Sometimes Rotary can be confusing, so I thought it might be a good ideas to show the origins of some of our staements and ideas one example is the The Four-Way Test.

The Four-Way Test was conceived in 1932 by businessman Herbert J. Taylor, a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, who served as Rotary International president in 1954-55.

Having taken on the task of saving a company from bankruptcy, Taylor developed
the test as an ethical guide to follow in all business matters. The company’s survival was credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary International in 1934,

The Four-Way Test remains an essential standard against which Rotarians measure ethical behavior, over the years it has been translated into dozens of languages and promoted by Rotarians worldwide.

THE FOUR-WAY TEST:- Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

In Highdown Rotary we have added a 5th We will HAVE FUN

Looking for that Project – Why not ask your community…

As a Service organisation, we are known for all the work and projects we do within our community. Sometime the project is staring at us and we just do it, but sometimes we need some inspiration.

One idea is to ask and involve the community itself, this has a number of great advantages:- It add value to the community as they choose it, it raises the profile of Rotary within the community, it empowers the community and may attract new members to Rotary.

Communicate out to the community via all means possible, (direct face-face interest meeting, social media, radio stations, etc) that you are looking for a sustainable project for the local community. Tell them that the aim of the project is to benefit the community and leave a legacy for a generation. The only stipulation is it fits with one of rotary’s six areas of focus.

Once you have the project you can start planning & organising working with your community to design a sustainable project. Set service goals and start tracking your progress.

Once started you will need to start acquiring resources. Use the community to find volunteers, partners, and support the project. Look at local businesses the project will fit in with the Corporate Social Responsibility remit.

You may need financial support so look at fundraising in the community, look at our Foundation grants system to support the need. Why not look at working with other Rotarian’s.

It is important to keep all parties on board so during the implementation keep volunteers and supporters engaged and informed of the progress using social media and regular updates.

Once completed celebrate your project’s success with the community and partners and share the good news. Why not arrange a thank you get together (potential membership maybe with the support off a membership or PI grant from District .

Ok, What’s stopping you, Ready, set, now go!… Rotary Connects the World.

Rotary Causes- Supporting education…

As Rotarian’s we make amazing things happen both in overseas and our local communities. This includes opening and supporting schools overseas. Rotarian’s have opened a girls’ schools to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.

Rotarians have helped both children and adults learn to to read: They have used new teaching methods: The SOUNS method which teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names

Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon so students can be healthier and get a better education. Locally we help students with their Maths, Literacy and Reading, This is achieved through one to one sessions or integration via our RotaKids and Interact Groups.

Remember When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime.
It ripples through the community, one by one…

Spread the Rotary Word – Its that Simple…

Ok after 70+ visits a pattern has emerged, and its not a great one.

We know that every Rotarians meets in a venue. These venues range from a Golf Course, Community Building, Pub, Supermarkets, and village hall, but from my experience at least 95% Venues don’t have a clue what Rotary is and what it stands for.

The people that work at the venues are unaware of Rotary, as an organisation and have absolutely no idea what we do within the local Community.

When i ask them they say we are a group of retired individuals meeting socialising over dinner or lunch. Now we know that isn’t the case but unless we show them differently by interacting with them on a Rotary level they will never know…

So when you next go to your meeting talk to them tell them 1.2 million members worldwide, starting with RotaKids, Interact, Rotaract etc. Involve them, invite them to a project you are involved with.

You never know you just might just start someone on their Rotary Path…
Let me know what they say… in my experience its “WOW that’s amazing”

World Polio Day – Thank You…

Yesterday was World Polio Day , can I say a huge thank you to all the Rotarian’s both in our District but also from all around the world for all the hard work and effort they put into the campaign, not only on World Polio day but all trough the year.

We are at the point where the second of three forms of the polio virus has been eradicated. There are three types of the wild polio virus, which, while scientifically different, cause the same symptoms, including paralysis or even death.

The world was declared free of type 2 four years ago – and now the World Health Organization has said type 3 has also been eradicated. But as we know type 1 is still circulating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A special thank you to David Cross of Highdown Rotary and Students from St Margaret’s School Angmering, who planted 1240 Crocus Corns yesterday in the rain to form of a Rotary Roundel as part of the Get Moving to End Polio. I look forward to then flowering.

The idea is simple. Host an event incorporating the number 1,240 whilst raising awareness and funds to eradicate polio. Why 1240 well, the border between the last two polio-endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is ‘more than 1,240 miles’,

Area of Focus – Promoting Peace

Conflict and violence displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children. As rotarian’s we refuse to accept conflict as a way of life.

Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

For More information Rotary Promoting Peace

Rotary Peace Fellows (from left) Marion Akiteng, Humaira Shafi, and Brian Jon Adams on the University of Queensland campus in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,

The Rotary Difference – Impact across the world…

Rotary is more than a service organization that’s making a difference in your community. We’re an international membership organisation made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world.

We are problem solvers working together to achieve a better world. We are deeply ingrained in the communities in which they live and serve, affording them insight into local challenges and access to the leaders, resources, and networking opportunities needed to take action to make lasting change

Rotary reflect the diversity of our communities and the breadth of viewpoints that comes from our members’ varied professional and personal experiences. For more than 100 years, we have been applying different perspectives to create innovative, sustainable solutions that address the needs and challenges affecting our communities.

Harnessing our unique perspectives and ideas gives us a shared purpose — one that compels us to take action. We roll up our sleeves, leverage our personal relationships
with local partners and businesses, and apply our leadership skills as a way to get the job done and bring to life the changes we envision.

The impact our members make takes shape at Rotary meetings and activities. These gatherings allow you to join other passionate, visionary women and men regularly to discuss and act upon community needs. Rotary meetings are also a place to strengthen connections to friends and neighbors and form meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.

While Rotary helps you invest in your community, it gives you an opportunity to invest in yourself. Rotary offers continuous learning opportunities, with a broad range of workshops, conferences, guest speakers, and more — all aimed at helping you grow personally and professionally.

Why not contact you local Rotary Group and feel the Rotary effect

Rotary South D1145 Clubs

Saturday – Think differently day …

08.30 Saturday morning and the learning and development team arrived at Reigate. There were two items on our mind

  1. Would England beat Australia in the Rugby World Cup.
  2. What great thoughts ideas and feedback would we get from Think Differently

The Rugby drifted into the background as the internet connection stuttered and stalled. So as the 70+ Rotarian’s arrived and had their morning Coffee and Tea’s we prepared for the main event. A think Differently session looking at the following questions.

  1. What do you think is the perception of Rotary by the general public?
  2. What drives change in Rotary?
  3. Why do Rotarian’s resist change?
  4. How best to address their resistance within a Rotary Club?
  5. What must Rotary leave behind or do differently so that they have a sustainable future?

The output of the session has been sent to all attendees and provides a basis to develop a plan around what they feel is impacting on their ability to be sustainable as a group. Members of the District 1145 Leadership and Development Team would be very happy to support any group wishing to take this further. If you would like a copy of the output or more support let me know… just email Alan Moss

One thing for Sure Paul Harris was correct when he stated ‘This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again’ Paul Harris.

So, Let’s start the next chapter…

Why we do it … An external Presentation

As Rotarians we have the ability to CONNECT with the public to TRANSFORM their perception of Rotary, enabling us to INSPIRE Future Rotarians of all ages
RotaKids, Interact, Rotaract, Rotarians

Allowing us to MENTOR enabling them to LEARN and TRANSFORM communities worldwide


And achieving our Goal of END POLIO NOW

Thank you Rotarians for all your hard work both now and in the future…
As we move forward let’s make sure ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD.