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October-November 2021 | Comment

David Ellis – Chair of the Executive’s Column

David Ellis – Chair of the Executive’s Column

The Chair of the Executives, David Ellis, shares his excitement for a new major investment made to improve Rotary’s service.

Time certainly flies, by the time you read this magazine we will be into the second quarter of the Rotary year.

It’s great to see clubs resuming their meetings and there are many examples of clubs embracing hybrid versions to bring in those who feel unable to meet face-to-face, this demonstrates our ability to adapt.

In the last magazine, I promised that we would be working towards giving the clubs a much better service.

I am pleased to announce that a major investment has been agreed to build a completely new Data Management System.

In essence we will have a portal for all members with a single sign-in giving access to club, district, Rotary GB&I and Rotary International.”

The system, called Rotary View, is in the development stage and will be introduced during 2022 and completed within the next 18 months.

This may sound a long way off but the task is a huge one and warrants the serious investment the Governing Council has sanctioned.

In essence, we will have a portal for all members with a single sign-in giving access to club, district, Rotary GB&I and Rotary International.

The system will offer mobile access for those Rotarians on the move. It will also encompass a messaging and notification ability without the need to leave the portal to send or read emails.

The system will offer mobile access for those Rotarians on the move. It will also encompass a messaging and notification ability without the need to leave the portal to send or read emails.”

Our thanks must go to General Secretary, Amanda Watkin, and her IT Team for all the background work already undertaken, all this whilst the template website was being upgraded.

We now have a number of districts collaborating on many fronts. This could lead to multidistrict events such as President-Elect training and conferences, a real sign that we are changing.

Change is not easy but it is vital if we want our great organisation to make a difference in the world.

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has asked us to “each one bring one”. I would go further and say “each club grow a new one”.  New-style clubs which are cause or project-based, with less emphasis on meals and meetings. A new way of doing Rotary service.

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