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CHAIRMAN'S BLOG 14

by Richard Thomas - 13:19 on 21 April 2013

CHAIRMANS BLOG 14


19 APRIL 2013


The first thing is to thank Jack MacInnes for a thoroughly good talk yesterday on Scott of the Antarctic.  The content was absorbing and certainly I learnt some things about the expedition I hadn’t known before.  I hope my amateurish attempts at being a projectionist didn’t spoil it for everyone there.


We have 2 volunteers to take forward the Discovery Award Scotland (which can be found on http://discoveryawardscotland.co.uk/ ) – Kate Barrett and Marilyn Richards so can all those interested please get in touch with either e-mail addresses are katebarrett995@gmail.com and marilyn_sums@hotmail.com.


Discovery is a nationwide scheme, with an ever increasing number of groups throughout the United Kingdom, organised by The Discovery Award Association.  The award provides the challenge is to discover:

* new strengths and hidden talents

* new interests

* new life in old interests

* to meet new and interesting people

* the satisfaction of doing something for others as well as yourself

* the joy of unexpected achievement

The Award circle is composed of four projects namely:

* Service in the Community

* Hobby/Interest

* Recreational Pursuit

* Discovery Challenge

There is a progression through three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold, similar to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  The time commitment varies but it takes 3.5 years to complete all 3 levels.


Subject to the interest shown a meeting will be arranged to provide more information and to see if it can be taken forward so can anyone interested please mail one of Marilyn, Kate or me or express interest via the blog or Facebook and I will try to book someone to come to the meeting.


We have representatives from Inverness U3A coming up to see the dig at the Ness of Brodgar and the Archaeology group will be showing them around. 


I asked about interest in a quiz and got a good response so I am seeking some help in setting questions and getting a date organised as quickly as we can.  A provisional thought might be to do something in the quiet time between the end of June and the August general meeting.  How does that sound?


We have the basis for a new group to look at Family History.  Dave Woodcock has accepted the duty of getting it organised and hopefully we can get something moving soon.  If anyone is interested in signing up can you please contact Dave or me via the e mail on the website.


There is a change to the programme because the Library can’t accommodate us on the planned date of 19th September for Moira’s craft session.  The room is free on the day before so the date is fixed for Wednesday 18th September in the MacGillvray room at 2 o clock.  We’ll post this on the site, on the Facebook page and put a reminder out nearer the date.

Richard Thomas

21 April 2013.

Comment from kate barrett at 10:30 on 25 April 2013.
Marilyn and I propose to have further information at the next General Meeting if anyone is interested in Discovery. I can recommend it.

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