Club Bulletin for June 2020

The Club Bulletin for June 2020

                                               Rotary Club of Cheltenham North

                                                          June 2021 Bulletin

The sun has finally come out which lifts all our spirits and despite the Indian variant, we can look forward to the end of lockdown in the next few weeks. But we must still be very cautious – the covid virus has not gone away and we must learn to treat it with respect. Hopefully our members have all been double jabbed by now which will make it safer when we can start meeting in person.

Phased re-opening of Cheltenham A&E from 9 June

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be re-opening Cheltenham General Hospital’s A&E department on Wednesday 9 June as part of a phased return. The department will re-open on Wednesday 9 June as a consultant-led service, seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, but will remain closed overnight. The overnight nurse-led service will re-open on Wednesday 30 June. This means that from 1 July 2021, Cheltenham A&E will be returned to its pre-pandemic state, in line with commitments agreed with the local Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Last article as President Richard Purdon

One of my final duties as the Club’s President this year, was to attend the Annual Business meeting of RIBI. Naturally this was held on Zoom, on 21st May. And this meant that all votes had to be requested after the meeting.

The Treasurer gave an update on the finances. The Governing Council had previously rejected an increase to the annual sub. So we assume that this will remain at £67 for the 21/22 year.

Of this sum, £27.95 is due to RI to contribute to the worldwide support. And £6.01 is repaid to the District to help run their operations. Most importantly, Insurance to cover members whilst doing Rotary work is budgeted at £9.53 per member. So over £43 is accounted for straight away. The balance is then spent to run the Administrative Centre and to promote Rotary in our Islands.

Membership is forecast to fall to 37,000 by the time we arrive at 1/7/22. Reserves of £225,000 will be used to balance the books.

Changes to the Organisation

As previously mentioned, there will not be a President of Rotary in Britain and Ireland, again. Nikki Scott takes over as the Regional Director from 1st July. And there will be a Chairman of the Association.

There will be more radical change in the make- up of the Governing Council from 1/7/22. The name will probably be changed to that of a Board. And the Board membership will be reduced significantly down from around 30 to 13. I would judge there will be a more

significant regional structure to assist above the Districts. But at this time there will be no change to the running of the individual Districts.

I find these changes cosmetic. We need to have a greater desire from our Leadership in Alcester to be more outward facing, and to really promote the fabulous work that Rotary actually achieves.

Items of general Interest

The online Expo – for volunteers – run in early May attached a reasonable audience. It was well received by the groups who participated. And Rotary was applauded for this initiative.

The online District Conference was viewed by many other Districts apart from D1100.Again the event was deemed to be successful, and it is planned to be repeated as an online event in 2022.

The request for £8000 to help in Pune, India, with money for vital oxygen equipment has been met.

Charity Salaries Gill Rouse

If you are a Daily Telegraph reader you must have been as angry as I was to learn of the huge salaries being paid to the CEOs of some of the larger charities. The rich list includes 35 charities where the highest earner is on more than £300K. These include Cancer Research, Barnados, NSPCC, Comic Relief and Refuge. How can this be justified? How can you appeal to the public for funds when you are sitting on millions. Make no doubt the small charities are watched over by their Trustees whose job it is to see that money is wisely spent and that governance is truly transparent. This should surely also apply to the larger charities. Being a charity is a privilege and all information should be available to the public.

Earth’s Population – Interesting Comparisons David Rees

The current population of Earth is around 7.8 billion. For most people, it is a large figure, that is all. However, someone has condensed the 7.8 billion in the world into 100 persons, and then into various percentage statistics. The resulting analysis is relatively much easier to comprehend. Out of 100 people: 11 are in Europe 5 are in North America 9 are in South America 15 are in Africa 60 are in Asia 49 live in the countryside 51 live in cities 12 speak Chinese

5 speak Spanish 5 speak English 3 speak Arabic 3 speak Hindi 3 speak Bengali 3 speak Portuguese 2 speak Russian 2 speak Japanese 62 speak their own language. 77 have their own houses 23 have no place to live. 21 are over-nourished 63 can eat full meals. 15 are under-nourished 1 ate the last meal, but did not make it to the next meal. The daily cost of living for 48 is less than US$2. 87 have clean drinking water 13 either lack clean drinking water or have access to a water source that is polluted. 75 have mobile phones 25 do not. 30 have internet access 70 do not have conditions to go online. 7 received university education 93 did not attend college. 83 can read 17 are illiterate. 33 are Christians 22 are Muslims 14 are Hindus 7 are Buddhists 12 are other religions 12 have no religious beliefs. 26 live less than 14 years 66 died between 15 - 64 years of age 8 are over 65 years old. If you have your own home, Eat full meals & drink clean water, Have a mobile phone, Can surf the internet, and have gone to college,

You are in the miniscule privileged lot. (in the less than 7% category). Amongst 100 persons in the world, only 8 can live or exceed the age of 65. You are over 65 years old. Cherish life, grasp the moment. You did not leave this world before the age of 64 years like the 92 persons who have gone before you. Cherish every remaining moment!

Ladies (or men) please contact Sue Jenkins if you can help with sewing some of the small rotary banners creating bunting for our events.

Future Events

Thursday June 3rd 2021 at 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Club AGM and Assembly via Zoom

The Club AGM and Assembly via Zoom attended by a District Representative. Sign in details have been advised Host Richard Purdon

Thursday June 10th 2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Club Council Meeting via Zoom

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

Thursday June 17th 2021 at 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Club Meeting with Guest Speaker via Zoom

A Club Meeting via Zoom with Guest Speaker Rosaleen Kaye from the Charity "Open Door" Sign in details TBA Host Richard Purdon.

Thursday July 1st 2021 at 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Club Meeting via Zoom

A Club Meeting including the Handover to the New President for 2021/2022 Geoff Fox Details of arrangements TBA Host Richard Purdon

Thursday 29th July - Partners Evening

This meeting will be at Brickhampton Golf Club and there will be a talk on ‘Safari experience in Africa’.

August 7th & 8th – Beer Festival (including gin, cider, prosecco and cricket)

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