On the 30th November we held an interclub Darts Evening at The Hare & Hounds, Keresley. After an enjoyable meal of fish and chips the matches commenced and Meriden became the event winner. It was an enjoyable evening and raised £280 for Parkinson’s Society. Thanks to all who attended and organised it.
Unfortunately, the Santa Fun Run had to be run “virtually” and is reported on separately.
The Santa Sleigh collections began on Friday 3rd December when Santa switched on the Christmas lights in Hampton in Arden. The Sleigh was out almost every night and weekend leading up to Christmas despite Santa’s Tyre problem. Thanks are due to all members, friends and the Sea Cadets from T S Stirling for making this possible. We raised over £3000 for Parkinson’s Society and other Rotary charities.
The last event of 2021 was the club Christmas party. The new Covid Variant, Omicron was announced the weekend before and understandably, some members and guests were wary about mixing indoors, not wanting to risk spoiling another family Christmas. The Manor Hotel needs to be thanked for accepting a substantial number of last minute cancellations and still providing an excellent socially distanced event.
Sadly, we had to cancel the Burns Night celebration due to the potential risks from rapidly rising Covid numbers.
We have listened to some interesting speakers including an insight into the immigration process from someone who has been through it and the brilliant team from Heart of England School who will be entering the Rotary “Youth Speaks” Competition. We have continued with the weekly food collections for the Salvation Army and the Christmas Eve collection for Coventry charity “Open for Christmas”.
If you would like to listen to any of the forthcoming speakers on Zoom or at The Manor Hotel, you can find details of the programme on the club website www.meridenrotary.org.uk.
It is with sadness in January that we heard of the death of Honorary Member Alan Lole who was well known in Meriden and raised over £75,000 for Marie Curie and Macmillan as well as organising the Midsummer Draw and the Meriden Tree of Thought at Christmas.
I must thank members for supporting my first six months and I look forward to working with you for the next six months.
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