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Welcome
by President Mike Gay

The Rotary Year 2015-16 has just started and I have succeeded to President of this small but very vibrant Rotary Club.  My 'year' is going to be busy, yes we will be doing all those events for which the Club is known but we will also be trying our hand with new events.

My main charity this year is Macmillan Cancer Support with the money we raise throughout the year going to the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Bristol Southmead Hospital.  In addition one specific, and major, event later in the year is to be run as a specoific fundraiser for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

Fishponds & Downend Rotary is a local community driven organisation running events in our local communities, supports charities & good causes in our local communities, provides service in our local communities, is supported by people in our local communities, is based in the centre of our local communities, & draws our membership from our local communities.

What have we been doing?

We have held our first two weekly meetings, a Club Council meeting and our first fundraising event: the latter of which was at the Frenchay Flower Show on Saturday 11th July.  We enjoyed good weather and had great opportunities for fellowship, and we did meet some local community residents in running our secondhand book and games stall.  The Flower Show crowd was not a good as hoped, due to a competing local event, so sales on our stalls were a little low, a pity but fundraising can often be a little unrewarding sometimes. On Sunday 19th July, at the home of a member, we held a small Club fundraising event: and it was High Tea with all the trimmings and the toasts will be made with Pimms. The event was more social than serious fundraising and was good fun.

Events "Coming-up"

We are then making a Club visit to our twin Rotary Club "Melle pays Melois" in France in early August to attend their "Night of the Lobster" on Thursday the 6th. On our return to Bristol we have a Home Hosted Speaker Meeting with a presentation on the history of Indian spice, which includes a demonstration of cooking techniques and a curry supper with optional Indian beer.  One of our major events follows hard on the heels of the Pimms and crustless sarnies (and not forgetting that curry): it's CiderFest time! This event is being held on the 15th August and will feature the reappearance of the "Same Old Faces", a 70's tribute glam-rock band, plus a disco, a bar and a BBQ.  It's a ticket-only event jointly organised by orselves and our friends at The Park Golf Club for members, Rotarians and friends.

The Rotary Club of Fishponds and Downend is a Registered Charity No. 1034555

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