End Polio Now Nigeria Great News …

Great News Please see letter below from
Michael K. McGovern, International PolioPlus Chair

My fellow Rotarians:

I’m pleased to share the important news that as of today, 21 August 2019, it has been three years since a child in Nigeria was paralyzed by the wild poliovirus. This means that the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region could be certified as wild poliovirus-free as soon as mid-2020.

Along with our Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners and the Nigerian government, we’ve strengthened immunization and disease detection systems, and we are now reaching more children than ever in some of the hardest-to-reach places in Nigeria.

We can take pride in this progress, but it is not time to celebrate quite yet. We still have work to do and we must continue making it a priority to reach every child in Nigeria—and other polio-threatened countries—with the polio vaccine, and build strong levels of immunity to fully protect the entire population against polio.

In part because of the hard work and dedication of Rotarians in Nigeria and around the world, we will soon be able to check another country off of the polio-endemic list. Rotary members in Nigeria have been hard at work raising awareness for polio eradication, advocating with the government and addressing other basic health needs to complement polio eradication efforts, like providing clean water to vulnerable communities.

After the African region is certified wild poliovirus-free later next year, 5 out of the 6 WHO regions in the world will be considered polio-free. As the first organization to dream of – and promise to deliver – a polio-free world, Rotary is committed to fulfilling our promise. Our progress in Nigeria is a big step toward that goal, but we need to maintain momentum so that Pakistan and Afghanistan see the same level of progress.

It’s crucial that Rotarians continue to support polio eradication as we overcome the final hurdles in the fight to end the disease forever. You can support PolioPlus by making a donation, or raise awareness by holding an event or fundraiser on World Polio Day on 24 October.

I look forward to joining with Rotarians as soon as mid-2020 to celebrate a wild poliovirus-free Africa.

Michael K. McGovern, International PolioPlus Chair

International Fellowships full of Rotary Fun…

It is important to have fun alongside working with communities.  Our eighty Rotary International Fellowships do this, providing platforms for true international friendships and members to bond over common interests and hobbies.   

Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

They can all be found here: international fellowships

Global Rotary – Inter Country Cooperation (ICC), Peace and Eco Projects…

Rotary’s ICC provides a framework to develop peace and understanding between nations by doing projects and developing friendships and cultural links between districts and countries.  This may be through significant projects including global grant projects or through twinning or other activities such as Friendship Exchanges, Professional Exchanges or Youth Projects.

Currently RIBI has relationships in place with India, Italy, Mexico and Romania and Moldova and building with the Caribbean, East Africa, Russia, Germany, France, Pakistan, Turkey, Kosovo and Israel.  At each end of the nation to nation relationship we are developing teams who feel they have a passion for developing peace and understanding between those countries.

If you have that passion for one of those for the nations above (or others we should consider) please make contact with James Onions – james.onions@btinternet.com

Corporate Member a Win-Win

Do you know a local professional who wants to be part of Rotary, but is worried about having enough time? Do you want to establish a connection or partnership with an area business or corporation? If the answer is yes, corporate memberships might be an option.

A corporate membership allows Rotary clubs to involve a corporation — or any business, nonprofit, or government entity — in Rotary by offering an alternative membership package to some of its employees. Having corporate members increases the club’s membership while expanding its network and visibility in the community. Members gain access to the fellowship and service opportunities of Rotary with the possibility of a much smaller time commitment.

Offering this membership type may provide advantages for both clubs and the local corporations or businesses involved. Here are some benefits of corporate membership:

Attracts new members who might otherwise be unable or reluctant to join
Boosts your club’s profile
Broadens club’s skills and expertise,
Expanding Rotary’s potential for doing good,
Brings in new ideas to keep current members engaged
Creates new partnerships in the community
Increases the resources and capacity for service,

Shares the the time commitment of any one member by allowing employees to attend by attracting new corporate leaders
Raises their corporation’s image in the community
Part of the corporate social responsibility policy
Employees can develop and apply leadership and professional skills.
Emphasises a commitment to serving others as part of the corporate culture.

Let go and find the WIn-WIn

London Excursion..

Sunday was London Excursion Day, The wife and I, plus a couple of friends took the train to London. We Left Angmering around 7.00 am taking the train to Victoria then a short underground journey to Westminster.

On arrival we made our way to the River where we boarded the Hop on Hop Off River Boat. and made our way to Greenwich via the South Bank Tower Bridge. Once at Greenwich it was a short walk to the covered market then off to Lunch.

Then the return journey on the boat to Tower Bridge Terminal. Walking towards the Gherkin we found, The Garden 120, a roof top garden open to the publi, it has spectacular panoramic views of London.

Finally a short boat trip back to Westminster, a quick pint at Victoria and a relaxing journey home. All in all a very pleasant day.

The Rotary Foundation, One of our best kept secrets…

During the past 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects around the world. The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s own and only charity delivering our vision of a better world.

The Rotary Foundation is supported solely by contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation. Those contributions, gifts and donations are transformed into service projects that change the lives of thousands of people across the world.

With 91% of funds spent on the programmes and projects it delivers, The Rotary Foundation, based at the Rotary Headquarters in Illinois, USA, is globally recognised for its financial efficiency, accountability and transparency.

Each year, The Rotary Foundation gives $70 million worth of grants to Rotary clubs throughout the world for humanitarian projects, vocational training and scholarships in Rotary’s cause areas. Ranging from small-scale, short term activities to large, international projects, Rotary grants strengthen global partnerships and provide sustainable and measurable benefits to communities.

Grants from The Rotary Foundation support over 1,000 projects every year.

The Rotary Foundation of the United Kingdom

The Rotary Foundation of the United Kingdom (RFUK) is an Associate Foundation of The Rotary Foundation. RFUK supports the aims of The Rotary Foundation by providing funding for its programmes and offering a direct service for giving in Great Britain
and Ireland.

RFUK has recovered over £1 million in Gift Aid since 2001, allowing even more communities to benefit from The Rotary Foundation.

Mental Health: Don’t Bottle it Up…

1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year with more than 676 million people affected by mental health issues worldwide.

Whether it is family or friends, neighbours or Rotarian colleagues, the chances are we all know someone who is affected by some sort of mental health problem. This is why we are making Mental Health a major part of our Disease Prevention and Health & Wellbeing Avenue of Service for 2019/2020 and beyond.

As the first part of the development of our Mental Health support project we have designed a dedicated Rotarians4Mental Health website.

The purpose of the website, and its accompanying Facebook site, is to provide our fellow Rotarians with a range of information on both Mental Health issues and details of groups and organisations that might need our support. In this way we can enable Clubs and Districts to make an educated choice as to how they can best support people with mental health issues in their communities. 

Save A Life Campaign…

Last Year Rotary District 1220 started a Save A Life Campaign to increase the number of People who know Basic Lifesaving Skills – EVER YEAR almost 100,000 die unnecessarily from the lack of these simple Skills.

In particular we involved Young People as this Learning helps them to develop their self-awareness and self-esteem. So, in partnership with the Virtual College, we developed a free online learning course suitable for all ages from 10 years upwards, takes 40 mins to complete, and there is a certificate at the end.

Please have a go yourself and encourage your Club and community to join in. Schools are particularly keen as there is a curriculum requirement in 2020 to include Lifesaving Skills. Together we could SAVE MANY LIVES.

Looking in from the Outside……..

As Rotarian’s we meet regularly and I often wonder what non Rotarian’s see when they walk past a Rotary meeting?

I wonder if they see all the good work that Rotary achieve both locally or overseas, the benefit it brings to all aspects of the community and the opportunities that Rotary make available to them as individuals or families.

So at our last meeting, I stood outside and looked at our meeting set up from a Non- Rotarian point of view and thought, would I feel comfortable and welcome and would it work for me.

Well, I could see Rotary Pull Ups, promoting our areas of focus including, The Rotary Family, End Polio Now, Youth Competitions, Our Programmes and details of our forthcoming Carnival.

Looking past the Pull ups, I could see a group of individuals aged between 25-80 in T- Shirts with the Rotary logo on the front and ‘Rotarian at work’ on the back. They were in a relaxed environment in lively conversation while drinking coffee or tea, appearing, to the outsider to be having fun at the same time a couple of children were playing in the corner.

Looking through the window, I could see an open, friendly and welcoming environment allowing potential Rotarian’s the confidence to start the conversation that I hope will turn out to be the start of their Rotary journey.

On reflection I was happy, but as we know there is always an opportunity to improve. There was a number of gaps:

  1. Our leaflets were not accessible to passers by
  2. We don’t have a welcome ‘come and join us’ message
  3. We don’t have a ‘call to action’ for our projects.

One for our PR Team, I think…..

So if your a member of a Rotary Club, take a look from the outside and see what you think. Does the signage you use give the correct message? Does that bell, and table top lectern, with a person at the front wearing a chain around their neck, talking to a group sitting at dining tables provide the welcome you are looking for?…..

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Rotarian…..

Over a number of years I have used “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey as a reference guide. I have dipped in and out to allow me to refocus my plans and goals. On reflection I feel that the the 7 Habits fit perfectly within a Rotary environment

Here are the key insights from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:-

  1. Be proactive. Change starts from within. As Rotarian’s we have made the decision to improve the world around us. We take charge  of our events and assume responsibility for our project whatever they maybe.
  2. Begin with an end in mind. We have a vision for the future and align your actions accordingly to make it into a reality
  3. Put first things first. We prioritise our work,  we focus on what’s important, bringing our vision of the future into out today.
  4. Think win-win. When  we look at our relationships we aim to create a solution or project that works for all parties, this allows us to build strong long lasting positive relationships.
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. When we are presented with a problem, we first take time to really listen to all parties and only then create solutions that not only work for today but are sustainable for the future.
  6. Synergise Eg 1+1 = 3. We adopt the guiding principle that in a group, the contributions of many will far exceed those of any individual.  This allows us to achieve goals, we are a TEAM and we know Together Everyone Achieve More.
  7. Sharpen the saw. We take time out to create a sustainable lifestyle that affords us time to recuperate, recharge and re-educate, allowing us to be effective in the long-term. Think Family, Work, then Rotary.