Rotary Amazing Graces

At a time in Rotary when giving Grace was standard practice, Ken would compose a grace specifically suited to the meeting in hand. A number of these were eventually published in a booklet called “Amazing Graces”, which sold over 300 copies, the net proceeds being shared between the Rotary Club of Coventry Breakfast and Intermediate Technology Development Group (now Practical Action) where Ken worked for five years . The Rotary Club of Coventry Breakfast has kindly granted Ken release from the copyright for those poems contained in the book.

Ken was one of the founder members of the Rotary Club of Coventry Breakfast . (2017 is the 25th anniversary of its founding). Awarded the “Four Avenues of Service Citation For Individual Rotarians” by Rotary International, these “Four Avenues of Service” are indeed guiding lights for all Rotarians, and are shared below as simply worth sharing, and as one of the underlying themes to the graces that follow:
1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by all Rotarians of their occupation as an opportunity to serve society
3. The application of the ideal of service by all Rotarians to their personal, business and community life.
4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

A BOOKLET IS NOW AVAILABLE SHARING THE BEST OF THESE GRACES, – THE VARIOUS EXTRACTS BELOW WILL HOPEFULLY ENCOURAGE READERS TO INVEST IN THIS DELIGHTFUL COLLECTION OF GRACES WHICH WAS WARMLY RECOMMENDED BY BOTH A FORMER BISHOP OF COVENTRY, AND A FORMER PRESIDENT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL BRITAIN AND IRELAND. See SHOP /shop/

Business Meetings (extracts)

For what we are about to receive
Please make us truly glad
And with our plans help us to “sieve”.
The good from very bad.

Thank you Father for this meeting
Help us run it without bleating,
And teach us too to ask not beg
And give one’s friend the last fried egg.

For what we do receive
Lord help us to believe
That there is plenty more
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We thank Thee our dear Father
For everything Thou dost, –
Please guide our business plans today
So they don’t gather rust!

We thank Thee Father from above
That YOU have sown the seeds of Love.
Grant us the courage Lord to share
That all things prosper with due care.
Grant us the wisdom how to serve,
From our duties not to swerve,
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Another business meeting
They do come thick and fast
Give us Lord the strength to cope
And actions that will last!

Dear Father
Grant us the patience, wisdom and good humour
to leave every meeting the better for our contributions.

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May we remember always
Our best is done with you.

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