Members and guests of the Rotary Club Estoi Palace International were able to hold the first meeting of the club in the historic Estoi Palace on May 6, following extensive renovation work to transform the palace into a Pousada (guesthouse).
Club President Bill Mahoney said he was “delighted that the members had realised their ambition of meeting at such a splendid venue” and added that he felt sure that the Rotary Club would benefit from its association with the palace.
Also present at the meeting was Nuno Mendonça, a Rotary Club member and representative of the Pestana group, which is responsible for Pousadas de Portugal, the company that manages the Palace.
After a lunch served by António Costa and Jorge Sancho, the Rotary members were joined by the President of the Junta de Freguesia de Estoi, José Brito, who accompanied the members on a tour of the newly restored Palace.
While on the tour, examples were pointed out of how restoration works had been successfully integrated with new developments allowing the palace to become a functioning Pousada.
Bill Mahoney thanked the management and staff at the Arte Cultura Gastronomia in Estoi and the Vila Monte Resort in Moncarapacho, who catered for the club while members waited for restoration works to be completed at the palace.
Rotary Club Estoi Palace International will be holding weekly meetings every Tuesday in the Estoi room at 1pm.
During these meetings, members will be able to participate in a lunch while listening to a varied programme of speakers.
All meetings are held in English, despite members coming from all nationalities in the region.
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