District Newsletter Winner 2016-17

Newsletter Editor Trevor Bond reflects on winning the District Best Newsletter award for the second year in succession

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Newsletter Editor Trevor Bond reflects on winning the award for the second year in succession

"It felt like that when Stan Keller, RIBI Public Image Committee and RI Assistant Public Image Co-ordinator (ARPIC) - wish I had a title like that Stan! - presented me with the District Newsletter of the Year shield  award  for the second year running at lunch at Reids on July 24. A hat-trick really (eat your heart out Moeen Ali!) since the club had already been presented with RIBI national Newsletter of the Year  which IPP Mike received on my behalf in Manchester.

I said then two things which I repeated at Stan’s handover. Firstly, I was duly humble and grateful for the Newsletter being recognised against serious competition, both District 1240 and, nationally, around the Rotary clubs of Great Britain and Ireland. Secondly, as editor, I acknowledged that this was not a one-man operation. It was and has been for the past five years a wonderful team effort with all credit going to producer and co-editor Peter Greene and to the printing prowess of Malcom and Tom Acors.

In my fifty years in journalism, I was lucky enoug to win an award or two. None gave me such pleasure as much as this has done for myself and, above all, for our wonderful club.  I am humble but I am proud of what we have achieved between us, none of which could have happend without the hundred per cent support of all the members.

I thank you all.  I congratulate the Clacton-on-Sea club who gave us such a good run for our money. We cannot expect to win it every time. Already I see “competitors” taking tips and displaying more intriguing and interesting columns.  If next year’s shield does not carry our club name, then so be it. Competition is good for Rotary....