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Five Stars Gala
On the 29 March, the Rotary Club of Silves was invited to the Five Stars Gala of the Agrupamento Escolas de Silves Sul. A happy night where students were able to celebrate their achievements in education and sport. Members of the local school community were also honoured, for their support, with the presentation of a star. The Rotary Club of Silves were one of five groups presented with a star. Over the last few years, the Silves Rotary club and the schools in the group have worked hand in hand, collaborating with the aim of enhancing education in the municipality of Silves in an inclusive way! A winning partnership that will continue for years to come. Thank you, Agrupamento Escolas de Silves Sul we were honoured to receive our star.
Casa do Povo in Messines celebrate 88 years
Casa do Povo in Messines celebrated 88 years in December and invited those who worked with them to attend a celebration. Isabel Flores, the current president of RC Silves, represented the club at the event. RC Silves has helped support Casa do Povo with projects for people with learning Difficulties and with food and masks during Covid pandemic. The President of the Casa do Povo de S. B. Messines, José Carlos Araújo, presented Isabel with a gift to thank RC Silves for all their support and to celebrate her presence at the Anniversary Gala.
2021/22 has been a memorable year for Silves Rotary Club as for all Rotary clubs Covid has taken it’s toll. We worked hard under our President Alan Winn to help the community and to keep as many fundraising activities as possible. We had a great start to the year with Back to school, followed closely by the Christmas Shoe box appeal. We manage our first concert in two years and raised 4500€. We have been training for a sponsored walk along the Camino starting at the Portuguese border and finishing at Santiago to Compostela to provide a sensory room and garden for Autistic and Downs Syndrome pupils at Armacao de Pera school. Alan handed over to Isabel Flores for the year 2022/23. Isabel is shouldering the president’s job for the fifth time. Continuing our work in education is high on her agenda but she will add some touches of her own to support further members of the community.
Walking in the Algarve
RC Silves looks at many ways to raise funds for our community in Silves and to do it through fellowship. We are looking at many possibilities for fundraising one of which focuses on exercise. To get ready for this possible challenge we have started some training walks. The first was a 7K walk around the Arade and Odelouca Rivers. A bakers dozen took part and all managed it well. Two members who were back in the UK joined us in spirit. They walked in the snow and ice. Much Chillier.
The Sun, Solar System and the Galactic Neighbourhood
Rainer Kroth is a member of RC Silves and has a keen interest in the Universe and beyond. In this first part of his presentation. Rainer provided and excellent introduction to our close neighbours in the Galaxy. He enthralled us with surprising facts, beautiful pictures and illustrations and left us looking forward to part two. Alan our club president, thanked him on behalf of the members, however the resounding applause at the end of the talk spoke wonders.
Below are just two of the wonderful pictures that illustrated his talk.
Silves Rotary Club Plaque Unveiled
Silves Rotary club meets regularly at the Holiday Inn, Armacao de Pera. The President Alan Winn, Past President Isabel Flores and a representative of the hotel unveiled a plaque on the 11 November to highlight our long running partnership. The Holiday Inn has always enthusiastically supported the club in its endeavors to raise funds and support the local community.
The District Governor visits RC Silves
The District Governor visited RC Silves last week to review the work of the club and to offer his support for our activities.
During his visit acting President Alan Winn presented the governor with a cheque for 500euros for the Governor’s fund which is spent on causes chosen by the Governor.
During the event he was able to welcome two new members Dulce Reis Home and Philippe Pfister.
He also presented a Rotary Citation to one of RC Silves and Rotary’s long standing members Isabel Flores. Her family were Rotarians and she has worked hard for the community of Silves and across the Algarve.
Visiting Artist Receives a Flag
Susan Puttick, a celebrated artist, resident in the Algarve visited the members of RC Silves to discuss a fundraising opportunity. Susan produces artwork and cards of the flora of the world. The flag exchange was a mark of appreciation of her work and her generous donation to the club’s community support funds. Members look forward to working with her in the future.
RC Silves Gains A Rotary Citation
A Message from Rotary Recognition and Service Awards:-
Congratulations! Your club has earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2020-21. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, your club demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
RC Silves Donates to End Polio Now
The Certificate below acknowledges the generous donations from the Rotary Club of Silves to the End Polio Now Program for the Rotary Year 2020/21. This donation will be matched 2:1 by The Gates Foundation.
It highlights that Rotary will continue to support this program whilst also, supporting the struggle against Covid among the poorest of the poorest countries and regions.