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February – March 2021 | Opinion

Tony Black – Rotary International Director’s Column

Tony Black – Rotary International Director’s Column

Rotary International Director, Tony Black, discusses the rolling out of the covid-19 vaccination across Great Britain and Ireland.

We are only a month into the new year and the COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out all over our countries.

The logistics needed for the vaccination programmes are daunting and I wonder if you have thought how you as an individual, club or even as a district could assist in your local communities?

Ask your local NHS, GP’s etc. how you can help.

Although we will be unable to collect money, it may be possible to help in the stewarding or distributing information leaflets.

We are only a month into the new year and the COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out all over our countries.”

There may well be other things where you may be able to assist but if possible, why not wear a Rotary or End Polio Now sweatshirt under your Hi-Viz vest?

After the year we have had, is this year not a time for positive change not only in ourselves but in Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and our planet?

One of the most important issues of our time is the environment and climate change. Have you or will you take on an environment project? Such as beach or riverbank cleaning, reducing our plastic waste, planting trees, plants or vegetables and maybe get our young people involved.

After the year we have had, is this year not a time for positive change not only in ourselves but in Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and our planet?”

You can work and help in your communities, but our clubs cannot be all things to its members and to the community it serves. We have limited human, financial and time resources, so there is a need to set a plan.

Planning is essential to achieving success in all areas of life including Rotary and although we are getting better at it, we could do better.

Whatever you are doing or will do, please enjoy and stay safe.

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