Change Happens – It’s good to Embrace…

Another month and we are still in Lockdown. Within the District the number of Clubs that are meeting using Zoom, Messenger or Telephone has risen to over 85 clubs.

This technology not only offers us the opportunity to make new friends, but it can also allow us to support our communities and its’ groups. One example is if you have a Zoom Licence for the Club, why not offer it to the local Scout or Guide Group for virtual meetings or have open Coffee Mornings.

We have found some schools do not have a licence, so they could use it for staff meetings, or a class meeting where the students can have some time together; the opportunities are endless.

If you have supported the Youth Competitions and RYLA or have hosted a Global Scholar, why not invite them to your virtual meeting. They can tell you their experiences of the lockdown. We invited our Global Scholar to our Zoom Meeting; the outcome was a group photo and a link with a club in Iowa. We are now planning a joint meeting and who knows how we will work together in the future.

So why not continue with the virtual raids both within the District or overseas allowing us to share new ideas and make new friends. Keeping in touch is a must, it provides support while maintaining our friendship and fellowship.

There is a new conversation…

There is a new conversation, togetherTalks, a weekly series of online conversation events, connecting people from across the globe to a range of leading speakers from the worlds of business, humanitarian interest and more.

The talks take place every Tuesday at 7.05pm and are streamed live on Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s YouTube channel. They are targeted at Rotarians and non-Rotarians.

For details on past talks and upcoming talks take a look at: together Talks

Rotary Young Citizen Awards 2020…

Inspirational young people from across Britain and Ireland are being recognised with Rotary Young Citizen Awards 2020

The Rotary Young Citizen Awards celebrate the amazing achievements of inspirational young people, under the age of 25, across Great Britain and Ireland, many of whom have assumed important responsibilities at a very young age.

To view the eight winner take a look at Young Citizen Award 2020

Rotarians think of the Positives…

As life returns to whatever normal becomes normal, we need to ensure we are ready to hit the ground running and are in the best place to support our communities.

So why not start planning your post covid-19 strategy.

Fundraising this year may be down, but the opportunities to work on projects within the community. whether small or large the ideas are endless. Ranging from cutting a neighbour’s lawn, to revamping a village hall.

We need to engage with the volunteers and their community to build on goodwill and continue making a difference.

So far we think of the negatives of the Lockdown like not seeing family , not able to work, to name a few, but there have been positives. Less traffic on the roads, we are all taking more exercise, Neighbours that now know and support each other.

So start planningh listing the positives, continue the good work and to keep safe.

Keep in Touch and stay safe – But keep the communication going…


The situation concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to impact our day to day life and it is great to see Rotarians adapting.

Within the district we now have over 70 clubs meeting using Zoom, Messenger or Telephone. The use of technology allows us to mix things up and try new ideas. So why not complete virtual raids on fellow clubs both within the District or overseas allowing us to share new ideas and make new friends.

While we are on lockdown, many Clubs around the District are involved in supporting the community in many ways’ projects include supporting Food Banks, making PPE and Scrub Bags to name a few. Can I encourage us all to remain open and flexible. Rotary has changed and I cannot imagine it will go back to how it was, so let’s take the opportunity to think about where we want our clubs to be and how we can encourage the many volunteers that have come out into the open to join Rotary.

As life returns to whatever normal becomes normal, we need to ensure we are ready to hit the ground running and are in the best place to support our communities.
For the time being let us keep up the good work and keep safe.

Alan