City News Sept 2015

Rob's Report of Club Council

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Rotary GB&I_Image_Col_L_v1.jpgCITY NEWS       September 2015

I’m trying to get this out before going off to my daughters in Spain- having just returned from a week in the Dolomites. As Heather said on Monday “all you retired folk spend your time travelling!”

Well done everyone, and John Taylor in particular, for another good River Festival. Two snags – the weather which meant we had few casual spectators and the limited number of dragon boat entries. Nevertheless the event raised about £6500 which is great. John plans to hold a wash up meeting for those most involved where series thought will be given to what we do next year.

There were several items put to Council on Monday which will be recommended for club approval at next Monday’s Rotary Affairs. Luke put forward three projects which he is organising and require minimum input from club members.
The first is a calendar in aid of St Michael's Hospice. He has already raised £3,250 in sponsorship. Jay Watson will do the photography for free. ABC print will do the printing at cost, models time is free. He plans to ask for a suggested donation of £10 for the calendar and capture gift aid info so tax can be reclaimed. Sunshine radio and Hereford times will advertise it. There are 12 outlets and two online sellers that will sell it. It should raise a minimum of 10k. There is no risk to Rotary. All we are doing is the invoices and handling the sales money.

The second is a joint project with Round Table. A classic, vintage, sports and new classics car show, on the Castle Green with involvement of Hereford BID who will do the paperwork. Brightwells will be involved offering valuations. Vehicle exhibitors will be free (motor trade will be charged for a stand). There will be local food and drink producers and Sunshine and Hereford times will PR for us. A couple of volunteers from Rotary will be needed to help organise and then people to steward on the day. We will charge entry to the show and split the proceeds with RT. It is a very low risk event with very little outlay. The proposed date is end April early May on a Sunday avoiding bank holidays.

I missed the talk by Stella reporting on her work in Cambodia. I gather that those who were there were extremely impressed and felt that we should offer her further support. Luke has picked up a sewing project. Luke is going to try to raise the £5000 needed through his business contacts in school uniforms. If successful the money would be channelled through the club. Irrespective of this, the International committee has asked that £1000 from the River Festival goes to support Stella’s work. (I have attached the report Stella produced for those who have not seen it)

The recent lunch meeting was very poorly attended and unfortunately Derek had given Neil a much bigger number. Once again people had forgotten to send apologies. Council had a long discussion and will recommend to members the implementation of the system we talked about some months ago. If agreed, anyone who fails to apologise to the secretary by 1030 on the meeting morning will be asked to donate £5 to Foundation. Hopefully this will make us all more aware of the issue. As I am responsible for finding ways to achieve our club commitment to Foundation, I have agreed to nag anyone who forgets to pay the treasurer. (A few people have permanent apologies for either lunch or dinner – these remain; for meals with special menus where ingredients have to be ordered in advance, the current system of signing up in the yellow book will remain operational)

Have you put the date – 26 Feb 2016 – in your diaries for our Charter anniversary do at the Shire Hall. It sounds as if it will be a good event.       (Now amended to Friday 15th April)                                                            

  Rob 18 09 15