THIS IS ROTARY AT WORK
A major part of Rotary work is undertaken in the Vocational Service Committee where ways of utilizing Club members talents for the benefit of others whilst observing the traditional Rotary motto “Service Before Self” guide policy. The movement’s main objectives are to be of service to local communities and give support for national and international causes, the latter by giving practical relief and shelter in disaster areas. The movement’s major international success is the virtual eradication of polio worldwide, now all but complete, with new cases recorded last year in single figures in the 3 remaining affected countries.
Vocational Service at local level organises attendance at Carnivals and entertainment in Elderly Persons Homes. School children can compete in national competitions such as “Youth Speaks”, “Young Chef” , “ Young Citizen”, “Young Writer” and sponsorship of academic prizes and mentoring are also offered. Senior students are able to attend inspirational lectures about “The Excitement of Science” at Liverpool or Manchester Universities.
Community Service is another Rotary function, the most visible being our Christmas Float with Santa Claus on board. Additionally, we support local Scouts Guides and Cadet groups, Football teams, a Disabled Sports Club, Mencap, Warrington Disability Partnership, and a Womens Refuge.
There are 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide with 1.2 million Rotarians. In UK alone, we have 1845 Clubs and 50,000 members but, the biggest challenge facing most of these Clubs is that of finding new younger members to continue and expand the services provided. In our case, problems such as that of organizing and running the Culcheth Beer Festival or manning the Christmas Float for static and street collections stretch our resources to the limit. This is why the Club has recently launched a new membership category “Friends of Rotary”.
“Friends of Rotary” will be a less involved volunteer support group which can be called upon to help out in times of increased workload. They will also gain many new friends and enjoy a full and varied social life. We hope that people reading this will consider joining and help us to further connect with the wider community and eventually recruit new members. “Friends” will not be pressured to become full members of the Club and we hope they will be proud to be associated with Rotary whilst putting that little bit back into the society they live in. The future of the movement, now in its 110th year, is uncertain and will depend largely on the ability of the membership to embrace, and adapt to developing forms of communication with resultant efficiency and time saving.
As a matter of interest, the author is also the Hon Sec to Warrington Integrated Sport Club (WISC) which caters for people with any form of disability, their families, friends and carers. All are welcome to the Wednesday evening meetings 7-30 pm at Gt. Sankey Leisure Centre.
If you are interested in being a “Friend of Rotary” or in any of the above items, visit the Rotary 1285 web site.