Rob's November Newsletter

Here's the president's round-up of club activities in the last month

President Rob Soutar

Rotary GB&I_Image_Col_L_v1.jpgCITY NEWS       November 2018

It’s November 1st tomorrow and the official start of Movember. On Monday, Graham Sole gave us our briefing talk on Prostate Cancer as a number of us started our month of fundraising by looking silly. Five of those there: John, Nick, two Kevins and I, signed up and Richard took a ‘before’ photo. Alan has dyed his hair! and I know Bill is growing his upper lip. Hopefully, one or two more. What about the women? As far as is known, only San has signed up for the Hospice Fire-walk on 10 Nov. Please come to cheer her on at 5.30 in the Old Market. (With over 30% of the membership, surely the women should have at least two more volunteers! Come on)

Attendance at meetings has been a bit thin this month. Lots of holidays perhaps so a bit of a recap. Marcus’s link to the Queen was a bit thin in his lunchtime talk but our update on Young Enterprise was much more interesting with a participative exercise mirroring what kids do to enhance their understanding of living costs and salaries. Mary updated us about the Midlands Air Ambulance, so the chancellor’s largesse seemed apt this week.  

There was a pretty good turnout for Ray’s walk for the Alzheimer Society on the 7th. 40 or 50 folk, from small kids to old farts trotted along the riverside from the Rowing Club to Breinton and back. Most of the Rotarians then completed the morning in the club bar. With sponsor money gift aid etc., it is about £900. Hopefully you will agree that we should round it up to a grand. Well done Ray and his daughter plus other helpers.

Looking forward, we only have two evening meetings this month. On 12th its on Weston’s Cider and then 26th on adult ‘safeguarding’ However we do have another fund raising/social event. On Friday 16th we shall be showing the film ‘Breathe’ in Tarrington VH. It’s a really good joyful film telling the story of Robin Cavendish overcoming being institutionalised through contacting polio. Proceeds will go to End Polio Now. The £10 entry fee included supper and there will be a bar. Please come and bring friends and family. More information from Bobby Morris.

As autumn and winter arrive it’s the season for District skittles and Quiz. Kevin Hewison would like to hear from anyone interested/willing.

Richard Hammonds has put details in the yellow book for the Christmas lunch at Wormsley on 17th December. As I’m a bit tied up domestically could someone offer to take on arranging the entertainment. Email me and I will tell you the current idea.

And finally, 22 of us are off to Llandrindod Wells for the weekend of 23rd -25th The last two only booked yesterday so if anyone else feels like coming I’m sure it is possible.                                                                                                 Rob 31/10/18