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Welcome to F&D Rotary

Fishponds & Downend Rotary is a small (but perfectly formed), robust, friendly and very sociable club.  We are dedicated to raising money for charities and good causes which we achieve in various ways: by fundraising at our events, street and supermarket collections, and by having a presence at public events like fetes and shows.

The public version of our monthly Club Diaries can be viewed here.

Dave and Phil have continued their joint presidency into a second year. Their nominated Charity is Prospect Bristol and District Prostate Cancer Support Group.

This Rotary year is a historic year for the Club as for the first time  in its history the District Governor is a member of our Club.

Breaking news on Ending Polio

Today as all members should know is World Polio Day. The day established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. In 1988, when Rotary and its partners founded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the paralyzing disease affected 350,000 children. Our collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and later the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local health workers, and national governments has helped reduce that number by 99.9 percent.

Today, on World Polio Day, Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners announced that wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide. WPV3 is only the third infectious human disease-causing pathogen to be eradicated in history, following smallpox and wild poliovirus type 2. This achievement means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been wiped out, an important marker of progress against the disease.

The announcement comes on the heels of recent news that Nigeria has gone three years without a case of wild poliovirus, which means that the entire African region could be certified wild poliovirus-free in sometime in 2020

F&D and Our Local Communities

F&D (Fishponds & Downend) Rotary Club 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.

Events held so far this year

As well as our normal meetings we have held a number of social and fund-raising events.

In July our Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) candidate attended his course. Later this month he will be attending a Club meeting with another candidate on the same course to tell us what they learned. In the same month we ran a plant stall and bric a brac stall at the Frenchay Flower Show. We also ran a bar at the Lyde Green Summer Sizzler.

At the beginning of October we ran a social and fundraising event at a members house and there will another such event at the end of the month. We ran an information booth at the Lyde Green Community Centre (see article for more details).

Upcoming events

Besides our normal Fellowship, speaker and business meetings over the coming weeks, full details set out in our diary, we have a number of other events.

We shall be planting crocus bulbs in Downend Bristol to help mark End Polio Now day on 24 October.

On 1 November we will be supporting Downend Round Table’s Firework Display at The King George V Playing Fields Downend Bristol. We are helping to run a heat of Rotary’s Young Musician competition on 20 November at Trinity Henleaze United Reformed Church. We will be putting on our Fashion Show, one of our major fund-raising events of the year, on 23 November at Downend, Bristol.

Community Service will be provided by supporting "Mock Interviews" at Yate Academy (organised by Kingswood Rotary Club).

Going into December we will be supporting Cleeve Hill Shops Christmas Fair on 1 December and having our own Christmas collection at Morrisons Supermarket on the weekend 14-15 December. In addition, as separate events we have the Club’s Special General Meeting, a Christmas meal and a party later in the month.

Looking even further ahead we hope to have a tour and presentation at the Great Western Air Ambulance Air base sometime in January 2020.



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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 19:00 for 19:15
(with the exception of 2nd Thursday when 18:45 for 19:00 for Business Meeting and 3rd Thursday when 19:00 for 19:30 for Speaker Meeting. Also please contact our Secretary for 5th Thursday arrangements.)
The Langley Arms,
Guest Avenue,
Emersons Green,
Bristol. BS16 7GA  0117 957 3512

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