As we enter a new year we all look forward to a positive outcome to the pandemic. Many clubs, districts and international events have fallen through due to this global situation and this is hard for our organisation as meeting face-to-face is a key component. But a positive opportunity lies ahead!
2022 marks a major milestone, one that is unlikely to be seen again, our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which will culminate with a celebration in June during an extended bank holiday.
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David Ellis, Chairman of the Executive for Rotary GB&I, has been in negotiation with Her Majesty’s Pageant Master and Rotary has been offered the honour of lighting beacons during the June celebrations.
Many clubs took part in previous Jubilee Beacon events, and it is hoped to repeat this for the Platinum Jubilee.
Please visit it and record your events on the map so everyone may join in and see Rotary in Action.”
The call is out to clubs to take part and you can visit the Queens Jubilee beacons website for full information. This is a fantastic positive public relations opportunity, so please consider being part of this historic event.
Rotary is also involved in the lighting of beacons in every Commonwealth capital and it is hoped the final beacon could be lit in Houston by Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta.
Our thanks to Rotary member Sree Vallipuram (London) for the work he has given in organising this.
Once again, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland is at the centre of Thank You Day.
This year, Sunday, June 5th is the day when clubs are asked to connect with their communities and host a Big Lunch event. Head to the big lunch website to get started.
Our thanks to Rotary member Sree Vallipuram (London) for the work he has given in organising this.”
You may decide to embed a service activity either ahead of or during the lunch – an environmental project may work well; you might plan for a communal ‘bring your own picnic’ or work with the wonderfully diverse communities within our towns and cities for a ‘street feast’ – the ideas are limited only by our own imaginations!
Local councils are supporting community plans and the Arts Council has created a fund to support activities. Head to the Arts Council site for more information.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to work with our communities to help everyone enjoy some much-needed fun and laughter as well as improve our local environment.
The Jubilee website offers lots of ideas, resources and funding suggestions.
Please visit it and record your events on the map so everyone may join in and see Rotary in Action.
Finally, remember to use the social media tags #PlatinumJubilee and #HM70. A free official Platinum Jubilee Emblem is available for download!
Please join in this weekend of celebrations and host a local Platinum Jubilee Thank You Day event; your community will value and remember the energy and enthusiasm that your Rotary members brought to this pivotal moment in history – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
For more information and support in taking part in Jubilee celebrations please contact your District Community Officer. Plus let us know how you’re marking the occasion by emailing us.