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Joy Arnott were among 70 guests at the Compleat Angler Hotel, overlooking the River Thames at Marlow. Eve had the pleasure of awarding the new Marlow Bridge Rotary Club its Charter just 6 months after its first meeting. This new club – the third club in the town – is aimed at reflecting the needs of those with busy professional and home lives. So there is a local Rotary Club for everyone.

Sparkling New Club for Marlow! O

n Tuesday, 12 July RIBI President Eve Conway and District Governor

resources; advertising planned, and local journalists and other influencers engaged. 16 potential members attended the first meeting on 9 February. Along the way some have been lost, but others gained, and the new club now has the required 20 members. It is busy shaping its approach to future fundraising, community events and indeed its own ethos. It also proudly boasts Paralympic Gold Medallist Naomi Riches MBE as an Associate Member.

For many years, there have been just the 2 Rotary Clubs in Marlow. The original was “Marlow Rotary Club,” formed over 8 decades ago, followed by “Marlow Thames” which was formed in 1997.

The two clubs worked together to help launch the new club, with members being very conscious that their own way of doing things might not be right for everyone in the town. So a launch plan was worked up engaging all available

The club meets every month on the 2nd

and 4th

Tuesday evenings, and the

founding members have elected Louise Kelly as the club’s first President.

Louise says: “To be able to help found a new club is tremendously exciting. We can shape the club to reflect our particular life styles and our interests – and it is a great time to join! We really would like to talk to other potential members – they are very welcome just to come along and see what we are all about.”

Meet the Membership Chairman A

s befits a person looking after our wide and varied District membership,

Bob Calaz has led an eventful life, full of wide variations. His grandfather, a musician, composed the well-known popular song I do like to be beside the seaside, his father, was a sailor and his mother a dancer – although Bob is quick to say he didn’t inherit any of their talents.

After schooling in Croydon, Bristol and grammar school at Ashford, he went on to study for a BSc in electronics at Imperial College in London. Whilst there, he widened his horizons by taking up rowing, in the 3rd

8 at Henley and became

secretary of the jazz club. Vacations at Butlins Holiday Camps in Clacton and Phewelli further widened his horizons.

On leaving Imperial College, he joined Rediffusion as a graduate apprentice, specialising in outside broadcasting before promotion to a Broadcast Engineer covering programmes such as Z Cars’ and

Autumn 2016

District Extension Officer, John Simpson is

clearly delighted. He also won the raffle!

To find out more about our new club, go to or find us on Facebook @MarlowBridgeRotary club or ring Louise Kelly on 07866 461948

Take Your Pick and also found himself coping with the assassination of President Kennedy in November 1963.

From there, he spread his wings and took up overseas postings in Malta, The West Indies and Hong Kong – postings which opened the door for such pursuits as pony trekking, water skiing and snow skiing – and the opportunity to meet Natalie, who he married in 1967.

In 1970, he was appointed Rediffusion’s Chief Engineer in South Africa where his role was to start up TV broadcasting – and had to overcome ‘big problems’ – mainly political. On the social side, he joined, and became Chairman of Johannesburg Round Table and later joined Kyalami Rotary Club.

1985 saw the family return to the UK where he started up Race Communications Ltd, installing satellite TV in the Ascot and Sunningdale area for wealthy Arab

clients, and Bracknell Council Flats for the less well-off. He also set up and lectured on satellite training courses, which he continues to do today.

For relaxation he enjoys his ‘boy’s toys’ – a Douglas flat-twin motorbike, an MGA sports car and an Austin Healy 100.

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