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Rotary Retro Automobile Association

Old MG car in the RRAF rally to FranceOld Bentley car in the RRAFDid you know that Rotary has a special fellowship groups for all sorts of interest and hobbies? Well, one of those is the RRAF The Rotary Retro Automobile Fellowship of Rotarians.

Andy S and Elizabeth saw an advert for a classic car tour of Normandy advertised on  the RIBI website and decided to ask if a 2004 BMW Z4 might qualify! Surprisingly it did and we have just returned from a truly wonderful 5 days in wet and cold Normandy.

Forty two cars participated and ours was not the youngest. We were number 40.  We didn't know anyone else going on this tour, but by the end of the 5 days we had made many new friends. Somehow, Elizabeth managed to volunteer for the committee, to do the 4 newsletters a year and redo the website!

We will definitely do this again and perhaps some from our club and district would like to join us. See all the pictures here

Thanks for Life

polio plus

Desmond Tutu promotes ends Polio nowRotary across the world has united behind a campaign of “End Polio Now”, that is to stop the spread of Polio in the four remaining countries where it’s infectious (India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan). At the same time we are celebrating years of effort against Polio – “Thanks for Life – Thanks to Rotary”. In the UK we made this the theme of the first Rotary Day, Feb 23rd, which we hope will become an annual event to stand alongside some of the other major charity days.

The Brickhills members were very much involved from the outset. On the day itself, Andy Forgham did a series of talks about the campaign to his local Lower school. £120 was raised from a dress-down day which used the purple theme from the “purple pinkie” – when children get a dye on their finger to show that the drops of Polio vaccine have been given. Andy tried his own mock immunization with drops of water and purple paint – the children certainly took to this!

On Saturday Feb 27th, we joined neighbouring clubs Bletchley and Milton Keynes in holding a Thanks For Life collection at Tesco, Kingston. It was good to be inside from the cold though that did put us on the store entrance busy with other commercial stands, and the result a modest, but welcome, £330 from the day.

Lasty, President Alison held an assembly talk about the campaign at her local Middle school, and set the task of the school to organise a dress-down day for later in the term which would go on to raise more for the campaign.

From a successful 2010 campaign, the seeds have already been sown for 2011’s Rotary Day.

 

The Four Way Test

Ethics deals with such questions at all levels. The subject’s core consists of the fundamental issues of practical decision making, and its major concerns include the nature of ultimate value and the standards by which human actions can be judged right or wrong.

For Rotary, The Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action. It has been for years, and it will be in the future. Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?Illuminated Stop Polio now
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The test is one of the hallmarks of Rotary. Since it was developed in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor, who later became RI president, it has never ceased to be relevant. Its four brief questions are not based on culture or religion. Instead, they are a simple checklist for ethical behavior. They transcend generations and national borders.

As Rotarians, we should have The Four-Way Test in mind in every decision we make, all day long. Our utmost responsibility is to speak the truth, to be fair, to build goodwill and better friendships, and to do our very best in all situations.

Life is very turbulent today, and people all over the world are exhausted in their duties. Where are the dreams of a better world? Where are we? Who are we? What is our duty to ourselves, neighbors, and fellow citizens? Where are charity and our joint responsibility to humankind?

Aims and Objects

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

District Governor John Bromley & President Elizabeth inducting new member Helen

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of theworthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

 The Objects of Rotary are often read out when a new member is inducted.

Up-coming events

Linslade Canal Festival
28-07--2012 11:00 am
Category:  Social Events
Treasure Hunt Walk - Aylesbury
02-09--2012 11:30 am
Category:  Social Events
Walk - STOWE Gardens
23-09--2012 2:00 pm
Category:  Social Events
Christmas Party
07-12--2013 7:30 pm
Category:  Social Events

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