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Rotary kicks of 2015 in London New Year’s Day Parade

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland kicked off 2015 in style as Rotarians took to the streets of central London as part of the New Year’s Day Parade on 1st January, 2015, watched by millions.


This was the first time that we have gone into the Parade as Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, rather than linking with a London Borough.


Dozens of Rotarians, dressed in bright yellow Rotary sweatshirts, were joined by members of the British Sports Wheelchair Foundation charity WheelPower, including former Paralympian and WheelPower CEO Martin McElhatton, celebrating the Rotary Wheel Appeal and the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympics.


Our entry featured a Steam Traction Engine called “Obsession” with Rotary Youth Makes Music performer 17-year-old Cody Lee and his band The Retro Boys playing on board a trailer behind.  Saxophonist John Fordham from The Jive Aces joined the band for New Year’s Day, playing their blend of Jazz, Swing, Blues and high energy ‘Rock n Roll. (website: )


Rotaractors and Interactors also took part in the fun along with future Paralympian hopeful, 17-year-old Emma Alexander, as we danced along the streets to the band’s lively music.


RIBI President Peter King along with RIBI Vice President Elect Eve Conway, Rotary in London’s District Governor David Palmer, DGE Toni Finkel and DGN Jeremy Jessell were there.   PDG 1140 Mike Thorn wore four foot Rotary wheels.


Eve Conway, who organised for RIBI to be in the Parade, said: “This was a fantastic way to kick off the New Year and raise the profile of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.  Rotary was mentioned by all the London New Year’s Day Parade Presenters along the route and we were interviewed by them.  We also featured on the live TV coverage of the Parade.”

Five hundred pounds was collected from the public during the Parade and this will be split with half going to WheelPower and half going to Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign which, when matched with the 2 to 1 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Polio pledge to Rotary, will become £750.


The Steam Traction Engine was built in Lincoln by William Foster & Co. in 1915 and was renovated by the current owners during a seven year period.


London’s New Year’s Day Parade has evolved into one of the world’s great street spectaculars with up to 10,000 performers from across continents, hundreds of thousands of spectators, and a ‘live’ TV audience of several hundred million. The theme for 2015 was “London on the Move”.  More details:



More details about WheelPower are on:

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(C) Bulent Kilic - Agence France Presse
(C) Bulent Kilic – Agence France Presse

Here you can find links to three documents for you to open and print:

1. The Poster you can use to advertise the collection.

2. The Bucket Label you can stick on a bucket if you use buckets – 4 per page. You can also wrap it around a collection box. You can edit the label, if required, because it is a Word Document.

3. The A4 Landscape Flyer 2-up. Chop it in half to make 2 leaflets. You can edit the leaflet, if required, because it is a Word Document.

Good luck with your collections on or near World Peace Day.

Dick Nathan
District Governor
Rotary in London (D-1130)


New District Governor is Inducted


A group of Rotarians, partners and spouses, and even sons and grandchildren made their way to Porters Park Golf Club on Sunday 30th June for a lunchtime appointment. The business at hand was to close the Rotary Year 2012-2013 with its motto “Peace through Service”, and open the new Rotary Year 2013-2014 with its motto “Engage Rotary – Change Lives”.

With more than a hundred present, and the sun beating down on the golf course it was an occasion to remember and cherish. The new governor Dick is well know for his habit of wearing bow-ties, so all the male members of the Rotary Club of Northwick Park decided to do the same. The joke was well received and much appreciated by all.

Eve inducted Dick Nathan as the new District Governor of District 1130 – Rotary in London, and she was then inducted as the Immediate Past District Governor. Dick handed out the collars to the District Officers and the made a short address on the tasks for the coming year.

All told, it was a most successful event, and a warm vote of thanks went to the Rotary Club of Northwick Park who hosted the event, and to Lucille of the District Events Team who did the ticketing and bookings. The new year has begun!

Rotarians on the track of spies

IMG_5846x600Under the leadership of our London Walks organiser, Assistant Governor Tom, more than 30 Rotarians and friends etc. assembled in the shadow of Eros at Piccadilly Circus for a secret tour of parts of St James’s and Mayfair. With our superb guide Alan, suitably equipped with his portable sound system, we set out in search of five men: Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt, and the elusive fifth man that formed the Cambridge Five. Alan introduced us to John Cairncross, the not much talked about fifth member of the Five, although others have also been assigned the role! With a detailed knowledge of Tradecraft, Dead Letter Boxes and the buildings where actual events happened, we were superbly entertained to more than two hours dealing with mythical spies (we called at the home of Cubby Broccoli) and real spies (the home of Kim Philby and of Guy Burgess), Alan had us all checking to see if we were being followed. We also had lessons on how to avoid our tail. We even managed to replace the missing Joseph Stalin with a Rotarian between Franlin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in Old Bond Street. A wonderful walk, and Tom and Alan are to be congratulated.


Grant Management Seminar – 16 May

District Foundation GRANT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR  Thursday 16th May 2013

6.00pm for 6.30pm York Gate:  Finger buffet with soft drink (available from 6.00pm)cost £5.00

Essential information about the processes and requirements relating to a Clubs involvement with Rotary Foundation programmes (including hosting Foundation Scholars)

To register attendance (and assist catering arrangements)  email: [email protected]  by May 10th




THURSDAY 16th May 2013
6.00pm for 6.30pm
York Gate

Finger buffet with soft drink (available from 6.00pm)

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) require that all Clubs participating in Foundation
activities (Grant applications, hosting Foundation Scholars) attend a Grant
Management seminar and in due course complete a Memorandum of Understanding
relating to the obligations and responsibilities associated in using TRF monies.
This needs to be undertaken every Rotary year with the documentation completed by
the new Club officers.

This seminar will help everyone’s understanding of the operation of TRF and
increase awareness of opportunities available for Grants and Programmes

o Club qualification
Outline of Grant programmes
Foundation Funding Model
• Example scenarios
Grant procedures
• District wide Global Grant details
Essential requirements
• Fund Raising and Recognition

COST only £5.00 per person

Please advise delegate numbers to ensure appropriate catering provision.


A number of Rotarians from the District and around the world are taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday 21 April and there will be drinks and light refreshments at York Gate from 6pm for those taking part and Rotarians who would like to join them. DG Eve will be there as soon as she can be!!   Good luck to all Rotarians in the Marathon! Please also cheer us along the route of the London Marathon where you can.  We welcome your support.

DG Eve

District Assembly Dinner Success

The District Assembly Dinner at the Royal National Hotel took place on 9th April 2013, and was well attended by Clubs from all over the District.  To our great delight, we even had a visitor, Luigi Mula, from Milan, Italy! The principle speaker was the incoming President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, Nan McCreadie who spoke on the priorities from the perspective of the National and International Leadership of Rotary International. Incoming District Governor Dick Nathan also spoke on the journey for the District in the coming year and the training events that would be related to the Service undertaken by the District in the coming Rotary Year. The event ran like clockwork thanks to the detailed preparation and planning of Lucille Parker and her District Events team, and the evening was enjoyed by all those that came, despite the difficulties of travelling on the underground. The staff at the Royal National Hotel in the centre of London also did a splendid job.

We now move on to a series of individual training seminars dealing with topics like Communications and Public Image, Community Service, The Rotary Foundation, International Service, Membership, New Generations (youth competitions, clubs and international exchanges), and Vocational Service. There are also special sessions for the Club Presidents, the Club Secretaries and the Club Treasurers.

The event was judged by all present as a notable success.