Newsletter 58

Welcome to our weekly newsletter

This week we were joined by Sue Potepa of the Royal British Legion. Taking the meeting was Vice President Roger Key.

Coming up soon...

  • Elvis Tribute Evening (see right)
  • Rotary District Meeting, 6th September
  • Abseil down Southmead Hospital for charity (see right)
  • Top Hat at The Redgrave Theatre, 20th October. Please let Roger Bick know if you are interested - and how many tickets you would like. Mobile: 07925 290 583

Dragon Boat Race Breakfast

This year we are holding our Dragon Boat Race Breakfast at Bordeaux Quay on 20th September. Please arrive for 7.15am to welcome our guests. Please let David Wells know your choice of breakfast and to confirm attendance.

Calling all quizzers!!!!

Peter Hayman the District Quizmaster is reminding clubs of the District Quiz. It’s a great event for the winter evenings with good fellowship. The structure is a knockout with the winning clubs going forward to the next round with the eventual finalists receiving money for their club causes and the winner a magnificent shield.

For more details contact Chris Firth, D1100 District Secretary. Telephone 01793521464. Mobile 07801548154

Urgent - wheelchair needed!

Paul Spaven's mother in law is visiting over the Bank Holiday weekend and would like to take her out and about on Sunday, but will need a portable wheelchair (one that will fold up to fit in the boot of her 4x4). Does any member have one that we could pick up on Saturday and deliver back on Monday? Please contact Paul if you can help.

This weeks guest speaker Sue Potepa of the Royal British Legion

This week we were treated to a moving and informative speech by Sue Potepa from the RBL and heard about the wonderful work they do in helping veterans and their families. The RBL's latest campaign "Rethink Remembrance" hopes to remind us to think of victims of ALL conflicts and not just the 1st and 2nd World Wars.

The work that the RBL does is so much more than arranging for poppies to be sold in November. They have outreach programmes to help those affected by drug and alcohol addiction, activity centres and holiday schemes for families affected by warfare, dementia nurses, schemes to help homeless veterans back into society - and, of course, the Annual Poppy Day fundraising event.

Not surprisingly all these projects costs a huge amount of money to run - the RBL needs to raise over £1.4 million a week!!

Sue asked that we highlight the up-coming fundraising events including:

  • The Annual Golf Day at Shirehampton Golf Club, 15th September
  • The Bristol Poppy Ball at the Marriott City Centre Hotel, 18th November -
  • The 5th Bristol Poppy Day, 2nd November

If you would like to know more about these events, and to purchase tickets, please contact Sue direct on 07768 794939.

For more information on the great work of the Royal British Legion please go to their website

Appeal for volunteers

The 5th Bristol Poppy Day, needs volunteers - especially around the Clifton Area. Are you able to help Sue and her team on the 2nd November? Please contact Sue on 07768 794939.

Sue is also looking for any local businesses that would like to sponsor a few drinks for the Armed Forces on the day.

If you would like a uniformed member of the armed forces to visit your offices and collect for the poppy appeal, again, please contact Sue. 


Join the club...

Membership is currently open if you would like to join our friendly pro-active group!
If you'd like to come along to a Wednesday morning meeting please email us at

Please support a really fun evening. Elvis is Keith Davies, a strong Rotarian, who gives his time free so that Rotary clubs can raise funds. It is Bristol Rotary's centenary year and they are trying to raise vital funds for the "Meadow Vale" project (rebuilding facilities and services for a very deprived and poor part of the city).

For details contact Jim Currie 07879 473438

Here is an update on Southmead Hospital's next event for the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.  

This week they have launched the registration for the very first Amazing Abseil Adventure, where people are invited to abseil over 100ft down the side of our Brunel Building to raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity.

For more details and to register please visit the website