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Welcome to Maria

At our first meeting this year, we had the opportunity to present Maria with her Rotary pin. She has been working with us for at least a year and previously has supported our fundraising events. Officially a member in January we were unable to present her pin due to the Covid 19 restrictions. We were so happy to see her receive her pin and celebrate with her.

Establishing goodwill and fellowship between Britain, Ireland and Portugal

This rotary year 2020/21, RC Silves has joined the new Inter-Country Committee established between Portugal – Great Britain-Ireland (RGB&I).

The founding Rotary Districts and Clubs are:-

Portuguese Section  

For District 1960 RC Oeiras, RC Silves, RC Almancil International, RC Estoi-Palace International, RC São João da Madeira, RC Porto and District 1970 RC Guimarães

Britain and Ireland (RGB&I) Section

For District 1040, RC Leeds White Rose, for District 1060, RC Great Britain and Ireland, for District 1070, RC Leicester, Rotaract Club of Leicester Universities, for District 1100, RC Bristol, for District 1145, RC Kew Gardens and for District 1240 RC Halstead

The clubs involved have committed to increase international understanding, intercultural sharing, establish goodwill and promote fellowship between Britain, Ireland and Portugal. Through common projects they will aim to improve awareness and mutual understanding between communities and cultures.

RC Silves looks forward to joining its fellow Rotarians in this endeavour.

 

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.