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Meet the President


It is with great admiration that I thank Past President Stephen Pound for his Presidential Year. Despite a bizarre year - and very busy year as our local MP Steve has been one of our best attendees at the Club each Thursday. Always full of enthusiasm for all things Rotary and I have seen the Rotary Pin more than once on TV. I am sure that all the Club is behind my thanks to you steve.

And Although More is needed-, as a Club we have supported The Displaced, the demoralised and the desperate through a programme of collections and donations, from Wateraid providing lifesaving clean water following disasters worldwide to the supporting local charities such as Missing People.

And Although More is needed- We have supported charities helping children who though circumstances too desperate to believe are forced to be careers for their parents or siblings and on through the whole range of humanitarian care - from conditions you may well have heard of such as the good works of the Multiple sclerosis society to conditions that are thankfully rare but are in danger of being forgotten such as Epidermolysis bullosa (EB for short)

And Although More is needed We have supported local schools, local scouts and one of my favourite projects, awards for local unsung heroes. And as if proof is needed we have the Claude Osborn Award, as you have seen tonight.

As a Club we have formed deep friendships with each other but also with our sister Club in Lehrte, Germany, And Although More is needed we have a good relationship with other Rotary Clubs

We have a dedicated core membership within our Club who throw themselves into every project we undertake. A wonderful set of members -Although More is needed.

And although it has been the clarion call for many years we do need more members and it is within our power to do this.

Making ourselves more visible within the community must be our ultimate goal. Projects both ours and co-operationally with other Clubs are an essential tool for building membership. Build it and they will come is a popular phrase. It is within our power to do this.

From these projects, you build more relationships with other Clubs and with the Local community. We must make sure that people in the local area know we are here.

The challenge is the assortment of media outlets that crowd our daily lives, but this has grown because of peoples need to feel involved: We can show them a better way to be involved, a better way than clicking on a box on a screen. It is within our power to do this

But we must also evolve. We need to carefully move forward keeping the Rotary aims and goals but we need to fit in with modern life, a real challenge I admit but this is a bizarre time and many people feel lost and bewildered with the antics going on in the world. Rotary can be a shining light in such times and although I know that it already is - It is still within our power to do more.

We need a format that allows people to do a small thing under the Rotary name, even if it is to help their local school or to support a local endeavour we need to offer our skills and show them what Rotary can do. We need to be out there and we need local people to help us do it, just look at the resources within our Club, it is within our power to help. In this coming year We can do all this, it is within our power.

And I look forward to it.


Although More is needed-, as a Club we have supported The Displaced, the demoralised and the desperate through a programme of collections and donations, from Wateraid providing lifesaving clean water following disasters worldwide to the supporting local charities such as Missing People.

And Although More is needed- We have supported charities helping children who though circumstances too desperate to believe are forced to be careers for their parents or siblings and on through the whole range of humanitarian care - from conditions you may well have heard of such as the good works of the Multiple sclerosis society to conditions that are thankfully rare but are in danger of being forgotten such as Epidermolysis bullosa (EB for short)

And Although More is needed We have supported local schools, local scouts and one of my favourite projects, awards for local unsung heroes. And as if proof is needed we have the Claude Osborn Award.


As a Club we have formed deep friendships with each other but also with our sister Club in Lehrte, Germany, And Although More is needed we have a good relationship with other Rotary Clubs

We have a dedicated core membership within our Club who throw themselves into every project we undertake. And our Club has a wonderful set of members -Although More is needed.

And although it has been the clarion call for many years we do need more members and it is within our power to do this.

Making ourselves more visible within the community must be our ultimate goal. Projects both ours and co-operationally with other Clubs are an essential tool for building membership. Build it and they will come is a popular phrase. It is within our power to do this.

From these projects, you build more relationships with other Clubs and with the Local community. We must make sure that people in the local area know we are here.

The challenge is the assortment of media outlets that crowd our daily lives, but this has grown because of peoples need to feel involved: We can show them a better way to be involved, a better way than clicking on a box on a screen. It is within our power to do this

But we must also evolve. We need to carefully move forward keeping the Rotary aims and goals but we need to fit in with modern life, a real challenge I admit but this is a bizarre time and many people feel lost and bewildered with the antics going on in the world. Rotary can be a shining light in such times and although I know that it already is - It is still within our power to do more.

We need a format that allows people to do a small thing under the Rotary name, even if it is to help their local school or to support a local endeavour we need to offer our skills and show them what Rotary can do. We need to be out there and we need local people to help us do it, just look at the resources within our Club, it is within our power to help. In this coming year We can do all this, it is within our power.

And I look forward to it.