Programme week commencing 26th April, 2012
As we approach the Rotary Assembly season, President Tim of District 1100 eClub gives his ideas and guidance on how he’d like to see our plans for 2012/13 shaped by everyone in the team.
I know to some people my thinking will be irritating, to others it will be strange and to others it maybe exciting. I’ve always been a visionary sort of person, wanting to think outside the box in a drive to start new things, hence my development of the Parrot & Palm Alcohol Free Bar in Worthing and later Holy Disorder in Gloucester. In respect of Rotary over the years I’ve found it very frustrating as new ideas haven’t really been welcomed, so as Janice related in last week’s programme, the International aspect of Rotary at the RI Convention and learning more about eClubs, changing Rotary’s image and how Rotary should be connecting with Generation X & Y was really exciting to me, at last I could start to use vision in Rotary. Coming home and being encouraged by the District Governor to explore the establishment of an eClub was even better, especially in being able to ultimately establish it. However we need to go further in ensuring that we are one of the leading edges of the changing face of Rotary.
When Paul Harris started Rotary it was a business network, I believe we need to re-explore these routes and encourage enterprise between each other and in the outside world especially amongst young people. It would be good if the eClub could get involved with helping Lorna and her school in the training she’s hoping to get off the ground for her young people. I believe helping to form an Interact Club in a School for Special Needs and young people with learning difficulties will be a really good boost to helping those who belong to get more involved in both enterprise and community service, plus rewarding for those who volunteer to help.
Emma’s idea about an eClub Calendar for 2013 would be an excellent idea for helping us to raise some funds whilst, encouraging her sister Alice with her career as a make-up artist. I’m sorry I didn’t get eClub approval for backing Max’s Car for the Scrumrun, but again I wanted to quickly encourage enterprise, I hope people will help sponsor the spots. I believe we need to really pick up some of these good ideas and get them underway. Now we have the Pay Pal option it will be good to get Yzanne’s idea about having a virtual Balloon Race up and flying.
However I want to return to our need for Rotary to relate and recruit to generation X and Y, from the start of the eClub I’ve always wanted the ability for the eClub to be able to recruit younger people and students. At the beginning I talked about creating a bursary to help pay their subs, perhaps another way would be a Rotaract Club which sat within the main Club, so that fees could be that much lower, however the members would join in with our activities. Whatever we come up with I’m convinced that the eClub needs to involve young people 18 – 30 years, so that not only can they help us, we can help them develop the much needed attributes that employers look for when recruiting to jobs.
I also still want to help Shelley with her project idea in the City Farm in Gloucester, for us to find £500 to move a pond and involving young people who have broken the law and are now engaged with the Youth Offending Team. Certainly helping Rachel with some of her projects with the British Heart Foundation, like the quiz the other day in Cirencester is another way in which we can ensure we are doing our Service in the Community. Becca wants the eClub to help collect tools for self reliance, Dave wants to us all to collect old mobile phones to sell to help raise cash. Plus it would be good to continue to be involved in practical projects with the Stroud Valley Project and to help clear litter from a lake in Swindon as suggested by Sinead, Chloe would like us to support a hospice in Worcester, how could we do this practically? Yes we’ve a lot to do as part of the eClub, however please keep the ideas coming in, lets continue to be innovative, enterprising and have a plan in place for 2012/13 which is visionary, exciting and shows Rotary some new things to do and ways to do it.
How can we help the unemployed?
How can we reach younger people and get them to understand the need for giving Peace through Service?
How can we encourage Business Networking and greater enterprise through our activities and in the Community?
Yes let’s support the other Clubs in the District to run more traditional activities, but can we help in their promotion through our skills in Social Networking or using the internet?
What else might we consider that is out-of-the-box and encourages things to do that relates to an eClub image and promotion?