Duck Race Cancelled – Please help MNDA Manchester (see below)

It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel the Family Fun Day and Duck Race due to be held in Bramhall Park on May 17th. 
We know that this event is one that the whole community enjoys and gets involved with and this enables us to give thousands of pounds to our chosen charity. 
This year the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Manchester will lose out big time. If you feel able to donate to them specifically please follow the link….

Hopefully this problem will go away any you will be able to ‘Come to the Circus’ next year.

What’s been happening at your Rotary club?

If you fancy the sort of things below then come along. Just look at our programme and if you like the look of something then contact us to arrange a visit – no need to join or make any commitment. You will be welcomed and if you like it then come again!

Wed 1st April – Now settling in to our Zoom meetings! We had another surprise guest, Gill, also a former member. For this meeting we brought photos from past times which made us happy. Members displayed their pictures and talked through why they represented happy memories. Michael’s picture below showed his family together on a cruise ship a few months after his wife had been very seriously ill in hospital.

Wed 25th Mar – Our second Zoom meeting went much better and we had a special guest, Tony, a former member now living in Shropshire. We approved a small emergency committee and discussed various ways forward in this strange situation. One member described it a “the highlight of the week”. PS: We don’t normally dress up formally, but we had missed our President’s Night and Fashion Show!

Wed 18th Mar – We had our first “virtual” meeting using Zoom teleconferencing. 22 members joined the meeting and, although we stumbled a bit, it was good to stay in contact. We will certainly do it again and improve our methodology.

Wed 11th Mar – Rob, a club member, gave his “this is me” talk. His career was amazingly varied, covering many aspects of national and local importance.

Fri 6th Mar – Theatre evening at CHADS. A quote: “ We would like to thank all concerned with organising the Club visit to CHADS tonight. We thoroughly enjoyed the superbly acted and very humorous play and the food afterwards was just superb.” Over 100 went.

Wed 4th Mar – Committees. Another evening of planning. Lots of talk about Coronavirus and the possible impacts.

Wed 26th Feb – Pete, one of our members, told us about various trading strategies and the essentials of trading plans and techniques in an illuminating talk entitled “How to make a small fortune on the markets”

Wed 19th Feb – A group of 27 members and partners tried out Shaam, the new Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurant in Bramhall. We were well looked after and enjoyed excellent food. Many of us will become regulars!

Sat 15th Feb – One of our members and his wife put on a “Pie Lunch” in aid of Blood Bikes. Nearly 40 people attended and enjoyed good food, good wine and good company all in aid of a good cause. Over £500 was raised.

Wed 12th Feb – Susan McCormack, founder of charity MODE, came and told us about its work with mental health issues ranging from schoolchildren to military veterans.

Wed 5th Feb – Committees and Blood Bikes presentation. We had a lively committee night and also presented a cheque for £1000 to Blood Bikes Manchester. Carol and Alan were there from Blood Bikes and gave an interesting and informative short update on what the charity is doing.

Wed 29th Jan – Float Quiz. Santa’s float toured local streets for 16 nights in December. Each night a local good cause provided a team of collectors and tonight everyone came together for the traditional quiz to celebrate, and to receive donations to their funds.

Mon 27th Jan – Youth Speaks at The Deanwater. We sponsored a team from Bramhall High School in Rotary’s annual Youth Speaks competition. In front of a sizeable audience the girls spoke on the subject “The Impact of Meat Production on our Planet”. They did really well and we are all very proud of them.

Wed 22 Jan – One of our members, Ashok, gave a most interesting talk on his medical voluntary work in India and Uganda.

Wed 15 Jan 2020 – Janet and Summer from Bramhall High School came along to tell us about the trip made by 29 pupils to Borneo. They worked and played hard in tough conditions, including “real” jungle, working on various projects. Their toil included beach cleanups, lots and lots of concrete mixing and laying, and making eco bricks from concrete and recycled plastic then building walls with them. It was enough to make us believe in today’s young people.

Wed 8 Jan – Committees. A new year, 9 new members, lots of work to be done and lots of fun to be had.

Sun 29 Dec 2019 – President’s drinks. Around 50 people attended this annual tradition, where the President hosts a drinks and nibbles party.

Nov 30th to Dec 17th – Santa’s float has been out and about in the evenings and also at Bramall Hall and the Fir Rd market. Record amounts have been raised and hundreds of children have had their special moments with Santa (not to mention a dog and a couple of young ladies in their 80s!)

17th Nov to 22nd Dec – Collections at Notcutts Woodford Garden Centre. We rattled our cans and collected money for Bloodbikes and The Samaritans. Two fantastic causes.

Fri 13 Dec – Our Xmas party. A great evening at Bramall Park Golf Club. Good food, good wine, good company and two members received surprise Paul Harris Fellowship awards.

Wed 4 Dec – Committees. A fairly quiet evening, just finishing touches for our Santa float and collections. Next stop – the Xmas party!

Wed 27 Nov – A great example of real efforts by young people to help other young people. Helen, from Beacon Counselling, presented the achievements and aspirations of a group of young people who are helping others with mental health issues. Katie, one of the young people, spoke well on what she hopes to achieve going forward. We also inducted a new member.

“Old” member congratulates new one!

Mon 25 Nov – Sweet packing. 2,000 bags were packed with 6,000 sweet bars. That should be enough for all the children who come to see Santa on his Float as he tours the local streets. Santa himself dropped in to help the Rotary elves.

And even busy Santa came to help!

Wed 20 Nov – Wine tasting. Under Sarah’s expert tutelage we enjoyed a wine tasting of seven European wines. One of our members was awarded our highest honour, a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Fri 15 Nov – Another walk – this one at Werneth Low. Beautiful scenery throughout. Pictures at the war memorial.

Thurs 14 Nov – Fashion show at Silk Road restaurant in Bramhall, clothes by Modiste, raising funds for the North West Air Ambulance. We will donate £1,000.

Wed 13 Nov – The Dragons’ Den winners return. The top three winning charities from our Dragons’ Den event came along to give us an update on how they are progressing and how their winnings have helped.

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