Some 36 Rotarians from the London District gave up their Saturday morning for a seminar on Membership – but this was a seminar with a difference. RIBI Membership Chair Amanda Watkin, pictured above, provided us with information about what has happened in the past.
We were then treated to an easy-to-grasp explanation of Club Visioning by the District Visioning Champion Sarah, who tackled the subject with just the right touch of humour. This is a process that has much to offer, and requires what Rotarians have in abundance – knowledge of Rotary projects, experience of what is possible, enthusiasm for what is possible and some free time.
We then had a very broad and challenging presentation from the incoming District Membership Chair Mac, who showed the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) video prepared specially for our District. We are all looking forward to seeing Mac at the Over 50s Show at Olympia which runs from 11 – 13 July 2013. Tickets for Rotarians are free – just register at the Over 50s Show Website.
We then finished off with a general question and answer session. Our new caterer Deaba looked after us expertly and we were finished on time at 1.00pm. The presentations used at the seminar are in the District Website on the Membership Pages. In the spirit of clear information, the following charts are shown:
The event takes place at the Porters Park Golf Club, Radlett, WD7 7AZ, and will be a carvery lunch with a vegetarian option. This venue has been used many times in the past by our District, and to welcome us back, we have been given a special price.
So enjoy the fabulous views of the Greens and the Fairways, and get the Rotary Year 2013-2014 off to a magical start with June and Dick.
After an extended period of evening sessions at the District Headquarters in York Gate, we have now completed the 9 Service Assembly Sessions and the President Elects’ Training Seminar.
The outcome was a series of sessions with some lasting nearly 3 hours, mostly because of extended discussion and breakout sessions.
The proof of the exercise will be the feedback (overwhelmingly in favour so far) and the level of service being undertaken in the Clubs. There were some issues raised however, and these will be addressed in the planning for next year.
Overall, we made a significant change to the organisation of the District Assembly and that change was well received. Well done to all the seminar leaders, and well done to Lucille and Sydney who organised all 10 evening’s catering.
Rotary in London celebrated International Women’s Day with a special breakfast networking even at City Hall in London. District Governor Eve Conway-Ghazi hosted the event. Among the speakers were the International Development Secretary Justine Greening, who is a Putney Rotarian, and Rebecca Stephens MBE, the first British woman to climb Mount Everest.
Rotary linked with UN Women for this Five Capitals event. As well as London, other capitals holding breakfast events were Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and London.
This year we are separating the District Assembly Dinner from the District Assembly Training Sessions.
This will allow us to enjoy the great Fellowship that has always occurred at the dinner without having to rush or compress the training sessions that ensure that our District continues to deliver our special mix of new and old projects.
So, as we get ready for 2013-2014, please come along to the Dinner and listen to our principal speaker, Nan McCreadie, the first woman to serve as President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, supported by our incoming District Governor Dick Nathan, for an evening of fun and fellowship.
For the first time, there are three ways that you can book places for your Club Teams:
1) Download the form (click on picture above), fill in the form and send it with a cheque to Events Chairman Lucille Parker (details on page 20 of the District Directory).
2) Download the form, fill it in, scan it and send the scan to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay by Bank Transfer (details are on the form).
3) Visit the website http://d1130-dad13.eventbrite.co.uk where you can book the Club Team in and pay by Credit Card. You will receive a receipt by email and a ticket to the event for each name you register.
So come to the dinner, enjoy the fellowship, and take part in preparing Rotary in London for a great Rotary Year in 2013-2014. Tickets are £27.50.
9th April 2013, Royal National Hotel, London WC1H 0DG, 7.00 for 7.30pm.
Bill Gates presented the Richard Dimbleby Lecuture 2013 under the title The Impatient Optimist. His subject was the Eradication of Polio from the world. He examined the history of the disease, the discovery of the cause and the discovery of the means of eradication. During his lecture, he gave full credit to Rotary International for their determination and dedication over a period of three decades during which the number of cases per year has reduced from 350,000 (1985) to 222 (2012).
The team from Rotary in London with the London Borough of Harrow float
Supporting “Hats Off to Harrow”, a borough in the North West of London, they marched through Piccadilly, Regent Street, Pall Mall, and Whitehall finishing up in Parliament Square. The theme of “A Community United” sat very well with the Rotary Ethos.
The video shows the crowds and the interviews that took place along the way! Click on the picture above to go to the District Video Gallery page.
Vocational Service adds value to all areas of Rotary service by supporting the projects and work of the service committees. It will do this by identifying ways in which the knowledge, skills, and experience of Rotarians can be used to improve the outcomes of service projects. In support of this all clubs are being asked to complete a skills survey of their members giving 3 skills and 2 hobbies. The subject is outlined in more detail in the latest Rotary Today magazine on page 13. More detail is being sent to each club via the Community and Vocational officer, but can be obtained direct from
Scott Maclachlan, District 1130 Chair for Community & Vocational
Thanks to a Rotary International PR Grant we have produced a 6pp A6 handout for use when ‘selling’ Rotary. These handouts are free but numbers are limited to a maximum of 60 per club. Some clubs may want less in which case we can release more to others. There is space on the handout for you to print your club’s details either directly or onto a label.
The leaflets will be available at the next District Council meeting on 28 November,
only for those clubs that have not already ordered.
Please use the downloadable order form.
Download an order form HERE.
Jeremy Jessel, District Communications Committee Chairman
The Re-Districting debate at our District Council Meeting took place on 31 October 2012. At the Meeting, DGE Dick Nathan gave a PowerPoint presentation so that all the voting delegates understood the current situation. A video of that presentation can now be viewed on the Rotary in London Web Site in the Video Gallery. On the website, just click on About Rotary, Video Gallery. (If you find the print too small, click on the “YouTube” logo just below the video, and then you can expland the video to the full screen. The video runs for just over 18 minutes.)