4th – Assembly at the Coppleridge

It was good to all be able to meet face to face for the first time in over a year. We were of course in the open air or at least in an open-sided Covid-compliant marquee. We had a good opportunity to talk and renew personal acquaintances. It was such a welcome contrast to Zoom!
Club Assembly is our annual meeting just before the start of the new Rotary year on July 1st when the incoming president, Tim Cook, has an opportunity to lay out next year’s programme. The year will start with the revamped Gold Hill Festival on July 4th and will continue with our Golf day on September 17th and our North Dorset Cycle Ride in May 2022.
We will be able to restart our regular twice monthly meetings at the Fleur de Lys from the end of July, alternating between speakers and business. There will be a full social programme and other fundraising events.
We also hope we will be visiting our Dutch twin club in Heerlen in the Netherlands.

28th – Zoom Meeting

Sadly it was back on Zoom for the 28th June Handover Meeting when President Steve Uden, handed over the Presidency to Tim Cook with David Britton President Elect. Tim thanked Steve for his year as President, particularly as it was a difficult year due to lockdown and that all meetings had been conducted by zoom. We await a photo rather than using a screenshot as we were forced last year.

A friend of Rotary


With the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in April, aged 99, Rotary lost a true friend. The above image is from this month’s edition of the rotary magazine,  with an interesting article looking back at his life, his decades of public service and connection with Rotary (link below).

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: a Friend of Rotary – Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (rotarygbi.org)

For more notable rotary members, please visit our Current Rotarians page.


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