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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friends of Rotary, Linda Clark and her daughter Helen have been busy in the UK collecting baby clothes, bottles, toys and bedding; a travel cot and a high chair. Altogether 8 crates of goodies arrived from the UK organised by Stewart Smith RC Silves. This was supplemented by extra bedding form new Silves Rotary Member, Anne Officer. You can imagine the delight of those at Castelo do Sonhos when delivered by Sue Butler Cole. A Rotary team effort which was happily received.
The Wildern exchange went extremely well with all staff and students enjoying the trip. There were many tears from the students as they parted from their new friends on the last day but they all vowed to keep in touch and greet the English again at the Silves Sul Oscares in March 2018.
The pupils attended the Wildern School Oscars and collected The Best International Film Oscar which was won by a promotional film of the Algarve and the makers were complimented on their costumes to support the Algarve history segments in the film.
On the 29 June we celebrated our Presidential Handover at O Barradas Restaurant near Silves. It was a lively and cheerful occasion as Rotarians and friends gathered to enjoy a lovely meal and look back over a very successful year as Outgoing President David Trubshaw handed over his chain of office to the new President of RC Silves, Stewart Smith.
David thanked all members for their hard work over the past year providing the three F’s, Fellowship, Fun and Fundraising. The money raised this year had without doubt “Changed Lives”. David is a well-known local artist and his art projects during this year have inspired children across the Silves area to be creative.
District Governor Abílío Lopes presented David Trubshaw and Alan Winn with Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their work with young people. David for his Art Projects and Alan for his work with Digital Media Project and the Oscars, Cookery Competition and School exchange. This came as a great surprise to them both but justly deserved.
Stewart’s first task in his new role was to present Honorary Members with their certificates..
Wilma Bijloo, Frits Lubbers and Pam Winn
and his second to pin our new member Roy Carpenter.
Abilio Lopes, District Governor and Isabel Lopes, President RC Tavira
Bernhard Schluender, RC Praia de Rocha and Stewart Officer, RC Ludlow
Jim Ditheridge, IRC Estoi Palace
We are all looking forward to Fellowship, Fun and Fundraising again this year.