Thank You From DG Frank Quinn

Dear Fellow Rotarians
Just before I return to the “back benches and spend more time with my family”, I wanted to say Thank You……..
Thank you to all the Clubs for making me so welcome over the past two years.
Thank you for letting me know of the work you do at home and abroad.
Thank you for inviting Ros and myself back to enjoy your various social events.
Thank you for asking and accepting advice as and when required.
Thank you for the donations you gave to my two charities for the year, £3000.00 and counting.
Thank you for the support you gave to Handover/ Christmas Celebration/Conference
Thank you for your Friendship.
Thank you to my Executive Committee for all their hard work – they made my life a lot easier.
Thank you to the 2020 Conference Committee for their inexhaustible energy in delivering a great conference just before lockdown.
It has been a genuine honour and privilege to serve District 1090.  Yes, we still have many challenges, but we have the will and strength to overcome the “Bumps in The Road”.  Membership is on the up with new Rotaract, Satellite and Interact Clubs and a Rotary Club about to be Chartered.  We know it’s not all about numbers but with an ever ageing membership we do need “new blood”.
I hope many of you will invite me back – as a paying guest – but in the meantime  –  THANK YOU.
Fondest regards
Frank

A Message From Our District Governor

Despite the current “Lockdown”, I have learned that District 1090 continues even under the most challenging conditions,  to put SERVICE ABOVE SELF by doing so much to help those in their communities and beyond.
Past District Governor Joy Arnott is leading the District on raising funds for local Food Banks.  The call went out for money rather than Foodstuffs and as of today, you have raised nearly £30.000.  Congratulations to all the Clubs who have donated and please contact Joy if you feel your Club would like to contribute.
Even in” normal” times,  loneliness is a major problem in our society.  Rotarians are responding magnificently by keeping in touch with folk living on their own.  Imagine receiving a ‘phone call from a neighbour asking if they can help with shopping, collecting prescriptions etc.  I have also been told that a short letter sent to a lonely person can have amazing results knowing they are not forgotten. To this end, I have asked our Assistant Governors to keep in touch with Club Presidents, who in turn may know of somebody in some sort of need even if it’s only for a chat.
Green Area has rolled out an initiative working with AGE UK.  This has been passed on to RGBI President Donna Wallbank for distribution to other Districts.  Tony Eldridge of Pangbourne R/C has the details.
I could give you many other examples but for an overview of what Rotary is doing Nationwide please go to https://twitter.com/RotaryGBI/status/1245625949795713025.
In the meantime thank you for all you are doing to MAKE A BETTER WORLD but don’t forget to look after yourselves by staying safe.
Fondest regards
Frank



Latest Update from Frank…

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

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.
Regards
Frank

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.
Frank newspaer
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.