At the beginning of every Rotary Year an Assembly is held where the aspirations, ideas and plans are shared for the coming Rotary Year 2019/20. This page is our way to inform our membership, those who might be interested in connecting with us and just interested parties.
The President of Rotary International sets out his aspirations in the video below:
Rotary Social Innovation Plan 2019/20
eCampaigns giving Service through awareness raising – we are Rotary for busy people, getting involved with us can be just about members helping us by their Social Media activity.
A ‘LIKE’ or ‘Share’ or ‘Retweet’ of something we’ve posted on our Social Media will help us build the awareness that helps people to learn more about Rotary International or a particular cause or issue we are focusing on.
From time to time we will promote a particular campaign on our website, your help here will be another way in which you can engage with our activities when you have a few minutes.
Dementia Friendly Communities – currently we are involved in supporting the work in Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham & Gosport, parts of East Hampshire, Amesbury and Waterlooville. We would welcome members to get involved, we do encourage everyone to become a Dementia Friend.
Charity Support – we support where we can Charities to raise funds, by helping them directly at their events. We also support The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own Charity, we are looking for members to help us run a 100 Club for raising funds.
Environmental Issues – we want to encourage personal action around recycling, food waste, up-cycling retired goods, action against using too much plastic. We will engage together in local campaigns which help in these areas and through our eCampaigns help share information.
Wellbeing – we are committed to encouraging good wellbeing with our own members, within our communities and throughout the world. We wanted to encourage more family activities and having fun together through some activities like Board Games, Cage Cricket, Easter Egg Hunts. We are particular interested in supporting local Wellbeing initiatives like the Southampton Wellbeing Hub.
Social Enterprise Awareness and Building a Market Place – will remain one of our key focuses. Continuation of our Unpacking Social Enterprise events, plus developing a toolkit so others from different locations can replicate this work. We will continue to encourage buying social and, where we can, we will use Social Enterprises for our own activities. We will continue to develop the Social Enterprise Directory and work in partnership with Action Hampshire and the HIVE Portsmouth to spread the word about Social Enterprise.
We want to build on the work we started this year Serving Coffee and Sandwiches Unwrapped, by renaming it Serving Up Social Change through Food, to highlight how we can use waste food more usefully and how Food can help bring people together to build relationships and community development.
We will continue to work with Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland to promote Rotary’s involvement in Social Enterprise across these islands.
Work with younger people – we hope to continue to develop and establish Interact, Rotaract as part of our activities in the community. We also would like to encourage involvement in Social Enterprise for young people working through Colleges and the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Perhaps work linked to Creative Arts Innovation and Cooking maybe explored.
Peace, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion – will be key areas to include in all our work and activities in the coming year.
Creative Arts Innovation – using the arts we want to encourage creative thinking and activities that develop our communities wellbeing and creativeness.
Collaboration and Partnership – we will endeavor to link in with more traditional Clubs in areas where we are establishing a membership base. We will continue to expand our membership locally, nationally and internationally. Where possible we will encourage our membership to get involved in the wider Rotary Family.
The People’s Festival in Portsmouth – hosted by Rotary to be held in October 2020. To support Tim Mason in his year as Rotary District Governor, we want our membership to help develop the programme and activities for this event in the Guildhall Square on Sunday 11th October.
Through all of our activities, social media and Face2Face meet ups we want our members to enjoy Rotary, give Service in their communities and build friendship with each other and in the wider areas we get involved in.