Club Bulletin for February 2021

The Club Bulletin for February 2021

                                                Rotary Club of Cheltenham North

                                                         February 2021 Bulletin

Lockdown #3

Many people are finding Lockdown number 3 harder to cope with than previous times. Not being able to see friends and family is very difficult. But, hopefully, there is light at the end of the tunnel. As more of us get vaccinated we can look forward to happier times but it may take many months until we have a semblance of normality. Please remember we are all here to support each other if anyone needs any help.

Lockdown Blues Origin Unknown

I won’t arise and go now, and go to Innisfree I’ll sanitise the doorknob and make a cup of tea. I won’t go down to the sea again, I won’t go out at all, I’ll wander lonely as a cloud from the kitchen to the hall. There’s a green-eyed yellow monster to the north of Katmandu But I shan’t be seeing him just yet and nor, I think will you. While the dawn comes up like thunder on the road to Mandalay I’ll make my bit of supper and eat it off a tray. I shall not speed my bonnie boat across the sea to Skye Or take the rolling English road from Birmingham to Rye. About the woodland, just right now, I am not free to go To see the Keep Out posters or the cherry hung with snow. And no, I won’t be travelling much, within the realms of gold, Or get me to Milford Haven, all that’s been put on hold. “Give me your hands”!, I shan’t request, albeit we are friends

Nor come within a mile of you, until this pandemic ends.

From the President Richard Purdon

February Update from our District

Sunrise Club

I have a good update for you from the early discussions on Rotary in Cheltenham.

Sunrise have agreed to continue as a club, but as an on line operation, even at the end of the pandemic. They will have 2 meetings a month. The first will be a standard club meeting. The second will be open to those who are interested volunteers and representatives of other like- minded organisations in the town.

They will change their name to Rotary@CheltenhamCloud, and will also run the Rotary Community Network. The aim of making these subtle changes is to attract a younger group

of local professionals to become engaged into the Network, and then hope they will consider joining the Cloud Club. Perhaps, a few may wish to join 1 of the other face to face clubs.

As I write the steering team are working on the first meeting of the network being held on Tuesday 23rd March. As soon as further knowledge is gained, Kevin and I will report back.

This new style development will attract a District Matching Grant to help with the launch and marketing costs. The 3 face to face clubs will be asked to make a contribution, when the full costs are known. This will have to come from our Club Account .Council will review this at the February meeting.

1) Area 5 meeting on Tuesday 27th January

Janet, Kevin and I attended on behalf of Cheltenham North.

From the Action Points, I thought the following were worth passing on:-

· RI Director Elect Nikki Scott, who spoke to us in July last year, will be taking about changes within Rotary in Britain – under the banner of “A glimpse of the Future”. This is on February 18th and clashes with our speaker from School in the Bag. But, 1 of us will attend to learn about this from a club viewpoint.

· World Environment Day is set on June 5th 2021.

· The District Conference has been postponed from March, but will be virtual in May. Further details are awaited.

· District is trying to assemble a library of good speakers for the clubs to tap into.

· We are reminded that the Foundation donation target for 20/21 is $5100 for RCCN.

· There are vacancies at District Level for a Kid’s Out Ambassador and a Youth Leader.

Community Connexions Richard Purdon

Further to my update, in advance of the recent club meeting on 21/1/21, I attach an initial photo of the vehicle Community Connexions, have acquired with our help. Clearly, the sign writing is yet to be completed. We will have a mini launch then.

I have updated to the website page to show we have nearly finished the task. But, for absolute clarity, I think it is important to confirm the finance with you all.

We handed over a cheque for £9000, on the 22nd January. Community Connections had previously received a grant from the Summerfield Trust of £2000. We need to submit a further £2000 to honour our commitment towards the revised need of £13,000.

You will be interested on where the £9000 has come from to date. £750 was received from the District Grant pot for 20/21 from Foundation giving in the recent past. This is the 4th such grant we have received in the past decade. We were fortunate to attract this as the amount available has greatly diminished, due to contributions dropping since 2015/16. There is a call from District for all clubs/members to look at plans to try and address this.

£485 came from the Just Giving page. I think this is the first time the Club has tried this method of fund raising, but it was a good learning curve. We all have to be aware of how to

“forward post” these types of links to potential donors. Some money came from Community Connexion Drivers themselves.

£1000 came from the ring fenced money carried over from 19/20. And £480 came from the enjoyable on line gin tasting evening in December. So over £6,250 came from generous contributions for many in the club – both past and current.

And I can re-assure you all that the full amount of the Wine Festival Reserve is still there. The sum accrued for the 4th round of the bags for the school is there. And money held for other charities/causes has not been touched either.

With the pledges given, and standing orders continuing from some quarters, we will have over £1000 towards the need by the end of January.

So members who placed conditions on their donations towards the vehicle will be asked to release them!! And I ask again for those who are considering making another donation to do so soon.

I wish to build up the reserve carried forward to next year, back to the agreed level of £2500 set in 2010/11. This allows free funds to be given to smaller requests and allows some cash to be available to set up the next round of our fund raising endeavours. At the moment we have a little over £900 towards this goal.

So a brilliant job done in a very challenging time. This has been achieved on top of a major contribution to Tree plantings in our Town. And, it has also run alongside our International work.

I am extremely grateful!!

Rotary Trees Janet Keenan

On Friday, 22nd January, as part of the Centenary trees project, we planted four trees in memory of Peter. This was the day before his birthday, which we wanted to celebrate. We had planned it to be the start of a family weekend, but the lockdown did not permit that. However my son Philip and I were able to be there and RCCN’s indefatigable photographer, Michael, took plenty of photos which we sent to my daughter and her family in Cornwall.

The trees were planted around the Hesters Way Library. The library had one small tree near it and is opposite the concrete labour exchange beyond which is a bleak shopping area with no trees at all. The trees we planted were an oak (which Sue Jenkins, who was present throughout despite the cold, thought was about thirty years old), a plane tree, a tulip tree and a whitebeam. They were all sturdy well grown trees and I think they have already transformed the immediate area.

We chose to plant the trees for several reasons. Peter was a keen gardener and planted lots of trees himself in our garden and particularly around the car park. He cared very strongly about the environment and the prevention of global warming and this was one of his motives for his support for solar energy. He also felt strongly about trying to make things better for those less fortunate than himself. We thought that planting trees where there were

very few in a deprived area would make a fitting memorial for him. I look forward to watching them grow and the Cornwall family plan to visit them as soon as they are able.

New Member

RCCN welcomes new member David Hearle to the club. We look forward to getting to know him better.

Population Matters

We had a very good presentation by Robin Maynard from Population Matters on 21 January reminding us that limiting one’s family to two children is the most important way to help climate control. This organisation has some very famous people on board including Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Sir Jonathon Porritt (President), Prof John Guillebaud and Gordon Buchanan to name but a few. We are privileged that both Jonathon Porritt and John Guillebaud have addressed RCCN in the past.

Future Events

Thu 4th February 2021 at 18.15 - 20.15 Club Meeting with Guest Speaker via Zoom

A Club Meeting via Zoom with Guest Speaker Steve Jordan Leader of Cheltenham Borough Council

Sign in details TBA Host Richard Purdon

Thu 11th February 2021 at 17.00 - 18.30 Club Council Meeting via Zoom

A Club Council Meeting will be held via Zoom Sign on details to follow Host Richard Purdon

Thu 18th February 2021 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting with Guest Speaker via Zoom

A Club Meeting to be held via Zoom with Guest Speaker Luke Simon from School in a Bag Sign in details to follow Host Richard Purdon

Thu 4th March 2021 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting with Guest Speaker via Zoom

A Club Meeting to be held via Zoom with Guest Speaker Laurie Bell

CEO The Cheltenham Trust Sign in details to be advised. Host Richard Purdon

Thu 18th March 2021 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting with Guest Speaker via Zoom

A Club Meeting to be held via Zoom with Guest Speaker Tom Howells who will give a talk on International Ecology Projects Sign on details will be advised later Host Richard Purdon

Sat 20th March 2021 at 09.00 - Mon 22nd March 2021 - 17.00 District Conference

The District 1100 Conference will not be held in Torquay due to the Coronavirus situation. The Conference will be virtual and is delayed until May. An update to follow

Thu 1st April 2021 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting plus Speaker via Zoom

A Club Meeting via Zoom with guest Speaker Chris Firth District Governor. Sign in details to be advised Host Richard Purdon

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