Newsletter 117 14 - 30 June 2019

Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast Newsletter 19 June 2019

This week we were joined by three guests Anahita Mahmoudi our prospective Peace Scholar, Binod Koirala, Past President of the Rotary Club Pokhra Fishtail, Nepal and Assistant District Governor for Bristol, Jim Currie of the Rotary Club of Bristol who was present to hear our President elect, Nigel Harradine outline his vision and plans for the next Rotary year.

Bristol Breakfast Rotary and the Bristol Rotary Club have long term relationships with the RC of Pokhra Fishtail and some of our club members have visited with some due to visit later in the year. Binod provided some history and context of his club and the vital work they are doing especially after the earthquake in 2015


A short video about Rotary Club of Pokhra Fishtail


The devastating earthquake of 25 April 2015 caused a huge loss of lives and properties in Nepal. About 10 thousand people died and more than 800,000 houses were confirmed as damaged. Although, more than three years has passed after the earthquake, very few individual houses and schools have yet been reconstructed. There are significant needs that humanitarian organisations like Rotary still provides in the reconstruction endeavour. From the next day of this mega Earthquake, the Rotary Club of Pokhara Fishtail started providing medical rescue and treatment to injured people and provided relief items which included food stuffs, clothes, tarps, beds and utensils in the various affected areas.  After a few weeks, they jumped into midterm relief phase providing items for temporary shelters to affected families. The country is very thankful to Rotary and the partner clubs and other friends in different part of the World who generously extended their help by giving money and moral support to help combat this tragic situation.

Club Assembly

President elect, Nigel outlined the proposals for 2019/20 which includes

Fundraising Events:

  • Concorde Dinner on September 27th at Aerospace Bristol –fundraising for Great Western Air Ambulance and a celebration of 30 years of Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club.
  • Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Bristol Harbourside in June 2020
  • Charity Golf Day in May 2020.
  • Fundraising meal - highly respected specialist, Dr Elaine Saunders will share her knowledge about Cochlear implants and at the same time fundraise for a creative art therapist for Elmfield school.



  • Continuing to promote the club to prospective members through website and social media;
  • Keeping members engaged through strong programme of service and social activities and interesting breakfast speakers;
  • Continuing to explore benefits of membership of Bristol Chamber of Commerce;
  • Developing links with Bristol Junior Chamber;
  • Continuing to promote the club through service and fund-raising activities;
  • Aiming to increase numbers of younger people in business at breakfast meetings;
  • Promotion of club to businesses and residents local to Cabot Circus


Environment Projects

  • Tree planting in conjunction with AWT or another appropriate organisation (£500)
  • Schools education programme on the subject of waste recycling with Bristol Waste Company (£1000).
  • Crocus planting as part of End Polio campaign (£100)


  • Vocational Training Programme in Pokhara, Nepal
  • Teach Nepal – project and cost to be confirmed
  • Bridges to Prosperity Uganda
  • Support Rotary Disaster Recovery Fund
  • Motivation Charity Project – country(ies) to be confirmed

Community - Vocational

  • Swift Inclusive Swimming Gala
  • RYLA
  • Kids Out.
  • Know your blood pressure.
    Breakfast provision for schoolchildren in Summer holidays
  • Young Enterprise- support for one of the YE programmes following this year's successful event
  • Barton Camp- short holidays for underprivileged schoolchildren at Barton Camp
  • Wicketz- supporting the Lords Taverners programme for coaching underprivileged kids at a cricket tournament at Repton School
  • Elmfield school district grant application
  • Elmfield School- funding a Creative Art Psychotherapist to address mental health issues of students with hearing disabilities

Social (Fellowship Events)

  • Woods walk July 20th near Hereford
  • Concorde Dinner September 27th
  • Tour of police HQ Portishead
  • Tour of bus depot November
  • Christmas breakfast December 2019
  • Visit to a vineyard Aldwick estate October 2019 or DartingtonWith a Matterport camera May 2020
  • Westonbirt visit October
  • Poetry reading in Arnolfini November
  • Bristol slapstick festival Holy Smoke January 2020
  • Visit to Bottle Yard February 2020.

New Member - Welcome Kasey

On 26 June we welcomed Kasey Jo Phifer as a member to our club. Kasey was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and for 10 years lived in Berlin, Germany. Both her mother and grandfather were Rotarians in MN where she saw that they both were committed to improving their community and international communities. Kasey is the Resident Practitioner of the Bristol Centre for Biofeedback.  She has been practicing Bio resonance for over three years, specialising in re-balancing the endocrine system and healing the trauma that surrounds serious illnesses. Kasey was proposed by Tony Hughes and inducted as a member of our club by President Roger Key.


Speaker - Jay Fox


Our speaker on 26 June 2019 was Jay Fox who runs his own business Fox Property Vision. Jay explained that he is partially deaf and dyslexic and on leaving school worked as a security guard at clubs. He then trained as a stuntman working on numerous high-profile films. Jay decided this life was not for him and saw a niche in the market filming using drones to sell properties. He trained and became a licensed drone pilot and his company Fox Property Vision provide a walk around view and aerial footage not only for private house sales but commercial and promotional material. Using a Matterport camera he uses 3D mapping producing photo-realistic 3D model gigapixel aerial imaging. His experience working in TV, Film has widened experience behind the camera. His technology allows for filming not only property but special occasions such as weddings or other events.




Higher Education in South Sudan


Revd Dr Joseph Bilal was guest of Tony Hughes at our meeting on 26 June 2019. Joseph is an ordained priest and gained his BA and PhD in the UK. He returned to Juba in 2014 in order to manage the Episcopal University project. He has also been involved in peace and reconciliation negotiations and training in South Sudan


South Sudan is the world’s newest country, having gained independence from Sudan in 2011, six years after a comprehensive peace agreement brought Africa’s longest running civil war to an end. With a population of just under 12 million people South Sudan has a long way to go to climb out of poverty. Although the number of primary school students has doubled between 2006 and 2010, still only 1 in 3 school aged children are in school.

 The number of secondary schools is also increasing, though only 60% of schoolteachers are trained. This means that more and more young people are graduating from secondary school, but with few prospects for further education. In 2011, 30,000 young people who were eligible to enter university but had nowhere to go because of the lack of university places.

 Educating people to help develop South Sudan is the key to its development. The country desperately needs doctors, nurses, trained teachers, engineers, agriculturalists, lawyers and business people who are committed to building a peaceful and prosperous nation. A staff team has been recruited to assist the Project Director form a new university with the Revd Dr Joseph Bilal, to manage the process of forming the Episcopal University from its participating colleges. They began work on 1st March 2018. 

 The Episcopal Church has a long history of promoting peace and encouraging education in South Sudan. Today the Episcopal Church of South Sudan & Sudan (ECSSS) has five well-established theological colleges, four Bible schools and one Vocational Training Centre. It also has 12 secondary schools and over 280 primary schools and pre-schools, serving over 8,000 students. Furthermore, the church has played a prominent role in brokering peace agreements, including the latest one reached in August 2015 following a spate of conflicts that erupted in 2013.