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


Sometimes Rotary can be confusing, so I thought it might be a good ideas to show the origins of some of our staements and ideas one example is the The Four-Way Test.

The Four-Way Test was conceived in 1932 by businessman Herbert J. Taylor, a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, who served as Rotary International president in 1954-55.

Having taken on the task of saving a company from bankruptcy, Taylor developed
the test as an ethical guide to follow in all business matters. The company’s survival was credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary International in 1934,

The Four-Way Test remains an essential standard against which Rotarians measure ethical behavior, over the years it has been translated into dozens of languages and promoted by Rotarians worldwide.

THE FOUR-WAY TEST:- Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

In Highdown Rotary we have added a 5th We will HAVE FUN

Looking for that Project – Why not ask your community…

As a Service organisation, we are known for all the work and projects we do within our community. Sometime the project is staring at us and we just do it, but sometimes we need some inspiration.

One idea is to ask and involve the community itself, this has a number of great advantages:- It add value to the community as they choose it, it raises the profile of Rotary within the community, it empowers the community and may attract new members to Rotary.

Communicate out to the community via all means possible, (direct face-face interest meeting, social media, radio stations, etc) that you are looking for a sustainable project for the local community. Tell them that the aim of the project is to benefit the community and leave a legacy for a generation. The only stipulation is it fits with one of rotary’s six areas of focus.

Once you have the project you can start planning & organising working with your community to design a sustainable project. Set service goals and start tracking your progress.

Once started you will need to start acquiring resources. Use the community to find volunteers, partners, and support the project. Look at local businesses the project will fit in with the Corporate Social Responsibility remit.

You may need financial support so look at fundraising in the community, look at our Foundation grants system to support the need. Why not look at working with other Rotarian’s.

It is important to keep all parties on board so during the implementation keep volunteers and supporters engaged and informed of the progress using social media and regular updates.

Once completed celebrate your project’s success with the community and partners and share the good news. Why not arrange a thank you get together (potential membership maybe with the support off a membership or PI grant from District .

Ok, What’s stopping you, Ready, set, now go!… Rotary Connects the World.

Rotary Causes- Supporting education…

As Rotarian’s we make amazing things happen both in overseas and our local communities. This includes opening and supporting schools overseas. Rotarian’s have opened a girls’ schools to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.

Rotarians have helped both children and adults learn to to read: They have used new teaching methods: The SOUNS method which teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names

Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon so students can be healthier and get a better education. Locally we help students with their Maths, Literacy and Reading, This is achieved through one to one sessions or integration via our RotaKids and Interact Groups.

Remember When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime.
It ripples through the community, one by one…

Spread the Rotary Word – Its that Simple…

Ok after 70+ visits a pattern has emerged, and its not a great one.

We know that every Rotarians meets in a venue. These venues range from a Golf Course, Community Building, Pub, Supermarkets, and village hall, but from my experience at least 95% Venues don’t have a clue what Rotary is and what it stands for.

The people that work at the venues are unaware of Rotary, as an organisation and have absolutely no idea what we do within the local Community.

When i ask them they say we are a group of retired individuals meeting socialising over dinner or lunch. Now we know that isn’t the case but unless we show them differently by interacting with them on a Rotary level they will never know…

So when you next go to your meeting talk to them tell them 1.2 million members worldwide, starting with RotaKids, Interact, Rotaract etc. Involve them, invite them to a project you are involved with.

You never know you just might just start someone on their Rotary Path…
Let me know what they say… in my experience its “WOW that’s amazing”

World Polio Day – Thank You…

Yesterday was World Polio Day , can I say a huge thank you to all the Rotarian’s both in our District but also from all around the world for all the hard work and effort they put into the campaign, not only on World Polio day but all trough the year.

We are at the point where the second of three forms of the polio virus has been eradicated. There are three types of the wild polio virus, which, while scientifically different, cause the same symptoms, including paralysis or even death.

The world was declared free of type 2 four years ago – and now the World Health Organization has said type 3 has also been eradicated. But as we know type 1 is still circulating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A special thank you to David Cross of Highdown Rotary and Students from St Margaret’s School Angmering, who planted 1240 Crocus Corns yesterday in the rain to form of a Rotary Roundel as part of the Get Moving to End Polio. I look forward to then flowering.

The idea is simple. Host an event incorporating the number 1,240 whilst raising awareness and funds to eradicate polio. Why 1240 well, the border between the last two polio-endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is ‘more than 1,240 miles’,