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Cheltenham Rotary Celebrates!
By Paul Murphy
Our website has been full of all the details about numerous events and activities that we have been active in; everything from raising many thousands of pounds for Covid-19 vaccinations in poorer countries to their involvement with local schools, and anyone raeding this might begin to wonder if in modernising ourselves we had abandoned the traditionally expected Rotarian functions.
There was no need to worry. During November the function room at Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham was transformed for a special celebration evening. Dress was a little less formal than we've seen in past years with the men wearing lounge suits instead of dinner jackets and the ladies attired beautifully, but in pretty frocks rather than ballgowns. The setting through was as one would expect with delightful flower arrangements and specially designed table settings.
The evening was in celebration of Cheltenham Rotary's Centennial year. The event was attended by 80 Rotary members and guests, including The Mayor of Cheltenham Councillor Steve Harvey, Rotary District Governor Graham Ogden, The President of our twinned French Club in Chatellerault, and their partners, along with members of other local Rotary Clubs and other partners and guests.
This was the first time that we have organised a large event since 2019 and the fun and laughter were a joy to see. Club President David Evans welcomed everyone before the hotel staff began attending the tables, and towards the end of the evening the Mayor of Cheltenham gave a wonderful speech, but all the guests were extremely surprised when the Master of Ceremonies suddenly interrupted the Mayor and declared, “That's enough”, but of course it was just a bit of pantomime that the two of them had pre-planned, and as it dawned on everyone, their astonishment gave way to laughter and applause. It was good to see that Rotarians maintain a sense of humour.
All those present commented on how good the food was and on the superb level of service provided by the hotel staff. Having got that dinner under our belts, literally, we at Cheltenham Rotary have now set about launching a Mile Of Coins event as part of the Rotary International End-Polio Campaign.
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