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Newsletter By Andreas Schneider   Thursday, 08 Feb 2018

Slough RotaryNewsletter 8th February 2018

FutureEvents (please check the web site calendar)

 Inner WheelDinner inviting Rotarians is on 12th February at ThePines.

- Quiz Night on 17thFebruary at Farnham Royal Village Hall. Fully booked.

- DistrictOrange Youth Speaks will be at 27th February at Post GraduateCentre, 18:15.

- Ladies Day at Jordans and District Rotary Club will be held on 28thFebruary at Beaconsfield Golf Club. £40 per ticket for ladies only from JennyOwen, 01494-677571 or 07707-86415.

- Moonraker2018 on 17th March 2018, Night time charity walk by RCLangley & Iver, need volunteers and walkers, Jerri Rees 07913 329452

- DistrictConference 2018 on 23rd to 25th March. 16 going.

- OctoberTrip 4th – 7th October 2018 to Mons/Belgium.

Newsworthy

- We filled in a questionnaire re Slough Libraries, was delivered to The Curve.

- Burns Night celebrations: the hotel’s organisation was praised.

- Ram is organising BlindCamp sponsorship. Although the club doesn’t sponsor, any members wishing tosponsor at £25/operation please go through club accounts/Peter White tomaximise gift aid.

- Every member now has access to theclub’s Microsoft Office 365 for software, email and shared calendars.

- Speaker Mike Stone reported about Wexham Hospital Volunteer Group.

People   (report from Ram dated 4th February)

- Doug Campbell has been very ill indeed lately. Ram had telephoned him.

- Charles Lakin is doing very well now, says Janet.

- Mary Abraham has improved a lot in the last 2 months. She walks and speech is improving daily. Ram conveyed her good wishes to the meeting.

- Shubi Bedi has had a major operation on 26th Jan. She is due to come home where Ram will look after her personally.


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Newsletter By Andreas Schneider   Thursday, 16 Nov 2017
Slough Rotary Newsletter 16th November 2017
 
Future Events (please check the web site calendar) • Slough Sleepout for the Homeless, 25.11., 19:30 to 6:00 at St Bernard’s School, 1 Langley Road, SL3 7AF. • Bucket Collection at Tesco Slough organised by Marlene for 25.11., 9:0021:00. Members are asked to commit to 2-hour slots. • Inner Wheel Coffee Morning is on 2nd December.at Lashbrook (Gould’s), 10:30 – 12:00. No charge but donations are invited. • Beaconsfield Rotary Charity Auction (on line) ends on 3rd December. https://www.beaconsfieldrotaryauction.org.uk/ • Annual Christmas Dinner – Thursday, 14.12., 19:30 at Burnham Beeches Golf Club. Please book now with menu choices - Gordon Briggs. • Our Burns Night is set for 25.1.. John is organising again. • Quiz Night on 17th February at Caldicott School. • Moonraker 2018 on 17th March 2018, Night time charity walk by RC Langley & Iver, need volunteers and walkers, Jerri Rees 07913 329452 • District Conference 2018 on 23rd to 25th March.  Newsworthy • We had the event Youth Speaks 2017 instead of the usual meeting. It was a great success – once again. 15 teams competing. Thanks goes to David Gould for organising: great effort David. Also to all those who helped. People
 
The funeral will take place on Monday 27th November at 1.45pm at the Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham, HP7 0ND.
Wishing well to all our friends who are suffering ill health
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Newsletter By Andreas Schneider   Thursday, 21 Sep 2017
Slough Rotary Newsletter 21st September 2017
 
Future Events (please check the web site calendar) • The French Trip: Trippers are informed. This is the 31st trip. • 45th Charter Night of RC Langley & Iver is on 14th October. Robin sent out the invitation. • Christmas Cards can still be ordered from Robin in packs of 10 at £5/pack until end of October in support of End Polio Now. • Youth Speaks is set for November: please see club web site for details. • SCVS Awards on 17.11. – For tickets contact John Winyard. • Quiz Night on either 10th or 17th February at Caldicott. • Moonraker 2018 on 17th March 2018, Night time charity walk by RC Langley & Iver, need volunteers and walkers, Jerri Rees 07913 329452 • District Conference 2018 on 23rd to 25th March, book with Richard Mingard Newsworthy • Joint meeting with RC Langley & Iver:
We had an excellent meal and a chance to socialise. We learned about their events (see Moonraker above and Charter Night). People No update from Ram Bedi. Therefore, I let last week’s items stand: • Mary Abraham: Ram visited at Wexham Park Hospital – she can speak better and walk a few steps. • Shubi Bedi is still having more tests. • Doug is poorly, had new injections starting last week. • Charles Lakin makes good progress according to Janet. • Gordon Briggs recovers well although Pat Briggs is not so well. Nina Gittins is recovering well from her knee op.  • John Winyard is improving and ready for the French Trip. He will need helpers for carrying on the trip still.
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Newsletter By Andreas Schneider   Thursday, 31 Aug 2017
lough Rotary Newsletter 31th August 2017
 
Future Events (please check the web site calendar) • Terry’s Mystery Play – we are getting close to the 9th September. Venue: Farnham Royal Community Hall, £20/head incl. fish/chicken dinner. There are still plenty of places so please sell tickets as you can. • Speaker Sharon Westby will talk about slavery in UK today on 14th September (Speaker Evening). Please bring guests. • RC Langley and Iver will have a joined meeting with us on 28th September, Pinewood Hotel. They celebrate 45th anniversary on 14th October. • Christmas Cards can still be ordered from Robin in packs of 10 at £5/pack until end of October in support of End Polio Now. • Youth Speaks is set for November: please see club web site for details. Newsworthy • Peter White told us about his Bank Holiday weekend managing not to mow his lawn. He also re-worked the 3fold leaflet and introduced it. • Ram Bedi spoke about his personal history coming from a village near Islamabad to the UK. He gave an insight into the violent times when Pakistan separated from India. • David Gould introduced his idea of sending letters to businesses in the Trading Estate inviting participation in the Slough Together Walk. People • Mary Abraham – is back at home and can walk. Speech is still weak and her right side gives her problems. • Shubi Bedi – had fainted and went to hospital for 24 hours. The consultant wants to do more tests with her. • John Winyard – is recovering well and hopes to join our meetings soon. • Bob Preece – is critically ill at home and under palliative care.
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Newsletter By Andreas Schneider   Thursday, 10 Aug 2017

Slough Rotary Newsletter 27th July 2017

 

Future Events (please check the web sitecalendar)

       Terry’s Mystery Play is set for 9th September, Farnham RoyalCommunity Hall, £20/head incl. fish/chicken dinner. Electronic flyer will becirculated.

      NewsSpeaks is set for November: please see club web site for details.

Newsworthy

       Terry was guest speaker on Monday atJordan’s and also heard Paul Thomas of the Slough Observer. He would make anexcellent guest speaker for Slough as well.

      This was the first committee meeting with a buffet meal. Everybody liked the foodand the set up. We had a noise problem with one of the burners keeping the foodhot. It is worth it being at committeeevenings for 18:30.

People

       Jan Carling – a minute’s silence was observed.Terry wrote an article for the Slough Observer to be published on 28thJuly. Ian is going to Australia atleast until Christmas for a building project with one of his properties.

       Bob Priest – David visited him. Bob isphysically well but can’t look after himself anymore.

For now he is inhospital.

       Doug Campbell -  is very ill and suffers dizzy spells.

       Charles Larkin – is doing well asconfirmed by Janet.

       Shubi Bedi – took ill and the holidayto Ireland had to be cut short (Ram was at the meeting). She went into WexhamPark for tests: not a stroke and not a heart attack and further tests needed.Shubi is at home right now with more appointments to come.

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Handover By Immediate past President Mary Abraham   Friday, 03 Jul 2015

Yesterday evening was the handover. I passed the baton to Gordon. Well attended (more than anticipated) and what an enjoyable evening.

I greeted ladies at the door with a  lovely rose. Indian meal was very good. Chronological  photographical highlights of the year was running throughout the meal. Ladies were given a surprise gift, which was much appreciated. Certificate of appreciation and achievement was given to few people in recognition of 'service above self, valuable contributions and outstanding accomplishments. 

I am very glad that I have left Slough Rotary at a much better place than I took over. Several innovative ideas were introduced.  There were more interesting speakers and fun filled enjoyable evenings. More funds were raised (over �12,000).  Slough Ebola awareness was a great success. Facebook was launched on 1st July 2014 and is going very strong. We now have over 350 likes all over the world.

 I have accepted a post at district level and looking forward to first meeting sometime before the end of July. It would be fun and different experience.

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District Handover By President Mary Abraham   Monday, 29 Jun 2015

Last week was full of different important events.

Thursday 25th June was the last aperitif meeting of this Rotary year. Andreas decided to have admin and membership committee meeting , which was very fruitful as Andreas will not be available for July meeting. Each committee member took a lead role to plan and discuss this in the month of July (Thursday 16th)  committee meeting.

D4L school visits ended with Khalsa Primary school on Friday 26th June 2015. Sam was there to present dictionaries along with Ram and me. Ram and Sam spoke in Punjabi to year 4 pupils as per their request.

Friday 26th Evening was district handover at Windsor Castle Hotel. Several people got awards but the Rotarian of the year was Marlow President for his Ebola fund raising effort which went viral world wide.

Sunday 28th  (my birthday) was the Inner Wheel Champagne Lunch at Robin and Jenny's place. Good variety of vegetarian choice was much appreciated.

2nd July is the club handover, looking forward to handing over the baton and concentrate on my other charity work in Slough. 

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Murder Mystery By President Mary Abraham   Sunday, 31 May 2015
The Murder Mystery evening was a real hit and fun courtesy Terry Pattinson. We had house full over 70 guests. Hidden talents of acting were revealed. Please go to Slough Facebook to see few snaps.
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Dothan visit By President Mary Abraham   Thursday, 28 May 2015

Today starts the official visit of our twinning club from Dothan, Alabama, USA. Dell came earlier and I had the opportunity to spend whole day with her on Tuesday 26th May visiting Runnymead, Ascot and Windsor. We had a 45 minutes boat cruise on River Thames as well. Magna Carta is celebrating its 800th Anniversary.

The Bloombergs are here too and staying with Peter. I will meet them this evening at The Long Barn where we meet for our Aperitif meeting.

I am looking forward to our Murder Mystery play on Saturday 30th May, written and directed by Terry.

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India Eye Camp report By President Mary Abraham   Sunday, 10 May 2015

Thursday 7th May was a very enjoyable day. Indian meal was a great hit. Geoff in Indian attire looked stunning. Fiona also came in chudidar. Sam in her sari looked gorgeous. Some of the guests also made an effort to come in Indian dress.

 Inner Wheel President was asked to  light the friendship candle. business meeting and report about eye camp and Mumbai Inner Wheel  welcome and South Indian tour  were completed on time just before 8.30pm. Ram Bedi was presented with a cheque for 300.00 for eye camp on top of 1200.00.

Saturday 9th May was the District Assembly at Christ Church, Henley. 7 members from Slough Rotary attended.

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Rotary Charity Walk By President Mary   Sunday, 03 May 2015

Yesterday was Slough Rotary Together Walk for small charities and individuals living in Slough to fundraise for their own charities.

It was a very pleasant day, though showers were predicted. This made walkers to walk and enjoy the walk through Jubilee river and parts of Slough and Eton. This year there were many dogs with their owners.

Geoff as usual sold several raffle tickets. Sam Sahota helped Geoff. Holly from Langley Rotaract helped to promote bird life and a quiz for all walkers 'spot the birds' to make their walk more interesting. Children enjoyed this activity.

BBQ was managed by Marlene. Hungry walkers enjoyed this edition this year. Veggie burger was really good..

Mars Ltd gave assortment of sweets. Magic Stars were a great hit with children. Thanks to Mars Ltd for their product donation. Much appreciated.

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Quiz and Blood Pressure day By President Mary   Monday, 20 Apr 2015

Last week was a busy week for most of the Rotarians who were present for all three dates consecutively. Thursday 16th was the first meeting for the new committee members. We had good attendance for all the committees.

Friday 17th was our Grand Quiz Event at Caldicot school (Farnham Common). There were 121 participants in 16 tables from different groups. We had our AG John Greening and his wife Joan Greening as participant. Very well attended and enjoyable evening. Food was great organised by Richard. Good flow of drinks organised by John. Good simple questions organised by our in house Quiz Master Terry. Roger  & Co did a superb job in sharing responsibilities for smooth running of the event. Inner Wheel's presence and support in running this event was much appreciated. As usual Brian took photographs. Pen Dragon was the winner by 1/2 a mark.

Saturday 18th was our  'Know Your Blood Pressure Day' at Sainsbury. another very successful day and a chance to promote our Walk, which is held on Saturday 2nd May. Surrinder was the lead for this event. Well done  everyone. I had a good time.

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Happy Easter By President Mary Abraham   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015

Attended District Council on Thursday 26th March. This was the last for 2014-15 Rotary year. Some of the most important decisions were made. Clear financial decision on subscription and reserve for general fund 70% of the annual expenditure.

Today is Maundy Thursday and there is no meeting for Slough Rotary club. Wish you all a very happy Easter and spring break.

Spring is here  and daffodils are out. This is the beginning of new life.

Slough Rotary club has started discussion on membership and retention. There will be further discussion on 9th April again. Hopefully we will be able to come to some practical suggestions and its implication soon.

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The Long Barn By President Mary Abraham   Friday, 27 Feb 2015

This was our 4th Thursday and we met at The Long Barn for an informal fellowship and catch up with some unfinished business.

We just heard a sad news that Russell Wendover, who was our former member and moved to Bath passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family members. Our thoughts are with his family. May God give the strength to all his family members and friends the strength to bear this lose.

Next weekend 6 -8 March is the District 1090 conference at Telford. I will have a lot to say about this conference when I come back. I am looking forward to this weekend.

Spring is nearly here.

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Rotary is 110 years old today By President Mary Abraham   Monday, 23 Feb 2015

Happy 110th  year Rotary International.

Thanks to Paul Harris who started this Service Club for fellowship and giving something back to the community. Rotary Motto 'Service above Self' is very close to my heart.  Today is also  'End Polio now' day too. Rotary has been involved with Polio eradication project.

Moving forward and changing our thinking to accommodate younger members into Rotary club Slough is our discussion. Our membership Survey has highlighted few discussion points. We have started our discussion last Thursday and will follow it up with further discussion through email. 

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Burns Night By President Mary Abraham   Monday, 09 Feb 2015

Sorry could not write earlier. But I intend to be more regular from now on.

Burns Night was a real hit. We had 42 guests. Thanks to Jan and Geoff who brought maximum number of guests to our 3 course Scottish meal. Terry did his best to stab the Haggis in absence of our experienced haggis stabber Tom.

I tried my best  to pronounce Gaelic Scottish way but failed miserably, but made many LOL.

We had a very interesting Prostrate Cancer awareness speaker on 5th February. .

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Fireworks By President Mary Abraham   Sunday, 19 Oct 2014

Fireworks at LEGOLAND watched from Leonards Hill courtesy of Geoff and Fiona. Spectacular fireworks and good barbecue food, hot chocolate with marshmallow were enjoyed by all.

Attended first Orange zone Presidents meeting at Tummies, Burnham organised by AG John Greening. All 9 presidents were present and  shared their fundraising ideas.

23rd October is Diwali. Happy Diwali  to all those who are going to celebrate. 24th October is International Polio Day.Support us and help us to eradicate Polio.

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Visit AG John Greening By President Mary ABraham   Saturday, 11 Oct 2014
I had a very busy week. Thursday 9th October we welcomed AG John Greening amongst us. Andreas presented his very interesting and vivid career history. French trip highlights were retold by John Winyard. We are waiting for the photos. We are all looking forward to Saturday 18th October, Fireworks at Try's Leonard Hill, Windsor. Hope to see Many of you there.
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Charity Golf By Mary Abraham   Saturday, 27 Sep 2014

September started with a public meeting organised by Marlow Rotary and churches to provide information about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa on 1st September. Rotarian David and his family from the Monrovia (capital of Liberia) was the speaker  to explain first hand experience and answer questions. They are doing their best but need support from us. Several clubs in District 1090 have joined this emergency global appeal. Slough Rotary has agreed to give donation from our contingency disaster funds and appeal Slough community to offer their support to raise funds.

September is nearly over. It was a busy month. We were able to make few decisions at the Council meeting e.g. decided to have fewer club council, business and committee meetings.

Slough Rotary Together Walk winners in 4 different categories were presented with a cheque for their charity. This was an extra boost to their collected funds through the sponsored walk, on 4th September chaired by Gordon Briggs (President Elect). President Mary Abraham and Secretary Robin Weathersbee attended District Council meeting.

International Charity Day (5th September) was marked by Slough Rotary and Inner Wheel participating at PALS (disabled) Sports Day on 6th and 7th September. Shubi Bedi collected 80.00 by selling her handmade jewellery. This was handed over to PALS. Their usual wheelchair slalom was well enjoyed by participants.

International Literacy Day (8th September) and International Peace Day (21st September) were mentioned during Thursday meetings.

Onam (Kerala Harvest festival) Celebration was a very good example of Slough Rotary president and Slough Malayalee Association working together to light Up Community on 13th September at Slough Cricket Club. There were about 200 non Rotarians of all age group very interested to find out what Rotary does while enjoying good Kerala Onam Sadhya (food served in Banana leaf) entertainment and sports. Truly a Rotary Day!

2nd vice president Terry Pattinson was nominated  and elected on 11th September. Now we are houseful. Thanks to Terry and welcome aboard as club council officer. He chaired the meeting on 18th September. Well done!

District social Lunch for present club presidents organised by DG Tim Cowling was very relaxing and enjoyable networking event on 14th September.

Charity Golf Day was the highlight of this month's events.  6 teams of 4 ball played golf at South Buchinghamshire Golf Club for the Saraogi trophy. Simon Bailey won the Trophy with 41 points. Marlene's team won  overall best team for women and Robin's team for men. We raised over 1,300.00 for Slough Foodbank.

Keep visiting my blog, Slough Rotary website and Slough Rotary Facebook.

Hope to meet some new faces soon.

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August is nearly over By Mary Abraham   Friday, 29 Aug 2014
Month of August was quieter month and I was lazy. So sorry didn't have any entry to my Blog. Did you miss my Blog? How many of you are following me at this site? I would really like to know. Our Facebook almost 2 months old is getting known to friends and Rotarians alike. Please keep visiting our facebook and website. Do come to our Thursday meetings at Copthorne Hotel at Cippenham Lane Slough. We meet at Tommy Flynns (previously known as Long Barn), Cippenham Lane, Slough every fourth Thursdays for a very informal meetings. Last Fourth Thursday meeting at Tommy Flynn was yesterday (28 August). We had a prospective member who had a good time meeting some Rotarians and finding out about us informally. On Thursday 14 August, Rotarian John Miles from Leather-head made us aware of good work done by Guildford Eye hospital project. This project is vital to avoid preventable eye sight among poor population in India. I attended Independence Celebration by Indian diaspora in UK at Indian Gymkhana, Osterly. This was full of nostalgia for my family and me. Plenty of food and variety of entertainments depicting every Indian state's folk culture. Indian High Commissioner Mr Ranjan Mathai was the chief guest and hoisted the flag with national anthem. This event was definitely highlight of my presidency in August month. I met few other Rotarians from different clubs around Slough and as far as Leicester. Good way to network while having fun and enjoying exotic food.
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A number of events this week By Mary Abraham   Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014
WW1 Centenary 2 events in Slough. Saturday 2nd August unveiling of Sculpture and Monday 4th August Candlelight Vigil at Slough High Street organised by SBC. I attended both events.
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My presidency is exactly one month old By Mary Abraham   Thursday, 31 Jul 2014
My presidency is exactly one month old today 31st July. Started with School visits with Dictionaries for life to 10 Slough schools and Council meeting on 1st July. Haybrook Graduation on 2nd July. Very interesting speaker Walter on Empathy styles on 3rd July. Vocational Services by David and Doreen at Cambodia - ABC and Rice Project 1st 2 weeks of July. Community based project - Friends of Foyer for unemployed and homeless youths around Slough. Library for elderly, Youth support and play group project initiated by IIP Marlene Lewis at Hedgerley on going.President Mary volunteering at several community events spread around July - Chalvey Fete, Langley Carnival and Mandela Tribute.
Live chat show with Anne Diamond on 21st promoted Rotary. 27th July Rotary Family Fun Day attended by over 130 people belonging to 13 different Slough community groups and 2 Rotary clubs along with Slough Rotary Club. DGE Fred King was also present, good opportunity to promote and create awareness. Month ended with Volunteer Graduation ceremony on 30th July and 2 speaker on 31st July.
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Rotary family fun day By Mary ABraham   Sunday, 27 Jul 2014
Was very busy preparing for Rotary family fun day. It was today and was a great success. There were about 130 people representing Rotarians from Slough, Langley & Iver, Burnham Beaches and other organisations from Slough community. Soroptimist President was also there. Fred King, DGE with Moyra(his wife). it was very sad to note that Tim Cowling had a very serious accident and is hospitalised. It was a very good family (Extended) get together for Abraham, Christie and myself. Thank you for all those who came. We enjoyed your company. Charles and Janet's presence were much appreciated. Missed several other Rotarians and community groups who could not make it.
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Mandela Tribute By Mary Abraham   Saturday, 19 Jul 2014
The Mandela Tribute was truly a fabulous event. Organised by diverse Slough community and attended by several groups. Slough MP and The Mayor both were there.
I really enjoyed it .
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Very Busy with school visits By Mary Abraham   Monday, 14 Jul 2014
Very Busy with school visits. Went to Wexham Court Primary today. and SCVS networking Lunch afterwards.

On Saturday was at Langley Carnival. Met some old friends. Good sunny day but there were less people due to Ramadan month.
Many people signed up to get more support and attend events organised by Diabetes UK East Berkshire Volunteer group. It was worth blowing up those balloons.

Do come for 27th family Fun Day at Slough Cricket Club, Upton Court Park from 2.00 to 4.00 PM. It would be different and fun and taste some south Indian food.
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Calling all Rotarians to come to family fun day of the new Rotary year on 27th July By Mary Abraham   Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014
Calling all Rotarians to come to family fun day of the new Rotary year on 27th July 2014 at 1.45 fro 2.00 PM at Slough Cricket Club House, Upton Court Park, Slough SL3 7LT. DG Tim Cowling will be there too. Bring your family (children and grandchildren and friends.
This would be a great occasion to create a positive image of Slough Rotary club in the Slough community and find out more about the community groups.
Mary
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Haybrook College's Graduation ceremony By Mary Abraham   Sunday, 06 Jul 2014
Very busy with school visits to present dictionaries 4 life to Slough schools.
Haybrook College's Graduation ceremony on 2nd July was absolute pleasure to witness impact of Slough Rotary on 16 year old graduating students, who dropped out of main stream education.
First Thursday meeting on 3rd July at Copthorne with speaker Walter Blackburn was a great hit. Thanks to Andreas and Walter for making this a very successful evening.
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First day By Mary Abraham   Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014
First day as official President. School visits with dictionaries for life to year 4 children in Slough schools starts today. We are at James Elliman today.
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House of commons visit By Mary Abraham   Monday, 30 Jun 2014
Today I went to House of commons to collect Inspire Award for East Berkshire Volunteer Group Diabetes UK. Organised by Diabetes UK to celebrate Excellence in Volunteering.It is nice to know that Adrian Sanders MP who has developed Diabetes promoting awareness.
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District 1090 handover By Mary Abraham   Saturday, 28 Jun 2014
Today is very busy day for me. I am going to Chalvey fete at 1.00 pm as a volunteer to man the stall for CCG dealing with local health issues. Evening highlight will be District handover. Looking forward to this.
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President's Handover By Mary Abraham   Thursday, 26 Jun 2014
Evening went very well except I forgot the candle to light. President's Jewel is very heavy. I will have to learn to wear it with grace. Kavasha's presence was good. Watch this space for weekly update.
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President's Blog 2014-15 By Mary Abraham   Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014
This is a test message to check this Blog page. I am Mary Abraham and will be 82nd President for Slough Rotary Club. Handover is on 26th June at Copthorne Hotel. I am apprehensive but at the same time excited and ready for the challenge too. I just hope that I do not make too many mistakes. Listen to all and walk with all together in our Slough Rotary journey for the year 2014-15.
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Very busy this week helping SHOC with the homeless By Marlene   Thursday, 30 Jan 2014
I have been kept out late helping SHOC with their push this winter to aid the homeless. Here I am counting the sleeping bags that will be issued tonight.
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President Marlena welcomes you to Slough Rotary Club By Marlena   Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014

President Marlena welcomes you to Slough Rotary Club. We meet at the Copthorne Hotel, Cippenham Lane Slough most Thursdays at 18.15hrs.  Our charitable organisation has a specific agenda to eradicate Polio, only 2 countries in the world left.  We also engage in fund raising events to support local , national and international charities.  My Presidents lunch held in Hedgerley last summer raised enough funds to help ussend  a Shelter Box to aid the Philippines disaster. 

Proposed activities

April 2014

Quiz night at Caldicott School on 4th April 2014

May 2014

Charity Walk 3rd May 2014 at Upton Court Park

September 2014

Charity Golf date and venue to be arranged

Please see or website www.sloughrotary.org.uk  or e mail   info@sloughrotary.org.uk   

 

Marlena

President  Slough Rotary

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New Kid On The Block By Marlene   Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013
New Kid on the Block, New Kid on the Blog. Just two weeks but so far so good.

Hoping to see you at the party on Sunday, Now is the time to put your names down for the limbo dancing competition.

Very exciting initiative from Richard and Kavasha in helping to form a new Interact club at Westgate School

Great to see Serena Simmonds, winner of the District round of the Young Writer competition at our meeting last week, when we also made our first link (Bridge) with RC Maidenhead Bridge.

Dates for your diary, our first two Aperitif fellowship meetings, on Thurs Aug 15th and Thurs Sept 12th - at The Crown Inn, Crown Lane, and the next stage in developing our club Strategic Plan, the Visioning meeting on Sept 19th, at Taplow House.

Arrivederci Ciao!
Marlene
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That is me gone By Brian Clark   Thursday, 27 Jun 2013
That went well, I handed over to Marlene and passed her all the paraphernalia the gavel the chain etc.  It was great to be able to award Tom with his long service certificate before finishing. 
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Missed the Terry Talk 2 with Richard Littlejohn and Charles Rae By Brian Clark   Thursday, 20 Jun 2013

The meeting went very well I am told and was very enjoyable and raised about 1200 so all good there. At the weekend I attended the Inner Wheel Champagne lunch on a very windy Sunday and it was also very enjoyable.  I was able to complete the awarding of a Paul Harris to Pat Briggs for service well above self.  I have known Pat for a number of years and it is one of the best parts of the job to be able to recognise service and reward it. 

So this week just a couple more schools to award dictionaries to, the Walk meeting and then the final meeting of my year. The handover,  then that is me done, back to being a soldier, very mixed feelings.  Hard to keep the pace up but not sure about stopping.  

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2nd meeting of New Committees By Brian Clark   Thursday, 13 Jun 2013

A really nice meeting this week, the hotel is busy so we are down in the cellar bar for dinner.  As we are organised into separate tables this works fine and there is a pretty good turnout.  I am still President but the new Management is gearing up and working with the new teams so it quite a funny feeling.  Running the meeting but not wanting to unduly influence the different approach is tricky.

Still we are presenting the illustrated dictionaries to the year 4 pupils in all the Slough schools this week and that is very satisfying.  This is a great project and the teachers seem to like it as much as the children often using the book for course work.

Dropped in to visit Charles one of our senior members who has been unwell for a while, he was in reasonable mood and appreciated the 30 year long service award I presented to him.  The club also awarded him honorary membership for all his good works and we all hope he will be able to visit us again at a meeting soon.

In a busy week I also caught up with Brian W and was able to present his with a 25 year Long Service award. These are not given away freely, they are all hard earned and putting in the years is the only way to get one.  Well done Brian W. 

Will miss next week which is a shame as Terry is doing another of his, When I was in Fleet Street, talks and I would have loved to be there he is always good value.

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Club Assembly By Brian Clark   Thursday, 06 Jun 2013

Fred from district joined us tonight as we get stuck into the new year program.  Handed over to Marlene when we got to the business bit and the new chairmen were very good at sounding out the plans for the club.  Got a bit lively at one point but Marlene handled it very well and the programs were all accepted with budgets. 

Two new potential members Sam and Cam were with us and seemed very committed to joining so that is good. 

Ram joined in with so great quips and historical points, and also covered the Surrinder joke in his absence.

Robin handed in a Golf Day form for 19 July, so including my team that makes two.

The one point that sticks in my mind is that when the pudding was brought in, Val saved me a fruit salad, how thoughtful.

 

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Presidents Celebration party By Brian Clark   Thursday, 30 May 2013

All week I have been chasing to get the final numbers for a dinner at Duffield House the home of the old ICI now Akzonobel.  Mark has been very helpful and we have agreed a menu for most tastes if not all.  The price is good and that is important as we have been trying to keep the cost of Rotary as low as possible.

Well the numbers got to 39 and then on the day after the final agreement one more can I come made it 40.  Super, so the food was really good and the service and all seemed to enjoy themselves.  It great to be able to present three Paul Harris awards The Jan really surprised,  Peter pretty surprised and Paul no idea at all.  All very deserving.

Also Phil got his certificate for the 5 mile walk he missed on the day.

 

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Well we did it The Walk went as well as could be expected By Brian Clark   Thursday, 23 May 2013

Missed a couple of weeks as I have been very busy both at home and at Rotary. 

 But Ray took over the organisation of the Slough Together Walk at Upton Park and I have to say it was good.  The council informed us a couple of week before that there would be a large foot ball tournament on the same day as our walk so parking would now be a problem and it was. 

However, the sun shined and a good number of people came and supported their charities and we raised over 5000 for local good causes

Geoff and Fiona did a fantastic raffle and that raised several hundred pounds as well.  We thank the Upton Scouts for the use of their hut and the support on the day.  All in all very well done.
 

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We were invited to the Mayors thank you supper this week By Brian Clark   Thursday, 25 Apr 2013

There were over 200 invited and all volunteers in the town at The Copthorne Hotel. The evening started with a child choir with signing and then they played as a steel band.  The meal was fish and chips and very nice, while we were eating Elvis sang some of his best hits.

After the meal there was a raffle and as the prize tickets were drawn Mayor Christine could name all the winners from memory, very impressive.  There were a couple of singers to finish a most entertaining evening.  I hope the next Mayor is at least half as good if so Slough should be in good hands.

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First meeting of the new committees By Brian Clark   Thursday, 18 Apr 2013

It was the first meeting of the new committees but I am unable to attend as we have some friends staying with us.  Perhaps it is just as well to let the new management get started without undue influence. 

Saturday was Stroke awareness day at Sainsburys and we had an excellent turnout.  It is interesting to note that the number of people in danger of a heart attack is getting lower, in years past we have referred several to hospital in real trouble.  That is good news however, there were still a dozen or so that need to go to their own GP soon for a check-up.

Got some good pictures must find time to put them on the web gallery.  

 

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The AGM is upon us By Brian Clark   Thursday, 11 Apr 2013

The Hotel is booked this week so we meet in our alternative venue the Crown.

The tables are laid out in the form of a tee and it works quite well.  This week we have planned the meals better with a pre-printed order menu.  That also works, and as there are a few guests it is just as well.  The meeting is relaxed and we get through the business quite quickly.  There are a number of questions and I think it becomes a game, not letting me push things through without a discussion, pretty healthy that.

Ray makes an impassioned plea for Rotarians to get involved with projects and particularly the walk, I am delighted with the way he has taken over and put some fire into the organisation.  The new teams are all agreed without issue and things are looking hopeful for next year.

Surrinder is in good form to finish the meeting with his joke and I am sure he will do an excellent job with the Stroke awareness next Saturday. 

  

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Excellent meeting tonight By Brian Clark   Thursday, 04 Apr 2013

What a relief that we are back to normal, there was a really good feel in the room tonight and I am relaxed.  Sad that Rajini is traveling to Sri Lanka for a few months but delighted that she introduced two potential new members.

It was a very nice meal with a couple of extra guests and Ram was back from the Eye camp in India where we have supported his efforts in managing 120 cataract operations.  So that is 120 people that can see now that could not before.  Makes you feel that some things are good and worth fighting for.

Lots of projects coming up the Walk so I need to update the web site as soon as I finish this.  Then the golf day and then Terry is doing another of his when I was a reporter talks.  Really happy that we are firing on all cylinders again. 

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Final committees before the AGM By Brian Clark   Thursday, 28 Mar 2013

The Hotel put us down in the cellar again this week, but it worked fine as we were working in Committees the separation was helpful. Had to shout a bit for announcements but I can do that.

Can not really believe that already we are planning the end of my year, no doubt I will have to write a short speech so I need to think just what have I been doing for the past few months.

Some good stuff though Val is planning a charity parachute jump and Simon got mugged into doing a job on the meeting organisation.  Still if you never get involved you never do anything.

Need to get busy with the Slough Together Walk coming up and then the Golf day needs planning, I better get stuck in.

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Good and bad always seem to go together By Brian Clark   Thursday, 21 Mar 2013

Had a couple of very difficult weeks with a problem member in the club, not getting into any detail except to say it has taken a huge amount of time and energy and my phone bill is broken.  Hope all that is behind me now and we can move forward and focus on the enjoyable business of doing the Rotary thing.

Went to a great party on Friday that was put on by the Slough Inner Wheel I am sure that they will make a lot of money for good causes.  It was somewhat chaotic but then trying to herd 230 people will do that.  Great fun.   

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It all about Foundation and the changes to grants By Brian Clark   Thursday, 14 Mar 2013
Robin is huge in Slough Rotary he knows all the rules and ways to do things and even made a presentation about the new Foundation rules seem easy and interesting.  It is of course interesting but the detail and rules etc.!!! well excellent. 
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Business Meeting tonight following a very active week By Brian Clark   Thursday, 07 Mar 2013

Good turnout following a couple of weeks disrupted by the District Conference.  Quite a lot of items to get through, but a number of good ideas arise and the pace is comfortable.

It is amazing but we are planning already for the next management team and how to improve comunications and marketing.  Had a meeting with Burnham Beeches to consider working together in the future on perhaps grants and things like Youth Speaks.

The council meeting fell into this week as well and again that was lively with some diametrically opposed views expressed.  However, most of the good stuff will go forward and the duff be left behind.

I am going to miss all this in only a few months.

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1090 Conference Bournemouth By Brian Clark   Sunday, 03 Mar 2013

Well we took 25 Rotarians from Slough many old timers but 5 first timers. It was a pretty good event in the BIC although 3 days of sitting on those seats is enough.  It started with a flag ceremony of all the presidents walking onto the stage and being welcomed.  The theme is Peace through Service and a number of the speakers were keen to follow this subject.

Sir Max Hastings was excellent and took us through his book on the second world war but from the truth perspective.  Some very uncomfortable facts emerge about who did what to whom.  It really makes you think, just how far some Rotarians are prepared to go in the name of, service above self.  A number of awards were presented, sadly none for Slough.

All the meals were very nice and Mary did a good job on organisation.  The travel was very easy as Peter did the driving for us.  A good weekend all in all. 

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Scatter meeting this week as Conference tomorrow By Brian Clark   Thursday, 28 Feb 2013

25 of the Slough Rotarians are off to Bournemouth this weekend for the District 1090 Conference, so for the rest it is an opportunity to visit other clubs and make new friends.

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Got a cold feel rubbish By Brian Clark   Thursday, 21 Feb 2013
Managed to get through the meeting and it was excellent but I really needed to be at home in bed
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What a great place to be for Valentines By Brian Clark   Thursday, 14 Feb 2013

Slough Rotary celebrated its 80th. Anniversary since the original charter in 1932 and there were over 70 members and guests invited to enjoy the evening.  DG Judith and DG elect John Mayor Christine Presidents Ian and Keith and of course the Inner Wheel in force.  Several guests were very welcome and the evening all started badly.

The photographer was caught in traffic and arrived long after the original plan to take a picture of everyone.  Move on.

Well we got it going and the food was excellent, the Mayor wished us well and I did a bit on the original team that set up the club.  Good stuff.  DG Judith was generous with her description of our efforts while awarding Slough its 80 years certificate from the Sakuji Tanaka President of Rotary International.

I then presented some long services awards on behalf of the club to Rotarians with service above 25 years. Robin has 39 and Geoff has 50 in all a wonderful commitment of Service Above Self.

In line with the Valentines touch we then had 6 Rotarians talk about their Rotary Moments for a couple of minutes each.  This worked really well and it is amazing how old and new members can have so many contrasting views that get them to the same place.

The raffle and the adverts were amusing and Surrinder made us smile with his joke.

Then the photo, well of course everyone was getting tired and ready to go so it finished in a muddle, but you know Im not sure anyone noticed, so perhaps if I dont say anything, no one will notice.

A really excellent first 80 years.

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Surprise visit By Brian Clark   Thursday, 07 Feb 2013

John the District DG elect joined us tonight to introduce himself so that we would know who he was next year when in office. Good plan.

It was a fun business meeting and somehow it was fun.  All the reports were short and to the point and injected with a hint of humour.  The business does get done and all the Rotarians are aware of what we are doing but most of us enjoyed the experience.  It was lovely to see Mary relaxed and laughing again.  Most of the business was discussed at the Council meeting on Tuesday so it really was just to bring all the rest up to date.

The high spot is the report on the Rotary Slough High Street shop, we have given away the best part of 30,000 books and worked with a number of local charities.  So far we have not missed a single Saturday and a good number of locals think it a valuable service.

Nice to see John though.

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Burns Night a little late By Brian Clark   Thursday, 31 Jan 2013

Being the fifth Thursday in the month as usual we invite the wifes and ladies of the Inner Wheel to join us in fellowship.

We put back the Burns Night Haggis from last week to allow the ladies to enjoy it. This week we also had Jessica doing her My Job speak presentation, and this was really interesting all about her journalism specialising in herbs. It was amazing what can be done with herbs and Jessica has written many books about them. There were a lot of questions and great interest from all.

This was following the Haggis meal which turned out to be stuffed inside chicken pieces and absolutely delicious. Now usually we follow the address from Robbie Burns but as it came inside the chicken I was not ready and quickly had to pass on to Terry who was to do the address. Well he really on top form and was very entertaining in his Scottish and then English translation, quite difficult to tell the difference.

In short a very good night enjoyed by all including Fiona.

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Small but perfectly formed By Brian Clark   Thursday, 24 Jan 2013

Still very cold out there and a few of our number are away skiing or in the winter sun. Then the main road is being dug up and a new gas main going in so long delays. There were also a few no shows due to over running meetings or just forgot to go.

However, when you are down to 10 and all sitting round one table it gets quite interesting as everyone can hear what is being said and the discussion about Conference was enjoyed by all. We also have an 80 year charter celebration to plan and that was very actively discussed. All the time though there is a humorous theme running but somehow without damaging the content, and as the meeting was simply fellowship it worked very well.

No doubt all the hard work going on behind the scenes at the moment the planning and scheduling and staffing will come together in the next couple of months

I allowed a couple of jokes this week and that was fine, but we mustnt get carried away. Great fun, with good food and good company.

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Snow out there By Brian Clark   Thursday, 17 Jan 2013

Well I made it but not very friendly outside.  The snow is here and looks like staying for a while.  There are a few members away at this time of year and a few sensibly decided to stay at home, so we were down to 16.

But it was lively especially for committees, particularly as there is not a lot to be managing yet this year.  That will start to build up though as we get going with the Walk and the Golf Day.

Food again excellent and as I switched the meeting around to finish and then move into committees it was all very relaxed.   

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First meeting after Christmas and the New Year By Brian Clark   Thursday, 10 Jan 2013

Had a couple of weeks off, and pretty much done nothing. Now trying to get focused again and kick start the New Year.

It comes thick and fast a Council meeting on Tuesday, the Weekly meeting on Thursday and our Away Day on Saturday, then the Innerwheel Frugal Supper Saturday evening.  It is just fun, fun, fun.

This weeks meeting was really good the food much improved back to where it was and every one seemed refreshed and ready to go.   

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Christmas Dinner at the Grovefield Hotel By Brian Clark   Thursday, 13 Dec 2012

This year we had a super dinner at the Grovefield Hotel with the Salvation Army Band.  It all worked very well and the singing was excellent.  Lovely to catch up with a few guests and past members.  The food was good and it looks like it will be a good run into the Christmas week.

On that note a Very Merry Christmas to all.  

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Special General Meeting By Brian Clark   Thursday, 06 Dec 2012

It was going so well until we got to the core of the meeting, the Standing Order Proposal, it is a trivial matter that should be proposed discussed and then voted on. Somehow, it was very heated and there was more passion than necessary. However, it was discussed and a free vote taken and in the end carried 21 to 8 (72.4% for) and the 6 month trial will start next year. It will be reviewed after 5 months to see how it is progressing and if any fine tuning necessary.

On the plus side a cake was donated to Slough Rotary for the first year anniversary of the high street shop, this was a super idea and a very nice cake. The surplus cake will be distributed in the shop on Saturday, wonderful.

The Rotary shop event last week to bring all the caring bodies and local government in Slough together worked very well and was great to be at, but it has also generated a donation of 500 for local charities. It gets better and better.

There is such a lot going on all the time these days and every one working to try to improve working relations within the club and with other clubs I guess there will be tensions from time to time. We have a Christmas party next week and then a break lets hope it is all good next year.

Merry Christmas to both my readers.

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Going mad as winter gets colder By Brian Clark   Thursday, 29 Nov 2012

I was early to the Hotel as Val was having trouble sending me pictures of some of the recent events for the web site. Fine, that worked ok and I wanted to be early as the speaker Diana Coad needed to be met and looked after.

Well, Amanda arrived and explained that Gordon was not coming as he was unwell. Ok would she manage, yes of course she would but Surrinder is on holidayas well and I do not know who is standing in for him. Ok we get on with it but it all falls on Amanda.

Doug has been away sick for a few months and it nice to see him again, Maura has brought him I cannot believe it must be 20 mile out of her way, what a fantastic gesture.

We have a speaker Diana and having pushed the meeting along with a lot of help from Fiona President in Inner Wheel, Diana proves to be a hit very funny and interesting telling some rambling stories of her life without all the politics.

Amanda is on again as guest thank you, and almost as funny certainly very entertaining.

I do the Birthdays just to give Amanda a rest and David wins the wine in the raffle but we do not have it as Gordon is ill, must try to remember to ring him soon to make sure he is ok.

Then there is some finance sorting out, as a couple of, no shows, cause us to need a cheque but the treasurer is away. I pay by cheque but it shows that something needs to be done to improve the system.

Andreas is back from Germany and he stands in for the Surrinder joke, he has a wooden tie that in itself is worth a laugh. This Rotary club must be at the leading edge of nonsense, oh but it is fun.

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Short and sweet tonight By Brian Clark   Thursday, 22 Nov 2012

First meeting since returning from Holiday and I have walked into a wall of noise about the vote. That is to say who can and who cannot vote for a minor change in the way that we collect annual subs and meal costs. The discussion is not about the change but about who can vote.

This seems silly, if we want to change the procedure that is what the discussion should be about, not who can vote.

So the council agree to change the voting procedure to ensure that all members can vote, and I hope we can look sensibly at the management of change.

I made a point about cash systems that you cannot pay cash for a car now over 10.000 and was advised that it is now 7.500. Anyway, either way it will be a majority of all members of the club that decide.

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Got back yesterday late ish from the cruise really good By Brian Clark   Sunday, 18 Nov 2012

Amazing how quickly two weeks can go past.  But back now, and need to read all the email about 400 awaiting me mostly junk or Rotary stuff so I will need to get reading and deleting or the other way around.

There is quite a lot to do on the web site as well so better get an early night and start tomorrow.

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What a wonderful Blog Brian. Looking forward to readying what you have been up to since you got back from your hols.
 
Talk about a busy week By Brian Clark   Thursday, 25 Oct 2012

On Wednesday the District Governor Judith was doing a Motorthon to celebrate WORLD POLIO DAY.  So that required attending the gathering at the Pines to present the cheque with Robin, Marlene and Surrinder.
 
Then an invitation from our friends at Burnham Beeches Rotary to attend their inauguration of a new Interact club at Burnham Beeches Grammar School.  This meant missing my Slough meeting but that was fine as it was committees night.  President Ian did the introductions and moved into the process.  The new members of the club are students all aged about 12 years and there are about 10 of them to start the club.  Their confidence and demeanour throughout the event was remarkable particularly during their speeches and acceptance.  Watch out for a future Prime Minister.  Good food good company an excellent meeting.

Tuesday was then the club Council so that went on a bit as there is a lot to discuss but not too late.

Then it is Wednesday again and an Orange sector training meeting with the 1090 brass teaching us about Foundation Future Vision.

Next it will be Thursday again and another Rotary meeting this time at the Crown so that will be fun.
 
Then two weeks away on Hols.

 

 

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Fellowship meeting with speaker By Brian Clark   Thursday, 18 Oct 2012

I knew we had a guest this week so I left early to be there in plenty of time, trouble is Slough in traffic at 5.45pm is silly and it takes twice as long to get there. When I arrive I realise that I have forgotten my glasses and so am blind. I meet a lovely lady Manisha from Mumbai district 3140 but have to worry about seeing the agenda. Amanda has also brought a guest Tracey and she has some reading glasses and will lend them to me, saved.

The meeting is fine but the food seems very slow, I press on with the business as I want to get to Ramesh who is going to do his job speaks presentation.  There are quite a lot of items different Rotarians want to raise and then Inner Wheel President Fiona wants to add another, ho hum. Well I get Ramesh on and he tells us about a very tricky and difficult job in the voluntary sector managing various different sections and situations.  He makes light of it but it is a vocation and he does it very well.

It is very interesting finding out a bit about Mumbai and it could be possible that they want to find an exchange partner club, we will see.

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I think it would be great to link up as a Partner Club with Manisha's Club in Mumbai in the future. She was certainly a very commited Rotarian.
 
The French Trip this week By Brian Clark   Thursday, 04 Oct 2012

A good number of us got up at 4.00am to be in Farnham Common for the coach at 5.00am and a smiling Colin the driver. We set off on time and made the ferry at Dover then on down to Cabourg. On the way we stopped to view the Pegasus Bridge, very interesting, and a couple of times for necessary breaks. The dinner in the hotel was one of the best for quality and very enjoyable.

The next day we were off to Bayeau to view the tapestry and it was just as I had been lead to believe it would be at school, magical. A nice French lunch with a glass of red and then a bit more sightseeing. The evening was scheduled for the Presidents Reception to be followed by the Banquet. It all went pretty well and my address was ok I think I got away with it.  A very nice Chateau at La Cheneviere.

Saturday rained a bit so we changed the plan and went into Caen for some shopping and local sightseeing, all very easy and stimulating. On Sunday we start to return journey, the bar on the coach is doing quite good business, and we stop at a Calvados Ciderie for a tour and lunch all very acceptable. No trouble getting to the ferry and the sea is smooth again. Colin has kept up his amusing dialogue and the banter on the coach is excellent.

 

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Sounds like a worthwhile and enjoyable trip was had by all! Disappointed not to see some french champagne at our meeting tonight though. Good demonstration and guidance to our website and am looking forward to "exploring". Thanks Brian.
 
Just coming into Winter now but a good turnout for Committees By Brian Clark   Thursday, 27 Sep 2012

Everyone seems to be on time, except one or two, we get started and I am trying to push the business along so that we can get into the meat of the evening the committee meetings.  We have a guest, one of the Innerwheel ladies and she is always welcome as they all are.  However, they do know how to talk.

 I press on and am reminded that one or two of the lady members have not received their new Bling Rotary Pins, we have them and so lets just do it now.  Good.  Again I am trying to move on but there are quite a number of items Geoff is very quick as he has a sore throat, but then it is about an Innerwheel item.  Kavasha has an excellent real other club visit to tell about in South Africa.

Following the first course, I ask Tom to do his amazing live translation of the French sister club paper for those of us that are lacking.  It is very amusing and simply brilliant.  We push on and John talks about this blog, most of the members have not found it yet, but Pinstripe Phil asks if there is a comments facility, not yet but a good idea I must work on that.

Then we finally get to the Committee bit, all in a Rotary meeting.

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A new member joines Slough By Brian Clark   Thursday, 20 Sep 2012

Lovely meeting this week, we started with the induction of a new Rotarian Simon who is keen to get involved and able to do so.  He made it clear that he was quite capable of standing up for himself and gave a short but entertaining overview of his past.

This was followed with a presentation by Captain Bob Marshall, we thought about bomb disposal but actually about the VC and George medals. Captain Bob is currently President of the Chertsey Club and distributed some hand-outs that were very good, might have to steal that idea.   The talk was fascinating, interesting and very absorbing.  Most of us had no idea about much of the detail how these medals were won and why.  It was really well presented and made very easy listening.  

We have a quiz coming up and he may well join us with a team for that, excellent. Well done Captain Bob and Simon.

 

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RI Foundation changes will start soon By Brian Clark   Thursday, 13 Sep 2012

It is an interesting time in RI now, having spent years learning how to get projects through the Foundation system, it is to be simplified.  Robin, our Foundation expert does an excellent job in presenting the changes using Powerpoint but there are many questions and I have to stop the discussion or we will be at it all night.  It will be fine I am sure but we need to find out more detail and then follow up as we can.


Went to a Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVC) meeting yesterday on Sloughs Future Priorities in the Masonic Hall and met lots of important power players.  The information was interesting and informative, not all good, but not all bad.  If we know what is lightly to be happening then we can plan and try to make the most of what we have.  The financial situation is not going to be better for a while so it is important that we maximise the use of that which we can raise and working together with other groups to spend it well.


SADSAD had their annual Games last week, just wonderful, and presented me with a framed thank you, but Ram has done all the work over the years, so I presented it to him tonight.  I like this job.

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Golf again this time in Spain By Brian Clark   Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012

Not sure the Slough Rotarians had thought it through when they asked me to be President. I play a bit of golf and it sort of gets in the way of quite a lot of events.  I try to plan around it but stuff keeps happening.
Got home yesterday and found over 300 emails waiting for me, nice.  Many are junk but of course it is finding the important ones that takes the time. There is quite a lot going on at the moment with planning projects and liaising with the council and I have not been to the shop for a few weeks.
I have quite a few Rotary photos to put on the web site but again it all takes time to do the work.  It sounds like I am making lots of excuses so I better stop. 

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It is the 5th. Thursday By Brian Clark   Thursday, 30 Aug 2012

Today is the fifth Thursday of the month and we have a Fellowship meeting this time with a speaker Eveleen Hatch.  Eveleen is a specialist in PR and we hope will help give us ideas as to how to improve the clubs image.


Well to start with the Hotel also have an event on and there is no parking left for Rotary, they have not informed us and to top it all we are put down in the cellar.  This is usually not a problem but we have informed them the numbers of nearly 50.  Well it is a squeeze, and far too late to change anything so we get on with it and make the best of it.


To be fair the food is very good and with the additional guests the mood is fine. We wiz through the business items, and move on to the presentation.  Eveleen is very good and there are a lot of questions, we all know a bit about PR but there are some simple obvious approaches that she explains.  Much food for thought and a lot we can do if we can get our heads around it all.


Surrinder has a cracking joke to finish with and no problems getting out of the car park now.
Note to self:-  the Hotel have to be better at communications than that, need to let them know.

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Slough Mayor Christine attended the meeting this week By Brian Clark   Thursday, 16 Aug 2012

What a lovely Mayor we have in Slough, she and her daughter, Mandy managed to survive a Fellowship meeting this week with very good humour and seemed to enjoy themselves.


There were a number of wifes and guests including Inner Wheel Present Fiona so I expect trouble.  We inducted two new members Andreas and Daljit who will fit well into this growing and professional club.  The ladies were awarded the new Rotary badge a bit more bling according to some.

 
Jeremy did his jobs-speaks and was very entertaining, interesting and erudite. Amanda then followed up with a fantastic thank you.  It all passed very quickly for me and I hope that the Mayor enjoyed herself as much as she indicated.

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Missed last week as away playing golf By Brian Clark   Thursday, 09 Aug 2012

It was nice to get away for a week, with the guys, playing golf albeit in the rain. Marlene the Vice stood in and by all accounts did a good job, which bodes well.

 
Came back to find that the website had been Hacked and taken offline. It is very disappointing that some idiot is targeting a charity site presumably for some kind of gain.  All that really happens is that we cannot communicate for a week, and I get to spend many hours recovering the code and data.  However, I think it is all back now so nothing lost.

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Different this week with a Council meeting as well By Brian Clark   Thursday, 02 Aug 2012

Had to plan a bit this week, on Wednesday we had a Club Council meeting but the usual venue at the Farnham Common Sports Club was already booked so me meet at my house. Everyone is on time and my wife is very good with providing us with coffee and biscuits and we set off at a pace.  However, there are a number of tricky issues and we get a bit bogged down.  It is difficult to keep the level of detail to a minimum and still get to the nub so that we can evolve a solution.  It is a good meeting and we make good progress with a number of items for me to follow up on.  I need to get busy tomorrow. 

 
Thursday, is a Fellowship meeting and the food is very good in the hotel. There is a good noise and hubbub so I think everyone is comfortable with the chat.  With only a few notices we quickly get to the final joke, it goes very well and we finish on time.  I get one or two come and thank me for keeping to time, so that we can all get home and catching up on the Olympics.   

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Alternative venue this week By Brian Clark   Thursday, 26 Jul 2012

We meet at the Crown Inn in Crown Lane this week as there is a wedding at The Taplow House.
As a committee meeting I expect a lower turnout, however the pub has been refurbished and is much lighter and more than usual turn up, excellent.


The owner has setup 3 tables one for each committee and the spacing proves very effective.  One or two of our Rotarians have, how shall I say it, loud intrusive voices but this layout works very well.

 
I decide that we will do all the business first together with toasts etc and I think achieve some sort of world record.  This also works well and permits the separate committees to get on with their business items and the members to leave as they will without having to wait for a final procedure.


We have a guest Rotarian, back from having moved to Stranraer in Scotland, he enjoys our meeting and we swap good wishes.  We finish well on time and I am pleased at the format and the pub where the food was very acceptable.

  
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Busy day today By Brian Clark   Thursday, 19 Jul 2012

This morning I joined two other Rotarians Mary and Jessica and we went to a local school to distribute English Illustrated dictionaries to the students. This is always a wonderful and most enjoyable task meeting the staff and the pupils and seeing the different ways that they receive the dictionaries. Some love them, some are indifferent, some are not quite sure how to deal with them at all. Food for thought, but we are assured by the staff that they are well received and always worth it.

This evening it was the first Fellowship meeting under the new management. It was a nice meeting; I love our meeting place at the Taplow House Hotel. The food is usually very good and the staff want us to enjoy ourselves. There is a good flow and much banter, I am beginning to enjoy being president. The Surrinder joke is managed in the same vein by Ram this week (as Surrinder is recovering from a back operation, get well soon) and it seems to be an approach that is very amusing.

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Slough Rotary Annual Charity Golf Day at Lambourne By Brian Clark   Thursday, 12 Jul 2012

The day started very well sunny and bright and 16 teams is very good in these days of austerity. The course was good and the bacon rolls were tasty and all was going well for about 10 holes. Those who had volunteered to assist starting matches and managing the par 3 nearest the pin etc were all in place enjoying the sunshine. Going down the tenth hole it started to drizzle about an hour before even the worst forecast had predicted. Then it got very wet and the golf was more difficult.

However, a hot shower and a nice dinner with very generous players and Rotarians supporting the raffle and the auction and a single glass of wine (for me) made for a really super Golf day. The organisers worked very hard to ensure it was good, and it was. The winning score on best 2 from 4 was, of course silly at 85 points, well done them. We came second with 78 and I was delighted with the entire event, which raised several thousands for Polio + and other local charities.

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First meeting as President By Brian Clark   Thursday, 05 Jul 2012

First meeting as President tonight and realised that the chain weights a ton.  The meeting starts and we have Judith Diment District Governor on her first of 63 club visits to talk to us.  Information begins to flow and the weight of the chain is forgotten.  It is a business meeting and there are quite a lot of announcements as well (we are a very busy club) but we get through them ok.

The meal is good and the conversation is interesting we learn a lot about what District is doing and Judith seems very interested in what we are doing.  There are a number of ideas and projects that we agree to follow up on and keep in touch. Judith has some tickets for the Paralympics and will take some disabled children with her.  Some of the information on this web site is not as up to date as it could be on Polio eradication, need to get that up to date.   

 A number of the members want to make points and there is a good feel in the room, one of the key factors for me this year is getting everyone to enjoy Rotary.  So far so good. Nice to get the regalia off though.

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Got made President today By Brian Clark   Thursday, 28 Jun 2012

Funny old day

This evening we went through a procedure where Past President Richard passed the regalia over to me and all of a sudden I am President. This is a great honour and I wonder if I can live up to the high standards set by 80 past presidents!  Then the Inner Wheel President Fiona interupts the meeting to sell her wares to my Rotary members and I realise I have a new set of concerns.

Looks like it could be a very interesting year with lots of events planned and I want everyone to enjoy their Rotary while we contribute to the Local 50%, National 25% and International 25% charities.

There are a number of potential new members which is really exciting and I would like to get the best ideas out of them while growing the club.

Past President Richard said that he felt he was just steering the club for a year and was trying not to do much damage, I agree and think it is a big responsibility.

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We are excited to set forth on this new adventure.
 

 


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