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…

WOW – Its funny what you find when Filing…

I was sitting at work this morning, doing some filing on the laptop. I came a cross a presentation I completed in 2012 around the future of a Rotary Club.

Looking back at them, It appears that for some Rotarians they are just as relevant now as they were back in 2012.

It also proves I have always been a challenge, and always looked at ways of pushing boundaries .

In the case of what was Worthing Steyne Rotary now renamed Highdown Rotary we implementd a version of option 3. The result being, change of venue, meeting type and style. As a result membership since July 2018 has grown from 5 to 26 and we have added to the four way test number 5 HAVE FUN

Food For thought… Let Keep the Light on and Grow Rotary.

END POLIO – UK Government pledges £400 million…

Following on from the meeting I attended at the Houses of Parliament in July, the Department for International Development has pledged new UK aid support to help protect more than 400 million children a year against polio. This follows the the global announcement that a second of three strains of wild polio virus has now been eradicated

The UK government has pledged up to £400 million worth of support to help eliminate the disease for good. The funding, which was announced today by International Development Secretary, Alok Sharma, will help vaccinate more than 750 children a minute against polio.

This new package of UK aid, which will go towards the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), will support 20 million health workers and volunteers to deliver potentially life-saving vaccinations to 400 million children per year around the world between 2020 and 2023.

History in the making, Help Rotary make the final steps to eradicating the polio from the world. Why not create event for the 1240 challenge?

The Rotary Foundation- 100+ Years of Doing Good in the World..

At the 1917 convention, outgoing Rotary president Arch Klumph proposed setting up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That one idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed of The Rotary Foundation in 1917.

Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations. To learn about the people and events that have made the Rotary Foundation a powerful force for good.

For more information check out The Rotary Foundation History

District Council & Workshops – Equals Win -Win for Rotary

Despite the Rugby result, Saturday was a great result for a the Rotarians and Rotary South D 1145.

Roarians met to hold our District Council . We covered all the normal areas plus an inspiration talk from Mariyam an Interacter hopefully soon to be a Rotaractor.

But when finished instead of going home we broke into breakout sessions covering public speaking, membership, public image and compliance

It’s amazing how many great ideas start to flow when we talk to each other empowering us to think outside the box and try new methods and ideas.

Well done to all involved another great example of Rotary Connects the World.

Saturday Night – Tim Minchin Night…

The event called BACK ans was a mix of Old Songs, New Songs, F*** You Songs, covering material from all corners of Minchin’s eclectic – and often iconoclastic – repertoire.

Chris and I has a great time, A big thank you to Lou and Tom for the Tickets, what a great Bithday present.😎

It was also great to see Tim gave the profits from the most expensive seats to charity which is an estimated £200k.

Thanks again Lou & Tom