The Rotary Club of Dartmoor Vale is based in and around Newton Abbot and prior to Covid 19 used to meet at The Recreational Trust , Marsh Road , Newton Abbot . TQ12 2AR
With the lockdown our normal weekly meetings with a meal have been replaced with fortnightly online meetings with Zoom.
During previous times our signature project was raising sponsorship with the help from pubs and clubs who entered a two hour speed darts competition. This raised funds to allow us then to organise our Christmas steam Santa Special where we take some 800 disadvantaged local children and their families on a steam train trip from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and back again with a gift for every child from Santa who kindly joins us on the return journey. We very much regret that the latest Covid restrictions have prevented us from running the Santa Special in 2020 but we are looking into alternatives which we plan to organise for the benefit of deserving local children.
Our present operations with Zoom meetings is our best effort to continue with our fellowship and sociability whilst complying with the social distancing recommendations.
Although not perfect Zoom does have the advantage that we can mute any over noisy members, once we have managed to show members and guests how to turn off their own mute buttons. We have also learnt that shouting the loudest, as in previous normal meetings, is not the way to make ourselves heard and we have gone back to raising hands in front of our cameras to catch the Chairman’s attention.
Zoom has also allowed us to have guest speakers to entertain us and we have one such speaker joining us from Switzerland to tell us all about how The Swiss have dealt with Covid 19.
A major disadvantage is that we miss out on the excellent meals at The Recreational Trust as well as the fellowship and friendly banter around the room. We will of course endeavour to return to our original venue for our meetings as soon as it’s safe to do so. We will state this here on our website when it happens!
For details of our future programme please go to the “ Future Programme “ tab on this webpage or to join a meeting on line contact our secretary via email email@example.com
For further Information about any of our Club Activities please contact Mike Beer on 01803 875572
Meetings and events happening soon
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 7:30 pm
Cruising without Jane McDonald
Dawn and Ian Gray to tell us about their experiences from some less well-known cruise destinations.
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 6:00 pm
Club Council Meeting by Zoom
Council Zoom meeting .
Sign in details to follow.
Thu, Mar 25th 2021 7:30 pm
Social Meeting with informal Quiz
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Newton Abbot Recreational Trust