Lunch meetings have been cancelled for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are holding Zoom meetings in lieu and please contact our secretary if you wish to join.

Presidents report for August 2020

Another interesting month of Rotary meetings and decisions.  Namita Harvey from Turn2Us, a national charity of which I am a Vice President, gave a presentation on Zoom at the beginning of the month.  (There will be a lunch and art demonstration to raise funds for this charity on 1st June 2021.)  This charity helps people to get back on track when times get tough and they need financial support, giving  hope and a welcome breathing space to beneficiaries.

 I attended a very enjoyable Rotary Fellowship of Quilters and Fibre Artists Zoom get together.  As this is a world wide group of Rotarian craftspeople being run from the States the meeting took place at 1.00pm their time and it was 9.00pm in the UK and 6.00am in Australia.  Not only was it interesting to hear all the wonderful creativity going on through lock down to raise funds for local charities in a wide range of countries including Finland, Belgium, Sweden, Australia, Canada, The States, and of course the UK  but it was interesting to learn about the weather.  In Sydney there had been snow on the mountains and it was bitterly cold, in California one Rotarian had her bags packed ready to leave as soon as she had said hello to everyone as the lightening fires were 6 miles away from her and she was about to flee!

Unfortunately the Handover of the President’s jewel together with the President’s lunch – everyone bringing their own picnic and socially distancing in the grounds – had to be cancelled due to rains and high winds.  The day before and the day after were warm and sunny……

Owing to meetings taking place virtually we have been able to ‘visit’ clubs much further afield and at some more formal meetings the number of attendees has quadrupled. I am sure in the future we will continue to have a number of virtual meetings interspersed with our face to face meetings.

We hope to arrange some local projects very soon and if you would like to be involved please get in touch. Being involved with Rotary means that you are part of a local community organisation, doing good in your locality, but at the same time you are part of a global organisation which can do good overseas making a difference in the developing world and giving you the opportunity to network worldwide.

Helen Karakashian .

 

Presidents Monthly Report  for July 2020

Our new Rotary year has begun. Aer planning a full programme from 1st July to the end of June 2021 with
speakers, social activites, fund raising events and visits to and from other Clubs we are learning to change
and innovate. No events have been cancelled just postponed and we are learning to adapt during this
pandemic.

Preparatory meetings leading up to the beginning of the new Rotary year have of course all been virtual
and as a result very well attended. We have met through Webinar and Zoom and rather than watching a
video from our new Rotary International President Holger Knaack, we had the opportunity to speak to him
directly and ask him questions while he sat at home in Germany. Our Virtual meetings are also giving us the
opportunity to meet frequently and for all the incoming Presidents to share their ideas more easily. The
money our Rotary District is saving on booking conference facilities and meeting rooms is considerable and
is being ring fenced for charitable purposes – a real bonus. I am sure in the future we will have a mix of
virtual meetings – less driving and more efficient use of time – together with face to face networking and
social opportunities. Innovation is the key.

Before the pandemic we met every Tuesday at 12.15pm at The Old Cock in Friar Street ready to sit down to
lunch at 12.45pm followed by a speaker. The first speaker I arranged for this year was Lyn Blewitt a
member of the Droitwich Historical Society who is very knowledgeable about Droitwich. Her presentation
was on the history of the building of the Old Cock which seemed appropriate as we should have been
sitting in the building whilst listening to her. However, Zoom was the answer and Lyn gave an excellent
presentation but all ideas of Judge Jeffreys and the ‘Bloody Assizes’ taking place in the building were
completely dispelled.

Last week our speaker was Rod Gethins, MD of Worlds Apart Travel. He Zoomed from one of his
businesses, Grapevine Travel in Droitwich. Rod gave us a fascinating insight into the travel business which
was followed by an excellent Q & A session.

Our main challenge will be to create funds for the wide variety of local charities we support. We have
already given a generous donation to our Club’s international charity for this year, Nepal Trust, supporting
sustainable farming and educational projects. Rotarians donated money they would have paid for their
lunch at a meeting but we need to become more creative with our fund raising activities as all the events
originally planned did not anticipate the need for social distancing!
 
Rotary offers a great humanitarian service globally and locally. If all you wonderful volunteers out there
helping our community during these difficult times would like to be part of a larger global group, please get
in touch. We would love to hear from you and when possible support you in your projects.
 
Helen Karakashain,

Charitable donations 2019 – 2020

Aquabox                                    £600

Shelterbox                                 £570

Cancer Research                        £250 

Macmillan                                  £225

Droitwich Archery Society            £800

Droitwich CVS                           £1000

Pamela May Trust                      £500

St John’s Ambulance                  £200

Droitwich CVS                          £1000

Droitwich Young Carers              £800 

St. Richard’s Hospice                  £800

Droitwich Meeting Centre            £300

Spectrum Days                          £300 

Droitwich Food Bank                  £300

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