Our aim for 2016/17 was to see our Club attract new members, to value the commitment of existing members through fellowship and club projects and to share with others what ordinary people can accomplish through Rotary.
We are truly an International Club with 10 nationalities with a common bond of wanting to help people less fortunate.
It was very pleasing to welcome 6 excellent new members into our Club.
We continued to strive to support our communities both in Estoi and a little further afield whether it be our milk project in Estoi to helping a handicapped girl fulfil her passion for horse riding.
The development of Youth continued to be very important and our 2 University students did very well. It was very pleasing to see our developing relationship with the local school in Estoi including a successful career advice session given by some of our members.
We recognised 100 years of Rotary Foundation by having events that raised around €3000 including a sponsored bike ride in November and a concert in April.
Rotary has over 1.2 million Rotarians in 32000 clubs worldwide so we are encouraged to help where we can and we did.
We made donations to help with the disaster operations in Haiti and Italy and were involved in a very interesting project in Sáo Tome and Principe.
We congratulated one of our newer members who visited a refugee camp on the Greece/Macedonia border and who saw at first hand the plight of these people – her emotional report was inspiring.
We continued to spread the word of what ordinary people can accomplish through Rotary with our excellent quarterley Newsletter and other publicity.
It was another very successful year for fund raising with our Annual Golf Day in August and the White Dinner in the following June raising over €12000. Together with smaller but still very important events such as the concert, quiz night and sponsored bike ride all contributed to our funds for worthy causes.
A major highlight of the year was the arrival at the end of May of the most Advanced Mobile Breast Screening Equipment in Portugal – nicknamed ‘Pinky’
Working alongside the Algarve Oncology Association and with great help from our friends in the other Rotary Clubs in the Algarve together with the Wolf Valley Charity and the Ladies Luncheon Club we donated €63000 which covered the cost of the unit which houses the specialist equipment. It was a very proud time for all of us and we pay tribute to all the donors who had faith that we would achieve our goal.
I would like to express my appreciation to all the Board and Members of our Club for their enthusiasm and hard work.
Lastly I would like to express my gratitude for allowing me to serve as President for 2016- 17.
It was a very good year.