Club Events & Photos

Our Club was delighted to welcome our District Governor, Abilio Lopes,  for his annual visit.  This is a time for the Club to demonstrate to the Governor what it has been doing in the this Rotary year.


Flag Ceremony


We had an excellent turn out of members and guests to welcome him to the Club.




  We welcomed Beatriz Guerreiro a student that we are sponsoring at Faro University on a 4 year course in Orthoprosthetics.  She read out an update on her studies in English which she would have struggled to do a year ago. 




 We are also assisting a mature student Iolanda Afonso, who was unable to be with us due to illness.  She doing a course in European studies through the Open University.  She was unable to afford tuition fees and approached us for assistance.  RCEPI are helping her in her first year and after that she will be eligible for a Government bursary.  She hopes ultimately to apply for an internship in the European Parliament.




At the meeting Isabel Lopes, President Elect of RC Tavira gave us a presentation on a project she is involved with in Sao Tome and Principe providing assistance to mothers and babies as the infant mortality rate  and death rate for young  mothers (12-15 years old)  is very high.  Delivery kits are provided to improve sanitation when babies are born. 


Isabel is asking for help from all Clubs in District 1960  to purchase these kits and our Club is delighted to help in this worthwhile project with a donation of  500 euros.  RCEPI already have an involvement in Sao Tome with a micro-financing project to  help a women´s cooperative there expand their business. 


Isabel lopes


Our DG congratulated the Club on all its efforts both in the local community and internationally.  He presented us with a plaque and a Merit Certificate acknowledging our contribution to the Rotary Foundation End Polio Now campaign.


abilio   jim and abilioplaquepoliocert





Estoi Palace International Rotary Club held its 4th Annual Charity Golf day at Monte Rei Golf and Country Club on Sunday 28th August.  66 players played an individual 18 hole stableford with Monte Rei providing its usual excellent service to all the participants including practice facilities and breakfast prior to the start.  During the round payers were able to participate in the ‘beat the pro’ competition on the 9th, 6 players were delighted to achieve this feat.

After play a welcome drink supplied by our main sponsor ‘About Wine’ was followed by lunch at the bar restaurant overlooking the golf course. Golfers were then able to enjoy the ‘Rory McIlroy’ washing machine challenge on the lawns in front of the restaurant, congratulations to winner Brendan Kelly with a score of 15 points

Our prizes were provided by ‘About Wine’, a boutique wine shop in Faro, run by a young professional couple, Alexandra and Luis.  There was a silent auction with prizes including a week at vale do Lobo, a Fine Dining voucher, football memorabilia and a signed 18th hole flag by Tom Watson from his final open Championship appearance

Many happy golfers left at the end of the day and keen to participate again next year, many thanks to Monte Rei Golf and Country Club for their superb professionalism in helping our Rotary Club deliver another very successful event, a big thank you to our sponsors Avalon and ‘About Wine’ who delivered such excellent prizes for the event and to those who supported us in other ways including Fine Dining.  Congratulations to the winners Brendan Kelly and Zoe Pirrett and thanks to everyone one who participated and contributed to enable us to help the underprivileged in our community including Estoi Lar Community Centre,  Refood, Milk for the Faro Food Bank and the other projects we support.  For further information on

About Wine – Avalon Funeral Plans  - Mobile 918707544.  Fine Dining –


Handover June 2016

1.  Maria Jose  -  At our Presidential Handover on the 28th of June  we were delighted to welcome Maria Jose Pires from the Algarve Oncology Association as a new member. Maria Jose will be joining the Community Service and Admin Committees.

2.  Odete  -  Our Club was proud to present Odete Sousa with a Paul Harris award for her outstanding work in the Community. We have worked with Odete for many years at the Casa do Povo, particularly with food packs provided monthly from Faro Food Bank.
 3.  Kent -  Founder member and Past President Kent Ringborn was presented with a Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in the Five Avenues of Service in Rotary. Kent truly represents the Rotary motto of Service above Self.
4.  Jim -  Outgoing President Robin Wilson has passed the stewardship of our Club into the capable hands of incoming President Jim Ditheridge. Jim will continue to drive the Club forward and already has a number of fund raising events planned so we can continue to help the local and international communities.
5.  Abilio -  Past President Robin Wilson will be continuing to serve Rotary as Assistant District Governor to our incoming DG Abilio Lopes from RC Tavira.
MariaJose  Odete  Kent  Jim  Abilio


São Lourenço Choir 15th April 2016

São Louenço Singers

The São Louenço Choir was formed  in January 2013.  Numbers vary but currently the choir has around  40 members from different nationalities with a mix of sopranos, altos and baritones under the musical direction of Joyce Whitelaw. Their diverse repertoire ranges from jazz/swing through to classical.  The choir is based in the São Lourenço Cultural Centre.

Agnete Sylvan of the Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International is a choir member and she organised a fund raising musical extravaganza at the Lethes Theatre in Faro on behalf of Estoi Rotary on the 15th of April.  The choir treated a full house of over 230 people to a selection of songs from Broadway musicals, through the decades, including West Side Story,  My Fair Lady and many, many more songs.  Over 2800 Euros was raised for the Algarve Oncology Association and other Rotarian charities.

RCEPI would like to thank all those who gave their time to this event  and particularly the management of Lethes Theatre for their assistance and Fine Dining in Almancil for helping with the bar.  A very entertaining evening was had by all.  For further information on the Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International please contact

UK based Callington Singers choir concert 10th October 2015

CallingtonSingersChoirConcert.jpgThe UK based Choir, Callington Singers, under the direction of Musical Director Graham Williams, made a very short visit to the Algarve on the evening of 10th October to perform at the Cine Teatro de São Brás de Alportel in support of the Rotary Clubs of the Algarve’s, Algarve Oncology Association project.
Graham Williams, The Callington Singers Musical Director, has led the choir since its first meeting on 14th April 1983 and their first public performance was on 26th May 1983 during a music workshop at the then Callington Comprehensive School in Cornwall. Since then the choir has performed at a wide variety of venues, including Westminster Abbey, from Brittany in France to Germany and Denmark

In addition to the choir, who sang a variety of madrigals and old English folk songs, and following a short intermission, the audience had the pleasure of listening to a solo presentation by the multi - talented instrumentalist and Musical Director Howard Scott Parkin, who also lead the fantastic Algarve Ukelele Band in playing a number of current and past hits, to the delight of the audience.

Members of the Sao Bras Camara were also present at the concert.

Charity Golf Day at prestigious Monte Rei Golf & Country Club – Saturday 29th August 2015

One of the most anticipated events of the year’s golf calendar, Rotary Club Estoi Palace International is again hosting a Golf Day on 29h August at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, the most prestigious golf facility in the Algarve and the only Jack Nicklaus Signature course in Continental Europe. Proceeds will go to support Algarve based charity projects, including paying for one underprivileged child’s full University degree course at the University of the Algarve. Interviews have already taken place with 8 potential students and a shortlist has been chosen.

The programme for the day includes:GolfDay.jpg

  • Valet parking by club staff including transfer of clubs to your dedicated buggy
  • Access to practice facilities before the game
  • Continental buffet breakfast
  • Escort to your starting hole for a 9:30am shotgun start
  • Free on course water and soft drinks
  • 18 holes of golf on the Algarve’s most exclusive course, in stunning surroundings
  • BBQ lunch with free wine and beer
  • Competition Prizes
  • Optional Raffle

The cost is €135 per player. Golfers who are interested in registering to play the best course in the Algarve at a cost that that is a significant discount to Monte Rei’s usual green fee, please contact RCEPI’s President Robin Wilson: or at Mobile: (+351) 913 915 859

Bookings are already coming in from those who played last year and it is expected that 80 golfers will register.

Rotary Club Estoi Palace Fellowship visit to Dias de Aromas. April 2015

DiasDeAromas.jpgOn 21st April a number of RCEPI Rotarians and spouses enjoyed a wonderful day in the Barrocal, close to Sao Bras do Alportel. The visit was to tour the Dias de Aromas herb farm. The project was born of the ideas of two young men who believe in the operation of the ecosystem in a balanced and in sustainable management of the environment and landscape.

The company is headquartered in São Brás de Alportel and began operating in 2013. It is dedicated to the production of medicinal plants and herbs, with its agricultural operations in the Cerro Monteiro – (Murta). Its secluded location is in perfect harmony with nature and preserves some native species of Algarve herbs, which are hard to find elsewhere.

Dias de Aromas seeks to take advantage of the wonderful climate of the Algarve Barrocal, focusing on species from warm climates such as the Cayenne Chilli promoting local aromatic plants such as Catmint or "Herb of Olives" and the Cabeçudo thyme species (thymus lotocephalus).

After touring the various varieties growing on the hillside, an excellent lunch typical of the region was prepared and served by the staff. A great day was had by all and thanks go to Rtn Bruno Costa for organising the visit as well as to the staff of Aromas de Dias.


RCEPI Christmas Party  December 2013
Estoi Christmas Party  December 2013
Casa do Povo Christmas Party             December 2013
Ambulance Handover                18th January 2014
Burns Night Celebration  25th January 2014
Visit to  Novacortiça  4th February 2014