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Our meeting this week included some guests who were receiving money from the proceeds of the club’s fundraising activities over the past year.

President John was delighted to present cheques to:

 

Swanage Lights

Lydia Bennett

Langton Matravers Lights

Admiral Nurses

Swanage Youth Centre

With the summer just around the corner, we are hopeful of raising many more funds to help support worthy causes, both local and further afield, from the various summer events that will be taking place over the coming weeks.

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In less than perfect conditions, Bank Holiday Monday saw the latest running of the Swanage Rotary Duck Race.

Tickets were on sale throughout the day from locations near the post office, in Station Road and on the seafront.

At precisely 4pm (actually a few minutes after than because the demand for tickets was still going on) the race itself started outside the Conservative Club, with the countdown conducted by Lydia Bennett, the winner of the Swanage Young Musician competition.

Good crowds were present both at the launch and, especially, at the end of the course next to The Mowlem Theatre to see which ducks would be first across the finish line. In the end the winning numbers were:

First – 1302 (pictured below receiving their winner’s cheque from club President John Thraves)

Second – 663

Third – 782

The Rotary Club of Swanage and Purbeck would like to thank everyone who bought a ticket, the proceeds from which will go to two charities, Médecins Sans Frontières and School in a Bag, helping to support children around the world less fortunate than our own.

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Members of the club visited the Etches Collection at Kimmeridge last week.

Following the visit, they enjoyed refreshments at the nearby Clavells Restaurant.

Full details of the trip to follow soon.

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Club was delighted to welcome two of our business partners to this week’s meeting, to tell us more about themselves and their businesses.

Gary Buglass from Bipcom Voice & Data Solutions addressed the meeting first, and told us about his background, from winning a cooking award when he was younger (possibly a missed opportunity?) to his passion for sailing which continues to this day.

Gary’s business installs telecom systems for a multitude of corporations up and down the country, including some overseas, offering tailored services to suit individual needs. Gary summarised the myriad of options (and price ranges) available across the market (with some recommendations of what to avoid!) and explained how Bipcom are different, and how they use Cloud technology to ensure that businesses can operate optimally going forward. Software provision is also part of the offering, which dovetails neatly with the rest of the technology on offer. At the end of his address, Gary took a number of questions from the floor. See here for more details about Bipcom.

David And Kathy Suruki relocated to Dorset from Los Angeles in California to take over as managers of the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club a little over one and a half years ago. They have made strenuous efforts to get the club to the place where they wanted to get it, including making it a friendlier and more inclusive place. The club has now introduced quiz nights, film nights, evening dinners and more, all aimed at getting more people to come even if they aren’t golfers.

Early signs are very encouraging and they have received many compliments from people who had never been up to the club before. By their own admission, however, it has been hard work and quite a steep learning curve, from driving on the other side of the road to moving from a huge city to a small community. David and Kathy took several questions from the floor. More information is available from Isle of Purbeck Golf Club.

President John thanked both Business Partners for addressing the club.

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Guests are very welcome to join us at any of our Speaker or Social evenings. Click on the following link to view our programme Programme March – July 2017 (public)  please phone Linda Winter on 01929 424807 – for further information.

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