Important News from District for Clubs & Rotarians


 Important Information from District 1010

Issue 34 -  July  2017

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Message from District Secretary       Vacancies,  Supplies

Membership                                         Area Meetings, Development & Retention Paper

Foundation                  Crocus Corms, Peace through Service, Global Grants, Quilt Raffle 

International Service           Syrian Crisis,  East Africa Emergency Appeal, Shoebox arrangements, Kenya Projects

Youth Service             Interact, Young Writer and Young Photographer Competitions

Public Image                                  Web-mentors Wanted

Community Service      Plant a Tree, Special Olympics, Community Service Awards, Rotary Community Corps

Fellowship                                              Friendship Exchange, Cricket

RI News                    Bradford Peace Seminar, RI President Peace-building Conferences, Polio Numbers

Important items in each section are listed and some are highlighted in RED where action is required
     [Dates requiring actions are shown in RED]



15            Closing date to order crocus corms
20/30       Youth Exchange Camp


20              Nominations for Club & District Awards

                     GFE from Australia (East Side)
 5              Scottish Rotary National Angling Championships
17             District Council, Aberdeen
17             Collect shoebox flatpack at District Council


9 to 22     Friendship Exchange to District 7120 (provisional dates)
27/28       Bradford Peace Seminar
28/29       District Conference, Coylumbridge


13/17        Shoebox collection



20             Young Chef, Aberdeen
27             Young Chef, Dundee


24            Young Musician, District Final
24            Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace Seminar, Coventry


3              Youth Speaks, District Final
7              Young Photographer, District Dealine
7              Young Writer, District Deadline


9               Primary Schools Quiz Final, Aberdeen


                                                                Roddy Duncan IPDG



At the beginning of this new Rotary year I wish simply to thank everyone for all the support and friendliness Charlotte and I have experienced over the past year.  To say we have been busy is an understatement, but we have enjoyed the experience of visiting clubs, and I have enjoyed my time leading the District.  We have made many friends from all over the world, and have truly felt members of a great Rotary family.

My best wishes to you all, and particularly to your new DG, Graeme, and his team as they lead us next year.

Thank you.

Graeme Archibald DG
May I wish my fellow District 1010 Rotarians a Happy New Rotary Year as our 1st July anniversary slips past us yet again.

I am privileged to have been installed as your District Governor for 2017/2018 and I will try, with your support, to build on the achievements and great work of my predecessors.

In the year ahead I am sure we will experience lots of fun and fellowship as we strive to see Rotary “Making a Difference” in our local communities and worldwide.

Annually, District Governors and their “Team” are challenged to deliver service in many ways, not least our best efforts to End Polio worldwide. As I said at the recent handover lunch, “Eradicating Polio is the ultimate in sustainable service” and “we aren’t working to contain it we are working to end it.”

To deliver challenges like this however, we need to strengthen our club membership numbers, and despite our best efforts in 2016/2017 when two new clubs were established in our District, we saw our actual membership decline yet again.

We were reminded at the Atlanta RI Convention, we don’t need old Rotary Clubs, we don’t need young Rotary clubs, we simply need Rotary Clubs where youth and experience work together to deliver the service we have been known for in the past 112 years.

The 2016/2017 R I Presidents theme of “Rotary Serving Humanity” has changed to “Rotary Making a Difference” for this year.

May I wish all my Rotarian colleagues and your Clubs a successful year ahead. I am certainly looking forward to my Club visits and the opportunity to meet with you and hear first-hand about some of the great work you have been doing.

Enjoy your Rotary moments as we strive to do our best, as I firmly believe, together, we can and will “Make a Difference”.

Does your club wish to twin with a club in Germany? The Freiburg Club wishes to twin with a Scottish club. Contact Max by email:
Graeme Archibald
Bookings – Early Bird Rates are Ending Soon
Conference goers are reminded that the period for special early bird rates end on July 31st, so if you want to take advantage of the cheaper rate, do not delay in registering your attendance at this year’s conference.

Hotel Accommodation Filling-up
Many Rotarians have already booked to attend, however the available rooms at the conference hotel – Hilton Coylumbridge – are going fast.  If you intend staying there, and to avoid disappointment, book now!

RI Representative Attending Conference

We have just recently been informed that RI Director Gregory Yank will be attending for the whole conference.  Accompanied by his wife Catherine Taylor Yank, he will address the conference during the Saturday afternoon session.  Greg is a member of the Rotary Club of O’Fallon, IL – having been President in 1992/93 and Governor of District 6510 in 2001/02 and 2010/11.   He has travelled to Malawi, Ecuador, India and Belize on Rotary projects.   He has a varied professional background in the Catholic church, health care management and business coaching.   Greg believes that Rotary enables him to"live a life that matters".
Enquires to the Conference Chairman – Sandy Ritchie at
Ian Dow
As I start my year as DGE can  I welcome all office bearers and wish you a successful year in office. As you know, we will be putting together the Club Leadership Seminars and District Assembly for the spring of next year and as they are very important and essential for your Club role, I thought I would ask if you have any subject matter that you feel would be helpful to be included, please let me know and we will see how we can include in our programme. We want the events to be inclusive, meaningful and supportive. 

Ian Dow
Hilary Gordon
Paperwork will be coming shortly to clubs for the District Council on 17th Sept  I hope we will have a good turn out from clubs. CLICK HERE for more information.

A reminder that support for clubs is on the website, "Administration District Secretary" HERE also Compliance HERE and DMS support HERE 

CLICK HERE District awards  closing date 20th August, for more information

Club Secretaries and Treasurers have received, the first RIBI Insurance Newsletter of 2017/18 for districts and clubs which has been compiled by our Insurance Brokers Bartletts.

Email forwarding for AGs.  Unfortunately this is not working just now.  If you wish to contact your AG,please use their personal email.


Deputy District Secretary - The roles and responsibilities to be agreed but for further information please contact Hilary Gordon.

Deputy Editor & Distribution Manager for the 1010 Digest - There are two vacancies to assist with the Digest - to understudy and deputise for John Minhinick (Editor) and Hilary Gordon (Distribution).  The important deadlines are copy by 8th of each month and the editing complete by about 10th of each month ahead of the distribution on the 15th. You can get more details from John or Hilary.

As it has been such a wet summer (so far) I am about to banish the rain by selling some umbrellas in the District Shop.  There will be golf, transparent and folding types all of which will have the Rotary Wheel on one panel. Prices to be confirmed and will available from the middle of August.
At the Conference in October I intend having samples of clothing which can be ordered as well as a “sale” area where ties and other items may be purchased at greatly reduced prices – so come and grab a bargain.   


Copy: By 1st August to John Minhinick or

Published: 15th August 2017
                                   Eleanor Macalister
Area Meetings

Since the agreement by the District Executive on the 18th March, whereby members from the Membership Team would be invited to attend Area meetings, such visits have been made to 2 Area 3 “mini” meetings and an Area 5 meeting. The team has valued these opportunities and has also appreciated the input from the AG’s who have offered valuable and positive suggestions which have been noted. These will be included in future plans to ensure clubs gain positively from them.

Zone 17 Membership Meeting

The Membership Team along with the DG Team attended a full day meeting in the Hallmark Hotel in Dyce on the 31st May. This was professionally led by Keith Best, our Zone 17 membership coordinator and assisted by Tony Black, a member of his team. The outcome of this meeting has enthused the D1010 membership team to hold a planning meeting on club assessments on the 24th July. This should produce  a programme which will enthuse and inspire clubs in 1010 to find ways of strengthening and developing membership.

Club Visioning

Interest in this programme continues with workshops currently in the pipeline for Blackburn and District, Forres, Kintore Kemnay & District and possibly Buckie.

Development and Retention Paper

Over the past few months, Ken McLennan and the team have worked together to prepare a document on membership and retention. The document has been created so that it can either stand alone or individual pages be extracted from it to be used as required by Rotarians. The document has been drawn from a previous District 1010 M&R paper created by Jim Anderson and Gary Macalister from Ellon as well as helpful information gained from our autumn seminars in 2016. We are certain that clubs will find this helpful. The document may be found HERE
As we begin to look forward to the new Rotary year, my thanks go to all members of the Membership Team and a sincere “thank you” to DG (PDG!) Roddy who has been a huge source of support and enthusiasm throughout a challenging year in membership. We say “au revoir” to John Minhinick and wish him every success in RIBI and RI and it goes without saying that all of us continue to offer our help, support and advice to all our clubs in D1010.

FOUNDATION                                                 Carol Stewart

Thank you for your support to Our Own Charity in the year 2016-2017

The contributions from the District to the Annual Fund were $182,728 (last year $204,834), per capita $66.11 (last year $72.87), and to Polio Plus total contributions were $87,976 (last year $72,884).

Many thanks to all individuals and Clubs who have supported our Own Charity this year and clearly the levels of giving have been impacted by the trend in the exchange rates in the last 12 months. We’ve seen a number of different Clubs using lots of innovative ways of raising funds from events as well as individual giving and we encourage Clubs to share these stories.

You are making a difference to lives at home and abroad.

Global Grant Projects – Does your Club have a great idea?
We are delighted to advise that all application submitted for Global Grant projects have now received approval and will soon see us doing good in the world in many areas, improving the quality of life and opportunities of others less fortunate than ourselves.
As we are now starting the new Rotary year this releases more funding from our DDF and therefore if you wish to discuss a possible new project please contact Foundation Chair Carol Stewart to discuss in more detail.

Peace through Service

You may know that Peace & Conflict Resolution is an area of focus for the Rotary Foundation. If you are interested in finding out more then CLICK HERE for more details of suggestions on how you can be involved.

Foundation Newsletter

Click on THIS LINK  to access the most recent RIBI newsletter, look out for a mention of D1010’s own Rotary Club of Huntly and the Purple4Polio icecream.

Purple Crocus corms for planting – LAST CALL

A reminder that if you wish crocus corms for planting please USE THIS LINK to the order form and more information. Please note that order forms should be returned to Janet Lowe at the earliest opportunity and by no later than 15th July 2017.

End Polio Now – Countdown to History
At the Rotary International convention in Atlanta Bill Gates announced that, starting 1 July, his Foundation will extend its 2-to-1 match to cover up to $50 million in donations to Rotary for each of the next three years. The match and donations to Rotary will add up to $150 million per year over the next three years, which will add up to $450 million to complete eradication. We are counting down to making history!

CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Purple4Polio – Quilt Raffle

Finally, more thanks to all the clubs who supported Charlotte Duncan from the RC Kintore, Kemnay & District and helped raise £4,534.93 by raffling her hand crafted Purple4Polio quilt. Charlotte, this sum could not have been raised without your beautiful handiwork. Thank you.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE                       Ewen Hatchwell

East Africa Famine Appeal

The famine in East Africa is still serious. Millions of people urgently need food and water. Contact the Disasters Emergency Committee for more information and to donate, or Mary’s Meals

Refugee Crisis

The humanitarian crisis continues. You can donate to charities giving aid to the refugees, including UNICEF, ShelterBox, Aquabox, Water Survival Box, Medecin Sans Frontiers and the British Red Cross.  See their websites for how each organisation is helping refugees, and how to donate.

Sand Dams update

An overview and update on Sand Dams can be found  HERE 

Gift of Sight

The Visually Impaired often experience poor education and high unemployment. Six million children around the world suffer from VI. The Guildford Rotary Eye Project invites your help for the visually impaired. See D1010 or GREP websites.

Kenya Projects

The Rotary Club of Langata in Nairobi, Kenya invites support for the following projects:

1. Ngu Nyumu – the Club has adopted a village for the year and plans to a) build a classroom b) extend the water from our borehole to the village c) medical camp d) two mentorship sessions. Visits welcome.
2. Endowment fund. Education for deprived but highly intelligent youngsters throughout their secondary education
3. Sunshine Rally - day festival for 5000 disabled children where we need partners to provide funds and food for the event
4. Some funding for schools where we are refurbishing classrooms and looking to supply furniture and computers
5. Tenderfoot school - building toilet and shower block.

For more information contact President Ashley Myers

Rotary Jaipur Limb

 Jaipur Limb centres have recently been opened in India and Africa. The centres are busy fitting prostheses and callipers to local amputees and polio victims for as little as £30-£40 .  A recent development in the USA is the production of prosthetic hands by 3-D printer and, eventually, prosthetic legs, printed in the same way, greatly reducing costs, speeding up the process.  See D1010 website for Jaipur Limb information.
Reminder - Rotary Shoebox Arrangements 
  • Flatpacks will be available for collection at the District Council meeting in Aberdeen on Sept 17th.
  • This year clubs wishing to order 500 or more boxes can have them delivered by pallet to your designated address prior to Sept 17th. These Clubs should advise Ron McKail soon. Tel 01224 743825 email
  • Full boxes are to be returned in the week Monday Nov 13th to Friday 17th Nov.
YOUTH SERVICE                                               Sheena MacGillivray

August, with youngsters returning to school, is a good time to think about promoting Interact.  RIBI is now an Approved Activity Provider (AAP), which means that any school that does the Duke of Edinburgh Award will benefit greatly from having an Interact Club. 
This means that we can, through Interact, (and RYLA) provide volunteer placements, which can also count towards Duke of Edinburgh.  Participants have a record of achievement that they and the supervising Rotarian fill in.  More information will be placed on the website later this month.

Young Writer and Young Photographer

Apologies but the date given for the submission of materials for next year’s Young Writer and Photographer competition is wrong.  The final date for the District competition is likely to be early April 2018 and not the March date previously given.
PUBLIC IMAGE                                                                                   Cath Chorley
We're looking for people to join our team of webmentors. Webmentors work together, primarily to help District Officers to manage their content on the District website. Webmentors can also be involved in user training if they wish in order to assist Club Webmasters.

Support will be provided, along with training on how to use the systems - there's no need to be an IT specialist. 

If you want to find out more, or know of someone else who might be interested, please contact David Sim 
Keith Hopkins
Friendship Exchange

We have completed the hosting section of a successful Group Friendship Exchange with District 7120, Finger Lakes, New York State and now it is our turn to go there. Unfortunately some of our hosts cannot go so I open the offer to all Rotarians and their partners in District 1010. Anyone wishing to go or just find out more should contact me. The provisional dates are approx. 9th October to 22nd October 2017. This can be top and tailed by extra time in USA if you wish. Details of the Exchange are on the website. CLICK HERE 


The Australian Rotary Cricket team has been and gone. 33 Rotarians and their families (3 children) came to Edinburgh and we took them to the Highland Show. Then they came to Angus and were all home hosted for 2 days by Rotarians from 5 clubs in Areas 5 and 6. The match at Forfar was well attended and a surplus from the BBQ meant a donation has been made to Rotary Polio Plus project. The result was that Scotland came second! Aussies 168 for 6 off 35 overs and Scotland (represented by this District 1010, District 1230 and a few locals) were all out for 82. Nevertheless Friendship was the winner and the locals were duly impressed. They then moved on to Inverness to be hosted  by Rotarians from Nairn, Forres and Inverness Culloden who helped host them during the day. IC did exceptionally Thanks to those involved. The team  moved on to York for the next part of their tour. 

Future Friendship Exchanges

I will be shortly circulating details of other GFE’s over the next two years when further details are available.
Iain Jamieson

There is a new page on the District website that provides information on the ‘Plant a Tree Challenge’.  This page will be developed as the year progresses and will highlight particular projects and initiatives as well as keeping track of which clubs are taking part.

HELP WANTED – Special Olympics, Stirling 2018

Penicuik Rotary is helping to promote the Special Olympics International Games at their District 1020 conference in Newcastle.

There is an amazing range of events at a Special Olympic Games meet.  As you can imagine with Athletes with learning difficulties, lots of volunteers are required and the organisers need all the help they can get.  The athletes also have to raise significant funds to pay for their equipment and host the visiting teams.

The Special Olympics GB 40th Anniversary Games will be held in August 2018 and will be organised and hosted by Special Olympics Scotland at Stirling University Campus.  This will be an international event and open to all GB and European Special Olympics Regions.

At least one district in England and Rotary in Ireland have supported Special Olympics in the recent past.

If you or your club is interested and willing to assist, please contact Iain Jamieson: Community Service Chair District 1010 –  Details will then be forwarded to the organisers.


HERE you can find the monthly newsletters from January to May 2017.


HERE you can find the monthly newsletters from January to June 2017.


This award, in the form of a certificate, recognises individual Rotarians, non-Rotarians, organisations or companies for their outstanding service to the local community. Each award will be different and clubs set their own criteria and decide upon worthy recipients, judging each on its own merit.

Guidance from the RIBI Community Service Committee suggests that the nominee must have carried out an act, or acts, above and beyond what would be normally expected. The nomination must relate to matters which impressed the nominator and which stimulated change within their own community.  To request an award please contact Iain Jamieson, District Community Service Chair:

Closing date: none (awards given throughout the year)

DO YOU KNOW – About the Rotary Community Corps (RCC)?

The RCC is a group of people who share Rotary’s commitment to changing the world through service projects. 
RCC members plan and carry out projects in their communities and support local Rotary club projects but are not members of a Rotary club.

There are more than 8,500 corps in over 90 countries. Rotary Community Corps are active everywhere Rotary is present: in urban and rural areas, and in both developed and developing countries.
To find out more,

For a wide range of information, go to My Rotary at:
This section features some of the important issues.


The Annual Bill Huntley Memorial Peace Seminar will take place at the University of Bradford on Saturday 28th October 2017. The theme for this seminar is ‘Paths to Peace’.

The Fellows from the 2016/17 course will be updating the audience on their activities throughout the year and during their Applied Field Experiences as well as inviting them to pose questions.

Nava Ghalili, a journalist and former TV news anchor in the USA who is now active in promoting Human Rights and Youth Development programmes around the world, will be a guest speaker.

There will also be a chance to interact with local, national and Rotary groups who are active in the areas of peace promotion, refugee support and allied topics.

The seminar includes a lunch menu and refreshments during the day.

As usual the celebration dinner will be held the night before on 27th October 2017, at the Midland Hotel and this can be booked at the same time as the seminar.

To book for the seminar and celebration dinner, click here.

The Midland Hotel has offered a discount rate for Rotarians who wish to book accommodation for the Friday evening. This should be done direct to the hotel by telephone on 01274 735 735 quoting ROT271017.

RI Presidential Peace-building Conferences

RI President Ian H.S. Riseley will host six presidential peacebuilding conferences in 2018 to explore the connection between peace and Rotary’s five other areas of focus plus environmental sustainability. By focusing on the areas where Rotary does its most significant work, the series seeks to:

  • Elevate Rotary’s status as a global leader in each area of focus
  • Demonstrate The Rotary Foundation’s impact on our causes
  • Educate and inspire participants to increase their Rotary service
  • Provide an opportunity for members and nonmembers to explore project partnerships

Conference schedule

Members and nonmembers are invited to attend. Learn more about each event and register online at the following links:

10 February – "Environmental Sustainability and Peace "Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

17 February – "Water and Sanitation and Peace" Beirut, Lebanon

24 February – "Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace", Coventry, England, United Kingdom

17 March – "Economic and Community Development and Peace"  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

28 April – 'Maternal and Child Health and Peace', Taranto, Italy

2 June – "Basic Education and Literacy and Peace", Chicago, Illinois, USA

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