Our first proper meeting of the year on Wednesday 11 January took place at our normal venue, and picked up business from the preceding weeks. We also had a visit from one of our Honorary Members, Harold Kirby.
As well as reports of visits to other Clubs over the holiday – one from Jerusalem, another from Paphos, we also had newsletters to circulate.
We then got down to business. Our support for a public library and community centre in South Africa resulted in a detailed report of their new activities, and the new groups of young people taking an interest in literacy. The Club will be doing a “Dictionary for Life” project in a local school, and our partner club in Italy will be visiting us for the weekend of 12-14 May 2017. There was discussion of the fire at the Revival Centre in Chernihiv, Ukraine and the Club’s donation to help fund reparations. We also had a progress report on how the Youth Competitions were progressing in local schools.
Lastly we received a fundraising report summarising our Christmas activities and their association donations.
There was agreement to hold an Open Information Meeting on 1st March, to investigate a return to the Phumlani Creche in South Africa that we supported in previous years, and there were details of our Sunday Lunch with District Governor Helen. And suddenly a new year had started and the Club was back at work!