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RI President 2023-24 Gordon McInally

District 1020's own Gordon McInally has been selected to serve as Rotary International Presdident  for the year 2023-24.

Gordon is a member of South Queensferry, a past District Governor of D1020 and a past President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. He has also served Rotary International as a director and as member or chair of several committees. He is currently an adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and vice chair of the Operations Review Committee.

Congratulations to Gordon, this is a richly deserved appointment, and we know he will be a first-rate RI President.

You can see more about his appointment here.

District Handover

Last year we were unable to meet in person to mark the end of the Rotary year, but the gradual lifting of Covid restrictions meant that this year we could carry out a restricted in-person handover.

The office bearers gathered outdoor at the Cumbernauld Peace Garden, with which Cumbernauld Rotary Club has a heavy involvement, to hear retiring District Governor Calum's thoughts on a very strange year and incoming District Governor Ken's thoughts moving forward.

To mark Environment becoming Rotary's seventh area of focus, the two DGs then planted a tree.

The proceedings concluded with the Office Bearers, Assistant Governors and Team Leaders being presented with their badges.

A fitting start to an important year to come.

Freedom From Fistula

PDG Jo Pawley and Sue Hope from Freedom From Fistula were interviewed on Rotary Radio for the Global Grant being done in 1020.

You can hear the interview here.


Tablets for the vulnerable

A special Covid-19 grant from The Rotary Foundation has allowed clubs in the District to supply tablets to day centres, care homes or hospitals in their locality who deal with dementia patients.

Work in a local district general hospital highlighted that the use of technology and various meeting platforms could bring individuals together remotely. This was found to be a highly positive experience for patients, families and staff increasing the social contact with families while reducing distress and agitation with dementia patients.

With guidance from the dementia nurse specialist, staff downloaded music, games, puzzles and painting apps to tablets and were very enthused when the cognitively impaired individuals with a little prompting in the beginning were soon mastering the technology and the games. The technology was also used to allow carers and families be in contact daily with patients who were identified as being isolated and vulnerable.

District 1020 applied for this special grant from The Rotary Foundation, which allowed us to supply each club in the district who wish to participate with four tablets which they can provide to suitable centres or care homes in their area. A Global Grant providing local support to the vulnerable in our communites.

More details of the scheme can be found here.

Africa declared Polio Free

After decades of work across 47 countries on the continent, the World Health Organization has certified the Africa region polio free.

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Learning new skills from home

Even when you can’t hold training meetings in person, members can still develop new skills and knowledge by taking courses online. Rotary’s Learning Center offers courses on everything from managing training sessions and mentoring to leading change and dealing with conflict. See the COVID-19 section of "What we do".

First Minister at Rotary Stand

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid a visit to the Rotary Scotland stand at last year's Gathering in Glasgow, shortly before lockdown. The Gathering is Scotland’s largest event for charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Over 3,000 people interested in the voluntary sector attended, and a number of contacts were made which could help clubs with projects, partners and potential new sources of funding for those projects.


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About Rotary District 1020

District 1020 covers the south of Scotland from coast to coast and from the Forth to the Borders.

We have around 1500 members in 55 Clubs

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