Newsletter 104: October 10th

Welcome to our newsletter

This was one of our regular business meetings where we update members from our various committees and with projects from our International and Community and Vocational Committees. We welcome Rotarians and friends to get involved in any of our projects. Read on below for more details of projects and events to get involved with.

We also welcomed guest, and "new-member-in-waiting", Martin Smith - and Pradip Sinharay, Past President RC Navi Mumbai Sunrise, Kharghar and currently their PR Officer.

Pradip told us a little about their club. Rotary Club of Navi Mumbai Sunrise, Kharghar , began its journey on 29th June 2007 under the Rotary district 3140. The club is a group of dedicated professionals from all sectors committed rendering selfless services for the cause of society through various successful projects in various avenues including literacy, medical assistance, environmental safeguard, rural development and women empowerment. As the name infers it is a breakfast club and meets at 9.00am on Sunday mornings.

Child Learning Centres (CLC)

Rapid Growth in Navi Mumbai has also brought with it a large population of poorer migrant workers resulting in mushrooming of slums. The children of these migrant populations have been most severely affected through education deprivation. The absence of schools in or close to hamlets has led to profound gaps in educational opportunity. Migrant children between 3 to 10 years of age do not attend primary school. In April 2015 RCNM Sunrise organized a Fund raising Musical Event to help start Child Learning centres (CLC) within these hamlets for the education of these young migrant labourers / tribal children as a pilot project.

You can see more about this project if you click the link to this video:

Health Care

Amongst other projects the Club has set up free medical camps. During rains the people living in the areas not hygienically conducive get water borne diseases, the same was observed while one of the visit of Rtn. Dilip Chaudhari to our CLC at Ulve. The attendance of children drastically dropped, on enquiry it was revealed that the children were suffering from viral & other water borne diseases like cold cough etc. A free medical check-up camp was set up with a General Physician to check up the children. About 80 children were treated about 35 children for various routine illness, free medicines, Vit B 12 bottles, Calcium tablets etc were given to all the children under recommendation of the Doctor.

This coming year the club hopes to start fundraising £100,000 for a dialysis centre.

New members

Last week (3rd October) a new member joined our club. Aamir Hussain was inducted as a Rotarian and we warmly welcomed him. Aamir is a young entrepreneur and was keen to join our vibrant club to give something back to society. He is now the youngest member of our club. Past President Tony Hughes introduced Aamir and Rotarian Philip Bowry recited the 4-Way Test.

Today we welcomed another new member. Eli Fumoto was inducted as a Rotarian. Eli was introduced to our club by Rtn David Wells. Eli originally from Japan had lived in Switzerland for a number of years coming to Bristol earlier this year. She says that both in Japan and Switzerland, she always worked in a cross-cultural environment collaborating with divers professionals in various sectors such as banking, journalism and drug development. Her previous position was global R&D senior project manager in a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Geneva.  The experience ignited in her passion for creativity and team synergy. She wanted to learn how to best facilitate these most beautiful human abilities, and that led to her to study coaching with academic rigor at Oxford Brookes University in U.K.

She says she is joining Rotary with gratitude.  “Life is surely complex because it is unpredictable. I want to learn with you to elegantly dance with uncertainties and creatively transform them into opportunities”.




Business meeting news 

Proposal – Indonesian Tsunami Appeal

President Roger Key proposed to the club that we support the aid to the Indonesian Tsunami by donating £1000 to “Big Give” which will double the donation in favour of Water Survival Box – approved.

Community and Vocational Committee

  • Our Community and Vocational Committee is supporting Young Carers in Schools where focus is on Oasis Academy Trust's eight schools in Bristol- first aim is to train staff in two 'champion' schools- Brightstowe Academy Shirehampton (secondary) and Marksbury Road Academy Bedminster (primary) with a view to them sharing best-practice with other OAT schools.
  • We would like support for a Young Carer’s Fun Day to be held at the Vassall Centre Fishponds on Saturday 1 December 2018 from 11.00am onwards – please let Jon Whittaker know if you can help.
  • We have supported Kids Out taking 140 children from 4 special schools in Bristol for a fun day at Cattle Country in South Gloucestershire.
  • We are hosting a heat of Young Musician competition in conjunction with other Bristol Rotary Clubs.
  • Supporting Swift Inclusive Sports Swimming Gala on 20 October 2018.
  • We will be planting 5000 crocus bulbs to commemorate World Polio Day on 24 October 2018.

International Committee

  • International Committee is supporting a higher education student in Nepal.
  • We are also helping Maji Safi a local charity helping children in Kenya and their Freedom for Girls Project. Derek Royall made a proposal to fund £2000 towards these projects. – Approved.
  • The team is looking at projects such as Bridges to Prosperity and Well Boring in Africa possibly for next year.  
  • Financial donations have been made to Rotary Foundation and End Polio Now.
  • The committee is looking to organise a trip to Nepal to visit projects possibly around 19 October 2019. Let Derek Royall know if interested.


The club has two main fundraising events, The Dragon Boat Festival held in June each year. This year we were pleased to present Caring in Bristol with £27000 to help them with homelessness in Bristol. Our other event is a Corporate Golf Day. We support many Rotary charities at both home and abroad such as the End Polio Campaign and Rotary Foundation.


We are a vibrant club and our Social Committee arrange visits such as a recent visit to the Meteorological Office Exeter and soon to the Life Skills Centre in Bristol. They are also arranging our Christmas party and other social events.


In the past few months we have inducted 6 new members with more who have shown interest in joining us. Most people who join have indicated they have a wish to ‘give back’ to the community. We in Rotary have so many projects that should wet the appetite of anyone who holds those values, and at the same time, enjoy socialising, fun and friendship.

Our next meeting on 17 October is a guest meeting with the President of Bristol Rotary Club as our guest speaker. Keith Rundle manages the Bristol City Council City Centre BID. A BID is a Business Improvement District a defined area where business rate payers agree to pay a levy into a fund for a fixed period. Specific agreed initiatives are then delivered to improve the area for businesses. A BID cannot deliver services that the council currently delivers.

We have already had interest from some members of Bristol Junior Chamber who will attend. Members please bring along your guests to hear an interesting speaker. Please let Andy Cavannagh know of any guests so we can ensure that there is enough breakfast for everyone.


PLEASE NOTE Rotarians, friends and those who have been guests are welcome to join us at our various events. Some events may be restricted to numbers but please let us know if you want to join us at a particular occasion or enjoy just to breakfast with us. Our contact is

11-14 October – Twin Club from Prague we are pleased to be hosting members of our twin club “Rotary Club of Prague International” in Bristol during 11-14 October 2018. The weekend of walking and fellowship will take place mainly in South Wales.

20 October 2018 - Avon Inclusive Sports Swimming Gala at Horfield Swimming Pool from 3.00pm. Please come along and support the swimmers.

The swimming is gala is now in its 22nd year and last year saw 80 participants. It has grown with over 100 people swimming this year. (We will be writing an article about Avon Swifts and Avon Inclusive Sports in a couple of weeks).

24 October 2018 -Crocus Planting – End Polio Now

We have purchased 5000 crocus bulbs to plant to commemorate End Polio Now on 17th and 24th October 2018 at Castle Green celebrating World Polio Day. We will give 1000 bulbs to Avon Wildlife Trust to plant at the Feed Bristol site near Frenchay. Please come along to help after breakfast. Let John Whittaker if you can come.

31 October 2018 – Fifth Wednesday visit to Life Skills Centre at the Create Centre at 7.30pm followed by a pub meal.  HRH Princess Anne opened Lifeskills in January 2000. Since then over 175,000 people have received training here and Lifeskills has gained a solid reputation as a Centre of Excellence for the delivery of safety education and training. Around 13,000 people now receive training in the Centre every year. Please let Roger Bick if you want to join the visit.

9 November 2018 - Young Musician. The Young Musician heats are about to take place. Our club is hosting the heat on 9 November 2018 to be held at the United Reform Church, Henleaze at 7.00 for 7.30pm. Why not come and listen to some outstanding young people.  Help also needed from 6.00pm. Tickets available from Antony Alderson at £5.

10 November 2018 - Firework Display. Clifton Rotary Club will be holding their annual firework display at Canford Park on 10 November 2018. If you can help that evening please contact Tim Brook.

9 December 2018 – Club Christmas Party at Newman Hall, Stoke Bishop. We will be having a great deal of fun with a Ceilidgh Band and a two-course buffet. Tickets £30 why not come along and join us for an entertaining evening. Contact Roger Bick at


The recent issue of the Rotary magazine has chosen to highlight both dementia and the need for medical research to overcome it. You have probably seen the articles but you might not be aware that there is a charity in Bristol (of which Rotarian Mary Whittington is a trustee) that has been pioneering dementia research for over 30 years; BRACE, based at Southmead Hospital, funds world class research at universities in SW England and S Wales, and is totally dependent on voluntary funding. 

If you would like to find out more about the work of BRACE or about dementia research more generally, please see for more details. Rotary Magazine October/November 2018 read online



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Membership is currently open if you would like to join our friendly pro-active group!
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West Bristol Arts Trail

Douglas Karson be exhibiting at the Holy Trinity Church near Hotwells roundabout on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm. If you're in the area, pop in and support one of new members!

Below are the Art Trail website and his website with more details about both respectively.

Calling all female rotarians

As a new membership drive we would like to encourage more female membership to our club - and the wider Bristol membership in general.

We will be having a very brief meeting after next Wednesdays breakfast. All welcome. Please email for more details.