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An Evening of Fun, “Crazy Shirt Night” Sunday 15th September 6.30 pm to 10.30pm

Crazy Shirt and Dress Evening with live Music by the “Sax Man Cristiano” At Casa Vista da Montanha, Vale de Arzes, 8400-557 Carvoeiro

Gentlemen, come  along in the craziest shirt or T shirt and socks you possess. Ladies, please wear your most wacky or colorful  outfits!!! Come and enjoy the fun, food, dancing and excellent music.

A selection of food will be available with wine, beer and soft drinks. A donation 25€ per person is required for this fund raising event, with all profits going to RC Silves education fund to help local children to plan a better future. Please contact Colin and Joanna by the latest Monday 9th September to book your space.

Contact Details and directions: Tel; 00351 935953268 or E-mail

Rotary Silves Wine Tasting

At our garden meeting on August 8, we invited our Silves sommelier Andreia Ferreira to join us and introduce some very special Algarve wines. Some of us are not avid rosé drinkers

but Andreia came up with an excellent dry Herdade dos Pimenteis

which was very much to our taste. As we savoured Isabel´s delicious cataplana, we were enchanted by the Allmagarve dry white  and then their red wine. Colin can be seen studying his stomache contemplating one last dish.

We wound up with a glass of Algardoce an Algarvean wine-port. The effects of all the tasting can be seen clearly on Alan’s face in the banner ceremony afterwards.


Welcoming two new members

RC Silves welcomed Rainer Kroth and Marion Kitzmann as new members. They have recently moved to the Algarve and are looking forward to working with new friends to benefit the local community. President Isabel Flores congratulated Marion after she received her pin from Alan Winn, Vice President.

Rainer accepted his pin from David Trubshaw and visiting Rotarian Joäo Alves from RC Praia de Rocha.

Isabel has known Rainer and Marion for many years and is pleased to welcome them to RC Silves.

Rotary Silves Handover

On June 27th, we gathered at Isobel Flores house in Silves to celebrate the handover of the presidency for this coming year. And what an enjoyable and relaxed evening it was. There were 51 of us present sitting in Isobel’s lovely garden with her swimming pool as a backdrop.

Here we are meeting and greeting.

Isobel setting out her objectives for the year –  Education! Education! Education!

The surprise of the night was the musician, Cristiano Sax, brought by Jan and Richard. They found him playing in the square in Ferragudo. What an inspired choice! He had us all up dancing in no time.

Then when we were all well fed and oiled, there was time to pose in the sunset for a group photo.

Thus we launched Isobel on what promises to be an exciting Rotary year.

Baby clothes and much more!

Friends of Rotary, Linda Clark and her daughter Helen have been busy in the UK collecting baby clothes, bottles, toys and bedding; a travel cot and a high chair. Altogether 8 crates of goodies arrived from the UK organised by Stewart Smith RC Silves.   This was supplemented by extra bedding form new Silves Rotary Member, Anne Officer. You can imagine the delight of those at Castelo do Sonhos when delivered by Sue Butler Cole. A Rotary team effort which was happily received.

Portuguese Students Return

The Wildern exchange went extremely well with all staff and students enjoying the trip. There were many tears from the students as they parted from their new friends on the last day but they all vowed to keep in touch and greet the English again at the Silves Sul Oscares in March 2018.

The pupils attended the Wildern School Oscars and collected The Best International Film Oscar which was won by a promotional film of the Algarve and the makers were complimented on their costumes to support the Algarve history segments in the film.

Congratulations Alan and David

At the RC Silves Handover, District Governor Abílío Lopes presented David Trubshaw and Alan Winn with Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their work with young people. David for his Art Projects and Alan for his work with the Digital Media Project and the Oscars, Cookery Competition and School Exchange. This came as a great surprise to them both but justly deserved.

Inspiring Handover

On the 29 June we celebrated our Presidential Handover at O Barradas Restaurant near Silves. It was a lively and cheerful occasion as Rotarians and friends gathered to enjoy a lovely meal and look back over a very successful year as Outgoing President David Trubshaw handed over his chain of office to the new President of RC Silves, Stewart Smith.

David thanked all members for their hard work over the past year providing the three F’s, Fellowship, Fun and Fundraising. The money raised this year had without doubt “Changed Lives”. David is a well-known local artist and his art projects during this year have inspired children across the Silves area to be creative.

David also presented Sue Butler Cole, Bonnie Appleyard, Vicky Good and Linda Clark with a Friends of Rotary badges for their work in leading and supporting fund raising events.

District Governor Abílío Lopes presented David Trubshaw and Alan Winn with Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their work with young people. David for his Art Projects and Alan for his work with Digital Media Project and the Oscars, Cookery Competition and School exchange. This came as a great surprise to them both but justly deserved.

Stewart’s first task in his new role was to present Honorary Members with their certificates..

Wilma Bijloo, Frits Lubbers and Pam Winn

and his second to pin our new member Roy Carpenter.

Stewart outlined his objectives and ideas for the year inspiring us all to reach for the stars.

The Members of Silves Rotary were also joined by past, incoming and new presidents from other Rotary Clubs across the Algarve, who added their congratulations to David and best wishes to Stewart.

Abilio Lopes, District Governor and Isabel Lopes, President RC Tavira

Bernhard Schluender, RC Praia de Rocha and Stewart Officer, RC Ludlow

Jim Ditheridge, IRC Estoi Palace

We are all looking forward to Fellowship, Fun and Fundraising again this year.

Mobile Cancer Screening Unit

At the RC Silves Handover Meeting, Jim Ditheridge, President IRC Estoi Palace presented David Trubshaw with a copy of the plaque which adorns the new mobile screening unit. The purchase of this unit was supported by Rotary clubs across the Algarve and RC Silves Rotarians raised funds through a golf day organised by Jos Westerbeek and donations collected by Dik Bier from visitors to the Algarve staying at his hotel.

Thank you to everybody who donated to this project.

Our President’s Birthday

David Trubshaw celebrated his birthday 80th Birthday this month.

50 family members and guests joined him on the 27 May to celebrate.  David has worked hard this year with schools around the Algarve on his art projects and some of fabulous results were on display, a wonderful series of collages of sardines 30 in all, produced by local primary school children. BJ Boulter, paintings of Monchique, also displayed some of her paintings to the delight of the guests who admired the elephants in the palm trees.

Guests were treated to food, fun and fellowship and of course birthday cake, helped along by David’s whimsical humour.  Many tributes were made to him and his work for Rotary.  Donations on the day and the auction of one of David’s more unusual art works raised 1000€ for Castelo de Sonhos.

Watch out for his latest Art Project – Painting & Poetry launched earlier this year.  Students have been asked to paint a picture and write a poem. A book of the top 50 paintings and poems will be published and a donation made from sales of the book to the local charity Casa do Povo de Sao Bartolomeu de Messines.

Happy Birthday David