It gives me great pleasure to report that two of our clubs celebrated their centenaries, Weston-super-Mare and Bath. Around 300 people joined in the centenary celebrations of Rotary Weston-super-Mare at The Winter Gardens Pavilion on 23 October, joined by local dignitaries including the local Mayor and M.P. A great time was had by all. The celebrations for Bath have been postponed until April, owing to the uncertainty of the situation with Covid-19.
Chard Rotary celebrated the end of its 75th Anniversary year with a dinner, at which Stanley Hopkins and Robert Jackson were both awarded certificates of long service (50 years).
Many Clubs have supported World Polio Day on 24th October, lighting up local buildings in purple. I am delighted to share news that there have only been two cases of wild Polio reported anywhere in the world this year (the last being in January).
As you know, local Children’s Hospices (CHSW and Julia’s House) are my chosen charities for the year, as District Governor. Many of you have been putting on events in support. Many congratulations to Peter Stefanovich and Paul Arnold from Chard Rotary, who have walked between all three CHSW hospices; 156 miles over 12 walking days. Cate Whitewood and other members of Yeo Vale Rotary organised curry night in support of CHSW. Richard and Karen Meek from Chippenham Rotary put on an Italian Dinner in aid of Julia’s House. Many others have put on events in support.
The District Conference took place in Plymouth, face-to-face. Around 200 people took part and heard speakers including Plymouth resident and Royal Marine, Ben McBean, who told of his courage in the face of adversity. Eddie Farwell, Founder of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) talked about how he and his wife had founded it to provide services for local families with children with life limiting illnesses. We also heard from Graham Cole, former Chairman of AgustaWestland, about providing opportunity, talking about working his way up from the shopfloor to being Chairman. Keynote speaker at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Xavier Ramey, gave a challenging talk about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr Aubrey Cunnington (Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, St. Mary’s Hospital, London) talked about global challenges after eradicating Polio. Rotary Foundation Trustee, Aziz Memon had hoped to join us in person, but had to send a video message, owing to the global situation with Covid-19. Other speakers included local Rotarians Dot Cretney and Yinka Osoba. Past District Governor Julia Diment joined us as Rotary International President Shekhar’s representative.
Looking forward to more normal times again, there is still an early bird reduction to register for the Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas this June. Closer to home, the next District Forum is online on Saturday 4th December at 10.00 A.M.; we would like as many clubs as possible, if not all, to be represented. Here are the joining details:
Topic: District Forum 4th December 2021
Time: Dec 4, 2021 10:00 London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 825 0969 4823