IMPORTANT DATES AND ACTIONS [Dates requiring actions are shown in RED]
NOVEMBER - SGM Month
17 Youth Speaks District Final 17 Area 3 RYLA Reunion (open to other areas) 17 Deadline for ideas re spend of District Account surplus 19-23 Shoebox collection 21-25 GETS & Rotary Institute - Stratford 26 Deadline for votes for DG 2012/2022 30 Deadline for Euroscola nominations
DECEMBER - SGM Month & DMS Update Month
8 District Executive - Jury's Inn, Aberdeen 1 Deadline for WASRAG competition 21 Deadline for expression of interest for the Young Chef Competition (to email@example.com) 21 Deadline for expression of interest for the Young Musician Competition (to firstname.lastname@example.org) 31 Deadline for update of DMS 31 Deadline for RIBI Community Service Cup award and RIBI Len Smith Cup for Vocational Service
12-19 International Assembly - San Diego 26 Young Chef - Final, Dundee 27 Euroscola 31 Deadline for RYLA deposits
2 Club Leadership Seminar - Aberdeen, Portlethen Academy 2 Young Musician - Instrumental Final, Perth 6 Young Photographer & Young Writer entries to Coordinator 9 Club Leadership Seminar - Inverness, Milburn Academy 9 Young Musician - Vocal Final, Perth 30 District Council - Lochardil Hotel - Inverness
APRIL - Completion Month for Area PSQs 7 Club Leadership Seminar - Perth 28 District Assembly - Caird Hall, Dundee
10-12 RIBI Showcase - Nottingham 18 Primary Schools Quiz - District Final, Aberdeen 25 District Executive - Queens Hotel, Perth
1-5 RI Convention - Hamburg 15 Primary Schools Quiz Scottish Final, Stirling 30District Handover - Portlethen Golf Club
During October, I attended District conferences of 1230 and 1020. Our own conference was also in October and I am delighted by the responses of those who attended. A different venue, youthful inspirational presentations, and great feedback. I will be following up early in the new year, with clubs who attended to see what achievements have been made since conference.
On 24th October, world Polio Day, I joined clubs in Area 4 for the day to speak with members of the public about Polio and Rotary.
I have also enjoyed meeting Rotarians in various clubs, but grateful to Area 7 for an inspirational shared meeting with four clubs in Blairgowrie and then on to Thurso for another shared meeting in Area 2. I have been impressed when hearing clubs speak about their projects and share with other clubs what they do and possible joint partnerships. I still look forward to invitations to other Area groups as they coordinate joint working.
Membership is still very high on our agenda and some clubs are making a real effort to increase their membership. It is, of course, just as important that we look at ways in which we retain existing members, and some clubs really need to look at ways in which they can make changes so that retention and welcoming new members is a key priority. Flexibility of timing and frequency, meals or no meals, alternative meetings, looking after existing members are all key areas that lead to successful clubs. To be a Rotarian is a choice we make, the many hours we give in service and the fun and friendships we share along the way whilst helping others, is an ingredient for a successful club. If we get this right, others will want to join our club.
Guidelines and nomination forms for both Champions of Change and the Community Champion awards are available in the members area of rotarygbi.org website. I look forward to receiving nominations by 1st December so a choice can be made and sent to RIBI for final decision. This month I will be attending the rotary Institute in Stratford upon Avon.
Enjoy your Rotary and be People of Action
District 1010 Conference 2018
I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to our conference team Michelle, Alastair, Scott, David, Mike and Ian. Also to District Governor Ian for his guidance and solid belief in the theme and direction for 2018.
I can’t forget the flexibility of the Gardyne Theatre and their staff Sharon, Chris and Mike who let us take over the theatre for the day.
To Bruce Donaldson of Dundee and Angus College for his untiring support and putting up with my endless calls tying up the niggly bits of hosting a conference and to his team of seven student volunteers who helped with the stewarding.
To the Elgin Club for hosting a fun evening dinner and entertainment on both the Friday and Saturday evenings at the Invercarse Hotel.
The conference itself flashed by with all the speakers delivering what was asked of them and more leaving myself and the 300+ who attended inspired with Rotary. I will have a full report for the next district council which I will share in the next digest.
District Vacancies 2019/20 – Still time to apply Although the official date for applications has now passed, there are still several vacancies for 2019/20 including the Chair of the Membership Committee, the District Treasurer and the Chair of the Youth Committee.
All who are interested in helping their fellow Rotarians across the District, will be made welcome in the various teams for 2019/20. Please contact any of the current service chairs, who are very willing to speak to anyone who might wish to help.
Training is provided both within the District and by RIBI.
Focus Group Review Questionnaire Thanks are due to a good number of Rotarians in the District who completed the Questionnaire by the end of last month. The results are now being analysed by the Review Team and will be included within their report going to the District Executive on 8 December.
The Focus Group Review Team will then report to the District Council due in Inverness on 30 March 2019.
Message for all Presidents Elect
Rotary Clubs across the District should now be appointing their incoming presidents for Rotary Year 2019/20.
Rotary International’s Learning & Development Team have prepared a new manual entitled ‘Lead Your Club’ President edition for the years 2019-22. RI sent sufficient copies in order that all incoming presidents can have a copy and start to prepare for their year in office.
Copies of the manual have been distributed via each of the area Assistant Governors. If you have not yet received one, please contact the current AG for your area.
Presidents Elect should also be putting the dates for the Club Leadership Seminars (CLS) in their diaries, whether new to the role or having had previous experience in leading their club. CLS dates and venues are included within the District Digest and registration will be opening shortly.
Keith Rotary meet every Thursday at the Royal Hotel. The new time is 6.15 for 6.30.
I am pleased to announce that, as we have 2 candidates who have allowed their name to be forwarded for the post of DG 2021/2022, a ballot is required. You can view the applications and CVs of both candidates on these links:
Please vote before 26th November 2018 using the link to the voting form. Late votes will not be counted. All club secretaries, PDGS and District officers who are entitled to vote have been sent a link to vote.
Special General Meeting - November/December
Your club must hold an SGM and elect President, Secretary and Treasurer, then add them to the DMS.
Treasurer should present club accounts for approval.
DMS Update - December
Please remind members to check that their personal information on the DMS is accurate. Important to check that email addresses are accurate.
You should also check that members who have left or have become honorary members or any other changes have this recorded on the DMS.
Your club will have to pay for all members listed as of 31st December.
Add officers for 2019/2020 to DMS, by 31st December.
District Accounts - use of surplus
A discussion took place at the recent District Council on use of the surplus. Suggestions to Hilary Gordon by 17th November please, to take to the next executive meeting and then to be included in the draft budget.
Registration for CLS will be open in December and all Presidents Elect will be expected to attend one event. 3 CLS have been organised: 2nd March in Portlethen, Aberdeen 9th March in Inverness 7th April in Perth
Indonesia Tsunami and Earthquake After the hugely destructive earthquake and tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, more than two thousand people are known to have died and over two hundred thousand are unable to return home. See the update from Shelterbox HERE
Others disasters include - Philippines – Typhoon Mangkhut, Yemen Crisis, Myanmar - Rohingya Refugees, Aquabox, Disaster Emergency Committee DEC, Water Survival Box, Shelterbox, Disaster Aid are sending aid to these and other crisis locations.
2018 Christmas Deliveries - 19 to 23 November for filled boxes to be delivered to depots:
Aberdeen - Dyce Carriers. Kirkton Avenue Dyce AB21 0BF tel 01224 723571 Perth - Spectraglass Unit 2 Inveralmond Close, Inveralmond industrial Estate Perth PH1 3TT 01738 638358 Inverness - Contact Donald Robertson (asap) but certainly prior to 19th November to arrange deliveries to him at Struan, Ardtower Road, Inverness 1V2 5AZ tel 01463 794209
2019 February planned Easter Collection - 11th to 15 Feb 19. Please contact Ron McKail (Shoebox Coordinator) if you have boxes for this collection tel 01224 743825 email@example.com Mediators Beyond Borders International
Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) have entered into a partnership to help enhance our peace building and mediation efforts. CLICK HERE for more information. WASRAG
Your Club could win $500 for its WASH Projects! In recognition of World Polio Day, WASRAG is holding a contest to recognize projects that improve the quality of water and/or increase the level of awareness of the need for clean water. Two prizes of $500 each will be awarded to the Project with Most Impact and the Most Innovative Project. Entries to be submitted by 1 December 2018. CLICK HERE for more information
The latest Literacy Rotarian Action Group Newsletter is now available HERE on the District website.
Polio Newsletter Polio newsletter for October. Check out the November edition, when available via the District Website, for news on Rotary Club of Huntly’s trip to Parliament with their Purple ice cream
Christmas cards for 2018 Not long now to place your order but Christmas cards still being sold in aid of Rotary Foundation. If you wish to place an order before the deadline of the end of November then please CLICK HERE
World Polio Day
Thanks very much to all Clubs who were involved in activities on World Polio Day. We saw lots of different activities, including the involvement of our wider communities and the wider Rotary Family of RotaKids, Interact & Rotaract. We’re looking forward to the Spring and all those crocus corms brightening our District.
What about some exercise to shed the calories after the festive season?
It could see District 1010 raise thousands of pounds for the polio campaign.
Now is the time for every Rotary Club to hold a Polio Swim.
Writing this on the 5th November makes me think about bonfires and sparkly fireworks. It may seem that there are not that many sparkly fireworks abounding in D1010 as far as Membership is concerned, but due to a lot of hard and persistent work by a number of our clubs over the past few months, there haven’t necessarily been fireworks, but more a steady sparkle emanating which is lighting up a cold November sky! I am not in a position to mention clubs by name – but you know who you are – so well done!!
From the team, thank you for your work around Alumni. I believe that we will see a slow but steady uptake by clubs re-connecting with past alumni. John Milne can help you with any queries.
New Club Formation – Ken McLennan and Martin Forster are now receiving queries so please lift the phone or email for further information.
Club Health Check – a number of clubs are already showing interest. Gary Macalister would be delighted to come along to your club as a speaker. All Areas have heard his presentation and our AGs are fully behind this.
As the year moves on and I begin to plan to “move out”, DGE Alistair would welcome people to come forward to be part of the Membership Team over the next few years. Please contact Alistair. I am also more than happy to chat with anyone who is interested over a cuppa!
Finally, please CLICK HERE. Hopefully you may find it interesting reading and, indeed, helpful.
The exercise and guidelines for the Technology Tournament are now available. Please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a copy.
There will be only one District final for Young Chef this year. The final will be held in Dundee and Angus College on Saturday 26th January and there will be a maximum of 16 cookers available for competitors. These will be allocated on a first come basis.
The closing date for notification of interest in the above competition is 21st December. Please state whether your entry is for tihe Instrumental or vocal competition.
EUROSCOLA Jim Houston
All clubs have been contacted with information and application form for the 2019 Euroscola trip. Completed nominations have to be with me, Jim Houston, by 30 November, nominations received after that date will not be considered. The forms are available on the District website HERE
EasyJet, unfortunately, has cancelled the flight already booked to Stuttgart, the only suitable alternative is fly out on Sunday 27th January 2019 to Basel, extending the trip by one day and adding £20 per participant to the cost. This is still cheaper than last year. The Sunday departure might make it easier for families to get to the airport.
RYLA Jim Houston
All clubs have been contacted with information and forms for the 2019 RYLA camps, the forms and comprehensive information can be found HERE
Can I ask clubs to consider recruiting their participants before the Christmas holidays, schools get very busy in the New Year with prelims, Easter holidays and exam study leave. I am now looking for deposits from clubs to arrive by 31st January 2019.
I would like to start by congratulating our Digest Editor John Minhinck on achieving the milestone of Issue 50 of the District Digest.
October 2018 has seen the largest number of articles ever. Many thanks to all contributors. The sum of your contributions is making a big impact across Scotland North. With a new article being posted everyday people are beginning to notice in increasing numbers. Following on from the Assembly theme RotaKids and Interact are showing the way with heaps of items.
Well done on the success and reports on your "World Polio Day" events. I had hoped for more and it is not too late.
If you missed any of the October articles the archive is HERE.
Please visit and "Like" Rotary Scotland North on facebook. HERE
I now have 6 "Rotary Effect" pop-ups that are available for you to borrow if you plan an event that they would enhance.
I have received several requests for Templates for letters, posters, tri-folds etc. There is an abundance of these available on the RIBI and RI websites. If you have difficulty finding or downloading these please let me know what you are after and I will do my best to get them to you.
Rotary Radio Talk
I have been regularly listening to Rotary Radio UK. I am now very keen to try it out. The music is good but the articles about club and District activities are excellent. I do not see it as a local advertising medium, but it really could develop into a national advert for Rotary. If you have an article, 100 - 200 words, that you are happy to pass on I would be pleased to do that. It can be text for one of the RRUK presenters to read or you could record your own and submit it as an MP3 file. I can just imagine one of our RotaKids doing a piece in the Doric!
The Community Service Cup Award is given annually to recognise a club which has established a project or scheme in its Community for the benefit of that Community.The award will recognise a new innovation or existing project with a pedigree of success.
Eligibility: Any Rotary Club. Deadline: All entries to be with the RIBI Home Team Chair/Leader by no later than 31st December 2018. Email: email@example.com You can find more information and a nomination form by going on the RIBI Website to Awards in the Members Area or alternatively contact Lynne on firstname.lastname@example.org
RIBI Len Smith Cup for Vocational Service Vocational Service is a major avenue of Rotary Service and is focused on fostering and supporting the application of the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. Vocational Service is at the heart of the Rotary movement. This award is to recognise annually a clubwhose vocational activity has encouraged and fostered ‘The Four Way Test’
The award will recognise a new innovation or a project that is already established and has a pedigree of success.
Eligibilty: Any Club, District or Rotary Action Group project involving UK & Ireland Rotarians. Deadline: All entries to be with Geri Parlby, the Vocational Lead within the Home Committee, by no later than 31st December 2018. Email: email@example.com
You can find more information by going on the RIBI Website to Awards in the Members Area.
I want to make a request for our Clubs to send me a write up and photos of their community and vocational activities firstly for the 1010 website and also for possible inclusion into a new pop-up as one is needed.
I have managed to find a replacement for myself, someone with more time and ideas. Sandy McCaskill, from the Turriff and District Club will take over the role of the District Chair for Friendship (and Fellowships) . He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07756 298500.
He will be in touch with those who are already on the template and DMS, or have given permission to be contacted, as club Fellowship officers.
If you would like to be contacted in connection with Fellowship activities, ask your club secretary to add you to the template as the clubs Fellowship officer.
There are active sports in the District including golf, curling, bowls, fishing and the well-loved Gavel Competition which will still be run by Bill Wood as he does such a great job – well done Bill. We also have a Bridge trophy which needs someone to organise a competition within District.
We have some Friendship Exchanges open and Sandy will be picking up on these. Please have a look at the website to see what we are looking to do – the dates may have slipped a little. CLICK HERE
Thanks to you all who have helped over the last few years. Please remember that Friendship and Fellowship are the things that hold us together as an organisation and we must rejuvenate this within the clubs every so often.