IMPORTANT DATES AND ACTIONS [Dates requiring actions are shown in RED]
20 Young Chef, Aberdeen 23 Changes to Global Grant Projects 27 Young Chef, Dundee 28 National Immunisation Day 29Club Health Check Taster Session, Perth 31 Deadline for indicating RLYA sponsorship
5 Club Health Check Taster Session, Brora 7 Club Health Check Taster Session, Banchory 9 Club Health Check Taster Session, Aberdeen 12/16 Euroscola 24 Young Musician, District Final 24 Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace Seminar, Coventry 25 District Officers Training Seminar 28 Deadline for items for Annual Magazine
3 Youth Speaks, District Final 10 Club Leadership Seminar, Portlethen Academy including Foundation Grant Management Seminar 10 Foundation Grant Seminar at CLS 11 District Council registration deadline 22 World Water Day 25 District Council
7 Young Photographer, District Deadline 7 Young Writer, District Deadline 15 Club Leadership Seminar, Royal George Hotel, Perth including Global Grant Management Seminar 15 Foundation Grant Seminar at CLS 29 District Assembly, Caird Hall, Dundee
9 Primary Schools Quiz Final, Aberdeen
FROM THE DISTRICT EXECUTIVE
MESSAGE FROM DG GRAEME
Graeme Archibald DG
A Happy New Year fellow District Rotarians. I hope you all enjoy a healthy and prosperous 2018.
This month we are able to preview the nine short videos which are part of the launch programme of Rotary 2. Two of these videos will be posted on the District Facebook page each week with links also available from the District website. I would encourage as many as possible to be inspired by these recruitment messages, how we promote our great movement. Open Facebook and enter “Rotary District 1010” into the search box and you will find these videos.
Shortly the training seminars for the 2018/19 Club teams will be advertised. I must encourage as many as possible to take advantage of these events. The messages delivered change annually, particularly in the case of Club Presidents, as our DGE Ian Dow passes on the programme details and initiatives he will hear about at the International Assembly.
You may recall that, two months ago, I mentioned the District vacancies we need to fill. Can I again encourage you to see if you can support our District and be of service to our Clubs. We still seek nominations for our District Governor for 2020/21, our magazine editor, and with our current chair having completed his three year appointment we are looking for a new Community and Vocational Chair for 2018/19. This year we have the benefit of two additional Assistant Governors, one supporting areas 1 to 4, and one supporting areas 5 to 8. I’d welcome contact from any District Rotarian in the South of the District who might like further information about the Areas 5 to 8 A G position that is currently vacant for 2018/19. Further details of what these appointments involve is available from DGE Ian or me.
Finally, as a matter of urgency, we must have support in place for the Digest Editor John Minhinick. Its essential that we have a deputy to help out during planned absences (including holidays) but also in unplanned emergencies. If you would be interested in being that Deputy Editor please contact either John or me and we’ll be happy to explain what’s involved with the planned appointment. D G Graeme
MESSAGE FROM DGE IAN
Ian Dow DGE
I wish you all a happy and successful new year.
I am just finalising my preparations to attend the International Assembly where I will hear from the International President Barry Rassin as he announces his theme for the new Rotary year along with priorities that we will be asked to focus and deliver on.
Our first District event will be the District Officers Training Seminar on Sunday 25th February, when as a District team, we will set our agenda and our priorities for the coming years. We will look at the new challenges that face us and with the support and help from the clubs, I am sure we will meet them and prepare for the future.
In March and April we will have the learning and development seminars, when all incoming Presidents, and Presidents elect, Secretaries and Treasurers will meet. These events are very important as they will provide support and encouragement in the work taken on by clubs to ensure Rotary develops and meets the challenges we face. Special arrangements will be made to share this information with the clubs in area one. I do ask that all other club office bearers try to attend one of the seminars.
We still have vacancies within the District team and these are AG 10 to assist in Areas 5-8, a Community and Vocational Chair, Fellowship Chair, Magazine Editor and a Deputy Editor for the 1010 Digest. If anyone is interested in any of these roles, then please make contact with me.
MESSAGE FROM DISTRICT SECRETARY
Sunday 25th March in the Queens Hotel in Perth. Information has been sent to club secretaries, closing date is 11th March.
Now that we are into January, I would appreciate if all secretaries could make sure your DMS record and the template site are both up to date reflecting accurate details of your future club officers and your club meeting day(s), time(s) and location(s) in preparation for the District Directory being processed.
I will be contacting all clubs in due course regarding entries for the Directory.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance with any of this. I can be contacted by email – email@example.com or by telephone 07340130627 (mobile)/ 01592 784535 (home).
Health & Safety
There are a series of Health & Safety newsletter on the RIBI website from our insurance brokers. The January edition concentrates on organising firework displays. For more information CLICK HERE
The Club Leadership Seminars will take place this year in Portlethen on 10th March and 15th April in Perth. We also plan to hold Zoom meetings for incoming club leaders in those clubs for which travel to either of the venues would be time-consuming or burdensome.
In addition, the District Assembly will be held in Dundee on 29th April.
At this stage we ask you to be aware of the dates and to inform appropriate club members: detailed agendas will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.
Our main aim is to make these sessions as useful, informative and participative as possible for long-serving office bearers, newbies, and those returning to post. We will seek feedback on how successful we have been, and are prepared to make radical changes to meet the needs of members in future events.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE Ewen Hatchwell
Myanmar – Bangladesh – Disaster Relief
There are still about 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh. Food, water, shelter, medical care for families and safe spaces for children are urgently needed. Visit Children on the Edge, Save the Children , DECand the Rotary Box charities.
Shelterbox continues to help those suffering in disasters around the world, most recently from tropical storms in the Philippines, hurricanes in the Caribbean, and to Bangladesh. SEE Shelterbox invites Rotarians to visit their Truro, Cornwall base. For more information www.visitshelterbox.org or email EllieHowellfirstname.lastname@example.org International Projects
For ideas about Rotary projects, and to browse projects requesting support, VISIT See the RIBI Projects List Information about running a project is available HERE
Wheelchair Foundation UK
The Yorkshire Tea Bar Code Programme has terminated. Yorkshire Tea will now make an annual donation to the Foundation.
FOUNDATION Carol Stewart
Changes to reporting on Global Grant Projects – action required before 23rd January
On 23 January TRF unveil changes to the global grant reporting section of the Grant Center. The updated report will match the layout and language in the global grant application, making it easier to understand and use. Both primary contacts are now required to authorize reports.
Global grant reports that are now in the system will be modified to fit the new format. However much of the information that was entered earlier will stop being visible on 23 January. You will need to review the email sent from the Centre sent on 15 December to ensure that you take the appropriate action. You are strongly recommended to download PDFs of your reports, whether they’re in progress or completed, for your records.
Vacancies to join the District Foundation team
In the forthcoming Rotary year there will be opportunities to join the District Foundation team as either District Grants Officer or Scholarship Officer. If you are interested in either role or would like more information then please contact Carol Stewart at email@example.com
Foundation Grant Management Seminars in 2018 – Save the dates now
A reminder that the Grant Management Seminars for the Rotary year 2018 -2019 will be held as part of the Club Leadership Seminars in Aberdeen on 10th March 2018 & in Perth on the 15th April 2018 .
If your Club wishes to participate in a District or Global Grant funded project then the Club must be represented at one of these seminars as part of the qualification process.
Request for photos showcasing your efforts
As we review the District website content, please ensure you continue to send photos and details of your activities and projects to Janet Lowe so that we may include and promote the Good that you are doing in your local communities.
Global Rewards – give back to Rotary Foundation whilst shopping and travelling
The Rotary Global Rewards App has been updated and can now be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Would you like to give back to Foundation whilst shopping at Amazon or booking your hotel with Marriott or Double Trees as just a couple of examples? Then take a look at the Global Rewards scheme where you can take advantage of various deals which can be found in the Member Center and then search the Rotary Global Rewards subheading.
As mentioned earlier by DG Graeme, please support the Rotary 2 initiative aimed at increasing our membership.
YOUTH SERVICE Sheena MacGillivray
Rotary Young Citizen Award
The deadline for nominations for the above award is Friday 26th January. So if you know of an outstanding, inspirational young person or group under the age of 25 whose citizenship and dedication to a project or projects deserves national recognition, please nominate them by downloading HERE a copy of the Young Citizen Awards information pack and nomination form.
The deadline for clubs to indicate their sponsorship of RYLA participant(s) is 31st January. The deposit of £250 per candidate should also be paid by that date.
Full details and forms are available HEREin the members section of the District website.
Facebook - RotaKids and Interact
The RIBI Facebook page is an ideal source of ideas for those working with RotaKids. It would also be good to see more input to this site from our District. Just search RotaKids in Great Britain & Ireland in Facebook, like and follow. There is no specific Interact page for RIBI but there is a separate Interact page that gathers information from projects worldwide.
Young Writer and Young Photographer
It would be good to see more clubs participating in the above competitions. These competitions are for the following age ranges:- 7-10, 11-13 and 14-17. The theme this year, for both competition, is A Different Perspective. Full details of the entry requirements are on the District website HEREand HERE
Poem for (Prince)Harry and Meghan (Markle)
RIBI is to celebrate the future wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018 with an additional Young Writer competition which aims to encourage young people to write a poem to celebrate the wedding.
In this competition there will be two age categories. Junior - 7 to 11 years and Senior - 12 to 17 years old on 31 August 2017. Further details to follow.
PUBLIC IMAGECath Chorley
In December 2017 DG Graeme wrote to all Presidents about the social media campaign which is currently being carried out on Rotary 2. This takes the form of a number of short videos which are being released on Mondays and Fridays during January. They are being posted on the District 1010 Facebook page as well as the Rotary in Scotland page. Please like and share these. Information is also appearing on Twitter.
During January the District Web team is tidying the current website to make it more user friendly. We recognise that the website is mainly an asset for Rotarians so we are removing the two tier approach and storing information in one place only on each subject.
We will be publishing our annual magazine to coincide with the District Assembly in April 2018. Articles are welcome outlining projects from Rotary Clubs. Please write in an active voice and include good photographs of action shots. The magazine will be outward facing so that it can be used as a resource to attract members. Articles are required by the end of February and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
As we currently do not have an editor for the e-bulletin this is suspended until further notice.
No report this edition
Fellowship/Friendship Keith Hopkins
Attention Club Golfers
Especially social golfers, I direct you to two Rotary golf events in this District in May – the Jackson Christy Competition for individuals at Cruden Bay and The Wylkedin Rotary Team Trophy at Carnoustie. Click HERE and you will be directed to the Golf pages.
Attention Rotarians interested in the Rotary Group Friendship Exchanges
I will be writing to your clubs over the next few weeks about the various Exchanges available to us over 2018, 2019 and perhaps 2020. I am looking for those interested and leaders to take them on. I have one or two so far. My e-mail list of those who freely gave me their contact details will hear from me. BEWARE!!
Attention all Happy Rotarians (I’m sure you are there)
I am looking for a replacement for me to do this less than onerous job. It needs a happy person! If you can help me please contact me asap. Incoming DG, Ian and I would like to get a volunteer.