Our Club

We meet every Wednesday morning at 7.15 for a 7.30 breakfast. We usually have a speaker and always finish promptly at 8.30. Visitors, both Rotarians and Non-Rotarians are welcome but please let our Secretary know if you wish to come. We currently meet at The Bridge Hotel, Bridge Street, Chertsey, KT16 8JZ

Our year starts on the 1st July and runs through to the 30th June. Our 2016/17 year got off to a good start with our new President Mike Gicquel in the Chair. Mike is our 19th President and laid out his plans for the year at our Club Assembly and what he said is summarised below;

"Having been a member of Shepperton Aurora for 17 years, I’m proud to be taking the reins as President for 2016/17.
One of my priorities for the coming year is that Rotary should be Fun. After all if we don’t enjoy what we are doing, what is the point of doing it?
I want our meetings to be fun, I want our events to be fun, and I want the outside world to see that we are having fun. What better way to recruit new members than for people to see us doing great things and enjoying it. I would also like to see more visitors at our meetings. Why don’t we all invite our friends, acquaintances, colleagues, family and neighbours to a meeting? If they like what they see, they will surely want to come back.

MikeOur Projects

Rotary is essentially a service organisation, and I would like to see us undertaking more service projects in the community. These could be funded through our excellent fundraising activities throughout the year. We already have a couple of new service projects to get involved with in the coming year that I am quite excited about. If anyone has any ideas for future service projects, please bring them to Sylvia’s, or my notice.

Youth

I am delighted that we work with local schools on so many Youth projects, such as dictionaries, Youth Speaks and Young Photographer. I would like us to do more Youth work in the coming year, and to this end we have held a preliminary meeting at a local school about forming an Interact Club there. Interact is Rotary for 12 to 17 year olds. It is still early days for this project, but we are hopeful of forming a new Interact Club at the school during the Autumn term.
Later in the year I will also be asking for the Club’s approval to sponsor a young person to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, or RYLA. This would be a first for us.

Visioning

On 22nd June we had a speaker at our meeting, John Watkins, who spoke eloquently  about Club Visioning. This is a relatively new concept, whereby club members (as many of them as possible) get together with a facilitator to consider what direction we would like the club to go in.  Most clubs who have undergone the Visioning process have felt it was a very worthwhile experience, and I would like us to consider it.  

 

My Charities

In accordance with tradition, I have nominated two President’s Charities to support in the coming year. These are Cameo and Mission for Vision.
Cameo – This small local charity provides respite to carers of people suffering from memory problems. They operate at the Greeno Centre in Shepperton , and also in the Salvation Army citadel in Ashford.
Mission for Vision – Ian Squire, founder of this Shepperton-based charity needs no introduction to most of our members. As a club we have already offered a lot of support for the Charity, particularly it’s work in restoring vision to people living in some of the most remote corners of the world, who have no access to an optician. Our support is ongoing, and only next week, Karen is accompanying Ian to Jaguar Land Rover who I believe are providing him with a fully equipped 4-wheel drive vehicle to support his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I have no ambition or expectation with regard to how much we should contribute to these two charities, but will happily abide by Club Council’s decisions at the end of my year as President.
As a final note, I just want to thank you in advance for your support next year. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every one of my 17 years in Rotary, and I fully expect to enjoy the year to come.  I know we are all busy people, with many demands on our time. However I genuinely believe that, as in all areas of life, the more you put into Rotary the more you will get out of it.

Mike Gicquel