Bishop’s Waltham Rotary News


Carnival 2017
Thank you for your support this year, of the best ever Carnival. You will have seen the spectacular pictures in the July magazine. I am pleased to report that many more people attended this year, what was a glorious day out for the family. Featuring in the procession was the Youth Club, the Primary School, the Junior School and the Scouts and Cubs, who all did a lot of work to dress up in costume for the SPACE theme. It was a close contest, but the Scouts won first prize for their contribution.

At the Carnival site in Hoe Road there were many stands displaying games, goods for sale and local charities, as well as a rich display of food and drink stalls. The arena featured displays from Roynan dance and Canine Partners; as well as children’s races and a tug of war. The overall winner of the Photographic competition was Val French from Bishopstoke Village, with her photo of a fisherman in Burma.

Fair Oak Trefoil Guild is the section within Girl Guiding for the older retired Guide Leaders, who do fund rising events at Fairs and Carnivals. They also assist at Pack Holidays and Guide Camps when needed. Fair Oak Trefoil Guild were using a very old gazebo for these fund raising efforts for the Guides, which was falling apart and no longer waterproof. BW Rotary was very pleased to provide the funds for them to purchase a new gazebo to assist in their fundraising efforts for a very worthy cause.

The First Female President for BW Rotary was elected on Thursday 29th June. Debbie Walker was congratulated by Ian Withers, the outgoing president, on her appointment as the first female president of the club. Debbie, who was one of the first two female members of BW Rotary club after it first voted to include ladies in the membership in 2010, said: “I am tremendously honoured to be appointed as the club’s first female president, which I firmly believe is a reflection of how Rotary is moving with the times. My focus during my year in office will be to attract new members, especially women and young people who are interested in volunteering”. Since Debbie joined, BW Rotary has expanded its female membership to a total of 5 members, so far!

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