July was a busy month starting off with a fruitful meeting with the CEO of The Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) Gerry Lejeune, who is keen to increase awareness of what the charity achieves across the county. Although some clubs are involved already I have asked our Assistant Governors (AG) to share what BCF is doing.
Enjoyed a great day as the guest of Banbury Cherwell at their “SPORTIV EVENT” at Broughton Castle. Cyclists signed up for “family” rides right up to 100k rides for the more serious cyclists. Delighted to give out so many medals and to see ROTARY CONNECTING WITH ITS COMMUNITY. Neighbours from Rotary Club of Banbury were on hand to help out.
Held meetings with John Simpson who is keen to host Membership Development Workshops. Further info on its way.
Attended Marius’s first President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) at Sindlesham, beginning to bring his President Elects (PE’s) together for their year ahead.
Visited The UXBRIDGE CHARITY AUTOSHOW hosted by Uxbridge R/C. Helped present Prizes to proud owners of classic vehicles. Again good to see neighbouring Clubs and Districts helping out and ROTARY CONNECTING WITH ITS COMMUNITY.
From Uxbridge to North Wales to meet Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) participants assisted by Rotarians.
Despite the weather being damp and overcast it was great to see the young people engage in the the tasks put before them.
Ros and I did a four hour shift baking jacket potatoes at “TRUCKFEST”, where over 20,000 people gathered to hear acts I‘ve never heard of! Goodness the music makes the crowed very hungry.! We were on Rotary Club of Didcot’s pitch and Faringdon R/C were doing well with their Pizzas and Oxford Isis sold Panninis.
As one of our Conference Speakers is a Brewer of fine ales, Tim Cowling and I were “forced” to enjoy his hospitality. After a tour of the West Berks Brewery it was our duty to taste the product over lunch! We also learned why David Bruce had devoted both money and time to create “BRUCES BARGES”.
In between the above, Club Visits continue apace. If the next 11 months are anything like July —— Bring ‘em on.
(Many thanks to Sarah Valentine in the press team @ Truck Festival for the photos)