Rotary Club of Great Missenden

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Justin Byrom of Ocelot PC Services gave a number of simple and practical tips on making more effective use of PCs. He provides a range of services - help in purchasing, maintenance, trouble-shooting etc. He can be contacted at his company's website or 01296 581437 (Office) or 07720 399834 (Mobile)

[25 Sep 2006]

Jim Murphy gave a fascinating insight into the history and operations of RAF Regiment. Their motto 'per adua' means 'through adversity'. They were 6,000 strong after the second world war but now they number around 2,200. More info at the RAF Regiment's website.

[18 Sep 2006]

The club members supported Kathy Cousins of Missenden Abbey in her efforts to raise money for Cancer Relief. She was delighted with the sponsorship money, and thanked the Club members for their individual contributions. 

[18 Sep 2006]

Some of the Club members supported a fund raising event organised by the Runfurly Charitable Services. They enjoyed a fine after-noon at 'A Pig Roast' held in Great Pednor Manor. Club member Richard Waterfield has been a long-standing member of the Ranfurly Committee representing our Club. [16 Sep 2006]

Ray Richards (right), recently retired Administrator of Work-Aid, outlined the history and role of the Charity. It was founded locally, in Amersham, after the Ethiopian famine of 1985/86. It has gone from strength to strength helping mainly Eastern African countries with refurbished tools. They have helped improve the livelihood of several thousand people over the years. Ray is seen here with Rotarian Ian Bullock who is one of nearly 170 volunteers helping Work-Aid. More info at Work-Aid's website [11 Sep 2006]

The Club members and President Mike Rainford (left) welcomed Rotarian Ron Vader from the Rotary Club of Heldebere, South Africa. Ron is on a vacation staying with his daughter in Great Missenden. [11 Sep 2006]

Rotarian George Tyler organised a visit to Halton House near Wendover. Click here for more pictures taken by Steve Gill. [21 Aug 2006]

Rotarian Paul McDowell organised a Wine Tasting session at Rodwells in Pitstone. Click here for more pictures taken by Steve Gill [14 Aug 2006]

RIBI President Peter Offer and his wife Janis visited Amersham Rotary Club. They are seen here flanked by our club members Steve Gill (Left) and Mike Rainford. [July 2006]

Andy Jong of ROPE, a Charity based in Great Missenden, outlined the Charity's activities. Offering Relief for Oppressed People Everywhere, they are operating in about 80 countries, with a local ROPE holder in each country. Great Missenden Rotary Club contributed through them for a Shea Nut Crusher project in Northern Ghana and more recently for a water distribution project in Kpandi.

Their founder Michael Wood has been awarded the Charity World's Beacon Prize. More info at:  [10 July 2006]

President Mike Rainford's message ... for 2006-07

If you are new to Rotary, you will see how we can help you or you can help us in a range of activities - at local, national and international level. We aim to combine fellowship and fun with service to community. 

We have a strong-team in place to 'Lead the Way'. In the current Rotary year, there will be fresh efforts to get new members. Enjoy the fun and fellowship. We shouldn't take on too much. Projects for consideration include Rotary's national projects - Cancer related Charities and Wheel Chairs that cost just £50 each delivered.

Steve Gill handed over his role as president of the Great Missenden Rotary Club to Mike Rainford on 3 July 06. Steve thanked all the members for their support and achievements. He has heard positive comments from RI officers that the Club is small but it has achieved a great deal. The Club has been awarded the RI Presidential Citation for its overall achievements. [3 July 06]

The sponsored Duck race was held on 26 June 06 in Wendover.  Funds raised will go towards McMillan Cancer Relief and other Rotary Charities. Plastic ducks are seen here at the start (left) and round a bend (right). The prize winners were: 
1st   No.616 Maria Sturgess 
2nd  No.16  George Fountain 
3rd   No.232 N Allchin                                                           

Higher resolution pictures of the duck race are available from Alan Maizels [26 June 06]

Great Missenden Rotary Club had an opportunity to measure Cherie Blair's blood pressure as part of Rotary’s Stroke Awareness Promotion. The Club had a stand at Misbourne School’s 50th anniversary fete on Sunday 18 June 2006. It was a free service that the Club offered to all the visitors on that day. Jenny Plews, a qualified nurse and wife of former Club President Gavin Plews did the checks.. 

Cherie Blair with a big plastic duck…On that day, our Club was also promoting tickets for a Duck Race to raise money for McMillan Cancer Relief and other Rotary Charities. Cherie Blair encouraged the Club to help another Group with plans for a Children's play area in Prestwood. From L to R: John Coates, Paul McDowell, Cherie Blair and Mike Rainford (President for 2006/07). [Higher resolution pictures of Cherie Blair's visit are available from Guru Guruswamy]    [18 June 06]

Why not help us raise money for two worthy causes - Riding for the Disabled and Air Ambulance? You can do so by organising or joining in on a progressive Supper Scheme. Click here for details. Also, contact Tony Shaw (01494 864477) or Paul McDowell (01494 890104)

                     Why not sponsor a duck for Charity.... just £2 a duck  

The 2006 Great Duck Race is to be held on Sunday 25 June. Help us raise money for McMillan Cancer Relief & Other Rotary Charities. Contact any club member for tickets or Guru Guruswamy (01494 728812). Click here for further details.