The latest East Area meeting In D1020 had a special guest, Tom Griffin, President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.
Tom gave his thoughts on the challenges Rotary faces and its future.
Click here to see the meeting. and hear what Tom had to say.
Tablets for the vulnerable
A special Covid-19 grant from The Rotary Foundation will allow 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 one-off grant from The Rotary Foundation, which will allow 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 and a club application form 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.
District 1020 and COVID-19
As clubs and district we are having to adapt how and what we do very rapidly during the Covid-19 pandemic. To help clubs there is a new section under "What we do" for Covid-19, where we will post updates from the District Governor, how clubs are switching to online life, and how they are still helping their communities. There is also a section in the members-only pages for Rotarians-only consumption such as club contacts, potential speakers etc.
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".
Young Musician Finals
Dalkeith Club hosted the Young Musician 1020 Final at
Heriot Watt University on 23rd February 2020. Those attending enjoyed an afternoon of amazingly high quality
musicianship from our young people reflecting their talents and dedication.
The winners were : (left to Right), Shaunie Craig – Lockerbie (V), Ceri ann Townsend – Dalkeith (I), Lewis Hendry – Coatbridge (I), Ava Duncan – Coatbridge (V) & Thomas Holmes – Dumfries (I), (and Jess Thomson – Galashiels (V) but she was not present for the photo), with Rotary DG Jo.Ceri-ann, Thomas, Jess & Ava went forward to the Regional Competition on 8th March but unfortunately were not placed. They however, very much enjoyed the experience and the opportunity.
First Minister at Rotary Stand
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid a visit to the Rotary Scotland stand at The Gathering in Glasgow. 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.
A full report will be made at the next District Council meeting.
Scottish Schools Athletics
The Scottish Rotary Districts again sponsored the Scottish Schools Athletics Association Championship in the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow on 5/6 February. A great event, with over 200 schools across Scotland represented. More photos here. Sadly the outdoor event at Grangemouth in May has had to be cancelled because of COVID-19 but we will be supporting the schools' athletics again next year.
Young Chef District Final
A very successful District final of Young Chef was held at in Livingston on 1st February. Four young chefs took part after qualifying from the club and area rounds of the competition and as always the standard was impressive. The judges commented that had some of the dishes been presented at a City and Guilds exam they would have been awarded a Merit or even Distinction.
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About Rotary District 1020
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We have around 1500 members in 55 Clubs
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