!Catch up on what's been happening
Lytchett Minster School - Music Competition
7 July 2016
For many years now the Club has sponsored this amazing event.  Held at Lytchett Minster School, children from here and their feeder schools come together for the finals of a competition that has been running over many weeks.

This year, once again, the standard of the finalists thrilled the audience as the auditorium reverberated to a wide range of musical instruments and vocalists.
Handover Night - 28 June 2016
Anually we celebrate the passing of the old Rotary year and the start of the new one with a "Handover Night" at a different venue from where we meet normally.

This year we went to Chineside, a relatively new restuarant at the bottom of Durley Chine.  Ed, their Chef, certainly pushed out the boat for us.  We all enjoyed an amazing three course meal, set against the backdrop of some unexpected evening sunshine.

After the meal, the new team is introduced and presented with their official 'badges' - often the only time they see the light of day!  

The top photo shows (left to right) Roger [President Elect); Bernard (Club Admin); Eddie (President); Stewart (Secretary) and Alun (Treasurer).
Toddlethon - 11 May 2016
Despite some early morning dampness, the Rotary sponsored Toddlethon went ahead as planned.  Some 200 youngsters came along to help raise money  for Autism Wessex, Montacute School and Polio Eradication.  Now in its 15th year this event has already raised over £57,000.

Youngsers "toddle" around the cycle track in Poole Park, led by the Mayor and our Santa Train.

Afterwards they enjoy a children's entertainer and refreshments before being given a free ride on the Poole Park Train.

We are still waiting for all the sponsorship money to be collected and handed in, but hope to raise over £3,000 again this year. 
Trip to Guernsey - 26/27 April 2016
11 of us (some for the day, some overnight) took a trip to Guernsey via some very smooth crossings with Condor.  We all had an excellent lunch at Le Petiti Bistro o the Tuesday.

Those who stayed on took a trip around the island (just £1!) with the local bus.  With some beautiful sunny weather it was great to explore the Bluebell Woods next day on a walk around part of the coastal path.
Rotary Conference:  Bournemouth  1-3 April 2016
We were very fortinate to have our national conference taking place at the Bournemouth International Centre this year - which meant we could pop in just for the day, or enjoy a whole weekend of Rotary fellowship.

Speakers included our International President 'Ravi' Ravindran, John Humphrys, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson (talking about polio eradication),  Steve Brown (2012 British Olympic wheelchair rugby captain), Geoff Miller OBE (English cricketeer - pictured) and Sir Richard Stilgo (Orpheus Centre, Surrey).

We also had the annual Rotary Young Citizen Awards (pictured), filmed live by the BBC.
Restaurant Evening - 15 March 2016
A taste of Sardinia this time round for our restaurant evening, as we made our way to Alghero Ristorante in Ashley Road, Upper Parkstone.

We were well looked after by Luigi and his team, with some special Sardinian dishes.  Certainly no one went hungry and some even found space for a dessert!
Rotary Technology Tournament - 18 March 2016
52 students from local secondary schools around Poole came together to make up teams of 4.  They were given the challenge of creating a lifting bridge from a specified range of materials capable of transporting a set weight.

Sponsored by Cobham plc and Marden Edwards, the winners came from 5 local schools.
Swimathon - 6/7 February 2016
We teamed up again this year to help Poole Lions with their annual Swimathon.

59 teams took part, swimming a total of 3,222 laps and raising over £10,000.  Five cheques for £2,000 each were handed over to the nominated charities at the presentation evening on 4 April, including Montacute School, which had been put forward by Poole Bay Rotary. 
Youth Speaks - 9 February 2016
Poole Bay organised the local round of the annual Rotary Youth Speaks competition for 12 teams from the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area.

Twynham School won the Seniors event, with Harewood College taking the Intermediate trophy.  The competition was held at Bournenouth School for Girls.
Andrew Mead - 5 January 2016
Andrew Mead, Headmaster at our Community Partner - :Lytchett Minster School, came along to The Blue Boar to give us an update on what's happening at the school and some of the latest initiatives in the world of education.
The Club works very closely with Andrew's team, something he endorsed, encouraging us to extend our help to mentoring and careers advice. 
Rotary Young Chef - 8 January 2016
14 young people from 7 schools took part in the local heats for the Rotary Young Chef competition in the kitchens of Bournemouth & Poole College.
The trainee students at the College then prepared and served a meal for the 60 suppporting Rotarians, including this specially designed (and delicious) sweet.
December 2015
A busy time out and about with the Christmas Santa Float. Along with our partners and helpers (Poole Lions, Parkstone,  Poole and Westbourne Rotary Clubs, Soroptimists, WaterAid, Tesco and Home Start), the float raised over £6745.
Many thanks to the (quite literally) thousands of local residents who generously donated to the float.
Christmas and New Year celebrations
Once again this year the Riviera provided an excellent venue for our pre-Christmas Dinner on 17 December.
New Year's Day saw a group of us enjoying an Italian
lunch on the seafront at Vesuvio Restaurant at the bottom of Alum Chine.  Great view of the pounding surf, and even a few brave souls who took a (very quick!) new year dip.
Special General Meeting - 17 November 2015

One of the few formal evenings during the year.  Eddie was confirmed as President for 2016/17, alongside Stewart and Alun as Secretary & Treasurer.  The General and Trust Fund accounts for 2014/15 were all approved.
Rotary in Poole - 26 November 2015

A joint meeting at the RNLI between the three Rotary Clubs in Poole.  We heard from Shelagh Bird about how the Winchester Club has evolved and now runs lunch, dinner and breakfast meetings and has grown to over 90 members.
Shoebox Evening - 3 November 2015

Each year Rotary Clubs in Wessex collect shoeboxes filled with presents for needy children overseas.  These are checked before before sent abroad.  This year the Club (with help from among others Lychett Minster School) contributed 381 shoeboxes to the overall total of 26,597) for children in Albania, Montenegro, Moldova and the Phillippines.
Poole Park Life Project - 10 November 2015
Toni Powell (Poole Council) and Mike Collins (Friends of Poole Park came along to give us an update on the potential £2.7m project to re-juvenate Poole Park.  The HLF have approved the stage 1 application from the Borough of Poole and the Friends of Poole Park.
MONTACUTE SCHOOL - 23 October 2015
A small group of us were invited to the official opening of the new buildings at Montacute School.  Compared to the old ones these are light years ahead and provide a much improved environment for the 75 students.
We were delighted to see, for the first time, the tables and chairs, purchased by the Club for the school.
SKITTLES v WAREHAM CLUB - 28 October 2015
Our first (and sadly only) outing this year - as we were knocked out in the opening match of the season by Wareham Rotary Club.  We were ahead after the first 3 legs, however they came back strongly in the final 3 legs to best us 234 to 217.  More practising required !!
WINCHELSEA SCHOOL - 13 October 2015
Tim Parker-Smith and Janice Gosby provided, through the eyes of Jage one of the pupils at the school, an absorbing insight into this very special school, its pupils and staff.
They also thanked us for the donation of a brand new defibrillator, paid for by the Club from monies collected through the use of  our float at Christmas and Easter.
BUSINESS MEETING  - 20 October 2015
This month's business meeting agreed a number of donations to both local and international organisations from our charitable trust fund, including some benches for the newly opened Montacute School, Read Easy Poole, Marys' Meas, Jaipur Limb, Seeds for Development and thr Andian Medical project.
MAGNA CARTA - 29 September 2015
A trip to visit Wareham Club this week, along with other Rotary colleagues from Swanage to hear one of the volunteer guides from Salisbury Cathedral talking about Magna Carta and the social and historial background to the development of this important document which celebrates its 800th anniversay this year.
CLIC SARGENT - 6 October 2015
Joy Morley vsisited the Club to talk about this national charity which supports children and young people with cancer.  Every day in the UK 10 children are diagnosed with cancer.  CLIC Sargent currently works with some 74 families across Dorset.  The charity is the result of the merger of Cancer and Leukemia in Children with the Sargent Cancer Care for Children back in 2005.
RESTAURANT EVENING - 15 September 2015
About twice a year we take an evening off to find a different venue where we just sit back and enjoy a good meal, in good company, with the odd glass of wine !
This autumn we went to Casa Pepe on Holdenhurst Road, where a good time was had by all, over a delicious 3 course meal
IT'S ALL ABOUT FACEBOOK - 22 September 2015
Dimpee provided some practical advice to members about how to get the most out of Facebook, how to protect your privacy - and have fun !
Members were encouraged to have a go at home and help boost the likes on the RCPB Facebook page.
Another great day out at the Bournemouth Air Festival this year.  Thank you Gillian for arranging our table at the Miramar Hotel.  Fantastic views of all the displays from this cliff top location, and didn't we do well with the weather !!  Magnificent displays by the Red Arrows (of course!) - and good to see one of the last fly pasts by the Vulcan.  Then so sorry to hear about the accident at Shoreham on the way home.
WESSEX CANCER TRUST - 25 August 2015
Founded in 1981 to support and provide information for people with or affected by Cancer in the Wessex Region it helps around 10,000 people per year. Rachel Rawlings spoke about their ambitious plans to expand into Dorset and Wiltshire over the next year/18 months by adding 3 contact centres to its five esatblished ones.  And all this with 9 full-time staff plus some 200 volunteer helpers.

Amy Spenser came along to talk about the "What, Why, Who" of strokes.  She provided a reminder of how to recognise a stroke and outlined the work of this charity which helps people who have suffered from a stroke. 

We  looked at some different ideas for marketing Poole Bay Rotary, to attract new members.  Key to this is an accurate and up-to-date website, plus more activity on our Facebook page.
Walkers took the opportunity offered by Poole Bay Rotary to enjoy some of the sights of Poole as they raised money for their chosen charity.  From the information we've been given local charities will benefit from over £3000 once all the money has been collected in.
POOLE CARNIVAL - 2 August 2015

Members from Poole Bay Rotary (plus volunteers from other local Clubs) provided the stewards for the main car park during the Carnival this year.  Our tank engine float also took part on the Carnival Procession
Great fun in one of our member's back gardens enjoying a sunny afternoon, and raising money for our own International Charity - the Rotary Foundation
That once a year opportunity to dress up 'posh' for our annual President's Night, held this year at the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Sandbanks.