Important News from District for Clubs & Rotarians


 Important Information from District 1010

Issue 36 -  September  2017

     [Dates requiring actions are shown in RED]


17             District Council, Aberdeen
17             Collect shoebox flatpack at District Council
29             Bookings for District Conference closes
30             Orders for Schools Crocus Project material


1              Deadline for nominations for DGN and AGs for RY 2018/2019
9 to 22     Friendship Exchange to District 7120 (provisional dates)

27/28       Bradford Peace Seminar
28/29       District Conference, Coylumbridge
31            End Polio Christmas card orders


1               Start date for Plant-a-Tree Challenge
13/17        Shoebox collection


10             Nominations close for District Champion of Change and District Community Champion to DG



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 Deadline
7              Young Writer, District Deadline


9               Primary Schools Quiz Final, Aberdeen


Graeme Archibald DG
Dear fellow Rotarians,
Since my last message to you I've met with a further 21 Clubs and yet again the warm welcome and great fellowship epitomises what Rotary is all about. Yes we KNOW Change needs to be in the air as we meet head on the challenges of a falling and ageing membership and I'm delighted to see in the past few weeks that we have Clubs that recognise this position and are doing something about it. Some very interesting questions being asked at the end of my presentation, questions that I believe show the real interest so many of our members have in our organisation.
Our membership has increased since 1st July but we have an enormous mountain to climb if we are to lower the average age of our membership. New style clubs, new meeting practices and our ability to take on the challenges we encounter regularly, all have to be accepted. By all means continue with current practices but allow others to be part of your Team without the traditions of 10 years ago.
I'm hearing “thoughts for the day” in place of grace, and I've enjoyed the bacon roll and coffee approach as well, no full meal. The one toast I do however hope will remain is our own “Rotary International”  or “Rotary and peace the world over”, very much part of what we are all about.
We have a full agenda for this months District Council meeting and I hope we will have a healthy attendance. It is the way many members hear about what we have done or are doing in other clubs in our District whilst enjoying a little fellowship besides.
The Council reports show how active and involved we have been as well offering our members the opportunity to ask questions about items contained in the reports.
I'm looking forward to meeting many District Rotarians and partners at our annual District conference at Coylumbridge at the end of October. Booking on line at the District website is available this month, so don't delay, come and enjoy a weekend of fun and fellowship we have a reputation for at our conferences.
This monthly digest offers Clubs and District Officers a communications link with members and in this regard we would welcome the assistance of a member who could work with, and occasionally deputise for our editor John, at the likes of holiday time. If you are interested in helping, please contact me in the first instance.

Rotarians will have seen that the UK government has pledged £100 million to help end polio by 2020. This is fantastic news. RIBI suggests that Clubs may wish to send a letter of thanks to their local Westminster MP. If you would like to do this there is a template letter and supporting information on the District website under End Polio Now HERE

Enjoy your Rotary, and remember: Change can deliver benefit in Rotary where we have “People of Action”.
Hilary Gordon
Nominations for District Officers

Forms have been sent to club secretaries to nominate DGN and AGs for RY 2018/2019. Send nominations to District Secretary before 1st October.

Paperwork for nominating District Secretary, District Treasurer and Chairs will be sent out in November.

Nominations for Champions

Clubs have been asked to nominate a Rotarian, for the District Champion of Change award and a member of the community for the Community Champion award. Nominations should be sent to DG Graeme by no later than 10th December

Club Executive (Deputy) Secretary

A reminder to Club Secretaries to appoint  an Executive Secretary on the DMS. When the District Secretary emails out items, both contacts would receive the information....which means that when the Club Secretary is on holiday the Executive Secretary can be the contact for the club.

It is important that the Secretary and Executive Secretary agree roles and responsibilities to avoid duplication, while giving a club seamless cover.

District Conference

Hotel accommodation at the conference hotel – Hilton Coylumbridge is now fully booked.  Anyone wishing to stay in Aviemore while attending the conference will have to find accommodation elsewhere.
The uptake of places for the Cairngorm Brewery Tour has been very poor, and so the decision has been taken to cancel this activity.  All the others will proceed as planned.  If you would like to participate in any of the remaining events, please book now so that final number can be confirmed with the organisers.  Anyone who has already booked for the Brewery tour will be refunded.
Booking for Conference closes on Friday 29th September, so book soon to avoid disappointment.  Follow the link on the District website.
Enquires to the Conference Chairman – Sandy Ritchie 

Focus Group/Review Group 
Around three years ago the District Focus Group’s recommendations were approved by District Council.
These covered:- Training for Club Presidents; Training for District Officers and Specialists; the organisation around the District Assembly, the District Council and the District Conference; and Communications.
It is now time to review how successfully these recommendations have been implemented and what changes may be recommended for the District going forward.
As DGN I have been asked to carry out this review over the next few months and am keen to involve a number of Rotarians in this Review Group.  I expect that most of the discussion would be by way of Zoom meetings to avoid the expense of travel.
I would be pleased if interested Rotarians could contact me by EMAIL 
Alistair McNair


Copy: By 8th October to John Minhinick or

Published: 15th October 2017

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE                      Ewen Hatchwell

USA Gulf Coast and Other Disasters

RI has set up a Gulf Coast Disaster Relief fund. Details of this, and relief aid schemes for some other disasters, can be found HERE 

Street Child's Emergency Flood Relief - Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone was hit recently by devastating flooding, causing mudslides that have left hundreds dead and thousands homeless. Street Child, an NGO established in Sierra Leone, is appealing for donations to assist with food, shelter and water, and to support families to rebuild their lives and ensure children can return to school. CLICK HERE for more information. 


The Rotary-backed charity Aquabox has been heavily involved with relief efforts following widespread floods in south-east Asia, especially Nepal and Bangladesh, which have killed more than 800 people and affected a further 24 million. Aquabox has sent 150 boxes and needs donations to send more boxes and water filters. 

International Disasters

When an International disaster strikes Rotarians are usually recommended to support the box suppliers who are either first responders or have regular relationships to supply to first responders. For details of the box suppliers and where in the Disaster cycle they are appropriate CLICK HERE . Each of the box suppliers welcomes donations, especially at this time of so many disasters.

Mercy Ships

Africa Mercy will be saving lives and improving health in Cameroon by performing at least 4000 operations and 4500 dental examinations, as well as training local doctors and other health workers.  To find out more CLICK HERE 

World Porridge Day

World Porridge Day is on Tuesday 10 October, and this October Mary’s Meals invites you to reach out to children living in poverty by inviting your friends to a Porridge Party;  VISIT. Mary’s Meals works with some of the world’s poorest communities to set up school feeding programmes that encourage children to attend school and work towards a better future.

Bikes4Africa – Jole Rider

Bikes4Africa, a joint venture between jole rider and Rotary Clubs in RIBI, is about getting children to school in remote parts of Africa. Jole Rider is appealing for bikes that can be sent (after repair by prisoners) to Africa to change life through education – CLICK HERE . Jole Rider is also requesting donations to support the project. For more information contact

Rotary Shoebox Scheme

More than 9000 flatpack shoeboxes have now been ordered by 35 Clubs. They will be available for collection at the District Council meeting in Aberdeen on Sept 17th.

Filled boxes are to be returned during the week Monday Nov 13th to Friday 17th Nov to enable delivery of the Shoeboxes by Christmas.

For information about the Rotary Shoebox scheme CLICK HERE.

Guildford Rotary Eye Project

GREP is looking for one or more Ambassadors in District 1010 to raise awareness of its work to restore sight.  Contact John Miles at for more information.

FOUNDATION                                                Carol Stewart

Department for International Development pledges £100 million to help end polio by 2020
Most members will hopefully have seen the UK Government support to the eradication of Polio and full details can be found HERE

Schools Crocus Project

For Clubs interested in the Schools Crocus project as a way of raising awareness of the Polio story within the 4-11 year old age group then please click HERE. Please note that orders need to be submitted by 30th September

End Polio Now Christmas cards

If you wish to support raising funds for End Polio Now then click HERE for more information. Closing date for orders is the 31st October.

Rotary Global Rewards
Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefits program, offers discounts on products and services from local and global merchants, along with opportunities to give back to Rotary. 

You can visit from a computer or download the Rotary Club Locator App to use the program on mobile devices. Just input your location and find out details of lots of offers available from a wide range of providers – from hotels to retailers, you can find a deal that also lets you give something back to The Rotary Foundation.
You can find instructional videos, how-to-guides, and promotional materials on the Rotary Global Rewards page of My Rotary.

RIBI Zone In Newsletter

Click HERE for the most recent newsletter
YOUTH SERVICE                                               Sheena MacGillivray

Information about the competitions run by RIBI are on the website and the Guidance packs can be downloaded from HERE 
As the Primary Schools Quiz is a District run competition the Guidance pack for clubs and schools is found HERE   Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link.
outh Exchange

September is a good time to contact schools, Interact groups, Scouts and Youth Organisations to raise awareness of the Youth Exchange programme.  Details of the programmes available can be found HERE .    A useful summary of the programmes can be found HERE .  Leaflets ,to promote the exchange programmes, can be obtained from the RIBI Shop .


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
There are lots of resources to help you with public image on the RIBI website. Take a look  at the new People of Action Booklet which you can give to prospective members ; CLICK HERE.

This is a fresh appealing booklet which portrays Rotary as a vibrant world wide organisation. Have a look at the postcards on this page too. They are excellent for handing out at your events.
Do you have questions about maintaining your website? At the District Council members of the Webmentor team will be available to help you. There are no formal sessions. Just approach the team for assistance.
Iain Jamieson
The Home Committee – What is it?

The Home Committee has been established to help districts, clubs and individual Rotarians in all aspects of Youth (including youth competitions, programmes, Technology Tournament, Big Bang), Community Service (including partnerships and events, emergency resilience, environmental projects and issues) and Vocational Service (including VTT).

The Home Committee publishes a monthly newsletter which can be found on the district website. Click HERE for the latest newsletters

‘Plant a Tree’ Challenge

The RIBI Environmental Sustainability Group are encouraging clubs to support tree planting in local communities rather than funding international projects.  District 1010 supports this approach.
The Woodland Trust is offering 45 trees for £60. This offer includes stakes and protective sleeves for each tree and is excellent value for money - the normal price being £150.  Trees will be offered on a first come first served basis.
The opening date for orders is 1st November. To find out more click HERE

Rotary Ride 2018

After supporting End Polio Now in 2017 as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Ride will return in 2018 to supporting prostate cancer charities. It will once again be held on Father’s Day weekend (Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018).

Environment Sustainability Group (part of the Home Committee)

By clicking HERE you can find out about the aims and objectives of the group and what issues and topics are being discussed.  Intergenerational Justice is an important area for development and Malcolm Rooney has been asked to lead on this.

District Community & Vocational Awards

The  Community Service Quaich and Vocational Quaich awards will be announced at the District Council meeting on Sunday 17th September.

Vocational Service

Whatever your motivation for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of Rotary Making a Difference.  CLICK HERE to view just a few activities you can undertake throughout the year to continue making a difference.

For a wide range of information, go to My Rotary at:
The District Executive has decided that items from Rotary International (or elsewhere) will no longer be included in the Digest.

The information previously published came from specialist /restricted RI websites and information feeds. Some of the RI feeds that you could register to 
receive are:
  • Rotary Voices
  • Rotary Weekly
  • End Polio Now Newsletter 
  • Leadership & Development
  • Youth Exchange
  • Young Leader Action
  • Rotary Global Awards

In addition there is a good non-Rotary site:
  • Global Polio Eradication Initiative
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