Welcome to District 1190 which comprises 68 Rotary Clubs located in Cumbria & Lancashire
District 1190 70th Annual Conference 10th - 12th March
at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.
Duncan Hamlett BEM, Rotary Club of Lunesdale with RGBI President Eve Conway and District 1190 Governor Malcom Baldwin.
Rotary Club of Lunesdale's Unique Bonanza Cake Sale
What a glorious day it was on Saturday 25th March (day before Mothering Sunday)for a
Bonanza Cake Sale when so any people were out enjoying the sunshine and looking for things to do. In the Lunesdale Hall at Kirkby Lonsdale from 10.30am till 2pm were 9 deserving charities all with delicious home made cakes of all sizes and flavours waiting to sell to willing customers.
The incredibly huge numbers of cakes were baked by their loyal supporters and donated to the charity of their choice so that all the money raised from selling the cakes was in aid of that charity.
The charities taking part were The Anthony Nolan Trust, the Sunbeams of Bentham, Motor Neurone, Mencap, Sight Advice South Lakes, CRMI, Ist Kirkby Lonsdale Scouts, Rotary Club of Lunesdale and Kirkby Lonsdale Girl Guides who made a fabulous selection of soups for lunch served with a home baked bread roll.
Morning coffee was served in an adjoining room with delicious home made scones fresh from the oven baked by a Rotarian and filled with jam and fresh cream. Yummy! Fresh flowers on each table brought a touch of the spring sunshine inside. It was a very happy day putting the winter behind us and providing people with an opportunity to socialise, chat with friends, meet new people and to find out about the objectives of the various charities.
We were delighted to welcome some riders from the Harley-Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain who came from as far afield as Barrow in Furness and North Yorkshire.
For a first time it was a truly amazing event which raised a serious amount of money £1,355. The Rotary Club wishes to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part. So many people helped to make the event successful so thank you all.
The big question on everyone's lips was "When are we doing it again?"
Watch this space!
How People Join Rotary
The 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'.
DON'T WAIT TO BE ASKED!
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.