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/

Club Service (extracts)

Club Service
For what we have received
We give Thee thanks
For what we have achieved
We give Thee praise
For what is still to be done
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Club assembly
We’re grateful Lord for what we are
A source of help to others
Help us to be a rising star
A beacon to our brothers
May Thy Love imbue our work
So make it to be fine;
And from our duties never shirk
*****

Club Service Meeting
Now Stone Age Man, in seeking grub,
Invented first the handy club!
*****

Club Service: Coventry –Germany Society
We ask Thee Lord in whom we live
Grant us this wisdom, – to forgive:
For what is done is in the past,
Our future’s from the present cast.
Replace with love where there’s been harm
*****

Club Assembly
Father of all Rotary
Bless this Club Assembly
Create in us the will to serve
To focus straight and not to swerve
To do those things that constantly
Say to the world “We’re Rotary!”.

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