Club Bulletin August 2020

The Club Bulletin for August 2020


                    Rotary Club of Cheltenham North –August 2020 Bulletin

FROM PRESIDENT RICHARD

ON THURSDAY AUGUST 20TH, WE HOLD OUR POSTPONED CLUB ASSEMBLY.

AG COLIN GATENBY WILL BE WITH US, REPRESENTING DG CHRIS FIRTH.

I BELIEVED IT SENSIBLE TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON “ WERE WE ARE “ WITH THE FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITY FOR PROVIDING A SPECIALLY MODIFIED VEHICLE, WITH WHEEL CHAIR ACCESS, FOR CHELTENHAM COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS BASED AT SANDFORD PARK.

TO RECAP, WE HAD THEIR CEO TO TALK TO THE CLUB ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO IN THE AUTUMN OF LAST YEAR. AND, AT THE SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING IN NOVEMBER, WE AGREED TO SUPPORT THE ACQUISITION OF A SECOND HAND VEHICLE, WHICH WOULD THEN BE MODIFIED FOR SPECIALIST USE – ESPECIALLY FOR JOURNEYS FOR HOSPITAL TREATMENT.

I HAVE KEPT IN TOUCH WITH THE CHARITY SINCE – ESPECIALLY DURING THE PAST PANDEMIC FUELLED WEEKS. THEY ARE STILL OPERATING WITH A REDUCED STAFF. THEY HAVE BEEN RUNNING MINI BUSES FOR SCHOOL RUNS – SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND KEY WORKERS.

THEIR FUNDING FOR 20/21 HAS BEEN APPROVED. AND YES, THERE IS STILL A NEED FOR THE VEHICLE WE WISH TO FIND FOR THEM.

AND, I SEE NO REASON WHY OUT £18,000 BUDGET IS STILL NOT APPROPRIATE.

SO THE ISSUE IS CLEARLY THE FUNDING OF THIS NOW.

I CAN REPORT THAT THE ACCOUNTS FOR 19/20 ARE NOW WITH THE TRUST FUND TRUSTEES AND THE COUNCIL MEMBERS. THE TRUSTEES ARE DUE TO MEET SHORTLY TO DISCUSS AND PROPOSE HOW THE SURPLUS IS DISTRIBUTED OR CARRIED FORWARD.

I HAVE WRITTEN TO YOU ALL TO COMMENT ON THE HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENT’S NOMINATED CHARITY. TO UNDERLINE THIS, THE PRACTICE HAS BEEN FOR BETWEEN 1 AND 4 CHARITIES FOR DONATION TO BRITISH AND IRISH CHARITIES HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED. AND, IN ADDITION THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUPPORT FOR FOUNDATION – IN VARIOUS GUISES -, INTERNATIONAL REQUESTS, SHELTER BOX AND OTHER SMALLER LOCAL REQUESTS.

SO, IN MY YEAR 20/21, I CONFIRM THAR MY PREFERENCE IS TO SUPPORT JUST 1 NOMINATED PRESIDENT’S CHARITY – NAMELY COMMUNITY CONNEXIONS. AND,

THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN – COMMUNITY SERVICE, WITH INTERNATIONAL/FOUNDATION- WILL BE TASKED TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE RAISED TO COVER THE OTHER WORTHY CAUSES.

THE PROGRESS TO DATE, TOWARDS THE £18,000 NEEDED IS:-

1) 35 MEMBERS HAVE GENEROUSLY DONATED.PLEDGED MONEY SO FAR.

2) BY 30/6/20 WE HAD £2862 IN THE TRUST FUND FOR THE VEHICLE.

3) THE ESTIMATE FOR THE PERIOD FROM JULY TO DECEMBER TAKES US TO CIRCA £6000.

4) GIFT AID CAN BE APPLIED FOR – AT 25% IS A FURTHER £1500.

5) A DISTRICT LOCAL GRANT HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR AN AMOUNT OF £750.

6) I AM WRITING TO THE SUMMERFIELD TRUST FOR A GRANT.

7) IF THE WINE FESTIVAL RUNS IN 21 , WE MIGHT MAKE £10K

BUT THIS IS TOO TIGHT, SO I FURTHER ASK SUPPORT TO OPEN A JUST GIVING PAGE, TO TRY AND RAISE £5000.

AND, WE COULD THINK ABOUT THE SURPLUS FROM THE CRICKET FESTIVAL IN THE SUMMER OF 21 FOR IT AS WELL.

SO THE PROS AND THE CONS, TO ME ARE:-

FOR

A) IT IS A GREAT CAUSE TO SHOW ROTRY IN ACTION IN CHELTENHAM AND GLOUCESTERSHIRE.

B) IT IS A PROJECT WHICH CAN GAIN PR COVERAGE WITHIN OUR “COMING OUT OF LOCKDOWN” STORY.

C) IT IS A NOTABLE ASSET VISIBLE FOR 5 YEARS.

D) IT NEEDS NO MAINTENANCE/ REPAIR CONTRACT – ALL HANDLED BY COMMUNITY CONNEXIONS.

E) IT IS SUPPORTED BY THE IPP/ AND THE CURRENT PRESIDENT.

F) NEVER BEFORE, HAS SUCH A REQUEST BEEN TURNED DOWN TO SUPPORT A PRESIDENT’S NOMINATED CAUSE.

AGAINST

A) OUR RESERVES ARE LOW.

B) IS IT TOO AMBITIOUS IN THE COVID ERA?

C) SHOULD WE COMMIT SUCH A LARGE CHUNK OF OUR EFFORT TO JUST THIS?

D) WHAT HAPPENS IF WE FALL SHORT OF THE TARGET?

E) SHOULD WE KEEP MORE IN RESERVE FOR OTHER CAUSES?

SO WE DEBATE ON 20/8 AND DECIDE THE OUTCOME.

IF YOU CANNOT/DO NOT ZOOM ON THIS IMPORTANT EVENING, THEN PLEASE WRITE TO ME WITH YOUR VIEW IN ADVANCE.

‘CASH IN THE ATTIC’ Rosanne Cole

The Story so far .. .. ..

Five Lots have gone under the hammer at Stroud Auctions and a further two Lots at Moore Allen and Innocent. These auctions together with donations and other sales have to date raised £647.00. Our thanks go to Nick Bowkett from Stroud Auctions and Philip Allwood from Moore Allen and Innocent for waiving their Vendors Commission and to all our Benefactors.

We are making good progress, albeit it slowly, but we are a long way off reaching our target. We still have however a further sixteen Lots awaiting the appropriate auctions. Four engravings have been sent to Thomson Roddick Auctioneers in Edinburgh for their consideration. I am holding my breath!

Donations of items in the main have been given by Rotarians with friends also donating to

the cause. Please approach your friends – they too may be willing to part with items

their children do not wish to inherit.

As you know any item deemed unsuitable for auction will be given to charity. We have already donated items to Break, the charity for young carers. We have now included The Pied Piper Appeal as Break are not ‘taking in’ at the present time. (Items totally unsuitable will be donated to the Civic Amenity Tip!) Lots are made up at Nick’s discretion. This means that one silver teaspoon can join other suitable items - no donation is too small.

Items that are of particular interest are stamps, coins, medals, pens, watches, jewellery, silver, toys and Aunt Aggie’s costume jewellery (oh yes!). The old miner’s lamp lurking in the

garage could provide several School Bags. There is also a market for vintage oil cans. I am holding a small stamp collection which is awaiting further stamp donations to make up a Lot. Do please see if you can spare your childhood collection.

We are holding Drive Up and Drop off collection days at 4 Thorncliffe Drive. Coffee, tea and cake will be available on Drop Off days. All under strict social distancing of course – sadly there is no admittance to our house as Ross has been advised by his Consultant that he must continue Shielding.

Drop Off Days: Tuesday 11th August, 2020

Wednesday 12th August, 2020

Time: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Ross and I are looking forward to seeing you.

By Alex Youlten, ShelterBox staff In 2000, the idea for ShelterBox was conceived by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The club was an established group of around 40 people, who had been involved in a variety of charitable activities, both at home and abroad. The idea was sparked by watching the news and wanting to do more after seeing that people seemed to be left with nothing after a disaster. The club loved the idea of helping in a practical way to make a tangible difference. ShelterBox was launched by the club that same year. The initial hope was to help 8 to 10 families a year with a box containing a family-sized tent, sleeping bags, water purifying tablets, trenching tool and pots and pans. In the first year, this group of passionate volunteers took the idea and developed it into something more. They investigated the emergency items people needed and worked to understand transport and logistics. They spoke to manufacturers and found a sturdy box. They visited the Rotary International Convention to drum up support and float the idea more widely. In the first year, Rotary clubs alone donated £88,000. The faith shown by the Rotary community led to the first-ever response supporting families affected by the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat, India. ShelterBox became a registered charity in 2003, with the trustees and board members all belonging to the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard. In the past two decades, ShelterBox has grown to become a global humanitarian organisation providing emergency shelter, essential items, and support to over 1.5 million people. Operations are managed by experts trained in disaster response, and the Board brings together renowned leaders from the humanitarian and disaster response sectors to provide key strategic guidance. ShelterBox also has fundraising teams in 15 countries – all founded by Rotary members. In 2012, with Rotary members around the world rallying behind a shared vision, the partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary was formally recognised when ShelterBox became Rotary’s official project partner in disaster relief. Rotary remains at the heart of ShelterBox. Clubs and members around the world support our efforts by raising vital funds and awareness at home, and local Rotary contacts also provide essential assistance in countries affected by disasters. ShelterBox was built on a firm understanding of the value of collaboration. Today, ShelterBox continues to go further and reach more people by working with a range of influential partners including the International Federation of Red Cross and the International Organisation for Migration.

Celebrating 20 years of ShelterBox

In 2020, the need for emergency shelter is more urgent than ever, with 88 million people living without shelter after disaster. We remain as determined as our founding Rotary members to do more. Open Garden Terry Anderson

Last Sunday Carole and I went with Tony and Sur Hughes to a wonderful garden near

Sheepscombe called Trench Hill.

One is able to visit this garden and others, under the National Garden Scheme but it is

important to arrange your slot by contacting the owners before setting off.

These two photos gives an idea of the garden's beauty. It was full of interesting features

and a tremendous variety of plants set on a hill side overlooking Sheepscombe with

magnificent views along the Slad Valley toward Painswick in the distance.

The owners, Celia and Dave, said that they each spent at least 70 hours a week just to

keep the 3 acres in shape. If you are interested in gardens, it is well worth a visit.

From President Richard

I am writing this on day 128 since the official start of lockdown!! Where has the time gone and have we used this purposefully?

I asked for feedback into activities that have been newly undertaken and hobbies that have been revisited. Here are a few random responses for which I am very grateful.

· Lots of cupboard sorting

· Decorating which has been delayed for some time – in and outside the home

· Biography writing– best sellers to look out for!?

· Bread Making

· Embroidery

· Stamp collecting – re cataloguing

· Stewarding at the Golf Club at the re-opening of the course

· More exercise - especially walking

· New on-line viewing – live theatre and more U tube

· Restoring furniture

· Starting up zooming for face to face activities – e.g. Bridge and Book Groups

· Planning short term breaks in the UK

AND AS ROTARIANS:-

· Offering and giving assistance to fellow Rotarians and neighbours

· Contributing to Food Banks

· Collecting and delivering goods and services

· Supply PPE to those outside the NHS network

· Making masks and washing bags for PPE in the NHS

I AM SURE THAT THERE MANY MORE GOODS EXAMPLES.

THE GREAT NEWS – TO ME – IS THAT MOST OF US HAVE AVOIDED THE AWFUL PANDEMIC, ALTHOUGH WE ARE MORE THAN AWARE OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LESS FORTUNATE THAN WE ARE.

Zoom Meetings Operational Guide

Following the changes made by Zoom (mainly for security purposes) this guide has been updated.

· Firstly to assist the Host etc. if you are not attending the meeting please apologise in the normal manner to Rotary apologies.

· To gain the maximum benefit it is recommended that you use a PC (Ideally no more than five years old) followed by a laptop, iPad and then a Smartphone.

· In view of some Broadband limitations it is also suggested that within the household there should be no other members using their appliances and using the Broadband facility. In addition all other activities on your equipment should be closed down. These suggestions should help you to maximise your Zoom experience.

PC’s and Laptops

To keep the operation simple, prior to the meeting you should download the Zoom app. (See https://zoom.us/support/download ) and open an account. (There is no charge for this facility) You will not need to download again as the app. will remain on your equipment for future meeting’s.

I Pad’s

To keep the operation simple, prior to the meeting you should download the Zoom app. On your iPad open Appstore, a blue icon with a circled A in the middle. Enter Zoom in the search window and then select ‘Zoom Cloud Meetings, and click Open. It will then download to the iPad. (There is no charge for this facility). This is a one off exercise, and as a result the blue icon will remain on your iPad, with a picture of a camera in the centre and be available for future meeting’s.

PC’S, Laptops and I Pad’s

1) Prior to the meeting you will receive an e-mail from the Host confirming the time of the meeting and the time to join the meeting. DO NOT JOIN THE MEETING BEFORE THIS TIME. For normal Club meetings you should join the meeting between 6: 15 and 6:25. If you attempt to join after 6:30 it could be difficult for the host to admit you. This invitation will also include a password and a meeting ID.

2) At the designated time you should click on the Zoom app on your equipment. You will be requested to input the meeting ID number, click on Join.

Please remember that when you join this must be with Video and Audio.

3) You will then be asked to enter the meeting password as provided by the host, then click Join.

4) You will then pass to a “Waiting Room” (This is for security purposes) and the host will then admit you. You may need to click on the larger screen icon and you have joined the meeting

5) There is a facility to mute (cannot be heard) and unmute (when you need to speak)

If you wish to speak, hold up your hand so that it can be seen by the Chairman (probably the Host). When you are invited to speak you should UNMUTE and the Chairman will MUTE. When you have finished speaking please MUTE.

Smartphone

If you are a Smartphone user the software is the same as an iPad. If you are having login difficulty please let us know and we will try to assist.

General

There are number of additional facilities, for example as follows:

Gallery. An icon usually at the top of your screen and enables you to see all participants.

Chat. A facility to enable you to type in a question or comment to either all or a specific participant during the meeting.

At the end of the meeting just click on “Leave” to exit the meeting.

If you have been unable to join the meeting for any reason please leave making contact until the next morning and we will try to assist for future meetings.

Face to face meetings

Many members have been meeting up in people’s garden for tea in groups of up to 6 and also arranging lunch parties. For those of us who have been /continue to be shielded extra care must be taken. There will almost certainly be a spike and the very vulnerable should be protected. As we venture out please remember and keep social distancing and although we would usually love a hug, please refrain until we are all safe.

Next Meetings

Thursday 6 August 6.30pm on zoom - Guest Speaker Deborah Lee, CEO GHNHSFT

Thursday 20 August 6.30pm on zoom – Club Assembly

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