We regularly invite speakers to talk about charitable activities and events as well as inform us about what they do that concerns our local community
The world isn't only black and white' was the message from Jo Lockwood for members of Four Marks and Medstead Rotary. Jo is a motivational speaker who specialises in equality and diversity issues, and is President-Elect of a new Rotary Club recently formed in SE Hampshire. Jo argues that voluntary organisations such as Rotary need to make more effort to ensure their membership is diverse and inclusive. Jo said, "We are all unique and different, and organisations such as Rotary have to attract different types of people to join." Mike Sanders, President-Elect of Four Marks and Medstead Rotary, is planning a campaign to welcome new members later this year, and he and Jo discussed this plan for a recruitment drive.
Canon Ed Pruen from St Andrew's Church in Medstead told us about his recent visit to Palestine - July 2017
Just back from a visit to the West Bank is Canon Ed Pruen, who is in charge of a number of our local parishes. He gave one of our meetings his take on the deprivation suffered by many thousands of displaced Palestinian refugees, and told us of some shocking examples of the brutality and injustice suffered by the refugees. Many Palestinian villages had been destroyed, said Ed, and a wall twice the height of the Berlin Wall had been built, dividing communities.
This was one of the first meetings chaired by the new President of Four Marks and Medstead Rotary, Sally Duncan. Her priority for the year is developing our membership. She told members, "Both Four Marks and Medstead are growing in population - this is an opportunity to find new friends with new ideas and new ways to make a difference to our communities."
Julie McLatch, Alton's Business Development Manager, talked to us about her work in Alton
A lively debate about the economic prospects for the Alton area featured at a recent meeting of Four Marks and Medstead Rotary. Vice President Phil Talbot chaired the discussion, which was led by Alton's Business Development Manager Julie McLatch.