PRESIDENT'S INAUGURAL SPEECH
President Rtn. George Rivas 2014 - 2015
Attending the excellent
Rotary District Conference in May, we were reminded that Rotary is the
biggest Charity in the world!! Wow!!
This means we can and do achieve great things worldwide and also
were reminded that Rotary, in collaboration with the World Health
Organisation together with matching grants from the Bill Gates Foundation
have all but eliminated
Poliomyelitis around the world, with
the exception, for political reasons, of the area around Pakistan.
The week before our conference in Stratford Upon Avon, India had
been proclaimed Polio free. In the Misbourne School there is a profuse
display of mauve crocuses each spring which we planted as a reminder of
the Polio Campaign.
are concerned Great Missenden Rotary Club is not obvious to local people.
Where else do you see evidence of the Great Missenden Rotary Club locally?
How about all the daffodils each spring on all the approach roads
to the village.
anyone know this was courtesy of Rotary in Great Missenden?
Then at Christmas our
Rotary Float, with Father Christmas eagerly awaited by a large number of
local families. Most of the
Schools in the area participate in the annual Rotary Shoe Box appeal,
sending thousands of presents to extremely deprived families and street
children in Eastern Europe. Photos
of happy faces make it all
give logistical help with the Annual 10k
Race in Prestwood, raising funds for the Halton MS Centre.
We also raise funds through
a small number of special events. Space
does not allow me to mention all the grants we
make to help students raise funds for special projects. We
frequently donate to other worthy causes. The David Mitchell Award is
presented to a local individual
for outstanding work in the area.
can only achieve this by having a happy team of members.
If you are a member reading this, then let me shake your hand to
thank you for a job well done. Did it take up a great deal of your time?
No, because as you know, every event is well spaced out and planned
in advance. Have you enjoyed
Rotary? The answer from all of you, will undoubtedly be a resounding
Yes!!! We certainly enjoy
eating a friendly meal, followed by a speaker, most Mondays.
the meal is not compulsory, nor is attendance every Monday as it used to
be. As your President for this year, I look forward to a great year,
welcoming as members your friends, neighbours, local business or
professional persons, and Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all!
a great Rotary Year,
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