Just about everybody showing an interest in the new club Rotary Club East Mallorca International will meet Geoff Moore.
Geoff is a dyed-in-the-wool Yorkshireman – but we try very hard not to hold that against him. Currently his official title in the new club is Club Adviser and he is the key person involved in getting the new club up and running. Without him, it would not be happening. Geoff is, and has been, a Rotarian for 37 years, and has been a member of RC Calvía International in the southwest of the island for many years. Geoff served the Calvia club in many roles over the years including President, Treasurer and until recently as Sergeant at Arms. This impressive sounding, and slightly intimidating office needs a little explanation.
One of the many ways members become active in the club and have a great time interacting with members is by serving as a Sergeant-at-Arms for club meetings and activities. Ladies are equally invited!
The position of Sergeant-at-Arms is derived from history going back to the days of the Crusades and to the Court of England. The position was established to safeguard the high officials of the crown and/or maintain security and order within the the court and eventually the legislature. Rotary International Manual of Procedures states “…The officers of a club are the President… and a sergeant-at-arms who plays a vital role in allowing the club President to concentrate on conducting the weekly meeting”.
The functions of a Sergeant-at-Arms is to help maintain an orderly, dignified, and effective Rotary club meeting, one that will make the right kind of impression on club members, visitors, and guests. These functions include:
a. Be constantly on the alert to prevent any occurrence that might detract from the dignity and prestige associated with Rotary clubs.
b. To handle the physical preparations for, and the mechanical/logistical arrangements of a meeting, and, unobtrusively, to guide the general conduct of members and guests at the meeting.
c. Play an important role in overall following and maintaining a schedule of events and activity to provide for a pleasant and successful meeting.
d. Allow the President to conduct the meeting with confidence and a rule of order. e. Assisting members and guests to be able to have a positive and enjoyable experience with the club meeting.
Members volunteering as Sergeant-at-Arms are normally show up approximately 30 minutes early to set up the meeting room, assist the Treasurer with ticket sales and sign-in activities, providing introductions of guests and visitors, performing recognition of member activities of note, and cleaning up and returning club materials to storage after the meeting. Most Sergeant-at-Arms have complete their duties within 10 to 15 minutes following the meeting.
Geoff wants to project a modern, less formal image for our new Rotary Club in the “New Normal”, post Coronavirus pandemic way of life, and so in our new club this role will be renamed – Club Host.