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feel particularly privileged to be your District Governor this year as we join in the Centennial Celebrations for the Rotary Foundation. Our district has a strong tradition of supporting the Foundation, undertaking many Global Grant projects, embracing the Rotary and Peace Scholarship programmes with enthusiasm and not only raising impressive sums for End Polio Now, but sending many volunteers to India for National Immunisation Days. I thank you all for your dedication and from all the activity this summer, feel certain that you will continue this passion for Rotary throughout the months to come.


My year started off in fine style on the River Thames when Robert and I joined other district friends on the RIBI Presidents’ Handover riverboat trip with Eve Conway and Peter Davey. It was a special pleasure to meet Donovan, legendary singer and polio-survivor, and hear him sing Mellow Yellow, a favourite from the past! He will be a real asset to us as Ambassador for the Purple 4 Polio campaign as we strive to rid the world of this crippling disease once and for all.


Although the news that polio has re- emerged in Nigeria was disappointing, it has served to strengthen our resolution that global eradication WILL be achieved.


It will of course cost money and I look forward to all the crocus planting that will turn the district purple in the spring to help raise awareness and funds to achieve our goals.

What better start to the year than having RIBI President Eve charter a new club in our District? Congratulations and all best wishes to the vibrant new club of Marlow Bridge! It was a real fun evening with their sponsors, Marlow and Marlow Thames, and their many friends and supporters from the District and beyond. A fantastic achievement in a short space of time and bodes well for Rotary in the Thames Valley.

It has been encouraging to find those clubs I have already visited in such good fettle and there is so much to look forward to in the coming weeks. The Oxford Peace Conference has splendid speakers and the topic of Peace through Understanding could not have been better chosen for the world’s troubled times.

We are proud to be supporting Naomi Riches in her Great Thames Row later this month as she attempts to set a new Guinness World record, raising funds for IN Vision. All our best wishes go with her for this gruelling challenge!

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A satisfied customer at Faringdon’s Pizza Palace, Truck Festival 2016.

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A massive thank you to previous Editor, Eric Malam who gave so many years of dedicated service to this role.

Thank you to all those who sent in copy for this issue and apologies for the slightly later than intended publication.

A considerable number of important ‘stop-press’ items arrived well after the copy date and were too good to leave out, which meant extending the original number of pages and a major rejig, but well worth it. Enjoy!

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