic of Frank Hashka. In the process they helped to raise over £5000. For more photographs click here

President Arthur

Rotary heads to Uganda

Four Rotarians from Cardiff St.Davids, and one from Cardiff Breakfast, are heading out to Uganda to see Rotary Doctor Bank in operation.
Whilst there they will visit hospitals at Kamuli and Kitovu, and also take the opportunity to visit the school and the leprosy centre at Buluba, where Cardiff St.Davids has funded other projects.

To read the story of the tour and see the pictures click here.

uganda preparations underway

Four of the team finalise plans for the visit.

The trip will be financed by the individuals taking part and no charity monies will be used.

President Arthur takes Office

When Arthur Knight took over the Presidency of Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club you somehow knew that it would be a year with a difference, and one which would see this quietly spoken, retired, dermatologist put his stamp onto Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club.
Complimenting the outgoing President, Michael Boyce, on the success of his year, particularly in terms of fund raising, he moved on to outline his hopes and aspirations for the new year.
There would be a continuing commitment to the St.Mellons area of Cardiff and the well established contacts and committments would continue to be maintained and developed.
However, being well travelled, with family living as far away as Hong Kong and strong connections with Uganda, it was not surprising that this Chairman of Rotary Doctor Bank would choose an international theme for his year, both in terms of speakers and service.

new president Artur Knight

The club has already decided to sponsor a Doctor to work in Uganda during the course of the year, and a small group of Rotarians are going to visit Uganda in the Autumn to view progress and seek out new projects. They will visit the leprosy centre in Jinja, Bulaba school and a number of hospitals during their stay. As with all Rotary initiatives the visit will be funded presonally by each Rotarian, with no drain on the Charitable funds the club raises.
Since Arthur started his Presidency the Club has already recognised a new Paul Harris fellow, run it's first fund raiser (a car boot sale in Blooms Garden Centre) given funds for the Community Centre Summer programme, and been enlightened and entertained by an 18th century redcoat!

It's going to be a busy year!

President Michael Hosts Charity Lunch


President of Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club Michael welcomed guests to the Club's Annual Charity Lunch at St.Mellons Hotel. Over 100 guests were present to meet and to raise some cash for Charity over a good pre-Xmas dinner.

Journalist and broadcaster Phil Steel entertained the guests after lunch to some of the funniest tales ever told, particularly about his rugby experiences.

At the event over £6000 was raised for Rotary Charities.

President Michael addressses the Charity lunch


Pick up a Book

Sometimes plans do come together in the most serendipitous way, and that’s just what happened when we launched our new book service in the St Mellons Community Education Centre this month.

We as a club are always looking for ways to promote literacy and when members of Knighton Rotary Club offered us the chance to acquire some books at a giveaway price, we took up some 800 books of all sorts. Rotarians and friends have added to the stock of books and Carolyn Moore, a volunteer at the Centre offered her skills as a former librarian to present the books in the most appealing way.

Our partners, BLOOMS Garden Centre in Castleton offered us some excellent shelving as they were closing their Wyevale branch and the Community Education Centre willingly agreed to set up a pilot scheme to see how the local community would take to the offer of free books to read!

The idea is to augment the more traditional library services by offering a choice of books to read and then either pass on to friends, return or retain for future reference. Hopefully the best result will be to introduce more people to the pleasures of reading books.

This has been completed at minimum cost and with great enthusiasm from all concerned.

pick up a book

Cardiff St.Davids has a New President

Michael Boyce took office as the 27th President of the Rotary Club of Cardiff St David’s on the 2nd July pledging to maintain the traditions and reputation of the Club, but reserving the right to distinguish between tradition and habit, making the latter a candidate for change and renewal!
At the handover ceremony at the St Mellons Hotel, Michael paid tribute to his predecessor Christopher Dale who had taken the Club through its 25th anniversary year with style, sartorial elegance, commitment and competence, coupled with a display of a previously undisclosed talent for singing – on unprepared and unrehearsed occasions. The Club had had its Susan Boyle moment!

Pictured below is our new President Michael presenting Christopher with his well deserved Past President's jewel.

President of Cardiff St.Davids presents Chritopher with his jewel

For the incoming year, Michael announced his determination to:

  • increase membership, particularly in the 25-55 age group;

  • to continue and expand the Club’s service delivery, especially  to meeting the needs of the young of St.Mellons, of Cardiff, and beyond;

  • to develop new ways of fund raising, especially in partnership with local businesses [such as by delivering the Christmas Grotto experience at Blooms];

  • to having fun through a social programme - some of it by chance [Conference at Torquay] and some of it not [Widecombe Fair] - reflecting his Devon roots; and

  • work with other Rotary Clubs in Cardiff and beyond.   

The Club will undertake a  special event ‘Thanks for Life’ on the 23 February 2010 to celebrate Rotary’s success in the drive to eradicate polio worldwide.
The handover ceremony took place at a dinner in the presence of members of the Club and their partners, and families; representatives of four other Cardiff Clubs; and other friends of the Club.

Rotary Celebrates 25 years

The Rotary Club of Cardiff St.Davids wanted to the mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary with some charity projects. Top of the list was the St.Mellons area of Cardiff, and the Meadowlane Primary School was a long standing partner in the community. Working with the School Parent Teachers Association, they raised the cash needed to buy a minibus.

The bus will enable the school to better implement the Foundation policy introduced by the Wales Assembly Government which puts the emphasis on learning by first hand experience rather than spending all the time in the classroom. The bus will also be used by the local junior football and rugby teams on weekends.

The handover took place at the nearby Blooms Garden Centre, who are good friends of the school and Rotary. Pictured with the President of Cardiff St.Davids Rotary, Christopher Dale, are: Lee Thomas, Head of Meadowlane school, Paul Hodges the newly appointed manager of Blooms and some of the pupils of Meadowlane.



In addition to the minibus, the Rotary Club wanted to help internationally and has committed to raising the number of Shelterboxes sponsored to 25. For more details on the Shelterbox Scheme see or speak to a member of the Rotary club



St.Mellons Students take on the Challenge

10 young people from St.Mellons Community Center took on the challenge to serve a three course meal for a group of Rotarians. Aged between 10 and 14 they rehearsed over a 4 week period with chef Spiro at St.Peters Church Hall learning the intricacies of preparing and serving food.
In the weeks leading up to the big event, Spiro set up 10 food stations in the centre of the Church hall and demonstrated the meal they were to serve to the Rotarians. Mushroom soup with garlic bread was to be followed by chicken breast wrapped in Parma ham on a bed of leek mashed potatoes with  Baked Alaska as a dessert.

On the challenge night they split their resources with some of their number preparing and cooking the meal whilst others served on table.



It all turned out to be more than a learning exercise and was a lot of fun for the young people, the Staff of Spiros and the Rotarians.

Pictured are the challenge team with Rotary President Christopher, Spiro and the superb dishes they prepared and served”




Rotary helps School PTA


The President of Cardiff St.David's Rotary Club, Christopher Dale, presented a cheque for £5000 to the Headmaster of Meadowlane Primary School, Lee Thomas on Friday evening. The money will be used to support the parent teachers efforts to buy a mini bus for the school.

Presidant of Cardiff St.David's Rotary Club presents a chque to Meadowlane School

Cardiff Rotary Club celebrates 25 Years

The Rotary Club of Cardiff St.David's celebrated 25 years of fellowship and service to the community at a dinner in St.Mellons in October.

Formed on the 18th October 1983 the Rotary Club has since raised over £200,000 for local and International charities. Particular projects supported have been those focussed on the St.Mellons Community, and Internationally, those of the Rotary Foundation and the programme to eliminate the polio virus throughout the World.

President Christopher paid tribute to the work of the Founder President Peter Rice and the Founding members, and in particularly the Founding fathers from the Rotary Club of Cardiff, John Hatcher and Keith Wilson for their efforts to create a club which had brought so many benefits to the community.

current and founder presidents

Current President Christopher presents Founder President Peter with a certificate to mark the occasion

Changsu arrives in Cardiff

As part of the Ambassadorial program Changsu has arrived in Cardiff to be met by his counsellor Patrick from Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Club. Changsu is 26 years old and from Busan, South Korea.  He also has an English name ... Mike.

Click here to find out more about Rotary educational grants

Busan is a city port of nearly 4 million people.  Second largest city after Seoul.  Put Busan South Korea into google and you will come up with all sorts of interesting information.

For the first eight weeks Changsu will be taking an English course to improve his command of the language.  However, he is already most proficient in English but will obviously be even better at the end of the course.

In mid September he commences an Msc in International Transport and Logistics (Shipping) sponsorred by Rotary.  He already has a degree in IT computer engineering from the Korean Maritime University.

patrick meets changsu

His father was a visiting Professor at Cardiff University some 23 years ago and recommended Cardiff University to him as the best for his particular subject.

Changsu has been allocated a student flat in Maindy for the eight week English course and after that he is also guaranteed accommodation either in the same flat or elsewhere. 

If you would like to study abroad e-mail our Secretary to apply.


Christopher is President

The Rotary Club of Cardiff St.Davids celebrated a sucessful year under the stewardship of Graham and welcomed incoming President Christopher Dale at it's Handover dinner on the 3rd July at St.Mellons Hotel.

President Christopher wanted everyone to enjoy every aspect of Rotary in a very special year with the Club moving into its 25th year of Service.

His theme for the year would be to celebrate our Clubs many sucesses and to ensure that we moved into the next 25 years with a strong sense of purpose and commitment to ensure that we provided, in our unique way, a link to the community and all its many facets.

The assembled company celebrated the evening in style with a three course dinner and excellent fellowship.

Graham hands over to incoming President Christopher

Kid's Out

The Rotary Club of Cardiff St.David's took children from the 5 Junior schools in St.Mellons on a day out at Rhondda Heritage Park on Wednesday 11th June as part of the National Kid's Out day.

With over 150 children a fleet of buses was needed with Rotarians and their families on hand to help supervise and guide the kids on their visit.

They all made a trip underground, spoke to the education officer who gave them a real sense of how life was in the mining days of yesteryear, relaxed in the fantastic playground, and of course enjoyed a bit of lunch.

President Nominee Michael's wife Audrey really got into the spirit of things! as the photograph shows

audrey gets invovled


President Graham hits the waves

GRAHAM MORRIS President of Cardiff St David's Rotary Club broadcast recently on Radio Glamorgan and spoke generally on the role of Rotary, and on local initiatives taken by the Club including support for Young Carers and in seeking to meet the needs of various communities in St. Mellons.

This was a broadcast in a series given by others relating to topics supported by various Rotary Clubs in Cardiff, including 'Message in a Bottle' 'Walking for Health'  and 'Cardiff Museum Project'. 

All the features are rebroadcast in full from time to time, and each is also edited to a 10 minute highlight item, and then broadcast at random. 

President Graham on the radio

Radio Glamorgan is the Hospital Radio Service based at the UHW in Cardiff.

Volunteers provide a round-the-clock service of music, requests, interviews and special features for patients and staff. The station is funded by the volunteers themselves, and by sponsorship.

A major sponsor is the combined support from the Rotary Clubs of Cardiff who are able to use the station to promote Rotary and community work it undertakes.  GRAHAM MORRIS [pictured in his cans as opposed to his cups!] is the President of Cardiff St David's who recently broadcast an account of Rotary's work internationally, nationally, and locally - with a special emphasis on serving needs in St Mellons. 

Burns Night

In true Scottish tradition the haggis was piped in as part of the Burns night celebration, and delicious it was too with the neaps and tatties!

The piper pipes piping in the Haggis

The address was ably given by Clive Johnson, whilst Joe McLean enthralled everyone with the Immortal Memory. The toast 'to the lassies' was given with wit and humour by John Weber and Celia Ford responded in fine style.

Charity Lunch

The Annual Charity Lunch in St.Mellons Hotel saw 150 members and guests arrive to enjoy an excellent lunch and superb entertainment by the after dinner speaker Harry Scott.

charity lunch

President Graham explained that this was a major fundraising project for the club which had raised over £5000 in 2006. This had been used to support projects both in the St.Mellons community and abroad. Thanking the guests for their support he wished them a very merry Xmas.

Rotary Meeting Frequency Programme

For many years some Rotary clubs have been suggesting that a reduced meeting frequency would make Rotary more accessible to younger members. A a result Rotary International have decided to put it to the test and 200 clubs worldwide are changing from the traditional weekly meeting to something less onerous.

Cardiff St.David's is one of the clubs that has been selected for the programme and has decided that in future it will meet just over twice each month. With an interesting and well planned programme, the opportuntiy to help the local and international communities, and a great group of friends the club will be even more attractive to potential new members.

With a membership of 33, drawn from all around Cardiff, it is currently looking for four or five professional/business men and women in their '40's to swell their numbers. If you think that you would fit the bill please contact our secretary on the e-mail address below.


Cardiff St.Davids Plans for 2007/8

St.Mellons Hotel was the venue for President Elect Graham Morris to set out his plans for the coming year in the Club Assembly.

Graham presents the Assembly

The Rotary International theme for the year is 'Rotary Shares' and Graham proposed to adopt the theme through sharing our time, talents and expertise in raising money to show the community of St.Mellons, Cardiff generally and Internationally that we care.

The usual fund raising activities would be augmented by an additional event in the Spring, designed to bring the target for the year to over £15, 000. This would be supplemented by facilitating applications to other charities, on behalf of specific interest groups in the St.Mellons and wider Cardiff areas. Last year had seen this activity raise over £20,000 in additon to direct fundraising.

The support given to the St.Mellons community would be a continuing local focus, together with Mencap, Young Carers and Radio Glamorgan. On the International front specific projects in Uganda were proposed and of course support for the Rotary Foundation.

With all of this activity, Graham promised not to forget the Clubs mission statement 'to be the most enjoyable Rotary Club in the World' and assured members that there would be plenty of FUN to go with the FUND raising, with an interesting and balanced programme for the year.

Not surprisingly Graham's presentation was welcomed with overwhelming applause and the unanimous support of members.


A magical night

Members of Cardiff St.David's Rotary Club and their partners were entertained, enthralled and mystified at St.Mellons Hotel when professional magician, Frank E. Haschka, performed for them on Thursday evening.

Close encounter magic was experienced at each table during dinner (how did that card change colour?) and was followed by stage show with audience participation.

President John proved a willing apprentice but now keeps on dissappearing! Try moving your cursor across his photograph below.


Cardiff St.Davids President John Reardon Smith with Frank E Haschka


Dining Night

Once in a while it's good to get together and relax. Which is just what the members did on the 8th February. With no speakers or business conducted they sat down to an excellent meal prepared by the chef at St Mellons Hotel.

Starting off with a roasted pepper soup, there was a five course meal. The soup was followed by poached pear with stilton, then beef wellington with asparagus, followed by apricot pannacotta and warm goats cheese with pumpkin seeds.

Back to more serious stuff next week!

shepherd's night

Charity Lunch Held in St Mellons

President John Reardon Smith welcomed 160 guests and Rotarians to the Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Annual Charity lunch on the 8th December in the St Mellons Hotel. After thanking all for their hard work in making the event possible, he spent a few minutes explaining the ways in which all of the money raised would be used to help the community in St Mellons , UK charities and projects throughout the world via Rotary International.

Guest enjoyed an excellent roast beef dinner and were then entertained by the great after dinner speaker Bob Webb. All in all it was an excellent day and raised nearly £5000 for the club's charities.

charity lunch



Cardiff St.Davids Rotary Old Timer Loses the Plot

Founder member of Cardiff St.David's Rotary David Bishop showed another side of himself today, when he shaved off half of his beard for Children in Need.

The face, not seen by the public in living memory, was quite a shock to friends and family. The jury is still out on whether the luxurious growth will be allowed to reestablish itself or be forever removed each morning.

He may however be persuded to retain the novel two tone look! Suggestions direct to David please.

the old timer finally loses the plot


Cardiff St.Davids Rotary 23rd Charter

The Rotary Club of Cardiff St David’s celebrated its 23rd charter on Thursday the 19th October at St Mellons Hotel. After dinner Rotarian Michael Boyce talked about the history of the club and in particular the special attention that the Rotary Club had given to the needs of the St Mellons area of Cardiff.

Michael Boyce addresses charter night

It had addressed all areas of the community and had given support not only through grants but by practical and personal help.

Primary Schools had been given financial support for projects that the schools were unable to fund internally, such a playground and play area provision, and personal service with initiatives such as the Reading with Father scheme.

For the young families in St Mellons, the Rotary Club had supported HomeStart and the St Mellons Community Summer Programme with grants, and ‘Kid’s Out' by taking hundreds of young children to Barry Island funfair over the years.

In recent times they had become aware that children missing from school were often acting as Young Carers and the Rotary Club had provided help with respite care, excursions and activities such as Barbecues.

For the older secondary school pupils, Rotary had sponsored young people to attend RYLA leadership courses run by Rotary District 1150 in the Brecons, and enabled others to participate in the challenging sailing adventures run by the Tall Ships Trust.

Heats for the Rotary Young Chef’s competition were held for those young people with a bent towards cooking, and Club Members provided career guidance and mock job interviews for those moving into higher education.
In the wider Cardiff community, the Club facilitated respite for the carers of the mentally disadvantaged in association with MENCAP, and given support on a wider basis through the support of the activities of British Heart Foundation, the Disabled Games, and Hospital Radio at University Hospital.

None of this 'local' support was at the expense of supporting the wider national and international objectives of Rotary, such as the Rotary Foundation, and when needed by rising to meet unexpected and urgent needs, such as the Tsunami.

Neither was it at the expense of the mission statement of Cardiff St.David’s Rotary: ‘To be the most enjoyable Rotary Club in the World’.

District Governor’s Visit

Our District Governor this year is Kistiah Ramaya, a member of the Rotary Club of Lampeter and he and his wife Carol were our guests at our meeting at the St Mellons Hotel on 3rd August.

President John welcomed them and related how he first met Kistiah at the District Conference in Torquay last year, and after the initial confusion as to whether he was part of the visiting GSE team from India, they went on to enjoy each other’s company. President John said how he was impressed by Kistiah’s dedication and genuine commitment to Rotary.

Kistiah demonstrated this during his speech setting out the aims and objectives for Rotary International, RIBI and District 1150 for the forthcoming year.

dg's visit

RI President, Bill Boyd from New Zealand had highlighted clean water, hunger and literacy as the three topics he was going to target this year and Kistiah showed the ways in which these were inter-related.

The RIBI preferred projects were Cancer Awareness, Dr Barnados and on the International front, IMPACT, the lifeline express used to bring medical aid to India by means of a train with operating theatres on board.

Finally the focus in District 1150 would be fundraising for Cancer Research and the Cancer Institute. Additionally, the International focus would be to support the fight against the spread of AIDS in South Africa.

Kistiah received a warm welcome from the Club for his presentation and President Elect Graham Morris eloquently thanked him formally on our behalf to bring a most enjoyable and informative evening to an end


President John hands over to President John

This year's Handover took place once again at the excellent St.Mellons Hotel, with President John Griffiths handing over to his successor President John Reardon Smith in the company of Rotarians from around Cardiff, friends and partners.

Congratulating President John G on his year in office, incoming President John RS made particular note of the impact that he had made on the Club's approach to Vocational Service and the renewed association with Cardiff Round Table, where we had helped to steward their firework night.

The increased focus on the Family of Rotary and the 'Two Generations Night' would also feature in his programme for the forthcoming year.

For his own part he felt that the Club was in great heart and he wanted to build on the successes and friendships that existed. He set an ambitious target to induct six new members during the course of the year, and asked all Rotarians to pursue this aim. In exchange he promised a well organized club and saw an enjoyable and useful programme as the key to success.

Rotary handover


A Trip to the Sun

Palma was the destination for the 2006 away trip, and ten couples flew to the island of Majorca in May for a long weekend of good food and fellowship. Staying at the Costa Azul in the Maritime Quarter mad it easy to get into town to see the sights, shop, wine and dine.
Highlights of the trip were to the Spanish Village, where there are examples of the best architecture from all over Spain and a late night trip to Bar Abaco where cocktails were served in goldfish bowls, rose petals lined the floor, fruit decorated the room and the warm ambience was underlined with the sounds of the opera and birdsong.

Majorca dinner