Teaching and learning – powerful drivers to enable better futures…

As Rotarians we believe Everyone should have the opportunity to learn, and those skills ripple through communities and change people’s lives. Worldwide, 250 million children don’t have basic reading or maths skills.

Rotary projects and activities help to give children access to an education for the very first time. We build schools, we supply books and computers for classrooms and we train teachers. Our work is not just about children. Major problems exist in all age groups, with 17% of the world’s adult population being illiterate. That is 775 million people.

We are dedicated to inspiring and facilitating learning at all ages. We educate and uplift students from across the globe, reduce gender disparity in education and inspire the next generation.

As well as our impact overseas, Rotary leaves a lasting legacy on the lives of young people at home. It is one of our leading commitments to offer young people the platform to unlock their potential, develop their skills and broaden their horizons through education and learning.

Rotary Technology Tournaments are a challenging and enjoyable way for young people to enrich their STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). As well as academic skills, programmes such as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards help participants develop in areas like teamwork and problem solving.

Epsom and Ewell Community Fayre…

Sunday was a day trip to Epson & Ewell Community Fayre, which was held at Hook Road Arena in Epsom and Ewell. We arrived just after one and were greeted by the Epsom Air Scouts that were organising the parking,

There was a wide range of stalls run by local, national charities, local small businesses and clubs, each stall provided entertainment primarily for children. But i did see the Mayor playing ‘Splat the Rat’ . The event had a relaxed atmosphere of a country village fayre.

Their was variety of food as well as those all important ice creams, and to quench our thirst there will be a Beer tent, other attractions included a Dog Show, a talent contest for young people, face painting, and a display of veteran vehicles from the second world war.

Well done to all involved a great event for the Community and Rotary. We had a great time… On the way home we stopped of for a light snack decisions decisions .

The Wedding…. Congrats to Gary & Alex

Saturday afternoon & evening we had the pleasure of attending Gary & Alex’s Big Day and celebrations.

Following on from the Stag and Hen Nights the day finally arrived with the main event at the Millennium Chambers in Littlehampton. Where when the finally left the building they were Mr & Mrs Boniface.

Well done and congratulations to you both..
Enjoy the Honeymoon…

Kingston Rotary – Following in your fathers footsteps…

Thursday I visited Kingston Rotary, this time I had company I took fellow Rotarian Jeremy Flaskett along. Jeremy’s Rotary journey started in Kingston as did his fathers.

We kept Jeremy’s visit a surprise once they were over the shock we had a great time reminiscing on old times and friendships, debating how rotary’s values are as good today as they ever were, and how meeting are changing to provide open and affordable for the potential Rotarian’s of today.

We chatted about the vents such as kids out and the Dragon Boat Race both High profile in the community the biggest talking point was Jeremy’s Trousers …
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Kingston Dragon Boat Race

Back to my roots…

Tuesday I went back to my Roots and visited my first Rotary Club, Littlehmpton,

It was good to see so many familiar faces., and remember all the events and journeys we had together. these ranged from starting a Rotaract Club to opening a charity shop

The meeting highlighted how varied clubs can be both in style of clubs and style of meetings. The biggest learning for me was the connection between clubs so that if our particular time or style of meeting is unsuitable we have an alternative on offer.

We don’t want so our community miss out on the opportunities of Rotary.

The evening ended with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) presentation.
I was honoured to present a PHF to the Club Secretary Peter Ripley
Congratulations well deserved

The Rotary Experience… Hit or Miss

As a Rotarian or potential Rotarian the experiences we gain from our meeting and projects can determine not only our future within Rotary.

It will also determine the Future of Rotary in Rotary GBI.

Looking at the results of the Rotary’s membership experience survey it shows a clear picture of what we need to do…

We need to go back to the basics, promotes a service based organisation, completing projects in our community while offering low cost enjoyable work and family friendly meetings.

I am not saying we have to stop how we currently meet, but we do need to provide options, certainly food for thought…


 The cold chain The polio vaccine must be kept cool, or it risks losing its effectiveness. The cold chain system — made up of freezers, refrigerators, and cold boxes — was developed to allow polio workers to store the vaccine and transport it over long distances in extremely hot weather. In Pakistan, a measles immunization program now relies on the same system. With the help of the cold chain, Sindh province recently reached its goal of immunizing more than 7.3 million children against measles.

Microplanning A critical component in immunizing more children against polio, especially in remote regions, is microplanning. A microplan allows health workers to identify priority communities, address potential barriers, and develop a plan for a successful immunization campaign. The workers collect as many details as possible about communities to help them reach and vaccinate all of the children, and this strategy has helped keep India polio-free for five years. Now the Mewat district of India is using microplanning to increase its rates of vaccination against measles and rubella.

Surveillance The polio surveillance system helps detect new cases of polio and determines where and how these cases originated. In Borno state in Nigeria, the surveillance system is now being used to find people with symptoms of yellow fever. Surveillance was one of many tactics used during a 2018 yellow fever outbreak that prompted vaccinations of more than 8 million people.

Contact tracing Because polio is a transmittable disease, health workers use contact tracing to learn who has had contact with people who might be infected. Contact tracing was also critical to containing an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria in 2014. When a traveler from Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola, Nigerian officials were able to quickly trace and isolate the traveler’s contacts, helping prevent the disease from spreading further.

Emergency operations centers An important part of the polio infrastructure that Rotary and its partners have built is the emergency operations centers network. These centers provide a centralized location where health workers and government officials can work collaboratively and generate a faster, more effective emergency response. The emergency operations center in Lagos, Nigeria, which was originally set up to address polio, was adapted to handle Ebola, and it ultimately helped the country respond quickly to an Ebola outbreak. Only 19 Ebola cases were reported, and the country was declared Ebola-free within three months.

CELEBRATE WORLD POLIO DAY WITH US Be part of our global celebration of World Polio Day on 24 October. Contact you local Rotary club to join in with their planned events

Supporting the hurricane-devastated Bahamas…

Miles of debris from houses smashed apart by Hurricane Dorian currently stretch across the Bahamas, after the deadly storm left behind a paradise obliterated. Now Rotary leaders are calling for Rotarians to help with relief efforts.

Former Rotary International President Barry Rassin has called for Rotarians to help provide financial aid to the hurricane-devastated Bahamas, where at least seven people have been killed – and with the death toll expected to rise.

With sustained windspeeds over 160 mph and gusts of more than 220 mph, the category 5 Hurricane Dorian hovered over Grand Bahama for more than 30 hours, after causing catastrophic destruction in the neighbouring island of Abaco.

Hurricane Dorian is the strongest hurricane ever to hit the Bahamas and is the joint strongest to ever hit strike land in the Atlantic.

According to the International Red Cross, 45% of homes on Grand Bahama and the Abaco have been severely damaged and destroyed – roughly 13,000 properties.

The United Nations has predicted that 60,000 people will need food and clean water.

For how we can support Rotary Disaster Alert

The Joined up Approach….

As we all know the Rotary family consists of RotaKids, Interact, Rotaract & Rotarians.

Highdown Rotary and INSIGHT Rotaract are unusual in their approach they meet together. This allows them to promote a joined up approach to bring people together through activities and projects to enrich the lives of others and generate community spirit.

Rotary opens a world of opportunities, and there is so much we can do.