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President’s message

It’s that time of year again friends when we face one of our ‘busiest times’!

Sally and David, and those of you on Community Services are pulling out the stops for Festive Faringdon and it is overwhelming to see the support that club members give to this event. I know from personal experience how much work goes into its organisation and I hope that, by the time you are reading this, we shall be celebrating its success.

The fundraising team delivered an exceptional evening at The Snooty Mehmaan increasing our annual donation to Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign and then staged a first class Fireworks event, so well supported by the club. Roddy is now finalising the rotas for this year’s Thomas collections and I know that it has been a huge challenge for him to get enough people to help. This massive venture needs huge support and Interact again has pulled out the stops. If you can offer Roddy another evening or two, I know he would appreciate your extra help.

I am really pleased that the decision about the future meeting place of the club has now been made. Members have had their say and wish to stay at The Bell. We are in ongoing negotiations with the management of The Bell in an attempt to address some of the ‘comfort’ issues that you have raised and I can assure you that they are doing all they can to accommodate us.

If you have read the last Council minutes, you will know that Council is considering possible solutions to other difficulties we experience at The Bell. The effectiveness of the PA system is a problem, as are the technical problems associated with presentation equipment. Once we have done our ‘homework’ on this we will be in a better position to put our ideas forward.

I am heading towards the half way stage of my presidency and have been reflecting upon the ups and downs of the week by week goings on of our club; some delightful and uplifting, and others, less so. The last month has been a difficult time; a time of conflict within our fellowship; a time of hurt feelings, sadness and loss. On reflection, I think that given the very nature of Rotarians generally, conflict from time to time is inevitable as we all strive and struggle to do what we think is the right thing.

The demise of our Young carers’ club was a shock and a huge disappointment to me personally. When something like this happens we have a choice. Do nothing, let it go and move on, or, see if we can rebuild and try again. At our last business meeting I asked for your support so that I can put in the work to rebuild something so special and a tribute to our club.

You gave that support and I find it impossible to express the depth of my gratitude to you and so, I will bring this to an end now and wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmastime amongst your families and friends.


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