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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A busy day for RC Silves as Rotarians and friends gathered for Christmas Lunch. We were pleased to welcome the governor Abilio Lopes and his wife Isabel, who had spent the morning with the board reviewing the club’s activities. Representatives from the Bombeiros and Casa de Povo also joined us for lunch.
During the lunch, David Trubshaw presented Comandante Rui Lopes and Jose´ Gançalo Duarte with a cheque for €1150 to thank them for so gallantly fighting the fires this summer and protecting the properties of local friends in and around Monchique.
A great time was had by all with crackers, party hats and with President David Trubshaw’s renowned riddle quiz.
This will be our fourth concert at this delightful venue. The Casa da Cultura in Silves is an intimate venue with a Moorish garden ideal for enjoying an evening of music.
The evening will start with drinks and canapés before guests are treated to an uplifting programme of music by the Sonora Saxophone Quartet. The programme is similar to our sell out saxophone concert in 2013 where the artists performed a mixture of classical and contemporary music.
J.S. Bach – Concerto Italien
J.B Singelé – Premier Quatuor pour Saxophones
George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
Intermission (20 minutes)
Piazzolla – Historie du Tango
Dvorak – Amerikanisches Quartett
Tickets will be available shortly for a minimum donation of €15. For those of you who have supported and enjoyed these events before, this is a date for the diary for you and your friends. This is definitely one not to miss! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a ticket.
On the 14 February, members and guests enjoyed a lovely evening together at the Restaurant Ponte Romano in Silves. We would like to thank all Rotarians and friends who contributed to this fundraising event. The event total was €1000 which will go towards support for the digital media project with the Escolas de Silves Sul. Guests were entertained by Sandie and the Easy Street Band. Thanks also to Andre and Sue Winstanley, Sue and David Butler Cole, Felicity Thoet and David Trubshaw for organising such a great event.
Club members formally welcomed Sue and Andre Winstanley to Silves Rotary Club at our evening meeting on the 28 August at the O’Barradas Restaurant near Silves. They received their pins from the President Alan Winn to the delight of their fellow Rotarians. Sue and Andre have been Rotarians before and we are looking forward to working with them to fulfil the 3 F’s, Fun, Fellowship and Fundraising.