District Governor's Newlsetter - December 2017
Hatfield RC Christmas Collection
The Purple4Polio Grand Tour
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
The DG Writes...
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Tis the season to be jolly – tra la la la la la la la
la! We most certainly are. Six months in
to the year and one of our busiest periods is upon us. Santa Runs, Sleighs,
Street collections, static Father Christmas collections, visits to schools,
shopping centres, Lighting the Christmas Tree, concerts, mulled wine, mince
pies, lots of fun and laughter….and a little bit of exhaustion at the end of
it…..but so worthwhile.
By the 16th December I will have completed 45 club visits,
seven more are due in the first few months of 2018 and 5 remaining clubs to
arrange visits to.
There is a special celebration this December when Luton
Rotary celebrate their 90th anniversary. I look forward to celebrating with
Membership as ever remains high on the agenda, and there are
some RIBI initiatives coming up in early 2018. There will be articles in the
mainstream press, radio and some tv appearances. It is geared up to introducing
Rotary to a wider audience and will be based on a more modern Rotary, getting
the message over about equality and diversity and about what we are, what we do
and why we do it. The membership team have applied for a membership grant to
help purchase banners and other visual paraphernalia for you to borrow. I have
just taken delivery of the Rotary Kiosk, a stand that can be used at events,
which can be a focal point for information about joining Rotary at your event.
It will go to some of the district events, so please do look out for it. The
leads that we now get through from RIBI and RI have been vetted before they
come to us and so the majority are genuine membership enquiries. We have to
report back regularly as to how the contact is getting on, and through the hard
work of the membership team, I am happy to say that our feedback is 100%. A
number of people have already joined Rotary and there are some more in the
pipeline. Please do contact Denise Creisson if you would like some help or
There are a number of clubs in the District who have now
developed good satellite groups, of which at least one hopefully will become a
club in its own right by the end of the Rotary year.
The District Governor Challenge is going well, and some of
our Interact and satellite groups have also taken on the challenge. If you have
an Interact club or are in a satellite that would like to take on the challenge
please let me know.
I’m hearing lots of ideas and plans to plant trees for RIP
Ian Riseley’s challenge. This is something that we can complete as a District.
You need to get the information in to Rotary Club Central. If you need help
with that, please let your AG know or Wendy Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of you have already spoken about GDPR (General Data
Protection Regulation) and your concerns. RIBI are talking with the legals
regarding this and how it impacts us, and hope to have a paper out mid-January
2018. Once this has come out, as well as sending out relevant information to
clubs, training date/s will be organised, to which I would encourage at least
one member of every club to attend. Ignorance is no form of defence should a
problem arise in the future.
There will be a video message to you all from me on the
district Facebook page and the web-site shortly.
Thank you for the positive response to the opportunity we
have been offered by Horatio’s Garden at Stoke Mandeville Spinal Unit. The
details should now be with your club Secretary and President. I would
appreciate a quick response as the ground work on the main garden is in full
swing, and they are aiming for completion in the Spring.
Have a wonderful Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
ROTARY PURPLE4POLIO GRAND TOUR
Presidential Message: December 2017
Dennis Spiller, RIBI President, Rotary International,
Register now for the Purple4Polio Grand Tour which hits the
road in 2018 from the 21st - 24th May, concluding with an end of tour party in
The idea is simple: Get a car, a team and a map and off you
go around Great Britain and Ireland, visiting as many districts as you can and
raising funds for End Polio Now.
You and your team choose the route starting from where ever
you happen to be. Along the way you will find Rotary district rest points where
you will collect a stamp in your Tour Log Book and share stories of your
Registration is 35GBP per car. Once fully registered you
will receive a sponsor form, a log book and two large vinyl stickers for your
car, to help you spot other participants.
This is not a race or a competition. The aim is to drive
safely and in compliance with all road traffic laws and regulations and visit
as many districts as you are safely able to do so.
FIND OUT MORE
Develop your skill with Rotary
Pubic Image Workshop
Thursday 18 January 2018
Venue: Novotel, Knebworth Park, Stevenage SG1 2AX
Rotakids and Interact Workshop
Thursday 1st February 2018
Venue: Holiday Inn, Breakspear Way, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4UA
All workshops are on Thursday at 7 for 7pm
Booking forms for the District Conference 2018 can be
downloaded from the Conference website www.rotary1260conference.org.uk
Get your booking in and make sure you don't miss out on any of the functions.
Check out the website and see the fantastic programme the
Conference committee has lined-up for you.
CELEBRATING INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE
The deadline for nominations for the Rotary Young Citizen
Awards is just around the corner.
If you know of an outstanding, inspirational young person or
group under the age of 25 whose citizenship and dedication to a project or
projects deserves national recognition, please nominate them by downloading a
copy of the Young Citizen Awards information pack and nomination form.
Rotary is privileged to be continuing with the Rotary Young
Citizen WheelPower Sports Award.
This special Award is sponsored by the British Wheelchair
Sport charity WheelPower, with whom Rotary has partnered to help transform the
lives of disabled people through sport.
Every nominee receives a personalised certificate, with the
lucky winners receiving a trophy and 500GBP for their chosen charity or project
they are involved with, which will be presented by TV Presenter Ellie Crisell
at Rotary's 2018 Conference in Torquay.
The Tenth Anniversary of the Awards in 2017 were shown live
on the BBC News Channel and you can find out more about the winners and read
their inspiring stories.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 26th January
DOWNLOAD NOMINATION FORM
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