A whole year of challenge and
It is now a full twelve months
since we started the first lockdown – let’s hope that the ‘road map’ will lead
to the final ending of this challenging time for us all. But we have to be patient.
Throughout the challenges that
we have all faced, Rotarians have adapted to what is possible in order to
maintain the friendship and fellowship within our Clubs and to ensure that we
are still making a difference within our communities at home and abroad. The
articles in this and previous newsletters demonstrate the range of successful
activities that members within our District have been engaged in. A ‘can do’ attitude has prevailed and members
have adapted to what is possible. This has also been very evident in the many
online Club Meetings and Charters that I have attended.
As we move through the next
few months we have to be patient and follow Government guidelines but we can
use the time to prepare for the future. This is happening in all areas of
Rotary with training sessions and seminars for incoming leaders within our
Clubs and District. At the same time I know that many Clubs are having the
conversation as to how they might adapt to life post Covid. These conversations
will culminate at District and Club Assemblies.
Within our communities, we are
all going to adapt to the changes brought about by the last year that impact
upon us – whether they are in relation to working patterns, shopping patterns
or the use of modern technology. I believe that the need for Rotary will be as
great, if not greater, in the future than it has ever been; a Rotary experience
that focuses on the needs of its members which, in turn, leads to opportunities
to create lasting change in ourselves and our communities.
As we move through the coming
months and new life is evident in our gardens, let’s use our Rotarian spirit,
our ‘can do’ attitude, in order to prepare for the future so that we can
evidence a resurgence of Rotary, in all its aspects, within our communities.