Rotary 1010 Digest Issue 35, August 2017

Important News from District for Clubs & Rotarians


 Important Information from District 1010

Issue 35 -  August  2017

     [Dates requiring actions are shown in RED]



15              Deadline for Interact or Rotaract Clubs to get Presidential Citation
20              Nominations for Club & District Awards
31              Deadline for return of Shoebox order forms

1               Water Survival Boxes deadline for pledges
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


12/16       Euroscola
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


Graeme Archibald DG
Greetings fellow District Rotarians,
What an interesting first month in office. So many different events to be associated with; where does one start?
140 fellow Rotarians and friends attended the Handover event on 2nd July, and thanks to the Elgin Club for coordinating this. I must pay tribute to the tremendous job now IPDG Roddy delivered in 2016/17. So many seeds sewn and we hope many will bear fruit this year.
Next a lunchtime meeting with 15 Past District Governors to present my “agenda” for the year ahead. - I survived the experience.
RYLA is a “jewel in the crown” in District 1010, and our involvement with some of tomorrow's potential leaders. The opportunity to speak with the girls and boys at their respective camps was a privilege and hearing the challenges and dreads that some overcame augers well as they set out on their individual career paths.
90 Club visits to be undertaken in the year ahead, and I managed 9 in July. These included two breakfast clubs, two at lunchtime and the others I attended were all evening meetings. Carol & I received warm greetings on every occasion and it was such an honour and pleasure to meet so many of our members. I can genuinely say I am encouraged by the enthusiastic messages I'm hearing and I sincerely hope later in the year I will see statistics which show Clubs have delivered on what they have planned.
It has taken years of planning but 1010 delivered its first ever International Youth Camp last month. Twelve youngsters from twelve different European countries visited many tourist attractions in our District, and enjoyed fun and fellowship aplenty. The farewell Ceilidh at the Belmont Centre, near Meigle, which Carol and I had the privilege of attending, summed up just how well organised and delivered this initiative was. The camaraderie that evolved over the duration of the camp was a joy to see. The very positive comments I heard from hosts about how they had enjoyed having these young guests for a few days, echoed the positive comments from the staff at Belmont. Everyone got on really well, just what we needed.
My sincere and grateful thanks to all who helped “make this happen”. Well done.
A memorable first month in post, I can only hope the next eleven are as exciting as July has been.

Hotel accommodation continues to fill up - Many Rotarians have already booked.  There are only a few rooms left at the conference hotel – Hilton Coylumbridge.

Conference Speakers - The presentations at the Conference are all now confirmed.  

Saturday afternoon session:
  • Professor Norman Drummond CBE FRSE - “Real lasting change happens one on one, one by one and then in partnerships”
  • RI Representative Gregory Yank
  • Carol Stewart (Foundation Chair) - “100 Years of Doing Good in the World”.
  • Club Presentations (International and Community)
  • North Fife            Children’s Burns Injuries in Malawi
  • Kirriemuir            Nepal School Rebuilt
  • Ellon                     Jolerider Bikes for Africa
  • Kirkcaldy Raith   Kinship Care
  • Dr James Grieve   - “Let the Dead do the Talking”
 Sunday morning session:
  • Bishop Mark Strange - “Unity in Diversity”
  • Inner Wheel Greetings by Susan Oliphant Inner Wheel Club of Forfar
  • Sally Magnusson - “Playlist for Life: Connection and Community”
  • Sandy Ritchie – “One Club’s Rotary’s involvement in Playlist for Life”
  • George McIntyre – “The work of The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation”
  • Club Presentations (International & Community)
  • Aberdeen St Machar - The creation of a social  enterprise to support five schools in Bandipur, Nepal 
  • Inverness Culloden      Water & Sanitation in Malawi
  • Conference 2018 John Johnstone
  • Mark Beaumont   - “Around the World and Back to Scotland”
Follow the link on the District website to book your place.
Enquiries to the Conference Chairman –
Sandy Ritchie 
Hilary Gordon

The closing date for nominations for District Awards   is 20th August.
CLICK HERE for more information.  

Last years winners are asked to return their trophy to their AG before the District Council in September. The winners were:

Ellon x 2


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

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

Dispute Management - CLICK HERE to read the updated RIBI Dispute Management Process document.

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.
ROTARY CLUB CENTRAL - The new and improved “Rotary Club Central” is finally here!
Why  not sign in  to Rotary International  and   search for Rotary Club Central to experience the upgraded platform,  its much simpler and easier to use?  You can access it  from a desktop or mobile device, and please  remember  its not just for club officers, as all Rotarian’s can see what their club is doing on Rotary Club Central. District and Global Information  is displayed on the site.

If you need help navigating the new platform,  you can go to the Rotary Learning Center and search for Rotary Club Central to access any of the several  new / updated guides,  or alternatively I have downloaded them all so if you would like a copy please send me an email  request and I will forward them to you. They will also be posted on the District website in due course
I will be working with all the AG’s to run training courses in all District 1010  areas again this year. Details will be circulated via AG’s, but if you have any immediate problems or queries please feel free to contact me by email   to ask for help,  
Henry Riddoch


New risk assessment documents have been placed on the District Website which comply with the requirements of our current Insurers.  Clubs are reminded that a risk assessment should be completed prior to the event and should be reviewed after the event and modified accordingly.
Full guidance is available on the RIBI website.
Club Presidents are reminded that they should have signed a Health and Safety and other compliance documents and notified the District Secretary.
Mike Halley


Rotary members are advised that a new 2017/18 Certificate of Insurance is now available HERE on the District Website, along with a recent NEWSLETTER from our insurance provider Barlett.


Copy: By 8th September to John Minhinick or

Published: 15th September 2017
                                   Eleanor Macalister
Membership Issues

Despite all our efforts, from District to Club, our membership stats were not outstanding at the year end.
Good stories are now beginning to filter through with clubs going for more flexible approaches to how they operate. This fact is recognised and supported by this year’s RIBI President, Dennis Spiller, who has launched an initiative he has named “Rotary 2” which shows that new ways of thinking and doing are what are getting results. With this in mind, then, we shall be encouraging AGs and our clubs to let us know what they have been doing, are doing and what they are intending doing for the year ahead. These will be gathered together from January when new and supportive material will be launched. 
A New Member Welcome Guide which replaces the old ring binder handbook has been introduced  Costing £3 each, the guides are very professional and attractive. Copies will be available in the District Rotary Shop very soon.
For clubs holding new member events or, indeed, any event, there are super postcards available. Another trifold, “The Rotary Effect”, has been updated and would be perfect for any public event.
Area Meetings 

Members from the Membership Team have been welcomed at Area meetings where Presidents, Presidents Elect and others have shared discussions on Satellite Clubs, new clubs and extra meetings. There are plans to work with clubs on membership and these plans, once ratified, will be shared with everyone in the autumn.
The Rotary club of East Sutherland got off to a great start to the new Rotary year when two new members were inducted into the club, John and Elizabeth Sweetman. Both have  long connections with Brora and while for many years they have been based in Greece they have now moved their business and themselves to Sutherland.

Both are International travellers as they are among the world’s leading experts on developing fish farming and sustainable ocean aqua-agriculture while their family include two of the ocean racings best seamen.

John will fit nicely into the International service arm of the club and Elizabeth is very committed to helping develop strong links with the schools and youth organisations that are at the heart of our club.”

Club Visioning

Club Visioning is ticking along nicely. Along with those in the pipeline, 33% of D1010 clubs have participated in these. Well done to the Club Visioning team. Gary Macalister and Jim Houston, our Visioning Co-ordinators, will be more than happy to hear from any clubs wishing to explore and become involved in Club Visioning.

FOUNDATION                                                 Carol Stewart

District Grant 2017

We are delighted to advise that this year’s District Grant application has been approved by the Rotary Foundation and we are now in a position to progress the final applications for the approved Grant projects. Many thanks to all the Clubs who submitted applications and full details of the applications can be found HERE

Purple Crocus corms order completed – Thank you

Many thanks to all the Clubs who applied for crocus corms and we can confirm that the order has been submitted for all orders received and Janet will advise Clubs once they become available in the coming months

Purple4Polio – a chance to light up your area in purple?

World Polio Day is the 24th October and one of the national initiatives is to consider if there is a building or landmark in your area which you may be able to illuminate purple. A great way to publicise the cause and if you are interested and would like more details then please CLICK HERE for some more useful help.

Please let
Janet Lowe if you are planning to become involved and it would be great to see pictures if you are able to proceed.

Purple4Polio – resource available

Looking for a handout to use when discussing the Countdown to History and the fight to eradicate Polio? CLICK HERE will take you directly to a handout which you may wish to reproduce and use at events. There are also a number of other resources available when you log into the RIBI site.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE                       Ewen Hatchwell

Yemen Emergency Appeal

Rotary is working with UNICEF to provide life-saving cholera interventions.

Yemen is facing a major humanitarian crisis and now they are facing a cholera outbreak of unprecedented scale. The health system is near collapse, and more than 19 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Rotary Clubs’ donations will provide children with oral rehydration sachets and life-saving food. To support the appeal send a cheque made out to UNICEF UK to The Donations Team, UNICEF UK, 30a Great Sutton Street, London, EC1V 0DU. Mark it “Yemen Children's appeal” and state that it is from Rotary.

Rotary Shoebox Scheme

Order Forms have been sent to all Clubs, and is available HERE. Completed forms should be returned to Ron McKail no later than 31 August. Flatpack boxes will be available for collection at the District Council meeting in Aberdeen on Sept 17th.

Full boxes are to be returned in the week Monday Nov 13th to Friday 17th Nov.

Clubs wishing to order 500 or more boxes can have them delivered by pallet to your designated address prior to Sept 17th. Send order forms to Ron McKail soon. Tel 01224 743825 email   

Water Survival Box
In the past 12 months more Rotary Water Survival Boxes have been sent out than funding received. An application has been made to the Big Give Christmas Challenge for Matched Funding, and pledges are needed from supporters by the cut-off date of 1 September. 

If the application is successful then payment will be required by mid December. If you are willing to support with a pledge please CLICK HERE by 1st September.

Direct donations can be made HERE  or by cheque to Worldwaterworks Ltd, Broadway House, Third Avenue, Midsomer Norton, Bath BA3 4XD.


Alison Stedman is delighted to introduce Henry Paul, St Andrews RC as the new volunteer teams’ leader for Nyumbani working parties.  In November some early volunteers will visit to see developments since their last stint and to join in the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of the charity in Nairobi.

Alison’s son Mark is to start off the celebrations by doing a non-stop walk from Nyumbani Village in Kitui District to Nyumbani Home in Nairobi, a distance of some 175kms. Rotaract and Rotary are to be involved and Mark will be joined part of the way by staff, children etc - to raise funds and awareness of Nyumbani in Kenya. Henry will join this group to prepare for his first team visit in Feb 2018.

Funds raised until November this year are for setting up a child friendly recycling site in Nyumbani Home.

Alison will still be involved in fundraising and chairing the Trust - with a later handover to Henry. Anyone interested in joining team 2018 please contact Alison, places will be restricted to 6 or 8 persons. 
YOUTH SERVICE                                               Sheena MacGillivray
Presidential Citations

The following Interact clubs have already qualified for a Presidential Citation.
Sponsoring Rotary Club Interact Club
Dunfermline Carnegie St. Columba’s High School
Ellon Ellon Academy
Thurso Thurso High School
East Sutherland Dornoch Academy
Oldmeldrum Meldrum Academy
Nominations are open until 15 August so there is still time for Interact and Rotaract clubs to complete the details on Rotary Club Central to qualify for a citation.
Presidential Citations for RotaKids have already been distributed but if any Rotary Club has not received the certificate for a club they sponsor they should get in touch with me

The competition fee of £80 is now due and should be sent to the District treasurer, Sandra Ross.  Payment of this fee gives entry to all the competitions, including the Primary School Quiz.  Information about all the competitions is being placed on the District website during August.
We have been given confirmation that the Parliament in London have assured that Euroscola will continue until the UK fully leaves the European Union, and that schools and groups are encouraged to take part in the programme.
We believe that the benefits of this programme are so great that we should continue to make the most of this opportunity while it is still available to us as there is so much more to the Scottish Rotary Euroscola programme than just gaining knowledge of what the parliament does in Strasbourg.
The date we have been given is Thursday 15th of February, meaning that we plan to run the visit from Monday 12th until Friday 16th of February 2018. 

We are now in the process of securing accommodation and flights for these dates and the likely cost to clubs will be £490 per participant.
The packs for this year (club pack, school pack and pupils pack) as well as the accompanying contact details document for all applicants and a draft letter to head teachers have been posted on the District website 

PUBLIC IMAGE                                                                                   Cath Chorley
For a number of years our practice has been to promote an ebulletin online in the district website three or four times a year and to have an annual printed Rotaryfirst magazine which is of interest to both Rotarians and the general public.

The Public Image team is currently looking at ways in which we can provide a lively communication which shares information on club projects as well as input from district personnel. If you have any thoughts on what sort of communication you would like then please contact with your ideas.

In the meantime, we have suspended the ebulletin. If you want to send articles in anticipation of the new format being introduced please send them to the above address. Please make articles interesting and write in an active voice. Photographs to accompany articles are welcome but please try to make these images of people in action rather than passive exchanges of cheques!
Keith Hopkins
Group Friendship Exchange from New York State

I am now looking for volunteers to go for a cheap holiday to New York State for two weeks starting on 9th October 2017 as the District hosts have been circulated and there are spaces for at least 3 couples.

The visit means you will stay with Rotarians in their homes and be home hosted. You go as a team and fund the airfares and other transport to get there and additional food and days out with your hosts (they pay for themselves). You will visit 3 or 4 hosts in the District of New York State, Finger Lakes District 7120. Have a look on their website. If you are interested please contact me ASAP. If you can go it is a trip of a lifetime and you will learn so much about their lifestyles and what their Rotary does in their community.

Australian Rotary Cricketer tour to GB&I

Thanks to everyone who helped with this, especially the hosts in Angus and Dundee who hosted all 33 of them, to John Harrison and his colleagues at Inverness Culloden, and Brian Stewart at Nairn Rotary Clubs for their support in Inverness. It was a pity that clubs didn’t step up to host but I do know that those who did will tell everyone about the good aspects of doing this and hopefully I will get a better uptake next time.

We lost our cricket match in Forfar but there was so much fun around that it personified the true aspects of Friendship in Rotary. I am aware that the Aussies returned home with many new phone numbers and e-mail addresses so we expect to hear more from them in the future. A great success.

Conference at Coylumbridge

Those coming to the Conference I hope you will come and seem me at the Friendship desk in the House of Friendship and sign up to some of the things we are doing or just find out more about what is available as there are two other Rotary International Group Friendship Exchanges coming up to San Diego or north of Sydney. See you there and I hope you have a smile on your face.

CLICK HERE for the Friendship/Fellowship pages on the District Website
Iain Jamieson
HELP WANTED - Special Olympics, Stirling 2018

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

The event will be held in August 2018 and will be organised and hosted by Special Olympics Scotland at Stirling University Campus.  As you can imagine with athletes with learning difficulties lots of volunteers are required and the organisers need all the help they can get.

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.

The Rotary Peace Grove at Dundreggan was funded by Rotary Clubs in the North and East of Scotland.  It was initiated by the previous District 1010 Environmental Coordinator, following a request from Past District Governor Iain MacDonald.

For clubs that do not have arrangements with local estates, Forestry Commission, Woodland Trusts or other organisations, making a donation to the Peace Grove is a very good option and will help to meet the challenge to plant a tree for every Rotarian.

Money for Madagascar

Another opportunity to donate is available through Money for Madagascar, a Rotary supported project.  This year the organisation aims to plant 10,000 new rainforest trees 

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.

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 Rotarian 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

About the Conference in Coventry

The programme will include interesting speakers which already include Rotary International President 2017/18 Ian Riseley, The Rotary Foundation Vice Chairman Barry Rassin , The Lord Mayor of Coventry and Rotary International Director 2017-19 Brian Stoyel.

In addition to interesting plenary sessions there will be breakout sessions for all to get involved in.There will also be visits to Coventry City Cathedral, Warwick Castle and Stratford upon Avon available.

The cost of registration is £49.50, and will cover tea, coffee and pastries on arrival, buffet lunch, hot drinks during the day, car parking and wifi.

The Ricoh Arena is the home of the Wasps Rugby Club and Coventry City Football Club. It is situated just 5 minutes from the M6 Motorway, which gives access to the M1, M5 and M40. It is just 20 minutes away from Birmingham Airport  and has its own rail station.

Accommodation at the onsite Double Tree by Hilton Hotel is available for £90.00 single and £100.00 double occupancy, including full English breakfast/VAT.

Please contact the hotel direct on + 44 (0) 844 873 6563 or email reservations quoting 2302RA to secure your room at this special price.

To register for the Coventry Conference CLICK HERE

Solar lamp project delivers light in Belize

Tonight Amelia Ramirez sits with her younger siblings at their kitchen table. A stack of books sit on the table and Amelia smiles as she reads. She no longer fears being burned by a kerosene lamp. The fumes that had irritated her eyes and made her cough are gone. She no longer begs her mother to stop before her school work is done because of the heat, the bugs, and the fumes caused by the kerosene lamp she was previously forced to use. Amelia’s family received a solar lamp from Rotary District 5870.For more information CLICK HERE
Making a Difference through Vocational Service

RI President Ian H.S. Riseley recognizes the importance of Rotary clubs defining service for themselves and their communities. During the 2017-18 year, President Riseley encourages Rotary members to answer the question “What is Rotary?” with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference.

However members chooses to serve, they do so because they know their service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whatever motivation you had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction you find that causes you to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of Rotary: Making a Difference.  Below are just a few activities you can undertake throughout the year to continue making a difference:

  • Volunteer on a service project and use your professional skills to help others
  • Inspire others by posting your vocational service projects on Rotary Showcase or supporting a project on Rotary Ideas.
  • Join a Rotarian Action Group to use your technical skills to assist service projects around the world.
  • Join or form a Rotary Fellowship related to your vocation.
  • Emphasize integrity in your club by recognizing Rotarians for high ethical standards.
  • Guide a young person to achieve his or her career aspirations and encourage others in their professional development.
  • Work with your district international service chair to offer your expertise as part of a district resource network. Let your chair know if you have technical expertise in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, project planning and implementation, community assessment, measurement and evaluation, or other key aspects of large-scale projects and grants.

Review the humanitarian service goals to learn how your vocational service projects can help your club qualify for the 2017-18 Rotary Citation. The citation recognizes clubs that achieve goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

Bill Gates extends partnership with Rotary

When WWE superstar John Cena introduced Bill Gates as the convention’s keynote speaker, more than 20,000 Rotarians leaped to their feet to applaud the philanthropist. They stood to cheer again when Gates began his speech by announcing that his foundation will extend its 2-to-1 funding match for the next three years. With Rotary committed to raising $50 million per year over three years, that will translate to $450 million for polio eradication efforts.

During his address, Gates touched on many topics. He talked about Rotary’s leadership in the fight to end polio. He addressed the importance of continued surveillance and detection of not only polio, but also other infectious diseases. He gave statistics about the global and long-term impact of eradication efforts, and as he described each achievement, a section of the convention arena was lighted by LED bracelets worn by attendees. 

Read more about Gates’ KEYNOTE ADDRESS, see VIDEOS from the event, and watch his “Today” show interview with Cena.

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