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Other things that take up my time at the moment are the various zone and district finals of our various Youth competitions. When you attend these it never ceases

to amaze me how much talent and ability there is amongst the young people taking part. Linda and I will also be going to the RIBI National Conference in Belfast in April. These are always good occasions to hear what is going on in Rotary across the UK. As a member of the RIBI Membership Committee, I

understand that I will be doing a “slot” on the membership stand. I hope there’s a comfortable chair! Our Mother club, Witney, are celebrating their 60th Anniversary on March 28th. Should be a good evening for anyone who wants to come along. I am told that at least one of the speakers should be interesting!

Just a word about the Young Family of Rotary. In Faringdon we have done a great job in the last few years building up our Interact and Rotakids clubs. I am writing this having just returned from a school assembly at a Primary School in Bourne End, where we chartered a new Rotakids club. Twenty enthusiastic young people who understand that being part of Rotary is thinking about other people and trying to help them. I know this, because THEY told me. Our organisation still faces a battle with membership and sometimes outdated attitudes and customs, but if 8 and 9 year olds can understand the simplicity of our message and commit to it, we must have a bright future!

Tim Cowling


With less than six weeks to go until this year’s District Conference in Telford, the following information will be helpful to those who have already registered and may encourage those still to register that this is a weekend not to be missed.

Speakers –We are delighted to recently have had confirmation of an additional speaker who will be joining us on Sunday morning, Anne Wafula Strike MBE. Anne was born in Kenya, but contracted Polio at the age of two. In 2004, she was the first wheelchair racer from East Africa to compete in the Paralympics.

Her autobiography “In my Dreams I Dance” was published in 2010 and won the BBC’s “My Story award. Anne was awarded an MBE in 2014 for her services to disabled sport and has recently been appointed a Non Executive Director to the Board of UK Athletics. Read more about her by visiting

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