Thanks for Life – Focus on the Crocus – Update for Club Presidents

THANKS FOR LIFE
FOCUS ON THE CROCUS
17th August 2010
Dear President
I take this opportunity to thank you and your members for their magnificent support
for this project. I am sure that you will be pleased to know that London District has
Top place for number of bulbs per Member, Second place for Total Number of bulbs
and Third place for number of bulbs per Club. This includes all 29 Districts of RIBI.
214 per Member……………………..367,000 in Total…………………..4545 per Club.
The Bulbs will be with you during September for planting in September/October for
flowering (hopefully!!) during the week that contains Rotary Day 23rd February
As you know the object is to promote the awareness of Rotary and also to publicise
our campaign: END POLIO NOW.
We must now turn our attention towards raising the money required to meet ‘The
Gates Challenge’ and so raise the funds necessary to carry out the immunisation of the
children and ‘Rid the World of Polio’.
This can be achieved by having “Purple Pinkie Days” possibly in Schools and for
each Club to have their ‘Window of Opportunity’ perhaps in a vacant shop during the
week beginning 20th February.
Although you can still use the ‘Posters’ that I sent you last year, there are new posters
that can be downloaded from the…. ribi.org web site…‘Thanks for Life’ page.
where you can find all the information for this campaign including a large number of
resources to help you.. You will recall that last year our Clubs raised the magnificent
sum of £40,000 .LET US TRY AND BEAT THAT FIGURE.
More imminent is the ‘Flagship’ event in Trafalgar Square on 1st October where
the ‘International Flower Bulb Centre’ will be planting crocuses in containers, with
the help of the public, TV GARDEN CELEBRITIES will be teaching the public
how to plant bulbs and be given bulbs to take home. Our own RIBI President will be
present together with a prominent London figure, to open the event.
The object of this event is to promote ROTARY/END POLIO NOW. I would like as
many Rotarians as possible to be in Trafalgar Square, as we have hired the Square for
5 hours,10/3pm and we will have Rotary Stands to be manned with publicity material
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP BY ATTENDING.
One more request please…I would like to have photographs of the site where the
crocuses are to be planted and also the location (by e-mail if possible)……………….
BEFORE & DURING PLANTING & WHEN THE BULBS FLOWER. With
this information I can publicise the campaign for you and also place it on a
countrywide map that can be accessed by the public to give us further publicity.
Please continue giving your magnificent help with this project.“END POLIO NOW”
Yours in Rotary friendship
PDG DON MERRITT
07836 722732

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