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Well we are the end of the first month of my service as President of Malling Rotary Club.

We started with the handover night hosted by Doreen Evans in her beautiful back garden full of roses and floral colour. The ladies of the club did us proud with a cold buffet followed by strawberries and cream desert. The punch was very alcoholic! We were also privileged to have Mick Spingett our assistant DG to join us. The evening was blessed with fine weather and a good time was had by  all.

Two weeks later we had another social bash organised by William and Rosemary Pierce at their home. This was due to be in the garden and along the same catering lines as the handover night, but due to inclement weather William kindly set the whole thing up in one of his barns where we were promised surprise entertainment! Oh what a surprise! We were entertained by a troupe of young Irish dancers who had just returned from Romania where they had won the world championship. With their clever foot tapping and lively music they had us mesmerized for a good half hour of dancing. These children and young adults were fantastic and were so proud of their achievements in the world championships.

Next we were treated to a car treasure hunt organised by Felix Collins. This was on a wet Sunday afternoon but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the members and friends who took part. We set off from William's farm and meandered though the Kent countryside looking for clues and ended up in Merryworth at Felix's house, where he and his wife had hastily set up accommodation for the contestants in their conservatory for the cream tea originally planned outside in the church grounds. A good time was again had by all who participated and we raised £290.00 net for the charity fund.

Our final treat of the month was Helena Crawley's talk on her contribution to the war effort in world war two. Helena is 97 and was a radio ham posted with her husband to the Orkney islands for the duration of the war listening to the German army, navy and air force Morse transmissions which were forwarded to MI 6 at Bletchworth for interpretation. A fascinating talk from a lady who was very proud of her country and heritage.

Looking forward to August we have Faye Burr talking to us on financial matters relating to changes in pension law on the 4th and  we have our Race night at Ryash village hall on the 8th. This is open to all, Rotarians or not, so please spread the word to your friends and colleagues to attend. Entry is free!

At the business meeting, of the 11th August, I am hoping for a good turn out to discuss seriously the future direction of the club and to that end an agenda will be sent to all members after the next Club council meeting, so those who cannot make the meeting may have the chance to express their views by email prior to the night.


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