Programme for week commencing 5th April, 2012
From the outset of forming the District 1100 eClub, we have been keen to encourage younger people to join, however unfortunately the cost might be prohibitative. One idea might be to form a Rotaract Club within the eClub, young people 18 – 30 years are encouraged to join with a membership fee between £25 – £35 per year. See information about Rotaract . Would members be interested in this happening? Would anyone like to volunteer to help get this off the ground?
Kevin & Heather Dontenville have become our eClub Webmasters and currently they are working on a new platform for the eClub Website, they’d like members views on what needs to be included and what needs to be improved.
On Saturday 28th April, District 1100 are holding the District Assembly, this is where the incoming District Governor shares his ideas for the coming year 2012/13 (see Events Calendar for more details). The District 1100 eClub will need to hold a Club Assemby in June, to say what our plans are for the year, so if members can attend the District event it will help with our eClub planning.
Yzanne gave a very good job & life talk at the beginning of March, would anyone else be interested in doing likewise?
As everyone is aware we were planning to be involved in the Festival of Rotary on the 22nd April and Yzanne has passed the organisation back to President Tim, because of her personal circumstances. President Tim posted on District 1100 facebook page asking if any other Rotary Clubs could help the eClub with face painting. One of the return posts said:
“I have no wish to be a damp squib but know from previous experience that part of the reason why facepainters are expensive is that it is believe it or not deemed high risk. Therefore need specific insurance and all that goes with it. What a bonkers world we all live in!”
David Wells the organiser of the Festival of Rotary has now replied, copying in others (including the District Governor), saying RIBI insurance covers face painting, see copy below:
‘Very disappointed and somewhat surprised to get your email as your club offered to do it a long time ago and we put a facepainted girl on all our publicity. I have checked with our Rotary Insurance Company and they have confirmed that we are covered for Rotarians doing facepainting so please reconsider your decision as we are keen to have face painting at our event.
Having recently taken facepainting to Nepal for a childrens games afternoon I am aware of the care needed by the painter to follow the instructions provided with the paints and we were careful to ensure that we followed such instructions, but this should not put us off from doing it.
I am copying Bob Allison our Safety Manager with your email and my reply so that he may comment if he deems it necessary to do so.
I do hope that you will reactivate your plan to do facepainting.’
A subsequent email followed from the District Governor Martin Greaves:
‘I can only echo Davids words of disappointment. If the eclub are not going to do the facepainting then we will have to get another club to do it as it is on all the literature. I would ask you to reconsider.
Also I need to point out that if the eclub wants a presence at the Festival it will be required to be doing or promoting something. We are not having clubs there just to promote themselves. This Festival is aimed at promoting the work and activities of Rotary as a whole and not individual clubs.’
President Tim replied that perhaps it was best the eClub was not involved, as the main point of face painting anyway was to occupy the children, while the parents were at our stand – instead it has become a feature of the festival and now a massive issue. We have since had an unfortunate reply from the District Governor, which is best not shared. So members of District 1100 eClub what do we want to do:
a) continue to provide a small face painting activity as part of our stand
b) or withdraw from the Festival of Rotary, as without face painting our stand is not seen as promoting Rotary, only our eClub
Hopefully many of you will have seen the posts on facebook by President Tim about ‘Women in Rotary’, he is passionate that in a modern world many more women should be involved, his initial post on facebook read:
‘Shocked, horrified and saddened, some of the terms to describe my feelings whilst at the RIBI Assembly this weekend. At hearing that there were still many Clubs in RIBI that were still men only and still some of these Clubs were reluctant to accept women as Rotarians. This is madness, do we want to perpetuate the image of Rotary as an old mans domain? In my experience woman in Rotary will help bring the vibrancy, energy, enthusiasm to get things done without too much fuss, a diverse Rotary Club will also help us to move forward, recruit more members and be seen as an organisation ready to tackle issues in the 21st Century.’
One of our members has suggested an e-petition, what do others think? As an eClub we have made a fantastic start in recruiting both genders, so how can we help others understand.
Perhaps our contribution to the Festival of Rotary ought to be about helping Rotary to welcome in both women and a more diverse and younger membership. What do you think?