Distrct Governor's Newsletter - June 2017
June is Rotary Fellowships Month
Rotary Retro Automobile Fellowship
Are you engaged with your Rotary
District Conference 2017
Charlmers and Barbara Cursley with Jack Gromit
June 2017 is Rotary Fellowships Month
Rotary Fellowships are
independent, social groups that share a common passion. Being part of a
fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world.
Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni. You can
contact a fellowship directly by using the information listed in the Rotary Fellowships directory. Or search our discussion
groups to find Rotary and Rotaract members with
There are Rotary Fellowships for
almost everyone from those interested in Amateur Radio to Yachting.
Very early in my year as District
Governor I was invited to ‘Flag Off’, a Rally of the Rotary Retro Automobile
Fellowship from Horwood House Hotel, Milton Keynes. The RRAF is the UK branch of the Rotary Antique,
Classic and Historical Automobile Fellowship.
It is a chance to meet fellow
Rotarians who have the same interests i.e. Classic Cars. Fun and fellowship are the main benefits but
they also help Rotary clubs to organise classic car events and through their
website www.rraf.co.uk raise money for
The Rotary Foundation through deals they have organised with tyre companies,
ferries and battery companies. They are
always looking for new members to increase their scope and of course fun.
A full list and links to Rotary
Fellowship websites and Facebook Pages can be found by clicking the following
Can we make Rotary a
bigger priority in the lives of our members through engagement?
is a word that is so hard to fully grasp, yet so very important to Rotary. It can be quite difficult to explain what
member engagement means, but one thing’s for sure; we all seem to know when
members are engaged and when they’re not.
Most clubs seem to have those members that turn up to everything, and
those members you rarely see.”
to many Rotarians over the past year it appears that member engagement in club activities is a real
and present problem within our organisation.
In his latest blog, Mark Huddleston, retiring Membership Chair of
District 9520 in South Australia has a few suggestions for engaging and
re-engaging disengaged members in our clubs. http://d9520pulse.blogspot.co.uk
New District Website
Over the last few months Honorary Rotarian Wendy Ford has been
working to transfer the District website to the RIBI-Template.
We are currently running both the new site and the old site in
tandem and will continue to do so as clubs get used to
the new procedures. The new site will become the primary site from the
beginning of the 2017 – 2018 Rotary year and the old site will no longer be
Your Club PR/Webmasters were emailed in May and advised of how
this affects articles being submitted to the District Website, detailing the
We are also currently looking at expanding the site and are
seeking items on Club Projects, Speakers, Rotarian Business Links and Charities
which are being supported by clubs.
For further information contact either the incoming District Webmaster
or the District Public Image Officer.
Wendy Ford – District Webmaster, 2017-18
Mike Thorpe – Public Image, 2017-18
Centenary of the Rotary Foundation
Beds, Bucks and Herts have several good reasons to celebrate the Centenary of our
charity, The Rotary Foundation.
- Support for
the RIBI Purple4Polio Awareness Project resulted in polio donations by clubs being
well up on last year.
- Giving to
The Rotary Foundation by clubs is well up on last year.
District Grants awarded to clubs for doing good in their communities and
- Six Rotary
International Global Grants to the value of $218,311 have been authorised and
- Initiated in
March 2016 the Baragwanath Palliative Care Programme in the Soweto District of
recently been adopted as the model for future outreach programmes in all 9 of
South Africa’s Provinces. See full story by clicking the following link: http://www.rotaryhatfield.uk/bpcp.html
- In District
Global Grant for 15 Public Access Defibrillators to be up and running in the
communities of Beds, Bucks and Herts by the end of June 2017.
- Good media
coverage locally and in the RIBI bi-monthly magazine.
Many of the District
and Global grants are connected with the supply of clean water. John Humphrys sums up the importance of safe
clean water “Safe, clean water is fundamental to good health, a basic human
right and one of the Kitchen Table Charities Trust’s main focuses in countries
throughout Africa and beyond. I am
pleased and proud that KTCT had the opportunity to enter into partnership with
the Rotary Clubs of Amersham and Antananarivo Vovonana to improve the harsh
daily lives of the populations of Ibisy and Moratsiazo in Madagascar. I am convinced that together we can make a
Some years ago when training to be a hotelier the
following phrase was often quoted to me:
“You can please some of the people
all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you
can’t please all of the people all of the time”
So it is with district, national and International
The 2016 – 2017 Conference Committee under the leadership
of Debbie Hodge worked very hard to achieve what I feel was an excellent District
Conference. Thank you to the Conference
Team and thank you to all the club Rotarians and partners that travelled to
Bristol for a great weekend of stimulating presentations, fellowship and fun.
Details of the 2018 District Conference can be found
by clicking the link: http://rotary1260conference.org.uk/index.html
As the sun begins to set on this Rotary Year, Barbara
and I thank you for all for the fun, fellowship and enjoyment you have given us
over the past twelve months whilst visiting clubs and attending social
events. It really has been a year to