Monday, 16 October 2017
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Phil, David and Hans on the way OdeleiteIt has been a busy month of September for ASB members starting with a Charity Ride ending with lunch at Gaivoto Home for teenagers in Albufeira which raised around 400 euros for the kids in the home. 

The well attended event was arranged and the ride led by ASB Organiser David Shirley. The ride was through the hills around the pretty village of Alte where the the group stopped for refreshments by the waterside at the Fontes before going on to the home for a BBQ lunch.

Presidents Claire Busbridge and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa Members of Almancil International Rotary Club have been proud to be associated with and to support the Associação Social e Cultural de Almancil (ASCA) and were delighted to be invited to attend the celebration marking 25 years since the association was founded and the placement of the first stone of the new ASCA nursery and pre-school.

Rotary Summer Camp 2017One of the aims of the Rotary Foundation is to promote better understanding of different cultures in order to encourage tolerance and empathy for others. Youth camps broaden international understanding by learning about a regions’s people, food, languages, customs and history. They also help to build enduring friendships and establish a foundation for peace and service.

Nathan McKerlia, winner at the Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International 5th Annual Charity Golf DayThe Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International held its 5th Annual Charity Golf day at Monte Rei Golf and Country Club on Thursday 31st August. From a shotgun start 65 people played an individual 18 hole Stableford competition. Monte Rei provided its usual excellent service to all the participants including breakfast, practice facilities, buggies and drinks on the course. During their round the players enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a ‘Beat the Pro’ and ‘Nearest the Pin’ competitions.

Porsche Faro was welcomed as a new sponsor of the event.

The St Patrick’s Society of the Algarve - End of Summer PartyOn September 2nd the St Patrick’s Society held a very enjoyable and sociable evening to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new season of events. Around 50 members and their guests enjoyed a perfect evening in a spectacular setting overlooking the Arade river, with the Monchique Mountains in the background.

ASB Organiser David (left) with Gunter and Jutta from Germany.Due to the extremely warm weather the ASB did not participate in the usual longer monthly rides, instead on the 8th of August Brian '5th Gear' Evans organised a short ride from Sao Bras de Alportel to the pretty village of Querenca for a longer than usual coffee break followed by a short ride through the forests in the Salir area, before returning near to Querenca for lunch at a Restaurant Sol e Serra.

Celebrating the end of the Rotary year in styleAlmancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) celebrated the end of the Rotary year in style on 5 July with a grand dinner meeting held at the Conrad Hotel in Quinta do Lago. With a delicious meal prepared by the Conrad chefs, the meeting was attended by more than 90 Rotarians and guests.

Outgoing President Hermes Alberto outlined the achievements of the club during his term which included many fund-raising events which helped local charities and schools including donations to Associação Social e Cultural de Almancil towards a new crèche, surfing and paddle boarding lessons for children with special needs, dental treatment for adults with learning disabilities and much more. He praised all the members who had worked so hard on the Rotary Youth Exchange Scheme and, not forgetting the school’s cookery competition organised by Rotarians Alan Winn and Peter Hinze.

Rotary Club 2017 Presidential handoverEstoi Palace International Rotary Club (RCEPI) held its annual Presidential handover on 30th June at Aquarelle Restaurant in Almancil. Outgoing President, Jim Ditheridge, reflected on what a fantastic year the Club had experienced. Almost 25.000 euros was donated to local projects including the Algarve Oncology Association Mobile Breast Screening Unit, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, ACAPO Association for the blind, ReFood, Riding for the Disabled, Education and many more worthy causes.