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  • Out with the old and in with the new!

    Only 6 weeks left as President! Then out with the old and in with the new!

    Which reminds me of re-cycling. In clearing a space in my house for my Mum-in-Law to come and live with us, I have been posting old clothes, shoes, material into Bradford Cancer Support pink bins. And don't forget old Spectacles, Yorkshire tea bar codes and tokens and print cartridges.

    So I must squeeze even more into each week, working hard with various teams on various projects.

    This involved two exciting visits this week - and several occasions to wear my new - bright red - Bradford West Rotary polo and fleece thanks to

    The first was to Bradford Fire Station in Leeds Road. We are arranging to train to work in partnership with the West Yorkshire Fire Service in our local community. After a morning meeting, we were given a look at the inner workings of the Fire Station thanks to Tom and Naz. Looking forward to going again!

    The second was a visit to Aquabox headquarters - a charity started by and still run by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth in Derbyshire. I arrived at their " warehouse" to find it a hive of activity. The Friday team, Rotarians and non-rotarians, hard at work. Upstairs they were assembling the actual filter from its components and downstairs they were packing boxes with useful items including a large bucket with which to scoop up the dirty water to put in the outer blue box for filtering, the filter being the final item before sealing the box. Although I have been a Rotarian for 5 years now, I did not appreciate how much of a hands on community activity this charity is. The 500 boxes they are making ready this week are going to Turkey for Syrian refugees.

    This is, of course, the charity to benefit from Robin Naylor's River Aire canoe challenge in September

    Bradford West was given a 10 minute slot to present this challenge at 1040 District Council Meeting on Saturday - Richard Greenwood gave an excellent presentation and Robin brought his inflatable canoe. Thanks to our ADG, Mike Bamford.

    Haworth and Worth Valley had their Charter Dinner and Chris and I were honoured to sit at the top table next to the speaker Bernard Ginns (Business editor of the Yorkshire Post) and his wife.

    Contact the elderly on Sunday was most enjoyable, though a small gathering as, very sadly, one of our "elderly" friends has passed away and some of the others were unwell.

    The week finishes today on another high with wonderful weather and camaraderie at our Golf Day organised by Clive and Ian for International charities - see Facebook for AnnE's action picture!


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