Newsletter 109: December 12th

• Corporate Members
• Our Christmas Party
• Well Boring
• Sue and Willem Pietersen

Welcome to our newsletter

At our meeting this week we welcomed our speaker from Well Boring Nigel Linacre, and three new members Kellie Thatcher, Harry Allen and Kiryan Howard.

Corporate Members

This is a first for our club. Through the hard work of Tony Hughes, we have inducted our first Corporate members.


Past member Kellie Thatcher now a solicitor with VWV LLP has re-joined the club through corporate membership of her company and brought along two colleague members Harry Allen and Kiryan Howard. Kellie and her colleagues were inducted to Rotary by SVP, Nigel Harradine.

Christmas Party

On Saturday we had our annual Christmas party under the twinkling fairy lights at St Mary Magdalene Church. We were treated to a brilliant Ceilidh duo, some fast but simple dance moves, a quiz and a lovely meal. With thanks to Roger and Gill for organising such a fun, memorable night.

Our Speaker

Our speaker this week was Nigel Linacre a trustee of WellBoring -

Colin Brown and Graeme Vousden decided to fix a Kenyan school’s water problem. They were on an Extraordinary Leadership Journey organised by Nigel Linacre and Jefferson Cann. They formed WellBoring and Summit Schools which became WellBoring's first water project, and was completed in August 2011. WellBoring has now provided many water solutions that improve the lives of thousands of young Africans and strengthen their schools in Kenya and Uganda.

Congratulations to WellBoring and everyone who has helped this band of WellBoring volunteers get clean water into 50 rural African schools. In 2011 they started with one well. Bristol Breakfast Rotary got involved with their second well boring project at Kibiko School in Kenya in 2012. Each well transforms the lives of schoolchildren, teachers and local residents. They are now halfway to their goal of 100 school wells. 

WellBoring alleviates poverty by enabling schools and communities in developing countries to access water by funding and organising the water boreholes, pumps and pipes, and supporting infrastructure, e.g. electricity generators. 

WellBoring’s key values include responsibility, connection and volunteering: “we’re responsible to our fellow men, women and children because we can respond; we are connected to one another; and it is up to us to volunteer ourselves, our efforts, there is no-one else”.

Working with leaders of local schools and communities their activities include identifying potential sites, assessing the sustainability, stewardship and community impact, commissioning hydro-geological surveys, obtaining drilling equipment, purchasing pumps, funding piping and back-up services sometimes including electricity generators, training in maintenance, and raising funds for all the above. They stay in touch with the schools and communities to ensure continued operation and sustainable development. 

WellBoring informs its supporters of progress and provide opportunities for key supporters to engage further, e.g. visit sites. The Trustees will ensure the organisation accomplishes its objectives and spends its funds as far as possible within developing countries and economically. WellBoring works with volunteers where possible.

News from our travellers in New Zealand

Members Sue and Willem Pietersen have now been in New Zealand for a month. They both visited the Oamaru Rotary Club Christmas party which was held at one of the members houses. They gave president, James Hopkins, our club banner and were made to feel very welcome. The club are keen to partner with us on future projects.

Sue and Willem also made contact with Waimate Rotary Club. Great work Sue and Willem - here's hoping you have a great Christmas and a safe flight home.


Join the club...

Membership is currently open if you would like to join our friendly pro-active group!
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Merry Christmas Breakfast

Our Christmas breakfast will take place next Wednesday 19 December 2018. You can be assured of starting Christmas in a fun way with song and verse amongst fellow Rotarians and friends.

Do not forget to let Andy Cavanna if you are coming or bringing a guest, and whether you want a cooked or continental breakfast.

Dragon Boat - call for teams

With some spots already being taken, the race has started to enroll teams for the 2019 Dragon Boat Race. The target for next year is to have ALL of the spots taken - so if you know of a company or group who might like to enter please direct them to the Dragon Boat info and registration website

... and a very Merry Christmas

This is the last newsletter for this year so we would like to wish all members, family and friends a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

See you all in 2019!