A Message from the President

Rob's December Newsletter

Club President Rob Soutar

RIBI_Image_Col_L_v1.jpgCITY NEWS       December 2018

I started last month with talk about our two sponsorships. In the end, San was supported by Tanya and Heather in their walk across hot coals. Several of us went along to cheer and have a glass or two afterwards. Last we heard, they had raised £520 with more to come. For moustaches and beards, I think nine of us were directly involved and a further number have been very supportive with sponsorship. I’m hopeful we will reach at least £3000. I think that’s impressive. Well done everybody.

It has been a good fund-raising month because we also had our film show at Tarrington. ‘Breathe’ while telling a harrowing story of a guy paralysed by polio shows how guts and determination can overcome the worst situations. A modest, but sufficient, group of Rotarians and friends had a good night, including Kevin’s supper, and raised £575 for End Polio Now.

Away from fund raising we also had our entirely social weekend at the Metropole in Llandrindod Wells. There were 22 Rotarians and partners. Highlights were our Saturday visit to the bizarre Abbey Cwm Hir and our six course gourmet dinner which included an epic story/poem telling session completed by Judy Stevens’ lovely singing about the theft of her thyme.

We have had a couple of good speaker meetings. Jonathan Blair from Weston’s Cider ran his talk largely as a question and answer session which worked well. I think a few of us were apprehensive about Ivan Powell’s talk on Adult Safeguarding but he proved a good and interesting speaker who opened our eyes to a number of largely hidden issues.

I was able to sit in the Rotary chair. Presented in the 1930s by Cyril Franklin, it has been in store for some years and is now spruced up and worth seeing.

Looking forward -its Christmas. As we have for the last few years, we have two special meals. Partners are welcome at both. Our evening meeting at the Bay Horse on 10th will involve some form of entertainment as, I guess, will the traditional lunch on 17th at the Wormsley golf club. You are asked to book your menu choice on each occasion. If you have not done so in the ‘yellow’ book, let Paul know for 10th and Richard H for the 17th.

One other Rotary eating opportunity will be breakfast on the 28th December in Withington Village Hall. We tried this last year and it worked well. Come along from about 9.15 onwards (after 1030 the chefs may well have had enough!)  and grab a full English or something smaller in good company. Bring your house guests, children or grandchildren. Modest charge in aid of Foundation/end polio. With Kevin H in Australia I’m told Kevin B and Phil are the cooks.          Rob 03/12/2018