District Governor 2016 -17 is Phil Poole

A warm welcome from Phil Poole

     I was born in Todmorden, Yorkshire and currently living in Halifax, and apart from 8 years in Carlisle I have lived in the Calder Valley,  managing businesses in the textile trade.

    I am married to Judith for 47 years with two adult children Justine and Gareth. Judith and I have  run the family business for 30+ year which is still ongoing,  developing special fabrics.

I joined Rotary Club of Brighouse in 1991 and became President in 1994-95 and I have served on and chaired most club committees.  I joined  the district team in 1999 and the district/RIBI positions are listed

1999-2003 District Rotaract Liaison Officer

2003-2006 RIBI Rotaract Liaison Officer

2004-2006 District Membership Services Chairman

2006-2009 Assistant Governor South West Group

2008-2009 District Training Officer

2011-2015 District Secretary

2014 2015 District Governor Nominee

2015-2016 District Governor Elect

The 2016-2017  Rotary International internal message of "Rotary Serving Humanity" fits very well with the Rotary perennial motto of "Service Above Self" but please remember the unofficial  District 1040 slogan of "This is what we do for fun".

The 2016-17 year is a momentous one  for Rotary;

Especially in District 1040 which has grown to 103 clubs. Although serving the clubs sounds a tall order for me as District Governor (DG) and my successors,  I am pleased to say that thanks to so many clubs organising joint meetings of 2 and sometimes more clubs for the DG's official visit, I think it will be manageable, and could cut down the travel.

Our own charity The Rotary Foundation is 100 years old and the District Foundations Committee are ready to help clubs to get Involved via the various grants. I hope that all Rotarians will help to celebrate the centenary by increasing our contributions to it.  Then in years to come we can support projects both locally and internationally in the spirit of "joined up rotary".

We are close to eradicating Polio and I hope that we might together do an initiative to help achieve this while at the same time raising the awareness of what Rotary has done in this arena.

Increasing the Public Image of Rotary is essential for Rotary to prosper and grow.  I am proud to be a Rotarian, and of what we do, and achieve .  Rotary Club Central will help to value the service that we give as well as the donations that we raise.  This is the most import project undertaken to promote what Rotary does and achieves.  It values that service that we do .

 In the spirit of " joined up rotary" it is my hope that by supporting the International and Community/Vocational projects, not forgetting the very important Youth Services projects especially RYLA  which is where we might find future younger Rotarians, we will increase awareness and interest in what we do and so increase the membership to  sustain Rotary for many years to come in District 1040.

I wish you all the best for this Rotary year and I am proud to be part of the District Team that is here to serve.

Phil Poole

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