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    Celebrated US author and poet, Maya Angelou, died this week. She is quoted as saying, "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud".

    What a great aspiration!

    I think this is what made my work so fulfilling, as I could always make a difference in the lives of my patients.

    Since retiring, I have lost this rewarding experience and life can become so busy that I have not spent enough time trying to "be a rainbow!"

    So as I approach the finish line of the Rotary year, I am remembering to put my family first now and planning to be there for my friends in a much more tangible way once I hand over the Presidency at the end of June.

    Feel free to remind me of these resolutions next month!

    But this week, I am still running!

    Our meal prepared and served by Bradford College students in their Level Six Restaurant was very enjoyable. The standard of service, presentation and cooking was high, the menu choice excellent and it was exciting to watch the flames as the students were examined on their flambé skills in front of us all. The talk on geocaching by Dr Andy Withers most interesting and we are hoping to incorporate this international treasure hunt into a fellowship walk soon.

    End of school term for our members giving their time to go into schools to listen to reading. For me was marked by attending Harden Primary School where Maisie not only gave out certificates and bookmarks to the children completing the READ2DOGS scheme, but herself received a birthday card and presents, accompanied by the whole school singing "Happy birthday" to her. It's a dog's life!

    The other big event for me was the first training session in Home Safety with the West Yorkshire Fire Service at Bradford Fire Station yesterday. They have recently had cutbacks meaning that they have far fewer personnel to do the fire safety assessments in homes in the area which are so vital to fire prevention. So Bradford West is forming a Partnership with them and we are being trained to help them with this important work.

    Four weeks to go until handover and a celebration with the other ten Rotary Clubs in the area at Kala Sangam (


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