Category Archives: District Training

Preparations for 2018-2019

Preparations are well underway now for the Rotary Year 2018-2019 which starts on 01 July 2018.

Above we see half of the incoming Rotary Club Presidents for London attending the important training session held at the Rotary in London Headquarters in York Gate on 19 April 2018.  This was an intensive mid-week evening event concentrating on the major issues that Rotary Clubs are dealing with.

Thanks to a little wizardry we were able to hear the World President for Rotary next year talk about the process of inspiring Rotarians to change the world, we heard from a millennial about the value millennials seek from Rotary, we learned about the new Rotary Vision, and were given a lesson on the meaning and value of the Rotary brand.  We also heard from Bill Gates Jnr on the work his foundation is doing with Rotary in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

With discussions and breakout sessions, it was a worthwhile evening enjoyed by all who attended.

District Assembly Dinner is Inspirational

Many Rotarians gathered in Central London on 26 March 2018 for an inspirational evening led by our incoming District Governor Mike Wren.

The evening started with a substantial meal after Grace, which was led by incoming District Governor Nominee Francis Uwaechi (right,) and had been organised by the District Events Committee at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square.

Although the next Rotary Year begins on 1st July 2018, there is much that is new and needs to be communicated to the Rotary Clubs in London before that date.  We had an inspirational speech from the incoming President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, Debbie Hodge, who is incidentally married to our current District Governor Michael Hodge! (below, left and right)

    

The whole event was drawn together and summarised magically by the incoming District Governor Mike Wren (below) who comes from the Rotary Club of Redbridge.  We now know how to be inspirational in our Clubs, in our Communities and throughout the world, and cannot wait to get started.

 

Preparing for 2018-2019

A group of incoming Club Presidents met at our District Headquarters in central London on Saturday 18 November 2017, to start the process of preparing for the Rotary Year 2018‑2019.

Rotary in London’s training programmes are the envy of many, both within and outside Rotary, and this event set the Agenda for the coming months for those starting a year as Club President in July 2018.  There is much to know for a Club President, and there are skills to be developed.  The meeting covered many aspects of Rotary that have changed in the last year.  Unusually, with Rotary’s main computer system being upgraded in the USA on the day, there were problems accessing the live systems.  However, carefully planned videos, specially made for the day, allowed system features to be studied despite the upgrade.

A similar event will be held on Sunday 26 November 2017 for those that were not able to attend the event shown here.  With luck, they will even be able to use the new faster systems for their event.  Initial feedback on this event was very positive!

 

Supporting London’s Air Ambulance

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The District Assembly Dinner held on 7 April 2016 was the first major event of the new Rotary Year starting on 01 July 2016.  Very nearly 200 Rotarians made their way to the Royal National Hotel in Central London.  The event was a great success and much appreciated by those that were there.  Our principal guest was Dr Jamie Moran from London’s Air Ambulance who held everyone enthralled with his description of the work he has been doing with London’s Air Ambulance.

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Our current District Governor, Toni ably supported by husband Michael, presented a number of awards and prizes to Clubs and individuals in recognition of their work during 2015-2016, as shown above.  Then it was the turn of the Incoming Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland President, London Rotarian Eve Conway to address the Rotarians. Eve has decided to call her Class of District Governors “The Eve-olutionaries”.

Our Incoming District Governor, Helen Antoniou, has proposed a London-wide project that will provide a support vehicle for London’s Air Ambulance service.  The vehicle will provide operational support to the two helicopters, moving equipment that either is too heavy or to bulky for the helicopters.  It will also act as a mobile operating theatre, and will be used for educational and promotional activities at schools and festivals.  It will carry the Rotary Logo alongside the London’s Air Ambulance logo.  This project has gained warm support from the London Rotarians.  “A Serving Suggestion” is pictured below.

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It was then Incoming District Governor’s turn to speak.  Helen introduced the new Rotary Theme – “Rotary Serving Humanity”.  She gave an excellent speech based on the 6 spokes of the Rotary Wheel, introducing 1) the new President of Rotary International – John F Germ – and the new RIBI President, Eve. The second spoke was for Foundation, and Helen told us about John Germ’s experience with his father’s polio.  The third spoke dealt with the Public Relations activities we will see this coming year in connection with the Rotary Foundation’s Centenary.  The fourth spoke was our Humanitarian Service, and the emphasis on it for the coming year.  Helen talked about the connection between Service and Public Relations, and between both of those and membership.  Membership is a key goal for the coming year, and featured as the fifth spoke.  The last spoke was reserved for Support, supporting Rotarians, Rotaract, Interact, Rotakids and Inner Wheel – the members of the Rotary family.  She concluded with a quote from John Donne’s “No man is an island”.  It was a powerful and moving speech delivered in a most professional fashion.

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We now look forward to an exciting and rewarding year as we work to show “Rotary Serving Humanity”.

Slides from the PR Strategy Planning Workshop

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On Saturday 7 November, more than 40 Rotarians attended a Public Relations Workshop that dealt with understanding the strategy needed for a public relations initiative, and how to plan to bring about the desired effect – a change of behaviour on the part of the public.  With two case studies to work on, based on Rotary successes that had not realised the effect with the public that had been hoped for, all the attendees found the event useful.

Please Click Here to see the slides.  Once opened, you can download your own copy for reference.

 

Tips for Social Media for Social Good

London Rotarians have been sharing their love of Social Media with friends globally. As a result, published some information and top tips to help people use social media quickly. Also, a great chance to share some of our London rotary projects.

Here is a taste of my Top Tips published in the global social media magazine Autopilot your business:

“Top Tips for moving forward:
There are so many fantastic examples I could share about how great social media can be to help people with social good projects for any charity. For this reason, I will quickly share my top tips that may be worth considering, if you haven’t already.

1. Get Strategic: keep it flexible and realistic
Make a simple strategy to implement and use social media regularly, and as often as possible. This is really important to remember, as we often neglect it due to time and work-load pressures. Perhaps, start small by using just 3 sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube where you can share your goals and achievements quickly and easily. If new to social media, link with your local community first; then work towards a global strategy, perhaps using the top 6 social sites over time. Don’t forget there are loads of applications to help you plan and share even when not online.

2. Make Friends:
Embrace the power of social media to connect you with new organizations and make friends with others that have similar goals or purposes. Don’t worry if these are just short lived, keep an open mind and see how they work out over time.

3. Ask for Help: support & social media education
When sharing ideas, you can often find free support online from others in similar situations. Plus, you may need a bit of extra help or education as I did when progressing further with using global social media. Fortunately, I found a superb social media coach in Australia, Keith Keller, who is now taking me forward to use the top six social media sites. Amazing to now have five global experts teaching me, from all around the world! For info see https://autopiloturbiz.leadpages.net/oms-keith

4. Have Fun:
As I always say, make sure you have some fun when using social media and enjoy yourself too. Generate lively or happy memories that you can easily capture and share by social media with films, Facebook, pictures, tweets and pins for example.

So in conclusion, I feel that social media is perfect for generating extra support for social good. Also, social media can provide you or a charitable organization with the opportunity to really help others and make a difference to peoples’ lives.”

Hope that is might be of some use to help you get the most out of social media.

Have fun, Kaz Aston 07768904878
PR & Communications Chair from the Rotary Club of London

Hashtags and social media

To help you understand more about # hashtags which social media here is a short audio recording that you might be helpful. This  interview was recorded to help us all look at using social media more for Rotary. There will be more training on twitter later in the year if there is enough interest from the clubs.

Remember you can always contact the London District Communications team members for more help and advice if needed. Also, there is some useful info on the RIBI website especially for branding guidance that you can easily download.

Make a difference with hash tags was recorded for Rotary in London  with Kaz Aston thanks to social media contact Keith Keller who is a global social media expert. Fun musical intro recorded for Rotary in London. Also available on sound cloud https://soundcloud.com/kaz-aston/what-are-hashtags

Hope you find this helpful for using and understanding more about # Hashtags and how you can use them for your club events or PR. Social media is very powerful and often free of charge so use the platforms to help your super club efforts even more.

Enjoy using hashtags and remember your district communications team can help you.

Yours in Rotary,

Kaz Aston

How do I play the CSR Video?

Here is how you get the CSR Video USB stick to play in your computer.

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Take the ‘credit card’ out of its cellophane envelope

IMG_6131x600Carefully start to flip up the USB connector from the card

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IMG_6134x600Carefully insert the USB connector into a USB socket on your computer

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Push the connector all the way home. The connector strips should not be visible.

screenYour computer should now report the new device. If nothing happens, you may have the USB Connector in up-side-down. Your screen may differ, but you are now ready to play the video.