Video taken by Paul Jones of the presentations at the Change Over Dinner at Lysses Hotel, Fareham on 28 July 2017
My third term as President has not been too arduous thanks to the magnificent support I have had from the Secretary, Treasurer and all the chairmen of the committees. Do I keep the chain of office?
Last September we reviewed our meeting arrangements due to a lack of speakers. In January, Paul Jones was asked to assist in getting speakers and he has done a splendid job. Thank you Paul. All our meetings now start at 7pm and we have two interesting speakers a month. As an incentive I offered a bottle of champagne to the person who has introduced the most visitors to our weekly meetings and the winner is … Brian Ray. Brian is on holiday.
During the year I have been continuing with the work of the Let’s Hear in Fareham project. In January we created the Rotary Community Corps of Fareham, the first in the district. This Rotary Community Corps has more than ten non-Rotarians working on increasing hearing loss awareness and checking hearing loops in and around Freaham. We have succeeded in getting funds from Fareham Borough Council to pay for Hearing Loop stickers and tips on communicating where hearing loss is present.
Together with the Tonkin family I have visited several schools to issue them with Shoebox Certificates. Many thanks to John and Pam for organising the shoeboxes and the certificates. It is good to get out into the community and advertise ourselves.
Many thanks to Brian Ray and his helpers for the crocus display which will appear annually by the roadside outside the Cams Mill pub.
At the end of March we had a very successful promises evening. Well done to Geoff Smith and his helpers for helping to raise more than £4700.
In May we had a race evening organized by Arthur Matthisen which was very successful and raised £518.
Over the year we have had many splendid and informative issues of Meon Tidings which I hope you all read. Many thanks to Brian Ray. Long may they continue.
In March we inducted two members, Bill and Len, both of whom seem to be settling in well.
As a subsidiary prize I am awarding a good bottle of wine to the person who has brought the most guests along to our entertainment events. Without the guests the events would not have been the success they were. The winner is … Jame Fullarton with 29 guests.
Overall I have enjoyed the year and I hope that John Lovell will have as much fun next year.
Once again thank you all for your support.
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