The President summarized the very successful year that the Club had completed, especially given the constraints of lockdowns and restrictions due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Weekly Zoom meetings had been introduced for fellowship with monthly formal Club business meetings. These continue to be well attended and it was agreed that this format should continue until it becomes possible to hold face to face business meetings.
The Carol Float Committee had also met by Zoom, produced detailed risk assessments approved by the local authority, adapted to the new social distancing and disinfection requirements and had been the only Rotary club in Aylesbury (and one of only a couple in the District) to operate a Carol Float. We raised a record sum for our usual local charities and additionally supported 3 local foodbanks with grants throughout the Spring. A grant was made to Kids Out to buy presents for children spending Christmas in local Women’s Refuges and the Club was formally recognised for its support to the Scouting movement.
We have been heavily involved in supporting the Covid 19 response and three members had taken part in the national Royal Voluntary Service scheme as well as one member taking part in the Buckinghamshire County Council / Rotary Keeping in Touch Scheme for vulnerable older people that had been co- ordinated by ADG Jeremey Wyman. Members are supporting a number of Covid vaccination centres across the local area, with 7 members acting as stewards and 2 as vaccinators.
Regrettably the planned twinning visit to Bourges was postpone due to Covid, but we hope to visit in May 2022. Planning has commenced to celebrate our Centenary