The Rotary Club of London Centenary held a meeting on 10 August 2017 that may have been an opportunity to visit the future of Rotary Clubs around the world. London Centenary is an e-Club and meets regularly on the Internet using the free Zoom software. The atmosphere is comparatively informal and it is up to the individuals attending as to whether or not there is a meal!
Their speaker on that evening was the President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, Denis Spiller, who was putting his many years of experience in the IT industry to good use (outlined in green above). President Denis spoke about the many initiatives starting this Rotary Year including People of Action, The RIBI Conference in Torquay and the move from Polio Teddy Bears to Polio Old Bangers! He fielded many questions including the development of an e-Club for Rotaractors (aged 18-30), the size of Districts and the effect of size on their meetings, the need for a world directory of e-Clubs, and a major Public Image initiative planned for January 2018.
With Club Members and visitors attending from (in alphabetical order) Canada, Canary Islands, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Nepal, Sweden and Zimbabwe, this was a truly international Rotary meeting and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending.
As more and more new Rotarians find that time is at a premium, and that travelling time even on short journeys becomes more and more extended, this may have been a sneak preview into the future of Rotary around the world.
Some 17 provisional Rotarians attended in person, and 3 provisional Rotarians attended on line courtesy of “Skype” at the Provisional Rotary Club of Mayfair for the important business of electing the Club’s officers for the current year and for the following Rotary Year 2017-2018.
District Governor Helen was present at the special event (foreground on far right), and the business of the election was conducted with great care and attention to detail, under the supervision of a representative of the sponsor club, the Rotary Club of St Marylebone.
District Governor Helen described the new club as “Enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated to start their Rotary Service without delay”. All the Rotarians in District 1130 wish the new Club a speedy progression to their Charter Date, and look forward to getting to know them and supporting their development.
Here are some of the questions that I have been asked whilst making presentations to Clubs in the London District during July 2013.
- Why is there a problem in Banadir Province, Somalia?
- Why is Polio Eradication scheduled to take another 5 years?
- What will Rotary tackle after Polio Eradication?
Marketing and Information Technology
- What is the importance of Twitter and Social Media?
- Is there a marketing plan for Rotary in London – can I see it?
- Is Rotary doing enough Rotary Service in London to promote itself?
- What is your elevator pitch?
- How are you going to use the CSR Video and where?
- Can we promote Corporate Membership in all our Clubs?
- Can we have a new pin for Corporate Members?
- How do we determine if a potential member should join?
- What substitutes for Personal Sponsorship today?
- How can we address London’s special membership problems?
- Why did the new Clubs close so quickly after they were chartered?
- When will Rotary make a stand against single gender Rotary clubs?
More questions will be posted as my visits progress. All these questions need to be addressed over the coming months.
We have a very special event taking place on Saturday 9 October 2010, the charter evening for the Rotary Club of Pall Mall. During the Rotary year 2009-10 we formed 4 new clubs, 3 have had their very successful charter evenings.
On 9 October we see the last of these clubs, Pall Mall, being chartered and we would expect a good turnout from the District Membership. Unfortunately, up to the date of this letter, it appears that only a few tickets have been sold which is a disappointment.
If you are able to support the club, please try to get to the event. The cost is £40.00 per person and the venue is at a 5 star hotel in WC2. Please, please, if you can give them your support kindly fill in the attached application form.