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I originally wrote this at 30,000 feet as Linda and I returned from attending the RI Convention and visiting our family in Sydney; ready for a steady couple of weeks before starting one of the busiest, most demanding, and I am sure one of the most rewarding years we have had for a long time However, things have now moved on a pace. The job of District Governor is more dangerous than I had anticipated, John Greening has suffered a serious break to his ankle at a wellie throwing contest, (don’t ask!) and I am thrust into the centre of things slightly earlier than anticipated!

I suspect by the time many of you read this I will either be very close to officially taking the reigns as District Governor, or may even have done so. I would like to thank those of you who are supporting Linda and me at District handover on 28th June. It is a pity that there aren’t a few more coming, but I guess it is a busy holiday time for many people. Altogether there will be just over 100 people from various clubs, so it should be a good party.

The other event which will have taken place before this newsletter is published is the Buscot Fun Run. As you will know from the last newsletter and my presentation to club in February, I am taking part in this as the first of my “Runs for Mum” in my year as District Governor. These runs, of which there are now five, and a five mile

cycle ride, are to support Seesaw, the Oxfordshire based charity which assists bereaved children. Having adopted Seesaw as my charity for the year, I do not believe that I should just ask for donations, I should earn them. Hence the “fun” runs. Anyone wishing to support me can do so by visiting

Imentioned the RI Convention earlier. This is an event that Linda and I have now attended in the last 2 years. Not an obligation, but something that gives us the opportunity to understand the work of the Rotary organisation in an international context. It probably wasn’t up to the very high standard of last year, but still some excellent speakers, the star being a former Polio sufferer Ade Adepitan, who travelled all the way from the UK to speak to us! We also got the chance to meet up with many friends who we have met over the last 3 years, as well as making new ones.

This was the last Convention, Conference, or training session that I will attend before the big day, and I have to say that whilst some of the material has perhaps become a little repetitive, the time and money that RI and RIBI have invested in us has been very impressive. I hope I can live up to it. My diary is, as you can imagine, already getting full for the next 12 months. I am trying to join in as many club events around the district as possible, as well as making my official visit to each club before Christmas.

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