For our December ramble this year we did a circular walk starting from Boulters Lock.
Bob thought that the first part would be boring so he set us a “Car Rally” type quiz. David W proved to be the most alert (he spotted the Olive Tree) & came top of the pile. We made our way to Widbrook Common which is used by the commoners (not us) to graze their cattle in summer.
I think we then went wrong somewhere but with the help of a local resident we did eventually reach Cookham Moor. From there we made our way through woodland down to the River Thames, opposite the Hanging Woods of the National Trust’s Cliveden Estate. We then walked along what is considered to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames, Cliveden Reach. Even on a dark December day it was very scenic.
Finally we made our way back to the car park, crossed the road & had lunch at Boulters Inn. A very enjoyable, if somewhat damp walk, with friends.
The Community and Vocational Committee have supported the Windsor Observer newspaper annual Christmas Toy Appeal for many years through donations of new children's books. The books were given to children in need in the catchment area. In 2018 the newspaper did not promote this appeal, so to ensure our commitment to the community and to ensure local children received gifts at Christmas, the club decided to donate books to DASH, a charity which helps victims of domestic abuse.
The books were selected by Rotarian Martyn Gorton's wife Diana, who is a former teacher and school librarian and had contacts with the trade.
We were very pleased to donate over 60 new books to cover ages from babies to teenagers, this year adult books were also purchased for the Mums and Dads. This is just another example of our club doing good in the world and making a difference locally.
2019-20 RI president announces his presidential theme
Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.
RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney announces the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors in San Diego, California, USA.
Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.
“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said. Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience. “Rotary allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”
Maloney also called on every Rotary and Rotaract club to identify segments of their community not represented in their club by creating a membership committee with diverse members. “Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”
Maloney urged leaders to offer alternative meeting experiences and service opportunities to make it easier for busy professionals and people with many family obligations to serve in leadership roles. “We need to foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with the family, but rather complements it,” Maloney said. “That means taking real, practical steps to change the existing culture: being realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level.”
Maloney said many of the barriers that prevent people from serving as leaders in Rotary are based on expectations that are no longer relevant. “It is time to adapt, to change our culture, and to convey the message that you can be a great district governor without visiting every club individually, and a great president without doing everything yourself.”
Relationship with the United Nations
During 2019-20, Rotary will host a series of presidential conferences around the world, focusing on Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations and the UN’s sustainable development goals that many Rotary service projects support. More information will be available in July.
In 2020, the United Nations will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its charter and its mission of promoting peace. Rotary was one of 42 organisations the United States invited to serve as consultants to its delegation at the 1945 San Francisco conference, which led to the UN’s charter. For decades, Rotary has worked alongside the United Nations to address humanitarian issues around the world. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status that the UN offers to nongovernmental organisations.
“Rotary shares the United Nations’ enduring commitment to a healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable world,” Maloney said. “And Rotary offers something no other organisation can match: an existing infrastructure that allows people from all over the world to connect in a spirit of service and peace and take meaningful action toward that goal.”
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