City News Jan 2016

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Rotary GB&I_Image_Col_L_v1.jpgCITY NEWS       January 2016

Happy New Year everybody.

Like everybody else it seems amazing how the time flies by. I guess 2016 will be no different. In Rotary we have a really good year to look forward to and I think there is something for everyone.

We start this week on a sombre note with Murray’s funeral. I didn’t know him that well. In my time he was a relatively quiet, dignified gentleman. With us until almost the last and I am sure we can celebrate the life of a chap who got to 92 in pretty good shape.

On Saturday 20 folk from the club are going to the Burns Night at the Three Counties. Over the next couple of weeks we have rounds of both the District Skittles and Quiz. If you have not told San that you might be able to play I’m sure she could do with one or two more volunteers. Then on Friday 6th February it is the club’s International Quiz organised by the Kevins in Withington Village Hall. There will be food – a very mild curry – and I think its £10 a head and will start at 7.30. Do come and bring a few friends. Sign the yellow book or tell Kevin H for catering numbers.

Looking forward we have a range of interesting speakers. On Monday Jimmy sang the praises of next week’s speaker who is an old army chum of his who looks after the security of BBC foreign correspondents. Then we have Steve Chandler, former deputy head at Bishops, who has been going to Tanzania for many years to support a school there.

Further ahead is the District Conference in Weymouth (11-13 March). At present our party of 29 has filled our small hotel but if anyone else would like to come we will find a way to fit you in. I have always found conference good fun and in widens ones knowledge and commitment to Rotary. If interested tell me or Heather.

Then the big one. The 85th anniversary Dinner/Dance on Friday 15th April. Jo is organising this and those in the know are convinced it will be a cracking night. The cost is very reasonable for this sort of event but that relies on us selling 150 tickets. That means we need most of us to come and a reasonable number of us to invite friends and ideally make up a table (8-12). Heather wants to check that we are on track at the end of the month, so get busy please.

In December we had two Christmas meals. The first at the golf club was full with lots of couples. Well done Richard. Then at our Monday evening meeting we had fun at the Bay Horse. A few people made fools of themselves singing Jimmy’s alternative carols. A can collection at Sainsbury’s was well supported and that evening we raised a further £500 for Nepal toilets at a birthday party in Withington.

Rob                                                                                                            19 Jan 2016