Posted by Blair Middlemass
Well we have got the shortest day of the year out of the way, what brilliant weather it has been considering it is winter.
 
All through the training days that I have been to with Rotary to prepare for the year ahead as President there has been two consistent themes. Be brave and be relevant.
The being relevant theme is the one I want to focus on. I see that we need to be relevant in the community. Relevant in the way we interact with the community that provides benefit to them. Relevant in the way we provide and support programmes that help people in our community.
As I see it if we are relevant and telling our story to the community we will be better placed to attract new members. 
 
We have had one of our biggest years in recent history as a club and have started of on some fantastic new initiatives which we can add onto in the future. We have hosted Celestine, ran a RYLA programme, started the scholarship programme and were there for the launch of The Work Ready Passport. You certainly can't forget the effort and the success of Bookarama. The best year ever! Special thanks to Cara and all her team in pulling that together.
 
Some members have already approached me with their ideas as to how we can engage further with the community and I am looking forward to being part of it. Lots of fun and fellowship opportunities as we serve the community.
 
Keep Smiling
 
Blair