No Curtains up! – But the show will go on…

The situation concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to escalate here in the UK, many aspects of our day to day life activities, events and meetings have been affected.

As some of you know I am chairman of a local Theatre group. Our next show Curtain UP! has just been put on hold. The Windmill Theatre has been forced to close due to the Coronavirus.

Our aim at this time is to postpone until July, if not next April. All i know is the show will go on. I will update when I hear back from the show licensee.

Can I take this opportunity to thank, Sarah, Maureen and the cast for all the hard work they have put in over the weeks, also all the behind the scene work that has been completed.

These are challenging times for all. So, please continue to support each other, within our community and keep well

Thank you – Your doing a great job…

The situation concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to escalate here in the UK, many aspects of our club’s activities, events and meeting have been temporarily affected.

These are challenging times for all including Rotary Clubs and Rotarians. but it’s great to see how Rotarians right across the district and the UK are responding in a positive way. We are connecting in new ways – Face 2 Face may not be an option , but we are using alternatives like Zoom, Messenger, or Telephone.

So, please continue to support each other, sharing ideas and adapting to the new technology. Can I encourage us all to remain as open and flexible as possible so when life returns to normal, we are in the best place to support our communities.

Keep up the good work and keep well.

Pops BM Ride 50K – In aid of the Eva Rose Trust…

BM Ride 50K (31 Miles)- On Sunday 19th April 2020, Eva’s Mummy, Daddy, Uncle, Pops (thats Me) and Grandad will be taking to their bikes to take part in the 50K ride around Brighton as part of their Marathon Weekend.

We would like to dedicate each mile we do to a loved one who is no longer with us. If you would like to sponsor a mile in memory of someone close to you then please do get in touch. The 19th Mile will be in memory of Eva Rose.

We hope that through our efforts, we can raise awareness of all the Eva Rose Trust stands for and raise a few more pennies. We would be so grateful if you could share our page with everyone you know. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Eva Rose Trust Team xxx

What is the Eva Rose Trust:
Lou and Tom set up a trust in memory of their daughter, Eva Rose. Their twin girls, Eva Rose and Una Mae were born 12 weeks early at just 28 wks +1 gestation. Tragically, at just 4 1/2 weeks old , Eva developed NEC. After various medication and two surgical procedures, sadly there was little that could be done for Eva and she passed away on 19th March 2017.

Their Mission:
-To provide support to families who are currently experiencing life with a premature baby(ies) in Special Care and families who have experienced losing a baby(ies) due to prematurity and in some cases specifically Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC).
-To work with the NHS and NICU, SCBU and LNC units to ensure there is consistency in practice when diagnosing, treating and preventing NEC and to educate in areas of need.
-To carry out and fund research into NEC, collaborating with other organisations and medical professionals in the aim of eradicating NEC.

Through this, we will raise awareness of Prematurity, NEC and the reality of living through these experiences. We strive to make babyloss no longer a taboo.

The Eva Rose trusts Vision: Research, Educate, Support
Research:
Fund research into NEC
Utilise existing research to improve practice
Collaborate with organisations to further the understanding of NEC
Run surveys to improve the understanding of experiences, practice, and support available.

Educate:
Understand current practice across Hospital Trusts.
Identify inconsistencies in diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.
Identify level of support given to families throughout care.
Identify information provided to families about NEC and timescale.
Provide Education opportunities to NICU, SCBU and LNC units and all staff within.

Support:
Identify breadth of support needed.
Tailor support to individual family needs.
Provide families with children living with NEC with information and support.
Provide families who have lost a child(ren) to NEC with support.
Provide information about NEC to existing families on units prior to NEC.

If you would like to support me and the Eva Rose trust please donate ERT BM
Thank you in advance, for your support.

Alan ( Pops)

Rotarians – Stop missing those opportunities….

Rotarians around the Districts constantly moan that it is difficult to find new members. This is no surprise when we are missing easy opportunities that stare us all in the face.

Over the last couple of months I have attended many youth events, such as Young Chef, Youth Speaks – the Debate, to name a few, and what i find is Rotarians are missing opportunities time- and time again.

At these events I speak to the contestants, their families and Teachers. They all praise the events and say how it help the individual’s self esteem confidence and help the grow and what a great job Rotary is doing..

But when ask them do they know about the Rotary Family, they say what family? They have no idea about RotaKids, Interact ot Rotaract. When we invite these individuals to take part we should have a plan on how we bring them into the family. not only the Youth but the Parents and Teachers.

So come on wake up to these opportunities. and plan below is some ideas that you could use.

  1. Service projects in conjunction with schools around our areas of Focus.
  2. Interact club at School working within Syllabus so no extra work for School.
  3. Mentoring for the Schools, Interview practice, helping with Reading, Maths etc
  4. Work with Parents Teacher Association on joint
  5. Open evening for the Teacher and Parents (not a normal Club Meeting).

Finally for next years competition and RYLA think Win-Win. when you sign them up include Community service Hours. That way the see Rotary in Action.

Rotary’s youth competitions – A platform for talents to shine…

Its a busy time of year for the Youth competition with District and Regional finals taking place ready for the Nationals. Rotary’s youth competitions offer a platform for talents to shine. From local and regional heats through to national levels, these contests are a great way to be challenged in a fun and friendly environment.

What competitions are there?

Young Chef Fancy yourself as a budding cook? The Rotary Young Chef competition, sponsored by Filippo Berio, gives entrants the chance to put their culinary skills to the test and be judged by leading industry professionals. Entrants plan and cook a three course meal, develop their food presentation skills and gain experience in high pressure situations.

Young Citizen Awards These awards recognise young people under the age of 25 who have demonstrated their commitment to citizenship, goodwill and understanding through various activities. The awards can be for individuals or groups, for projects and initiatives that showcase positive citizenship and the important responsibilities assumed by young people.

Rotary Young Citizen Sporting Hero Award This year, we are introducing a new Award, the inaugural Rotary Young Citizen Sporting Hero Award 2020 to recognise and highlight the achievements and contribution, as a positive role model to others, of a sports participant or a group or an individual or group who is enabling others to participate in sport.

Rotary Young Citizen Peacemaker Award For a second year, we are delighted to offer the Rotary Young Citizen Peacemaker Award, reflecting Rotary’s area of focus on Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, to recognise young people, aged under 25, who have made a significant contribution by building peace and understanding, whether in their school, local community or with a peace project internationally.

Young Artist Share your creative talents with a wide audience by taking part in our new Young Artist competition. Express yourself with your interpretation of the year’s theme Your artwork will go through a local stage first, followed by the district heats and then, if you are lucky, on to the national final. The competition is open to artists aged between 7 and 17.

Young Musician Share your gift of song or mastery of a musical instrument in Rotary’s Young Musician competition. Participants will get the chance to experience performing on a public stage and receive feedback from experienced judges, plus it offers a great chance for future collaboration with fellow musicians. Entrants can be either a vocalist or instrumentalist.

Young Filmmaker We know there are many talented young filmmakers out there, all keen to showcase their talents. That’s why we have introduced the Young Filmmaker competition. The competition is open to filmmakers aged between 7 and 17.

Young Photographer Photography has the power to capture special places, moments and memories.The Rotary Young Photographer competition gives participants the chance to express themselves through photography, interpret the competition’s annual brief in an imaginative way and experiment with digital and traditional methods.

Youth Speaks: A Debate Challenge your public speaking abilities and perform, persuade and entertain the audience with your display of wit and knowledge of a topic.

In teams of three participants present arguments and points of discussion, before taking questions from the judging panel who are, themselves, skilled orators. Participants can select a topic which is important to them, giving them an opportunity to delve deep into research, formulate ideas and build confidence.

Young Environmentalist Looking for people like you, who care about the planet. Present your unique solution to environmental problems by entering this competition and change how we look at waste.You can enter as a team or as an individual and come up with a clever way to address the challenge of waste minimisation. The competition is open to environmentalists aged between 7 and 17.

Young Writer This competition offers participants chance to express themselves and get creative with the written word.After being given a theme, participants can choose to write fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem. It’s a chance to be imaginative.

Technology Tournaments Technology Tournaments are one day events for multiple teams of four students to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by collectively solving a previously unseen technology task. Rotary also offers Junior Technology Tournaments for younger pupils in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust.

All the above competitions have the full support of your local Rotary which will back you through your progression in the various stages. Contact your nearest club and see what happens!

What is involved? Most competitions are run on a multi-stage format, starting off with local heats run by individual Rotary clubs, running through until national finals. Generally, competitions pan the course of an academic year from approximately September to June.

How to get involved All the above competitions have the full support of Rotary in your area who will support you through your progression in the various stages. If you want to take part, please contact your local Rotary group. So start planning now…

Rotary Priority 4 – Increase Our Ability to Adapt- Society Changes and so must we…

As People of Action over the years we have been inventive, entrepreneurial, and resilient. We’ve shown throughout our history that we excel at finding new ways to lead the world to lasting change.

We’ve proven in our own careers that we know how to help organizations of every kind move forward. That’s why new approaches to our organising principles should’nt threaten our sense of who we are.

We need to adapt and be ready to seek out fresh opportunities, create more paths to leadership, open up our conversations to diverse voices, and simplify how we operate with confidence. So lets lower the barriers and look at what todays Society want and need.

Our areas of focus are a perfect fit for our comunitys, so let take a look at when we meet how we meet and make sure tere are options that fits with todays society.

Let’s stay true to ourselves and stay ahead of change for the next 115 years.

Rotary Priority 3 – Enhance Participant Engagement- If you dont ask you dont get…

As People of Action we strive to understand the needs of others. Just like the people and communities we serve, our participants need to feel seen and heard. They’re seeking experiences that feel personally and professionally relevant and fulfilling.

People are not mid readers they dont know what we want so if we dont ask we dont get. But when we do ask we see results they see our dedication to investing in them at every stage of their professional life.

This engages with them and they are eager to participants are eager to go the distance with us—even at a time when there are many other options for networking and volunteering.

Let’s recommit to putting the needs, expectations, and growth of our participants at the center of all we do. As Rotarians why dont we set a goal of talking to 5 people week about Rotary. I am sure you will be pleased if you do.

So lets talk and Let Rotary Connect the World…..

115th Birthday for Rotary – 115 year of Great Achievements …

On 23rd Feb 1905, four individuals, each with different backgrounds and vocations met for dinner in the spirit of friendship and fellowship. This led to where we are today an organisation of 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 35,000 clubs covering 6 continents and most of the world’s countries.

February 23, 2020 is the 115th anniversary of the world’s first Rotary meeting. Rotary has accomplished many things in the last 115 years within Rotary’s 6 areas of focus; promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, child and maternal health, education, and local economic development.

So moving forward…. Let’s make sure “Rotary connects the World”

Rotary Priority 2 – Expand Our Reach- by making connections …

As People of Action we emcourage and inspire one another. We know that our capacity to make a difference is larger when more people unite with us. We want the world to appreciate our ambitious, compassionate, and inclusive spirit—because when they do, they see that Rotary is the source for the person-to-person involvement that so many are seeking.

We need to spread the word widely and emphatically, our stories give people hope that the world can change for the better, inviting listeners to imagine themselves as part of that change, too. People like to give back to their Communitys so let’s build connections and opportunities that will allow people who share our drive to do the same. and show that “Rotary connects the World”

Rotary Priority 1 – Increase Our Impact… Talk to your Community

Rotarians are People of Action and are effective problem-solvers.
As Rotarians we achieve so much? How do we do it ? Well We invest in relationships.
We make decisions grounded in evidence. We know how to mobilise our networks to create solutions that last.

We’re always learning from our experiences in projects, clubs, and careers. Throughout the fight to end polio, we’ve shown what we can do and how to draw on our collective strengths. We’ve created solutions that match the people we serve.
We’ve evaluated the results to learn from our successes and setbacks.

This is a model we will use again and again in pursuit of our audacious goals: educating the world’s children, ensuring equitable access to water and sanitation, helping local economies grow sustainably, and so much more.

Let’s seek out new ways to translate our expertise into making a difference—in our communities and across the globe.

Let’s prove that our impact on the world has only just begun. So go out and talk to your Community find out what it needs. Once known then engage the community to get things done.