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Local Brewer James Arkell receives a Special Rotary Award
James Arkell, Chairman of Arkells Brewery, receives a surprise 'Paul Harris Award from the clubdetails
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What is Rotary??
Rotary is a truly international organisation, with some 33,000 clubs and over a million members represented in more than 200 countries worldwide. Its aim is simply to provide humanitarian assistance and to help promote goodwill and peace both at home and abroad. Have a browse through our 'what we do' pages and see..... well, er.... what we get up to - Whether you are a Rotarian or if you are just interested in finding out more about the global Rotary movement please feel free to come along and join us.at one of our Thursday lunchtime meetings and see just what goes on - You will receive a very warm welcome
If you don't already know a Swindon club member and want to find out more information, get in touch with our club Secretary Leslie, who will be happy to advise and provide you with any further information you might need.
If you decide Rotary is not for you, we really won't be offended - promise!
Rotary in Swindon - the latest....
....a roundup of this week's notice board announcements :-
Please see items below that were discussed in the meeting today.
Lunch Summary - Thursday 14 March 2019
Business Meeting and SGM
Welcome by President Martin Groombridge
Host; Cliff Puffett
Cliff Puffett; Cliff spoke to us about ‘lotsofsocks’ , a fund raiser for World Downs Syndrome day ‘ Debbie was selling pairs of odd socks for £3.50 a pair on behalf of the Swindon Downs Syndrome group . We would like you to wear these socks to lunch next week to show your support, there may be ‘fine’ if you don’t ?
There is a VIP ticket for tomorrows Swindon game available for £25, proceeds to go to the charity, if interested contact Cliff
Michelle Leighton; Brighter Futures fund raising events
1. Coffee morning at Rick Steins Marlborough raised £600
2. Handbag amnesty at The Outlet village raise just under £3000
District conference this weekend, The E Club will be running a virtual balloon race to raise funds for Roll out The barrel, £ 5 per balloon
Byron Caron, Almoners update
Derek Austin and Mike Bawden are undergoing chemotherapy treatment
Gerald Greenaway has slipped a disc
Gary Herbert has hurt his back and will be unable to attend conference this weekend
The club wish them all a speedy recovery and hope to see them back at lunch very soon
Byron noticed on his Lloyds bank that he had a cheque debited twice and after speaking to the bank he discovered he wasn’t the only one this has happened to, so he urges everyone to check their accounts
Our guests today were
Jamie Denver and his mum Nicky from the Swindon Downs Syndrome group
Drago Pausek from the R.C of Zagreb
After 6 months of hard work by Ian Dobie with input from Club Council the constitution and byelaws of this club were approved by Club Council for submission to club members. There was discussion by some members that the constitution should be approved by club and not council. If on receipt of the constitution and byelaws any member feels that there should be changes can they please contact Martin Groombridge before the next Council meeting on Monday 8th April?
Many Thanks to Ian Dobie for all his hard work
Charity Ball; there are still unsold tables for this event, as this is the biggest fund raiser for the club we would appreciate support ,by members attending this event ( bringing friends and family would help even more )
Next weeks meeting our speaker will be Nicky Alberry looking back on her year as High Sherriff , Simon Stevenette will be host
Birthdays this week; Mike Hillier on 17th March, Byron Caron on the 18th march and Ian Sharpe on the 20th. If I don’t mention your Birthday it is because it’s set to secret on the RIBI website
Gerald Greenaway. My emails to Gerald are bouncing back to me, if anyone is in contact with Gerald could you please let him know and maybe contact me with an alternative email
Election of JVP for 2019/20
Invitations were sent to club for nomination for JVP 2019/20
Debbie Vincent was nominated by David Pratt and seconded by Lesley Hutchings, there were no other nominations Debbie was voted in as JVP 2019/20 by a unanimous show of hands
Treasurers Report / Presentation of Club accounts
Peter Barefoot wasn’t able to be at lunch today so there was no report, however the accounts for 2018 were submitted to club for approval
A question was raised as to a surplus of £4500 in club accounts. It was suggested that some of it could be transferred into a club general fund as we don’t at the moment have one, it was also suggested it could be used to offset subscription charges.
Lesley Hutchings suggested that the club should have a budget / cash flow forecast to determine whether the club will be accruing surplus funds from subscriptions going forward
Due to Peter’s absence other questions couldn’t be answered and the club was asked to vote on accepting the accounts as true and correct. Unanimous vote
David Pratt has put to Club Admin a project to deal with the problem of waste plastic and its disposal with the aim to involve other local clubs .Club Admin to look into this further
David also has areas of the club he feels may need changing and he has asked for members input as to what they feel needs to change to improve the club . His plans are to implement this during his presidential year
Community and Engagement
1. 12th June, Kids Out, once again hoping to take them to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, funds will need to be raised to enable this to happen. Martin said there were still some funds left in the Presidents Funds from Nicky Alberry’s year when she sold copies of her book
2. Twigs ; Open day on 28th April
3. Defibrillator: District can match fund up to £750 to be put towards the purchase of a defibrillator for Wood Street. To be able to take advantage of this we need to raise more money to get to £750 , and are hoping we can get other clubs to contribute
4. John Palmer is hoping to arrange a club visit to Buscott and Coleshill , the cost will be approx. £5/ head and a board will go round club
1 The Chinese night raised around £1100, it was felt that in the future they would only hold one Chinese meal event per year
3. The Rock and Roll bingo has been postponed , Chris hopes to get the organiser to speak to club to explain how the night works in the hope of drumming up more support
4. A race night is still planned for some time in the future
Any Other Business
Raffle Winner Martin Groombridge who kindly donated it to the Swindon Downs Syndrome group
The Rotary Club of Swindon
Rotary 'Tax Disc'
EDU Fun SA - Diepsloot Combined School
Edu Fun is a charitable organisation that teaches English to Grade 3 and Grade 4 students at Diepsloot Combined School in South Africa and is one of our International projects....
For more info' have a look at their Facebook page
(link on this page)
and if that's not enough...
Or if you want to find out more information or are looking for support for your charity or event please do get in touch with us today
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Meetings and events happening soon
Friday 5th April 19.00
Rock n Roll Bingo
@ Swindon Supermarine
Monday 8th April 18.00 - 19.00 Monday 9th July
Club Council meeting tonight for all Council members
6pm at the Kings
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