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#Think Differently 2020

DG Ian McTurk and District Team Leaders outline their goals for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year "Serve to Change Lives".


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Welcome to Rotary in Cumbria & Lancashire 

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Rotary in Cumbria and Lancashire comprises over 1500 members in 64 clubs throughout Cumbria and Lancashire. Rotarians solve real problems through their commitment and vision. Since 1905, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and experience in order to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to tackle our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to promote peace; fight disease; provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene; save mothers and children; support education and grow local economies.

We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

We are constantly on the look out for new members of all ages to help support our local and international community projects.

Click on this link for details of clubs in our district.

Free tickets for Volunteer Expo Online are now available. Hosted by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, Volunteer Expo Online is the UK’s new, national volunteering show. The event takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th May 2021.

Volunteer Expo Online will bring you all of the buzz and activities of a live event to the comfort of your own home, accessible anywhere across the world.

The interactive, virtual event platform features an auditorium for speaker sessions with celebrity campaigners, sector leaders and volunteer heroes.

Visit the Workshop Hub to learn more about your favourite topics with bitesize sessions. Browse and meet with over 60 local, national and international organisations in our Virtual Exhibition.

And make meaningful connections with your peers and exhibitors with networking, video calling and live chat facilities.

Taking the Sting Out of Polio

Rotarians can help eradicate polio while enjoying unique craft gins. Working with Salford with Swinton Rotary, "Passionately Purple Gin", already a firm favourite, symbolising the Polio Campaign Colour, is now joined by the exciting “A Taste of Honey”, a delicately spiced gin which is simply the Bees Knees. A slightly sweeter twist on the Classic Purple Gin, it is infused with Worsley Honey, so you have more choice and more opportunities to help End Polio Now.

Passionately Purple Gin costs £35 for a 70cl bottle plus £4.95 p&p, a donation of £6.20 per bottle going to End Polio Now campaign. A Taste of Honey costs £30 per 50cl bottle plus £4.95 p&p, a donation of £5 going to the End Polio Now campaign. As a special offer, order a case of 6 bottles for free delivery!

Click on this link to download an order form.

Taste of Freedom Gin

June is planned as a celebration month for getting our lives back to greater normality. So why not turn it into a double celebration by purchasing a new limited edition 50cl crystal craft gin and help save lives by also eradicating polio.

Each bottle sold of only 100, will contribute £6 towards the campaign, turning into £18 with the established Gates Foundation support. All bottles will be numbered.

This is our usual high quality unique gin crafted with pride and distilled with passion by Sandgrown Spirits in Lancashire and priced competitively at £30, plus postage where applicable.

A great keepsake, present, or just a touch of celebratory indulgence.

These are not available in the shops and can be ordered on line from Salford with Swinton Rotary through their website: salfordrotary.uk

Rotary gins, the science to save lives.

Delivery will take place end of May or early June.

Welma Robinson Takes The Helm

On Sunday 28 June, District Governor Miles Leadbeater handed over the chain of office to Welma Robinson from Furness Peninsula Rotary at Junction 36 Conference Centre, near Kendal. The day was nothing like a Summer day in flaming June,  but was very wet and windy. The socially distanced handover was attended by District Governor Elect Ian McTurk and District Governor Nominee Kath Bromilow who were both presented with their chains of office. Sporting Rotary face masks the District Governor team appeared to be ready for action.

Ian McTurk, Welma Robinson, Miles Leadbeater & Kath Bromilow

Welma thanked Miles for his Rotary service as District Governor and presented him with his Past District jewel. Miles' year was unfortunately blighted by the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions for the last 3 months of his term in office. The annual District Conference at Barton Grange in April had to be cancelled together with a number of Club Spring Charter celebrations. For the first time, the rebadged "#ThinkDifferently" District Assembly was held online across 3 evenings and proved to be very successful with a good attendance each night.

We wish Welma a successful year in office and look forward to resuming some form of normality in the near future. A video was made of the handover ceremony, but unfortunately the noise of the wind in the background made it impossible to hear the voices.

Rotary International President Elect Shekhar Mehta Announces 2021-2022 Rotary Theme

Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to incoming district governors on 1 February during the Rotary International Assembly. The assembly, a yearly training event for district governors-elect, was originally set to take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, but was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehta spoke about how participating in service projects through Rotary changed him as a person and made him empathize more with the needs of others. Soon after joining his club, he helped carry out projects that benefited rural communities in India.

Some of the poor conditions he saw in those communities strengthened his commitment to service. “I truly understood the plight of my brethren,” he said.

Mehta participated in initiatives that brought artificial limbs to children, clean water and sanitation to homes, and better health care facilities to communities.

“Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity,” he said. “Service became a way of life for me and I, like many others, adopted the guiding philosophy that ‘Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of this earth.’”

Mehta encouraged district governors-elect to lead by example during their term and inspire Rotary and Rotaract members to participate in projects that have measurable and sustainable impacts. He’s asking each club to conduct a Rotary Day of Service.

“At the end of your term as district governor, you should feel that because of your leadership, because of your inspiration to Rotarians and Rotaractors, the world has changed for the better because of the service done by them during the year,” he said.

Focusing on diversity, membership

For the 2021-22 Rotary year, Mehta wants members to focus their efforts on empowering girls and ensuring their access to education, resources, services, and opportunities so that future generations of women leaders will have the tools they need to succeed. Mehta asked members to use Rotary’s belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical in all we do as a compass to guide this work.

Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity.

“There are many issues that girls face in different parts of the world, and you as leaders will ensure that we try and mitigate the disadvantage of the girl that they may have,” he said.

To be able to do more through service, Rotary needs to increase membership, Mehta said. Membership has hovered around 1.2 million for the past two decades. He challenged the incoming governors to be catalysts in their districts to help increase membership to 1.3 million by 1 July 2022. Mehta’s Each One, Bring One initiative asks every member to bring one person to join Rotary within the next 17 months.

Increasing membership while also continuing our commitment to eradicating polio, fighting COVID-19, and serving our communities is an ambitious goal. “And that should excite you,” Mehta said. “Rotarians love challenges.”

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