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This was my first district assembly so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Henley is a lovely area, and a place I hadn’t visited before. The weather was terrible, but the turn out for the Assembly was very impressive.... I did notice however, the male / female ratio is still very high!

After arrival, tea and coffee were served, and we were then all led into the Hall. It was refreshing to see Tim and Clive in bright red t shirts, dressing down for the day! Tim’s speech was inspirational, he spoke about the things he wanted to achieve this year, his goals and why he had chosen SeeSaw as his charity of choice. Listening to Tim talk about his very sad loss as a child, hearing his voice break with emotion, it became very clear why SeeSaw was his chosen charity. And what a fantastic charity it is, and what a difference it has made to so many people.

I do feel everyone in the hall agreed that “Light up” Rotary is a very strong theme for this Rotary year as it encapsulates what we do... We make a difference and have fun while doing it. Lunch was a choice of different baguettes, teas and coffees were available in abundance.

We were then separated out into groups for specific sessions. I headed off for the Community and Youth combined presentation. The talks regarding each committee were interesting, but I felt we would have benefited more from singular sessions and not combined, as it was a bit rushed as time was limited. We did a paper exercise, each committee had to list what community projects we were already involved with. Then we had to break the list down further to

divide it up into community projects, environmental and community emergency support. I realised very quickly that we are involved in many more community projects than any other club.

However, we only touched very lightly on the environmental side, with the Christmas tree recycling, and we didn’t do anything at all under the category of community emergency support. I looked at these three sections when considering what I wanted to accomplish this year with Community and decided that we have enough trees, and with local villages already having defibrillators in place, community responders and 999 at our finger tips, that perhaps our resources would be best spent elsewhere.

All in all it was a good morning out, I learned a few things and apparently luke warm coffee is actually not that bad !

Gillian Peaston

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