ROTARY President Adrian Tavares got the year off to a good start with a month of reflection and one in which to make plans for the future.
Fund-raising events, community efforts and social occasions are in the calendar. The first fundraiser will be “A Night at the Opera” in the open air, under the stars, at La Terrazita, Governor’s Parade.
The audience will be entertained royally by Phillip Borge and Claire Hawkins singing light opera and songs form West End musicals. Tickets are £20 and include a three-course meal and wine. Email Jane on email@example.com for more details.
Only 50 tickets are available so be sure to make up your mind quickly. Money raised will go to Cancer Relief Gibraltar.
September will also see the Club participating in Clean Up the World Day. It has participated for several years now.
On October 1 it is hoped to hold the next Car Boot Sale at Morrisons and on October 12, World Mental Health Day, there will be a Quiz with proceeds going to a local mental health charity.
Speakers during July included Anthony Pitaluga of the Gibraltar Archives who gave a fascinating talk on how he and his department have enhanced and digitised an immense number of documents and photographs chronicling Gibraltar’s history.
CBF Commodore Walliker also visited the Club and spoke about the future of British Forces Gibraltar, a great opportunity for members to hear about this important community within our community.
The last visitor of the month was Leslie Linares someone whose name is well-known to most of us especially when we want to find out about a plant we have seen somewhere on the Rock.
He has spent over 40 years studying the flora of Gibraltar with many unique species being identified under his watchful eye. And of course, his interest in photography meant his talk was well illustrated by beautiful photographs.
Readers are reminded they are welcome to visit the Club. Individuals with an interest in helping their community will find themselves amongst like individuals and there could thereby be an additional bonus to Rotary membership.
Last month saw the death if Dr Shigeaki Hinohara, an eminent physician in Japan, who until his death at the age of 105 was working up to 18 hours a day serving his community. He became a role model for many community-orientated clubs around the world.
Dr Hinohara, who cautioned against gluttony and early retirement and vigorously championed annual medical check-ups, climbing stairs regularly and just having fun. He never wasted a day defying the odds.
Japan Times journalist Judit Kawaguchi, who knew him well and considered him a mentor, said: "He believed that life is all about contribution, so he had this incredible drive to help people, to wake up early in the morning and do something wonderful for other people. This is what was driving him and what kept him living.
"He always had today's goals, tomorrow's, and the next five years."
So, if you want a long healthy life do follow Dr Hinohara’s example and consider serving your community!
As always visitors are very welcome at the weekly meetings at the Rock Hotel on Tuesday evenings. They start at 7.15 for 7.30 pm and last about an hour. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofgibraltar or www.rotaryclubgibraltar.com or tel Jennifer on 540 03095.