Rotary gives you the chance to make a difference. By volunteering at an event, working with young people or building a school in Africa, the list of opportunities is endless.
Being a member of Rotary will help you develop leadership, public speaking, social and vocational skills as well as improve your cultural awareness. Businesses often encourage their staff to become involved with Rotary to capitalise on these opportunities and notice a marked improvement in skills such as event management, organisation, time management, teamwork and leadership.
Networking opportunities are endless. Rotary consists of a cross-section from every business community and its members come from all walks of life.
By joining Rotary, you become a member of a vast international family of 1.2 million members worldwide. You will be welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical regions.
Rotary members have a lot of fun! Rotary arranges events and activities that gives members the chance to forge new friendships with like-minded people who share common goals.
As we develop our relationships with the youth in our community lets make the experience a win -win. Rotarian’s around the world support youth by sponsoring them to enter our fantastic Youth Competitions or send them on our Rotary Youth Leadership awards.
These events all support the growth of the individuals. We then normally invite the back to give us a presentation on all they achieved, but that only shows Rotary in meeting mode.
Why not build in 20 hours of rotary survive into the agreement. This will show them the real Rotary, the work we do in the Community.
It may even inspire the to start an Interact or Rotaract Group …
Couple of hours in work then off to Torquay for the District 1145 Rotary South Showcase.e. Looking forward to meeting friends and being inspired.
Even before we start can i say thank you to the Showcase committee . Your Rotary South Showcase only happens due to dedication and hard work by a great team; without their creativity, research, planning and delivery, it just wouldn’t be possible.
Alan Knight Chairman & Registrar Sue Lippmann Secretary Michael Goodridge & Pat Evans Deputy Host Ron Daniels Speakers David Martin Rotary Showcase Anthony Beevor Publicity & Brochure Production Neil Rorie Sergeant at Arms Nick Drake Staging & Audio/Visual Kevin Mack Chief Steward John Woodward Treasurer Lou Moss-Silverson Rotaract & Breakouts
Plus, all our other volunteers and helpers, our speakers, breakout facilitators, entertainers, 1145 Showcase Exhibition Exhibitors, The Riviera International Centre, Showcase Manager and Team.
And finally, to YOU, our delegates for supporting us, for without you there would be no Showcase.
The October-November edition of Rotary magazine is out now with stories available to read online on our website.
This edition takes a close look at the issue of food poverty in the UK and how a number of charities and Rotary club projects are easing the burden for the 14 million UK people living below the poverty line. To view follow link Rotary Magazine Oct-Nov
We have always struggled with how to blend modern and traditional in a Rotary. Mixing new ideas and styles with old is always a challenge. It either goes very well or flops.
This blend will be a constant challenge as organisation and our world evolves, but we also know if we get it right, we grow as an organisation.
The steps involved in this process are challenging, and time consuming, we know the results are truly fantastic. The most successful Rotary meetings and projects are a functional blend of all ages with traditional and modern idea where everyone brings something to the table.
I guess, achieving this is the ultimate measure of success. the more flexible broad appeal we have the faster we will grow. Lets connect and try and see ideas from each others perspective…
We manage it in our personal Families lets get it working in our Rotary Family…
Volunteer Expo is Rotary’s new, national event. It is a public-facing exhibition all about volunteering, community and making a difference, and we want Rotarians to be there too! Here’s why we should join in from 1st-3rd May 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Find out more and book your tickets at www.volunteerexpo.co.uk
Monday afternoon I spent time with Rotarians from Chichester Harbour at the Cloth Bank Community Project.
Families located within the area covered by Chichester District Council, are referred to them by a professional. Many families have nothing not even a bed. They work quickly to help and most families are sorted in 3 days but not longer than a week.
As well as goods they help in practical ways e.g. clearing a garden so that a disabled girl can use it, decorating a home where Dad was dying and there were 6 children and Mum had disabilities.
Once a week, they go to the local Food Bank providing clothes, shoes, bedding, towels, toys etc. This really helps those in need and I saw first hand the difference they are making The project is funded in many ways, a craft group who make items for sale, particularly for Christmas. fundraising events. grant funding and have received funds from Co Op, Tesco, Rotary matched funding, Affinity Sutton and recently the police.
Chichester Harbour main aims for the future are to extend our work with other groups so that we can help more in need in our community. Tell as many people as we can about the work Rotary does. Encourage other Rotary clubs to do something similar within their community. We started in a small way and have grown, maybe you could to? Definitely something for the initiative library….
On a personal note, can I say thank you for the invite and well done a great example of Service above Self and a humbling experience for me..
The Morning started with the alarm at 5.30 followed by a quick shower and a cup of Tea. 15 minutes later i was on my way to the Kingston Breakfast meeting.
I arrived in Kingston in good time for the 7.45 start. The informal set up works really well for people. everyone was involved and able to discuss the subjects at hand. It was great to see potential Rotarian’s at the meeting joining in and playing a active part of the meeting. The final bonus from the meeting was when the president inducted their latest new member.
As usual during the meeting I heard a number of Golden Nuggets that can go into the Initiative Library with the potential to be adopted by other Rotarian’s these included –
End Polio Now promotion within the Local Chemists to build awareness
Micro Financing through Lend with Care
A targeted Youth prospectus for our Youth Offerings
A template for CV Writing and Mock interviews within local Schools and Colleges
Following the good start to the day I made my way to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice to be present at the Music in the Park presentation from Farnborough Rotary.
Phylis Tuckwell is the only Hospice Care service for adult patients, and their families, living with cancer or another advanced or terminal illness across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire.
The Music in the Park event held every two years year has raised an amazing £500,000 for the Hospice and there is a clear special relationship and bond between the organisations well done to all. The event closed with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow to Mervin George. Well deserved congratulations.
Time was moving on so back in the car pick up Chris as it was time to visit Shoreham & Southwick Rotary, not before we completed a short detour to visit a Highdown Rotarian the is recuperating from a Fall. Keep up the good work Angie see you back at Highdown soon.
While at Shoreham plans were being put in place for the Xmas float, investigations into a Global Grant to support the health within the local Community. and planning for their next informal Coffee morning. Chris picked up some ideas around an art project.
Plus of course the Golden Nugget a joint venture with the local Southwick players
We had a great night. So after a short journey home it was time to take a deep breath. All in All a great day. and goes to show that together, we inspire.
As I visit Rotarian around the District I find that most Clubs have a serious of Speakers throughout the year. these speakers come to Rotary and let us know what their preferred organisation, or charity do.
Sometimes their aim is to makes us aware of a need, a situation or a cause, maybe with the aim of getting financial or physical support.
So if you are looking to grow why not reverse the trend and talk to other organisations about Rotary. We have a great story to tell, so lets go and connect and inspire…