Vocational Service – An untapped opportunity…

The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object of Rotary. Which states High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

As a Rotarian, we need to put these ideals into practice below are listed 5 easy ways to promote Vocational Service
1. Tell fellow Rotarian’s about your occupation.
2. Learn the skill set of your fellow Rotarian’s
3. Look for projects in the community where you can use your skills and expertise .
4. Work with and support the young people in achieving their career goals.
5. Guide and encourage others in their professional development.

By connecting with our community, we will have the opportunity to support them. We can work together to achieve common aims. Undertaking these activities, brings vocational service to life.

Vocational service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve both within our district but also in communities around the world.

Another major benefit often forgotten is it raises the profile of Rotary, thus providing the opportunity for us to GROW.

Why is Rotary called Rotary – I hear you ask…

The name “Rotary” came from the practice of rotating meeting sites among members’ places of business.

That tradition remains an excellent way for Rotarian’s to share their occupations with their club. Invite each member of your club to briefly share about his or her profession, an area of specialty, or a particular skill set during club meetings throughout the year. This will lead to the opportunity for Vocational Service

A great time had by all – Christmas and Birthday Celebrations with Richard Mead

Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of joining in with the Birthday celebrations of Richard Ward one of their founder members. They kindly invited me to join them at Kew Gardens for Christmas at Kew.

We met just before 6.00 pm and were lucky, the weather, it was dry opposite to what the forecast has said earlier in the day. The lights were stunning Thank you Seni for the great fellowship on our Tour.

When the tour was complete we made our way to the Rotary Meeting, where the celebrations continued. Seni presented a long service award and a multiple Paul Harris for all the hard work and support Richard has given over the years.

Well Done Richard Well deserved and a big Thank you for including me in your Birthday Celebrations.

Volunteer Expo has Landed – Something for Everyone…

Volunteer Expo has landed and provides something for everyone

For Rotarian’s this event is an opportunity to change the perception of Rotary through an exciting, modern event. Allowing us to reinforce Rotary’s position as a leading membership and humanitarian service organisation in the charity sector.

For non Rotarian’s it provides opportunity to network with peers, to learn more about volunteering and how to turn ideas and enthusiasm into change. A chance to develop personal skills, build relationships and discover the power of volunteering.
For Exhibitors it provide a platform for exhibitors to educate, connect with volunteers, other charities and volunteer sector organisations. An opportunity to boost volunteer recruitment potential.

For the Charity / Volunteer Sector it provide the opportunity to be a catalyst of social action to harness the power of volunteers and showcase their importance to society as a whole.

So why not secure your FREE tickets now at www.volunteerexpo.co.uk/visit

Please Share this event within your fellow Rotarian’s and the community and spread the word!.

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A Happy Rotarian is our Aim -10 Ideas to keep Rotarian’s Happy…

As a member of any organisation we all like to be valued, if we don’t feel valued we gradually drift away and leave.

As Rotarian’s we definitely don’t want that to happen. So how can we make sure this doesn’t happen. I believe it’s all down to engagement. If we engage and Connect with them we build a relationship which leads to Action.

Below are 10 ideas to help us connect and maintain that relationship

  1. I know it sounds simple but talk to them on a regular basis
  2. Assign a mentor if possible two.
  3. Don’t assume they know everything about Rotary
  4. Ask them what they enjoy the most about Rotary
  5. Ask what they want to get from being a Rotarian, We all join for different reasons
  6. Ask them what areas do they think could be improved, what would they change.
  7. Ask for ideas around Projects they could complete with Rotarian’s or Community.
  8. Bring them to District Meeting
  9. Send them to the District New Members Seminar
  10. Remember Rotary should be Fun not a chore
  11. Maintain flexibility remember Family first, Work second then Rotary
  12. Say “Thank You” I know its only two words but they have massive meaning

Engagement = Relationship + Action which leads to Service

Rotary making an impact – Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene…

Rotary support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term.

Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.

Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.

Rotary Evolution or Revolution – Why not Both….

I talk to many Rotarian’s, their normal response is we are open to change but we believe in evolution not revolution… My response is why not do both.

This allows Rotarian’s to evolve by reflecting their needs, they may change meeting style, the number of meetings, the venue, maybe the time. but in most cases Rotarian like it as it is and want to continue in their current format.

On the flip side we have potential Rotarian’s who like what we stand for and want to be involved, but find that Rotary doesn’t quiet fit into there lifestyle. This can be for various reasons, flexibility, cost, style of meeting, venue, family or work commitments.

The simple answer is to evolve the existing meeting while setting up a revolutionary new meeting for the potential Rotarian’s that fits into their life. This may include e-meetings, meetings at different times weekends rotating between weekdays and weekends the options are endless.

Evolution and Revolution provide the Win-Win that provides Rotary for All with the added benefits that we can achieve more in our Communities.

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Supporting Santa with Aldershot Rotary…

Last Night I supported Aldershot Rotary, Santa, Elves and the associated Reindeer with their Christmas collections. A great way of raising the profile of Rotary while supporting the Community

A great time was had by all. Children gathered in the streets to meet Santa. Wishing Santa all the best on his travels.