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.

Relationships Grow – Step by Step…

A simple Step by Step process to develop relationships.

Highdown Rotary have built a relationship with a local secondary School. It all started when we introduced the Young Chef Competition, not only was there a great selection of Food, It gave us the opportunity to build our relationship.

Over a cup of Coffee we talked about End Polio Now campaign with the head Teacher, this lead to an invitation to take part in a School Assembly, and Crocus planting in the form of a Rotary Roundel.

While planting the head Teacher mention the Gardening Club so we mentioned the Environmental Greenhouse. A Rotary-inspired environmental project where schoolchildren in Derby collected 21,000 plastic bottles for use in the build.

Planning is now underway to build one in the New Year, Following that conversation we spoke about Interact and it looks like the New Interact Club will build the Green House as their first Project.

Picture by Rotary Bingham and Radcliffe on Trent 

Organ donation – the right thing to do…

I would like to raise the profile of Organ Donation in England. Following on from the cover story on the Rotary magazine about heart transplant recipient, Max Johnson, the aim of the campaign is to make the public aware of the law around organ donation which is changing in Spring 2020.

From spring 2020, organ donation in England will move to an ‘opt-out’ system. All adults in England will be considered as organ donors unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

For more information take a look at Organ Donation

The Rotary Pipeline… Let’s Empower future Rotarian’s

Over the last couple of weeks, I have had the honour of attending a couple of 90th Charter Anniversaries. In both cases Rotary has supported the local communities for 90 years. Building relationships while providing service.

While it is great to acknowledge all that has been achieved we must take the opportunity to look at the next 90 years and find ways of continue to be a catalyst in the community while working with partners and organisations.

Rotary is just as relevant for today’s society as when it began. Our six areas of Focus sit high on the priority lists of the individuals and families in our communities.

As Rotarian’s we need to this opportunity to connect with them and grow. We need to build a pipeline of individuals nurturing them in the art of Service above Self.

This starts with Rotakids leads through Interact into Rotaract and ends with Rotary. Paul Harris. said ‘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’

Let’s start the next chapter… another great example of Rotary Connects the World.

The Rotary Family – Open to All…

Rotary is a family and as such we are is open to all. Our aim is to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity

As Rotarian we aim to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from under represented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a priority, it is everyone’s responsibility. We are all unique and bring different experiences and knowledge and as such add value to Rotary.

From my experience the more diverse we are the more understand whats needed, in our world, which allows us to prioritise our service.

The Rotary Venue – Its a relationship thing…

As Rotarian’s we meet and when we do we use a venue. Some Rotarian’s have met in the same venue for years. Ask yourself how often you think about the relationship with the venue?

During my travels i ask venues what they know about Rotary and the Rotarians that they see. The usual response (over 95%) is they are a social, friendly group that meet for breakfast, lunch , dinner. I ask them have they been invited as an organisation to join them for a meeting or join in in an activity the answer is “No”.

A good relationship builds bridges that brings with it, Improved public Image for both parties and Potential Individual or Corporate membership. By building the relationship we can make them aware of true Rotary, the Service we provide to our community. Plus .oint projects are a great opportunity for the venue to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Building a relationship with our venues is critical if we don’t we are missing many opportunities that provide a Win-Win situation. So when you next attend a meeting take 5 minutes to tell your Rotary story to your venue and start building the relationship …

Another great way of Rotary Connects the World

Simple Step to increase the visibility of Rotary…

As Rotarian’s we meet at regular intervals at the same venues, one easy way of increase the visibility of Rotary is to use a couple of pull ups either outside the room you meet or if possible at the entrance of the venue.

By putting the Pull ups outside it allows us to connect to the general public and inspire them to become part of the Rotary Family.

My Rotary – An Underutilised Resource…

As Rotarian’ we have access to resources which enable us to grow as an individual while making it easier to grow Rotary. These knowledge bases can be ordered in various ways which include –

Learn by role
Learn about Rotary club and district roles, as well as their impact on your community. Find resources and tools that support members in these roles. Roles include New member, Trainer, Club roles, President, Treasurer, Secretary

Learn by topic
Learn about Rotary club activities that support strategic goals. Find best practices and resources to ensure your club succeeds. Areas covered include Membership, Fundraising, Projects, Grants, Start a club, Awards, Public relations, Rotaract, Interact

Learning Centre
The learning center, is a wealth of training materials designed to help you learn new skills and become more successful in what you do.

All you need is a my Rotary account which will take you 5 minutes to create. To access My rotary follow link My Rotary