Wednesday 29th June 2022 I became the President of Rotary Halifax
Calder for the 3rd time. It is a great privilege to hold this office.
The feelings of responsibility and not letting the Club and its members down
is just as great this time as the first time.
Rotary International Theme ‘Imagine Rotary’ chosen by Jennifer Jones from the
Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada the incoming Rotary International
President for 2022/23 says the lyrics;
how do I Imagine Rotary Halifax Calder for this coming year 2022/23? Well not
dreaming that’s for sure but the help of Council and the Club Members turning
aspirations into reality.
may say I’m a dreamer
I’m not the only one”
the song Imagine by John Lennon were for her a call for action and we should Imagine,
a world that deserves our best where we get up each day knowing that we can
make a difference.
song written in 1971 also talks of living life in peace, nothing to kill or die
for, no need for greed or hunger and one day the world will live as one. Sadly
that has still not been achieved some 51years later.
the last year following the Corona Virus pandemic life has been getting back to
normal. We have been able to meet together at our new venue The West End Golf
Club on two meeting per month but still offering Zoom too and Zoom at our other
is important that we support our own Rotary Charity, Foundation and Polio. If
vaccination doesn’t continue Polio will come back. We have seen with Covid 19
how quickly a virus can spread and the necessity for vaccination. Foundation
has the resources to make a big impact providing, Basic education and literacy,
Community economic development, Disease prevention and treatment, Maternal and
child health, Peace building and conflict prevention, Water, sanitation, and
hygiene in addition to urgent intervention in times of great need. All the
things that we as a Club prioritise.
my year as President I would like us to
support Send a Cow recently renamed Ripple Effect Uk Working in Africa promoting
sustainable farming, fighting hunger and providing work reducing poverty and
would also like to continue with School in a Bag. It is important that we
support children with a learning opportunity.
have not named a specific organisation in respect or water in sanitation but I understand that there is a need in Ukraine for
Life Straws and if the opportunity arises with a suitable resource it may be
possible for us to support this.
I would like to support a Junior Football Team providing a football kit with
our name promoting Rotary. I would also like to work in partnership with
Halifax Soroptomists in supporting the Women’s Refuge particularly the children
and young people. Soroptomists are the female version of Rotary and were
founded in Oakland California in 1921. It’s vision is to transform the lives of
Women and Girls through education, empowerment and by enabling opportunities. A
vision that also fits with our Rotary vision.
locally continue our support for Overgate Hospice and the Yorkshire Air
an opportunity has arisen for us to work closely with the Ukraine Community in
Halifax and support Ukraine Refugees. We have currently provided some English-Ukraine
books that are being used in conjunction with an English learning class
promoted by the Halifax Ukraine Community.
Club will continue to support a Youth Programme through Interact, RYLA and James Cook. We will also look to the District
programme to extend our involvement.
we will continue with our Service programme with Overgate Hospice Mountain Bike
Challenge, The Halifax Gala and hopefully looking forward our assistance at
Norland Scarecrows and Calderdale College Graduation Ceremony.
will look to do more for the Environment with litter picking and tree planting.
is very important and I will look into ways that we can fundraise enjoyably!!
The Arts Festival was a great success and will hopefully continue.
will also be looking a District Grants to support our programme.
a local need arises I would like us to be open to support in addition to the
ones already identified.
I please take this opportunity to thank the new council for the year for giving
their support and time and my thanks to you all as club members for the support
that I know you will give to the club in the next 12 months.
coming year after the problems with Covid 19 is an important time for the Club.
We cannot be a dreamer with no action. We need to Imagine Rotary at Halifax
Calder as a vibrant, engaging, welcoming place that is looking to the future to
grow our club and ensure it’s sustainability. New members are important to our
look forward to being your President again and will value your help and support