Rotary 1010 Digest Issue 40, January 2018

News from District 1010


 Important Information from District 1010

Issue 40 -  January  2018

     [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
                Club 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


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
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. 
Hilary Gordon
District Council

Sunday 25th March in the Queens Hotel in Perth. Information has been sent to club secretaries, closing date is 11th March.

All paperwork will be placed on the website
Message from DMS Officer

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 – or by telephone 07340130627 (mobile)/ 01592 784535 (home).
Christie Robb
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
Mike Halley


Copy: By 8th February to John Minhinick or

Published: 15th February 2018
LEADERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT                             Brian Stewart

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  , DEC and the Rotary Box charities.

For Disaster Relief information from RIBI

First Steps Himalaya

Initial work to apply for another Rotary Global Grant has commenced. First Steps Himalaya (FSH) need volunteers with any of the following skills for March / April 2018 in Nepal:

•           early childhood / primary school teaching experience
•           teacher training experience
•           painting / decorating
•           general labouring eg fence building
•           administration experience

Visit the
FSH Website  to find out more. 

The latest FSH Nepal Update is HERE 

Rotary Shoebox

Rotary Shoeboxes have been sent to Ukraine, Romania and Moldova.The latest Shoebox update is available

Hurricane Irma, Caribbean, Projects

The Hurricane Irma RIBI Donations Trust appeal has reached £83000, and Clubs are now invited to apply for funds for Rotary post-Irma sustainable community reconstruction projects.

The Guidelines for applications are available from Ewen Hatchwell, email


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  or email

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

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.
MEMBERSHIP                                                            Eleanor Macalister
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 HERE in 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 HERE and 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 IMAGE                                                                                   Cath Chorley
Rotary 2

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.

District Website

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.

Annual Magazine 

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


As we currently do not have an editor for the e-bulletin this is suspended until further notice.
Iain Jamieson
No report this edition
                                                                                                                                                      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. 

For a wide range of information, go to My Rotary at:

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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