LAST Friday the Rotary Club of Hastings welcomed the District Governor to its lunchtime meeting at Bannatyne’s.
Chris Barnett is the District Governor (DG) for Rotary District 1120, encompassing Kent, East Sussex and part of south east London and comprising 84 clubs.
Each year the DG visits all clubs in District uniting the clubs encouraging them to work together with local and other Rotary Clubs in 200 countries throughout the world.
Annually the Rotary International President will announce his own theme and the years is Engage Rotary Change Lives. Most Rotarians would agree that joining Rotary certainly changed their lives but far more non-Rotarians will acknowledge that Rotary’s involvement has had a profound effect on their lives.
Chris cited the incredible polio eradication campaign that Rotary started in 1984. Picked up by the WHO this campaign now looks set to eradicate this crippling disease from the globe.
Similarly the Rotary Shelter Box scheme is consistently the first on the ground following the now all too common natural disasters throughout the world.
However, Chris emphasised the important work that clubs perform in their local community supporting local charities and individuals in need. He concluded by congratulating the club in all that they had achieved in the 90-year history of the club and the ambitious programme the club had set itself for the current year. For further information about the Rotary Club of Hastings visit www.hastings.rotaryweb.org.