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The Club was well represented at this year’s district conference in Bournemouth with a party of 11 members and partners.

The first evening everybody attended a meal in an Italian restaurant organised by President’s wife Cherry Larcombe.

There was a full programme on Saturday and also Sunday morning. Among the top speakers, and also the most entertaining was former Coronation Street star, Shaun Williamson,who promoted the British Wireless for the Blind Fund and sports reporter, Garry Richardson, who recalled some of the highlights of his 43 year career with the BBC.

The Rotary Party on the Saturday included a banquet and a ball with music provided by Mike Harrison.

The national Rotary president Dennis Spiller travelled from a conference in Wales to open the Sunday session.

When they received a plea for help from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, members were quick to make a positive reply.

As a result they raised £158.56 through a collection at Sainsbury’s Westwood Cross store on a Sunday.

The Trust hopes to be able to build on the day by increasing activity in the Thanet area.

The following week’s meeting heard from Jackie Bergerson, who has established a local group to help people who have lost a close member of the family through suicide.

It was a case of hands across the sea for members of Ramsgate Rotary Club on Thursday when they held a joint meeting with members of their contact club of Boulogne- on board a cross channel ferry!

It started when the French members boarded a P and O ferry in Calais and were joined by their Ramsgate counterparts at Dover.

They enjoyed a sumptuous buffet and drinks together as well as catching up with old and new friends.

Boulogne president Nicolas Singer said how delighted he was the two clubs had been able to meet up and he hoped that as next year was the eightieth anniversary of the two clubs agreeing to be contact clubs there would be a special celebration.

The idea was welcomed by President Graham Larcombe and the President Elect Pat Hersant.

Mr Larcombe, who proposed the Rotary toast said he hoped many of them would meet again when Ramsgate held its Presidents Night on November 18.

Among those who attended was the club’s International Officer Lawrence Page.

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