Welcome to District 1190 which comprises 68 Rotary Clubs located in Cumbria & Lancashire
GALA PREVIEW SHOWING OF ‘BREATHE'
Lytham Rotarian Rob Dunn (seated) chats to RotaryGBI President 2019-20 Donna Wallbank as she experiences a few minutes in a replica iron lung built by Roger Frank, and transported to Lytham by fellow Upper Eden RC member John Begg (standing).
The Prosecco corks popped and there was a fizz in the air South Fylde's Gala preview showing of ‘Breathe' — the film that promises to be the cinema hit of the year.
Around 250 Rotarians and other cinema goers filled the reception area of Lytham's Lowther Pavilion before stepping on to the red carpet and enjoying their Prosecco in style.
The event was a coup for the District being the first advance showing of ‘Breathe' in England and the first such event for the newly refurbished Pavilion Theatre.
A joint venture by the three South Fylde Rotary Clubs of Lytham, Kirkham and Rural Fylde and St Annes, the event was also a commemoration of World Polio Day on 24th October
and served to raise £2000 to end polio, which will be turned into £6000 thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. District Governor Larry Branyan welcomed everyone and congratulated the Clubs on working together as a cluster to present such an historic evening.
Prior to the film the audience heard on video from Bill Gates and other well-known personalities about the importance of reducing polio figures to zero. Leading actor Andrew Garfield who portrayed Robin Cavendish - the world’s longest living ‘responaut’ spoke on the Andrew Marr Show the following morning
praising Rotary for its part in helping slash the number of polio victims from hundreds of thousands a year to single figures. ‘Breathe' went out on general release on 27th October.
RotaryGBI President 2019-20 Donna Wallbank travelled up from South Wales especially for the occasion. She said: "World Polio Day was recognised by so many, but for me it was such a profound experience being in an Iron Lung at Lytham's event. A machine that breathed for you was profound beyond words and to realise one lady lived in that machine for 58 years! "We have to get to Zero - we have to keep our the promise to rid the world of Polio….”
District Governor Larry Branyan and RotaryGBI President 2019-20 Donna Wallbank with winners of the the local newspaper competition for tickets for the event.
ROTARY IN CARLISLE – OFF TO A FLYING START!!
Carlisle’s four Rotary Club Presidents staged a collective takeover of their Clubs during an Open Garden and Tea event held on Saturday 8th July raising £740 in aid of the Rotary Foundation and the RNLI – the latter to replace kit lost in the Carlisle Floods of 2015 as a contribution to the District Governor’s chosen charity.
From left to right, Brian Scroggie of Carlisle Castle, receives his collar from Don Jary of Brampton and Longtown, who collects his collar from Tony Parrini of Carlisle South who received his collar from Nicki Quayle the new president of Carlisle Rotary Club. Starting the “chain reaction” was Wendy Aldred the local Assistant Governor.
The four Presidents then climbed aboard a 1927 Morris Cowley which will shortly leave Carlisle on a round Britain Challenge in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action.
"Tasked with "Making a Difference" Carlisle’s Rotary Clubs plan to work closer together under the banner of "Rotary in Carlisle"
and the year will see them serving society in a more public fashion. Hopefully this will help recruit more new blood with fresh ideas, to help sustain Rotary for the
future” said Assistant Governor Wendy Aldred. “With a satellite Club in the offing, this year’s team of Presidents will be working hard to ensure
the Rotary they have taken over will be even stronger when their year in office ends next June”.
RIBI President 2017-18 Denis Spiller
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is welcoming Denis Spiller as President for 2017/18 and he looks forward to maybe this year seeing the final case
of wild polio in the world. This year to date has seen just six cases.
It is the year that we shall see many new Rotary clubs being created across the UK and Ireland implementing new flexible, informal and project-active programmes to welcome community and business-minded adults of all ages as members.
Denis joined the Rotary Club of Strood in Kent in 1985, directly from Rotaract and is the first former Rotaractor to become President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.
Denis has a special interest in youth service having a background in voluntary youth work in Kent. In his professional life, Denis spent 22 years Hewlett-Packard.
Rotary President-elect Sam Owori dies
Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori died unexpectedly on 13 July due to complications from surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.
“Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”
“Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hard-working Rotarian he was,” said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. “In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.”
Under Sam’s leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years.