WEEKLY MEETINGS - NEW ARRANGEMENTS
Gryffe Valley Rotary Club continues to meet weekly on-line using ZOOM. Once a fortnight we have a speaker and in between we have an informal Chat meeting.
Potential new members are invited to join these meetings – please contact a member or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an invitation.
The speaker meetings have been successful with both club members speaking and the opportunity to bring in outside speakers from near or far. Attendances average almost 30. The meetings start at 7.00 pm with the speaker commencing at 7.30.
The “Chats” are very enjoyable. Having exhausted discussions on the joys of on-line shopping for groceries etc and gardening we now have a “theme” to stimulate the chat.
The Club committees are meeting by ZOOM and their recommendations are considered at the fortnightly speaker meetings.
GRYFFE VALLEY 10K RUN
Whilst the 2020 10K Run had to be cancelled, challenges continue:
• Rotary needs to continue to raise funds to support charitable causes and support of Alzheimer Scotland is even more important because many of the normal sources of the charity’s funding have dried up.
• The challenge of the Gryffe Valley’s hilly 10K course continues but many runners are following this route for their daily exercise.
• If you run the 10K route regularly (keeping to government regulations) why not make a donation to Alzheimer Scotland?
Congratulations to Mel Cushing and her friends (about 30 in all) who ran (or walked) the 10K course individually last weekend and donated a total of £555 to Alzheimer Scotland. Well done!
Next year’s event is provisionally arranged for Sunday 16th May 2021. Please save the date!
COMMUNITY SERVICE - COVID
At its meeting on 7th May the Club members agreed to make donations from the charity account to each of two groups supporting families and children who need help due to the COVID crisis:
• £500 to the Inverclyde Foodbank in Greenock
• £500 to the Johnstone Coffee Company which is providing 25+ meals each day to needy children in Johnstone. More information about this initiative is given at https://vimeo.com/415134253/b9a7f69bd3 .
In view of government restrictions, it is possible that none of the normal fund-raising events (the BBQ, Curry Night or Burns Supper) between now and the year-end will be able to go ahead. At the same time members are not spending money each week on their meals and drinks at the weekly meetings. Many members have agreed to donate a share of their costs to the Club charity account!