Lockdown restrictions are easing in the UK and across Europe. Our friend and colleague from our Twinned Rotary Club of Beausoleil, Roselyn Tricetti PP, brings us a final report on Covid-19 impacts in France.
Along with other countries in Europe, we are beginning to emerge from this nightmare.
The restoration of freedom of movement took place in several stages, with a gradual reopening of shops, bars and restaurants in the less affected areas - the green zone. Paris and the Eastern Region in the red zone had to wait until June 15. But, social distancing had to be maintained and tables spaced apart, and the number of guests reduced.
Schools have also gradually reopened and a full return is scheduled for June 22, 10 days before Summer Vacation (July 3)!
The opening of borders in the Schengen area is very important because France welcomes so many visitors every year. For us in the south, tourist activity is an absolutely necessity. But the economic outlook remains bleak and people are losing their jobs every day.
In our District many Rotarian clubs have had initiatives such as financing medical equipment, offering digital tablets for people confined to a retirement home so that they can stay in touch with their families, supporting caregivers, and preparing meals, cakes and various sweets, etc.
At our district level, a listening and advisory service was set up for small and medium-sized businesses in difficulty, and Rotarians offer their professional skills based on their expertise in Finance, Law, Strategy, etc.
During this entire period, we met virtually over ZOOM. There were always enough of us and I helped members who had difficulty logging in. It was a great pleasure to see each other every week. We also took the opportunity to do Rotary training sessions and President-elect Philippe led several sessions such as the organization of Rotary, the Rotary Foundation, club life, etc. We also created a WhatsApp conversation “Rotarian friends confined” on which we exchanged info, funny stories, music etc ...
Finally, on Thursday June 11 we met for a real meeting at our base in the Hippocampe Restaurant that so many of you know well. Great happiness! None of us have been sick and there had been only a few cases in some members’ families.
For those who live alone, this lockdown has been very long and difficult. For those fortunate enough to have family and a garden, it was a long and quite relaxing period despite the anxiety communicated by continuous media reports.
And ..... The gardens have never looked so beautiful!
more President Peter and Member Patrick Rothon completed a ZOOM presentation on the Rotary Club of Billericay Soapbox Derby to Belmont Rotary Club near Melbourne, Australia.
more Our twinned clubs in Sweden, Italy and France are locked down like the UK, but are still busy supporting their members and their local community. Here Italy reports on life under lockdown in Italy.
more Our twinned clubs in Sweden, Italy and France are locked down like the UK, but are still busy supporting their members and their local community. Here Sweden reports on life under lockdown in Sweden.
more Highspot of the Rotary Year, the annual twinning visit to one of our linked clubs in Mainland Europe is delayed but international web meetings planned.
more Rotary principles in action- International Fellowship and co-operation on charitable projects with the Rotary Club of Basildon and four Rotary Clubs in Europe - Beausoleil (France), Alba (Italy), Ovada (Italy), and Karlshamn (Sweden).
more It’s time again for the forthcoming double triangular reunion of Rotarians, so called because it brings together Members from six different Rotary Clubs in four countries.
more Rotary principles at work - International Fellowship with the Rotary Club of Basildon and four Rotary Clubs in Europe - Beausoleil (France), Alba (Italy), Ovada (Italy), and Karlshamn (Sweden).
more Double Triangular Reunion of British, French, Italian and Swedish Rotary clubs
more Our annual international Rotary reunion of six clubs from the UK, Italy, France and Sweden took place in Alba, Northern Italy in September 2016
more As part of the international fellowship with other Rotary Clubs, we send our newsletter to all our "twinned" clubs. In return, they send their latest news bulletins to us.
more International Rotary Fellowship at a "Double Triangular" Rotary Meeting - six clubs (Basildon, Billericay - UK; Alba, Ovada - Italy; Beausoleil - France) met in Sweden hosted by Karlshamn Rotary Club
more It's 2015 and time for our Fellowship trip to Karlshamn, Sweden.
more A major feature of the twinning visits between our clubs is the hosting of visiting club members and their wives by individual Beausoleil Club members at their homes.
more Following our hosting of the twinning visit in 2013, Billericay Rotary Club enjoyed a wonderful programme in France this year, hosted by the Rotary Club of Beausoleil, along with Basildon, Alba and Ovada (Italy), Karlshamn (Sweden), from September 18-21.
more Everybody enjoyed a wonderful programme of social and historical events when Billericay Rotary Club hosted a reciprocal visit from its twinning clubs in Europe - Beausoleil (France), Alba (Italy), and Karlshamn (Sweden), from September 12-15.
more 2012 sees the turn of the Rotary club of Alba to host its twinned clubs of Billericay, Basildon and Beausoleil (France) for a programm of events and fellowship.
more A great day visiting the Houses of Parliament with fellow Rotarians from Italy, Sweden and France, organised by Basildon Rotary Club.
back We have had international links with other Rotary Clubs in Europe since the mid 1960s. Starting with Beausoleil in 1965 these links have grown to encompass Italy (Alba), Sweden (Karlshamn) and Italy (Ovada Del Centenario) in more recent years.