Blending traditional and Modern to create a successful Rotary – together, we connect…

We have always struggled with how to blend modern and traditional in a Rotary. Mixing new ideas and styles with old is always a challenge. It either goes very well or flops.

This blend will be a constant challenge as organisation and our world evolves, but we also know if we get it right, we grow as an organisation.

The steps involved in this process are challenging, and time consuming, we know the results are truly fantastic. The most successful Rotary meetings and projects are a functional blend of all ages with traditional and modern idea where everyone brings something to the table.

I guess, achieving this is the ultimate measure of success. the more flexible broad appeal we have the faster we will grow. Lets connect and try and see ideas from each others perspective…

We manage it in our personal Families lets get it working in our Rotary Family…

Volunteer Expo – What’s in it for Rotary members?

Volunteer Expo whats in it for me

Volunteer Expo is Rotary’s new, national event. It is a public-facing exhibition all about volunteering, community and making a difference, and we want Rotarians to be there too! Here’s why we should join in from 1st-3rd May 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Find out more and book your tickets at

An afternoon at their Cloth Bank…

Monday afternoon I spent time with Rotarians from Chichester Harbour at the Cloth Bank Community Project.

Families located within the area covered by Chichester District Council, are referred to them by a professional. Many families have nothing not even a bed. They work quickly to help and most families are sorted in 3 days but not longer than a week.

As well as goods they help in practical ways e.g. clearing a garden so that a disabled girl can use it, decorating a home where Dad was dying and there were 6 children and Mum had disabilities.

Once a week, they go to the local Food Bank providing clothes, shoes, bedding, towels, toys etc. This really helps those in need and I saw first hand the difference they are making The project is funded in many ways, a craft group who make items for sale, particularly for Christmas. fundraising events. grant funding and have received funds from Co Op, Tesco, Rotary matched funding, Affinity Sutton and recently the police.

Chichester Harbour main aims for the future are to extend our work with other groups so that we can help more in need in our community. Tell as many people as we can about the work Rotary does. Encourage other Rotary clubs to do something similar within their community. We started in a small way and have grown, maybe you could to? Definitely something for the initiative library….

On a personal note, can I say thank you for the invite and well done a great example of Service above Self and a humbling experience for me..

Busy Day – But a great day on all levels…

The Morning started with the alarm at 5.30 followed by a quick shower and a cup of Tea. 15 minutes later i was on my way to the Kingston Breakfast meeting.

I arrived in Kingston in good time for the 7.45 start. The informal set up works really well for people. everyone was involved and able to discuss the subjects at hand. It was great to see potential Rotarian’s at the meeting joining in and playing a active part of the meeting. The final bonus from the meeting was when the president inducted their latest new member.

As usual during the meeting I heard a number of Golden Nuggets that can go into the Initiative Library with the potential to be adopted by other Rotarian’s these included –

  • End Polio Now promotion within the Local Chemists to build awareness
  • Micro Financing through Lend with Care
  • A targeted Youth prospectus for our Youth Offerings
  • A template for CV Writing and Mock interviews within local Schools and Colleges

Following the good start to the day I made my way to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice to be present at the Music in the Park presentation from Farnborough Rotary.

Phylis Tuckwell is the only Hospice Care service for adult patients, and their families, living with cancer or another advanced or terminal illness across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire.

The Music in the Park event held every two years year has raised an amazing £500,000 for the Hospice and there is a clear special relationship and bond between the organisations well done to all. The event closed with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow to Mervin George. Well deserved congratulations.

Time was moving on so back in the car pick up Chris as it was time to visit Shoreham & Southwick Rotary, not before we completed a short detour to visit a Highdown Rotarian the is recuperating from a Fall.
Keep up the good work Angie see you back at Highdown soon.

While at Shoreham plans were being put in place for the Xmas float, investigations into a Global Grant to support the health within the local Community. and planning for their next informal Coffee morning. Chris picked up some ideas around an art project.

Plus of course the Golden Nugget a joint venture with the local Southwick players

We had a great night. So after a short journey home it was time to take a deep breath. All in All a great day. and goes to show that together, we inspire.

Speaker? – Reverse that trend …

As I visit Rotarian around the District I find that most Clubs have a serious of Speakers throughout the year. these speakers come to Rotary and let us know what their preferred organisation, or charity do.

Sometimes their aim is to makes us aware of a need, a situation or a cause, maybe with the aim of getting financial or physical support.

So if you are looking to grow why not reverse the trend and talk to other organisations about Rotary. We have a great story to tell, so lets go and connect and inspire…

24th October – One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio

On World Polio Day, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world will hold events and fundraisers to recognize our progress in the global fight to end polio.

No child should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. Lets make an impact on World Polio Day. Why not run run a simple project with your club.

This could range from a simple joint venture with local schools such as a purple pinkie day(purple nail varnish on pinkie finger) or a purple themed non uniform day to raise awareness.

Or you could externally light up a high profile local building. the opportunities are endless lets make it a day to remember

Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange- Long may it continue…

Last night Chris & I had the pleasure of attending the Bandey-Hefler Farewell Dinner, where I had the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow Rotarian’s from District 7910, 1100 & 1145.

Bandey-Hefler is a fortnight friendship exchange between Rotarian’s in the suburbs of Boston and London.  Since 1977, approximately 20 couples have been traveling across the Atlantic from England to the U.S. followed by 20 couples the following year going from the U.S. to England.

  • Rotarian’s Host Rotarian’s
  • Show visitors your favorite places in the areas we cover
  • Visits to local Rotary Clubs
  • Make friendships that will last for life

Chrissie thank you for the invite and the opportunity to speak.
it was clear to everyone that a great time was had by all ….long may it continue

Service Above Self – what it means to me…

One of the things I love about Rotary is that the people are truly focused on serving their community, both locally and globally.

At a Rotary meeting, despite differences in professions, race, religion, age and politics, the people in the room are united in Rotary’s mission to serve.

We do so based on the principles of the 4-Way Test.
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
At Highdown Rotary we have added number 5. WE WILL HAVE FUN

Service Above Self means we leave our egos at the door and do what is best for the people we are serving. I love that, no matter what, we work together to achieve common goals.

If Service Above Self sounds like a motto you can embrace, get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Rotary Project to connect to the community- Adopt a station may be that solution…

If you’re club is looking for a project to connect with the community then adopt your local station may be the ideal solution.

Adopt a station or Station partners are a group of volunteers who come together to work with us on improving how one of our stations serves its local area. It’s an ongoing partnership that benefits everyone involved and creates links with local communities. There’s a great variety of projects, examples include:

  • Improving the look of a station through a gardening project
  • Adding extra colour through community artwork
  • Introducing a book swap

They currently have over 90 station partners across our network and would love to hear from you if you’re interested. For more information please take a look at their station partnership leaflet or email or speak to your local station manager.