Thank you to all Rotarians who joined our Virtual District Assemly on April 25th 2021.
The agenda for the days event is still noted below, however at the bottom of this page you will now find all the relevant presentations from the day, along with contact details for those who presented on the day.
Rotary District 1010 Scotland North - AGENDA
9.45 – Arrival and informal networking
10:00 – Welcome and Introductions
John Johnstone, Learning and Development Team Leader
10.05 – Opening Remarks
DGE Heather Stuart
10.15 – Membership Growth and Development
DG Alistair Robb (Membership Chair 2021/22)
10.25 - Working Together and Supporting Clubs
District Support Team 2021/22
10.45 - Making Rotary Relevant to businesses
Colin Winstone, Public Image Chair, District 1060
11:00 – Break
11.10 - Making Rotary Relevant to Younger People – Seeds of Social Action
Shwetal Shah, Rotaract Great Britain and Ireland
Janine Birtwistle, Rotary Club of Guernsey
11.30 - Making Rotary Relevant to communities - internationally and locally
David Chalmers, Rotary Club of Dunfermline – Reuniting Families in Kenya
John Steele, Rotary Club of Aberfeldy and District – Rotary Dementia Friendly Project
11.45 – Making Rotary Relevant through a focus on the environment
Malcolm Rooney, District Environment Officer
DGE Heather Stuart
12:00 – Q&A/Discussion Session
12.10 – District Conference 2021
John Johnstone, Learning and Development Team Leader
12.15- Thanks and Closing Remarks
DGN Designate Jim Hatter
District Governor Elect Heather Stuart has been a Rotarian for 8 years, originally a member of the small Kirkcaldy Raith club, where she was also club President, and most recently a member of Burntisland and Kinghorn club. Heather has held a number of club roles in Rotary in relation to public image, and fundraising, and was also Assistant Governor for Area 8, South Fife and Kinross, for 3 years prior to being elected as DG Nominee designate. Heather works full time as a charity Chief Executive, running OnFife, which delivers cultural services and operates 42 cultural venues across Fife including libraries, museums, theatres, and archives.
Heather’s professional background relates to community development and regeneration, as well as culture and leisure, and she has led a range of change projects, and worked in local government, the Scottish Government, and the private sector. She also runs her own small health and wellbeing business. She is passionate about supporting communities to reach their full potential and about tackling inequalities, and loves the experience that Rotary offers to give something back, and to make a real positive impact in communities through service projects, as well as bringing you together with like-minded people looking to do the same, with opportunities for lots of fun and friendship along the way. Heather is looking forward to her year as District Governor, and working with clubs and all Rotarians in District 1010 to continue to develop Rotary in the district in a way which shares the gift of Rotary as widely as possible.
District Governor Alistair Robb has been a Rotary member for 14 years and served as Club President in 2013. He and his wife Claire are both Rotarians in the Buckhaven & Methil club and also work together in their business which is involved with IT hardware recycling for business and private customers. They have 2 grown up children. Daughter Christie is also a Rotarian in the club whilst their son Callum has yet to be persuaded to join.
Alistair spent many years as the District PVG and Equality and Diversity officer and was instrumental in the establishing of the annual autumn training seminars covering all areas of Compliance plus membership and public image. He is a passionate advocate of forming new clubs, especially ones which offer an alternative meeting style to the traditional setup.
Alistair hopes to see District 1010 clubs get more involved with service projects in their communities, using this as a means to attract new members and getting the message out there that Rotary is for everyone.
Colin Winstone has been Rotarian for 10 years within District 1060 ( Heart of England ). Served as Rotary GO Champion (Growth Opportunities), 3 years as Membership Lead and currently Public Image Team Lead. With a Sales and Marketing background in the IT industry he understands the motivations of business leaders and the "what's in it for me" culture. Membership numbers within D1060 continue to grow, including Corporate, backed by District support for joint initiatives, Membership Virtual Cafés and professional PR assistance.
Shwetal currently work at MediaCom Global as an International Technology Partnerships Manager helping source emerging tech companies for Mars Wrigley Innovation Programme. She serves as a trustee at Volunteer Centre Camden and is a Grants Committee Member at Youth Futures Foundation. Outside of her day to day to role she organizes public science lectures and makes documentaries (Young Change Makers in the UK- http://bit.ly/2qn8g4m , Women in Tech -http://bit.ly/389tJik) to address the lack of role model representation in the mainstream media. She is passionate about making education accessible and is currently funding 7 girls education in India.
Jannine’s life was changed when she was a Group Study Exchange Team Member to Texas in 1989. Rotary has been a key part of her life ever since having served in various positions at club, district, GB&I and globally she served for 3 years as a member of The Rotary Foundation’s Peace and Major Gifts Initiative Team. Many will know her for her work for the End Polio Now campaign. Her number one passion in Rotary though has always been peace building and conflict prevention, which she believes is the cornerstone of almost everything we do in Rotary and in large part is about leaving a legacy for future generations.
And in relation to service supporting future generations she believes that “Seeds of Social Action” helping young people with their plans for the future and with the collaboration it offers between Rotaract and Rotary, is really exciting. It is an opportunity for clubs to connect with young people in their community in a different way helping those young people take social action that they believe is important for them, their communities and for future generations.”
John is an engineer by profession based in Switzerland retiring in 2009 following 25 years in senior management. He relocated from Switzerland to Penang, malaysia, returning to Scotland in 2014, and is now located in Aberfeldy, Highland Perthshire. John joined Rotary in 2015 becoming SVP in 2016 and President in 2017. John also initiated the annual fundraising Aberfeldy Rotary Fun Walk 2017 and in 2019 led the Rotary fundraising project Aberfeldy Dementia Friendly. He was SVP in 2020 and is President Elect for 2021/22, in the Rotary Club of Aberfeldy and District.
David Chalmers has been Dunfermline Rotary's International & Foundation convener for the past 15 years during which the Dunfermline Club has undertaken some 18 international projects, 10 of which have involved Foundation Grants, both District & Global
I was brought up in Ballachulish in Argyllshire and lived there until I was 11. My parents then moved to Larbert in Stirlingshire. I attended Larbert High School and then trained as a teacher of Physical Education in the Scottish School of Physical Education. I subsequently taught in Bannockburn HS and Denny HS from 1973 to 1989. In 1989 I shifted careers and attended the University of Edinburgh graduating with a BD Hons in 1992. In 1993 I became the minister of Kirriemuir Old and then in 1999, the Glens and Kirriemuir Old. I retired in 2017 and am currently working as a Locum Church of Scotland Minister in Brechin. I am a member of Kirriemuir Rotary Club and am currently Club Secretary. In addition to that I am I am the Rotary District 1010 [the Forth to Shetland] Environment Officer; a member of the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s Environment and Sustainability Group; and I am the co-chair of the RGBI Chapter of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group. I have spoken to around 70 Rotary Clubs about Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability. I am the secretary of Sustainable Kirriemuir.
I am interested in the big picture issues of Climate Change; am specifically concerned about Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice and have an interest in spirituality and the environment. I am married with three sons, all married, and 8 grandchildren ages 1 to 9. I enjoy reading, gardening, walking, fishing and playing the accordion badly. I have climbed over 100 Munros
Copies of Presentations & Speaker Contact Details
All the presentations used at Assembly are located hereA complete recording is on YouTube
The seeds of Social Change Video is here
The video for seeds of social change was not used in the assembly itself but will be handy as a reference. This includes the dementia video clip that would not work on the day. This clip is also patched into the recording.
Contact information for speakers :
Corporate Membership - Colin Winstone - email@example.com
Aberfeldy Dementia Friendly project - John Steele - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunfermline Reuniting Families International Project - David Chalmers - email@example.com
Environmental Focus - Malcolm Rooney - firstname.lastname@example.org
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'What We Do' Main Pages:
Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside are offering Rotary Face Masks for Sale. All profits go to Rotary's 'End Polio Now'. Masks can be ordered by contacting Julien Brown at email@example.com and/or Ellen Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
RCAD in partnership with Rotary Clubs of Aberlour and Speyside & Kemnay and Kintore have successfully completed the refurbishment of Rubona Primary School. The final video summarising the whole project can be found here.more