Membership Development and PR
This committee is responsible for attracting new membership, maintaining the current membership, developing the club through its activities and managing the public relations of the club, including its website and social media.
We plan to look at the Friends' data, attract more and communicate better with existing Friends. They are crucial to the success of some of our major fundraising events. If you are interested in helping us but may not wish to be a full Member at this stage, then please contact us.
The committee sees effective communication as key to the future. The website will continue to help raise our profile and provide a wide range of information for existing Members and potential Members. Facebook and Twitter are also key to communicating what we are doing and providing feedback.
We have been very successful in attracting Business Partners and we will continue to look for new ones and involve existing ones.
To retain a strong, dynamic and friendly club it is important that we have an interesting programme of speaker meetings and visits. To assist Members, we are planning further ahead where possible and now have a full year's programme available. We work closely with the Conservative Club in Swanage - where we usually meet -and our excellent caterers, Bliss Foods.
The Youth committee hopes to continue working in close partnership with all of our local schools, enabling pupils to deveop their talents through projects such as Young Chef, Young Musician and Young Technologist , all of which culminate with an annual District Final from which the winner can progress to the National Final.
In conjunction with The Swanage School we run the Young Citizen Award (Clem Dennis award), for which teachers and pupils can put forward nominations which are considered by a panel and the Trophy awarded annually - at the end of the Summer term - to the Winner.
We also work with the Purbeck View School in taking the whole school to the annual Rotary Kids Out day, this year the school has the choice of visiting Paultons Park or Marwell Zoo.
We also support the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Rotary Young Leadership Award (RYLA) and the Rhona Trust.
Our Community committee works in conjunction with several local charities and projects and ensures that our local fundraising is supportive of those most in need.
We have been working in close partnership with the Swanage Dementia Friendly Community to raise funds for an Admiral Nurse for the Purbeck area. Also high on our agenda is the support of the Purbeck Defibrillator project which is now close to it's goal of ensuring access to defibrillators across Purbeck. We continue to support the Swanage Foodbank with cash donations to enable the purchase of fresh foods such as milk and bread.
Our Community committee also co ordinate some of our annual events such as the very popular Silver Saturday afternoon tea (February) and our Christmas Breakfast on Christmas morning.
International and Foundation
Our International committee focuses on one main overseas aid project each year, it having been chosen - by the committee - after close scrutinisation of several proposed projects. The committee arranges several fundraising projects throughout the year e.g. a Duck Race. As well as the chosen overseas project this committee organises our local response - usually a street collection - for any international disaster appeals being secure in the knowledge that through the worldwide network of Rotarians the monies raised will reach the population in need.
Rotary Foundation leads on several ongoing international projects, sometimes in partnership with other International organisations e.g. the Eradication of Polio campaign in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates. Its other projects include WaterAid, Mercy Ships, Sightsavers.