December 2017

The Droitwich Rotary Club again visited the streets of Droitwich Spa with Santa’s Sleigh in the run up to Christmas.

The Club collected £3897 for charities which includes the Acorn’s Childen Hospice and other local causes.

The Club wishes to thank Droitwich residents for their generosity. The Droitwich Sleigh outings have been operated jointly with the Lions Club since 2009.

12th September 2017. 

Mayor Shaun Best visited the Club for the presentation of a Salver in memory of  Steve Moore Chairman of British Legion

Droitwich Mayor Shaun Best delivered a speech outlining his visions and plans for the town and engaging with youth.

President Mel Bates presented a Silver Salver to Hazel Gandy in Memory of Steve Moore who was the late Chairman of the Droitwich Branch of the British Legion.  Guests included Steve Moore’s family Sarah Moore, Maria Moore and Tom Pedlow.

Club Assembly 13th June

Incoming President’s Report 2017-2018

Before outlining the programme for the coming year I would like to acknowledge Jim’s excellent year as President, during which we have had an interesting variety of activities ranging from social events, fund raising and community projects, educational visits, and an International exchange in conjunction with the Redditch Club when Rotarians from Emden in Germany joined us for a convivial week end.

I only hope that in my year I can come near to matching his achievements.

Droitwich Spa Club in parallel with many Rotary Clubs in the UK is suffering from its inability to attract new members and especially younger members. Indeed declining numbers and how to arrest the problem has been our number one target for quite some time and it must remain our most important goal. However it is clear that continuing along the previous well trodden path must change if we are to remain a viable Club. Let me hasten to add that it is not for want of trying that we find ourselves in this situation. Helen when she was Membership Secretary and other members have made great efforts to increase the membership with unfortunately only limited success.

During the course of my year we will be examining a range of options aimed at reversing the decline and hopefully deliver a long term solution for the future of the Club. Mike Lambden our new Membership Secretary is looking forward to the challenge of recruiting new members and Jim Gillespie despite having had a busy year as President has generously agreed to take on the mantel Communities Secretary. I’m sure that all the members of the Club will do their very best to support them.

The Club has always been active in supporting Local, District and International charities and events and 2017-18 will be no exception. Our main fund raising activity in conjunction with Droitwich Lions is the door to door Father Christmas sleigh and though some bones are beginning to creak there is still enthusiasm to do our bit. To augment our activity we are currently inviting selected local clubs to help with the money collection on the routes and there are some positive signs that help may be coming.

For 2017-18 I have selected The Acorn Trust as the Presidents Charity, no doubt others will be added as the year progresses.

For the last three years Droitwich Rotary has dedicated two Club days to supporting The Royal British Legion with their Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Service in November, collecting over £4,000 in the process. Not only has the Club assisted as collectors it has also actually managed the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Service and in so doing increased the collection from £13,000 to £23,000. The Club will again be helping the Legion this year to support disabled members of the armed forces and their families.

As in previous years the Club will provide shoe boxes to the Methodist Church and take an active part in supporting Inner Wheel fund raising activities and selected Salvation Army Community projects.

I mentioned earlier that the Club together with Redditch Rotary Club hosted Emden Rotarians in September 2016. In 2018 it will be our turn to visit Emden. Contact has already been made with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kreutz with the most likely date for the visit being sometime in either late May or early June.

During the year the Club will engage in a number of social events. The Charter Lunch will take place at Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel near Kidderminster on Sunday 25th February, Burns Night will be celebrated thanks to Sandy on Tuesday 23rd January and a joint Christmas Dinner with Inner Wheel will take place on 12th December at the Crown and Sandys, Ombersley. The Club has a history of visiting other Rotary Clubs. In 2017-18 meetings have already been arranged to visit North Worcestershire and Pershore Clubs, and more might follow. A visit to a local engineering factory including a buffet lunch has been arranged for March 13th.

Finally may I thank the other Club members who have agreed to join me as Club Officers and Council Members. We will endeavour to serve the Club to the best of our ability and we look forward to your support.

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