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“You’re yesterday’s man now, I suppose”.

This was the comment made by a ”friend” in District last week after the announcement of the 2015/16 Rotary theme. It is true that my successor, Fred King, has been to San Diego for the International Assembly and is gearing up for his year, but there are still 5 months of my year to go, and I can assure you that the pace is not slowing down. There is still a great deal to achieve in 2014/15.

The first thing on the horizon is of course District Conference in Telford. The conference team are working away amazingly hard and I couldn’t have picked a more committed and hard

working team if I had tried. Additionally, the support from the rest of Faringdon club is tremendous. There will be over 50 of us in Telford and I can’t thank you enough for your support. We will have the biggest contingent of delegates from any club by some margin, and it is only a pity that the District Governor’s club are not allowed to win the “Best Attendance” trophy!

Our final speaker is confirmed: Anne Wafula Strike, a girl originally from Kenya who suffered from Polio at the age of two, became a Paralympic athlete, and is now a Non Executive Director of UK Athletics. I think that the title of her book “In my Dreams I Dance”, is a delightful title. We could still do with a few more delegates from other clubs, but whatever our final numbers, the committee and I are determined that this will be a great weekend!

The next big event for the year will be a music concert at Dorchester Abbey on April 30th. This will feature entrants in the District Young Musician competition over the last couple of

years, including last year’s national instrumental winner, Robert Cheung. Peter King, RIBI President will be our special guest. Proceeds for the evening will be split equally between my charity SeeSaw and the End Polio Now campaign. Don’t worry, I am not looking for Faringdon Rotarians to do any of the organisation for this event, there are limits to which even I won’t go, but you might like to come along to what should be a splendid evening’s musical entertainment.

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