Friday, 22 September 2017
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The Summer Camp wanderers returnThe highlight of the year for members of the Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) is when the summer camp students report on the trips they made to other countries during the summer.
Rotary has been organising Summer Camp exchanges for over 60 years, providing incredible opportunities for young people to see the world, experience a different way of life, make international friends and discover a lot about themselves whilst acting as ambassadors for their own country.

St Patrick’s Society WalkFor the first walk of the season Walks Co-Ordinator Kevin Walsh broke us in gently with a flat and even-paced walk along the Alvor boardwalk. This was particularly appreciated by the new walkers to the group. No doubt Kevin will lead us up hill and down dale before too long but the beautiful scenery and the camaraderie will, no doubt, make even the harder walks enjoyable. And, there is always lunch at the end of it! 

ASB Ride to Santa Clara BarragemOn Tuesday 13th September the Algarve Senior Bikers headed off for a trip to the Santa Clara Barragem, with lunch in Santana de Serra, organised by John Redding, Alain Balouzet and John Wittey.

The Meeting Point was Restaurante Cruzamento near Sao Marcos on the the old Lisbon Road.

Ed, taking just one shot to remove the ball from the sand, landing creditably close to the flagThe 7th Annual afpop-Medal Insurance Open Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday 14th September at the Penina Championship Course.

A shotgun start at 8.24 saw 62 players head off into the sunshine in excellent spirits, with the course freshly watered by previous day’s rain.

Life DrawingA tiny group of committed life drawers gather each Thursday morning in Olhão to study the naked body, draw it and try to understand varying approaches to drawing.

This group opens its arms to new participants, either beginners or artists. New drawers get as much help as they need. We all understand the courage, faith and love needed to make good art and prize highly all attempts at this most difficult of endeavours.

The setting up of a new group in the evenings and/or in a different town would also be a very pleasant prospect, so please get in touch if you have a glimmer of interest and I hope I can nurture it.
There is always a need for new models, male and female, too.

Contact or telephone 934 840 176.

Life Drawing

The Algarve Wednesday Walkers celebrates 20 years of walkingA significant milestone was recently reached when the Algarve Wednesday Walkers (AWW) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their foundation.

The Group was founded in 1996 by the late Maurice Clyde who decided there should be a separate section of his already existing Saturday Walkers for those wanting more serious walking. 

Irish Ambassador attends the St Patrick’s Society End of Summer PartyThe new Committee, elected in May, was honoured that its first event, the End of Summer Party on 3 September, was attended by Her Excellency Orla Tunney, Irish Ambassador to Portugal and her husband Dr Bruce McIntosh.
Her Excellency enjoyed moving from table to table chatting to members and their guests. She discovered that the Chairman’s wife is from her own part of Dublin and she also spoke to people from nearby districts as well as those from further afield.

Rotary Sponsors Summer CampDuring a very warm week in August, AAMA (Adapted Motor Activity Association) held its first ever summer camp in the Algarve. Primarily funded by the Rotarian’s Wine Appreciation Fellowship (RWAF), the association was able to provide a day camp to benefit and support the families in the Algarve with special needs children. AAMA is very active in the Lisbon area and is making an effort to expand its area of activities.