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Christmas is for Children

Christmas is a time for children (of all ages!), and Rotarians across the London Rotary District made their way to St Olave’s Church in the City of London on Tuesday 11 December 2018, laden with presents to be given to Children spending their Christmas in hospital.  The lucky hospital this year was Northwick Park Hospital in the North West area of our District.  Pictured on the left is Past District Governor Helen, helping load up a trolley with goodies for the children.  For whatever reason the children are staying in hospital, we hope these small gifts will show them that there are people in our communities who care.

Grenfell Tower Disaster

Normally we include a photo with our entries, but on this occasion a photo seems inappropriate.

Firstly, we offer a sincere “thank you” to those who have offered support after the Grenfell Tower Fire disaster on 14 June 2017.  This is a dreadful tragedy that has devastated so many families, and the scars will take many years to heal.  The response from Rotarians and others across Great Britain and Ireland wanting to help has been truly inspirational and shows how strongly we support our communities.

Rotary in London (District 1130) is coordinating Rotary’s response locally. If you would like to contribute funds to help support victims and their families you can do so in the following ways:

A) Make out a cheque payable to “Rotary Charity Fund (D-1130)” and send it to:
Rotary Charity Fund (D-1130)
14 Briar Road
Harrow  HA3 0DR  England


B) Arrange a bank transfer to:
Sort Code: 30-90-39
Account Number: 01368570
Account Name: Rotary Charity Fund (D-1130)
Please add “RGF” in the reference. If you are a Rotary Club or District, please add that to the reference as well.

The funds will be applied to programmes that will be long lasting in the community, rather than attempting to provide an immediate response.

Secrets Exposed on Facebook


On 27 September 2016, more than 30 Rotarians squashed into York Gate for a Social Media Seminar.  At the helm was Rotarian Frances, who runs her business partly through Facebook for many years, and has experience of running charitable events through Facebook.

With over 30 present, all at different levels of knowledge, experience and skill, it was an enormous challenge, but she coped brilliantly with the questions and comments.  Facebook can be tricky if you do not know what you are doing, and you don’t invest the time it takes to work through the guidelines.  Many of those present reset their Privacy settings during the seminar, using the on-line access available to all those taking part.  One of the best guides on YouTube comes from Rotarian Paul Wilson who has published a series of guides on Facebook orientated towards Rotary Clubs. You can find his basic Facebook videos at: PR Wilson Media Facebook Videos

The Seminar lasted for two hours, but the time flew by.  We think our team will be running many more of these events, dealing with Twitter, Linked-In, as well as the Club Management Tools provided by Rotary’s own web portal.

4th Impact Thanks Rotary


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The 4th Impact is an all female singing group from the Philippines, who were on the Television Talent Contest – “The X Factor” until they were voted off on 30 November 2015.  The girls took time out recently with the Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood, near to where the programme is made, to say a big thank you to Rotary for all the assistance given to their home country after Hurricane Haiyan which hit in November 2013.

Rotary in London Magazine reported in January 2014 that 500 Shelterboxes had been supplied to the Philippines by Rotary Clubs across Great Britain and Ireland at a cost of  nearly £300,000.


Minibus for Ukraine Send-off Party

On Saturday 27 June 2015, Rotarians from all over London came to “Rotary in London’s” Headquarters for the party to send off the Minibus we purchased for The Revival Centre in Chernihiv in Ukraine.

Guests of Honour at the event included District Governor David Palmer, and Minister-Counsellor for Economic Affairs from the Ukrainian Embassy, Dr Volodymyr Khomanets.

Please click on the picture below to watch the short video.

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Special Invitation – send off for Ukraine Minibus

Dear Friends
On behalf of the District Executive Committee I am pleased to invite you to
JOIN other Rotarians on 27th June 2015 at 6 York Gate to send-off our
District’s gift of a MINIBUS to children of Ukraine (heirs of the Chernobyl

It has been a wonderful journey to complete this Rotary Foundation-led
project of international significance.

Important dignitaries will join us on the day to mark the occasion including
Ukrainian Charge d’Affaires – Igor Kyzym, possibly the Mayor of London,
Boris Johnson MP, and other notable Members of Parliament.

The District Executive Committee expects to see many of you at the event.
The  event form is available on District Website – click on this link:

I look forward to seeing you on 27th June at 6 York Gate.
Yours in Rotary
ŞÉGUN (pronounced: SHE as in shelter; GOON as in lagoon)
Chair, District Communications Committee 2014/15

Nepal Appeal

Name: Rotary Club of Dhulikhel
Email: [email protected]

Dear Rotarian and Rotary Club greeting ,

Nepal is passing through very hard time of its history and her people are crying. Rotary Club of Dhulikhel has been working to providing relief materials to the catastrophic earthquake victims that occurred 25 April 2015 of 7.9 rector scale. Already more than 6000 people died , more than 10000 people injured and more than 75000 houses were destroyed followed by loss of billions of rupees property. According to the United Nation , 8 million people are affected by this earthquake.

We need more support as more people are affected. You can visit our website: for details.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Rotary Youth Speaks Regional Final Photos

Schools from Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and London came together on 21 March 2015 at the City of London School for Boys for the Regional Final of Rotary’s Public Speaking competition for young people.

The day started with Registration, following by the Intermediate Competition (11-13 years), then the seniors competition, a break for a cup of tea and then the presentation of prizes.

A wide range of subjects – some of the contentious, some less so – were explored and there were penetrating questions from the Rotary Questioner.

A full album of download-able photographs can be found at the following location:

Photo Album from the Regional Final

A full report on the event will appear in due course.

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

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