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President Steve welcomed club members, Rtn John Diksa from our twinned club Grenoble and potential new members Caroline, Rob, Annie and Glenda.
Birthday wishes to Lasse 8th as he wasn't with us last week.
Thought for the day – John Diksa – following the death of Steve Jobs he had come across one of his inspirational speeches. John will pass on the link to the whole presentation.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
· Bikes for Africa, George reported on the financial progress, we had now managed to pull together the funding necessary to go along with the bikes. Thanks to Shelterbox for their help with the transporting plans, eth bikes will make their way to JoLe Rider next Tuesday. Rachael & George will also go along to hand over the donation and to get a photo of the delivery. Hayle RC had kindly put forward a substantial loan to help us reach our target and at least part of this may become a donation. George will also be bringing the project up at the District Council meeting. David Jones is confident we will qualify for a Simplified Grant but this may take 6 months. George stressed that for the future we should get the £10 donation from the bike giver. Rob John mentioned that he had set up a similar collection in Cambridge but was hoping that bikes would be matched by donations from people who didn't have a bike to give.
· Skittles with St Ives Bay Rotary Club, Sue mentioned Ros's invitation which had been circulated to all members. Jane expressed willingness to attend if other club members were but no one else was able to commit. Members are asked to contact Ros if interested.
· Interact – Jo had not yet received a response from Helston RC.
· CommVoc Seminar – Saturday October 29th – Steve encouraged members and potential new members to consider attending. Bryn and Suzie will be there. Sue was asked to circulate details again to all members and potential members.
· Steve thanks Suzie & Bryn for organizing the Curry Night which he was sad to have missed. Suzie was pleased with how the night had gone, a very successful, fun evening which she would be happy to repeat in the future.
Ian updated members on the clubs financial position of both our Club Account and our Charity Account. He also ran through the commitments the club had already for the year.
- Carol K suggested we consider an earlier suggestion of a tasting evening based round the tomato ketchup initiative in place of our annual Christmas Meal. Club thought this was a great idea but concern was raised over the recipe idea. Rachael suggested a sausage and mash night as they could get a family member to come and prepare the sausages. It was agreed Steve would speak to Sammy to find out what nights during the Christmas period they would prefer us not to meet. It was agreed we would hold the sausage night on December 7th.
- Children in Need – Sue pointed out the need for the club to buy the badges supplied. It was decided not to hold a separate event for Children in Need.
- Jo suggested we need to look at organising another fundraiser early n the New Year. Steve asked members to put their thinking caps on and come back with ideas next week . Rachael mentioned Ebay auctioning but John Diksa warned against this as his club had tried and found it a lot of effort for no profit. John suggested a couple of twinning initiatives in the grape fields of France. Pruning the grapes in January or picking them in September – both were good fun and money earners as long as everyone is happy to pay their own transport costs.
- John Diksa agreed to approach our twin club for financial support for the Bikes for Africa project.
- Bryn mentioned Stephen & Carol in Mexico – Stephen had been in touch by email and was amazed at the Cornish links over there. From mining to pasties. There was a great deal of interest in forming links with 1290 clubs.
- George asked club members to spare a thought for David & Ros who had recently been burgled whilst away on holiday. He was pleased to report however that David is back to his usual self following his illness.
'To our visitors John & Lasse and to our prospective new members – we look forward to seeing you all again next week'