Public Image - What it's all about
There are many ways the Chelmsford Rotary Club informs the general public of its activities and projects. Read about us in regular local publications such as Chelmsford The City Times, Moulsham Times and the Essex Chronicle. Listen to news on Chelmsford Community Radio when we feature on the third Sunday of the month between 10am and noon.
Pick up a leaflet in libraries or other public places or visit us online to find out much more about the wonderful projects undertaken by the club.
See us at public events when we are asked to help out or come and talk to us at one of the many Rotary events taking place during the course of the year. For example, the Chelmsford Rotary club helps organise the Youth Speak competition held in local schools and besides the students, there are the parents and teachers who may like to become involved. We love to talk and to enthuse people to become Rotarians.
It is much easier now to commit to Rotary as the organisation has adopted a more flexible approach to attendance and membership in recognition of modern working practices. Above all, you will get tremendous satisfaction from Rotary and benefit from a full social programme and many new friends.
Chelmsford City Showcase
On Wednesday, 15 November 2017, the Chelmsford City Council organised a “City Showcase” at Hylands Park. This was a day of business seminars with stalls in the marquee publicising local business and charities. The five Chelmsford Rotary Clubs jointly ran one for Rotary. Each Club took a 1½ hour slot; ours was from 13:00 to 14:30.
Each Club was asked to provide two people but in the event four of our members turned up to help. The picture shows Jenny Black, Keith Otter and Bob Booker. Graham Furnival took the picture.
We were able to engage a number of those looking at the stalls in conversation. The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay had provided some leaflets on next May’s Baddow Races. “Are you a runner?” proved a useful opening gambit, even if the reply was usually on the lines of “Do I look as though I can run?” Some did take away entry forms, often with a promise to take part themselves or pass the forms on to someone interested in running.
One person did admit “I’m only looking for freebies.” You can’t win them all!
It was encouraging to discover that most of those who stopped had at least heard of Rotary and had some idea what we were about. We gave out some information leaflets and District magazines. One person told us that her father had been a Rotarian and some of her early memories were of rattling collection tins. (She wouldn’t be allowed to rattle them these days.) We tried to persuade her to follow her father’s footsteps and become a Rotarian herself. She said she would definitely think about it - once she had retired.
From our point of view it was an enjoyable and useful time. Our thanks to the Rotary Club of Chelmsford Rivermead for coordinating the Clubs’ efforts.