Friday 20th June was an extremely important meeting for our Club where the incoming President and his team set out their plans for the year ahead.
President Elect Phil welcomed Assistant District Governor Keith Crawford and presented R.I. President in 2014/15 Gary Huang’s theme for the year – “Light up Rotary”.
Phil is seeking members’ views on how in our Club we can “Lighten up Rotary”, have fun, and make it appeal to local communities.
Phil introduced his team for the year, and outlined a SWOT analyses that he and the 1st Vice President elect had produced, and then asked the Committee Chairmen to outline their plans for the year.
Phil then outlined the District Citation requirements for the coming year and our plans to meet, if not exceed, them.
Keith Crawford’s report on the meeting is as follows:
“Name of New President: Philip Cavell (2014-15) Name of Outgoing President: John Hansford
Numbers Attending: about 60 including 2 visitors from West Point, USA
President’s remarks: Phil gave a comprehensive PowerPoint-supported preview of the year ahead. He introduced the “Light(en) up Rotary” theme.
The Club has published a program of major events for the year over which Phil has worked with his two successors to ensure that the program is sustainable. They have also done a SWOT analysis showing that the club has considerable strengths. The only causes for concern are internal communications, public awareness, and member participation (particularly with older members fading).
Phil is taking the District Citation seriously and has already thought how they can meet the criteria.
Phil then handed over to committee chairs to outline their programs.
Community/Vocational (Chair: Simon Bion) Their Christmas street organ collection will be extended to 5 days, and other activities will be broadly as before. They are keen to support other community organisations both with manpower and with financial support for specific local needs.
International (Chair Ron Barnett) & Foundation (Chair: Alan Wolstencroft):
Their preferred projects will be Alan W’s Waterloo School and Lunge Community Clinic. Banbury will continue their exemplary support of APF and polio, and hope to pursue both district and global grants.
Youth Service (Ian Calderbank substituting for Geoff Pollard): They will carry out their usual extensive range of youth activities (Young Chef, Children singing for Children, Practice Interviews etc) and will mark the 25th anniversary of their Young Musician competition with a special concert.
Membership (John Smith): They aim to increase their membership by 5% i.e. 3.7 members, which they will round up to 4. Two members, Charles Swain and Roger May were voted for promotion to Honorary Members on health/age grounds.
MPRC: (Chair: Bernard Goodchild). They will set up a new website and promote their presence on social media.
This week is Club Assembly
We look forward to this Friday’s meeting which is our Club Assembly.
Our incoming President, Phil Cavill, has his team for 2014-15 in place and at our Assembly they will be setting our plans for the coming Rotary year. Phil has put together an excellent team and there are many exiting plans already formulated for the coming year.
Full details will appear in next week’ feature so keep watching this space.
Waterloo School in Sierra Leone
I apologise if there is a little repetition in the Newsletters BUT I am constantly adding people to my mailing list and need to make sure they have some background regarding the current project. The project plan is to build and equip 8 classrooms, an office/storeroom, & 2 toilet blocks.
The first block of 4 classrooms was built & equipped with furniture in just 10 weeks. Work began on the second block of 4 classrooms, incorporating the office/storeroom, on March 27th and this was the progress after just ONE week!! Now, 5 weeks after starting, the block is built & TODAY they finished the roofing.
As a direct result of my presentation at Torquay Conference I have received donations of £2,170 and with the donation of £3,000 from Banbury Rotary Club I now have ALL the funding in place to complete the building of the 4 classrooms.Rendering, fitting the ceilings, installing the windows & doors, screeding the floors will all take place in the next couple of weeks and the last stage will be painting internally & externally. We are well on track to complete the building before the rainy season starts at the end of May !!
With donations from a couple of recent talks, some local donations and a pledge for £500 I will also have adequate funding to pay for all the furniture for these 4 classrooms. The next phase will be the building of 2 toilet blocks which will happen after the rainy season giving me time to raise more funds. Currently I haven’t had to take advantage of the loan I was offered but it’s still there IF I need it. To everyone who has contributed to this project and enabled so much to happen in such a short space of time – I am truly grateful for your help. If what “WE CAN” do helps change the lives of just a few people then the effort is well worth it.
THANK YOU for helping me to continue to “make a real difference”.