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Governors Visit

On the 4 February the governor Mara Filipa Ribeiro Duarte visited RC Silves to see some of the work we have done over the past year.  The governor made a visit to Casa do Povo one of our major benefactors this year before joining members for lunch.

She expressed her admiration for the amount of work our club manages to achieve and updated us on the rotary news.  President Isabel Flores and Vice President Alan Winn presented Mara with a cheque for 300€ for the Governors Fund.

 

Casa de Povo New Facilities

Rotary Silves donated about 10,000 euros, which was used to equip the new sensory and therapeutic rooms at Casa do Povo. This unit will serve to support 20 users young people / adults from 18 years old, from various parts of the western Algarve. All referred  by the different health services in the region

In addition to these responses to mental illness, the Casa do Povo of São Bartolomeu de Messines also provides support in the social area, by monitoring vulnerable families and providing food support; sports, social-education for those with physical / intellectual disabilities.

Working together on this project has shown us how much we can achieve. Thank you to all those who have purchased David Trubshaw’s Book and have attended concerts and other fund raising events. As you can see your money has been well spent.

Major Funding for Casa do Povo

Casa do Povo in São Bartolomeu de Messines, at the invitation of ARS – Regional Health Administration, invested in the creation of a USO – Socio-Occupational Unit, for people with mental illness.  RC Silves members worked hard raising funds so that adults and children with disabilities have access to this well needed training facility.  

RC Silves raised 10,000€ so the new facilities could be adequately furnished to allow this crucial work to take place. At our meeting in January, cheques were handed over to representatives of  Casa do Povo to cover the costs of furniture and other resources. The cheques were presented by Pascal Martin, David Trubshaw, Pam Winn and David and Sue Butler Cole.

Big smiles all round. 

 

Breaking News: Cool Manouche in Concert Success

Clothes and toys for Castelo do Sonhos

Our Friends from RC Henley Bridge surprise us again with their generosity. Every visit to the Algarve, Nikki and Steve bring lots of goodies for Castelo do Sonhos from their friends and fellow rotarians in the UK. How they fit it all in we will never know. Castelo do Sonhos helps those in need in the Silves Community .  Sue and David Butler Cole accepted the gifts on behalf of Rotary Silves and will see them safely delivered to Castelo do Sonhos.

A Quizzing Success

On the 22 November in Carvoeiro, five teams gathered to test their general knowledge on a range of topics in aid of Local Charities. Our hosts Anne and Stewart Officer treated us to a fun filled afternoon of quizzing with an array of  fantastic food . The rain tried to stop play but failed miserably. Entry fees and a raffle raised 500€  to help local communities. The winners an international team with Dutch, Swedish and British members.

Emergency Milk Supplies

Shortfalls at the local food back have left some young families desperate for Milk.  From Donations at our weekly meeting RC Silves managed to purchase over 80 litres of milk. We hope this will help fill the gap.

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.

 

Anne and Alison Join RC Silves

RC Silves welcomed Anne Officer and Alison Boardman as new members. Anne and her husband are spending more time in the Algarve and are looking forward to working with new friends to benefit the local community. President Sheena Rawcliffe presented her pin and congratulated Anne. Her proud husband eager to take a photo for the family album.

Alison Boardman has long been a Rotarian and has transferred to RC Silves as she is making her home here in the Algarve. Alison’s fondness for music has the RC Silves meetings a lively affair. If you enjoy a good sing song come along.

 

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.