We wanted to hold a celebration of our E-Club’s success over the past year, a Charter and President’s Event that was informal, continued to provide opportunities for relationship building, whilst sharing more time to hear about our Service opportunities.
We Chartered as a Rotary E-Club in February 2012 with 27 members, celebrating this on the 18th May 2012, President Tim said he’d like to see our membership grow, so yesterday at our Charter Celebration it was great to know that our membership had now reached 37, with 13 provisional members in the pipeline.
Another objective that President Tim set last year was for the E-Club to develop partnership work, so it was a splendid that we had the opportunity to present Rotarian Rachel Davis (founder member) with £300 for the British Heart Foundation from the proceeds of the Virtual Balloon Race and £50 to Rotarian Kevin Leaning (founder member) for the Well Child Trust for his son Max’s efforts in the Scrmrun.
A lovely time was spent by those members able to attend, visiting Dartley Farm in the Cotswolds hosted by Rotarians Ola and Maria Baalack (founder members), the afternoon started with a guided Farm Tour with Ola telling guests about the farming, plus Ola and Maria’s passion to be good guardians of the countryside they now lived and worked in. The pride, passion and hopes were shared as Rotarians walked together listening at various stops on the circular route and relationships were built between those present as we wandered through the bluebells. Yes E-Rotarians can do it in wellington boots and even in the countryside, Tim and Janice were posting on Facebook to keep others involved who were unable to attend.
Back at the hunting lodge the Bring and Share Picnic went down a treat and this was followed by an excellent talk by Maria about her 3 month trip to India, experiencing involvement in the End Polio Now vaccination programme and meeting Rotarians, whilst enjoying learning more about the Indian culture, people and places.
An excellent celebration that captured the joy of E-Rotary Fellowship and gave us the opportunity to do this in style without the usual Rotary bling. We also managed to raise £80 for the Human & Hope Association towards a specific project we hope to help. Finally Junior Vice President Sinead Darker (founder member) became our video producer to get on with our promotional video of ‘Why join our E-Rotary’ as we all shouted CLICK FOR ACTION Sinead rolled the cameras.