This last week has no doubt dismayed everyone with the terrible statistics surrounding COVID-19.  It has meant that we all face difficulties in how we manage our daily lives, including our Rotary involvement.  Change is something we all must manage, and staying connected is more important than ever, especially as we move into Membership Month.

Many of you will have received an email about the new look My Rotary, which is to be launched very soon. It promises to be faster, easier to navigate and accessible on mobile devices, and has a number of ways to make the life of club officers easier.  I encourage all Rotarians to log on to and make use of all the site has to offer.

We have also made some changes to both the Networker Team and Networker itself so that we can have a more streamlined approach to its production.  From this week, Networker will be in email format on a weekly basis.  For those who like a .pdf document, there will be a similar version via a link to print.  Articles, photos etc. for Networker should be sent to

Please note that Jeanette Leigh has stepped down from the role of editor and my thanks go to her for her work on the first four editions.     

Our first Business Leaders Breakfast for the year is to be held via Zoom on Tuesday 25th August in which I would like to encourage all Rotarians and their business associates to join.  The topic is “Building Resilience in Today’s Economic Business Environment” and will be presented by Michael Byrne who has an impressive background at Managing Director/CEO level within the supply chain and industrial sectors within multi-national organisations.  I’m sure many Rotary club members have a number of business connections that would benefit from the insights that Michael will share.  When Rotary commenced 115 years ago, we as members helped each other out vocationally through the sharing of ideas.  Today, with challenging business settings because of COVID-19, we must help each other and our business friends by connecting and sharing ideas that will help build business resilience. The link for the invitation to the breakfast is:

Rotary District 9800 Governor Philip Archer