The RIBI Assembly has changed, instead of being a conference for Rotarians it is now a free outward-looking event open to everyone interested in volunteering. It will also incorporate the finals of our young competitions. It will take place from 1 to 3 May 2020 at the NEC Birmingham. Further details are available from the website http://www.volunteerexpo.co.uk.
Details of this year’s Youth Competitions have now been released. Details https://www.rotarygbi.org/members/humanitarian-service-programmes/youth-service/youth-competitions/
Last week I reported that Weymouth had managed to recruit seven new members. I asked Joe Swindell, the President what their secret was. I attach part of his response as ideas that we could all use.
“Over the past 12 months or so we have also started eating out at various restaurants around town for one of our monthly meetings, rather than always at our base of Pilgrim House. These evenings have proven to be very popular and Rotarians are encouraged to bring guests along to these social nights. Not only does it get the club seen in public a little more but it’s also a good way to get people interested and introduce the club to them in a very informal, friendly and potentially less ‘overbearing’ manner.
As the club continues to be pro-active around the town – not least with the Fayre in the square – we’ve been using the local media outlets more and more to spread the word and in fact have attracted one new member from the local paper and one from the local radio station in the process!!!
I think basically it is about keeping the club active and in the public eye. If people see us ‘doing good stuff’ around the town – and enjoying it at the same time – they will be interested in what we are doing and hopefully join us.”
I am pleased to announce that Penny Underwood has been appointed as District Environment Lead. She is passionate about finding ways that we can improve sustainability and start to clean up the planet.
We still have a vacancy on the District team for somebody to head up our International projects. If you are interested contact me or Rupert Cox.
Ilminster Golf Day
I was due to play in the Ilminster Charity Golf Day which was unfortunately postpone due to the threat of thunder. Is has been rescheduled for 27 August, tee times bookable with the pro shop at Cricket St. Thomas Golf Club.
Adopt a Path
Somerset County Council are looking for volunteer groups to Adopt a Path. Details from https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/opportunities/rights-of-way-volunteer/. This might be a suitable project for a new satellite club.
Next January will be the last chance to do Polio Drops before India switches to Injectables. If you are interested in going to help visit the Rotary Club of TajMahal Facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/pg/rotary.agra.india/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2244403619134725&ref=page_internal.