Pictures from Events taken throughout 2018

April
Welcome to first Associate Member

On 17th April we formally welcomed Carole Edwards as our first Associate Member. This is a new ‘try before you buy’ membership option for people who would like to experience the friendship, projects and activities of Rotary before deciding if they would like to join ‘full time’. Carole is already an active participant but opted to be an Associate until existing commitments allow her to take the next step. If you would like to know more about Associate Membership of Rotary, email info@readingmaidenerlegh.org

Welcome to Rotarian Lyn

At our meeting on 10th April we welcomed Rotarian Lyn Morgan who has transferred from the Rotary Club of Toowong (formerly West Brisbane, Australia).

Presentation on the Irish Famine

Also, on 10th April we had a really thought-provoking presentation from one of our own Rotarians about the great famine, its causes and consequences for Ireland (Gaelic title of the talk: an Gorta Mór).

Me2 Club Easter Egg Party

On 11th April our Rotary Easter Bunny helped give out Easter eggs to the excited children at a tea party organised by the Me2 club. The Easter eggs were donated by the Thames Vale Vultures Motorcycle Owners Group.

March
Donation to LaunchPad Reading

The Club presented £900 to the Reading-based charity, Launchpad, which helps some of the town's most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around. The funds were raised from the sale of programmes and generous donations of parents at the Wokingham Area Schools Music Association concert in the Hexagon in March.

A Rotary Welcome in New Zealand

A perfect example of the world-wide friendship of Rotarians. One of our members, visiting New Zealand, was welcomed at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Richmond Nelson in South Island and presented with a small banner of the club. Rotarians can visit any of the 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

The Rotary Easter Bunny has arrived at the Wyevale garden centre in Winnersh. With Alice from Wonderland he is helping children who, after breakfast with their parents, can search for chocolate eggs hidden around the centre. Before the children depart, they will decorate an Easter cookie as well as receiving a bag with their eggs and a cuddly toy. The bunny will be in action throughout the Easter period. Details at Wyevale Winnersh: wgc.digitickets.co.uk/events/13729?catID=12408&month=2018-03#last

Easter Bunny at Dingley's Dream

Today (22/03) our Easter bunny took Easter eggs to the children supported by Dingley’s Promise. (www.dingley.org.uk). This was part of the distribution by Rotary Clubs in Reading of Easter eggs donated by the Thames Vale Vultures Motorcycle Owners Group. The boxed eggs are for deprived and disadvantaged children and similar elderly in care homes. More distributions are scheduled for the Me2 club, Riding for Disabled (Warfield branch) and the Avenue School in Reading and other deserving causes in the area.

Woodley Food Bank

The photo shows Rotarian Kate Hodges with £150 worth of food items purchased by the Club for the Woodley Foodbank.

End Polio Now Purple Crocuses

In the autumn of 2017 our club planted 10,000 purple crocus bulbs at Woodley and Earley Schools. Some were also planted in a sensory garden at the Liberty of Earley Care Home. Despite the winter easterly blasts, they are now in full bloom. Purple is the colour of the dye put on the fingers of children in polio-affected countries to show that they have been immunised against the disease and is the worldwide campaign colour.

St. Patrick's Celebration

Rotary is not all about fund raising and hard work. Sometimes we have a fun social evening. On Tuesday 20th March, four days after St Patrick's Day and the Irish rugby Grand Slam triumph, we celebrated at the Crown in Playhatch with an Irish-themed dinner and lots of highly amusing limericks.

Rotary Young Musician

On Sunday 4th March eight talented young musicians, four instrumentalists and four singers competed in the first round of the Rotary Young Musician competition. The photos show our club president, Geoffrey Scott-Baker presenting awards to the winning instrumentalists and Rodney Huggins, President of the Loddon Vale club presenting the awards to the winning singers.

Waitrose £500 presentation

During December 2017, the Waitrose Store in Woodley kindly dedicated one their Community Matters green disc boxes to the Reading Charity Art Fair collection for the Royal Berks Charity breast scanner appeal. Through the shopping public selecting the cause, Waitrose generously donated £500 be added to the £10,000 raised by the Art Fair. This was presented to us along with donations to other local organisations in the photo.

January
Art Fair Cheque Presentation

On 16th January we presented a cheque for £10,500 to Dr Elizabeth Cave, Clinical Director of the Royal Berkshire Hospital breast screening clinic (centre left). The sum was raised at the Reading Charity Art Fair which was run at the Leighton Park School at the end of October 2017 with help from the Inner Wheel Club and the Reading Guild of Artists. The donation will go towards a new portable ultrasound scanner to improve the diagnosis of breast cancer at the hospital. June Leatheam, Royal Berkshire Charity, presented a certificate of thanks to the Club (right picture).

New Year Walk

Rotarians like to keep fit and go on a walk every January, whatever the weather. This year it was crisp and frosty and after the walk everyone enjoyed a convivial lunch at the Bull in Arborfield.