Our international fellowship has been stretched physically by the pandemic. We have missed meeting our friends face to face around a table.
But we can all still meet round a table, albeit virtual, as we proved on Tuesday November 23, 2021 when we met all our friends in the “Double Triangular” group of Rotary Clubs, all at the initiative of Philippe Tricetti from the Rotary Club of Beausoleil, together with other members of his club; members from Basildon, Alba, Ovada, and Karlshamn. We were represented by Peter Greene, Malcolm Acors and Brian Wellman.
Twenty-one of us in all, conducted over Zoom. (So what’s new?) It was clear how much we all appreciated the opportunity to “meet” with members from our sister clubs after such a long break. Short agenda and a time limit of one hour. First was a welcome from Philippe and an introduction of the other members from Beausoleil. Then each club took it in turn to update the others on what news they had of their activities since we all last met.
Common threads were our use of Zoom to so successfully keep all our clubs managing through the pandemic and most importantly, still doing good work for our communities. Most were now meeting face-to-face but many of our continental friends were wary that a lockdown or other restrictions could end this and force a return to Zoom in the future.
The final session was a presentation by the Rotary Club of Karlshamn. The last double triangular reunion was planned to be in 2020 in Karlshamn, but this was (rightly) postponed until 2021 and even this date was not viable because of Covid and has now been rescheduled to September 8-11, 2022. Karlshamn have formed a project team to plan the visit comprising Lars, Camille, Sabine, Bengt, Steen and Pia, a strengthening of the 2020 team by two additional people. Members are hard at work producing a plan for the visit, and a formal invitation will be issued to all clubs in January.
As a result of the pandemic, everybody is “stir crazy” and looking to make visits and stay in hotels, so we need to be quick to identify how many visitors can be expected so that necessary bookings can be made. All clubs were asked to identify potential numbers as soon as possible.
The meeting ended with best wishes between all present. Our grateful thanks to Philippe for arranging this Zoom meeting.
more We have received an invitation from the Rotary Club of Karlshamn for the Double Triangular visit to take place September 8-11, 2022.
more President Peter and Member Patrick Rothon completed a ZOOM presentation on the Rotary Club of Billericay Soapbox Derby to Belmont Rotary Club near Melbourne, Australia.
more Our twinned clubs in Sweden, Italy and France are locked down like the UK, but are still busy supporting their members and their local community. Here France reports on life under lockdown in France.
more Our twinned clubs in Sweden, Italy and France are locked down like the UK, but are still busy supporting their members and their local community. Here Italy reports on life under lockdown in Italy.
more Our twinned clubs in Sweden, Italy and France are locked down like the UK, but are still busy supporting their members and their local community. Here Sweden reports on life under lockdown in Sweden.
more Highspot of the Rotary Year, the annual twinning visit to one of our linked clubs in Mainland Europe is delayed but international web meetings planned.
more Rotary principles in action- International Fellowship and co-operation on charitable projects with the Rotary Club of Basildon and four Rotary Clubs in Europe - Beausoleil (France), Alba (Italy), Ovada (Italy), and Karlshamn (Sweden).
more It’s time again for the forthcoming double triangular reunion of Rotarians, so called because it brings together Members from six different Rotary Clubs in four countries.
more Rotary principles at work - International Fellowship with the Rotary Club of Basildon and four Rotary Clubs in Europe - Beausoleil (France), Alba (Italy), Ovada (Italy), and Karlshamn (Sweden).
more Double Triangular Reunion of British, French, Italian and Swedish Rotary clubs
more Our annual international Rotary reunion of six clubs from the UK, Italy, France and Sweden took place in Alba, Northern Italy in September 2016
more As part of the international fellowship with other Rotary Clubs, we send our newsletter to all our "twinned" clubs. In return, they send their latest news bulletins to us.
more International Rotary Fellowship at a "Double Triangular" Rotary Meeting - six clubs (Basildon, Billericay - UK; Alba, Ovada - Italy; Beausoleil - France) met in Sweden hosted by Karlshamn Rotary Club
more It's 2015 and time for our Fellowship trip to Karlshamn, Sweden.
more A major feature of the twinning visits between our clubs is the hosting of visiting club members and their wives by individual Beausoleil Club members at their homes.
more Following our hosting of the twinning visit in 2013, Billericay Rotary Club enjoyed a wonderful programme in France this year, hosted by the Rotary Club of Beausoleil, along with Basildon, Alba and Ovada (Italy), Karlshamn (Sweden), from September 18-21.
more Everybody enjoyed a wonderful programme of social and historical events when Billericay Rotary Club hosted a reciprocal visit from its twinning clubs in Europe - Beausoleil (France), Alba (Italy), and Karlshamn (Sweden), from September 12-15.
more 2012 sees the turn of the Rotary club of Alba to host its twinned clubs of Billericay, Basildon and Beausoleil (France) for a programm of events and fellowship.
more A great day visiting the Houses of Parliament with fellow Rotarians from Italy, Sweden and France, organised by Basildon Rotary Club.
back We have had international links with other Rotary Clubs in Europe since the mid 1960s. Starting with Beausoleil in 1965 these links have grown to encompass Italy (Alba), Sweden (Karlshamn) and Italy (Ovada Del Centenario) in more recent years.