23rd February is Purple Pinkie Day

When a child is vaccinated, their little finger is painted purple, hence the name Purple Pinkie Day. With literally millions of children attending Polio immunisation days, it is the only way to keep track of who has received their life saving medication.


On 23 February 1905, was the very first Rotary meeting that Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago.

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When a child is vaccinated, their little finger is painted purple, hence the name Purple Pinkie Day. With literally millions of children attending Polio immunisation days, it is the only way to keep track of who has received their life saving medication.

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His chosen charities: The Salvation Army and the NOAH Welfare Centre, Luton.

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Saturday 24th October 2021

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After decades of work across 47 countries on the continent, the World Health Organisation has certified the Africa region free from wild poliovirus.

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New dates of Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July 2021

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This page will contain the latest Daily Digest from the RIBI website: www.rotarygbi.org Last Update: 24th September 2020

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RI President Holger Knaack’s theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.

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Saturday 24th October 5.30 - 6.45pm Streamed live on the Rotary Great Britain & Ireland YouTube Channel

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Sharpenhoe Road has it's gate back. After being run into by an out of control car, the gate is now repaired and back in-place.

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President Bob makes sure Paul will always remember the day he was made a Rotarian

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· Some look a bit spooky · Andy has great background, just needs an orchid in there · Surely IPAD has a name. · Andrew left the party briefly, hence only 19/20 pictured · Not sure where Simon is.

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Friday 24th September 2021 If any pensioner would like an afternoon tea box delivered to them on that day please telephone 07931-684079 to leave your name, address and telephone number. A member of the Club will then contact you

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CANter is based at ‘The Stables’, Fielden Court, Lower Gravenhurst, Set in an idyllic remote village of Gravenhurst, between Luton, Bedford and Hitchin which makes the venue easily accessible.

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Countdown to World Environment Day, choose a task every two weeks to help out the Environment. Complete one activity per two weeks from the calendar between 22nd March 2021 and 5th June 2021 (total 6 activities).

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Saturday 29th February 2020 Rothamsted Park, West Common, Harpenden.

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Due to the current Corona Virus situation, all our Rotary meetings are via Zoom every Tuesday at 7.50pm If you wish to join us contact Bob Knowles, email: bob-knowles@talktalk.net

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This month also includes : International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on the 17th and World Polio Day on the 24th of October.

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...Polio- A Personal Perspective... Martyn Gates shared his life story after contracting polio at the age of 18 months

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A short history and evolution of the Rotary wheel - the 'Mark of Excellence' Based on information compiled by the Rotary Global History Fellowship

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...A massive ‘Thank you’ to Santa "Our Aim at Christmas is to bring some joy and happiness to as many people as possible of all ages".

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District Governor Vijay Patel 2020/2021 (District 1260) Requests that every Club start their meetings by positioning our Vision Statement right in the front, visible and verbally.

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Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases

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President Bob welcomes Paul Craggs as a member of our Club

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.....Sadly passed away on 7th May 2020..... Mike joined the Rotary Club of Barton-le-Clay in May 1990. 3 years after it was formed

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Club members will be litter picking in Silsoe, Campton & Barton-le-Clay. Official bags are being supplied by Central Bedfordshire Council.

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Globally, five billion people have no access to safe and affordable surgery when they need it. Mercy Ships operates the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, taking free medical care and surgery directly to those who need it most.

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RI President Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

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..Saturday 21st December 2019.. Old Road - including Washbrook Close, Church Road, Manor Road, Blakelands, etc.

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joining: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention, Disease prevention and treatment. Water, sanitation and hygiene. Maternal and child health. Basic education and literacy. Community economic development.

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Families urgently need support in north-eastern Syria. We're providing shelter for families who have been forced to leave their homes due to the conflict in Syria.

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Friday 27th September 2019

.....Friday 27th September 2019........ "Zing"- Carole & Peter entertaining our guests.

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President Bob makes sure Andy will always remember the day he was made a Rotarian

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When someone suffers a major trauma, the quicker they receive specialist emergency care, the more likely it is that the treatment will prevent death or serious disability. This is referred to as the ‘Golden Hour’

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Go to our links page to see details of this charity

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The walking group at the presentation of the new poles

Launch of a Nordic-style walking programme

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Club members cleaning and giving a new life to hand tools whilst on our annual visit of Tuesday 21st May 2019

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Barton-le-Clay Rotary Club supports fundraising for The Rotary Foundation

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Past President David Swain hands over to President Bob Knowles

Past President David Swain hands over to President Bob Knowles

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R I President Mark Daniel Maloney's theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow people to unite and take action through Rotary service.

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Rtn. Derek Hardy has been awarded a District 1260 Service Award for outstanding service in promoting Rotary's capability in supporting projects in the international arenas. In recognition and appreciation of his dedicated service to Shelter Box.

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Our vision is to see a world where no family is without shelter after disaster. Our teams work with disaster-hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives.

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The Rotary Club of Barton-le-Clay lends money to entrepreneurs in various parts of the world where most good can be done.

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A fun and enjoyable night was spent barn dancing in Barton-le-Clay Village Hall on Saturday 30th March 2019 Music from the group Abella and the caller was Andy Rouse. Highly tasteful Hog Roast supplied and cooked by John Fraser and Clair Burton

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The bee orchid has been the emblem of the Rotary Club of Barton-le-Clay since its foundation. The orchid, Ophyrs apifera var. aurita, grows wild on the Chiltern Hills behind the village of Barton-le-Clay.

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Barton-le-Clay Rotary Club's first involvement with the Soup Kitchen and Night Shelter was in 2011

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Our latest contribution to the Noah Welfare Centre 152 towels that were passed on to the Club by a local business.

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George getting to grips with the old game of Tethered Skittles

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Santa with his little helpers

Each year the Club takes Santa around the streets of Barton-le-Clay to meet all the children, young and old, and make a collection to support our designated charities.

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