ROTARIAN’S WINE APPRECIATION FELLOWSHIP
October 22, 2012
This newsletter will serve as our annual “Goals” statement.
The focus of this year’s efforts of the Rotarian’s Wine Appreciation Fellowship will be four-fold. First, we will attempt to disseminate as much information about wine, wine and food pairings and other wine related topics as we can so that our own appreciation of good wine and food will be enhanced. Second, we will encourage more active participation by all members in the Fellowship, including the continued formation and growth of local RWAF chapters. Third, we intend to host two wine dinners at the RI International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal. Fourth, we need to get the Fellowship better organized with more members involved. We are getting quite large and the administration needs to get larger and more diverse.
Specifically our goals for the year are:
Our annual meeting will be held at the convention center at a time yet to be determined. The following convention will be in Sydney, Australia, and we will be planning events there, as well. As always, your comments and suggestions would be appreciated.
6. We are also hoping to do a wine tour during the year. Our RWAF members in Lebanon invited us to attend their Rotary events there, including wine tours last year. I was not able to attend but hopefully some of our members did. Contact Ron Farra about future events there. Unfortunately, there will not be an event there this year due to the political unrest. We look forward to future events there and in other wine growing areas around the world.
8. Our By-Laws for the RWAF are now complete but we need to keep them up to date to reflect current activities. We need to finish our 501C4 application for US Tax Exempt Status.
Fellowships were encouraged to help Rotary meet the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation PolioPlus challenge grant. We have already sent in over $95,000 to TRF from the RWAF for PolioPlus and we are in the process of sending in the remaining funds to meet or exceed our $100,000 goal.
These are ambitious but achievable goals for this year. Suggestions and comments from any member would be appreciated. We can add other goals if we want and/or need to.
Dues: If you are an Annual Member and have not sent us dues within the past year, they are now due, $20 for Annual Membership and $100 for Lifetime Membership (no annual billing, special corkscrew pin, invitation to Lifetime Member Only events). You can join or renew online although you will note that Pay Pal charges a small “convenience” fee. If you became an Annual Member from April 1 until now, you have an option to upgrade to Lifetime Membership at any time this Rotary year (i.e. until June 30, 2013), simply by sending in the difference ($80 USD). Use the membership form available on the website as a transmittal so we have your current contact information. Thank you!
Calendar of Events:
In this section we want to publicize any upcoming events that either the RWAF or local chapters are planning. An annual calendar will be maintained on the new website.
June 23-26, 2013: Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal. Register early so there will be less chance of a conflict between our dinners and the opening and closing ceremonies. We are planning to have perhaps the best convention experience we have ever had for RWAF members! In addition to our normal two wine dinners, we are scheduling events on every day, including a day or so before and after the convention. We may even be allowed to serve wine samples out of the booth in the House of Friendship, since one of the focuses of the convention seems to be promoting Portuguese wine and other attributes. Our next newsletter will outline our plans.
New RWAF Matching Grant Project: We have been very fortunate in having Claire Larson, president of the Estoi Palace International Rotary Club in Faro, Algarve, Portugal, as our principal point person in setting up our RWAF events in Portugal. To further that warm working relationship and to encourage our members to attend the Lisbon Convention, we have submitted a new Matching Grant application, the successful completion of which we hope will be celebrated at the convention.
When I asked Claire what their most critical need was in their area, she responded, “Food!” - and that her club was working with the local volunteer Food Bank of the Algarve to assist them in procuring all sorts of donations that would enable them to expand their operation to better meet the needs. A refrigerated truck will enable them to go to the outlying areas to collect fresh produce from grocery stores and farms to improve both the quantity and quality of the foodstuffs they could distribute to the poor. This is a $53,000 project. The Portuguese RCs need to raise $10,000 and the rest of the world needs to raise $18,677. Members of the RWAF and our clubs have always been supportive and generous in helping us accomplish significant projects in the past and we would greatly appreciate any and all contributions to MG # 78003. My Grapevine RC has committed $5,000 and our D-5790 has agreed to contribute $5,000 in DDF to the project. Note that all contributions will be credited to every donor, their clubs and districts. The project has not yet been approved by TRF but we anticipate that shortly. Please let me know what you and your clubs can do to help.
Recommended Value Wines:
As we continue to do, we will list about ten value wines with each newsletter. These are wines from around the world that are readily available in many markets, are rated by some “expert” as being at least 88 points (out of 100) and which cost $20 USD or less. We would appreciate any additions suggested by any member. We feel that no matter what type of wine you enjoy, you ought to be able to find a good one at a reasonable price.
A Few Special Wines:
WS = “Wine Spectator”
WA = “Wine Advocate” (Robert Parker)
WE = “Wine Enthusiast”
CCH = Not yet rated, my score
We will always appreciate your comments and suggestions. You are receiving these newsletters because you are members of the RWAF and publishing a newsletter is one of the duties of a Rotary Fellowship. If you would like to discontinue receiving these newsletters, please so indicate by return email and you will be removed from our address list.
Thank you for the continued opportunity to serve!
Conrad C. Heede, PDG
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