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?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
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  community@gtrailway.com or speak to your local station manager.

Rylarians – Part of the future of Rotary…

Last night I attended Fleet Rotary where I met Skye and Sebastian the two Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) attendees sponsored by Fleet.

The two individuals sung the praises and benefits of RYLA not only to them, but also in their communications and interaction with others. They found the challenges RYLA gave them, showed them how to lead, to work as a team to face challenges with increased confidence, make the understand multiple opinions and work out solutions. Well done to them both.

It never ceases to amaze me how when they first arrive they are quiet, anxious individuals, but by the end they are a TEAM with new best friends that will last a lifetime.

Our challenge as Rotarians is :-
How do we provide a landing place for the Rotarians of the Future…

Family Day- A meeting of the generations…

Sunday was the family gathering day… We have two birthdays coming up so we all met at the daughters for a celebrations a good chat food and a piece of cake… it was great to see Great Grandparent, Grandparents, Parents and Children all together.

Its on days like this i feel extremely lucky and proud not only having a great family but great friends. thank you.

Titdey and the Hurst Green Fayre

Saturday I attended the Hurst Green Village Fayre. There was a wide range of stalls and activities including two Rotary stalls one from Titsey the other from Oxted and Limpsfield.

The attendees had a great time there were exibitions from local dance group amd Martial art Group

Plus Music from the Oxted Band.

I did want to have a go on the horse but apparently i am over the weight limit.

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 .