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In the next 30 days...

Rotary Club of Swindon Online Auction - Press Release

Tuesday 6th October 2020 - Saturday 21st November 2020

RC Swindon Rotarians go online to raise money for charity - Lots wanted for Online Charity Auction The auction will take place from Thursday 5th November until Saturday 21st November.


Centenary Trees Project

Saturday 17th October 2020 - Thursday 30th June 2022

RC Cheltenham North As part of the Centenary Celebrations for 100 Years of Rotary in Cheltenham the Four Cheltenham Clubs are planting Trees within the Cheltenham area. See "Details" for the latest Information


Weird Witchy Walk

Saturday 31st October 2020

RC Nailsworth Oct 31st: Halloween Fancy Dress Fun Walk around the King George V Playing Fields in Nailsworth


Santa's Christmas Virtual Balloon Race

Sunday 1st November 2020 - Monday 30th November 2020

RC Stroud By purchasing Balloons you will helping to raise funds for Stroud Women's Refuge. Christmas presents will be bought for the children who will be staying over Christmas


District Executive Meeting

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

District Event: Currently this event is expected to be hosted on-line via ZOOM.US subject to Covid19 rules at the time


District Forum ( formally District Council) Meeting

Thursday 19th November 2020

District Event: Currently this event is expected to be hosted on-line via ZOOM.US subject to Covid19 rules at the time



29OCT20 : Rotary District Youth Forum Workshop

The workshop will be conducted via Zoom on-line at 7pm on the 29th of October

After a general introduction / catch up the evening will be primarily in two parts

- a discussion about the way forward with competitions especially Youth Speaks - A Debate and Young Chef
- breakout groups to allow attendees to share what is working for them in respect of youth activities and support they are looking for

If you wish to include other specific topics, please let Andy Jarrett [District Youth Lead] know by the 22nd of October 

If you wish to include other specific topics, please let Andy Jarrett know by the 22nd of October

Register in advance for the Workshop at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsc-2orTwsGdA14SNqLX2aJo_ufdqEnnAe

14OCT20 : Mercy Ships (Rotary Brochure)

Please click Mercy Ships to view the Rotary brochure following the announcements of the new Global Mercy as the largest ever Global Grant of $1.125 million. The grant is supplying essential medical equipment for this new and revolutionary vessel. 

To book a Zoom talk for your Club and to find out more about the incredible work the amazing volunteers do, please go to: events.mercyships.org.uk or call 01438 727800

06OCT20 : Modern Slavery - Online Community Festival

With Anti-Slavery Day fast approaching on the 18th October, join Unseen for its flagship free Community Festival. Community groups like yours are doing incredible work across the country, raising awareness and donations to put an end to modern slavery. Learn what modern slavery looks like post Covid-19, connect with other likeminded community groups, and hear how your community group can adapt in this new world. 

For further information please view the Online Community Festival

If you or anyone else you know is interested in attending please contact Bob Handley (Bob.handley@hilldene.com)

02OCT20 : Rotary Shoebox Scheme

Cotswold Tyndale Rotary will be delighted to supply boxes to any club in the district who wish to use this scheme to help promote Rotary in their area. For just £2 this covers the cost of the box, getting it to you, collecting it and distributing it to E.Europe. it is a wonderful way of making contact with local schools, churches, Tangent groups etc introducing Rotary to them and helping a wonderful cause.

As Cotswold Tyndale hold a stock of boxes we can supply you with as many as you need and can help with providing them on a “ Sale or Return” basis. 

For more details contact Derek Aston (derek@astons.info) for details on how this scheme can help your club. Why not have someone from Shoebox join your next Zoom meeting

02OCT20 : TRI-District Workshop - online 7pm to 8:15pm

The subject is "building a relationship with Facebook" - an informative and entertaining workshop on how to make the most of this tool, speaker Sam Cross.

This subject is very relevant as we enter the next stage of guidance for Rotary meetings. We know that we are not able to hold face to face meetings until the end of this year at least and it looks as if this will extend until April 2021.  So we will need to use all the social media tools we can to keep our presence visible.

Register in advance for this meeting please:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

29SEP20 : District 1100 District Governor - newsletter

Please click SEPTEMBER MUSINGS to view letter from (DG) Chris Firth

28SEP20 : District 1100 Public Image & Communication - newsletter

Please click PI NEWS (issue 1) to view letter from (PI Team) Bernd Langheim

22SEP20 : "Leaders with Vision" D1100 Team Recruitments

Can you use your skills to guide the District into the next decade?
D1100 needs Leaders with Vision to help take the District forward

Do you have the drive, energy and enthusiasm to help?
Take a look at the Recruitment Pack for vacant posts information

Interested in becoming a District Team member?
Download/complete the D1100 Officers Nomination application form, obtain approval/sign-off from your Rotary Club and forward your application to the Assistant District Secretary (Colin Hunt: shirley-colin@tiscali.co.uk) no later than 6th November 2020

10SEP20 : Membership Development Initiative

How would you like some financial support to help increase membership?

In the 2018 -19 Rotary Year, the District 1100 Council agreed financial support to Clubs (working individually or in groups) for events, projects or activities that support membership development and growth.

The 2020/2021 Rotary year is the last of the 3 years agreed by the District Council and at present significant funds are available.

Read the full information release about the Membership Development Initiative
Download the 20-21 Grant Application Form

31AUG20 : Rotary Club of Beirut Cedars - Overview Report

On the 4th of August Lebanon witnessed a human tragedy. At least 171 deaths, 6,000 injuries, $4.7 billion in property damage, and an estimated 300,000 people homeless.

Rotary Club of Beirut Cedars is TAKING ACTION, click to view their "People of Action" Overview Report

31AUG20 : Tri-District Workshop "CROWD FUNDING"

D1100 working with D1200 (Somerset and Wiltshire), D1150 (South Wales)

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, please note the meeting will be recorded. 
If you have any questions about this event please contact Mary Adams (maryadams@hotmail.co.uk

30AUG20 : Beirut Port Disaster Situation Report


The Lebanese Government Response Plan aims at saving lives; providing immediate basic assistance to all affected people; restoring life conditions in the affected areas and implementing a national recovery plan including health, economy, education, social and environment sectors 

Click Situation Report (rel 30AUG20)  for further information

25AUG20 : The World Health Organization Declares Africa Polio-Free

Peter Wells District EPN Lead has sent me this wonderful news - 

Hi Everyone!

It is uplifting to hear good news about defeating a virus!

Rotary has played its part though much of the Limelight has been focussed elsewhere by the Media.

Thank you to all our Club members, past and present, who have given so much support to this campaign by Rotary and to me personally over the years.

That we must continue is true but today you can reflect with a smile on the lives you have helped, children and adults, from every corner of Africa and indeed the World.

Thanks again,


Click to view article in Time Magazine and a Rotary information release covering the good news and Rotary's role

25AUG20 : World Polio Day is on 24 October  

Message from Chris Firth and Peter Wells  - 

We both hope that you are planning events within the restrictions of current COVID guidelines.  In the past clubs have painted prominent buildings in purple lighting, run events with small bears, sold purple crocus badges and given out crocus bulbs to local causes and amenities, as well as many more innovative activities.

I hope we can continue the creativity of promoting End Polio Now to the wider public and will be delighted to promote what you are planning and to a wider audience.

The National Immunisation Day event that Linda and I took part in was one of the most uplifting and inspiring events in our life and we saw at first hand the power of Rotary.

Thank you for all you have and are doing to support End Polio Now and reminding the world that Rotary was one of the co-founders  and has played a full part in the campaign the last 35 years. 

21AUG20 : District 1100 District Governor letter 

Please click AUGUST MUSINGS  to view letter from (DG) Chris Firth

Welcome to Rotary District 1100

We are people of action in District 1100, making a difference in our communities in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Bristol, Swindon and parts of Monmouthshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Our very lively District has 63 active clubs and almost 1,800 members, all serving their communities and having great fun at the same time. We pride ourselves on having a diverse membership: men and women, young and senior, from different walks of life, nationalities and faiths all serving together and with common values.

So, if you are looking to have fun meeting new people and getting actively involved in your local community, there is an increasingly wide variety of options. These can include attending traditional club meetings to enjoy friendship, listening to stimulating speakers on topical issues and assisting local or international humanitarian projects.  

Interested in finding out more? 

New members are always welcome and, with the unique character of each Rotary club, the opportunities are limitless.  Our clubs meet either for breakfast, lunch, in the evening or even at the weekend.  So what are you waiting for?  Start your Rotary journey today by contacting your local Rotary club. 

District News

Rotary Pledges Support for Carers in New Partnerships

Carer Support Wiltshire are delighted to announce that Royal Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club have chosen to support unpaid carers by selecting them as one of their charities for the year ahead. Read the full media release here.

Through COVID-19 and beyond

Despite the unprecedented situation we are currently experiencing, it has been heart warming to see the impact that Rotary is continuing to have in our communities and the connections which members are both maintaining and creating in these challenging times.

As a member of one of the world's largest humanitarian service organisations, you are able to experience a range of significant benefits as part of your subscription. Something that volunteers at other organisations do not have the opportunity to access.

We are committed to adapting the services we offer to members during the COVID-19 pandemic to suit your needs, while continuing to provide the essential support and infrastructure you need to make a difference.

Click here for just some of the ways we help you do what you do best.

District 1100 Assembly 2020

To view the recordings and associated documents from some of the sessions look at the relevant dates under Completed Events.

District response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Managing Anxiety and Stress in these COVID-19 Times

If we are to build emotional resilience in times of stress and unusual behaviour patterns, such as the current COVID-19 Lockdown, we need to focus on five areas. Find out more.


The Rotary Club of the City of Hereford demonstrates how Rotary can really help the local community in a time of crisis - read about it here

Zoom Meetings

Safety Tips for online meetings have been provided from the Rotary Support Centre, Rotary Committees/Teams and other Rotarians for their Clubs and Districts, and are now offered to other members who may find them useful when hosting or participating in meetings.

In addition, Rotary District 1150 in South Wales has created and supplied its own helpful guide for your use.

Bill Gates continues support for End Polio

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have just announced the extension of our fundraising partnership. The Gates Foundation will continue matching donations to Rotary’s PolioPlus program 2-1, up to $50 million every year. Watch the announcement video here.

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