The Woodbridge Flyer September ’20

Deben Rotary Update

I cannot believe how the time flies along, and although with the limited release of Lockdown things are still far from normal and our usual Summer activities of supporting local fetes etc seem now like a long-ago memory.  We will however be back in 2021 supporting all our usual community events.

Our current work is reviewing current charitable requests and setting ourselves up for post lockdown.

Our Santa’s sleigh is having a much-needed mechanical overhaul, followed by a new livery.  The licenses have been granted and we are just reviewing how to effectively manage the routes so that as many children and of course parents and grandparents can see Father Christmas as possible.

We are continuing to meet fortnightly on ZOOM, and it has given us a chance to try and look at things slightly differently.  I am currently preparing for our next meeting which will be a Lockdown Photo competition, but we are arranging speakers from literally all over the country under the “new normal”.

Our next open meeting on the 7 September about “Kids Day Out”, if you would like to join us please contact us as below.

We are still holding onto staging our annual Charity Quiz on the 9 November, although I must admit that this could well be deferred until after Christmas, but we will just wait and see what the situation is in September.

Rotary is an international group, and although we all appreciate, we must look to working within our local communities, we do put some of our energies into helping at grass roots level abroad.  One of our most success endeavors is “Lend with care”, where in 2014 we put in £1,550 as seed corn funding, then lent the money out on some very small projects in far off lands.  For example, lending enough for the purchase of a sewing machine, the money being paid back monthly from the earnings generated, and within a short time all the money is returned and we can lend it to another project.

To date we have made 140 loans, helped 761 entrepreneurs, created 383 jobs which has supported 2,461 family members.  In that period, we have only written off just over £120 due to a very few bad debts and exchange rates, but still have over £600 to lend out and off course we are getting monthly repayments on the money lent out.

Deben is effectively two Clubs working closely together, the main Club and the Satellite Club.  We work in and around Kesgrave, Martlesham, Melton and Woodbridge, if you are interested in knowing more about us or joining some of our ZOOM meetings you are more than welcome, just contact us through our web page www.debenrotary.org.uk

Rtn Richard Boother – President