Despite the restrictions the Rotary Club of Chipping Campden and district has continued to operate with our virtual Zoom business meetings. In addition, our speaker this month was John McElroy who also joined us on Zoom to give us a fact packed talk on the subject of ‘Global Warming meets Covid 19’. The talk stimulated lots of questions from members and a lively discussion ending with the final message that mankind must address climate change.

As we all are missing our social gatherings, Mike Jelley organised a wonderful virtual trip to explore hidden Cambridge. We had over 20 people join us for this very interesting virtual insight into Cambridge hosted by Murray Jacobs. Along with members (and partners) and guests, we had visitors from Arkansas, Germany and France! It really was an excellent evening!

Venturing out for the first time since lockdown as a socially distanced group we enjoyed an outing to the Ernest Wilson Garden in Chipping Campden. The shade the garden afforded during another hot day was very welcome and we were treated to an interesting talk by Charles Ellis. Given the contribution Ernest Wilson has made to the introduction of tree, shrub and flower species in the UK and the USA the Garden is a suitable recognition of his achievements. A hidden gem which is maintained by volunteers who we have been happy to support during lockdown.

Today, adding to the Covid 19 and 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Beirut’s dreadful explosion has killed over 350, injured many more and made 300,000 homeless. Following the Tsunami in 2004, the clubs in District 1100 (Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Bristol, Swindon and parts of Monmouthshire, Somerset and Wiltshire) mobilised within days and generated over £250,000-to replace fishing boats and rebuild homes in Andra Pradesh, the money being sent to, and used by Rotarians rather than local Government agencies.

Our District Governor, Chris Firth, is connecting with Rotary in Beirut (D2452) who in recent years have worked tirelessly to help those in need. Now, more than ever, Rotary’s help is needed. By opening a Just Giving page District 1100 is aiming to raise £10,000 for Beirut Cedars Rotary Club who will co-ordinate the efforts of Clubs in Beirut and Lebanon to help channel essential aid to those in need.

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