Mayor of Llantwit Major

A Year in the Life of the Town Mayor at Llantwit Major. Every year each Council Choose their Mayor to Hold office for One year.

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Location: Llantwit Major, Wales, United Kingdom

I live in Llantwit Major with my two Children Jessica aged 11 years and Laura aged 10 years, I am President of the Twining Organstion. Chairman of Planing, Chairman of Youth Forum, Chairman of School Gardens Commitee, Chairman of the Citzens Awards, Chairman of the Stillbirth and Childrens memorial Garden, Vice Chairman of S.M.I.L.E, Trustee of Crossroads in the Vale.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Rotary Club Guest Speaker

I was invited to be the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Clubs Annual Dinner, I attended this along with Cllr Sally Bagstaff. They were interested to hear about what our council has been doing over the last Two years. And about my time in office.
I talked about how much the Town council had changed over the years from being a very political Council to now being controlled by a independent group, as Majority of 14-1.
This has indeed shaped the future of the Town Council as all councilors are singing from the same hymn sheet.
I talked about the massive changes that this new Council has implemented over the last two years, and in good housekeeping has managed not to have put the Council Tax rate they receive from the County Council for the last two years, which has never been achieved before.
The upgrading of nearly all the Councils properties including the cemetery and the opening of the Stillbirth and children's memorial garden, Heritage center. And new improved Light up Llantwit for Xmas program. As well as many other projects underway within the Community. My Talk went on for about 35 Min and then I took a question and answer Session, were the main concern seemed to be the access to the Local beach through the slipway being crumbled and full of large Rocks, I ensured guests that We as a Council were putting pressure on the County Council and also through are Vale Independent councilors whom also sit on the Town Council and that we agreed this was an important issue that could have an affect on our tourism.

My speech was well received and had a great evening, perhaps Councils should run offices through the same four way test system that the Rotarys stand by:

The Four-Way Test

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.
This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:
"Of the things we think, say or do:

Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

( The Rotary international have just given there one billion polio vaccination).


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