District Governor's Newsletter - March 2018
March is Water and Sanitation Month
DG Cheryl writes
where is the time going. Only 4 months to go.
been an amazing year so far, and I want to thank all of you for the inspiration
you have all been. Rotary really is fantastic, and what makes Rotary is you –
Rotarians – what you do for your communities – local, national and
international. I stand in awe of your generosity, compassion and your ability
to encompass it all with laughter, endurance and spirit!
is that time of year when there is a never-ending stream of Technology
Tournaments, Young Chef, Youth Speaks, Young Musician and other competitions.
It’s exciting to see young people taking part, trying their hardest, making
their mark – just having fun. Many do not get through and yet it is still a
great achievement that they have taken part, and hopefully will be encouraged
to try again. I am always so impressed with the quality of entrants, and am
looking forward to attending some of the heats and finals.
people are the future of our world, and of Rotary, and an important part of
Rotary is mentoring and helping young people achieve. A new accredited
qualification has been devised for Rotary to help.
YOUNG LEADER – A MANAGEMENT AWARD
award for young people endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management”
is a course specifically for young people aged 16-25 which has been piloted by
Rotary in District 1090 which gives an accredited City & Guilds level 2
qualification. It looks a very exciting prospect for older Interact, young
Rotaract and young people in the workplace and I have invited Tim Cowling and
Sue Pomeroy from D1090 to give a short explanation. This has proved very
popular amongst my fellow DG’s, and as 1090 is our neighbour I thought we ought
to ‘get in’ quick, to find out more.
ILM Young Leaders Award
Working with young people, you’ll know that there are some skills you
can teach them that are more life changing than others. Among the most
vital of those, is leadership. And here at ILM, we’re the UK’s
Leadership skills dramatically improve educational prospects and enhance
career progression too. By working with ILM to deliver the Young
Leaders Award, you’ll have a proven way to teach these vital skills.
Universities and employers tell us that young people who know how to
lead really stand out among their peers. Employers tell us that knowing a
job candidate has proven leadership potential gives them a unique edge
over the competition.
Simply put, the Young Leaders Award is a nationally-recognised
qualification that makes your students more attractive to universities
and employers alike, while enhancing the reputation of your school or
To find out more go to https://www.i-l-m.com/working-with-ilm
President Denis Spiller will be joining us at the Council meeting, and one of
his first duties will be to Charter the Rotaract Club of Luton sponsored by the
Rotary Club of Luton Someries. This is the first active Rotaract Club for many
years and is starting with a healthy 14 members. It is based at Tokko and is a
follow on from the Interact Club that meets there. There will be a lunch on the
22nd March to welcome Denis – watch out for the invitation.
Polio Now: Giving is up which is great to see. Nearly all clubs have taken up
the Governor Challenge, with some great ideas and with the result that there
will be a fantastic amount raised for both EPN and own charities.
Spiller’s Banger Rally in May, has attracted a good number of entrants, but
they are looking for more (Non from our district so far). Although Mary W and I
are considering entering!!! As part of this, we need to have a venue within our
District that the visiting teams go to, to get their stamp. This is in hand and
an announcement will be made shortly.
A paper has gone out to all clubs from RIBI, promising more to come! This will
be pushed, so that our members will have the opportunity to ensure that their
club and members are compliant. Dates to come.
2:- Watch the new videos that have been produced. Particularly notable are
Bentley Cheshire and Maidenhead Bridge videos – innovative, inspiring,
transforming, new clubs.. The reaction to them is very positive, and it is
hoped that they will help with membership over the remainder of this Rotary
year and into the next.
Garden:-Stoke Mandeville Spinal Unit. Money has been pledged and is starting
to come in. I will have an update hopefully by the Council on the dates the
money is required. I am also pursuing a set visit date for Rotary to both
gardens if possible before the official opening. Please can you ensure your
contributions get to Cedric pronto.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ‘IN-DISTRICT’ CONFERENCE.
16TH-17TH JUNE AT DE
HAVILLAND CAMPUS, HERTFORDHSIRE UNIVERSITY.
All details are on
the district website: rotary1260conference.org.uk
CONTACT MIKE THORPEmike@mailord.co.uk
RIBI President Dennis Spiller
Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s President, Denis
Spiller, is determined to break down a few barriers and reconfigure public perception
with the goal of pushing membership through the 50,000 barrier by 2020.
Membership Growth: Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?
This is a story about four brothers named Everybody,
Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. (Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Portmore,
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure
Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it. Somebody
got angry with that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody
could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that
Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Who is responsible for attracting new members, retaining
present members, and by extension growing the Club’s membership? You Are. Yes
You! So you’re just a member? That doesn’t matter. Realise that membership
is your business, just as much as it is that of the club President or
Membership Chair, and take responsibility for the growth of your club.
Take personal responsibility for sharing Rotary with
someone. Take personal responsibility for inviting a work colleague, a
neighbour, a friend, to your Club’s meeting, project, or social activity. Take
personal responsibility for making your Club’s visitors feel welcome when they
attend your meetings. Take personal responsibility for building your club.
For your Club’s membership to grow, you simply cannot be
like Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. You just can’t. Let us not allow
Everybody’s Responsibility to become Nobody’s Responsibility.
The bottom line is this: Every member is responsible for the
growth of his/her club’s membership.
What Lies Behind The Logo?
This past week we have just celebrated the 113th anniversary
of the founding in 1905 of this great organisation by Paul Harris. As Rotary
continued to grow Paul Harris was very keen on promoting the difference Rotary
can make in our communities. He once said “If people aren’t exposed to Rotary,
how are they going to know all the things we do and accomplish?”
However, the key is to connect the Rotary logo to everything
we do through good publicity. Publicity of events and projects is essential
through club websites, Facebook, local free magazines, newspapers (printed /
electronic) and other social media platforms. When cheques are presented to a
charity ensure that it mentions Rotary on social media etc. Done consistently
the community will begin to learn more about Rotary. This in turn may produce a
How to find Rotary Logo's and create your own Rotary brand
compliant logo's for your club, Facebook cover images, posters and advertisements.
Go to Rotary.org > My
Rotary > Brand Center (A My Rotary Account is needed - click 'For
Members' > Register for Account). You can also visit the Public Image area of the Members Only section of this site for further guidance.
If you and your Club are hoping to take full advantage of
the weekend activities, please book early to avoid disappointment. Go to http://www.rotary1260conference.org.uk/
To make the most of your time, you may wish to stay at one
of the local hotels. There is a wide choice in close proximity, or easy
travelling distance to the University.
To facilitate those attending the Dinner on Saturday, please
note there is no strict dress code – come as you are.
A full bar provision is available and after dinner you will
be able to enjoy Rotary’s favourite musical group – Shades of
Sunday will be a celebration of how Rotary has and continues
to help young people. Inspirational Speaker who will be speaking on the
Sunday morning, 17th June 2018. Make sure your booked in, you won't want to
Anne Wafula Strike MBE, provides a personal example of
courage, commitment and determination that challenges misconceptions about
disability. Athlete, author, and sporting ambassador, Anne inspires achievement
and excellence across a broad range of life situations.
From contracting polio as a very small child, you will learn
of the many struggles she had to overcome in Kenya to achieve her first goal of
getting an education and going to university to become a first class teacher
After the birth of her son, Tim, she took up sport and
became a Paralympian within 3 years and had a distinguished career in
wheelchair racing, which saw her travel the world to compete against her peers.
We will also take a look back at our last year in District
1260, with the announcement of the District awards to Clubs. Most especially,
Sunday will mark the launch of the 2018/19 Rotary year, with the Presidential
Handover. Following the end of Conference you and your friends can enjoy
a traditional Sunday lunch.
Rotakids and Interact Workshop
Thursday 8 March 2018
Venue: Holiday Inn, Breakspear Way, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4UA
Online District Directory Workshop
Thursday 29 March 2018
Venue: Holiday Inn, Breakspear Way, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4UA
All workshops are on Thursday at 7 for 7pm
Contact us at Leadership and Development in District 1260 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A ROYAL ANNOUNCEMENT
It is with great pleasure we can announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be joining us at the 93rd annual conference in Torquay, on the afternoon of Saturday 7th April.
Her Royal Highness is an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Elgin.
We are thrilled that The Princess Royal will be able to meet delegates,
visit the Showcase Exhibition and hear some inspiring speakers in the
new Saturday afternoon plenary session.
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