Rotary Club of Calne Doubles Its Membership

The Rotary Club of Calne is leading the way in our District by inducting a further 3 Associate members, Tanya Herbert, Tracy Howell and Christine Cooper doubling the Club’s membership in less than 6 weeks. All of the new members are prominent people serving the local community and will bring new initiatives to the Club.

Calne Rotary
L to R = Tanya Herbert, Joint President Alastair Muir, Tracy Howell, Terry Bate District Marketing Officer, Christine Cooper

As Chair of the Marketing, PR and Communications Committee, I was thrilled to be invited to induct the new Associates and welcome them into the Rotary family. The Club meets at the White Hart Hotel Calne, in the atmospheric, newly refurbished Medieval room. It was a very happy evening, everyone was relaxed and Rotary’s newest Associates in the world, were proud to wear their badges. This was my first sight of the Associates badge – an attractive red.

Having experienced it first hand, I am convinced that opening our doors to Associate members is a recipe for success. I was bowled over by the enthusiasm of these three young women – I had assumed they had been coming along to meetings for a while and was surprised to find they had all decided to step up to becoming Associates after only a few weeks. Already they are playing a full part in the club’s activities – while I was there, final plans were being made for the town’s Food and Drink Festival.

I commend Calne on all that they are doing – the club has attracted just the sort of people and age profile that we so desperately need. I had a wonderful evening – I still have a smile on my face – and when it was time to leave, Tanya, Tracy and Christine all thanked me warmly and gave me a big hug. I made them promise to invite me back when they became full members.

If you want to know more about Calne’s Associates initiative, please contact Rotarian Ivor Watkins 01249 813168.

Submitted by Terry Bate – Chair Marketing, PR and Communications

Solar cooking and lighting programme

Our District 1200 Foundation Officer,Mike, suggested to me that this solar cooking/lighting  programme would make a good District Project.

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It teaches villagers how (without bringing any money from their pockets) to raise their standard of living without using fire wood and kerosene as they are currently doing.  This project is already up and running in Ghana.

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If your club would like to join with Warminster to bring this about and help the 2 billion people still having to use dangerous kerosene every night then please contact:

Stephen Pearson, Warminster — 01985 213440
stephenpearson@sunlifeafrica.org or spearson100@hotmail.com .

I visit the programme in Ghana three times a year and am happy to present it to any clubs interested in joining with us. At the request of our District Governor, we will have a SunLife display table at the District Conference.  Members from interested clubs who would like to help us to man this table will be most welcome.

Yours in Rotary,

Stephen Pearson
Member of the Rotary Club of Warminster

RC of Calne induct five new Associate members

Last Thursday at the Rotary Club of Calne,  Asst Governor Peter Wragg formally inducted the Club’s first  five new Associate Members – Kate Tompkins, Ellie Farago, Gillian Farago and David and Rebecca Leaning.  All five live in the local community and are involved in local businesses and voluntary work.
President David Dillamore (pictured centre) said ”in the past Rotary had strict rules on attendance, which were difficult for potential members to adhere”. Now potential members can join as Associates and fit their membership to suit their lifestyle. This initiative means that clubs like the Rotary Club of Calne can fulfil their challenges in the local community.
For people who would like to be involved in their local community and International Events, this is for them.
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Readers notes: We have attached our Associate application form – which has been approved by District – please feel free to use it.  We just could not recruit Full Members, but hope to have some 10 Associates in this Club year.  After 12 months, we hope that some some of the Associates will become full members of the Club.  We did get Associate Member lapel pins from AW Matthews to give them
For more information contact Rotarian Alastair Muir    exlservice@aol.com
Contact for this release Rotarian Ivor Watkins 01249 813168
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