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International Service Committee

The International Service committee’s function is to raise the awareness and effectiveness of international and world community service provided by districts and clubs. It’s aim is to identify and suitable causes and projects and take the responsibility for raising the supporting funding.

2016/17 Committee members
Lindsay Fletcher (Chair), Colin Bancroft, Michael Deaville, Colin Fletcher, Peter Gardiner, Huw Spencer Lloyd, Ian Rees.

Minutes of the meeting held on the 22 March.2016    

The minutes of the previous meeting were discussed and approved.

Agenda for meeting :

  1. Election of Vice Chairmen
  2. Pig Roast.
  3. Future plans for coming year
  4. Charities to be considered.

Item 1 : Ian Rees volunteered as Vice Chairman for the coming year. Approved and seconded by the committee.

Item 2 : Pig Roast. This event had now been set for the 1300 – 24th July,2016 at the Aberystwyth Rugby Club. Inner Wheel had been informed and in agreement.

After consultation with the Rugby Club we were informed that there was no restriction on using the spit roast to cook the pig and J.Bradshaw had kindly offered to look after the cooking arrangements. Tickets would be sold at £15 and number would be limited to 100 after consultation with the club steward. The Inner Wheel would be providing a selection of Deserts. Linda Phillips the steward’s mother will be supplying a selection of Salads at £2.50 per head. Drinks will be available at the club bar. Volunteers are sought to supply and set up games. Hopefully the weather will be better than last year allowing outside activities. However, the Inner Wheel had volunteered to complete a Quiz, should the weather turn adverse. The board will be doing the rounds at the next meeting for members to sign up for the event, also a separate form for Volunteers to help out on the day with various activities.

Item 3 : Future Plans for coming year. The Chairman proposed  a Secret Auction at a Venue to be selected for the end of the year ie November and a Duck Race for 2017, most probably in May be investigated. These ideas were seconded and approved by the committee. Further advice would be forthcoming closer to the proposed dates.

Item 4 : International Charities to be considered to receive proceeds from the above events were discussed with the committee. The Chairman stated that after attending the District 1150 meeting in Swansea, the International Committee Chairman made an appeal for funds from International events be channelled into replenishing Shelterbox appeal. The stocks of these had been seriously depleted after the recent earthquakes in Nepal, Japan and Equador. A similar appeal from Aquabox had been received and this should also be considered.

Apart from the above urgent requests, toilet twinning would also be considered to carry on the good work done by this charity. £240 will supply a toilet block for a school in one of the developing countries. All the above dependent on how much funds are raised and whether any further urgent appeals are received during the coming year.

Date of the next Meeting

To be advised.

Report to AGM on 12 April 2016

Pig Roast – The year began with the Pig Roast at the Rugby Club on 26 July which made a profit of £1,342.86 (£671.43 each to Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs).  The Rotary share has been used to purchase a Shelterbox at a cost of £590, leaving a balance of £81.43.  The event was a financial and social success – the Rugby Club proving to be a viable venue, especially given the inclement weather on the day.  We are most grateful to the Rugby Club for their warm welcome and to Mansel Beechey, as Steward, for his invaluable assistance.  The lawn games devised by John Bradshaw were very popular and much appreciated despite the wet weather.  A booking has been made at the Rugby Club for Sunday, 31 July and it is understood that the arrangements for the use of the facilities can be quite flexible to meet our needs.

Bra Appeal – The Club responded with Inner Wheel to an appeal from the Rotary Club of St Woolas (Newport) for wearable but unwanted bras that could be given to reputable charities (Smalls for All and Against Breast Cancer) for distribution in countries where women cannot afford underwear.  Underwear provides basic hygiene, and in some countries also gives a woman status and helps to protect her from rape.  This is because the wearing of a bra gives the impression that the lady comes from a rich/powerful family and she is therefore, less likely to be attacked.  In all, three large bags full of bras were recently delivered to the St Woolas Club.

Social Evening – A Social evening to raise money for the Wheelchair Foundation and Toilet Twinning Charities will take place on Wednesday, 15 June at Bryn Goronwy, Heol Alun.  Further details and tickets will be available nearer the date.  It’s hoped to raise sufficient funds to meet the cost of a toilet block for a school in a developing country (£240) and some wheelchairs at a unit cost of £75 per chair.  Any bar codes from packets of Yorkshire Tea (who sponsor the Rotary Wheelchair Foundation) will be gratefully received.

Vote of Thanks – I would like to thank the members of the International Committee for their help and support throughout the year.

Committee Meeting 22 March 2016

Minutes – The minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2016 were received and approved.

Future Plans – The proposed evening to raise money for the Wheelchair Foundation and Toilet Twinning Charities will take place on Wednesday, 15 June at Bryn Goronwy, Heol Alun.  Further details and tickets will be available nearer the date.  It’s hoped to raise sufficient funds to meet the cost of a toilet block for a school in a developing country (£240) and some wheelchairs at a unit cost of £75 per chair.  Any bar codes from packets of Yorkshire Tea (who sponsor the Rotary Wheelchair Foundation) will be gratefully received.

Bra Appeal – Thanks to the support of members of Inner Wheel who rose to the occasion, three large bags full of wearable but unwanted bras have been delivered to St Woolas Rotary Club near Newport.  Many thanks to the members of Inner Wheel, partners of Rotarians and others who kindly donated bras to the appeal.  St Woolas RC will give the bras to a reputable charity (www.smallsforall.org or www.againstbreast cancer.org.uk) for distribution in countries where women cannot afford underwear.  Underwear provides basic hygiene and dignity, and in some countries also gives a woman status and helps to protect her from rape.  This is because the wearing of a bra gives the impression that the lady comes from a rich/powerful family and she is therefore, less likely to be attacked.

Pig Roast – Nothing further to report on the arrangements for this year’s Pig Roast.  A booking has been made at the Rugby Club for Sunday, 31 July and it is understood that the arrangements for the use of the facilities can be quite flexible to meet our needs.  A number of items (including some 100 dinner plates) are currently stored at Nantcellan.  Peter and Celia are currently in the process of clearing the sheds in which these items are stored in preparation for the sale of the property.  It would greatly help Peter and Celia if an alternative home could be found for these items.

Vote of Thanks – As this was the last meeting of the Committee, Colin Fletcher thanked the members of the Committee for the help and support they had given him as Chair thoughout the year.

Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday, 7 June 2016 (New Committees)

Committee Meeting 19 January 2016

Minutes – The minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2015 were received and approved.

Future Plans – We gave further consideration to arrangements for a social evening to raise money for two Charities later in the Rotary year.  The Wheelchair Foundation www.wheelchairfoundationuk.org provides Wheelchairs to disabled people in developing countries at a cost of £75 per chair including delivery.  The Charity has strong links with Rotary and a sponsorship arrangement with Yorkshire Tea.  Toilet Twinning www.toilettwinning.org is a Charity facilitating hygenic and environmentally sustainable toilet facilities for families and schools in the developing world. A school toilet block can be provided for £240.  Given the number and timing of events already planned by the Club, it was felt that June would be an appropriate time and information will be circulated in due course once the arrangements have been made.

Bra Appeal –  The President of St Woolas Rotary Club has written to Clubs about a project they are running with Rogerstone Roses WI to collect wearable but unwanted bras.  The bras will be passed to a reputable charity www.smallsforall.org or www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk for distribution in countries where women cannot afford underwear.  Underwear provides basic hygiene and dignity, and in some countries also gives a woman status and helps to protect her from rape.  This is because the wearing of a bra gives the impression that the lady comes from a rich/powerful family and she is therefore, less likely to be attacked.  We felt that this was a good project that the Club should support.  The details have been circulated to Inner Wheel by Secretary Michael, but there may be Rotarians whose partners are not members of Inner Wheel and wish to donate wearable but unwanted bras to the project.  Donated bras should be given to Susan Davies who is collecting them on behalf of Inner Wheel (60 bras collected so far).

Pig Roast – Enquiries have been made about a possible venue for next year’s Pig Roast.  Unfortunately, Peter and Celia are unable to host the event at Nantcellan.  The Rugby Club proved to be a successful venue last year (especially in view of the inclement weather) and a booking has been made for Sunday 31 July.  The Stewarding arrangements at the Rugby Club are subject to change but this date has been put in the diary by the outgoing Steward.  The Committee is most grateful to Peter and Celia for their generous support of this major event in the Club’s Calendar over many years.

Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Committee meeting 24 November 2015

Apologies – Apologies for absence were received from Colin Bancroft.

Minutes – The minutes of the meeting held on 15 September were received and approved.

Survey on International Giving – The survey on International Giving for Rotary Year 2014/15 had been completed and returned to RIBI showing a total amount of £4,441.40 for the year.

International Service Newsletter – The International service Newsletter for October showing the work being undertaken by Rotary Clubs to support those affected by the European Refugee Crisis had been circulated.  Shelterbos was one of the Charities working on the ground in Greece and the Club’s share of the proceeds from this year’s Pig Roast had been used to purchase a Shelterbox.

Outstanding International Man and Woman Award – Clubs had been invited to nominate individuals for this award.  While the Committee did not have a proposal to make at the moment, it was open to suggestions from other members of the Club.  The closing date for nominations was 13 December 2015.

Rotary Sustainability Trust – The Sustainability Trust had been initiated by the Rotary Club of Sheffield with support from 12 Founding Member Clubs on six continents.  It is an independent group of Rotarians that aims to help Rotary Clubs world-wide understand the challenges of creating a sustainable planet for a rapidly growing population.  As a charitable foundation it provides an online forum to promote issues of sustainability to Rotarians and Rotary Clubs everywhere.  Membership is open to individual Rotarians ($50) or Clubs ($100).  The Trust has links to 1,200 Clubs worldwide and its target is to link all 34,000 Rotary Clubs into a network of smart initiatives to combat the critical challenges we are facing today through climate change.  The email from District contained a great deal of useful information on how to mitigate climate change (including energy conservation in the home) and it is proposed to make information about the Trust available to members through the following link (www.the sustainabilitytrust.org).  Clubs are encouraged to develop their own environmental projects, reduce their carbon footprint and re-cycle.

Future Plans – We gave further consideration to two Charities that had been proposed at the last meeting as possible beneficiaries of fund raising activities later in the Rotary year.  The Wheelchair Foundation (www.wheelchairfoundationuk.org) provides Wheelchairs to disabled people in developing countries at a cost of £75 per chair including delivery.  The Charity has strong links with Rotary and a sponsorship arrangement with Yorkshire Tea.  Toilet Twinning (www.toilettwinning.org) is a charity facilitating hygienic and environmentally sustainable toilet facilities for families and schools in the developing world.  A school toilet block can be provided for £240.  As an Environmental project that improves lives in a sustainable way, Toilet Twinning could have resonances with the work of the Sustainability Trust.

We agreed to hold an event later in the year to raise money for both these charities.  Initial thoughts are to hold a silent auction and quiz with a fish and chip supper at a suitable venue (Waunfawr Community Hall or elsewhere depending on licencing arrangements).  PP Ian Rees is making enquiries regarding venue.

Bra Appeal – The President of St Woolas Rotary Club has written to Clubs about a project they are running with Rogerstone Roses WI to collect wearable but unwanted bras.  The bras will be passed to a reputable charity (www.smallsforall.org or www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk) for distribution in countries where women cannot afford underwear.  Underwear provides basic hygiene and dignity, and in some countries also gives a woman status and helps to protect her from rape.  This is because the wearing of a bra gives the impression that the lady comes from a rich/powerful family and she is therefore, less likely to be attacked.

We felt that this was a good project that the Club should support.  The details have been circulated to Inner Wheel by Secretary Michael, but there may be Rotarians whose partners are not members of Inner Wheel wishing to donate wearable but unwanted bras to the project.

Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday, 19 January 2016.

Committee meeting 15 September 2015

Apologies – Apologies were received from Peter Gardner.

Minutes –  The minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2015 were received and approved.

Refugee Crisis in Europe – An email forwarded by the District Secretary was considered.  There has been a lot of discussion within Districts about the Refugee crisis in Europe and what Rotarians in this country can do to help alleviate the suffering.  DGs of Rotary Districts where there is evident refugee activity have been contacted.  To date the only response received is from Calais where the situation was considered to be too political and the suggestion was that if Rotarians want to help they should do so as private citizens.  In Aberystwyth, Rotarians wishing to help could do so through Aberaid.

Shelterbox were on the ground in Lesbos.  Working alongside local government and partner agencies Shelterbox are planning to replace and supplement existing tents with robust family sized alternatives.  Thousands of people will benefit from the protection they offer.  On Lesbos 70 tents are to be used to create a new site to ease pressure on existing reception camps.  Shelterbox is also working with Medecins Sans Frontieres and the UN Refugee Agency to improve conditions in the overcrowded camps.  Fresh water taps, and open air showers have been fitted, latrines have been upgraded, rubbish collections organised and health clinics provided.  This is a developing situation and more information will be sent to Clubs when available.

Pig Roast 2015 – The Pig Roast at the Rugby Club on 26 July made a net profit of £1,342.86 (£671.43 each to Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs).  The Rotary share has been used to purchase a Shelterbox at a cost of £590, leaving a balance of £81.43.  The event was a financial and social success – the Rugby Club proving to be a viable venue especially given the inclement weather on the day.  We are most grateful to the Rugby Club for their warm welcome and to Mansell Beechey, as Steward, for his invaluable assistance.  We are grateful to John Bradshaw for devising the lawn games which were very popular despite the wet weather.  The Rugby Club was a good venue on a wet day.  With good weather and imagination on our part it has the potential to be an excellent venue.  Many thanks to members of the International Committee, Rotarians and members of Inner Wheel for their help and support in making the arrangements.

Future Plans – Two Charities were identified as possible beneficiaries of fund raising activities later in the Rotary year as follows:

Toilet Twinning – 2.5 billion people (40% of the world’s population) don’t have a loo and have to use fields, streams, rivers, railway lines, canal banks, roadsides, plastic bags, or squalid, disease-breeding buckets.  For £60 a donor can twin their toilet with a latrine in a poor community halfway round the world in a country of their choice.  £240 enables twinning with a school block.  Donations are used by Tearfund to provide clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education.  Local Toilet Twinning partners teach the skills necessary to build a simple latrine and save lives.  Individual donors receive a framed personalised certificate, complete with a colour photo of the twinned loo and GPS co-ordinates (for Google Maps).  More information is available on the Toilet Twinning website – www.toilettwinning.org

Wheelchair Foundation –  It is estimated that over 100 million people with physical disabilities worldwide need wheelchairs though less than 1% own or have access to one.  The Wheelchair Foundation purchases wheelchairs suitable for use in developing countries in bulk from their manufacturer in China.  They deliver containers with 110 or 280 wheelchairs to their Country Distribution partners and these are offered free to those in most need.  Each donation of £75 will deliver a wheelchair.  Wheelchairs with similar features would retail for £300.

Under a sponsorship arrangement, Yorkshire Tea substitute cash for every barcode they receive from one of their products.  For example, a small box of 80 teabags (or packet of biscuits) is worth 10 pence.  The largest catering pack of teabags (1100 bags) is worth £1.50.  More information is available on the Wheelchair Foundation website – www.wheelchairfoundationuk.org

Further consideration will be given to both these Charities at the next meeting.

Date of next meeting – Tuesday, 24 November 2015.

Committee meeting 14 July 2015
Freshers’ Fair 2015
– Details of this year’s Freshers’ Fair at the University were received. While the Club had previously been represented at the Freshers’ Fair to promote and issue Organ Doner Cards to students this was no longer the case. It was some years since the Club had attended the Fair and as Promotional Stall would cost £50, it was decided not to proceed.
Pig Roast 2015 – Most of the meeting was taken up with a discussion of the arrangements for this year’s Pig Roast. These were well in hand. Offers of assistance from Rotarians to help with Car Parking,the loan of Gazebos, setting up on the Sunday morning and the Garden Games were gratefully received. A meeting had been arranged with the Steward at the Rugby Club to finalise the arrangements. Tickets were selling well and an enjoyable day was in prospect. Given suitable weather it was hoped to eat outside.
Future Plans – The main focus of the Committee’s attention was the Pig Roast. Consideration would be given to arranging another fundraising event later in the Rotary year at a subsequent meeting.

International Committee Report – 9 June 2015

Members were welcomed to the first meeting of the International Committee for 2015/16.

The minutes of the previous meeting were received and approved.  Arising out of the minutes, PP Meurig and his Committee were warmly congratulated on the very successful Duck Race that had raised over £1,300 for Disaster Relief in Nepal.

Arrangements are well in hand for this year’s Pig Roast with Inner Wheel which will be held at the Aberystwyth Rugby Club on Sunday, 26th July.  The ticket price is £15 a head and the net proceeds will be split between Rotary and Inner Wheel International Charities.  As commercial premises, the Rugby Club is subject to the Food Hygiene Regulations (aka “scores on the doors”).  Because of this, the Rugby Club Steward will be cooking the pig in the Club’s oven and providing salads and sweets.  All wine and other drinks will be purchased over the bar at Member’s rates.  The Rugby Club wishes to be associated with the event and is providing its services at cost to help us raise as much money as possible.  There is plenty of outside space at the Rugby Club and, weather permitting, we hope to eat outside on the terrace.

Members will be aware that for many years Peter and Celia Gardner have hosted the Pig Roast at Nantcellan.  Unfortunately, it was not possible for them to continue the arrangement for this year and the Committee wishes to give special thanks to Peter and Celia for their long standing support to the Club in providing such a lovely venue for the Pig Roast which has raised many thousands of pounds for International Charities.

The main focus of the Committee’s attention at present is the Pig Roast.  Consideration will be given to arranging another fundraising event later in the Rotary year at a subsequent meeting.

The Committee will next meet on Tuesday, 14th July 2015.

International Committee Report – 20th January, 2015

Our committee focussed on planning a Duck Race. We hope to hold this on Saturday 23rd May, tides permitting. 1200 ducks have been ordered and the Sea Cadets have agreed to help with the logistics.The ducks will be released off the Penybont Road bridge (the one just upstream from Morrisons) and allowed to swim down to the St Brieuc foot bridge, where they will be caught by the Sea Cadets. A boom will also be placed across the river in case any escape!We aim to “sell” the ducks at £2 each minimum and hope that each Rotarian can sell at least five.  We are then arranging a day at Morrisons and on Owain Glyndwr square to sell as many as we can. Prize money will be set at £60, £30 and £10 for first, second and third respectively.
Publicity for the event will be arranged and we hope to get financial support from local businesses.
Proceeds from the event will go to EBOLA aftermath charities e.g. building orphanages for parentless children etc.
We hope the whole Club will give their backing to this event.

 

Committee meeting 25th November, 2014
The committee have received a receipt for the Club’s £1000 cheque for our donation to the Lifestraw Water Project. We are still awaiting a response as to where our Community Models will be used. At present Lifestraws are being sent to Ghana, Kenya and also to Sierra Leone where they are destined for St David’s school for handicapped children and orphans.
The Ebola crisis in West Africa concerned committee members greatly and it was strongly felt that the Club should react quickly by giving a financial donation.  The recent Rotary District newsletter highlighted a few ways in which we could help but given the problems of ensuring the monies would be used “correctly” in West Africa, it was decided to recommend to Club Council that we forward a donation directly to the Rotary Club of Monrovia in Liberia. This Club is the one recommended by Rotary International as it is working directly with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare there to enhance local support for Ebola patients, health workers and support personnel. Rotarians are soliciting funds to buy locally available items, providing much needed transportation, tracking potential Ebola patients and supporting the reintegration of those who have recovered from the virus. Funding for the Monrovia project will also be used for local vehicle repair, fuel, medicine, mattresses, buckets and other supplies. They also asked for gowns, gloves, face masks and sadly body bags which we did not feel we could organise. It is believed  International  committee have about £200 left over from previous events and we recommend to Club Council that we top this up to £500 from the Club’s charity funds to send out to the Rotary Club of Monrovia.
As to future events, our committee are investigating the possibility of holding a “Duck Race” in conjunction with the Sea Cadets. The timing will be next May when the weather and water will be warmer and will involve selling one thousand ducks at £2 each. Past President Allen Carr will be discussing the idea with the cadets before progressing the matter further. The charity to be supported has not yet been decided.

Committee meeting 16th September 2014
Even though the Pig Roast raised a record profit of £2162, the committee discussed whether any matters needed to be changed for thinking about next year’s event. From the Rotary side, everything had gone very smoothly and thanks were expressed to Peter and Celia Gardner and everyone who had assisted. Meeting Inner wheel members in good time and following the “aide memoire” that has been drawn up, were considered important.
The Rotary share of the profit amounts to £1081, with “Lifestraw” being our chosen charity to support. Distribution of the funds will be decided after a talk by the Charity to Club, which is scheduled in October.
Since our last committee meeting and following a successful street collection, the Aberystwyth Sea Cadets had presented us with a cheque to purchase a Shelterbox.
Club had also given £200 to Sue Peterson to assist with the purchase of training equipment to help midwife students and practising practitioners in Uganda improve their skills and knowledge.
Our committee decided that we will hold another fund raising event before the end of the Rotary year. It will probably be a street and Morrisons collection next May. Further details will be discussed at our next meeting when we will also consider which charity to support. One suggestion was that we support an eye charity.

Committee meeting 15th July 2014
The main focus of our discussions were the arrangements for the forthcoming “Pig Roast” on Sunday 3rd August at Nantcellan. Meurig, President Hywel and Martin Davies had already held a meeting with representatives of Inner Wheel, when the main points had been sorted out. Allen Carr had printed the tickets and President Hywel had sent letters to local dignitaries inviting them to attend. Unfortunately, only Mark Williams MP and his family are attending and even they will have to leave early. Our event is clashing with a World War One commemorative service in St Michael’s Church that afternoon.
The committee reviewed the check list and noted that most matters were under control. We are awaiting a response from Charlies’ Stores that they will give us a discount on the charcoal. Mike Price has confirmed that he will bring the PA system but we need to check with him about taking photographs.
The number of tickets sold so far is encouraging and a board has been sent round Club requesting volunteers to assist with arrangements. Raffle prizes and the loan of Gazebos have also been requested.
The committee recommend to Club Council that the charity to be supported is “Lifestraw”. This is a portable water filter that effectively removes all bacteria and parasites responsible for causing common diarrhoeal diseases. The individual model costing £10 filters at least 1000 litres of water. The family model costing £20 filters at least 18000 litres of water and there is also a community model costing £200. The Rotary Club of Brynmawr are leading with this project but we will ensure that the Rotary Club of Aberystwyth will get full credit for all the monies we give. We are also scheduled to receive a talk on Lifestraw in October. Apparently, Lifestraw was used very effectively in the Philippines’ after the typhoon last year and it is a component included in a “Shelterbox”.
Away from the Pig Roast, the Club have received a request for financial assistance for a Midwifery Twinning Project with Uganda. The request has been made by the wife of local GP, Dr Jonathan Williams who is a midwife. It involves a global twinning placement with the Royal College of Midwives and the Ugandan Assoc. of Midwives. Uganda is a country with a high maternal mortality rate and the purpose of the project is to support midwife students and practising practitioners to improve skills and knowledge. There is a very good training resource called “Neomama” costing £495 for use in the UK, but believed to cost less when used for global health initiatives, and help is requested towards this cost. Apparently if one is purchased for a UK training site, the company donates a second one to a developing country of their choice. Our Foundation committee are unable to help, as it falls outside their scholarship scheme and hence it has been referred to us. We still have £393 available from last year’s International Committee’s efforts and we recommend to Council that we donate £200 towards this project.

AGM report 15 April 2014
For our Committee the Rotary year began in June 2013 with the preparations for the annual pig roast, held in conjunction with Inner Wheel, at Nantcellan on 28th July 2013, by kind invitation of Peter and Celia. The event was attended by over 100 members of Rotary and Inner Wheel and their guests. It was, I think, enjoyed by everyone who attended, and succeeded in raising £818 to support Rotary’s international charities. Approximately half that surplus was donated to Shelterbox in November last year to help them deal with the aftermath of the typhoon that struck the Philipinnes that month with such devastating results. A cheque was sent to the charity for purchasing an actual shelterbox, but they contacted the Club asking if the money could be used to purchase much needed medicines and water purification equipment instead. This was agreed to and it is gratifying to know that this Club was able to help alleviate the misery caused by the typhoon in this way. The other half of the pig roast surplus remains in the Club’s charities account at the moment, and the Committee will be considering how that sum will be donated after our next fund raising event. On the subject of the pig roast, this year’s Committee has decided to start planning for next summer’s event. The final details will of course be in the hands of next year’s Committee, but at the moment it looks as if this may well be held on 3rd August 2014, again at Nantcellan, so that is a date you may care to pencil into your diaries.
Following on from the report to last year’s AGM by my predecessor, the wishing well was, as you know, rebranded at the beginning of this Rotary year in favour of Wateraid, with the collections from the well now going to support the work of that international charity. As you heard from the treasurer during his report the sum of £800 from the well has recently been donated.
Some of you will remember that I made reference in my report to the last Business Meeting of a possible collaboration with the Aberaeron and Lampeter Rotary Clubs on a specific clean-water project. The intention was for the three clubs to work together to fund the provision of a water bore-hole and sanitation facilities for a school in a deprived rural area near Accra in Ghana. I have to report today that this plan will not be proceeding. This is due to certain doubts that have arisen regarding the ownership and financing of the project following due diligence checks undertaken by the host Rotary Club in Ghana. This is a disappointing outcome, but I like to think there may be a positive spin-off in that it has brought representatives of the three Ceredigion Rotary Clubs together in discussions about collaborating on a larger-scale project. Although this particular idea will not proceed, individuals from the three Clubs have worked closely together, and it may be that an opportunity will arise to do so again on a different project in the future.
The Committee’s next fund raiser is to be a street collection in aid of Shelterbox, which is arranged for the end of next month, specifically for two successive Saturdays – the 24th and 31st May – in Owain Glyndwr Square
and in Morissons on Friday 30th May. The proceeds of that collection will be used to purchase a shelterbox, and to link that box with the name of Penweddig School, in recognition of the donation of £165 given to the Club by Penweddig last year for that purpose. Boards will start circulating at the lunchtime meetings from next week onwards asking for volunteers for those collections.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all the members of the International Committee for their guidance, wisdom and hard work throughout the year, and to thank also all the members of the Club for their support of the Committee.

 

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