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Speaker Meeting - Shirley Baxter
Shirley Baxter - (safe families for children) will come and speak to us todaydetails
Our (Gallant) Skittle Team
Well done Rotary Club of Swindon on our skittles win against Royal Wootton Bassett and District club "” with Debbie Vincent, Christopher Firth, John Woodcock, Haydn Beer and Ian Sharpe.details
Welcome to the home page of the Rotary Club of Swindon
Now, you may be asking...
What is Rotary??
Rotary is a truly international organisation, with some 33,000 clubs and over a million members represented in more than 200 countries worldwide. Its aim is simply to provide humanitarian assistance and to help promote goodwill and peace both at home and abroad. Have a browse through our 'what we do' pages and see..... well, er.... what we get up to - Whether you are a Rotarian or if you are just interested in finding out more about the global Rotary movement please feel free to come along and join us.at one of our Thursday lunchtime meetings and see just what goes on - You will receive a very warm welcome
If you don't already know a Swindon club member and want to find out more information, get in touch with our club Secretary Leslie, who will be happy to advise and provide you with any further information you might need.
If you decide Rotary is not for you, we really won't be offended - promise!
Rotary in Swindon - the latest....
....a roundup of this week's notice board announcements :-
Please see items below that were discussed in our lunchtime meeting today.
Lunch Summary - Thursday 10 October 2019
- Welcome by President – David Pratt
- Host today was Ray Fisher
- Member announcements
1. Debbie Vincent;
• A thank you to everyone who attended the Thamesdown Rotary Space evening talk
• This Friday's wine tasting at Magnums has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales
• We won’t be doing Rotary shoe boxes this year, however however we have been asked by Simon to support Christ church shoe box appeal , if anyone would like to donate a filled shoe box
2. Gary Herbert;
- Gary has spoken to Byron, who is recovering from a knee operation, Byron sends his regards to club
4. Welcome to our guests
Drago Pausek, RC Zagreb
Jenny Jefferies, guest of Sue Frawley
5. Presidents Announcements;
Resignation of Chris Firth and Peter Hayman from club , the resignations happened while David was away on holiday , he has spoken to both of them , and is sorry to see them go and they will be a loss to club .
David and Lesley have a copy of their resignation letters if anyone wishes to see them
The members present were asked if they had any comments, none were forthcoming
David has taking up a role with the utility warehouse again and if anyone is interested in what they have to offer please contact him
David apologised if you have been unable to contact him, but he has been having phone/ internet problems
6. Secretary’s Announcements
1. Christ Church are running an event throughout the month of December, to ‘light up ‘the church and our looking for people/ organisations to provide a decorated real tree to be placed in and around the church. We think it would be a good idea if we had a Rotary tree maybe combined with a remembrance tree, further details will follow
Lesley is sure she can obtain a tree from a customer of hers who supplies Christmas trees to various outlets (legitimately!)
2. We have had an invite from Newbury Rotary Club to attend a speaker meeting of theirs on the evening of 21st Oct. The speaker will be Professor Martin Parsons of the charity ‘Beyond Conflict ‘working with war orphaned children in Iraq. If anyone would like to attend please contact Lesley
3. Area meeting Thursday 24th October at the Wiltshire Golf and Country Club 6.30pm for 7pm start. If you require a meal it will be £10 there is a board going round
Area meetings are a very good way of finding what is going on at other clubs in our area
Next Week is a speaker meeting, the speaker is Shirley Baxter, safe families for children
Host; Bill Fishlock
7. Treasurers Report;
No report as Peter was unaware that today was a business meeting ,……Unfortunately there was a mix up with the dates in this year’s handbook for October and a speaker had already been fixed for next week which had been listed as a speaker meeting
8. Committee Reports
a, Admin discussed using Sue Huck’s skills as a copywriter when providing Michelle with promotional information
b, Ongoing discussion reference paying for lunches monthly, to be discussed at Council
c, Swindon Cares presented Swindon Night Shelter with a cheque for £18,235 at The Tawny Owl on the 2nd October
d, Debbie has spoken to James Arkell about the decision not to provide a lift at the Kings. George Markell has arranged to show Debbie why they can’t put a lift in , Debbie would like a representative from Old Town and Phoenix RC s to be there
e, The Presidents Concert for ABC , Posters and tickets have been printed and are available , contact Sue Frawley if you need any
f, Club Centenary Celebrations for 2026. The planning for this event is being headed up by Ian Dobie , with Tony Hill, Alan Stone and Michelle Leighton assisting
John Woodcock asked why the membership cards hadn’t been handed out, Lesley explained they are handed out once everyone has paid their subs. Peter Barefoot added he was still waiting for 5 members to pay, but would let Lesley know who had paid and they membership cards (which are all printed out) can be handed out to those who had paid next week
Community and Engagement
a. Funds have been raised for a defibrillator, however Sue was anxious that the club wouldn’t have any ongoing maintenance costs in connection with this. She has spoken to SW Ambulance who can provide a defibrillator including any associated costs for now and for the life of the machine, however this means the cost of the defibrillator is now £1800, and further funds will need to be raised, Sue intends to approach the other Rotary clubs who use the Kings for help with this.
b. A concert will be taking place at Christ Church in aid of the Hydrotherapy pool on the 18th April , Kentwood Choir and The Wiltshire Police Band
c. The Lil St George Skittles evening …waiting for a date from Chris , Lil’s partner
a. Speaker slots filled
b. End Polio Now bucket collection at Sainsbury’s arranged for Friday 6th December , this will need support from the whole club and a board will be going round
c. On the 29th October there will be an evening on Rotary Foundation at the Gables Hotel , Falfield GL12 8DLAT, specifically aimed at those who wish to learn more about the role of Foundation . Peter Wells will be giving a talk and if anyone is interested in going he has room in his car
a. Sheila Harrod has suggested that the club may wish to forma choir to sing at the upcoming Presidents concert
b. James Goddard ‘s band The Zoots will be doing their sounds of the 60’s concert at the Neeld Community & Arts Centre on the 7th November , tickets £18 , several members of club have already bought their tickets and we hope to do a bucket collection for a charity of our choice on the night
Today’s raffle was won by Steve Brain
The Rotary Club of Swindon
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EDU Fun SA - Diepsloot Combined School
Edu Fun is a charitable organisation that teaches English to Grade 3 and Grade 4 students at Diepsloot Combined School in South Africa and is one of our International projects....
For more info' have a look at their Facebook page
(link on this page)
and if that's not enough...
Or if you want to find out more information or are looking for support for your charity or event please do get in touch with us today
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Meetings and events happening soon
Thursday 24th October 13.00
Speaker Meeting - Timon Colegrove
Our speaker today is Timon Colegrove who is a patient advocate of Rutherford Cancer Centres - all about a new proton treatment.details
Thursday 31st October 19.00
Tonight, we have Richard Wintle, a press photographer, giving us a talk and presentation of his workdetails
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(5th Thursday an evening meeting only , contact secretary for details)
Kings Arms Hotel, Wood Street, Swindon, SN1 4AB 01793 522156