Visit by RIBI President Denis Spiller

17th May 2018; The top man for Rotary in the UK sees some of our community projects

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On Thursday 17 May 2018, a warm sunny day, we were honoured by a visit from Rotary GB&I President Denis Spiller. He had specifically requested to see two of the club's high profile projects and to talk to members involved.

Accompanied by District 1100 Governor Alan Hudson, District 1100 Secretary Chris Firth and District 1100 Assistant Governor Howard Small , he first visited the RWB Fire Station to see the RWB Men's Shed in action. Here he was greeted by our club President Catherine Cadogan and John Loran (Rotarian and RWB Shed chairman) and introduced to Shed members. He was interested to see examples of the products they've been working on and was very enthusiastic about the facilities and equipment provided by the Shed project and the obvious benefits it is delivering to our community.

Denis and his entourage then moved on to Lower Hook Farm to see the Wiltshire Life Education Centre classroom. He was greeted by several club members who are on the Board of the Charity that runs the Life Education programme. Rotarian Terry Penhall gave him an overview of the LEC and highlighted the number of schools and children that benefit from it across Wiltshire. He outlined our project to raise £60,000 to purchase a new classroom and emphasised that this will be needed in time for the new academic year. He then introduced lead educator Alex Coomber who demonstrated the facilities in the classroom and explained the types of lessons provided for children aged 4 to 11.

Following the tour of the LEC, the Rotary GB&I President and RWB&D Rotary Club members sat down to tea and cakes on the lawn at Lower Hook Farm. Catherine Cadogan welcomed the Rotary GB&I President and thanked John and Valerie Hicks for their hospitality. Denis told members that he was impressed by the quality of the projects being undertaken by our Rotary Club, and the enthusiasm and commitment of members involved and that these were exactly the type of projects that fit with his vision of Rotary's role in the community. He complimented the club and said that he would be taking several ideas away that he would like to share more widely across Rotary nationally.

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