August was a busy month despite it being the month that we don’t traditionally meet.  On 13th of August 10 Trailblazers and friends went to help Warrington Rotary with the Stop Hunger Now project to pack 100,000 meals for the world’s hungry.  It was attended by myself, husband Philip and daughter Laura, Hazel Walton-Carr, Martin Judd and girlfriend Nicole, Ria Delves, Ipsy Mukhergee, Maggie Stanway and her 11 year old granddaughter Halle.  Funds of £550 were raised by the group to pay for the food packed. We all felt that it was an enjoyable and worthwhile event and also felt that we could have continue to pack on the production line for longer. The volunteers then enjoyed a frugal lunch back at our house. For those who missed the meal pack, there are plans afoot for another during the RIBI Conference in Manchester in April 2017. 
 
On the 20th August the Annual Summer Barbeque was hosted by Peter Senior and John Doyle.  As always, Peter’s food was excellent and the Trailblazers and friends had a great time.  Could anyone with photos please post to the Good Times photo album or email to me.
 
The 1st meeting in September was scheduled to be a catch up with Amy Hincks of the Booth Centre (who work with the homeless of Manchester) to present the funds raised at the Bollywood Night.  Unfortunately she was unable to attend due to illness.  She has suggested that we might like to visit the Booth Centre to present the cheque.  If this can be arranged, we would be able to see how the funds will be spent first hand and may also have a volunteering opportunity on the day.  I’ll keep you posted
 
NOW FOR SOME INPORTANT DATES
 
CLUB VISIONING on 15/09/2016
Your club needs you.  This is our chance to have the club that we all want.  To be meaningful we need everyone to attend and give their views about venues, meals, meeting content, events, fundraisers… you name it!  The results of the visioning will form the strategic plan for the next three years – so be there to make your wishes known.  Martin, Ria and I have previously attended a visioning session at Stockport Lamplighters and it is a surprising and innovative format, so it should also be a lot of fun too.  The report back will be on 20/10/2016
 
LIVE MUSIC NOW on 23/09/2016
 
Trailblazers have been asked to support this event.  Details to follow.
 
Live music now is a UK-wide initiative, created by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in 1977.  Every year the musicians deliver thousands to interactive music progammes in care homes, hospitals and special schools, where music can make a huge difference to lives.
 
 
CHARTER NIGHT ON FRIDAY 07/10/2016 
 
Please sign up for this important club event as a matter of urgency.  A number of people have said they are coming but have not formally signed up/ paid.  We have a deadline of 23/09/2016 to notify numbers to the hotel. 
 
This should be a fantastic event with an interesting talk by Sir William McAlpine, a good meal, wine and Prosecco included and even a disco!
 
CONFERENCES
 
The district conference is in Llandudno from Friday 28/10/2016 to 30/10/2016 - details on the district website.  So far I am aware of the following members and friends attending:- Harold and Sheila Bolter, Hazel Walton-Carr, myself and Martin Judd and Nichole.
 
The RIBI conference is in Manchester from 07/04/2016 to 09/04/2016.  This will be a great opportunity to raise the profile of Manchester Trailblazers and Rotary within our city.  So there will be lots more about this in due course.
                                                                                                                 
 
 
 
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