Meriden Club Spring report

A message from our president.

Meriden Rotary Club – Spring Report 2020

Once again we have had speakers on varying topics. Starting with a “My Job” talk from Gavin Harper followed by a talk about APS  Support UK (Antiphospholipid Syndrome) from Phil Godfrey of the Solihull Rotary Club to which we made a £50 donation. Paul Spencer visited again and this time explained the importance of having a correctly drawn up Power of Attorney and Stephen Record explained the wonders and history of Birmingham Cathedral to which we also gave a donation of £50. Our last speaker was Phil Taylor who amazed us with his magic.

A representative from TS Stirling Sea Cadets came to our meeting on 25th February and we were able to present a cheque for £250 for the help they gave to us collecting in local villages with the Meriden Rotary Santa Sleigh. 

As a result of a casual conversation between one of our members and one of his contractors, we were able to donate £224 to TS Stirling to help four of their cadets who come from deprived families, to take up their places in a summer trip to an American military base in the USA. TS Stirling have now received the sports kit but we have been unable to photograph a presentation due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Our member was also able to get one of his suppliers, Howdens Joinery Ltd, to donate £500 towards our Golf Day which raises funds to send about a hundred severely disabled children from Woodlands School to “Kids Out Day” at Drayton Manor Theme Park and I was pleased to visit their branch to receive the cheque.

We had a visitor from the Rotary Club of Melkbos in South Africa, who about 20 years ago was a work colleague of one of our members and she brought greetings from her club and we exchanged banners and sent back our greetings.

On the 17th March we had a meeting with only 11 members present which decided us to make the decision to suspend future face to face meetings of the Rotary Club of Meriden due to the Covid-19 pandemic until at least May. 

Well, that was all the positive stuff until about two weeks ago. Since then all of the events mentioned above have been postponed until later in the year. However due to many of our members having to adopt “shielding” and others who do not live locally we have begun to use “Zoom” as a way of keeping in touch and continuing our meetings. Our fourth Zoom meeting took place on Tuesday 21st  April at 7.30pm when we were joined by 25 members including our District Governor and two members from other clubs. We are now planning to include some interesting speakers in our weekly Zoom meetings.

If anyone would like to join in with us to hear any of these speakers they are welcome to make contact through our web site to request a Zoom meeting invitation. Details of our guest speakers and dates will be announced soon.

During these last two weeks we have also been able to obtain a £400 donation from Aldi for a Coventry homeless charity.

Members are also donating some money saved by not meeting weekly to the Trussell Trust food bank in Chelmsley Wood. We are also looking at how we may be able to help with the operating costs of some of the local volunteer groups that have been established to help those who are vulnerable and confined to their homes.

The Rotary Club of Meriden would like to wish everyone good health during the difficult times that we are living through.

Geoff Arthur


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