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District Governor’s Message 

DG Joy in Purple4Polio mood
'Purple4Polio campaign'

Thank you for visiting our website. 

District 1090 covers 59 clubs and has approximately 2000 members in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, South Buckinghamshire and West Middlesex. 

Rotarians are committed to making a positive difference to the lives of others: within our own Communities and Worldwide, building friendships and having fun along the way.  New members are always welcome, so please browse our pages to find out about the sense of fulfilment being the member of a Rotary Club can bring to you.  A warm welcome awaits you.

There is a Rotary Club to suit your lifestyle, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or an informal get together over a coffee on Sunday morning.  We meet to have fun, meet new friends and make a difference in the world.

Our theme for 2016/2017 is Rotary Serving Humanity, and that is what we do so well.

Rotary the world over is about to embark on probably the most significant period in its 111 year history.  It is hoped that we will be able to say that we have contributed to the eradication of endemic Polio from the world, a programme in which Rotary has been involved for over 30 years. When we started out, every day more than a thousand children were diagnosed with this terrible disease.  Today there are only 19 reported cases in two countries.

For several years we have had the opportunity of working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to make this a reality. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft said "One thing is for certain. The world would not be where it is without Rotary, and it won't get where it needs to go without Rotary".

Right now, we have the opportunity to eradicate a disease for only the second time in the history of the world, after smallpox.  Our Purple4Polio campaign was launched this month.  The colour purple is a direct link to our immunisation programme.  Every child who is immunised has their finger dipped in purple dye, a novelty idea, but an essential strategy to indicate which children have been immunised.  

In order to achieve our goal, we are selling purple crocus corms to our Club members and the general community.  We have partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom Clubs, who are also supporting the programme.  We plan to plant at least 5 million crocus corms in the Autumn, and are asking the public to support us and plant purple crocus.   From Spring 2017 and every subsequent Spring, we hope to cover our public spaces with purple crocus.  A reminder that we - every one of us - has contributed to the eradication of Polio now and forever.

But Rotary isn’t just about our overseas projects.  We enjoy working with, and supporting our local communities.  From a cycling sportive at Broughton Castle, an Auto Show in Uxbridge a duck race, a fireworks display, building a hobby room for a Retirement Home, Santa Fun Run, sponsoring youth competitions or a street collection, Rotarians are sure to be there getting our hands dirty, or  raising much needed funds for worthy causes in our communities.

Have a look at the links on our District website and see for yourself.  Complete the contact form to find out more, or if you know of a Rotary Club near you, just look on their website and get in touch.  You will be very welcome.

Joy Arnott, District Governor 2016/2017


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