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Saturday 12th January 2019

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Welcome to District 1190 which comprises 67 Rotary Clubs located in Cumbria & Lancashire 

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Children in Need 2018

On Friday 16th November the Rotary Club of Lunesdale with a very prominent Pudsey collected all day outside Booths store in Kirkby Lonsdale.  Staff, in fancy dress, inside the store collected all day for this nationally well supported charity.

It was a bright warm day so lots of chat, fun and laughter was enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed. The total amount raised was an incredible £1,081.


Kendal Crocus Planting

Every year, Kendal Rotary Club plants purple and yellow crocus bulbs around Kendal. Initially to celebrate and commemorate Rotary’s commitment to eradicate Polio worldwide, they have been doing this since 2012, very generously funded by ‘Kendal in Bloom’ and Kendal Town Council.

Bulbs have been planted on Windermere Road, Burton Road, Parkside Road, Blackhall Road, Shap Road, Milnthorpe Road and this year in October on Aynam Road. This year they reached the magnificent total of 100,000 bulbs planted and to mark this achievement, the Mayor of Kendal, Guy Tirvengadum, attended to congratulate the Club as they planted the 100,000th bulb.

The total eradication of polio is now almost complete and the scourge of this dreadful disease is no longer prevalent, It just needs one last push to finish the task.


Passionately Purple Gin

It will be a case of rock-on gin lovers as star of Cannon and Ball and local lad Bobby Ball launches the magical gin in Lytham on End Polio Day with IPP Denis Spiller and Lytham President John Edwards. Rotary Lytham have pushed the boundaries of possibility even further by creating a 'Rotary first' purple craft gin, distilled exclusively for them on the South Fylde coast, by local company Sandgrown Spirits.

Purple is the colour of the End Polio campaign and Rotary Lytham have created Passionately Purple, a magical colour-changing gin, bursting with the flavour of blueberries to mark World Polio month and to raise funds in a unique and enjoyable way Deceptively dry, this smooth juniper-led gin has been made with nine carefully selected botanicals and it has an extra magic. Every bottle sold will raise £5 towards the End Polio Now campaign and every £5 raised will attract a further £10 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and that’s enough to vaccinate 50 children.

This special limited edition gin will not be available in the shops, it can only be purchased on-line through Rotary Lytham and your District Governor. In an attempt to cut costs we are offering a bulk order opportunity for Districts and Clubs, but individuals who require a speedy service, perhaps for a birthday, wedding anniversary etc can order single bottles and have them home delivered for only £5.50 extra.

Larger orders ie box of 12 or six can be delivered to Alcester for collection by your DG or a member of your District team that visits Alcester. A meeting up service is possible for large orders, please ask for details. If you share our passion to end Polio, order a bottle of Passionately Purple Gin now. You’ll enjoy a magnificent craft gin and every sip is a lifesaver. Bottles cost £35 each plus Packing and Post of £5.50.

Orders can be placed by completing this order form and sending it to Rotary Lytham, address details as printed


Friendship Exchange with District 7120, Finger Lakes Region, New York USA

In September 2018, a group of eight Rotarians and partners from Cockermouth, Kendal and Preston visited New York State as part of the Rotary Friendship Programme. This programme aims to advance international understanding among Rotarians, providing the opportunity to form personal contacts and make long-lasting friendships while exploring different areas of the world.

Hosting was provided in three different homes of Rotarians for each visitor, and a full programme of visits and activities provided an insight into a beautiful, if little known, area of the USA. Visits included Rochester, which was the home of Kodak manufacturing, and Corning, where glass Manufacturing included the development of Pyrex. A 'must' visit was to the spectacular Niagara Falls.

But the lasting memories were of the warm welcome and hospitality provided by host Rotarians. Visits to local clubs gave an insight into the fundraising energies of Rotarians in the District. Perhaps the highlight was a visit to the Rotary Sunshine Camp. This was a facility owned and run by the Rotary club of Rochester, providing holidays for disabled children and adults. It covered a huge area, and included climbing walls, a treetop walk and even a miniature railway.

We look forward to the exchange visit next June, when a group from District 7120 will be visiting our District.

Note: Check out the International Travel & Hosting Fellowship if staying with Rotarians in other countries is of interest.


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