This past weekend, Annette and I headed into the Cotswolds and on to Bath for a weekend break and to pay a visit to our nephew and his family. We started the weekend by having breakfast in Buckingham. As we leisurely ate and drank coffee we noticed three Rotarians shaking buckets so we resolved to go and introduce ourselves and add a donation to their collection. The three guys were all from the Rotary Club of Buckingham. They were collecting for the Nepal Disaster and their buckets were heavy. It never ceases to amaze me just how generous people can be when asked to help others in desperate need.
After our encounter we climbed into the car and headed towards the Falkland Arms in Great Tew where we were scheduled to meet friends for lunch. We were a little early so stopped in Chipping Norton for a wander through the local market. As we stepped out of the car we were accosted by two Rotarians from Chipping Norton club who tried to steer us into the Town Hall for a Blood Pressure screening!
The hall was busy, very busy but we didn't have to wait long for to get our blood pressure tested.
I met President Simon Hamilton who told me that their annual blood pressure screening event was very effective attracting in excess of 100 people.
After lunch we drove to Westonbirt to visit the National Arboretum. As we walked through the trees enjoying the splendour of the great oaks, the cedars and the Japanese Maples we came across the Rotary Glade.
In one day we experienced the work of three Rotary Clubs as they strive to make a difference in their local communities. There are thousands of Rotary Clubs across the world, all of them working hard to help those people less fortunate or in desperate need. It makes me proud to be a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.