Club Bulletin for April 2021

The Club Bulletin for April 2021

                             Rotary Club of Cheltenham North April 2021 Bulletin

President Richard

I will start this report with the items on Zoom first.

We have the first virtual District Conference on line from Monday 26th April.

I know there will be 3 separate 1 hr sessions, and a Rotary showcase to see.

For those who have never experienced a District Conference, these historically have often been over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, usually by the seaside. It has been an opportunity to make contact with other Rotarians, and to relax in very pleasant surroundings. The DG and his/her team provide over 20 speakers over the weekend, and update the membership on some of the global activities in which Rotary participate. There are also 2 good evenings with a special dinners and cabaret events.

It is 1 of the mandatory rules of RI that each District must put on an annual conference in some shape or form!! So last year’s, sadly, had to be cancelled in March with the threat of the pandemic.

Whether the format will ever return to the old format must now be up for a wider debate.

The virtual conference for 2021 will be available to watch for 12 months. We have decided to ask our members to watch the first hour when it goes live from April 26th. We will show highlights of the rest on our meeting of May 20th.

In the same week is the District Forum on Thursday 29th. We have our Partner’s evening at this time, with an important speaker on fraud prevention. I will report back on the key issues raised after the forum.

And I will also remind you that RIBI has the first Volunteer Expo from the NEC over May 8th/9th. Tickets for this – again held virtually – have to be applied for in advance.

To give further background this new event has replaced the National RIBI Conference, which was replaced after the 18/19 year. The aim is to show Rotary as a prime co-ordinator of bringing the volunteering sector to wider public attention.

Next, let me add a little to Club activities ahead.

Groups of 6 meeting for morning coffee or an afternoon cup of tea.

We know that if there is a desire people can meet up in gardens or in the outside public space now. It is very clear to me that more than 50% of the club members feel it is a

little early to do this. Some would prefer to have had the second covid jab, and the extra 3 weeks cover. Some feel that as they need to spend time with younger members of their immediate family, who may not have had their first jab yet, that it would be unwise to take the risk of meeting up to0 soon.

Against this view, there are some who would like to socialise safely in a controlled way as soon as possible.

Therefore, a list of these names will be circulated to those who are happy to meet outside now.

This list will show who is happy to host. And on an informal basis, the hosts will invite others to their gardens on a selective basis.

I recommend we review this again, once we arrive at 17th May when further catering relaxations are planned to come into play.


John Phillip and the Beer and Cider Team are planning to put on our annual event over the weekend of August 7th/8th.

The cricket club are very happy to share this with us, and they have a suitable game for the Saturday. As this is outside in the fresh air, this seems a reasonable target to have.

Face to face Club meetings

Just to confirm that we will use Zoom for the fest of the 20/21 year, for our fortnightly club meetings. We will assess the controls the New Club have put in place to re-open. From 17th May. There would be a cap on our number in the dining room at 30 under the proposed Government rules.

Tree Project Update Sue Jenkins

At the start of the Centenary Tree Project, we did not realise that we were going into the start of the pandemic. Initially the idea had been to obtain sponsorship from companies throughout the town in exchange for publicity. Of course I knew that this project would not be easy, and the Coronavirus meant that the 4 Cheltenham clubs had to cancel all fund raising events.

Prior to lockdown, we had £7500 pledged by companies and individuals and still had almost 12 months to raise the total of £30,000 required. Some of those companies have been successful in the lockdown e.g. Co-Op stores, DPD Couriers etc. but many others were unable to support us due to their uncertain financial situation.

However, the clubs were keen to support the project and the generosity of members, their contacts and members of the public have enabled us to reach our target of sponsoring 100 trees.

Tree planting started last autumn with the first 2 trees on the Promenade and next to the Montpellier roundabout. Throughout the tree planting season, trees have been planted all around the town and 99 trees will have been planted by the end of March. Planting would

have finished last week but unfortunately we have been victims of Brexit, with 4 trees from Holland being held up by customs.

However, we have been fortunate that the planting has been able to keep going throughout the pandemic and it has been a good distraction for all involved. The 100th tree will be planted in the autumn when our mother club celebrates its centenary.

In the meantime, we are considering having an informal garden party in the summer for members, sponsors and other people who have helped us over the year by way of a thank you.

This project has never been exclusively about trees. From the start it has been a way of getting outside talking to people about what Rotary does, and will hopefully attract new members in the future.

The Cotswold Physiotherapy Tree Gwynne Tucker Brown

I decided that a tree would be a great idea to remember how our clinic started and to remember all the people involved. The clinic in its present site, Bath Road, started in 1994 in the building which was on the site of the Old Irving Hotel. Our treatment rooms, 5 in total, were on the site of the old Ballroom! There were 6 founder partners of which I was one, 3 other partner contributors to the tree are June Kent, Robina Heaton and Anne Hackett, the latter who is now the owner of the practice. A long term associate, Sally Moir also joined us in funding the tree.

Our practice evolved over the next 25 years to become what it is today, a very modern go-ahead concern. It is staffed by multi-talented practitioners who can deal with most of today’s problems including elite sports injuries. The start was very different, 6 physiotherapists with no business management skills, we soon learnt! The tree is to remind us of our beginnings and the happy sometimes worrying times we spent together and the patients we helped. We will be able to visit the site and remember those times.

Other trees planted this month

Michael & Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth and I thought it would be a great idea to donate a tree for a number of reasons, it helps Rotary and it is a nice way to give something back to the community to enhance the look of Cheltenham. Moreover it supports a lower carbon environment which rightly so is becoming more important to all of us.

On a more humorous note we like the location of our tree which is situated opposite the entrance to Cheltenham Crematorium! and is on route from our current home to both our daughters, so now we have the hope that when we are actually in the Crematorium the girls will be reminded to visit when passing the tree “Result”

Anne & Peter Wilson

Amazon Smile

RCCN is now registered with Amazon Smile – an online shopping site that makes a donation to a chosen charity with each purchase. All you need do is log on the Amazon Smile and click on Choose your Charity. Once you have selected The Rotary Club of Cheltenham North Trust Fund that charity will benefit each time you make a purchase from them. It does not affect your usual Amazon Account. It will not make large sums of money for our club but basically it will not cost us anything so any donation is a bargain.

Gift Aid

As you are all aware RCCN can claim back an extra 25% on all donations made providing the donor is a UK tax payer. Linda, our new treasurer, would like to get the system up to date and we know that some of the forms have been mislaid or never completed. In order to ensure that everyone who is eligible is registered with us could we ask that everyone of you completes the attached Gift Aid Declaration form whether or not you think you have completed one before and return it to Linda –

Future Events

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 advised Host Richard Purdon

Thu 8th April 2021 at 18.00 - 19.00 Club Council Meeting via Zoom – please note new time

Thu 15th April 2021 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting with Speaker via Zoom

A Club Meeting with Speaker via Zoom A talk on Maps and Mapmakers given by Cheltenham North Member Tony Pawley Sign in Details to follow Host Richard Purdon

Mon 26th April 2021 at 09.00 - 18.00 District Conference

The District 1100 Conference will be a Virtual Meeting due the Coronavirus situation

Thu 29th April 2021 at 09.30 - 12.30 District Forum via Zoom

A District Forum will be held via Zoom Details including timings will be advised at a later date together with sign in details.

Thu 29th April 2021 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting plus Speaker via Zoom

A Club meeting via Zoom with Guest Speaker Ashley Jones Ashley is Regional Fraud Protect Advisor Avon and Somerset Police South West Regional Organised Crime Unit Host Richard Purdon. Sign in details TBA

Thu 6th May 2021 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting plus Speaker via Zoom

Club Meeting via Zoom with Guest Speaker Rotarian Steve Cartwright National Ambassador and Trustee at Kids Out Sign in Details TBA Host Richard Purdon

Fri 7th May 2021 at 09.00 - Sat 8th May 2021 - 17.00 Rotary Expo

The format for this event has changed - further details from Richard

Thu 13th May 2021 at 18.00 - 19.00 Club Council Meeting via - Zoom

A Club Council Meeting to be held via Zoom. Sign in Details TBA Host Richard Purdon

Thu 20th May 2021 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club Meeting via Zoom

A Club Meeting via Zoom Details TBA but this could incl. excerpts from the District Conference that took place on 26th April as a Virtual meeting Host Richard Purdon

Thu 3rd June 2021 at 18.15 - 19.30 Club AGM and Assembly via Zoom

The Club AGM and Assembly via Zoom attended by District Representative Colin Gatenby. Sign in details to be advised Host Richard Purdon

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