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My name is Peter Bartlett and I am the newly elected President for the year from 1st July 2021.

Originating from the “Home of Rugby”, Twickenham, I have been in electronic engineering and lighting design for most of my working life, which has come in very useful with many aspects of Rotary.

Despite a very challenging time in 2020/21, we were still able to raise a considerable amount of money through various, Covid 19 limited events, that inspired us to look at things differently, for example the Virtual Swim.

The Christmas Swim is one of our annual events and takes place on Christmas Day in the sea at Southwold. Last year, with the new twist of a virtual swim, our regular swimmers were certainly still engaged, raising a wonderful £2,000 for the various charities we support.

Some annual events include: Steam Rally, Barrel Festival, Cycling, Classic cars, Christmas trees and Town Christmas light festivals, Brass on the grass, Plant stalls and many more.

Clearly, at this stage we are not sure if any Government restrictions will apply during my year as President, so we are always exploring new ideas, where we not only raise funds for charity but have fun along the way.

Southwold Rotary is open to all, from those who have just started out on a new career path to those who have retired.  Rotary clubs are made up of volunteers with no paid members and is a non-political, non-religious, humanitarian organization, with a strong policy on diversity and equality.

As a club we have men and women from a vast array of professions, and a wide range of interests and skills. This together with a strong social side – including days/evenings out to places of local or historic interest, to pubs, theatre, BBQ’s and wine tasting to mention a few.

If you like fun and wish to give something back to society and help raise vital funds for Local, National and International Charities, then perhaps YOU should consider becoming a member. Join like-minded people and start your journey today to become a key team player.

My chosen charity for the coming year is Brain Tumour Research.

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