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A new member, Sen Sinniah, joins our Rotary Club. President Steve Gill is pinning the Rotary Badge. Sen has recently retired from stock-broking and he has a passion for Cricket. His personal contacts in Sri Lanka has enabled the Club to channel funds for Tsunami victims. [21 Nov 05]

Terry Collier, a Rotarian from Buckingham, gave a light-hearted insight into sports by tracking his own career. He was a fine art student who has ended up in a world of cards via amateur boxing, punk music etc. He is the chief executive of English Bridge Union whose charity funds helped build new boats for Tsunami affected Fishermen in Sri Lanka. [21 Nov 05]

Margaret Larder, an Honorary member of our club, is the President of Beaconsfield Inner Wheel Club. She recently organised a charity fund-raising event for Ian Rennie Hospice at Home. Musical entertainment was provided by four local priests, in the form of 'Clerical Error'. [18 Nov 2005]

Three club members helped another neighbouring Rotary Club (Misbourne Matins) collect money in aid of BBC Children in Need Appeal at Heathrow, Terminal 1. L to R: Mike Rainford, Guru Guruswamy and Howard Sledmere. [18 Nov 05]

The District Governor, Meirion Morris, praised the Club for its activities and achievements. His messages included: Rotary is 100 years old, we have a good story to tell.. we are writing the first chapter of the second century...the Public trust us... we need to tell them what we are doing. Increase membership. [14 Nov 05]

President Steve Gill's mum Betty is presented with her own name badge by Peter Booth. Peter is creating an opportunity to fine her if she forgets the badge. [14 Nov 05]

Rotarian Jasmine Morris (the DG's wife) is presented with a cheque from Club members. She did a sponsored walk to raise money for Mercy Ships which is the RIBI chosen charity. [14 Nov 05]

Another record year for Shoe Box Collection - with 1,814 boxes. Second highest club in the UK for this year (2005), and first in the District. In the picture, Rotarians are loading the truck prior to transport to Preston and then on to Romania. The project is a joint venture with Lighthouse. Many thanks to all the schools, churches, and other individuals who contributed to it. George Rivas, fourth from the left, is the master-mind behind the operation which has been making record collections over several years. For a fuller pictorial story, click here.  [6 Nov 05]

Brett Fisher gave a first-hand account of what it is like to be homeless and without hope ... and how he has managed to come out of it via Emmaus. Their aim is to give people a bed and a reason to get out of it...

Further information at:


“Fortunately most of us will never experience what it’s like to be homeless: it is frightening and depressing, and can affect people from all walks of life.

Emmaus gives people a chance to get back on their feet, to be trusted and regain their self-esteem, and to be recognized as people with a positive future, not dependant on handouts”.... Terry White quoted on Emmaus website. [31 Oct 05]

The Club's 21st Birthday Celebration Dinner was held at the Chartridge Conference Centre on Fri 28 Oct 2005. Click here for the photos, programme etc. [Oct 2005]

Great Missenden Rotary Club has helped Tsunami affected fishermen in Sri Lanka. They now have motorised boats and nets to get their livelihood back. The Club facilitated the channelling of over £9,000 raised by the partnership between English Bridge Union and Rotary Club of Buckingham - led by Terry Collier.

The idea of boats came from a Great Missenden local man, Sen Sinniah, who had contacts with a priest, Rev Fr Upul Fernando, in Hambantota. The priest masterminded the project at his end and completed it swiftly and reliably. He is seen here delivering the boats to the needy people. For a fuller story and a press article, click here. [Summer/Oct 2005]

David Smith gave a personal account of experiencing Multiple Sclerosis - the symptoms, diagnosis and the Self-help Support Centre's work based in Halton. They have about 300 active patients and costs £200,000 per year to run it. He is seen here with his wife Gillan (to his right) and Jan Hunter from the support centre. More info at:    [24 Oct 05]

Three visitors from Bushey & Oxhey Rotary Club livened up the Club meeting on 24 Oct 05. They were also on a fact-finding mission concerning support for Tsunami victims. Photo, from L to R: Neville Brandt, Caroline Gunning and Gavar Nathoo. [24 Oct 05]

Councillor Mimi Harker gave a first hand account of how she got into politics, and an insight into the selection process for an MP in the Conservative Party. She shared her experience in time-management in being a housewife, bringing up children, working in an IT firm and playing a highly enthusiastic role in Politics. She contested in West Bromwich West during the 2005 General Elections. Her stand on local issues clearly demonstrates her caring attitude and genuine concern for the safety and welfare of the people. She is also a journalist and has a regular column in the Bucks Free Press.[17 Oct 2005]

Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships tracked the history, summarised their work and plans for the future. It is one of UK's best kept secrets despite its ten year record. RIBI's target for 2005/06 is to equip their third ship, Africa Mercy, with an Opthalmic Theatre. It is likely to cost around £500,000. More details at: [10 Oct 05]

Ross Cotter, Deputy Head  from the Misbourne School spelt out the school's ambitions to become a a Cnetre of Excellence in 'Visual Arts and Technology'. The school is due to celebrate its golden jubilee on 19 Dec. They have over 1,300 students. Our Rotary Club has been associated with the school in a number of ways, including the mock interviews. More info on the school at:

[26 Sep 05]