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