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We are pleased to present The Corp and Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) In Concert on Saturday 22 October at Norden High School in Rishton Tickets: Ann-Marie Etherington tel 07739 689710 annmarie.etherington@hotmail.co.uk
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Ptofessor Christian Holscher from Lancaster University will be talking on this subject and other related issues.
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If you were suddenly faced with an accident, or any other emergency affecting a persons health, how would you respond. The course will be run by the Grange First Responders. more
District Admin Committee meeting at Lane Farm
Official visit of District Governor Malcolm Baldwin
Keswick Town lighting plus Tree of Light switch-on

Welcome to District 1190 which comprises 68 Rotary Clubs located in Cumbria & Lancashire 

RI President John Germ and wifeThe President of Rotary International 2016-17, John Germ used his first newsletter to recount how he was invited to join Rotary by an executive of the company he worked for. His message was that Rotarians must continue to invite colleagues in order to sustain membership.

This model still works well in the tiger economies of the Far East and developing countries where Rotary is thriving, but meets a problem in Great Britain and Ireland. The average age of Rotarians in our District means that many of them are retired, and although '70 is the new 60' their contacts are not with today's working population.

Eve Conway, the President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, has a mission to increase the proportion of women in Rotary to 25%. The organisation opened its doors to women members in 1989. Many older Rotarians however don't have links with today's working women, and so encouraging them to invite colleagues to join the organisation may not be as fruitful as our presidents would wish. We need to reach out to the public and tell them that Rotary is changing.

Earlier this year the organisation rewrote its rulebook allowing clubs much more freedom in how and when they met. New ideas such as smaller satellite clubs and corporate membership were introduced. In the North West, Rotary clubs are taking a long hard look at the impression they create on visitors and becoming less formal.

These changes will help to attract new members, but we also need to change the public perception that membership of Rotary is 'by invitation'. A successful consultant, with happy memories of a Rotary exchange program that took him to Sweden as a young man, was recently asked why he hadn't considered joining Rotary. He replied 'Nobody asked me'.


Your local Rotary Club would be pleased to hear from you and will encourage you to visit and get to know it before any talk of joining. Many clubs now have informal 'Friends of Rotary' groups for people who don't want to join but are happy to help and support club events.

Find your local Rotary Club here.

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