Rotary Theme 2021-2022

RI President Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.


SERVICE AND PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVES 

Shekhar Mehta RI President-elect 5 February 2021 

Ever since I joined Rotary, Service Above Self has been the North Star of my life. My first encounters with service were through the club projects. Eye camps, tree plantations, food distribution drives — these were my first Rotary “dates.” But as time passed, the projects became bigger and the impact of service became deeper. The more I served, the more service became a way of life for me. My dear change-maker governors, you are soon going to assume a higher level of leadership. You will be leading districts with thousands of Rotarians. You will inspire them to Serve to Change Lives. Service, my friends, is to care for others and share with others. It is about thinking of others before you think of yourselves. Caring and sharing is the mission of life itself, and beyond
The world, my friends, is divided. In one part, there is plenty, and in the other, there is huge deficit, whether it is of water and sanitation facilities, whether there is deficit of food, or lack of housing, or lack of medical care, the list is endless. We Rotarians act to balance these resources as best we can. We move resources from one part of our community or the world to another, trying to fulfill needs. The outcomes and long-term effects of our work can be huge because of our sheer numbers, our geographic spread, our networking and leadership abilities. We are people of action. Whenever we see problems, we take action to help and do good in the world. Over the years, Rotary has set up hundreds of hospitals, thousands of schools, has provided health programs for millions and brought clean drinking water to many. Wherever there was a need, Rotarians have come forward to meet the same, whether at the local level or international level. The polio program is an outstanding example of scaling up service initiatives.
As we go about Doing Good in the World: empowering girls. Too many girls face discrimination, disadvantage, the lack of opportunities. Empowering girls will mean securing their education, securing their health, their economic development, equipping them with skills for greater opportunities. It will mean curbing child marriage and teenage pregnancies. It will mean preventing trafficking and abuse and gender-based violence against women. Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life. We know that when girls are supported and encouraged starting at the youngest ages, they have the potential to change the world — both as empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, and leaders. An investment in them upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future. One in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability. There is so much that can be done to serve to change the lives of girls. Do also remember that, starting 1 July, you can apply for grants to protect the environment. Of course our war against COVID will carry on with full vigor. We played a meaningful role in helping people with innumerable masks, ventilators, sanitizers, PPE kits, etc. We even created hospitals for COVID patients. The Rotary Foundation gave grants worth $30 million. Clubs added to this and did projects of millions of dollars more. Being a premier service organization, the world looks up to us to act at such times of crisis. And we have played our role well. Now we will play our part in supporting the vaccination process. Dear change-maker governors, you will be busy Doing Good in the World, but be sure to share these stories of your wonderful work. Inspire every Rotarian in your district to share their stories of serving and changing lives. Whether it is health camps, building toilets, or setting up hospitals and schools, these are heart-touching stories that inspire others to emulate, participate, and contribute. I strongly feel that every Rotarian is a brand ambassador of Rotary. The good word of Rotary, the good word of our work, will best travel around the world when each Rotarian tells their story on social media. Telling our story is as important as doing the work itself is. We will leverage all means of storytelling and will showcase our work with two presidential initiatives.
Rotary Days of Service. These will be events organized by two or more Rotary or Rotaract clubs to provide meaningful, hands-on volunteer opportunities for our members, their families, and friends and showcase our work to the outside world. These will be excellent opportunities to engage current and prospective members, showcase our work, and tell our story. Do ensure that every club in your district participates in the Rotary Days of Service and creates a major buzz on social and traditional media. Once again, empowering girls will be the overarching theme. Remember what Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” And what Martin Luther King Jr. asked, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” Let our answer be “We will Serve to Change Lives because service to humanity is good for both body and soul.



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..Saturday 21st December 2019.. Old Road - including Washbrook Close, Church Road, Manor Road, Blakelands, etc.

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joining: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention, Disease prevention and treatment. Water, sanitation and hygiene. Maternal and child health. Basic education and literacy. Community economic development.

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Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases

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Friday 24th September 2021 If any pensioner would like an afternoon tea box delivered to them on that day please telephone 07931-684079 to leave your name, address and telephone number. A member of the Club will then contact you

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When a child is vaccinated, their little finger is painted purple, hence the name Purple Pinkie Day. With literally millions of children attending Polio immunisation days, it is the only way to keep track of who has received their life saving medication.

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His chosen charities: The Salvation Army and the NOAH Welfare Centre, Luton.

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After decades of work across 47 countries on the continent, the World Health Organisation has certified the Africa region free from wild poliovirus.

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RI President Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

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Globally, five billion people have no access to safe and affordable surgery when they need it. Mercy Ships operates the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, taking free medical care and surgery directly to those who need it most.

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Sharpenhoe Road has it's gate back. After being run into by an out of control car, the gate is now repaired and back in-place.

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This page will contain the latest Daily Digest from the RIBI website: www.rotarygbi.org Last Update: 24th September 2020

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RI President Holger Knaack’s theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.

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By joining Rotary, your journey on the road to transforming communities begins Contact Bob Knowles about this page: bob-knowles@talktalk.net

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President Bob makes sure Paul will always remember the day he was made a Rotarian

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· Some look a bit spooky · Andy has great background, just needs an orchid in there · Surely IPAD has a name. · Andrew left the party briefly, hence only 19/20 pictured · Not sure where Simon is.

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CANter is based at ‘The Stables’, Fielden Court, Lower Gravenhurst, Set in an idyllic remote village of Gravenhurst, between Luton, Bedford and Hitchin which makes the venue easily accessible.

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New dates of Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July 2021

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Saturday 29th February 2020 Rothamsted Park, West Common, Harpenden.

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Due to the current Corona Virus situation, all our Rotary meetings are via Zoom every Tuesday at 7.50pm If you wish to join us contact Bob Knowles, email: bob-knowles@talktalk.net

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Saturday 24th October 5.30 - 6.45pm Streamed live on the Rotary Great Britain & Ireland YouTube Channel

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...A massive ‘Thank you’ to Santa "Our Aim at Christmas is to bring some joy and happiness to as many people as possible of all ages".

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District Governor Vijay Patel 2020/2021 (District 1260) Requests that every Club start their meetings by positioning our Vision Statement right in the front, visible and verbally.

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Countdown to World Environment Day, choose a task every two weeks to help out the Environment. Complete one activity per two weeks from the calendar between 22nd March 2021 and 5th June 2021 (total 6 activities).

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President Bob welcomes Paul Craggs as a member of our Club

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.....Sadly passed away on 7th May 2020..... Mike joined the Rotary Club of Barton-le-Clay in May 1990. 3 years after it was formed

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Club members will be litter picking in Silsoe, Campton & Barton-le-Clay. Official bags are being supplied by Central Bedfordshire Council.

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A short history and evolution of the Rotary wheel - the 'Mark of Excellence' Based on information compiled by the Rotary Global History Fellowship

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...Polio- A Personal Perspective... Martyn Gates shared his life story after contracting polio at the age of 18 months

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Families urgently need support in north-eastern Syria. We're providing shelter for families who have been forced to leave their homes due to the conflict in Syria.

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Friday 27th September 2019

.....Friday 27th September 2019........ "Zing"- Carole & Peter entertaining our guests.

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President Bob makes sure Andy will always remember the day he was made a Rotarian

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When someone suffers a major trauma, the quicker they receive specialist emergency care, the more likely it is that the treatment will prevent death or serious disability. This is referred to as the ‘Golden Hour’

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Go to our links page to see details of this charity

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The walking group at the presentation of the new poles

Launch of a Nordic-style walking programme

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Club members cleaning and giving a new life to hand tools whilst on our annual visit of Tuesday 21st May 2019

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Barton-le-Clay Rotary Club supports fundraising for The Rotary Foundation

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Past President David Swain hands over to President Bob Knowles

Past President David Swain hands over to President Bob Knowles

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R I President Mark Daniel Maloney's theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow people to unite and take action through Rotary service.

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Rtn. Derek Hardy has been awarded a District 1260 Service Award for outstanding service in promoting Rotary's capability in supporting projects in the international arenas. In recognition and appreciation of his dedicated service to Shelter Box.

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Our vision is to see a world where no family is without shelter after disaster. Our teams work with disaster-hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives.

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The Rotary Club of Barton-le-Clay lends money to entrepreneurs in various parts of the world where most good can be done.

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A fun and enjoyable night was spent barn dancing in Barton-le-Clay Village Hall on Saturday 30th March 2019 Music from the group Abella and the caller was Andy Rouse. Highly tasteful Hog Roast supplied and cooked by John Fraser and Clair Burton

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The bee orchid has been the emblem of the Rotary Club of Barton-le-Clay since its foundation. The orchid, Ophyrs apifera var. aurita, grows wild on the Chiltern Hills behind the village of Barton-le-Clay.

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Barton-le-Clay Rotary Club's first involvement with the Soup Kitchen and Night Shelter was in 2011

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Our latest contribution to the Noah Welfare Centre 152 towels that were passed on to the Club by a local business.

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George getting to grips with the old game of Tethered Skittles

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Santa with his little helpers

Each year the Club takes Santa around the streets of Barton-le-Clay to meet all the children, young and old, and make a collection to support our designated charities.

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Area of Focus : Basic Education and Literacy Month, Promote Literacy and it's a time when Rotary clubs and districts highlight Rotaract by joining in projects with their Rotaract clubs. Initiate Adult Education class Involve Youngsters / College Stude

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