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Welcome to F&D Rotary
by President Mike Gay

The Rotary Year 2015-16 has got well underway: my 'year' is going to be busy, and yes it's been a busy start.  We will be doing all those events for which the Club is known but we will also be trying our hand with new events.

Our 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 specific fundraiser for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

F&D and Our Local Communities

F&D (Fishponds & Downend) Rotary is a local community driven organisation running events in our local communities, supporting charities and good causes in our local communities, providing service in our local communities, supported by people in our local communities,  based in the centre of our local communities, and drawing our membership from our local communities.

What have we been doing?

We have now concluded our first three and a half months of meetings, and Club Council meetings, and our first four fundraising events.

The first was the Frenchay Flower Show on Saturday 11th July where we enjoyed good weather and had great opportunities for fellowship, plus we did meet some local community residents in running our second-hand book and games stall.  The Flower Show crowd was not a good as hoped, due to a competing local event, so sales on all stalls, including ours, were a little slow, a pity but fundraising can often be a little unrewarding.

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 with Pimms and Prosecco. The event was more social than serious fundraising and was good fun.

On the 13th August we had our first Home-Hosted Meeting of the year.  This was a Curry Night with a speaker who prepared and served a number of traditional Indian 'curry' dishes, gave us a demonstration of how to make a couple of curry bases and some onion bhajis (actually pakoras). Then we had a account of how Indian spices arrived at our shores.  A very good evening and we raised £200 for 'Medical Detection Dogs' (the speaker's nominated charity).

Then we held one of our regular major events 'CiderFest'. This event was held on the 15th August and featured the reappearance of the "Same Old Faces", a 70's tribute glam-rock band, plus a disco, a bar and a BBQ.  It was a ticket-only event jointly organised by ourselves and our friends at The Park Golf Club for members, Rotarians and friends.  As we sold 126 tickets, the bar was busy and the excellent raffle was well supported; this resulted in excellent proceeds of approximately £1,600.

In the last few weeks we have been busy working behind the scenes on four fundraising events that will be completed between now and Christmas. We have a Fashion Show by Peacocks, an Autumn Concert and our Christmas Collections all for Macmillan Cancer Support plus we have a Pasty Night in favour of Little Hearts Matter.  The first two of these events are detailed in the picture carousel above - please support us so we can raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

We are also attending events organised by Yate & District, and Kingswood Rotary Clubs to help support their nominated charities.  On the 16th October we will be sending a couple of teams to support the Kingswood Rotary Autumn Quiz at North Common Village Hall.  On the 17th October we are attending an "Abba Plus Night" at Iron Acton Village Hall and on the 29th October we are attending "Trafalgar Night" at Horton Village Hall: both of these events are organised by Yate & District Rotary.

We also had our first "Away Meeting" of the year at the Green Dragon Mezze on the 8th October, enjoying a great selection of diverse dishes and a lot of fellowship and fun, it's great to see people enjoying themselves.  "Away Meetings" allow the Club to have a change from the regular venue as we take the Club 'on the road' (but not too far) to visit other hostelries.

Members visit France

Seven members with partners made a Club visit to our twin Rotary Club "Melle pays Melois" in mid France in early August to attend their club fundraiser "The Night of the Lobster" on Thursday the 6th August.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: the 2015 course was held in the Forest of Dean in the final few days of July and the first couple of days of August.  Rotarians and parents of the participants gathered for end of course presentations and a pig-roast.  Both of our sponsored participants successfully completed the course.  Once again those closest to the participants were at pains to stress that the post course participants has benefitted greatly from taking part.

Presidents Night - a call to fellow Rotarians and guests

OK so it's a long way off, but I really want all of our guests to put the event in their diaries and make sure they do not miss 'The Party of this Rotary Year'.  A three course meal, a disco and a live band at the Aztec West Hotel.  Wine will flow, there will be dancing, were will be fun and it will cost only £33 a ticket.  So please make sure the 4th June 2016 is free of anything else in your diary.

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

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