Happy Birthday to the United Nations – A great example of Rotary Connects the World

Today’s the day, 74 years ago, when the first meeting of the United Nations’ General Assembly was held – and Rotary was at the heart of it. For on January 10th, 1946, 51 nations gathered in London for this historic gathering, which was organised by members of the Rotary in London.

Between 1914 and 1945, countries from across the globe had suffered from two World Wars, which had devastating effects to everyone. It was clear something needed to change to promote peace. Rotary began promoting the importance of forming a ‘central world organization’ at the height of the Second World War during 1943. With an international reach, Rotary was able to promote this idea and initiative globally.

Rotary’s message was heard, and by 1945 the first conference which formed the United Nations was held in San Francisco.

Today Rotary is still involved with the UN through the Rotary Representative Network of the United Nations.The Rotary Representatives provide an extraordinary amount of outreach, ensuring the Rotary has a voice in the international community, thereby strengthening Rotary’s reputation and effectiveness.

Long may it continue…

Supporting Education & Young People – 10 Ideas for Rotarian’s…

As Rotarian’s we support Young People of all ages with their education. This support comes in many guises. Below are 10 easy to implement ideas that support the young people of the community, while raising the profile of Rotary and increase membership.

  1. Working with Schools supporting Reading in classes
  2. Working with Schools with Literacy in Classes
  3. Working with School with Maths in Classes
  4. Providing equipment like books including dictionary’s
  5. Opening a RotaKid Club within the School
  6. Opening an Interact club within the School
  7. Project such a Environmental Greenhouse for the Garden
  8. End Polio Now Projects including Crocus or Purple Pinky
  9. Running Mock Interviews for Students
  10. Running the Rotary Youth Competitions in your area .

Rotary National Bush fires Appeal…

Although we moan about the weather, We don’t tend to get the Extreme weather conditions that effect other countries around the world.

The Bush fires in Australia are unprecedented, Past Rotary International World President Ian Risely reaches out to our Rotary friends around the world. It helps enormously to know that you are thinking of us. Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) has a fund supporting bush fire recovery through which you can donate from outside Australia.

We have now received the below email from a District Officer in Australia, with a way that Rotarian’s and non Rotarian’s can donate to immediately support the ongoing efforts in Australia .

The page is: Rotary National Bushfires Appeal (RARF)

Thank you for any support given

Promoting Peace – Victory in Europe Day…

When Victory in Europe Day dawns on May 8th, it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. To mark the occasion, events will be held across Great Britain.

VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe. The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.

“The 75th anniversary of VE Day will provide our nation and our friends around the world with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life,”

This is an opportunity for our Rotary clubs to take part, organise events and pay tribute to those who gave so much to ensure we all enjoy the freedom we have toda

A list of activities planned for the May Bank Holiday weekend can be found on the VE Day 75 website and it is hoped many Rotary clubs will take the opportunity to get involved. All clubs registering events on the VE Day 75 website will be able to download a specially designed certificate.

VE Day 75 website

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