Rotary 1010 Digest Issue 41, February 2018

News from District 1010


 Important Information from District 1010

Issue 41 -  February  2018

     [Dates requiring actions are shown in RED]


19-23       Collection of filled Shoeboxes
24            Young Musician, District Final
24            Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace Seminar, Coventry
25            District Officers Training Seminar
25            Foundation supporters dinner - Edinburgh
28            Deadline for items for Annual Magazine


3              Youth Speaks, District Final
10            Club Leadership Seminar, Portlethen Academy including Foundation Grant Management Seminar
10            Foundation Grant Seminar at CLS
11            District Council registration deadline
15            Deadline for ordering Crocus Buttonholes
22            World Water Day

25            District Council


7              Young Photographer, District Deadline
7              Young Writer, District Deadline
13            Deadline for "Poems for Harry & Megan"
15            Club Leadership Seminar, Royal George Hotel, Perth including Global Grant Management Seminar
15            Foundation Grant Seminar at CLS
29            District Assembly, Caird Hall, Dundee


1              WASRAG grant deadline


9              Primary Schools Quiz Final, Aberdeen


Graeme Archibald DG
It’s been a real pleasure visiting Clubs and meeting fellow District Rotarians and by the middle of this month I should have completed my trek to meet the 90 District 1010 Clubs, 81 single club meetings and 4 joint meetings. RI President Ian Risley’s message of priorities has been delivered so now we can only hope we as a district do our best to deliver on the priorities we talked about, our next generation of members, supporting our own charity, Foundation which in turn supports our District and Global Grant projects, and our battle to End Polio worldwide.
My congratulations to the Membership successes at Arbroath and Abertay clubs where the traditional approach of extending that personal invitation to attend an information evenings has delivered great dividends. Thirteen new members so far is what I love to hear.
Our support to The Foundation Annual Fund is on a par with twelve months ago but I’m delighted to see an encouraging increase in our end polio contributions this year to date, however in both areas we still have a lot of work to do to achieve the US$100 (about £72 currently) per member minimum annual fund target we’ve been set and the US$ 100,000 we as a District have contributed annually to the End Polio Challenge in recent years.
Attending the two area finals of the Young Chef competition was quite an experience, seeing these young people preparing and plating very high quality three course meals in two hours has to be some achievement. To appreciate the difficulty the judges had, selecting their winner, is a task I’m relieved I did not have to do, but to then hear only one point separated first and third in Aberdeen heat endorsed my apprehension. Good luck to our winners from Stonehaven and Crieff who progress to the north zone final in Alnwick on 24th March.
I’m delighted to report that Alison Stedman, Secretary of the Arbroath Club, has been recognised as one of the 2017/18 Champions of Change for all her outstanding work in Nyumbani. She will be one of only 12 recipients from the whole of RIBI receiving this award in Cardiff on 18 May 2018. This year’s Awards will be hosted by The Lord Mayor of the City of Cardiff, and will be presented by the Chairman of The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Peter Kellner.  Mr Kellner will make the awards on behalf of Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland.
I’ve also been advised that the Buckhaven and Methil club will receive the RIBI Community Service Club award at the Annual Conference in Torquay in April. For a Club only chartered some 17 months ago, a truly outstanding achievement.
I hope the date of the next District Council meeting on March 25th in Perth is in your diary. We are drafting a full agenda for our meeting and your attendance will ensure we deal with all relevant matters effectively.
DG Graeme
Ian Dow DGE
, In January, I had the privilege of joining 529 District Governors elect from all over the world attending the International Assembly in San Diego, where we learned the theme and messages for the next Rotary year, presented to us by Barry Rassin, Rotary International President elect.

The Theme, “Be the Inspiration” will be developed from District to Clubs and to the Communities where we provide our much needed support. 

There were many outstanding presentations including one on Polio, looking at where we had come from, providing a real sense of achievement and celebration as we accept the challenge to complete the journey of complete eradication. 

On the 17th and 18th of this month, Alistair McNair, the Assistant Governors and myself will be attending a workshop to discuss and agree the Rotary International strategic plans, so that these can be further developed at our District Officers Training  seminar on the 25th, as we review and prepare our District goals for the coming year. 

Information about our forthcoming District Learning and Development , Club Leadership Seminars in Portlethen and Perth should now have been received within each club. These are very important events, providing each club with information to Presidents elect, nominees, secretaries and treasurers, on setting club goals and agendas for the new Rotary year.
For those officers in area one, information will come out shortly about a zoom link, where you will be able to participate for information and discussion.
Hilary Gordon
District Council

Information for the District Council on Sunday 25th March in the Queens Hotel in Perth has been sent to club secretaries. Theclosing date is 11th March.

All paperwork will be placed on
HERE the website:

Data Protection

i have had a number of enquiries about the new EU GDPR Regulation which comes into force in May. I would be happy to visit Clubs to talk about this subject. The new regulation brings significant enhancement in the requirements for consent to use personal information, rights of individual data subjects, security of information and information relating to children.

If you are planning an activity, please access the advice on the District website and use the Risk Assessment Checklist
HERE  to plan how you will use any personal information collected.

David Macdonald, Data Protection Officer


Copy: By 8th MARCH  to John Minhinick or

Published: 15th March 2018
LEADERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT                             Brian Stewart
Further to DGE Ian's comments above concerning the forthcoming Club Leadership Seminars, here are the relevant links:

CLICK HERE to access the online form for Areas 2 - 8  

CLICK HERE to access the online form for Area 1 

Information about the District Assembly will come out in due course as mentioned by the District Secretary.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE                      Ewen Hatchwell

 Myanmar - Bangladesh - Disaster Relief

About 650,000 Rohingya refugees are still in Bangladesh. Food, water, shelter, medical care for families and safe spaces for children are urgently needed. Visit:
Visit Children on the Edge  
Save the Children  
Rotary Box charities

For Disaster Relief information from RIBI
Rotary Shoebox - 2018 Easter Collection of filled boxes

Dates for delivering filled shoeboxes to *Dyce Carriers or to Spectraglass are Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February.

Contact Shoebox Coordinator Ron McKail. Email tel 01224 743825, mob 07823 491
*Dyce Carriers Pitmedden Rd Industrial Estate Aberdeen AB21 OBF tel 01224723571
Spectraglass Unit 2 Inveralmond Industrial Estate Perth PH1 3TT tel 01738638358

Inverness Culloden RC – Malawi humanitarian projects

Inverness Culloden RC has been involved with various projects in Malawi. Currently Culloden Rotarians are undertaking groundwork for a third Global Grant funded water/sanitation project aiming for construction during 2020/2021. As previously, contributions from other Clubs will be hugely welcome. For more information please contact –  or
World Water Day

World Water Day, on 22 March, is about the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges faced in the 21st century.  For information CLICK HERE 

Hurricane Irma, Caribbean, Projects

The Hurricane Irma RIBI Donations Trust appeal has reached £83,000, and Clubs are now invited to apply for funds for Rotary post-Irma sustainable community reconstruction projects.
The Guidelines for applications are available from Ewen Hatchwell, email

In June, WASRAG will award $500 to two projects that improve the quality of water and/or level of awareness in your community. Prizes will be for the Best Project - the one with the most impact, and the other the most innovative project.  A brief description of the project should be submitted to by May 1st, 2018. Include what you are doing, the target audience and the impact of the project - also your Club, District 1010 and contact information. CLICK HERE 

FOUNDATION                                                Carol Stewart

Vacancies to join the District Foundation team

In the forthcoming Rotary year there will be opportunities to join the District Foundation team as either District Grants Officer or Scholarship Officer. If you are interested in either role or would like more information then please contact Carol Stewart at
Foundation Grant Management Seminars in 2018 – ACTION REQUIRED

A reminder that the Grant Management Seminars for the Rotary year 2018 -2019 will be held as part of the Club Leadership Seminars in Aberdeen on 10th March 2018 & in Perth on the 15th April 2018 .
If your Club wishes to participate in a District or Global Grant funded project then the Club must be represented at one of these seminars as part of the qualification process. If you are in Area 1 and unable to attend either location then please contact Carol Stewart.

Crocus Buttonholes – World Polio Day 2018 & Rotary Day 2019 – ACTION REQUIRED

At this stage we are waiting to find out what stocks may be able to be secured by RIBI for crocus buttonholes and we will let Clubs know as soon as we have information to hand. At this early stage however it would be useful to get an indication of the possible needs of Clubs across the District. So if you would be interested in buying a box of 100 buttonholes (likely that price will be in the region of £40 although this is an indication only at this point) please let Janet Lowe know by email at by 15th March 2018.

District 1020 Rotary Foundation Supporters Dinner – invitation to attend

Our third annual District 1020 Rotary Foundation Supporters Dinner will be on Monday 26th February in the Mortonhall Golf Club, Edinburgh - the same successful venue as our event in previous years.

The Presidential Peace Conference in Coventry is a few days before and I’m delighted that Harvey Newcomb, a Principal Gift Officer at Rotary Foundation, has agreed to head north and be our guest speaker. He has been with the Rotary Foundation for over 20 years and has worked in several departments including educational programs and fund raising. He will talk about the good and not so good points about the Rotary Foundation; and especially about Doing Good in the World and I’m pleased to add that the has agreed  to answer questions. The format for the evening will be a fizz reception, 3 course dinner and Harvey’s animated speech.  
In view of the relevance and interest in the speaker, I am also inviting Rotarians, friends and partners from our neighbouring district, 1010, to join us that evening. Any members wishing to attend please contact Janet Lowe

Rotary Zone In Newsletter
CLICK HERE for the most recent newsletter

End Polio Now

For more information CLICK HERE
MEMBERSHIP                                                            Eleanor Macalister
Area Meetings

Presentations on Club Visioning, Club Health Check and other membership areas are continuing across the district. The good story is, that, one way or another, every Area in 1010 has been visited by members of the membership team over the past 12 months.

Club Health Check

Gary Macalister is taking the management and operation of these on board along with a trained district team of facilitators.

AGs have welcomed Gary along to present at Area meetings. The presentation itself runs for around 30 minutes, with opportunities for discussion and queries for a further 25-30 minutes. So far, presentations have been done at Area 1, 4, 5 and 7 meetings with Area 2 coming up on the 22nd February and Area 6 coming up on the 8th March. Please contact Gary Macalister on: should any club wish to take this forward.
Club Visioning

Presentations and workshops on visioning continue to remain available running alongside Club Health Check.

The development of Alumni in 1010 is underway. An Alumni Handbook has been created, is being circulated to all clubs and is on the website.
Membership Material

On the 1010 membership pages, material can be found which will be of interest to our clubs. Subjects such as visioning, membership & retention, mentoring, starting a new club (Satellite or “brand new”) amongst other information, may be found if you CLICK HERE
Any queries are very welcome.
Contact: Eleanor Macalister, Membership Chair, on:
YOUTH SERVICE                                               Sheena MacGillivray
Sharing Achievements of RotaKids and Interact

The RIBI Facebook page is an ideal source of ideas for those working with RotaKids and Interact.  It would also be good to see more input to this site from our District.  Please send any action pics and short info about RotaKids and Interact success stories to  Anne Forster:   who  can put info on the 2 Facebook pages.

CLICK HERE  or HERE  to reach the 2 sites

Poem for Harry and Meghan

Rotary is running another ‘one off’ competition which will run in parallel with our annual Young Writer Competition. The title of the competition is ‘A Poem for the Wedding of (Prince) Harry and Meghan (Markle).  In this competition there will be two age categories.  Submissions must be from those ages, 7 – 11 and 12-17 years.

It is suggested that clubs hold their own competition and send the winning entry in each age category to Sheena MacGillivray, 5 Sanquhar Drive, Forres IV36 1DQ by Friday 13th April.

PUBLIC IMAGE                                                                                   Cath Chorley
Rotary First Magazine

Contributions for the District Rotary First magazine are welcomed to by 28 February. Stories which are action packed are much more interesting than ones which focus on fundraising simply to give the money away to other organisations. Have a look at the Rotary International Brand Centre and there you will see that our key words are ‘Inspire’, ‘Connect’ and ‘Transform’. Tell your Rotary stories about how your club is inspiring others, connecting and transforming communities.
Iain Jamieson

Celebrating Success - RIBI Community Service Cup

Many congratulations to the Rotary Club of Buckhaven and Methil who have won the RIBI Community Service Cup.  RIBI believes that exceptional Community Service, deserves recognition.

Earlier in the year the Club won the District Community Service Quaich for their Levenmouth Children’s Clothing Bank.  This is a wonderful community project that is hugely successful and extremely well supported by a wide network of agencies, organisations and local people.  It has now been recognised at national level: ‘Rotary making a difference’. 

Live Cinema for Remote Communities - ‘Window on the World’
Details of this District initiative can be found HERE

Plant a tree Challenge

A list of participating clubs can be found HERE

Saddle up for the Rotary Ride in 2018 in support of the fight against Prostate Cancer

RIBI is delighted to announce that the national cycling event, the Rotary Ride, is supporting the fight against prostate cancer and that registration for events is now open
Further details can be found HERE

The Home Committee – Newsletter

The Home Committee publishes a monthly newsletter which can be found on the district website. CLICK HERE for the latest newsletters (from June to January).

Environment - Newsletter
The Environment Sustainability Group publish a newsletter every month.  CLICK HERE for the latest newsletters (March to January)

                                                                                                                                                      Keith Hopkins
Nothing to report this issue

For a wide range of information, go to My Rotary at:

The information previously published came from specialist /restricted RI websites and information feeds. Some of the RI feeds that you could register to receive are:
  • Rotary Voices
  • Rotary Weekly
  • End Polio Now Newsletter 
  • Leadership & Development
  • Youth Exchange
  • Young Leader Action
  • Rotary Global Awards

In addition there is a good non-Rotary site:
  • Global Polio Eradication Initiative
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