Grand Finale

Sat 29th June 2019 at 19.00 - 23.00

Farewell dinner at Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa, to celebrate the charitable achievements of our closing club. “SORRY ALL SUSIDISED TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD, FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE AT A HIGHER RATE”

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History of Woodstock Rotary Club 1985-2010. 1985-86 ~ Rotarians from Oxford North RC set up a new club in Woodstock. The Inaugural Meeting is at Freemason's Hall in March ’86 chaired by the District Governor. In May the club is chartered with 27 Founder Members. 1986-88 ~ Mock Interviews are held at Gosford Hill School and a Race Night held for Foundation. The first Emergency Box is dispatched and we help Oxford clubs organize Youth Speaks. We host five youngsters from Woodstock, Illinois and enter the Woodstock Carnival with the President wearing The Emperor's New Clothes. 1988-90 ~ a Jazz Night raises £2,100 for Polio Plus. Three club members' sons go to Woodstock, Illinois. The club votes to admit ladies; the proposal is lost by a solitary vote. 1990-92 ~ a ‘Car Wash’ & a second Jazz Night raises £3,200. A children's Play Bus is repainted. The AGM agrees to admit ladies. The club’s Synchronized Swimming Team win the Carnival to the delight of 15 visitors hosted from Woodstock, Illinois. 1992-94 ~ we induct our first lady Rotarian and hold a show with the Oxfordshire Youth Big Band. Stocktake appears; the first Booze Cruise heads for Calais; the Christmas Float takes to the road and £1,008 is raised for NSPCC. The first Christmas Carol Concert is held and the club takes Foundation Scholars up at Oxford to the Houses of Parliament. We help with Kids Out. Kidlington Probus is begun with Oxford North RC. 1994-96 ~ a 50th V.E. Day Anniversary Dance is run at Marlborough School with sandbags, camouflage netting & a backdrop of a Blenheim Bomber. The R.A.F. start the event with a parachute drop and supper is ‘Red Cross Food Parcels’. Two youngsters from Marlborough School receive Rotary Vocational Service Awards for tending war graves. The first Rotary Blenheim 10 run is held with 131 runners, £1,725 is raised for SSNAP & Iffley Mead Special School. The carnival entry is the Mad Hatter's Tea Party 1996-98 ~ a 'Promises Auction' raises £1,417; 45% of the club attends Conference at Brighton. Captain Mainwaring parades Dad's Army at the Carnival with Jack Jones The Butcher's van. The club & Woodstock Music Society put on Not the Last Night of the Proms. A district banner is won for highest per capita to Foundation (US$78.58 pp). President's Night is at Kirtlington Park. 1998-2000 ~ The Marlborough Arms closes and we move to The Crown. The club launches the Woodstock Millennium Association. Our first Lady President takes office. We put on a 90th birthday party for Cyril Clements; Rotarians & partners join in from his old club, Ruislip Northwood. An 'Alternative Conference' takes place at Chateau Tilques in France. A 'May Ball' at Marlborough School has a stunning, illuminated, Oxford Skyline backdrop. 2000-02 ~ Vivian Williams visits Rotary Clubs No. 1 Chicago and No. 4 Seattle (world's largest club with 750 members!). We deliver books collected by Kidlington Brownies for Book Aid. Six Emergency Boxes are filled with the help of Bladon School for Gujarat, India. The club returns to a refurbished Marlborough Arms. The club’s website hits the airwaves; BBC's Andrew Marr enters the run, which raises a record £4,477 for the Oxford Adaptive Rowing Club. An electric bed is purchased for the Churchill Hospital ward dealing with prostate cancer. The Woodstock Millennium Association at last lays the final stone and the Penge Formation Dance Team trip the light fantastic at the Woodstock Carnival. 2002-04 ~ an informal twinning arrangement is set up with Karori Rotary Club of Wellington, NZ. The first Fireworks Display is held in a record fund raising year, £8,822 from the run mainly for Breast Cancer, out of a total £12,490. Five club members are airborne-guests of the RAF Brize Norton at their community day. We present The Dennis Vaughan Memorial Trophy to the Oxford Sea Cadets. A record 1,028 runners enter the Rotary Blenheim 10 and 14 members booze cruise to Lille to inspect their dodgy Ferris wheel. We host 'The Five Clubs Dinner' at Harris Manchester College with Sister Frances Dominica as guest speaker. 2004-06 ~ our first Matching Grant is won for 'The Ziko Stove Project' in Zambia; we are first in district to respond to the Boxing Day Tsunami raising £3,172 on New Year's Day. 100 people are invited to a Centenary Open Evening and The Royal Green Jackets’ band entertains at the 60th VE Day Celebration. The club receives the prestigious Investors in Education Award. Our four cabaret artistes appear as The Gondoliers to sing Arrivederci Ellams as they depart for Umbria. Our first Shelter Box goes to Pakistan and the first Duck Race is floated. 2006-08 ~ Foundation Suppers are held to help raise funds; the club hosts a successful Zone Seminar to promote RIBI’s support of cancer research. 2007 ends with a superb President’s Night at University College. The club presents Rotary Community Service Awards to three local worthies to recognise their life-long support to the Woodstock community; Youth Speaks (Juniors) is voted ‘best ever’; and Past Presidents’ Advisory Groups look into Membership, Club Development and Future Direction. 2008-10 ~ it’s time to start recycling Past Presidents! The club organises a survey of members’ views on a series of topics which identifies opportunities for improvement. We run a Bag Drop at the Blenheim Game Fair and raise £1,017 which goes to ShelterBox, Malawi Micro-Credit programme & DG’s Cheshire Home in Uganda. We “return” to attending District Conferences firstly Torquay (2009) and then Eastbourne with 45% of the club going. A new membership drive programme is launched; plans are laid for our first Children Singing for Children concert and at last we have a super new website.

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