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

Rotary Club Central – A great planning tool…

The improved Rotary Club Central is here. It’s now faster, easier to navigate, and presents past and current data in a more accessible way.

Features include:
Inputting Rotary Foundation goals in local currency
Easy-to-read charts and graphs make it easy to set goals and plan for the future
Track service activities and volunteer hours
Plus, you can plan and track membership initiatives, service activities, and Foundation giving, as well as complete Rotary Citation goals.

Rotary Club Central is a great tool for succession planning. As leadership changes, having a historical record of goals and achievements can make the transition between leaders seamless.

If you need assistance navigating the new platform, go to the Rotary Learning Center and search for Rotary Club Central to access any of the several guides. Check out the Rotary Club Central today by following link Rotary Club Central

A win for Worthing Town Football – and a win-win-win for Rotary

Yet another example of a win-win-win… As a result of Highdown Rotary getting a Sports grant from from Rotary South D1145 , it was able to sponsor the Team Kit for Worthing Town Football team. This provided a win-win-win situation. A partnership with Rotary, a well turned out and happy football Team and an increased public awareness of Rotary in the community.

The Press release from The Worthing Herald as follows :- Highdown Rotary, are delighted to team up with Worthng Town Football Club by sponsoring one of their youngster’s teams this season.

From their beginnings in 1995 Worthing Town Football Club have gone from strength to strength and are now FA Charter Standard with over 500 members and around 90 volunteers.

The club provides football for male and female youth and adults and is proud to also have both men’s and ladies teams playing in Sussex County Leagues. As an inclusive club they also have two teams playing in the Sussex County Disability League. Training and home games take place at Palatine Park Worthing their HQ, situated in the centre of the area covered by Highdown Rotary.

Coaching and football skills are high, just like the enthusiasm that at every level and this theme impressed Highdown Rotary to sponsor them.

To find out more about please see Highdown Rotary

For more info on Worthing Town Football Club

Meeting the Global Scholars –

Tonight I am off to Brighton to meet this years 11 Rotary Foundation Global Scholars

The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study. Rotary offer two Scholarship programs

  1. Rotary clubs offer scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate study. Rotary club scholarships are given by individual clubs and are open to anyone except Rotary members and their families.
  2. The Rotary Foundation offers scholarships for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution. Rotary peace fellowships are available to candidates who want to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our six partner universities. 

On average, £5.8 million in are given out by Rotary each year and around 350,000 scholarships have been awarded by Rotary

Rotary clubs can apply to The Rotary Foundation for district and global grants to support scholarships. Global grants are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s six causes:

  1. Promoting peace
  2. Fighting disease
  3. Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  4. Saving mothers and children
  5. Supporting education
  6. Growing local economies

Scholarships last from one to four years and can include an entire degree program. Global grant scholarships are funded using cash or District Designated Funds matched by the World Fund.

Rotary & Rotaract – When two become one …

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Staines Rotary, where there was a combined meeting of Rotarian’s and Rotaractors.

Royal Holloway Rotaract & Woking Rotaract joined Staines Rotarians for an evening of fellowship and joint working and to induct a total of six new members. A huge welcome to all the new members of the Rotary Family.

The evening shows that the merging of different ages and ideas work on many levels.  Thanks for the invite and well done to all.

Rotary Events – The Wasted Opportunity…

Over the weekend I attend a Rotary event that has been happening annually for over 30 years. A community event targeted at the Youth in the Community, it attracts an audience of nearly 200 with an age range of 14 to 70+ . So far so good.

But and its a big but, during the whole event that lasted two and a half hours with breaks ,Tea and Coffee, there was no mention of promotion of Rotary. No Pull ups, No banners, No mention of Interact, Rotaract or Rotary. what a wasted opportunity.

Please Please when you are planning and organising your events think of how you are going to promote Rotary. don’t fall into the trap of promoting the Rotary meeting.

Instead promote real Rotary, the Rotary the work that is completed within the community and around the World. This allows us to develop relationships that enable Rotary to Connect the World.

Remembrance Day Parade – With the 7th Littlehampton Air Scouts

7th Littlhampton Air Scout Group Wreath

Sunday morning I attended the Remembrance Day Parade with the
7th Littlehampton Air Scout Group where I am Group Scout Leader.

Since becoming a leader around 30 years ago it has been a permanent event in my diary, and although the faces of the Beavers , Cubs, Scouts change the turnout remains high.

All Sections are aware of the Armistice Day is on 11 November and why it is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918.

The first two-minute silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am.

He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Thank you to all the public that lined the streets for the Parade, plus special thanks to all the members of the 7th I am very proud of you all.

Hounslow Rotary 90th Celebrations…

Saturday evening Chris & I were honoured to attend the 90th Anniversary of Hounslow Rotary.

For 90 years, Hounslow Rotary has supported the Community both locally and Overseas. I cannot start to imagine the changes that have occurred both locally and across the world in that time. I wonder what one of the founder members would think if they could see Rotary today.

Hounslow have always have a nd will continue to support the youth of the Community with RYLA, Youth Speaks, now youth debate and Young Chef. These competitions and schemes enable individuals to grow, build confidence an skills allowing them to be future leaders in the Community and hopefully future Rotarians .

Then there is the World’s Greatest Meal, a great example a project that has gone from strength to strength, which has saved 17.5 Million from Polio. Then we have the latest Peace Umbrella project, will help raise the profile of Rotary, while supporting foundation and Hounslow Rotary projects.

Hounslow Rotary will continue to be a catalyst in the community working with partners and organisations. Therefore we are not only celebrating 90 years of Hounslow Rotary but we are looking forward to the next 90.

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’ Hounslow are starting their next chapter…

Hounslow Rotary a great example of Rotary Connects the World.

World Interact Week – Yet another opportunity to grow and let Rotary Connect the World…

World Interact Week is celebrated every year during the week commencing the 5th November to commemorate the founding of the first Interact club in 1962

To mark this occasion with Interactor’s and Rotarian’s around the world, in partnership with their sponsor Rotary clubs, are encouraged to participate in joint projects during World Interact Week.

World Interact Week is an excellent opportunity for us to publicise, promote, and inform the community about the great work accomplished by its members. Rotarians should encourage community members to get involved with Interact projects.

If you sponsor a Interact use this opportunity to promote within your community. If you don’t sponsor Interact its a chance to connect with local schools and clubs to start one.

For information follow link Interact

Corporate Social Responsibility – A Rotary Opportunity…

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an evolving business practice that incorporates sustainable development into a company’s business model. It has a positive impact on social, economic and environmental factors.

In today’s socially conscious environment, employees and customers place a premium on working for and spending their money with businesses that promote CSR.

This Provides a number of opportunity’s for Rotary and the company involved.

Rotary Oppertunities

  1. Manpower to support Rotary projects
  2. Potential for Corporate or supported individual membership
  3. Financial Support for Projects
  4. Partnerships
  5. Increased Public Image

Company Opportunities

  1. Better brand recognition and positive business reputation.
  2. increased sales and customer loyalty
  3. Operational costs savings
  4. Greater ability to attract talent and retain staff.
  5. Happier Workforce.

So why not create a list of perspective partners…. and start the conversations. Start with our six areas of Focus as a framework for the discussions…