7th-13th October is Rotary Reconnect Week! During this celebration, Rotary invites former Rotaractors, Interactors, Rotary Peace Fellows, Rotary Scholars, Youth Exchange students, and other Rotary program attendees to renew their connection to Rotary.
Past program participants who have lost their active connection to Rotary can refresh their ties by visiting club meetings, helping with projects, and engaging online. By doing so, they can experience again how Rotary reshapes lives locally and globally.
So how can we re-engage
Invite past Youth competition and RYLA attendees, to a social event.
Organise a project during Reconnect Week or during October.
Don’t forget to invite their family the more the merrier
Ask them to visit club and talk about their life experience since last attending
Last night I had the honour and pleasure of presenting on behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of the Sussex Vale a Paul Harris Fellowship to Bernard O’Rourke.
After a long career in construction, which took him all over Africa, Bernard eventually returned to the UK and worked on several major rail projects. with retirement looming he looked around for something to keep him occupied. Rotary was an obvious choice.
in 2015 Bernard joined the Rotary Club Of The Sussex Vale and since then has proved to be an exceptional Rotarian, always going the extra mile and willing to take on any project thrown at him.
In 2017 he was elected vice chairman and in 2018 he became the club president. So successful was his year that the club asked him to stay on for a 2nd term in office for the year 2019 to 2020. Since taking office, and with his encouragement, the club have fully supported the rotary foundation and the end polio now campaign.
in his first year, he took part in the Purple For Polio Round Britain Car Tour, raising funds for End Polio. His tireless work for the club and Rotary make him a well deserving recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship award.
Ever since I joined Rotary, the age profile of Rotary has been a worry. If we look at the basic figures we are doing well, we are increasing the numbers within the Rotary Family. But and its a Big BUT……… We need to do more, and sooner rather than later in fact starting NOW.
Why you ask… Well if we look at the life expectancy statistics for the UK from the Office of National Statistics for the period 2015-2017( latest figure next due Sept 19) Life expectancy is 79.2 Male 82.9 Female . Rotary South D1145 current average age is 71.1 which is just under 3 years younger than the RIBI average.
But here is the sting in the tail 64.7 % are 75 or over and if we look at everyone over retirement age its 85.3%. So how do we avoid the cliff edge?
So what can we do….. With all the support available from the District and RIBI it has never been easier to start new Clubs.
So firstly lets look at increasing the number of RotaKids, Interactors and Rotaractors and alternate club meetings within the district. with the aim of lowering the barriers to potential Rotarians while creating a pipeline of unique individuals.
So why not see if there are a small group within your club willing to look into the following
Starting and alternate meeting time suitable for the potential Rotarian that cannot make current meeting type of style.
Contact local Schools and look at supporting them, with the aim of starting a RotaKids or Interact Club
Contact the individuals that you have sent to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards or entered into the youth Competition or have supported in the past and ask them to help start a Rotaract Club.
Dont forget to keep them involved with your activities and listen to their ideas. Remember we are a Rotary Family
Few days Rotary free while i was on the 7th Littlehampton Air Scouts Group Camp. The time spent on camp reminded me how much Rotary and Scouts have in common but how differently they approach growth and creating a family.
Having been within Scouting for over 20 years followed by a number of years as a Rotarian, it has never ceased to amaze me how easier it is to move through the Scouting family.
Looking at a Rotary through Scouting eyes looking at how we can take the lessons learnt within the scouting Association into Rotary
Looking at the following their are some quick wins
The Family, Structure, Programmes Linking & Reducing the Barriers within Rotary The Way Forward Quick wins for Rotary (Reduce Barriers while widening its appeal).
The Family – Both organisations state they are a family. The Scout Family age range is from 6 onwards while, The Rotary Family start at 7. But that’s where the similarity begins to stop. Starting with Scouts. All members in all sections are Scouts whatever sections they are in Beavers, Cubs, Scout Explorer or Network they are Scouts. Scouts learnt long ago that the leaders of the future come from inside the organisation and work hard to ensure that Beavers at the age of 6 remain in scouting, with the aim of eventually becoming Adult Leaders. Keeping the Pipelinge of future leaders. All leaderis my group that are under 35 all started at the age of 6 in our beaver colony.
In Rotary RotaKids and Interact sit within the Youth Committee, Rotaract sits within Membership and although they are partners there is still a disconnect and a lack of a joined-up plan or programme to move them through the sections.
Many Rotarians don’t see the opportunity and value and potential of the younger sections which leads to poor participation. both in forming clubs and working together
This has meant that over the years the progression from Rotaract to Rotary Club has been poor to say the least.
Programme – When it comes to what we do both organisations have a plan, it’s just the implementation method is different. The Scout Association work around its programme, this provides objectives and forms the foundations of a Balanced Programme, this sets out what a young person should get from Scouting. The objectives cover several areas under the topics of:
objectives are section specific, and are what a young person should be able to
do by the time they leave a section. They are progressive, meaning that knowledge
and skills is built up as young progress through the sections, working towards
a final objective for each topic.
A simple example could be as follows: –
Beavers 6-8 Draw an Aeroplane Cubs 8-10 Make a paper Aeroplane Scouts 10-14 Make a Model/ Remote Control Aeroplane Explorers onwards 14+ Make a plane Fly Glider
In addition to this Groups and Districts hold regular cross section events to achieve a common aim example would be family camp activities camps, Fun Days where all mingle and recruitment opportunities arise. there is an official moving on event when they move from one part of family to next .
Within Rotary we are aware that every community has its own unique needs and concerns. We maximise our impact by focusing our efforts in six key areas. These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, and we have a proven record of success in addressing them:
Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
Disease prevention and treatment
Water and sanitation
Maternal and child health
Basic education and literacy
Economic and community development
This allows our Rotakids, Interacters to pick projects, but currently there is a minimal link between the groups and joint projects .
The Way Forward
So, where do
we start, I would create a true family where all members of Rotary whatever
section are called Rotarians. Produce a
strategy to create a membership plan to maximise benefits covering all areas and
sections of membership.
This has many
benefits including the following: –
Instantly broadens the image of
Rotary becomes a Family organisation.
Reduces the average age
Provides a Rotary with a path for
membership with ease of movement between sections
Good new story promotes Rotary
Creates a broader stronger Rotary
We all know we are better as a
TEAM (Together We Achieve More)
With regards to the programme we have a base structure and programme in place, what appears to be missing is a method of linking the sections, creating content that appeals to all ages with the ability to link sections at all levels and making this visible externally. This could be achieved by investing time in the following: –
These webinars will assist in the engagement of our district, club and community on Volunteer Expo. Both sessions are identical so please only register for one. The recording will be made available afterwards for those unable to attend.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said “the Clink’s “unique opportunity to work in a professional restaurant” reduces the chance of re-offending. Aldo Crisci,
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.
The Clink project works with offenders before and after release and organises the transition into jobs, in a catering industry that faces a shortage of skilled staff. A high-quality restaurant in prison, where inmates can learn valuable skills in cooking and hospitality, is making a “significant” difference in cutting re-offending rates, say researchers.
Aldo Crisci, founder of the Clink Charity, a novel approach to prisoner rehabilitation. Success is evident by the low rate of re-offending post release.
We are fortunate to have Aldo Crisci as a speaker at our the 1145 showcase.
I would like to say thank you and congratulate the 34 new members who joined our Rotary family in July. You are now a member of one of 35,000 Clubs in over 200 countries, part of a worldwide team of more than 1.2 million unique individuals. A team that completes amazing work locally and across the globe, all dedicated to the ideal of “Service Above Self”
covers all our 6 areas of focus which are:
Peace and conflict prevention/resolution. Disease prevention and treatment. Water and sanitation. Maternal and child health. Basic education and literacy. Economic and community development.
I am sure over the coming years you will make many friends and inspire your club to great achievements fulfilling Rotary’s vision of
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
Once again thank you for joining the team and best wishes. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Martello Rotary Partners work with Southern to ‘Adopt a Station’, to help tailor the Station to the area it serves.
The Seaford Station Partnership will engage the community with the Station and provide a set of ‘Seaford Through The Ages’ murals and planting boxes and flower planting that will enhance the attractiveness of the Station to rail travelers and provide a bright and interesting ‘Welcome to Seaford’. It’s an opportunity for the Town to identify with the Station and enable it to be a colourful and interesting entry into the town”.
Work will start on the Station planters and planting in mid September and the eight murals painted by children in the town are a project for their autumn term. I am sure the pupils from local schools will enjoy seeing their artwork on display.
Andy Gardner, Station Manager stated “I’m delighted to welcome Rodney and his fellow members of the Rotary as station partners. One of the pleasures in this role is seeing bridges built between the railway and the communities that we serve. I am really
On a personal note I am looking forward to visiting in the spring the colourful improvements that are planned, and well done to all involved great example of “Rotary Connects the World”
Interact follows on from RotaKids in the Rotary family is a fun and lively organisation offering young people aged 12-18 amazing opportunities to broaden their horizons, make new friends and help the lives of others.Interact clubs are based in schools and colleges and require the support of teachers with support from a local Rotary club, ,
Every Interact club will carry out two service projects each year, one which benefits your local community and one which is international and can make a difference to people right across the world.but this is no ordinary club. Service projects are a great way for members to build skills such as communication and leadership, meet new people and develop an understanding for the world we all share.
Clubs are run by the members, so you get to take part in exciting, hands on projects around the topics and causes that matter to them. These projects will help connect with other young leaders and get your school or college excited about your club. Interact is also a great way to enhance your CV, which will be helpful when looking for jobs or seeking further education.
Each Interact club is supported by a local Rotary club, and they will be there every step of the way to provide help and guidance to make each person’s Interact experience as memorable as possible. You will be amazed what you can achieve.
Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s annual event is being transformed.
Rotary is launching Volunteer Expo; a new, national, public-facing event to get people volunteering!
With over 100 exhibitors, high profile speakers, interactive workshops and live on-site volunteering projects, Volunteer Expo will be the go-to event for people who want to Change Lives and Take Action.
The event will take place from 1st – 3rd May 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham and tickets are COMPLETELY FREE
Find out more and order your FREE tickets by visiting the Volunteer Expo website.