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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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
At our first meeting this year, we had the opportunity to present Maria with her Rotary pin. She has been working with us for at least a year and previously has supported our fundraising events. Officially a member in January we were unable to present her pin due to the Covid 19 restrictions. We were so happy to see her receive her pin and celebrate with her.
Handover Lunch 3 July: Rotarians, friends and guests enjoyed a lovely meal and a happy time reviewing the past year with their outgoing president Alan Winn and welcoming the new President Bart Von Linden at the Bellavita Restaurant in Galé. Alan 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”. The Incoming Governor for 2016/17 Abilio Lopes offered both Alan and the club congratulations on a successful year. The Members of Silves Rotary were also joined by past, incoming and new presidents from other Rotary Clubs across the Algarve, who added their congratulations. Last but not least João Antunes presented RC Silves with a certificate, one of only three awarded in the Algarve for “ Fazer O Rotary Brilhar”, “Making Rotary Brilliant” which was signed by the District Governor and the RI President Gary Huang.
RC Silves would like to thank all those Friends of Rotary who supported our events and helped us to achieve our goals. We could not have done it without you. We will endeavour to provide you with more fun next year with our new President Bart Van Lindon and Vice President Sheena Rawcliffe.