IMPORTANT DATES AND ACTIONS [Dates requiring actions are shown in RED]
20 RIBI Finals - Young Chef 31Contact DGE Graeme if interested in the Peace Project
1 District Grant application deadline 4 Scottish Rotary National Angling Championships 10 District Final - Primary Schools Quiz (Aberdeen) 10/14 RI Convention (Atlanta) 15 Closing date for UNESCO-IHE Scholarship applications 16-18 The Great Get Together 20 Deadline for nominations for Rotakids/Interact/Rotaract awards 22/27 Cricket District 1010 vs Australia (or part of it) 29 Deadline for updated membership details to District Secretary
2 DG Handover - Eight Acres Hotel, Elgin @ Midday 20/30 Youth Exchange Camp 31 Closing date to order crocus corms
GFE from Australia (East Side) 5 Scottish Rotary National Angling Championships 17 District Council, Aberdeen
28/29 District Conference, Coylumbridge
20 Young Chef, Aberdeen 27 Young Chef, Dundee
24 Young Musician, District Final
3 Youth Speaks, District Final 7 Young Photographer, District Dealine 7 Young Writer, District Deadline
9 Primary Schools Quiz Final, Aberdeen
FROM THE DISTRICT EXECUTIVE
MESSAGE FROM DG RODDY Roddy Duncan DG
Welcome to the May Edition of our District Digest. Like every other month there have been incidents, which have been truly memorable. At the end of April we had the privilege of accompanying Robbie Middleton of the Rotary Club of Portlethen and District and his wife Judy to the House of Lords. At the House Robbie received his Champions of Change award, which was richly deserved.
Robbie has given outstanding service in respect of the provision of education and upkeep to over 300 children in Southern Uganda over a period of 20 years. This has resulted in the building of classrooms and a proper girls’ dormitory and toilets. Robbie has shown by example that ‘It’s What We Do That Matters’. He deserves all our congratulations.
Charlotte and I also paid visits to two RotaKids clubs, and they were great experiences. In the first, at Donibristle Primary School in Dalgety Bay I asked the young people why they were meeting. The answer came back immediately, ‘We are making a difference’. At the next club, in Park Road Primary School in Rosyth I asked the same question, and the answer came back, ‘We are helping others’. I hope that, as Rotarians, we can give similar answers just as quickly. Better answers, I think, than, ‘We meet every week and have a meal’.
It has also been encouraging this month to hear of more clubs adding to their membership. One club has added six this month with more to come. Other clubs are becoming more flexible in the way they operate, with a few more adding a second meeting in the week to encourage more to join. A common theme in such clubs is inspiring and motivating leadership. Well done to all of them.
Finally, a word from Debbie Hodge, our Vice President Elect for Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland. At the District Assembly she made the comment, which I have made many times at clubs. There is a world of difference between being a member of a Rotary Club as opposed to being a Rotarian.
All of us need to be Rotarians, and make a difference.
Best wishes to everyone.
MESSAGE FROM DGE GRAEME
Graeme Archibald DGE
Dear fellow District Rotarians
Can I thank all who have attended one of the Club Leadership Seminars and the District Assembly over the past two months.
I hope that our incoming club leaders have benefitted from these events. I was particularly pleased with the following message I received following the District Assembly at the Caird Hall in Dundee.
"I was blown away by the location for a start; the visual/audio impact of the plenary sessions; and especially the confident clear way that everyone spoke. I had been in a down mood from a lot of our club's moans and groans, and the Assembly was a total lift up that I badly needed. "
Whilst quite a number of clubs were unable to send any delegates, the message from attendees is that our District team have devoted a lot of time in preparing and delivering messages for the benefit of Clubs.
Hopefully, next year, we will be able to report better Club representation at these events.
At the Assembly Jean Best from District 1020, spoke to us about her Peace Project.
The consequence of the presentation is that we are keen to set up a District 1010 group of trainers. On 30th April we had 5 Rotarians volunteer to be part of that 1010 team and I'm delighted that Charlotte Duncan, a member of the Kintore, Kemnay and District Club, has volunteered to lead this initiative.
We would be delighted to speak with any other interested Rotarians from our District and thereafter we will arrange to hold the appropriate training seminars, which Jean Best will lead.
Please contact me by the end of this month so we can plan to progress this project. May I wish you success in planning your Club assemblies as we move to Rotary year 2017/18 and I look forward to meeting with you during my programme of Club visits.
MESSAGE FROM DISTRICT SECRETARY
Those Secretaries who attended have been given their 2017/18 form for their Clubs to sign acknowledging that they continue to adopt the RIBI policies on H&S, Protection, Equality and Diversity and Data Protection. The form will be on the website and every club will be sent one by me for signature and return. A reminder that all clubs must sign this form annually.
A reminder that information about the RIBI Insurance policy for clubs is on the District website. All clubs are asked to check that any planned activity is listed. Clubs are asked to complete a risk assessment for every event and to retain records for 3 years, in case there is a claim. Finally, I would ask any secretary with a question about procedures or policies to contact the team by email and/or telephone when we will do our very best to answer you promptly.
New Documents and procedures have been issued to all clubs. These are now ready to be placed on the District website. There is a useful checklist for clubs to use.
There is a vacancy for a DMS officer
To ensure that the data held on the DMS is up to date.
To prepare the District Directory
There is a vacancy for a deputy District Secretary
Roles and responsibilities to be agreed
RC of Kilrymont
Confirming that the 2017/18 Secretary of the RC of Kilrymont will be Grace Morris. Her email address is email@example.com
District Grant Applications Is your Club planning a District Grant Application for the forthcoming year? Then remember that applications can be downloaded from the District Website and should be returned to Linda Bolger, Grants Officer, by the 1st June. As always, if you have any questions then please contact either Linda or Foundation Chair, Carol Stewart. All the information required can be found HERE End Polio Now and Rotary Foundation merchandise If you are interested in ordering posters/ leaflets for upcoming events then this can be done via THIS LINK Purple Crocus corms for planting A reminder that if you wish crocus corms for planting please find below the link to the order form and more information. Please note that ORDER FORMS should be returned to Janet Lowe at the earliest opportunity. Closing date for orders is 31 July 2017.
Stewardship – Qualification of your Club A further reminder that a copy of your completed Club MoU should be returned to Arthur Griffiths, Stewardship officer, as soon as possible. EMAIL Foundation Newsletter CLICK HERE to get the link to the latest newsletter – Highlights include, Purple4Polio icecream, Foundation Malt & the Kiltwalk…..
District Assembly Presentations
Copies of the presentations given at both of the Rotary Foundation breakout sessions at the recent District Assembly can be found HERE
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE Ewen Hatchwell
East Africa Emergency Appeal
Although it may have dropped out of the news recently the famine in East Africa is still very real and threatens the lives of millions. Many people are on the brink of starvation and urgently need food, water and medical treatment. Contact the Disasters Emergency Committee for more information and to donate.
The Syrian Crisis – The humanitarian crisis in Syrian 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.
International Champion of Change
Congratulations to Robbie Middleton (RC Portlethen & District) for being recognised as an International Champion of Change. Robbie’s award, because of his long term work at the Bubaare and Muko High Schools in the Kabale area of Southern Uganda, was presented at the House of Lords.
Guide to an International Project
A simple guide to help with an International project is available HEREon the RIBI website (login required).
The District Assembly International Services breakout session presentations are being made available HERE on the District website. Presentations include – The International presentation advising about projects resources available, where information can be found etc, and the presentations about Sand Dams, Shoeboxes and Gambia project.
Pitlochry RC is looking for support for a project to re-build homes in Ruplang village, in the Chitwan district of Nepal. Ruplang is still suffering from the devastation caused by the earthquake in April 2015. Contact Richard Dyson for more information
Request from the Netherlands
Maarssen RC in The Netherlands would like to engage with one or more Scottish Rotary Clubs to Work together on international projects (preferably in the areas of water, youth), to potentially have annual exchange visits and possibly youth exchange, and to team up with multiple clubs to achieve a grant. For more information contact Andre Small Rotary Gift of Sight
CLICK HERE for the latest information about the Rotary Gift of Sight project.
Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG)
To learn about some Rotary Water and Sanitation projects CLICK HERE. WASRAG newsletters and information are available from the website, as well as an example of help, which could apply to a non-WASH project, from Rotary Ideas HERE .
YOUTH SERVICE Sheena MacGillivray
The date for the RotaKids Presidential Citations has now passed. However there is still time to complete the ones for Interact and Rotaract.
Interact and Rotaract Citations are done online
As Interact clubs can't report their activities online Interact club leaders should report their activities to the sponsor club president who can verify completion of the goals online beginning in June 2017. For your club to be eligible for the Presidential Citation, its status in Rotary’s database must be "active." As there has been some confusion over this I have been in touch with Andy Smith at RIBI. He received the following message from RI about the Interact Citations:
"Interact – Message from Cate Sauer, RI Awards
“I would like to bring some clarity to nominating Interact clubs for the Presidential Citation. No form needs to (go to) Rotary International.
The reporting module for club and district leaders, to let us know which Interact clubs have achieved the citation, will be available soon (late April, early May), near access to the Citation dashboard report, as well as on the INTERACT REPORTING PAGE. The language will be updated to “nominate Interact clubs”. More information will be available shortly to club leaders”.
Rotaract – To qualify for the 2016 -17 Presidential Citation, Rotaract clubs must complete two mandatory activities and at least three additional activities between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. The data you provide on Rotary.org, will be used to verify eligibility so there are no forms or reports to submit. Presidential Citations will be automatically sent to clubs qualifying for the award."
A Youth Service Handbook is now available. This gives details of all the programmes and competitions popular in District 1010 and some helpful advice on how to organise your activities for the coming Rotary year.
RotaKids, Interact and Rotaract Shields
The closing date for submission of evidence for this year’s award will be 20 June 2017. Evidence should be sent to Sheena
Evidence should show the following:
How the mother club and RotaKids / Interact / Rotaract have worked together on a local, community and international projects.
How the mother Rotary club has worked with RotaKids / Interact / Rotaract to raise awareness of the End Polio Now campaign.
How they have raised awareness of the work of Rotary in their own community e.g. through presentations, assemblies, newspaper reports.
Evidence submitted should be: -
Project outlines in up to a maximum of 500 words (up to 1,000 word if a club has more than one RotaKids / Interact / Rotaract),
A scrapbook (or photographs of some of the pages) and
A letter from RotaKids / Interact/ Rotaract containing their views on what they have gained from the projects.
Competition dates for 2017-18
Aberdeen – 20 January 2018 North East Scotland College (City Campus), Gallowgate. Aberdeen AB25 1BN Dundee - 27 January 2018 Dundee and Angus College (Kingsway Campus), Old Glamis Road, Dundee DD3 8LE
Notification of interest to Michael Jamiesonby 16 December 2017 District Final - 24 February 2018 North Inch Community Campus Auditorium, Gowans Terrace, Perth PH1 5BF
Notification of interest to Tim Baker by 16 December 2017
District final - 3 March 2018 St John RC High School, Harefield Road, Dundee, DD3 6SYS
District final – Suggested club deadline – 7 March 2018 with District judging on 7 April 2018
District final – Suggested club deadline – 7 March 2018 with District judging on 7 April 2018.
Inspired by her words, Rotary is partnering with Jo Cox’s friends and family to host The Great Get Together, a series of community celebrations across the weekend of 16th to 18th June.
There are over 13,000 events planned by other organisations, including our friends at The Big Lunch, and Rotary is part of this.
Your get together can be big or small, indoors or outdoors. It could be a street party, a game in the park, or just a low-key BBQ with the neighbours. Whatever you decide to do, you will be part of a huge national occasion.
Further information can be found HERE on the District website page. You can also find all the details HERE
Two workshop sessions were held:
The output from these sessions can be found HERE on the District website. Environment Newsletters
HERE you can find the monthly newsletters from December 2016 to May 2017.
This month’s newsletter includes articles on: Plant a Tree, ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group), Purple4Polio, Woodland Trust, Sustainable Global Gardens, Eco Greenhouses, For more information and help on environmental programmes, projects and activities, please contact Malcolm Rooney, District Environment Officer. RIBI Community Service Newsletters
HERE you can find the monthly newsletters from September 2016 to April/May 2017.
This month’s newsletter features articles on: Know your Blood Pressure Day, Fare Share, Railway Children, Eden Project, Hearing Link, Kids Out, The Big Bang, Shoebox Scheme (20th year), REPoD (increased support in the community for families affected by dementia).
LATEST NEWS FROM RI
For a wide range of information, go to My Rotary at: www.rotary.org/myrotary/en This section features some of the important issues.
Tips for a Successful Rotary Project
To celebrate its 100th year, The Rotary Foundation is recognizing 20 global grants that are sustainable, align with one of Rotary’s areas of focus and were designed in cooperation with the community to address a real need. The Rotarians who helped bring these projects to life share advice. CLICK HEREfor more information.
Peace in Action - Rotary's Role in Achieving Peace
More than 240 Rotary members and other guests gathered in Brussels on 8 March for Rotary at the European Union, a special event that explored how Rotary and the EU can work together to achieve peace.
The meeting was the first of its kind at the EU and was modeled after the tradition of Rotary Day at the United Nations. Rotary members, EU officials, and business leaders at the two-hour event asked how business and civil society organizations like Rotary can work with the EU to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and build more peaceful and stable societies. Read moreHERE
The due date for applicants to submit Rotary Peace Fellow applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. CLICK HERE for more information.
My Route into Rotary
Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, I never learned how to swim, how to play the piano, or how it would feel to go to church on Sunday mornings. The opportunities were there. The new YMCA offered swim lessons, my grandparents bought me a new piano and offered to pay for lessons, and churches were close to my house. But these were all things my dad felt only “plastic people” did. For more information CLICK HERE.
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