Rotary connecting for the Community……

Last night I had the pleasure of visiting Rotary in Brighton and Hove. where i met a number of Rotarians and Rotaractors, There are a number of Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in the City and they are all out and about, working hard in your community.

All the clubs work together to strengthen their impact in the city and raise awareness of the work they do. this has many benefits not only to the community but also to potential Rotarians and Rotaractors, these include flexible meeting times, format and cost but one thing in common you will have fun…..

The Clubs meet at different times and places across the city and have plenty to offer everyone. So if your in their vicinity I highly recommend looking out of interest to see what they get up to or would like to work with them on a community project they would love to hear to hear from you!

If you would follow the links you will find information on the clubs
Brighton and Hove Rotary Brighton and Hove Rotaract

Rotary never ceases to Surprise…

As I meet fellow Rotarian’s around our district and from further afield Rotary never ceases to Surprise. Last night I had the pleasure of visiting Stains Rotary.

The meeting was a relaxed and friendly affair and we were joined by with members from the Egham Rotary who jointly sponsor the Royal Holloway Rotaract Club. I look forward to visiting them on their return from Summer Break.

So, what were the surprises

  1. When I arrived I was greeted by members from the Club so far just like any other Rotary club in the district. then the pleasant surprise the next Rotarian that arrived had brought their daughter a young lady called Elana joined us nothing unusual about that you say except she was 19 months old. Up to last night it had only ever happened at my rotary events at Highdown.

    Allowing children to the meeting provide many benefits which far out way any disadvantages the benefits include the following
    a. Lowers the barrier to joining – Family friendly you don’t need a babysitter
    b . Raises the Profile of the Club
    c . Removes the Rotary stereotypes that the general public have.
  2. Staines Rotary supported a young man called Will in his goals of becoming a Doctor. This involved him visiting Ghana were he supported local medical personnel in supporting the local community.

    While in Ghana, Will cleaned and dressed wounds, and supported Leprosy patients where cuts and burns are common due to the loss of feeling and sensation in their limbs (one of the effects of the disease). He is a very focused individual and i am sure he will serve the Communities wherever he works.

    We discussed Rotaract, and all the benefits, and we hope that he looks at joining or starting a Rotaract Club at whichever University he decides on.
  3. The final surprises was the gift Will brought back from the Rotary Club of Cape Coast Central in District 9102, which he visited, it was a Rotary Song Book (The Club sings a song at the start of meeting. and the songs in the book included Happy Birthday, Old MacDonald had a Farm, plus many of our well known verses.

RotaKids What are they…

RotaKids are the youngest members of the Rotary Family aged between 7-12 their aim being to make friends and get involved with important activities in the community, all while having a great time in the process.

RotaKids clubs are based in schools, youth groups or community centres and with the help and support from teachers, youth leaders and the local Rotary.

Children gain a valuable experience in helping others and learning interesting, new things.It also brings an exciting and practical approach to supporting the citizenship element of the national curriculum.

By doing so, children enjoy a boost to their confidence and self-esteem at a key age and develop and understanding of how their actions can impact on others.

So what do Rotakids do…. Well the great thing is that children can come up with ideas and see them become a reality. The groups can do just about anything which springs to mind to help others.

It shows children that by working together, there is so much you can achieve. Examples of RotaKids activities include:

  • Filling shoeboxes with toys for underprivileged children around the world as part of the Rotary Shoebox Scheme
  • Raising money for charities in your area with a sponsored bike ride, non-uniform day, cake sale or school fun days
  • Supporting the environment by setting a nature project in the school playground or local community
  • Collecting books for children in countries around the world

There are over 200 RotaKids clubs across Great Britain and Ireland, all making a difference to the lives of children in their communities. Its also the stepping Stone to Interact

Dragon Boat Sunday….

We had a fantastic afternoon at the Kingston Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge, which took place on the River Thames alongside Canbury Gardens in Kingston upon Thames

There were hundreds of competitors all battling it out on the river, all determined to makes it into the eight boat final for the Challenge Cup. There was a Men’s , Women’s and mixed competition, plus the best fancy dressed crew.

The grandchildren had a great time watching and cheering on the Boats, having an ice cream and looking around the Market stalls, sideshows and play areas.

A great example to a fantastic Rotary day, it not only raises money great for great causes and needs in the community, (last year raised over £60,000  for various charities) it also a great way of raising the profile of Kingston Rotary

Well done and thank you to all involved and thank you for making me and the family so welcome, I hope you all managed to put your feet up when you finally went home .

Be the inspiration … giving Hugo the push he needed

Hugo, from the Vicar of Dibley fame, has a famous taste for loud ties, ( and trousers) he is desperately in Love with Alice Tinker but needed inspiration to give him the confidence ask her to marry him .

Just when you think he going to bottle it up steps the Rotary Theme tie from 2018-19 (Barry Rassin) to allow him to “Be the Inspiration”

Inspiring the next generation.

Rotary South D1145 is committed is to offering young people opportunities to unlock their potential, develop their skills and broaden their horizons.

Our programmes include cover a wide rand g of ages:

RotaKids – It is never too young to start making a difference in the community, and RotaKids gives those aged 7-12 the chance to do just that.

Interact– Interact offers an introduction for young people aged 12-18 to discover the power of volunteering and social action.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards– This leadership programme gives young people hands-on challenges, exposing them to leadership scenarios and team building.

Watch this space as I go into more details on the individual Programmes

Rotary’s Monthly Theme’s…. A great Opportunity.

Whether it be in interest meeting in August, or a beach clean in March, these monthly themes provide a great opportunity to raise the profile of your Club and Rotary.

By developing meeting agendas, projects, or public image campaigns based on these special occasions and inviting your you community, you will be playing your part in “Rotary Connects the World”.

August 2019            Membership and New Club Development Month
September 2019  Basic Education and Literacy Month
October 2019         Economic and Community Development Month
November 2019    Rotary Foundation Month
December 2019   Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
January 2020         Vocational Service Month
February 2020       Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
March 2020            Water and Sanitation Month
April 2020                Maternal and Child Health Month
May 2020                 Youth Service Month
June 2020                 Rotary Fellowships Month

Don’t forget to let me know what you have planned and how it went,
remember sharing is caring…

Sharing is Caring

We need your help to increase knowledge sharing within our district at all levels, Club to Club, District to Club and Club to District.

In my district travels I see fantastic ideas being delivered by Rotarian’s. If we can transfer these ideas around the district,not only will it enable cubs to increase there Public image within there communities, but will save time as we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

So the aim is we collect the great ideas and best practices from around our district into the Initiative Library.  Ideas will be collated into easy to implement action plans so clubs can start great ideas (without having to reinvent the wheel) remember sharing is caring.

All we are asking is for you to look at your Clubs ideas and fill out a simple template covering the following areas: – Project name, Areas of interest, Overview, What you did – step by step guide, Some frequently asked question. and a Summary

We will give regular update on the Library showing new and updated entries which you will be able to access 24 hrs a day. So please take some time and think how you can help Rotarian’s in our District to grow Rotary and connect the world.

D1145 Showcase….. Don’t miss it…….

Offering a blend of traditional and modern, based at the Riviera Conference Centre Torquay. The opportunities are endless so join us for a weekend of: Fellowship, Entertainment, Motivation, Engagement, Education. And most of all FUN!

Motivational speakers include: –
Gloria Barnett, Marine Biologist. talking about the wonders of the Oceans, has also addressed several Rotary Conferences. She will be talking about the challenges the oceans are facing because of climate change. 

Lydia Slack. The daughter of a Derbyshire hill farmer she gives a very amusing slant on growing up in that environment.  Currently doing post graduate studies at Oxford.

Helen Rees, probably better known as Helen Young, BBC TV weather presenter and ultimately Head of this service. about climate change and global warming.

Aldo Crisci, Founder of the Clink Charity, a novel approach to prisoner rehabilitation.  The Clink has several restaurants open to the public which are inside the prison and run by the prisoners. They encourage prisoners to take NVQ’s and then help them find jobs on their release. Their success is evident by the low rate of reoffending post release.

Plus, Simon Weston in his honorary role as president of Debra Simon takes the opportunity to convey his story to inspire, motivate and encourage those, who like him, want to move on to the next goal. Whatever it may be! Simon believes that only obstacles created by yourself will limit you reaching your desired targets and successes in life.

The Showcase Exhibition Highlighting the work we do on a local, national and international level, and will offer ideas that promote opportunities to engage with the public potential Rotarian’s and volunteers.  Exhibitors include: –

Child Aid Lanka,
Children in Need,
Conference 2020,
District Youth,
Global Sight Solutions
International Fellowships,
Kids Out,
Purple Community Fund,
Shelter box,
Marine Biology,
Trade Aid
Zanzibar Schools Project,
Eva Rose Trust,
A W Matthews Ltd,
Water Aid,
Excellent Development,
Rotary Shoebox Scheme,
Days for Girls,
The Medaille Trust,
The Children’s Society,

Saturday evening allows us time with our Rotary family to build on friendships new and old.  After Dinner entertainment will be provided by Mike Osmond, impressionist and entertainer. followed by music and dancing with John Brewer Sound Disco. We will also be joined by fellow Rotarians from District 1175.

So why not take Can this opportunity to book your place at this year’s D1145 Showcase