NEW PRESIDENT FOR WORTHING ROTARY CLUB
Fri 12th July 2019 at 19.18 -
Myth busting about the function and purpose of the Rotary movement is top of the agenda for the incoming President of Worthing Rotary Club.
Marlene Butler, who took up the chain of office on July 1, will usher in a new
structure for the club, which she admits has the reputation of a retired gentleman’s
“Rotary Clubs have had an unfortunate link to that image in the past but it has totally
changed in recent years and the whole Rotary International movement has
recognised that if we are to remain a force for good in the local community, we must
do things very differently.”
At one time it was a men-only bastion but now there are equal numbers of women
members. Internationally, Rotary is pledged to eradicate polio and has made giant
strides towards this – something the local club will continue to support.
But Marlene plans to change Worthing Rotary’s image, focus and profile in the town.
“I want the community to talk to us about how we can help: what is needed and
where and we will support them. I aim to recognise smaller charities struggling for
funds; increase our involvement in the community and will be looking to set up a new
Community Champion award scheme locally – for young people, adults and
community organisations. We will be inviting nominations from across the community
for the awards.
Marlene has been a Rotarian for five years, joining when she moved south from her
native Nottinghamshire. She firmly believes that there is an even more important
place for Rotary in the community today. “We are uniquely placed to help the
community because we are part of it, formed from its members. Our doors are open
and we want local people to contact us, tell us how we can help. Businesses which
may want to work with us to increase their charitable profile.”
Each year, the Rotary President selects local organisations as their chosen charity
for the year. So far, Marlene aims to support Sussex Red Cross and Worthing
Community Chest – and will be working with both to reach diverse parts of the
Young people will be a real focus with schemes like Young Writers of the Year;
Youth Speaks – a debating competition; Hobbies and Leisure exhibition which aims
to show what is on offer for young people to fill their spare time.
“We need people to talk to us: we are changing our meeting format so that we meet
once a month in the early evening to attract more young members and we will be
going out to local organisations to tell them what we can do and to ask how we can
Marlene’s first big event will be a new one for Worthing Rotary – the Promenade
Walk on Sunday August 18. In partnership with Worthing Community Chest, this will
be either a 5 or 10k walk along the seafront from Goring Green to Splash Point and
back (10k) or half that distance and back for 5k. Entry fees of £10 per person will be
split between Rotary and Worthing Community Chest. Every walker will be able to
raise money through prior sponsorship for their own charities.
More details on our website