The Rotary Club of Saughall – Half Year Review 2015/2016
What’s been happening at The Rotary Club of Saughall?
We are seen as a Premier Club in District 1180 and we continue to lead the changes that are necessary for New Rotary. We are not a stereotypical Rotary Club. We believe in involvement from the whole club. We believe in transparency, we believe in one vote one member. We try to bring everything out in the open. We are a flexible and innovate club.
“A passion for service above self unifies this club.”
We have given the club one member one vote,
We’ve created a new procedure for Paul Harris nominations.
The club has also reviewed its Trustees.
These changes will be logged in the procedures relevant to the Saughall Club to avoid any misunderstanding going forward.
Paul Harris Fellowships
For a high achieving club it was strange that only one PHF had been awarded in the previous 3 years. That was corrected with 3 awards in one night, presented by DG Chris Sumner in September 2015.
L-R: President Andrew Errington, PP Beryl Cotton, Craig Warburton,
Julie Neenan, DG Chris Sumner
We anticipated the need for new members and planned a rebuilding job at the start of my tenure with a ‘New Members Evening’ in January 2016, which has been widely advertised at each of our events. This change in emphasis leaves us in good position as our ‘New Members Evening’ on 21st January 2016 will see the whole club come together as one, with a new transparent philosophy.
Kristoff, our IT specialist, was nominated to tweet and blog @rotary voices, which is a great honour for our club and enabled us to receive further exposure. He also helped and contributed to the launch of the Rotary e-Club Wales and West. We have tapped into his expertise and asked him to build a brand new website in preparation for ‘New Members’ night. We then hope to submit the website for consideration of the District website trophy.
Michelle is bringing together our Facebook accounts to tidy up what had gone on before and has been invaluable with her social media expertise when advertising in the run up to events.
Viola continues to work on PR with newspapers and local magazines.
As part of New Rotary, improving communication with local clubs became a priority for the current President. He has so far chaired 7 monthly meetings with 9 other local Rotary clubs. We have ensured that our events don’t overlap, we have shared event and club experiences and we have created an information flow that has not existed before.
– We joined forces with Royden Revolve for a trip down the Mersey
– We were responsible for catering at the Chester Disabled Games
– We raised over £1000 at Martin & Julies’ Clay Pigeon Shoot.
Our current status is enviable with very positive balances in both our current and trust accounts with donations pending. The 2014/15 accounts have been signed off and the confirmation form has been sent to the District Treasurer.
Rotary Foundation Donation
Year to date + Projected
We expect to send £673 to Foundation for the 1st half year and probably more in the 2nd half year.
We are on plan to achieve all parts of the Citation Award. If the ‘New Members Evening’ produces the results that we expect, we hope to put ourselves forward for this prestigious award.
We received visitors from our Swaziland hosts in August, thanking Rotary for their huge donation and explained how the road built between 2 towns had transformed the lives of the villages.
In January we received visitors from the Rotary Club of Paris Foch with the expectation of Twinning both clubs in the near future.
District Governor visits
We’ve had 4 visits in 6 months, which must be some kind of record.
This was a check on the pre conference entertainment.
After his annual DG visit, this was his thanks
“Many thanks for your hospitality last Thursday. As ever at Saughall it was a lively meeting. It is a pleasant occasion when asked to present a PHF, even more so when it is three awards to such worthy recipients.”
The Jeremy Hurst/Suzanne Rea evening was accepted by all as scintillating. The club entertained the RI President’s personal representative and his wife,, Suzanne Rea, the DG and his wife along with the IPDG Les Wilson and Pat. The club donated £1275 to End Polio Now.
An unexpected visit to sit in and observe at a club meeting.
Visit of Jeremy Hurst, Suzanne Rea and pre District 1180 Conference entertainment
It was a very special week when we firstly entertained Jeremy Hurst and his wife Michelle, Suzanne Rea and 8 other Rotary clubs. Secondly we carried out the pre conference entertainment on the Friday evening. Seeing Jeremy’s wife escorting the DG’s wife dressed up as rocket was spectacular. In Jeremy Hurst’s own words, he said that he had never experienced anything that brought the whole room together as much as our StarTrek theme.
And then his personal letter of thanks after the conference, in response to mine, was uplifting.
“It was an absolute pleasure. Michelle and I enjoyed it greatly. You’ve got a great club and a tremendous future in Rotary. I’m sure the district and RI will harness your talent and passion.
Thursday night was a special Rotary experience for all of us and as with the best of them they appear sometimes just to happen, however as with most things they tend to be the result of bringing the right ingredients together and good planning. We were honoured to have been part of it and of the conference as a whole.
Take care and stay in touch. RI is basically a resource for all Rotarians, so use us!”
Warm regards, Jeremy
It has been an incredibly hard and tempestuous 6 months. The Club members have addressed several long term problems in the Club and come out the other side with a stronger team, with more involvement from all and a very positive future for the club.
Saughall Rotary will continue to be innovative, enthusiastic and groundbreaking.
There is much work to be done in the next six months and I look forward to leading Saughall Rotarians, encouraging new members and generally leading on all fronts.