President's Message

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Our Club

We meet every Wednesday morning at 7.15 for a 7.30 breakfast. We usually have a speaker and always finish promptly at 8.30. Visitors, both Rotarians and Non-Rotarians are welcome but please let our Secretary know if you wish to come. We currently meet at The Holiday Inn, Felix Lane, Shepperton, TW17 8NP

Our year starts on the 1st July and runs through to the 30th June. Our 2018/19 year got off to a good start with with me, President Norma in the Chair for the first time. I am our 21st President and have laid out my aims for the year at Aurora Club Assembly and what I planned is summarised below;

"Having been a elected by the club, I’m proud to be taking the reins as President for 2018/19.
One of my priorities for the coming year is that Rotary should be Fun. After all if we don’t enjoy what we are doing, what is the point of doing it?
I want our meetings to be fun, I want our events to be fun, and I want the outside world to see that we are having fun. What better way to recruit new members than for people to see us doing great things and enjoying it. I would also like to see more visitors at our meetings. Why don’t we all invite our friends, acquaintances, colleagues, family and neighbours to a meeting? If they like what they see, they will surely want to come back.

Our Projects

Rotary is essentially a service organisation, and I would like to see us undertaking more service projects in the community. These could be funded through our excellent fundraising activities throughout the year. We already have a couple of new service projects to get involved with in the coming year that I am quite excited about. If anyone has any ideas for future service projects, please bring them to my notice.

Youth

I am delighted that we work with local schools on so many Youth projects, such as dictionaries, Youth Speaks and Young Photographer. I would like us to do more Youth work in the coming year, and to this end we have held a preliminary meeting at a local school about forming an Interact Club there. Interact is Rotary for 12 to 17 year olds. It is still early days for this project, but we are hopeful of forming a new Interact Club at the school during the Autumn term.
We have already agreed to sponsor two young persons to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, or RYLA.

 Norma Kent