New President at Brue Valley Rotary

What a day for the handover of Presidency at Brue Valley Rotary, not the usual weather conditions for our annual BBQ ‘socially distanced’ this time, of course. With the help of several gazebos we managed to evade most of the showers and finally complete the handover from outgoing President Andrew Davies to the new President for this Rotary year, Liz Stokes.

Handing over the regalia posed a problem and Liz’s husband Mike stepped in to do the honours.

Given the current Covid guidelines, attendance was limited to approx 20 members and guests which was sufficient to give enough space under cover ! It was the first opportunity for some time for members to meet and have a nice sociable chat ………….. we’re all looking forward to the next opportunity.

Congratulations Liz on your appointment.

Liz Stokes, President Brue Valley Rotary
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Kitogani – Taps and Toilets COMPLETED !

We have recently heard from the project manager in Kitogani that the project has now successfully completed!

Hi.
Good morning those in, UK and Zanzibar and may be Goodnight for those in Copenhagen – Sweden.

These are FINAL PHOTOS. Now that confirmation that the ” Taps and Toilets” small scale Project with honour in Teachers Center – Kitogani South Unguja Zanzibar has been completed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone one involved, on behalf of Teachers Center Management Committee. You are leaving legacy!

As Project Manager power of Internet makes my job to be easy as seeing is believing on what going on also which makes international collaboration. Once again thank you a lot to all involved my happiness forced me to mention some of you for the most Dr. Margy, Chris, Roger, Michael, Eleanor, Julieta, Florence, Donald, Bob and everyone involved in consideration. Special thanks to Presidents of all three Clubs to work as a team.

Now my Teacher Center gradually improve as well as lives of the people in the community around.

The uses of Teachers Center now increasing, I would like in humility to send you another request helping cause to develop or move forward building multipurpose hall of around 150 people accommodation in phases terms, the building is already established it is reached windows level just stopped because no money. Hall will help to reach many teachers or people at one time and making more inducive environment.

Regarding to Project path that I just finished, we will plant good garden (I ask how good will be to Dr. Margy the specialist to give her suggestion) no money needed. May be next two months, I will show you how it looks like.

Sincerely,
Simba.

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COVID VACCINATION – NEW VENUE

It is said that a change is good as a rest. The change of vaccination venue from Wincanton Hospital to Haynes Motor Museum hasn’t resulted in Brue Valley members and supporters taking a rest. We’ve been busy at Haynes this week marshalling, directing, sanitising and helping. Today (Saturday) it’s anticipated 1,200 vaccinations will be given from eight pods. There was a constant stream of visitors including one young lady who arrived three weeks early for her appointment! Much good humour and fellowship was in evidence on a lovely sunny summer morning. RW 290521

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More jabs – Brue Valley helping with vaccinations

Vaccinations continue apace at Wincanton Community Hospital and the Community Hall in Bruton. Brue Valley Rotary Club, enthusiastically assisted by over 25 family and friends, have been providing marshals at both centres. The main jobs are car parking, providing directions, sanitising (people and wheelchairs) and generally helping to ensure the process is as easy as possible for those attending.
The good humour and the delight of the general public to be getting their jabs are evident, as is the dedication of the clinical and support staff. In Wincanton, we are marshalling alongside staff from South Somerset District Council, many of whom have become quite familiar to us over the weeks.
The operation in Bruton is also manned by Brue Valley Rotarians and several good friends.
It has been a great way for the club to provide service to our local communities, especially given that our normal community service and fund-raising activities have been so curtailed by coronavirus over the last 12 months. It has also raised our profile in the community and, I think, made us a lot of new friends.

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What can you do in lockdown?

Fed up of walking our dogs along litter strewn lanes, rather than moan, we set too with litter pickers and an hour, and seven bin bags, later we retired for a well earned cup of tea.

OK, it probably isn’t the most fun you can have in lockdown, but at least the lane looks a lot smarter!

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This could be the start of something good – Brue Valley helping at Wincanton Community Hospital

This week has seen many elderly and vulnerable people most at risk from COVID receiving their vaccinations at Wincanton Community Hospital. Their patience, good humour, resilience and relief that the end is possibly in sight was self evident. In a quiet and understated way Brue Valley Rotarians have helped with marshalling, car parking, providing directions, sanisting (people and wheelchairs) and generally helping to ensure the process is as easy as possible for those attending. Sanitiser, face masks, gel and more serious PPE is available in abundance as are crisps, biscuits, coffee etc provided by Morrisons.

Saturday’s vaccine was the Pfizer one; today’s saw the Oxford – AstraZeneca featuring. The latter is a much quicker process as patients aren’t subject to the 15 minute observation required by the Pfizer one.

To be sure it’s tedious work and the shifts are long; somehow though it all seems worthwhile when Mr Joe Public said today, “Thanks for doing this, your doing a good job”. Shiver!

Vaccinations pause tomorrow (Monday) and resume on Tuesday for seven consecutive days.

RW

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