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/

Fellowship (extracts)

We thank you for our fellowship
In friendship serving Thee
We thank Thee for our breakfast,
But note that Friendship’s free!!

Thank you Lord for this meeting
The gift of life and fun
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We thank Thee Lord, for what you are,
And everything You be,
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We Thank Thee for what matters most:
A selfless friendly club.
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For this international meeting
We give thanks to Thee our Lord
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Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack tripped up and broke his cup
And Jill cracked up with laughter
We’re grateful Lord when times are hard
You’ve given everyone
The priceless thing that heals our ills
The timeless gift of fun!!

We Thank Thee Lord that every grace
Includes each person from each race
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It’s good to be with others,
It’s good to celebrate.
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We welcome Lord from overseas
Our international friends
And thank Thee for the fellowship
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