Entering each new year often brings a feeling of hope and expectation, but for this to be realised we need a plan. Usually, we have a rough outline of ‘what’ we are aiming for but have we stopped to think about Why we need to refocus?
Nine months ago, our clubs voted overwhelmingly in support of change to the governance model of our Association, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (Rotary GB&I). The ‘why’ of this change, put simply, is to provide an infrastructure that will give continuity and focus in serving the needs of our members?
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There are many side benefits to this change, but fundamentally we needed to grasp the nettle, creating greater capacity for our dedicated team of governors to support and lead district services, whilst simultaneously providing a team dedicated to the support of each governor, maximising the potential of Rotary in these islands.
The team responsible for bringing this plan to life in 2022/23 is the Rotary GB&I Board”
Globally, Rotary has a strategic plan comprised of four priorities to: Expand our Reach; Increase our Impact; Enhance Participation; and Increase our Ability to Adapt.
In support of these four priorities, we are all asked to consider what we do and check that at least one or more of these priorities is positively affected through our actions.
Rotary GB&I has embraced these four priorities and built a strategic action plan, focusing attention towards growing and strengthening Rotary membership and increasing support to The Rotary Foundation. The team responsible for bringing this plan to life in 2022/23 is the Rotary GB&I Board.
The newly-appointed board members are currently working together to focus on the why, what, and how of Rotary in this region.
Their responsibility is enormous and essentially everything they do has to start with ‘why’, including ‘why Rotary’, but we can all help with this…”
Collectively, they form the first Regional Board for Rotary International and are providing a platform to take learning and shape services in other parts of the Rotary world. Their responsibility is enormous and essentially everything they do has to start with ‘why’, including ‘why Rotary’, but we can all help with this…
As members, we support communities at home and overseas through the Rotary network. We share that intrinsic feeling for the why of Rotary, but recognise the need to be able to articulate this message to others.
That message should be personal. It should be based on your lived experiences of being a member.
But, in these times of new beginnings, we need to work together to help others understand why Rotary is so valuable to society and why being a member gives each of us so much more than without it. l
To ensure our new beginnings in 2022 come from working together, would you share your ‘Why Rotary’ message with us on Survey Monkey.
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