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AL FRESCO ON 22nd August

Here we all are all fresco-ing in the hillside garden of Sue and David Butler-Cole and gulping down draughts of fresh mountain air in a clear evening glow. Is this not magic?

Pam, Marian, Rainer and Linda

Sue cooked up a wonderful roast leitão which was accompanied by black beans and salad. The event? A Rotary Silves fund raiser contributing towards the annual “Back to School Project” promoted by Castelo de Sonhos”.

Jim and Ray Bentley

Guests were very generous and  640 euros was raised which has been ear-marked to purchase tablets for deprived children so they can keep in touch with their teachers in these troubled times when schooling is restricted by the threat of the dreaded virus.

History Comes Alive

Following her talk on “The Templars”  Christina returned to tell us about the fibs in Portuguese history focusing on the chronicles written to propagate the importance of João 1 and his family.  The meeting was again held outside in the cool shade in Isabel’s Garden. Thank you Christina for such an interesting talk.

Handover 9 July 2020

RC Silves members gathered on the 9 July to review the year 2019/20 and to thank Isabel Flores for leading the club with the help of our four past presidents.

David Trubshaw welcomed members and guests.

The leadership role falls to Alan Winn for 2020/21.  Alan has been President twice before but he will also be supported by Stewart Smith, David Trubshaw and Isabel Flores. Isabel spoke about this difficult year before officially handing over the leadership by giving Alan the President’s Pin.

A Little Socialising

Silves Rotary Club held its first meeting after the restrictions were lifted.  10 members gathered in the garden of our president to enjoy each others company and to look at possible activities for the future. It was so good to see each other even if the normal greetings had to be avoided.

The clubs has been guided by four past presidents this year. A happy group. They are ready to continue next year.

 

A Busy Month for Visitors

This month has been a very busy with lots of visitors. Rosemary and Peter hall joined us from RC Southampton Magna, Fernanda and Manuel Rodrigues from Lisbon (see below with President Isabel Flores)

and 8 members of the Rotary Caravan club.Their leaders presented with a flag by Alan Winn, Vice President.

Happy Times!!

Final Meeting of the Summer in our Garden of Eden

This was our last August evening meeting – again in Isabel Flores idyllic garden of Eden.

A goodly gathering of our own members present plus visitors from IRC Almancil and Lisbon – we were 23 in all. A magnificent dinner was magicked up by Isabel, accompanied by a talk by Christina Pimenta on the Templars in Portugal.

Did you know there were Portuguese Templars here for a couple of centuries?

The flag ceremony was held with customary pomp.

We wound up the meeting with the traditional “heads and tails” and here is Jan Hinze looking for her tail.

We will have saudades of Isabel’s hospitality when we return to The Holiday Inn on the 12 September.

 

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.

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