I was at Formby swimming pool as usual on Wednesday. It was an opportunity to meet with representatives of the Formby Rotary club.
"One of the most wonderful things about Rotary is that it allows you to be part of something so much larger than yourself."Glenn E. Estess Snr., RI President 2005
We were joined by the Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Roland Cawley. We had a very wide ranging and useful talk. Items discussed included the question of signage advertising the Rotary Club, the Parish Council community fund, closer ties between the Parish Council and the club, perhaps by means of an ex-officio membership for the Council Chair. Finally we spent a long time discussing 'social capital' and volunteer activity and how to support and develop it in Formby.
The notion of social capital is a useful way of entering into debates about civil society – and is central to the arguments of Robert Putnam and others who want to ‘reclaim public life’. It is also used by the World Bank with regard to economic and societal development and by management experts as a way of thinking about organizational development.
I'm sure that the local branch of Formby Rotary would welcome applications from new members. If you are looking for ways to become involved in the life of Formby Community, there are many opportunities, I'd be happy to try to help you find any to suit your interests.