Club Organisation and Committee Structure
Club Council is the governing body of the club. It meets monthly and is responsible for the running of the club (encompassing financial and membership aspects, but not the service activities of the club). Club Council comprises:
- The President (Chairman of Club Council)
- President Elect and Chairman of Club Service Committee
- Vice President
- Immediate Past President
- Chairman of Community / Vocational Committee
- Chairman of Foundation Committee
- Chairman of International Committee
- Chairman of Youth Service Committee
- Ordinary Member
- Ordinary Member
District Council Representatives
Although Rotary Clubs are autonomous, a number of clubs form a district and in Great Britain and Ireland there are are 27 districts with over 1,800 clubs. The RC of Wadebridge forms part of District 1175 covering Cornwall and Devon.
Each District has a District Council, which meets 3 times a year to determine the district budget, activities and policies for the clubs within the district. The RC of Wadebridge has 2 delegates to represent the club on the District Council. The operation of the District Council might be likened to parliament, where our club representatives act as MPs.
Club Service/Membership Committee
Club Service means simply service within the club. The Club Service Committee manages the club diary,monitors the facilities provided by the host venue (e.g., the quality of meals and service) and organises social functions (such as ladies evenings and the President's Night). The strength of any organisation lies in effective membership. The Club Membership Committee is responsible for membership development and retention.
Community / Vocational Committee
Community Service concerns the work done by Rotarians in their own, local area. Vocational Service involves Rotarians bringing to Rotary the knowledge, skills and expertise that they have acquired in their jobs. The Community and Vocational Service Committee will examine and respond to the needs of people in their area who are less fortunate, handicapped or deprived, but it may also become involved with environmental issues.
The Rotary Foundation is the charitable trust fund of Rotary International, which was set up to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian and educational programmes. Programmes undertaken by the Foundation include the worldwide eradication of polio, sponsoring international group study exchange visits, providing scholarships that focus on the obstacles that impede international co-operation and peace (e.g., war, famine, poverty and disease), and providing matching grants to Rotary Clubs and Districts to undertake more locally based humanitarian programmes.
International Service promotes the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through the eradication of ill health, malnutrition and deprivation. It also includes the provision of relief and support to both natural and man-made catastrophes. The club supports ShelterBox and other international aid organisations by street collections.
Youth Service cover 3 main areas: the promotion of service and understanding amongst young people, the identification and development of young leaders, and the celebration of young peoples' achievements. In practice, support for youth activities is usually provided in concert with the Community and Vocational Service Committee. We support the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.
Wadebridge Wheels is a display of older vehicles held every July at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. In addition, there are trade stands, a car boot, childrens entertainment and refreshments. It is now an established event and is the major fund raiser for the club. More details can be found on their own website.
The Rotary Club of Wadebridge
Trust Fund is a registered charity, No. 286638, and is operated by the
Club. There are four trustees, who are
all club members elected to that office.
Trustees make sure the charity is running well
and is doing what it was set up to do. This includes ensuring the charity: -
has the money it needs - spends its money sensibly, on the activities it was
raised for - follows the law, including preparing reports and accounts to send
to the Charity Commission* - doesn’t break the rules in its governing document
(its constitution, trust deed or articles).
Charity trustees make decisions
about their charity together, working as a team. Decisions don’t usually need to be unanimous
as long as the majority of trustees agree.
Trustees should assess potential
risks carefully before making a decision, especially before the charity enters
into any contracts or borrows money. It’s
extremely rare for trustees to become personally liable for the charity losing
money BUT this could happen if trustees, for example, behave irresponsibly or
dishonestly, causing the charity to lose money or don’t take appropriate steps
to manage serious risks, for example, by following procedures.
Legal responsibilities of trustees; all trustees must: - follow the law and the
rules in the charity’s governing document - act responsibly and only in the
interests of the charity - use reasonable care and skill - make well-informed
decisions, taking advice if/when appropriate.
* accounts only need to be filed if annual
trust income exceeds £25,000