January has been relatively quiet!!

After a very busy Christmas period, January has been relatively quiet.
We did see District Governor-Elect Marius off to San Diego with a dinner at the Bull Pub Theale which was well attended. Organised by Past District Governor Gillian as was the welcome back lunch at the Calcot Hotel.
With only a handful of Clubs yet to visit, in early February I enjoyed making my presentation to both Loddon Vale and Reading Rotary Clubs. Sincere thanks for their generous donations to THE HANDBAG CAMPAIGN standing at £1636.00. These proceeds will go to Hope & Homes For Children and End Polio Now
We were the guests of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club as they hosted their HEALTH AWARENESS DAY. This is in its the sixth year and is very much part of the Town’s calendar. People were patiently waiting to have their blood/ cholesterol levels checked, learn more about stroke awareness,  dementia etc Wonderful example of Rotary at work and “MAKING A BETTER WORLD” Photos attached showing Examples of SERVICE ABOVE SELF. DG having finger pierced!!!
District Conference is looming ever nearer and promises to be one we can all be proud of. Our Conference Committee is working flat out to ensure we deliver a weekend to remember. HAVE YOU BOOKED YET?
At the invitation of ROTARY IN ABINGDON, we enjoyed an evening with some of our Rotary Scholars at  Christ Church Barn, Abingdon. We listened to their stories and heard about their studies and their future career plans We were also entertained to a rendition from Gilbert & Sullivan- by an American!! Thank you to Richard Kirby and his team for a great evening.
It was my pleasure to open this year’s DOTS seminar in Henley where Marius explained the RI theme for the year and where his priorities lie during his year as DG. It really is heartwarming to see our succession planning taking shape with a continuation of strategies to ensure we “GROW ROTARY” exciting times ahead.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Hello, everyone, our District Governor Frank would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas Break and a Great New Year.
In the true spirit of Christmas Frank and the Rotary Club of Thatcham and District have been delivering Presents in their area.
Frank will tell you himself below
“Every Year Thatcham & District Rotary Club help deliver hundreds of Christmas Parcels to the over 80s in the area. This includes a retirement home for an order of Missionary Nuns based in Cold Ash.
Due to my long connection with the order and St. Finians Primary School next door it has been my privilege to deliver a box of fresh fruit for the ladies to enjoy over the Christmas Holiday”.
The picture shows Sister Romana accepting this year’s gift courtesy of The Newbury Weekly News. Please state that the picture is used by kind permission of The Newbury Weekly News.
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The Public Image Team would also along with Frank like to wish you all a lovely relaxing Christmas Break.  We will see you in the New Year.

Christmas Spirit at Douai Abbey

On Saturday the 14th the roof was raised by members of  Rotary in the Thames Valley D1090 celebrating  Christmas at Douai Abbey.  District Governor Frank Quinns theme the Christmas spirit ran through with readings from  A Christmas Carol to hearing about the peace amnesty in world war 1 on Christmas day from District Governor nominee Marius Hopley.    Audience participation with the Pangbourne Choir was fantastic fun led by Ellie Carver who did a brilliant job of leading us with old favourites from O Little Town of Bethlehem to Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

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Christmas In Maidenhead

The Maidenhead Rotary clubs get really festive in December with Reindeer Racing from Maidenhead Bridge and with Santa’s Grotto from Maidenhead Thames in the Nicholson Centre which was a hub of festive cheer on Saturday.  Reindeer racing can get very competitive and showed that everyone taking part were indeed people of very festive action.  The charity they supported this year was hearing dogs for the deaf.

“Maidenhead Bridge were hosting their very popular Reindeer Racing in the Nicholson Centre . Great to see children of all ages doing all they can to win their races  the proceeds were going to “Hearing Dogs for the deaf.


After such an energetic start a visit to Santa and the elves was called for and a hello with the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf Mascot @HearingDogs www.hearingdogs.org.uk/

“This was followed by a visit to a very special Santa’s Grotto where Maidenhead Thames were resplendent as Santa’s elves.  The District Governor was awarded a prize that is going under the Christmas tree ready for December 25”
Well done Maidenhead Rotary Clubs for continuing to Put Rotary at the forefront of the Maidenhead community.”
Photos show the District Governor Frank Quinn receiving a well deserved cuddle from the Hearing Dog’s mascot and with Santa and his helpers.   Find out more about Rotary In your area Here.  www.rotarygbi.org/


Frank’s Handbag Campaign

We had some exciting news form our District Governor whose HANDBAG CAMPAIGN for End Polio Now and Hope and Home for Children is raising money for these important causes.  The links will give you more information.

https://www.hopeandhomes.org/  https://www.endpolio.org/

Due to the generosity of last weeks Council Attendees the HANDBAG CAMPAIGN has reached over £1000.00  Frank wants to Thank  all the clubs and hopes we can achieve even more for Hope and Homes For Children and End Polio Now.

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