We find ourselves in unprecedented times with very little idea of how long this virus situation is going to last and what we can expect to be able to do once the limitations on social interaction start to be relaxed. Clearly we will not be meeting as a club or be able to continue with our community service activities for some considerable time.

From a personal point of view, I sincerely regret that my term as President of the Club seems likely to pass without the opportunity to properly celebrate our 50th Charter Anniversary but I am sure that we shall be able to re-schedule the formal dinner later in the year. The presentation that we made in November at the Cranleigh Arts Centre has been a highlight and did much to raise the profile of the Club within the community.
In the absence of meetings, it will be necessary to complete the formalities of the AGM which was to be held on 9th April. We are looking into the practicalities of dealing with this by e-mail together with the possibility of on-line meetings.
Rotary International and District 1145 have sent out various communications about the ways in which Rotary can continue to serve in the current crisis and these can be best briefly summarised as follows :-
being of assistance with shopping, deliveries etc for those who are unable to get out maintaining links with neighbours and others helping with local food banks both physically and financially
Whether these activities are appropriate for individual members is down to personal judgement. However, the Coronavirus Community Helpline, details of which are attached, set up by Cranleigh Parish Council appears to be an excellent initiative and provides the basic services suggested in the first 2 points above. Anyone willing and able to help is encouraged to volunteer for this and we should all make sure that those in need are aware of the services available.
We are also looking into the idea of giving financial support where appropriate.
The health and well-being of our members is paramount and we look forward to being able to return to the enjoyment of the fellowship of our meetings in the not too distant future. In the meantime we should all make the effort to keep in touch. If you hear or know of anyone of our group who is unwell or needs help, please let John or me know.
Once we are able to resume, the role of Rotary in the community and in society at large will be important. Many charities are already having severe financial problems and our efforts will be of great value.
I wish you and your families good health.
Best wishes,