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13 October 2022: District GovernorA Rotary chain of office

Our District Governor was a guest at today’s lunchtime meeting.

He told us he had read through our Committee reports that our Secretary had sent him in advance of the meeting. He congratulated us on our success as a Club, particularly our events, projects, website and social media page.

Nevertheless, there are challenges ahead. Rotarians are aging and RGB&I suffered a net loss of 2,000 members last year. This year’s Rotary International President, the first woman in that role, has chosen “Imagine” as the theme for her year. There are now many different ways of being a Rotary Club. Clubs are becoming more informal, doing away with regalia for example. There are successful evening Clubs where turning up for the meal is optional; members can skip the meal and arrive later if they wish.

The District Governor also referred to the recent conference in Iceland which he attended with many others including a member of our own Club, who is District Governor Nominee.

Before the meeting started the Chair of our Membership & Public Image Committee,distributed copies of our new Club brochure. After Jed spoke we took the opportunity to present a cheque for £1,000.00 to Chelmsford Community Transport. This completed our five-year commitment to give financial support to Community Transport. One of their trustees, who is also a Club member, received the cheque on their behalf.