Newsletter 112: March 20th 2019

Welcome to March 20th newsletter

This newsletter will cover the business meeting on March 20th 2019. 

David Gammon, MBE

It’s with great sadness that we report the passing of our Past President David Gammon MBE. 

Most members are aware that David founded our Dragon Boat Festival. During his 12 years in charge of organising the Festival, the event raised over £500,000 that has been shared by so many worthy charities.  David was one of only a handful of our members to have been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship with two sapphires, reflecting his exceptional all round contribution to Rotary.

At breakfast on Wednesday 6th March, the club showed their respects to David with one minute’s silence, followed by a few words by Past District Governor Philip Bowry. At the business meeting it was agreed that £1,000 will be donated to Rotary End Polio Now in tribute to David.

Club recognised at District meeting

Our club has been awarded a certificate at District for the most new members joining a club in District 1100 so far in 2018/19 Rotary year. The certificate was passed to Tony Hughes to mark the outstanding work he has done as the Chair of the Membership committee.

Business meeting reports

  • £500 to Chloe Ball Hopkins’ proposed charity Dreamflights
  • £500 to Shelterbox to help with their response to Cyclone Idai disaster.

Com Voc:

  • £1,040 – 2 candidates to RYLA
  • £300 – contribution to Rotary Technology Tournament in JV with Bristol Club
  • £2,500 – Kids Out, to take 5 schools
  • £750 – Bridge Learning Campus Reading Project
  • £1,000 – Bristol Waste film project to produce films on waste recycling as part of an eduction programme to be run in primary schools in Bristol
  • £500 in 18/19 + £500 in 19/20 towards (Sue Pietersen’s) Elmfield School project to support a programme of psychotherapy sessions to address mental health issues amongst students.


For Derrick's presentation on WASH in Schools - please click here.


Club branding and equipment:

Subject to some some small logo amendments, the jackets, jumpers and polo-shirts have been approved. An email will be sent soon asking for preference of colours of polos, sizes and preference to any other items on offer. A subsidy of £50 per member will be given towards the cost of the items - members can choose to donate this cost to charity. There is no obligation to purchase any of the clothing but it is hoped that as many members as possible will get behind this marketing push for the future benefit and continuing success of the club.

The gazebo, feather flags and banners have also been approved and we aim to get those ready for the Know Your Blood Pressure Day in April.


Club notices

  • Last call for Hope Cove Presidents Weekend. Please could you let Roger know if you are planning to attend the presidents weekend in May 
  • The Henbury Singers, Mary Whittington's chior, will be performing Faure’s Requiem (plus other shorter pieces) on Saturday 23rd March at St Edyt’s Church, Avonleaze, Sea Mills, at 7.30pm. A collection will be held in aid of Young Carers.Tickets are available at £10.00 each.  Please contact me if you would like tickets.
  • Proposed: Real tennis taster session from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday 2nd May. Please let David Mander know if you are interested.
  • Proposed: Visit to Devereux Park Woods from 10.30am onwards on Saturday 20th July. Please let David Mander if you are interested. 

TFT Partner becomes Chairman of local Bristol charity

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