Newsletter 50

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

Last Wednesday morning we held our club assembly where President elect, Tony Hughes, outlined the plans for the forthcoming year. We welcomed A/District Governor Judy Powell and Jan Bacon from Fishponds and Downed Rotary Club. 


This week has been busy for our club. We took some 140 children in a fabulous day out to Cattle Country in South Gloucestershire celebrating "Kids Out".

The children came from the bridge learning Campus, Hareclive school and Kingsweston Special school.

Our many thanks to Mark Colfer for organising this on behalf of our club.


On Thursday some of our members visited the Royal Mint at Llantrisant. The Royal Mint is a national treasure, making beautifully crafted coins and medals for 60 countries around the world as well as medals including those presented at the 2012 London Olympic games. Over a thousand years of craftsmanship and artistry ensures every piece they strike is a long lasting piece of history.


On Sunday we held our 16th Dragon Boat Festival at Bristol harbourside. The weather was magnificent  and lots of fun was had by all. Our many thanks go to David Wells for organising this huge event. 

David says "A huge thank-you to you all for helping make yesterday another very successful Dragon Boat Festival. We couldn't run the event without all your help. Having lots of volunteers does enable us to share duties so that we can all also enjoy the day. All the teams seemed to have a very good time so I hope lots of them will want to return again next year."

Race Results and Final Positions:

  • The Avon Fire & Rescue Service team Banana Bunch won the event
  • Crux Product Design team Rapid Floater Types came second
  • Richard Harding and Barton Solicitors team Hardy Barty Boaters came third

The prizes for fancy dress went to:

  • The UWE Centre for Appearance Research team TutanCARmun as Egyptian Pharaohs
  • SSMG team Custer's last Paddle runners up as American Cavalry  

Upcoming Meetings

  • 28 June 2017 - Handover meeting
  • 5 July 2017 - Andy Street - Social Investing
  • 12 July 2017 - Mavis Loterh - Malawi Volunteer Project
  • 19 July 2017 - Brigadier Bruce Jackman OBE, MC - The Ghurkas (Please note this speaker will talk for 45 minutes so meeting will end at 09.00)
  • 26 July 2017 - Ed Reed - Caring in Bristol talking about a new project.



Tony Hughes presented his vision and plans for the next Rotary year.


To be a vibrant and flourishing Breakfast Rotary club in central Bristol enabling its members to have fun and to use their skills and influence in building friendships, serving communities and inspiring others Priorities

  1. Develop our Appeal
  2. Improve our Image
  3. Increase our Impact
  4. Build for the Future


Looking to build on the developments this year using the new website, the Club newsletter and social media with a new PR team led by Mary Cook to highlight what we do and enable more media coverage.


  1. Southmead Prostate Cancer Appeal (Headline charity)
  2. New Interact Club at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College
  3. Tackling homelessness in Bristol
  4. Know your Blood Pressure sessions
  5. Young Carers in Education,
  6. Bristol Samaritans,
  7. Avon Wildlife Trust and LinkAge
  8. RYLA, Rotary Young Musician of the Year, Kids Out, Shakespeare in School
  9. Disabled swimming gala

International and Foundation

  1. Vocational Project in Nepal with RC Dronfield & Pokhara Fishtail; Budgeting £2,500 for disaster relief;
  2. Possible new projects and/or relationships
  3. We have agreed to fund the Freedom for Girls project through Maji Safi in Kenya; and to finance new school benches for Maji Safi.
  4. We have created a Pilot TRUGS Literacy Project in Cape Town townships with RC of Cape of Good Hope, RC Kromboom, Help2Read and, possibly other local Rotary clubs and with Maji Safi in Kenya;
  5. Contributions from Fund Raising, to Foundation and End Polio Now.

Challenges for Members:

  1. Are you maintaining contact through breakfast and social activities?
  2. Are you involved in a service project?
  3. Do you promote Rotary in General and this club in particular?
  4. Reflect on how often you talk about Rotary activities to others; How you describe Rotary to others;
  5. Will you help us to make more use of Rotary resources by joining My Rotary online?

Jayne Tucker was brave enough to take a 160 foot bungee jump

Brave bosses and staff at Penny Brohn Cancer Care were at the business end of a 160ft bungee jump to raise around £20,000 to help people living with cancer.

Over 30 managers and employees braved a second Bungee the Boss over water at Lloyds Amphitheatre – double last year’s daredevils.

Staff nominated Finance Director, Jayne to jump and, with a gulp, she accepted. Jayne took the plunge on Friday, June 16. If you wish to donate please click here