District Governors Newsletter - October 2017
Disability Sport Project
Leighton Linslade's launch of their three year Disability Sport Projec
Conference 2018 Speaker
October is Economic & Community Development month
2-8 October — Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week
24 October — Rotary's World Polio Day Livestream Event
What are you doing for World Polio Day? Take the opportunity to start or further the District Governor Challenge.
November — World Interact Week - we have some fantastic Interact clubs
in our district, October is a good time to start looking at starting
proving an incredibly busy month. The first week has seen me visiting a
club every day during the week with some events at weekends. The second
week in October will see me in Riga, Latvia, along with DGE Dave Ford
and Wendy. I will be attending Membership seminars as well as the Rotary
As I go round
the different clubs I see an enormous variety in how clubs are run, the
projects they are carrying out, and the fund raising they are doing,
but the consistency I do see is the compassion Rotarians have and the
efforts they make to 'Make a Difference' for those in need. A great
example of this is the Wheelchair Challenge that took place on the 8th
October at the Bedford International Stadium. Many teams took part in
relay racing wheelchairs. 4 members in each team. My team consisted of
the DG, DGE, DGN and Wendy. We would have won of course if it weren't
for the two elite teams we were pitched against. The team that won our
race was amazing. Dad, and three little sons, one with cerebral palsy
who rode his amazing 3 wheeler. The
most amazing thing? Grandma had seen advertising for the event, came
along and asked if her son and grandsons could come. They were welcomed
with open arms. A family who had had no contact with Rotary before and
were struggling to find things they could all join in, had a wonderful
day, and went away with certificates, a trophy and laughter and fun.
That's what Rotary is about.
in the last few weeks Brookmans Park, Baldock, Buckingham, Amwell,
Biggleswade, Newport Parnell, Tokko Interact, Chesham's 70th
Anniversary, Luton Rotary, the District Bowls Tournament (won by
Amersham on a gloriously sunny day), Leighton Buzzard, Wolverton &
Stoney Stratford, Harpenden, and Dunstable Downs.
We are now in
our fourth month, time certainly flies. Clubs are gearing up to
Firework nights and then the inevitable organisational climb to
Conference site is now open where you will see our speaker details
gradually released over the next few months. This is our 'In District
Conference' and is easily accessible for all. Please sign up as soon as
possible. You can choose both days, or just the Saturday or Sunday. On
top of that you can book our Saturday night dinner and live band, and/or
Sunday lunch. The best value of course is to book the whole weekend.
Denis Spiller the RIBI President will be with us, as will Amanda Watkin,
and Clive Myrie, BBC Newscaster and war correspondent. If you wish to
book a hotel there are a variety around the site within walking
distance, please contact John Belcher for a list.
Remember to have fun and build friendships.
DeHavilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire
16th-17th June 2018
Talan Skeels-Piggins is an inspirational speaker who brings his own unique perspective to your organisation.
In March 2003, Talan Skeels-Piggins suffered the motorcycle accident that was to define his life. Left paralysed from the mid chest down, and told he would spend up to
two years in hospital upon admission, Talan defied expectations to be
discharged only six and a half months later.
Undaunted by his injuries, he set about a series of challenges to prove
to himself and the world that being in a wheelchair would not stop him
from what he wanted to do. In less than a year, he had returned to his passion for ski-ing in a specially adapted sit-ski. But even that was not enough of a challenge and he set himself a goal of
representing Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.
You will hear about his personal journey to this goal and the other exciting challenges he set himself.
Booking Forms can be downloaded from the District Conference web-site http://www.rotary1260conference.org.uk/index.html