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Incoming President for 2015/16

Incoming President 2015.16

Alan, President and Frits Lubbers, Incoming President 2015/16

We are pleased to confirm that Frits Lubbers will be our Incoming President for 2015/16. Frits will be supporting Alan this year in preparation for his presidency. Alan and Frits will be working with committee chairs to put together the fundraising and fellowship programme for this year.

Visit to RC Hedge End Breakfast Rotary Club

Flag exchange

During the visit of the students and teachers to Wildern School to attend their Oscars Ceremony, President Alan Winn, the Club Secretary, Isabel Flores, new member Dr Carlos Silva, Silves Sul School principal, attended the Hedge End Breakfast Rotary Club along with the two other teachers from the Silves Sul School.  We were all made very welcome and we were asked to give a presentation about the multimedia project between the two schools.  Brian Eyley from the Hedge End Rotary Club provided accommodation for two of the visiting teachers during their 5 day stay in the UK. We would like to thank Brian for making their stay so enjoyable. Thanks also to Hedge End for their welcome and especially Past President Rosemary Hall and her husband Peter for their generous personal donation to the exchange fund.

P1010192 sharing a joke A lovely welcome

Caring for the Babies of Silves


Trolley Loads

Armed with match funding from Almancil International Rotary club Alan Winn, President of RC Silves and Peter Hinze, Chair of the Community Committee at The Almancil club purchased much needed items for new born babies of mothers and families registered with the Castelo de Sonhos charity based in Silves. 5 baby cots, 10 carry cots, which are needed to be enable families to take their baby home from hospital, 7 baby baths, food and other small items were purchased and delivered by Alan and Peter in early July.


Helena Deus receives the donation from Alan and Peter on behalf of Castelo de Sonhos

Castelo de Sohos is a charity that provides much needed help for the poor of the Silves Council area. This includes social care, food (with support from Banco Alimentar), clothes personal hygene products and other much needed items for those living in hardship. Castelo de Sonhos has been supported this year by the Silves Rotary Club and the €1000 from the two clubs, along with a 10% much appreciated donation from Continente Supermarket in Guia, was the latest contribution to this very worthwhile cause.

Triumphant Return

Students Return

The returning group with Silves Rotary Secretary Isabel Flores and President Alan Winn

Staff and students from the Silves Sul Group of schools have now returned from their visit to Wildern School in Southampton.  6 students had entered their multi media work into the Wildern School Oscars as part of an exchange organised by the Silves Rotary Club.  Staff stayed with Rotarians in the Southampton area and students were hosted by the families of pupils at the Wildern School.  The movie about the emancipation of women submitted by Sarah Piña won the Best International Film category against very strong opposition from her fellow students.  Along with an Oscar Sara also won movie camera

Sara and the Oscar

Sara and her Oscar

Much to the surprise of the Algarve visitors another camera was warded to the school in recognition for their outstanding work.  This was received on behalf of the school br Dr Carlos Silva the principal of Escola Agrupamento Silves Sul.   Whilst students attended lessons along with their hosts, staff had a chance to share expertise with their UK counterparts.  Dr Carlos also spent a very useful 40 minutes with the head teacher at Wildern and an agreement was reached to have further cooperation between the two schools.

The visit was a success on many levels with the students making new friends and experiencing family life in the UK, and staff having an opportunity to look at different methods and approaches to teaching and learning.

All this would not have been possible without the support of all those who attended fundraising events organised by the Silves Rotary Club, the help of the Hedge End Rotary Club members in Southampton and the personal donation given by their Past President, Rosemary Hall.


Off to the Oscars

Leaving for the trip

An excited group of students and teachers gathered at Faro airport on friday 11 July to depart on their Oscar adventure in the UK. The students have been working on film and digital media project at Silves Sul School and their movies were entered into the Oscars at Wildern School in Southampton. Six films have been shortlisted and they will find out whose has been chosen as number one at the ceremony on Monday 14 July. The event is well known in the UK but this is the first time that students from other EU countries have submitted entries. Silves Rotary President Alan Winn is accompanying the students and will be awarding the Oscar for Best Animation. Silves Rotary Club has raised funds to enable the  student and teacher exchange and to purchase resources for the students to use. It is hoped that the students will become digital leaders in this area and mentor other students across the Algarve. Watch out for the Algarve Oscars next year!

We will publish the result as soon as we know it.

A Happy Handover

Flag ceremony

On Thursday last week Silves Rotary Club held its Handover Lunch at the O’Barradas Restuarant near Silves. Rotarians, friends and guests enjoyed a delightful meal and a happy time reviewing the old year and welcoming the new one. Alan Winn President for 2013/14 will continue as President for 2014/15 at the request of club members who feel that they want to consolidate the progress made this year into the coming one. Alan thanked all members for their hard work over the past year. The progress made in raising the profile of the club and Rotary whilst  increasing the fundraising was down to their hard work. The Incoming Governor for 2016/17 Abilio Lopes offered both Alan and the club congratulations on a busy year.  Members of Silves Rotary were also joined by past, incoming and new presidents from other Rotary Clubs across the Algarve, who added their congratulations.

Our portuguese FriendsGathering 2

A gathering of friendsIntroducing the colleagues and friends


Handover SpeechHandover

Abilio Lopes CongratulationsSelma´s speech

Amendoeira Golf Day Success

Amendoeira Golf Resort

Amendoeira Golf Resort

15 June 2014 Charity Golf Tournament Amendoeira Golf Resort:

The golf day at the fabulous Amendoeira Golf Resort took place on the hottest day of the year so far, however, that did not prevent golfers of all abilities turning in some very good scores on the difficult Faldo course.  Comments from golfers included “a great day for a good cause” as they tucked into a very nice lunch in the clubhouse after the game.  Although with fewer numbers than expected a very respectable €1800 was raised to be used to help the Oncology Association of the Algarve with their cancer prevention programme.  Grateful thanks to all who helped organise the event and those too who took part.

Looking forward to next year!


Pasú Delight

The Pasú Quintet delighted the audience at the Casa da Cultura Islâmica e Mediterrânica in Silves with their exciting and varied performance. The evening started with drinks and canapés in the moorish gardens

Serving drinksInteresting conversation

Happy Time

before guests are treated to:

W.A.Mozart – Fantasie,

Félix Mendelssohn – Quintette,

Maurice Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin,

Antonín Dvořák – Streichquartett

György Ligeti – Six Bagatelles  More detailed Programme

Pasu Quintet taking a bow

€ 1192 was raised from the evening and all profits will go to support Silves Rotary Club’s Education Programmes.

We are extremely grateful to the Câmara Municipal de Silves for the loan of such a lovely venue and to Silves Sul Students for their efficient and friendly service.

Silves Sul Students




Coffee and Cake the Best Yet!

Julia and Pascal hosted a morning of coffee and cake in their home near Praia de Luz. Julia baked up storm and friends added to the spread with their own creations. The morning was in aid of Madrugada*.  Silves Rotary members and Guests enjoyed a glass of Buck’s Fizz, coffee and of course slices of delicious cakes and pastries, whilst raising money for this deserving project. Events like these are held to introduce the work of Silves Rotary Club and to gather friends in support of local causes. The event raised over €500 for Madrugada and we made many new friends. Thank you to all who made this an enjoyable if fattening event.

A nice chat

An interesting Chat

I must take some home

I must take some home

a bit of bubbly

A nice glass of bubbly

*Madrugada is the name chosen for a pioneering multi-cultural project designed to help people and their families in the Algarve to change how they live and cope with serious illness, by strengthening their general health and emotional well-being.

Fun in the Sun in Aid of UNIR

Silves Rotarians and their guests enjoyed an afternoon of fun, food and games at David Trubshaw’s home near Portimão. Penny, Jackie and David extended an invitation to Rotarians and friends to join them in their garden, for an afternoon of  fellowship in aid of UNIR*. Guests played games and won prizes and enjoyed a feast whilst relaxing in the sun with friends. Margarida Trindade of UNIR explained to guests about the project to open a support centre in Portimao and thanked them for their support. Guests donated over €1100 which will all go towards the project. A successful and happy day! Thank you to all who attended and supported the event.



A gathering in the shade

In the Shade

Just look at those desserts

Oh Boy Dessert

Look what I won

Look what I won

Just a little relaxation

Just a little relaxation

Just look what they do

Just Look What They Do!


*UNIR is an Institution serving people with mental illness. A multidisiplinary team works with patients through training programmes and occupational activities that encourage and enable them to develop interpersonal and life skills ensuring their reintegration into society. For more information on UNIR visit their website. We are concentrating this year on raising funds (newsreport) to support the renovations at their new unit in Portimao.