Off to Reading Maiden Erlegh where they were entertaining two possible new members (one has since joined).
Next day we were in St Edburgs Church for “Children Singing For Children” Concert. Wonderful celebration of young voices raising funds for three charities – “OUR KIDS”, OXFORD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND OXFORDSHIRE FUND FOR MUSIC. Well done to Rotary Club of Oxford Spires for hosting a terrific event now in its eleventh year.
A week later saw me at Princes Risborough Rotary Club as the “warm up act for by a presentation by an ex-platoon Commander Bjorn Rose.
Bjorn’s platoons was filmed by the BBC in Afghanistan. Harrowing stuff.
24 hours later saw us at Pinner Rotary Club to learn of their activities both locally and helping provide manpower for other clubs in their locality.
The Calcot Hotel, Reading was the venue for the year’s Paul Harris Lunch. It was a great opportunity to meet up with old friends across the District. Georgia Richards former Rotary Scholar delivered an inspirational talk on”Doing Good In The World. Thank to Greg Wilkinson for organising the event.
Chaired District Executive Meeting at Badgemore Golf Club.
Attended Concert hosted by Newbury Rotary Club of South Wales Male Voice Choir.
To Alcester for Governing Council Meeting
Visited Crowthorne & Sandhurst Rotary Club made my final Presentation of this Rotary Year.
Guest of Maidenhead Bridge when they hosted “Maidenhead’s Got Talent! Great Fun in a wonderful venue.
Presented Awards to Regional Heat Winners of “Young Chef hosted by my own Club of Thatcham and District at Newbury College.. Amazing standards achieved by these young people.
Faringdon Rotary Club had their annual Fund Raising event for their project in Zambia in the Gulsham Brasserie Shrivenham. It was held In memory of Rotarian Colin Holman who passed away recently. Before the meal a brief history of Colin’s work in Rotary was a fitting epithap.
Preparations went full steam ahead for 2020 Conference. Although numbers were down due to concerns over the Coronavirus, the feedback from those who did attend was positive . Our speakers – on the whole – were inspirational and entertaining. RIBI President Donna Wallbank and her husband Steve joined us and District 1200 DG Dennis Stephens and his wife Jill were also in attendance.
Huge thanks must go to Tim Cowling and Karen Eveleigh for heading up a superb Conference Committee and making good on their promise to deliver a first class event.
It only remains for me to say please adhere to the medical and Governmental Guidelines for keeping safe during this difficult time. Please keep up the work you are doing by helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Clubs are doing so much bring our theme to life.
1090 in Action – Making a Better World