The Year Ahead

In this week’s meeting, 2017-18 President Helen Cane shared with us her ideas for the year ahead.

“A year and a half ago, when I was elected as President for 2017-18, I made a commitment to this club and I am certainly going to try to honour that commitment.”

“Our theme this year is ‘Rotary: Making a Difference,’ and I want to try and make a difference, not just to this club but to the community. I hope that as a club and as individuals we can all take part in sharing that.

“We have a new Board of Directors. I had planned to introduce them all tonight but half of them are not even here. The new member of our Board who is here is Semi. Taking over as our treasurer, she’ll be working with Bill for a few months, so that we get a nice, smooth changeover in that important role.”

“At the next Board meeting, on July 20th, I’m going to pro- pose a restructuring of the Board. I want to change the format of the meetings a bit. We have one evening meeting per month now. It has been suggested that we have two evening meetings. Because it’s a big change, with some members for it and some opposed, I will be calling every member and ask if they prefer a lunchtime meeting or an evening meeting. Then whatever the majority prefers, that’s what I’ll put to the Board. The Board can then discuss it and decide whether we stay as we are now with an evening meeting on the first Tuesday of the month and the rest lunchtime meetings, or whether we’re going to make a change.”

“I don’t foresee any change happening until after the summer months, what with so many people on vacation and travelling.”

“I also want to get us more involved at the district level. I know Knud is very involved at the district level with his work on International. I have had just a taste of Rotary at the district level and I’d like to see more members of the club go to the District Conference at the end of September and to the District Training Assembly next spring. I’m going to produce a monthly calendar that will include not just events of our club but district events as well. For example, there are four District Inter- national Service meetings every year. It would be nice if four members of our International Service Committee would each go to one. The next one will be on Saturday, August 26th. You will learn more about Rotary by going to district level meetings than you can learn by confining your Rotary activity to the local level. You get to meet people just like you but from a different club, so they will bring a new perspective to your encounters with them—share ideas, get an insight into things you would never have thought of by yourself.”

“I also want to look into a strategic plan for our club. This is an idea that Cameron suggested. Have we ever had a strategic plan in this club, does anyone know?”

Bill commented that we tried to develop a five-year stra- tegic plan many years ago, but found it difficult to carry the specific objectives over from year to year.

“Perhaps we can have better luck if we develop a strategic plan for just one year and update it every year,” Helen said.

“I’m also a person who likes to recognize the work of other people. There are many people in this club who do exceptional work in all kinds of different areas. So, on the first Tuesday of each month, at the evening meeting, I want to introduce an award called ‘Rotarian-of-the-Month.’ I’m going to recognize someone in the club for their exceptional performance.”

“So, I’m looking forward to an exciting year. I’m pretty moti- vated myself but I’m also looking for new and fresh ideas as we all look forward to another successful Rotary year.”