President Andy Downie, Past President Pam Cox and President Elect Jan Parkin received their chains of office from family during our 'virtual' Presidential Handover


Presidents Message

Ilfracombe Rotary Club is entering its 94th year in challenging circumstances. We are still feeling the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic: face to face meetings are not possible, and with the continuing closure of the Chapel and the cancellation of Star trek for this year, we have lost two of our major fundrasing activities.

It might not be business as usual, but we are still very much in business. We meet regularly on Zoom, and some of us are learning new IT skills as we do so. We have a varied programme of speakers and activities lined up, so we can continue to enjoy each others' company and keep up the team spirit that has enabled us to punch above our weight as a club. As lockdown restrictions ease we have plans to meet face to face, and we look to the day when we can go back to our lunchtimes and evenings together.

Good stewardship of our finances means that we do have funds to support local and international causes, although the year ahead will see a focus on the former. We will explore other ways of fundrasing such as having our very succesful pop-up shop a little later in the year, and having a car boot sale, as restrictions permit. Of course we are not just a fundrasing body, we have our time, our talents and our enthusiasm to give in direct service, as we do already with our work in schools.

We all became Rotarians for a variety of reasons. One reason that we probably have in common is that we wanted to do something to help solve the problems we saw in our community in Ifracombe and in the wider world around us. This drive to face problems, and to do as a team whose members support each other, and enjoy working and being together should see us through these challenging times, and then it's not long until our century!

With all good wishes for the Rotary year ahead

Yours in Rotary

President Andy