Our Rotary District (Rotary Southeast and Gibraltar, District 1120) has an exciting new magazine that will be spreading news about what Rotarians in our District are doing.
This is brilliant news, because spreading news about what various clubs in the district get up to among Rotarians helps us come up with great new ideas for activities, fundraising, and ways that we can help both the local community and international causes that we support.
Although the magazine is aimed at our District's members, everyone can read it online here.
That means the public can find out what Rotarians are doing in the District, which will help improve understanding of Rotary. We also hope it will lead to more support and, perhaps, more people joining Rotary and its associated clubs such as Rotaract, Interact and Inner Wheel.
Rotary is always changing and, as Chris Bletchley (our District Governor), says in the opening piece of this first issue, "Now is the time to look to the future, more flexible, more diverse, Rotaract, Interact, Satellite, the opportunity for new members and clubs is limited only to our vision, the future of Rotary is in all our hands."
There are two articles in this issue about our club. "An Old Dog with New Tricks" highlights how our 99-year-old Club was able to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic to hold our Innovation Competition by moving it online and by working with a local college (Canterbury Christ Church) in order to use their experience to set up the live, online final.
The second article, "Voices from Across the Continents," reflects on how online meetings have been surprisingly beneficial as we have been able to hear from speakers in very different parts of the world. This benefit was something that we didn't want to lose now that we are back meeting face-to-face, which is why we plan to have hybrid meetings (which members can join in person or online) into the future.
Picture: Part of the cover of the new magazine. Picture credit: Rotary Southeast and Gibraltar (we have been asked to share the magazine widely).