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What we do and who we help.

Lewis Munday centre with Rotary UK and Ireland President PeterKing and Elizabeth Rowlands MBE Chief Executve Officer of the Willow Trust.
I was pleased to welcome RIBI President Peter King and his wife Di to our District for a two day visit .
 A programme had been planned so that they could meet Rotarians in the district and see what projects Clubs were supporting in their communities.  Jill and I were pleased to have the opportunity to see projects first hand and to meet members.
The first day, we met with members of South Cotswold RC.  David Britton told us about the charity,  “Our Street Our Children” which he had started in Nepal and which is being supported by  the club.
 We then moved on to Saul Junction on the Gloucester Canal to board the Willow Trust boat.  The boat is used by disabled and seriously ill children and adults with their carers and is supported by many clubs in the district.  Liz Rowland, CEO told us about the charity and thanked Rotary for its support.  We enjoyed a  cruise and lunch on the canal. 
 We were fortunate to meet Lewis Munday and his family on the cruise. Lewis aged 10, has recently undergone a procedure to help his mobility.   His mother, Louise raised £35k for the operation, which is helping to transform Lewis’s life.

 In the evening Nailsworth Rotary hosted a dinner at Egypt Mill, many clubs were represented.   A raffle raised £250 on the evening for End Polio Now.  Accounting for the Gates Foundation contribution, this will be turned into a magnificent £750!
On Thursday we met Nailsworth Rotary, Stroud Valley Project as well as members of Cotswold Canal Trust at Capels Mill, Stroud to see the work undertaken to create a wildlife waterpark beside the restored canal.  Peter laid a topping stone to the new pond after learning about the project.
Then onto Queen Elizabeth Hospital Swindon to see a new multi position mammography biopsy chair purchased by Swindon Phoenix , which will improve patients experiences at the Breast Centre.
Lunch was with the Swindon Club  also attended by neighboring clubs.  We had the opportunity to see the BIOS Mobile Youth Club Van  which is sponsored in part by the Rotary Clubs in Swindon It is equipped with an XBox One, PS4, sound system, sports equipment, iPads, laptop, internet access, table tennis, refreshments, covered seating, activities and more.
Our final visit was to Greatwood, near Marlborough , which both Marlborough and Swindon Phoenix support.  Greatwood is the only organisation that uses ex-racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with special educational needs.
 After a hectic and impressive few days , Peter and Di left us to go to South Wales.
 We were fortunate that the press attended many of the events and we hope that Rotary will get some positive publicity.
A note from the RI President Gary C.K. Huang
In Rotary, we mark August as Membership and Extension Month. There is a good 
reason why we remind ourselves of the importance of membership early in every
Rotary year: because the job of growing our membership is one that we can never 
begin too soon. It is also a job that we can never stop working on. 
In order to keep serving, Rotary always needs to be growing!

People come into Rotary for all kinds of reasons, but they stay because Rotary is fun to
be a part of. So I want to remind all of you to have fun in your clubs and your districts. 
Rotary is based on the idea that our service is more effective when we serve together
with our friends. So let's enjoy our Rotary service, share it with others, and 
Light Up Rotary together!
New Members we have been told about are:
Cheltenham Sunrise: Nigel Messenger
Portishead: Richard Bonfield
Swindon Thamesdown: Wayne Bignell
Worcester Vigornia: David Southwell.
We wish them an enjoyable and fun time of service within Rotary

District Membership Seminat, Saturday September 20, 2014 at The Gables Hotel Falfield.
Details can be found by clicking the link here

 
The first of the District Mini Conventions takes place as detailed above.
Susanne Rea is flying in from Cairns Australia to tell us about The World's Greatest Meal to Help End Polio.
Treasure Chest is a project appeal on behalf of Heart Research UK
Click on the name to find out more. the speaker is Brian Curran.
Areas 1-3 will showcasing their projects. A chance to hear how it is done.

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